Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Bleh...

Just studying at the moment for anatomy. Well, technically not studying if I'm writing this, but anyway. I was really studying and checking out the links on my professor's website and came upon this quote written exactly like this:

"I have finally cum to the konklusion that a good reliable set ov bowels iz worth more to a man than enny quantity of brains."

Josh Billings

You see, even this guy agrees with me that BOWELS ARE THE BASIS OF HEALTH! They truly are. It's not taboo. I know I always say that, but people are really embarrassed by the topic, especially men. No offense. I cannot stress enough that if you are not regularly going to the bathroom, something is off. By regular I mean at least twice a day. I'm sure a lot of people would say that's arguable, but don't argue. : )

TONIGHT!!

Sustainable Santa Monica?
Meet Shannon Parry, Senior Environmental Analyst and Sustainable City Coordinator for the City of Santa Monica. What does it mean to be a sustainable city and why is it important to all of us?
Wed, April 30 • 6:30pm • Free
Bundy Campus
3171 Bundy Drive
Room 123
Los Angeles, CA


Woah! You mean a community college is actually more green than most universities?! That's right. I mentioned before in a previous entry that Santa Monica College has its own compost pile in the back of the cafeteria and the soil is used for all the gardening on campus. Unbelievable.

So for FREE, let's go hear some expert teach us and tell us what we can do to be more eco-aware and friendly.

SUSTAINABILITY! LIVE IT AND BREATHE IT!

Peace, love and health!

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Funny Times...

Just received this email (Thanks Rankin!)...

After a short stay in America, Michelangelo's David returned to Europe.

Monday, April 28, 2008

NOW!

So, I just learned something so freaking interesting from my sister. Well actually my boyfriend's little sister, but just like my sister - Katie. Girl, you're so wise it kills me. So here I am talking with her about how discouraged I feel about my anatomy class and she tells me,"Amanda, stop focusing on anything else but studying. Don't focus on anything... not the future, not your grades, not the class -- just studying. And when you feel distracted and discouraged, focus on the items directly in front of you on your desk and start really thinking about them, then move your eyes towards your notes and now your brain has refocused on its original task - studying."

WTF? Did Einstein personally whisper those directions in your ear, girl? So I asked her, "Where did you learn this technique?" She said she found it in the book called, The Power of Now, which she gave me an e-book copy of and per her suggestion I went to the table of contents and picked the chapter that most applied to me that very moment. I found "Mind Strategies For Avoiding the Now." Here is the excerpt that most stood out to me:
Carl Jung tells in one of his books of a conversation he had with a Native American chief who pointed out to him that in his perception most white people have tense faces, staring eyes, and a cruel demeanor. He said: "They are always seeking something. What are they seeking? The whites always want something. They are always uneasy and restless. We don't know what they want. We think they are mad." The undercurrent of constant unease started long before the rise of Western industrial civilization, of course, but in Western civilization, which now covers almost the entire globe, including most of the East, it manifests in an unprecedentedly acute form. It was already there at the time of Jesus, and it was there 600 years before that at the time of Buddha, and long before that. Why are you always anxious? Jesus asked his disciples. "Can anxious thought add a single day to your life?" And the Buddha taught that the root of suffering is to be found in our constant wanting and craving. Resistance to the Now as a collective dysfunction is intrinsically connected to loss of awareness of Being and forms the basis of our dehumanized industrial civilization. Freud, by the way, also recognized the existence of this undercurrent of unease and wrote about it in his book Civilization and Its Discontents, but he did not recognize the true root of the unease and failed to realize that freedom from it is possible. This collective dysfunction has created a very unhappy and extraordinarily violent civilization that has become a threat not only to itself but also to all life on the planet.

Nutrition

I'm now on the cardiovascular system in anatomy. So far, so confused, but I am very confident that I will have this nailed by the end of the night. In the meantime, trying to not get discouraged by my most recent very non-A on my last test on the nervous system. So I was remembering why I'm taking this class in the first place and I start thinking about my love for nutrition. It got me thinking to back in the day when I was a wee lass, probably 8 or 9 years old, sitting in the kitchen eating my healthy fruit and Manna Bread, talking with my mother as I watched her make my snack for recess and my lunch. I remember her asking me, "what would you like for nutrition?" "Mom, it's not nutrition, it's recess." She always called recess "nutrition." I guess this was the common term for recess back in the Stone Age. haha. Just kidding mom. But seriously, she said that word all the time, and it sounded so smooth every time she said it - - nutrition - - that it became my favorite word ever! Swear to God, no joke. This was way before I EVER considered nutrition as a career. But wow, what a foreshadow. And it's absolutely a true story. Ask my mom.

Electric Cars...

Watch this and then petition! Let's bring the electric car back! Have you seen gas prices?! First off reasons for the increase in prices are BSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSHT! So make a difference.

Then watch this movie .




PVC

Go here and click play.

Vitamin D-ficient

So on the kick of sunshine, check out the article in this month's Mother Earth News!

You may think that sunblock and lotions are good for you, but beware of blocking out Vitamin D!

Cheap: You Are What You Eat

If you don't have your copy of Gillian McKeith's You Are What You Eat yet, then click here to get it on Amazon for $4.99 + shipping! That's a steal!!!

DO IT!

Puffy Eyes

<------ Seriously, does this really work!? Do you ever wake up in the morning with eyes you can barely open!? Well, the solution isn't cucumbers (doesn't work for me) or caffeinated tea bags(barely works for me) or even hemorrhoid cream (which does stop inflammation a little but feels like toxic poison under your eyes). The key is not wearing sunglasses in the morning. Go out in the sun and let the Vitamin D work it's de-puff magic by shining directly onto your eyes - don't look directly into the sun. I swear this works. When you're driving make sure the sun can beat through your windshield (so lift up your visors). You might squint for a bit, but then this works! I first noticed this as a child when people always mistook me for a tired Asian child (seriously), nothing wrong with that, except that I wasn't Asian. I remember just being out in the sun and realizing after playing for an hour on the playground that my puffiness would go away. Try it!
Sunshine cures eye puffiness,
so take off your sunglasses!!!

Friday, April 25, 2008

Urinary Tract Infections

I have a friend dealing with this at the moment and ladies, how many of you suffer from this? I think a lot of more people than not. I just think not many like to talk about it. Well, urinary tract infections are caused by many many things, but read all about it here.

For those of you who have had UTI's, you know they can get to a degree of such pain and discomfort that it's unbearable. Truly unbearable. And if this is untreated it can turn into a kidney infection, and OMG! that would be terrible.

Two things to know about preventing UTI's. First off, it's not always caused by having sex, but I'm pretty darn sure it's the most common reason for getting them. Ladies RULE #1 - PEE AFTER SEX. RULE #2 - PEE AFTER SEX and I'm going to add one more rule, Rule #3 - WASH YOURSELF AFTER SEX!

This is not taboo, this is preventative medicine.

If you feel the UTI coming, drink 100% cranberry juice (not the cocktail), I mean the bitter kind. That's the best thing. If this doesn't work, I would suggest taking cranberry pills (because they're more concentrated). Please research the best brand and don't just buy any brand for supplements - the easiest thing to do is to go to Whole Foods and talk with an employee. The pills should nip it in the bud. Remember when you feel this coming, stay away from carbs, and all sugars, including most fruit. Consume water, green tea, and lots and lots of green veggies. No alcohol.

But the #1 cure for this is preventative methods of peeing and washing after sex.

LIVING THE LIFE IN EAGLE ROCK!

How would you like to be living the life in Eagle Rock in a beautiful house with a garden and enough space to throw BBQ's and be surrounded by beautiful things? Well, you can! My friend Amy is subletting her house for the months of May and June. Check out her blog to see photos and get more details.




Skin Again!

<------- I want skin like this! Yes, another blog about skin, but just quickly. I just wanted to say that I am trying something new for the skin. Not sure how this is going to go. So, here it goes. I am giving up soap of all kinds! Just using a warm washcloth to clean my face at night and in the morning. I've done this for two days. I can still use the Lush toner because that's just spraying my face with lavendar and rose water. And I have not used lotion at all. I am taking the Vitex twice daily. Not using the Bare Minerals on my face has made most of my little bumps around my mouth go away! Thanks Lizzie for telling me you had problems with this because I would never have done that considering it's all natural. I also used some of the tea tree oil blemish stick in my problem area and will continue to use the tea tree oil face pads (once or twice a week only) to get the deep dirt out of my pores.

So let's see what no soap does to the face. My sister does not use soap and she has great skin. My mother always told me never to use soap and just wash with a warm washcloth...so let's see if mother knows best.

xo

Thursday, April 24, 2008

D Word

Notice how Gillian McKeith never uses the word "diet." I hate that word. Diets are stupid and don't work permanently and they always require that you do something drastic in order to lose weight. Well, it's not about weight! It's about feeling good and quality of life! That's it! Once that happens, you start to look good too. Getting to that point takes a long time. It's taken me two years to get all my post-smoking weight off. The longer it takes the better and more permanent. So TAKE DIET OUT OF YOUR VOCABULARY.

Remember, it's not a diet, it's a change in lifestyle!!!

THE NEW HEALTH BIBLE!


For reals. I just got this awesome email from Gillian McKeith...well, not her personally, but from her website. Her new book Food Bible comes out today, and it's really a Bible! It will not replace my "You Are What You Eat" Bible... but it will be added to it.

Check it out!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Sauna for the Skin

My mother always tells me to do this, and I used to, but I think I will start doing this again! Just a simple demonstration:


Earth Clinic

"It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood..." That's what I need to tell myself as I realize how CRAPPY I did on my test last night. Another non-A, possibly my worst grade to date, but this is by far the most studying I have ever done for a single test. What happened to my genius abilities that reigned in high school??? Specifically in my chemistry class. I mean, I did really really well. I know it's high school, but I went to a hard high school. Anyway, I love science, I love anatomy, but this is RIDICULOUS! I'm not giving up. I am going to try a new way of studying and get an A on my next test. I will prevail!

On top of that, my skin looks like poop. Actually more like pepperoni. UGH! I know that because the acne is around my mouth that the root problem is digestion. In Gillian McKeith's "You Are What You Eat," she attributes the problem to hormones/ reproductive system, which I've known I had problems with (which is why I stopped the soy milk). So taking more flax seed oil, eating my prunes (for digestion), taking my agnus-castus (Vitex) supplements (for reproduction) and now I am going to apply coconut oil (for digestion) to the equation as well. I have been reading so many miraculous things about coconut oil and so I will buy some and add it to my salad dressing or just eat a spoonful everyday. Not sure yet how I will ingest, but will write an entry about it when I do.

So reading this website called Earth Clinic, which actually is pretty cool. This is where I got the coconut oil idea. Check out their section on coconut oil. But check that website out for any other natural remedies for your ailments!

Just a quick note on agnus-castus, this stuff is good for PMS, which I get BAD! The cramps, bloating, bitchiness - hahaha. I'm now going to be religious about it, so let's see how the results work. I'm not giving up on this people. I'm going to find my cure for acne. OUR CURE!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Ants On a Log

How many of you grew up eating ants on a log? Well, I am eating some right this second, but eating it with sunflower seed butter from Trader Jose's. OMG! It's so good and healthy for you! (People who think that nuts or nut butter is bad for you because of the fat, YOU'RE CRAZY!) Heather made it for me and for that I am eternally grateful. For those of you unfamiliar with this delicious snack take celery sticks, sunflower seed butter and raisins. Spread some of the nut butter on the celery and sprinkle with raisins and EAT!

Enjoy!

Daughter of the Sun


Check out my friend Amy's new website for her lovely jewels!!!

Thank you!

Thank you to all the people who have wished me well on my test tonight!!!! Cathy that's you and Andrea that's you and Shae that's you and my darling, Michael that is you too!!! I love you all!

Prunes

I am coming back to this because people, I cannot be more excited at the moment than I am about prunes. They have saved my life lately because I REALLY screwed up my system over my Spring Break 2008 (wuh wuh!) after eating all that crapola (check out the blog to see the filth I put in my mouth - hahaha)! Unbelievable how the effects of that fateful week lasted so freaking long, but my faithful friend, prunes, have been very good to me and have revived my regularity.

I suggest everyone go to Trader Joe's and buy goat's milk yogurt and a bag of dried prunes. Empty the entire bag of prunes into a bowl, fill the bowl with water so it covers all the prunes, put it in your fridge over night, then the next morning - put a little goat's milk yogurt in a small bowl and cover with about 6 - 8 prunes and some of it's now syrup and voila! It's so freaking delicious and helps your bowels! As the days go by, the soaking prunes' power only gets stronger.

SAY YES TO REGULARITY AND NO TO CONSTIPATION!

This is not taboo for those of you laughing.
Remember our bowels are the basis for health!!!

HAPPY EARTH DAY!

Two things are going on today, however I really wish it were just the one. First, let me acknowledge our wonderful EARTH! HAPPY EARTH DAY!

Now the other thing is almost as exciting - - Anatomy test on the Nervous System. Now, I have studied forever for this one. I can feel a better grade than my previous non-A's is due. Cross your fingers, your toes, your hairs, your lobes, cross your ducussations of the pyramids (they're already crossed, so no need to put the effort in that one), just cross everything!!! I am going to do well!!!

HAPPY EARTH DAY!!!

Love,

Mother Health

Friday, April 18, 2008

Say No to Soy

The more I keep reading about soy, the more I want to put a restraining order on it. Ok, first off, thank you Kristin for encouraging me to research this stuff. Seriously.

Soy in the form of edemame, miso and natto are very good for you because you're eating it in it's natural form or in a form that has been fermented. Soy products such as tofu, soy milk, veggie burgers (with soy), frozen soy products like Morning Star, soy formula for babies, etc. THESE ARE TERRIBLE! These are all products that have been processed to the bone and genetically modified. There's NO nutritional value whatsoever in them left! And there's evidence that these products actually stop good nutrients from getting into your body. If you take a look at soy formula for babies for example, you are basically feeding your children estrogen in the amount equivalent to 10 birth control pills a day. Ummmmm WHAT!?

People have this misconception that people from East Asia (where the soybean originates from), specifically the Japanese, are so healthy because of soybean. WRONG! People from East Asian countries eat at the most only a couple tablespoons of soy per day vs. Americans who consume hundreds of grams of processed soy products per day! THAT IS A HUGE DIFFERENCE!

Ok...so after absorbing all this info for a while, I started to think about my skin problems, my body, my mind, my emotions and BAM! It came to me. Could soy be the cause of all my problems - physical and mental!?

For the past few years I realized that my hormones have been really acting up. It first started with my skin (which has been going on since I was 22, and has recently become a problem again since stopping ProActiv this past September. Just a quick note ProActiv only masks the problem of acne not cures it), so my skin, my periods have been extremely irregular; last month I was two weeks early, but normally I am a week late each month, I tend to be very emotional at the oddest of times - crying for no reason, I've been getting pre-menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes/ night sweats - - just to name a few. Could the processed soy products be the cause of all of this!? I was eating a lot of soy products, but the bad kind and since realizing all this stuff, I have stopped. So I am going to monitor my skin, my periods, my emotions, my pre-menopausal symptoms and see if not consuming processed soy products will make a difference. I do still enjoy my miso soup and edemame, but that's it. If I don't notice an improvement in any of the areas I just mentioned, then I will see if discontinuing all soy products will do the trick. So sad, I love my miso snacks!

I am still researching and plan to post more on the soy issue.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Welcome Home...

I would quickly like to say "YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!" to my friends Morgan and Nate who made it safely back from Yemen! Thank the bloody Lord. It was a little scary for a second I must admit, and you made it back to Portland safe and sound. Morgan and her husband Nate were in Yemen for the past 8 months studying - WOW! And for the last 8 months, their time there was relatively peaceful until very recently when there was some unrest that forced them to leave immediately. So very very glad you're home. xo

To Sleep Or Not to Sleep


So I stayed up two nights ago until 4:47 am exactly studying for my anatomy test that didn't even happen. And here I am again at 2:45 am studying again for our definite quiz tomorrow. So as I sit here at my desk reading away about the nervous system, I thought I would write out my thoughts as a distraction. I am extremely tempted to just fall asleep now, but as inspiration, I am thinking of that movie with Will Smith called Happiness, or something like that. If his based-on-a-true-story-character can be a dad, work full time, go to school and still get straight A's, then I can too.

I am debating getting some "crack," aka coffee, but with my lack of sleep, the coffee will make me extremely susceptible for a cold, and I have not had a cold in over 6 months! So drinking the Yerba Mate and reading like crazy.

I think I can. I think I can. I think I can... I know I can.

Alrighty, I'm out-ee.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

WOMEN READ THIS!


This was sent to me in an email from my friend Kristin. It doesn't go with the Soy theme, but read it.

SIGNS OF OVARIAN CANCER (even in the absence of Ovaries)
THIS IS A MUST TO READ TO THE END
An Eye Opener on Ovarian Cancer


I hope you all take the time to read this and pass it on to all you can.
Send this to the women in your life that you care about.

Years ago, Gilda Radner died of ovarian cancer. Her symptoms were inconclusive, and she was treated for everything under the sun until it was too late. This blood test finally identified her illness but alas, too late. She wrote a book to heighten awareness. Gene Wilder is her widower.

KATHY'S STORY: this is the story of Kathy West

As all of you know, I have Primary Peritoneal Cancer. This cancer has only recently been identified as its OWN type of cancer, but it is essentially Ovarian Cancer. Both types of cancer are diagnosed in the same way, with the "tumor marker" CA-125 BLOOD TEST, and they are treated in the same way -- surgery to remove the primary tumor and then chemotherapy with Taxol and Carboplatin.

Having gone through this ordeal, I want to save others from the same fate. That is why I am sending this message to you and hope you will print it and give it or send it via E-mail to everybody you know. One thing I have learned is that each of us must take TOTAL responsibility for our own health care. I thought I had done that because I always had an annual physical and PAP smear, did a monthly Self-Breast Exam, went to the dentist at least twice a year, etc. I even insisted on a sigmoidoscopy and a bone density test last year. When I had a total hysterectomy in 1993, I thought that I did not have to worry about getting any of the female reproductive organ cancers.

LITTLE DID I KNOW. I don't have ovaries (and they were HEALTHY when they were removed), but I have what is essentially ovarian cancer. Strange, isn't it? These are just SOME of the things our Doctors never tell us: ONE out of every 55 women will get OVARIAN or PRIMARY PERITONEAL CANCER. The "CLASSIC" symptoms are an ABDOMEN that rather SUDDENLY ENLARGES and CONSTIPATION and/or DIARRHEA. I had these classic symptoms and went to the doctor. Because these symptoms seemed to be "abdominal," I went to a gastroenterologist. He ran tests that were designed to determine whether there was a bacteria infection; these tests were negative, and I was diagnosed with "Irritable Bowel Syndrome." I guess I would have accepted this diagnosis had it not been for my enlarged abdomen. I swear to you, it looked like I was 4-5 months pregnant! I therefore insisted on more tests. They took an X-ray of my abdomen; it was negative. I was again assured that I had Irritable Bowel Syndrome and was encouraged to go on my scheduled month-long trip to Europe. I couldn't wear any of my slacks or shorts because I couldn't get them buttoned, and I KNEW something was radically wrong. I INSISTED on more tests, and they reluctantly) scheduled me for a CT-Scan (just to shut me up, I think). This is what I mean by "taking charge of our own health care." The CT-Scan showed a lot of fluid in my abdomen (NOT normal). Needless to say, I had to cancel my trip and have FIVE POUNDS of fluid drawn off at the hospital (not a pleasant experience I assure you), but NOTHING compared to what was ahead of me. Tests revealed cancer cells in the fluid. Finally, finally, finally, the doctor ran a CA-125 blood test, and I was properly diagnosed.


I HAD THE CLASSIC SYMPTOMS FOR OVARIAN CANCER, AND YET THIS SIMPLE CA-125 BLOOD TEST HAD NEVER BEEN RUN ON ME, not as part of my annual physical exam and not when I was symptomatic. This is an inexpensive and simple blood test!
PLEASE, PLEASE TELL ALL YOUR FEMALE FRIENDS AND RELATIVES TO INSIST ON A CA-125 BLOOD TEST EVERY YEAR AS PART OF THEIR ANNUAL PHYSICAL EXAMS. Be forewarned that their doctors might try to talk them out of it, saying, "IT ISN'T NECESSARY." Believe me, had I known then what I know now, we would have caught my cancer much earlier (before it was a stage 3 cancer).
Insist on the CA-125 BLOOD TEST; DO NOT take "NO" for an answer!

The normal range for a CA-125 BLOOD TEST is between zero and 35. MINE WAS 754. (That's right, 754!). If the number is slightly above 35, you can have another done in three or six months and keep a close eye on it, just as women do when they have fibroid tumors or when men have a slightly elevated PSA test (Prostatic Specific Antigens) that helps diagnose prostate cancer. Having the CA-125 test done annually can alert you early, and that's the goal in diagnosing any type of cancer - catching it early.

Do you know 55 women? If so, at least one of them will have this VERY AGGRESSIVE cancer. Please, go to your doctor and insist on a CA-125 test and have one EVERY YEAR for the rest of your life. And forward this message to every woman you know, and tell all of your female family members and friends. Though the median age for this cancer is 56, (and, guess what, I'm exactly 56), women as young as 22 have it. Age is no factor.


A NOTE FROM THE RN:

Well, after reading this, I made some calls. I found that the CA-125 test is an ovarian screening test equivalent to a man's PSA test prostate screen (which my husband's doctor automatically gives him in his physical each year and insurance pays for it). I called the general practitioner's office about having the test done. The nurse had never heard of it. She told m that she doubted that insurance would pay for it. So I called Prudential Insurance Co, and got the same response. Never heard of it -- it won't be covered. I explained that it was the same as the PSA test they had paid for my husband for years. After conferring with whomever they confer with, she told me that the CA-125 would be covered. It is $75 in a GP's office and $125 at the GYN's. This is a screening test that should be required just like a PAP smear (a PAP smear cannot detect problems with your ovaries). And you must insist that your insurance company pay for it.

Gene Wilder and Pierce Brosnan (his wife had it, too) are lobbying for women's health issues, saying that this test should be required in our physicals, just like the PAP and the mammogram. PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO SEND THIS OUT TO ALL THOSE YOU CAN. BE IT MALE OR FEMALE, IT SHOULD NOT MATTER, AS THEY CAN FORWARD IT ALSO TO THOSE LOVED ONES THEY KNOW.

Soy: Good or Bad?

You know, I never really gave this much thought until my friend Kristin emailed me asking me to do a blog entry on this. Hi KK!! So after her email, I also had the discussion with Heather about how she heard soy can be the cause of acne. So it was time for me to see what all this talk was about. Is soy good or bad???

So I am going to do a few entries dedicated to this. Let's start with this Youtube video:


Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Nature Boy

Just browsing Wikipedia for the birth dates today. I just could feel someone I like as much as Leonardo (in a different way) was born today... I was right! Eden Abhez, an amazing advocate of healthy living and hippie lifestyle when it wasn't necessarily "cool" or known to be healthy or a hippie. He was also one of the original "Nature Boys," (I am doing an entry about them and one of their founders Gypsy Boots) a group of young men who left everything they knew in turn for a simple life in nature in the late 1930's early 1940's. Eden wrote a hit song for Nat King Cole called "Nature Boy." The story of how that song got to King Cole is actually quite endearing. You can watch the story here. He was living with his family, camping under the "L" of the Hollywood sign when the song shot to #1 on the Billboard charts in 1948. A wandering gypsy with no intentions of being rich or famous.

If you have never heard the song "Nature Boy," it is something we should all listen to. It's very short and the message is priceless:



According to a few sources, "Eden claimed to survive as a vegetarian on three dollars a week, and stood on street corners in Hollywood lecturing on vaious Oriental forms of mysticism." He had nothing but his sleeping bag, a bike and a juicer. HAHA! My kind of man! What a beautiful soul.

I found two interesting Youtube videos of him:





I am posting some photos (including the one above) from this website.

and here's one of him and the Nature Boys:

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R.I.P

And I totally forgot to mention...

HAPPY TAX DAY! But way more importantly, on this day 1,244 years ago, a genius Renaissance man by the name of Leonardo De Vinci was born.


P.S. Happy Birthday Grandma Connie (R.I.P) and Kashaka!

More Green on Santa Monica College

"IT’S OUR ONLY WORLD"

Check out Santa Monica College's website for Recylcing.

April 30 - Santa Monica College - Sustainability Discussion!

Sustainable Santa Monica?
Meet Shannon Parry, Senior Environmental Analyst and Sustainable City Coordinator for the City of Santa Monica. What does it mean to be a sustainable city and why is it important to all of us?
Wed, April 30 • 6:30pm • Free • Bundy 123

Woah! You mean a community college is actually more green than most universities?! That's right. I mentioned before in a previous entry that Santa Monica College has its own compost pile in the back of the cafeteria and the soil is used for all the gardening on campus. Unbelievable.

So for FREE, let's go hear some expert teach us and tell us what we can do to be more eco-aware and friendly.

SUSTAINABILITY! LIVE IT AND BREATHE IT!

Peace, love and health!

Manna Bread

<---------- Not to be confused with these studs.






So what is this Manna Bread I mentioned in the last entry? Only the greatest stuff on earth! Seriously! I grew up on Manna Bread and I have never gotten tired of it. You would think it's so good, it must be unhealthy - - WRONG! It's delicious and nutritious and also very good for regularity.

The history of Manna Bread goes back to the times of the Old Testament when Moses lead the Israelites out of Egypt. Then Nature's Path (a health food company) took the bread, packaged it and sold it for our pleasure. You can purchase Manna at Whole Foods. You'll find it in the freezer section and you must keep it frozen. Upon purchasing, I leave the bread out for a bit to soften. Then I will slice the entire loaf before putting it in the freezer. It can be very hard to slice when solid frozen.

Toast it in a toaster oven or broiler because it may fall apart in a regular toaster. It's fragile stuff. Manna comes in a variety of flavors, all of them amazing. Carrot Raisin is one of my favorites, along with Millet Rice.

Nature's Path is a wonderful company. They really try to provide healthy food and really emphasize the importance of being eco-friendly and sustainable.

Check out their Sustainability Statement:

Nature’s Path Sustainability Statement

Sustainability is where our future lies if we wish to survive as a people, as a society and as a company. As each of us lives our tiny moment in history, we must bear the imprint of sustainability in all that we do. At Nature’s Path we envision ourselves as leaders respectfully moving toward a more secure and healthy world.


IN ADDITION - Nature's Path offers an entire section on their website that is devoted to Health & Diet. Check it out!

AND TRY MANNA BREAD!

Break On Through to the Other Side...


So - back to the subject of the colon, specifically constipation. If you're suffering from constipation, you could do the good ole fashion method of soaking prunes overnight in water and then eating them up the next day. The longer you leave them soaking in the water, the better they will work on getting your waste out. My mother enjoys her prunes (on a daily basis) prepared like this with a tiny bit of goat's milk yogurt and a side of Manna Bread (see next entry about this stuff). Prunes keep you regular and they're delicious.

And voila! It's broken on through to the other side. ; )

Good Night Moon

I am the perfect example of what you should not do. Go to sleep late -- worst thing you can put your body through. But, it's nearly 4am and I am on my last two pages of studying... for a quiz, mind you!

Back To Reality....Bites

I actually watched some clips of Reality Bites today on Youtube. I lah-hove that movie. "You look like... a doily."

Anyway, this case of "reality bites" is actually in regards to Anatomy, my favorite pastime. I have made the decision to take the class over, immediately, like next semester for best results. I am currently studying for my quiz/ death sentence that's tomorrow.... scratch that.... today (It's about 1:25 am). Anyway, I am actually FINALLY understanding the nerves after, oh, four hours of studying. It's really hard to stay positive, but I am going to. Despite my previous statement a few weeks ago, "No matter what I will get an A" I feel like I am going to give that phrase another shot! I really will get an A on tonight's quiz.

Don't worry, taking the class again means I will really know this stuff. Then I might take it one or twelve more times after that.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Vegetarian Fast Food - wuh?

Seriously!? YES! I went to Occidental College and lived in Eagle Rock for a three year period and besides Leo's Taco Truck on Eagle Rock Blvd., Orean - the Health Express in the Pasadena/ Alta Dena area, were a staple.

Forget that I mentioned Leo's taco truck and focus on HEALTH EXPRESS! haha. Orean's is the most delicious and healthier option for any fast food. You really can't miss it. It's across the street from Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles, kitty-corner to KFC and right next to McDonald's or Burger King. One of the two (maybe both). I swear there's a Taco Bell in there too.

Anyway, check out the menu. My personal favorite is the Chicken Burger for $4.29. It's served on delicious bread with sprouts and so many other tasty ingredients. It's the grooviest burger there. I also recommend the fries, chili fries, burritos. And for drinks the Super Green Drink is my favorite. It's filled with Kamut, alfalfa, barley grass, spirulina, green tea leaf, chlorella, Siberian ginseng, acerola juice, blue green algae, ginko. GET OUT OF TOWN - - FAST FOOD!? YES! It's seriously GOURMET! So delish! mmmmmmm


Sigh. I want Orean's.
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Cleaning Your Sewer Systems...

This should have been posted on Saturday, April 5.

It's Saturday and despite being out until 2:30am last night (I'm on Spring Break - Spring Break 2008!!! wuh wuh!), I was still excited to wake up at 8:30am and go to 9:00am class -- Speech class! Man, seriously this class is amazing. I'm learning a ton and the teacher couldn't be more entertaining. Her name is Danielle Parks. Today's class was especially fun, everyone was in a good mood (amazing since it's 9:00am on Saturday morning!) so the conversations were extremely fun and light. The most amazing thing about the class is that every single person, for the most part, is extremely eco-aware, politically aware, earth-aware it's really incredible and very inspriring. It was in this class that I learned just how green Santa Monica College is. They are becoming a sustainable campus-- they have a freakin' compost pile behind the cafeteria!!

Anyway, today's class was extremely informative and I feel very fortunate to have learned today about colon cleansing, of all things. Yes, as an example of a persuasive type of speech, Danielle gave a speech in favor of colon cleansing. It was so informative that immediately I thought I had to write an entry about this because people, this is extremely important. Let me put it this way, whether you want to or not, you need your colon to be clean in order to function and work their best and to avoid diseases, digestional discomfort, lethargy, acne, constipation, etc. She mentioned that when the colon gets backed up, some of the toxic waste can start leaking in your bloodstream and poison your body causing all these ailments!!

Bowel movements are the basis for health. And actually, that really makes sense. Everything we eat comes out through the colon. It's the way we eliminate most toxins. Gillian McKeith insists that going less than 2 times a day is a big problem. If you're not going at least 2 times a day, than you're backed up, your diet is poor, your probably not getting enough excerice (like me) and your colon needs to be cleansed!

Whether you eat healthy or unhealthy, you cannot escape the need to colon cleanse. I say this because yes unhealthy diets warrant a cleanse, but even healthy diets do too. Even if you eat 100% wheat products, wheat/ gluten is a sticky substance that easily clings to the intestinal walls and backs up your sewer systems. Gross. There is easily about 5 - 10 pounds of waste in our bodies! Double gross, but YAY! haha.

Here's a great website for a better explanation of the importance of colon cleansing. As far as products go, I am no expert. I say research to find your own natural remedy. You could venture out and actually spend a lot of money to get a colonix (which if you can afford that - DO IT), but using an herbal remedy is fine. Just do anything to get that colon cleansed. Here's some quick resources for you:
Colon Cleansing Zone
Colon Cleansers: Are they safe?
Colon Cleansing Forum
Dr. Natura: Are You Clean Inside?
Colon/kidney detoxification
Colon Cleansing: Natural Health For Your Intestines

That's just to get you started. I will in the next few days post some other remedies for colon cleansing and maybe a recipe!

GET YOUR COLON CLEANSED!

Peace, love and health!

Pear to the Rescue

So from the Gillian McKeith book, You Are What You Eat, here's a great recipe for Pear & Mint Smoothie that really helps de-clog your insides. Seriously. And it's delicious.

All you need: blender, 2 tblsp. of water, 1-2 pears per person and a lot a lot of mint (up to 1 bunch).

Directions: Add all the ingredients in a blender and voila! Sometime you need to add more water if the pear is not easily blending.

This is so mmmmm and quick acting too. Pear has a lot of fiber and does more than just stops constipation, it cleans out the colon and reduces your risk for colon cancer. Powerful stuff in a tiny fruit that is part of the Rose Family (so are apples).

Enjoy!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Skin Alert!

Ok, so was hanging out with one of my dearest friends Lizzie yesterday. We were talking in the car and she saw me putting on makeup and said, "Oh, you use Bare Essentials/Bare Mineral products!?" I said, "yep!" She said that it made her break out around her mouth in tiny little bumps and made her itch!!! I was like, "SHUT UP!" That's exactly my problem! So quitting the Bare Minerals. We'll see if my skin improves, but I have the tiny bumps around my face and the itchiness.

And here I am talking this very second with Heather and she recently just learned that there is a connection between acne and soy products!!! Now I am working on an entry called Soy: Good or Bad? so will do some research on the skin effects.

Very interesting. Very interesting indeed.

Back on track...

So back from Spring Break '08, but only at work - still no school, so there's still time to play. I was very naughty over break and McKeith would definitely have a hernia if she knew what I ate, so I am omitting the facts. But let's just say that I went Junk Food Gone Wild and am actually detoxing today because of it. I ate crap for about one week and I seriously feel gross! I can't imagine what eating like crap for months or everyday feels like. UGH. I feel backed-up and disgusting, my skin is bad, I'm bloated, tired and just ugh. So this regime of eating Cheetos's (yes it's true - I never eat that, but it was Spring Break '08), tons of Indian food (mmmmm), tons of sushi with white rice (GASP!), candy (Pop Rocks! - Louise's fault), tons of red wine, a few beers, tons of dark chocolate (but at least it was 80% dark), tons of cheese, just tons of everything I should not touch on a regular basis. I feel gross. I didn't exercises once either! I just cleaned. It got so easy to eat the crap once I started eating it too - - I even started craving the crap food. This definitely warrants a detox and even a complete internal cleanse. Heather gave me Tri-Cleanse (from Whole Foods) herbal supplement to clean me out. So doing that Publish Posttonight. Need to get back on track.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Spring Break 2008

I just wanted to point out that I am in Spring Break 2008 mode. Amanda gone wild. No school. No work. Actually, I've been cleaning for two days and going out at night. The cleaning part, I love to do and there's a ton of it. I have neglected that for about three months, since school started. But I'm at the tail end of it now. Anyway, trying to get entries done too. I have about 5 that I am about 1/2 way done with and 1 that is nearly done. But now you understand why it's taking me so long. Funny how it takes me longer to do an entry when I am not working. haha. Ok, back to cleaning!

Spring Break 2008!

P.S. Here's a sneak-peak of the next few entries: Colon Cleansing, Get Rid of Your Paper Towels (way overdue), Susun Weed (herbalist extraordinaire), Soy: Good or Bad?, and some fun stuff in between!

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Jack Lalanne on Sugar!

Jack Lalanne - The Juicer Man

So I decided to Youtube Jack Lalanne. I remember that he was a fitness guru at one time, but he also had his own show. Check it out!

2 Simple Rules of Juicing

On the topic of juicing, I just thought that many people probably didn't know 2 simple rules of juicing:

1. Utilize entire fruit. Meaning if you put in a pear, use the stem and the butt thing. The entire fruit is ok. The only thing this really doesn't work with are oranges. So you peel the orange, leaving as much of the white stuff on as possible. The white stuff, though bitter, has the most amount of nutrients than all the rest of the orange put together.

2. When juicing, juice in order of softest fruit to hardest fruit. Your fruit should never be too soft (no banans by the way), but things like kale should go before apples. So let's say you have kale, sprouts, carrots, celery, strawberries. The order you would put them in is sprouts, kale, strawberries, celery and then carrots. The harder fruit pushes the softer fruit through. Easy!

Juice Your Heart Out!

I'm not sure how many of you own a juicer. But I would say it would be the best thing you could do. To get a juicer, a good juicer, save $101. The Jack Lalanne juicer from Costco is the prettiest and best for the price. You could go cheaper and get a crappier one, but the mouth opening on the Lalanne juicer is really big so you don't need to cut the fruit into tiny pieces. You can also purchase it on Amazon.com for $129.

I love to juice, but my boyfriend, Michael, really loves to juice. So we are constantly just buying weird veggies and juicing with them. My theory is that put a bunch of green leafy greens in and then add one apple and you got yourself a pretty good tasting juice. Apples are the key and I think Fuji apples are the juciest and best, but really, any apples will do.

If you're like, "Eh, I don't have time to juice and it's really not worth it." Shhhhhhhhh. Take that back. First off, if I am in school and work full time and still find time to juice, then you have time too. Juicing is important because you are getting so much more nutrients from say 5 different veggies and fruits than you would by just eating one piece of fruit or veggie. It's really important that you drink the juice right away for best nutritional value, however, I also bring juices to work on Wednesday when I detox (I do the Gillian McKeith detox mostly every Wednesday). So the juices I bring to work don't have the most amount of nutrients, but you know what? At least it's fresh juice.

So this morning my juice was especially good and thank you Michael for making me some. I feel energized and ready to work! So here's the ingredients Michael's Brain Alive Juice: kale, carrots, spinach, beets, celery and an apple. There's a lot of sugar in these ingredients, natural, but still sugar, so use less of the beets, carrots and apple and more of the kale, spinach and celery. It was delicious and I feel good. Michael made me extra so that I can have some before my anatomy quiz tonight. Brain food.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Another Disciple...

So just need to give a shout out to Sarah M. who just purchased YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT!!! WOOO! It's never too late to start...so knock yourself out and get your own copy here.

Oh and Sarah is a graphic designer, you can check out her amazing work here .

You're awesome Sarah.

ADDDDDDDDDD...

Please read this entire blog. It's thought-provoking and may help you think twice about popping your next pill.

It's about
10:41, just got home from anatomy class and got ready for bed, wearing my Lush mask and am just so excited I have time for an entry. I have had a lot of people email me and ask me to research certain topics ... still working on those...they're comin' but I just have to write about this first.


So aside from learning about the various parts of the brain today, oh and the nerves, we had the fortune of getting our lovely tests back; the one on the muscles where you had to know each origins and insertions along with other wonderful facets of the muscles. I know I said that no matter what I would get an A, but I didn't. I didn't even get close to
an A. I got a non-A. Whatever, I'm not giving up. I have a new method of studying. I'll let you know if it works out. Anyway, it got me thinking, this non-A, about the ways I had been studying and I recently was confronted with something that has really struck me and has been making me more observant of my thought patterns and behaviors. I saw a certified "eastern" doctor who thinks I should get checked for ADD/ADHD. Well, to be completely honest this isn't much of a shocker for me and apparently for a few of my friends who told me they weren't surprised (nervous laugh). Yeah, I guess it really would explain a few things. I have not been tested as of yet, but in the next few weeks I will be; but like I said, I have been really observant of my thought patterns and behaviors. I then got to thinking about people I know with ADD or ADHD and the common medications they take or have taken and I think oh my goodness, it's seems like that's really addictive toxic stuff.

So first off, what is ADD/HD (I don't even really know, so let me find a good link)? I found two different websites: 1. Attention Deficit Disorder Association 2. Born To Explore the Other Side of ADD.

Now looking for the actual definition of just ADD on the ADDA.org website is impossible. It's the freakin' association!!! and I still cannot find it anywhere on the site where it's easily accessible. I found solutions, articles, etc. but no simple definition. So went on Wikipedia for a quickie definition: "is a developmental disorder." When I looked up the definition of neurobehavioral, I got this: "...of or pertaining to an approach to studying behavior that stresses the importance of nerve and brain function."

Ok so the definition found on the second website, Born to Explore the Other Side of ADD I got this definition: "Attention Deficit Disorder, or ADD/ADHD, is a psychological term currently applied to anyone who meets the DSM IV diagnostic criteria for impulsivity, hyperactivity and/or inattention. The diagnostic criteria are subjective and include behavior which might be caused by a wide variety of factors, ranging from brain defects to allergies to giftedness. ADD, as currently defined, is a highly subjective description, not a specific disease." And very quickly here is a website explaining the differences between ADD and ADHD.

So that was two totally different definitions, however, the most seemingly "reliable" of them both, ADDA, also states: "There is no cure..." and "There is no research proving that other treatments, such as neurobiofeedback, nutritional supplements, hypnosis, visual therapy, or changes in the diet are effective in relieving AD/HD symptoms."

Contrarily, the Born to Explore websites
states all the possible reasons people might get ADD or ADHD - - nutrition being one of them: Reasons

Ok, my point with sharing both websites is not to show who's right and who's wrong, because frankly, I don't know enough about these disorders to say so. But what I can say is that ADDA is telling people that there is absolutely no cure! And in another section is says that nutrition plays no part in controlling or improving your symptoms. Why would you try shutting down a person's chance for possibility and hope??! Just terrible.

Now, granted no degree yet, but I highl
y disagree with A. telling people that something is impossible because I feel there is always a possibility for change, or in this case a cure. People will believe that, and that is absolutely not true B. that nutrition could not help the symptoms ------ bssssssssssssssht.

Here's a pretty good website on the history of ADD. See how there are cases in the early part of the 20th Century even some documented in the very latter part of the 19th Century. I am not denying that the symptoms of ADD or ADHD have been around for centuries, but I will say that in the early part of the 20th Century, a little thing called food pres
ervatives was invented by Lloyd August Hall, an African American chemist. Pretty cool that a black person was able to practice during this time, but pretty uncool that on the ADDA website (the main source for this information) that there isn't really a connection made between food preservatives and ADD/ADHD.

So let's just go back to Wikipedia for a second, not the most reliable source, but I think for this it is. When you look up preservative and then scroll down to Health Concerns, you'll find this:

Some modern synthetic preservatives have become controversial because they have been shown to cause respiratory or other health problems. Many studies point to synthetic preservatives and artificial coloring agents aggravating ADD & ADHD symptoms in those affected.[1][2] Older studies were inconclusive quite possibly due to inadequate clinical methods of measuring offending behavior. Parental reports were more accurate indicators of the presence of additives than clinical tests. [3] Several major studies show academic performance increased and disciplinary problems decreased in large non-ADD student populations when artificial ingredients, including preservatives were eliminated from school food programs.

Let me also point out that on this website, it states this for ADHD: "Ironically, there is no fool proof method to determine whether a person has ADHD. Additionally, in 1998 at the National Institutes of Health Consensus on ADHD, the following statement was issued: 'We do not have an independent, valid test for ADHD, and there is no data to indicate that ADHD is due to a brain malfunction.'"

The lines are clearly very fishy. Do you really think back in the day, when people ate earth foods and used herbs as medication that there were many people suffering from ADD or ADHD? Check this website for the present day statistics. It's scary stuff. What we put in our mouth MATTERS! Preservatives matter! These are not good things to consume. Sure people are living until 100 years old, but quality of life is the key.

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So if you're suffering from ADD or ADHD here are a list of medications they pass out like candy - Here's the full (long) list and here's the list we will work with:

RITALIN (ADD)
and
ADDERALL (ADHD)


I am going to first start off and say, anything with a side effect, any over-the-counter meds you take, etc. ANYTHING with a side effect is BAD for you. If it was good for you, it wouldn't have a side effect, which means that by taking a certain medication to remedy a specific symptom you are actually harming something else in your body. It's like if your arm was broken, why would you then break your leg to make the arm feel better?? AAAAAAAAAAAH! It's stupid!

SO we all know what Ritalin is. I don't think I need to really get into that. I just know that a crap load of kids in college took that to stay up to study or just for some good times. I always viewed it as the cheap-man's cocaine (and this is commonly given to children). Take a look at some of the side effects (just some).

In addition, Ritalin has a high case of abuse. Meaning, people who take it are addicted to it and according to RitalinAddiction.com:

Because stimulant medicines such as Ritalin have such a high potential for abuse, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has placed tight, Schedule II controls on their manufacture, distribution, and prescription. For example, the DEA requires special licenses for these activities, and prescription refills are not allowed. Also, each state may impose further regulations and restrictions, such as limiting the number of dosage units per prescription.

Let's take a look at Adderall. Like, Ritalin, Adderall is abused by people without the prescription as well as those taking the prescription. Here's some more information concerning Adderall. Wikipedia furthers that "Adderall is a pharmaceutical psycho stimulant composed of mixed amphetamine salts. The drug is used primarily to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and narcolepsy."

Ok, I have a question, how can something efficiently treat BOTH a sleeping disorder and ADHD? It doesn't make sense to me considering that both disorders are EXTREMELY different. Just something to think about. Then look at the side effects in children and adults.

I'm not getting into it 100% because this entry is SUPER long, but I know people taking this and it effects them whether they realize it or not. I mean, if you've have been taking these meds since you were a teenager, so for around 10 years - what has this done to your brain?? And if we look at the definitions of ADD and ADHD, they are very unclear. Doctors even admit that there is no specific test to really know whether or not you have these disorders. So if everything is so unclear, why the hell would you put a child or an adult on something that is so harmful to them and could severely mess things up in the neurological department. Hey, like I said, I'm just a student, but I would say that my feelings towards these disorders and their appropriate medications are fairly accurate.

So why throw people medications instead of using a more natural approach to combating ADD and ADHD. First off, people believe anything, especially if a situation is being handled by a certified doctor. I mean, this is why these guys go to school for like 100 years. They do know a lot more than the normal lay person about medical stuff, but how much time do they have to really research the specifics. Not only that, they are basically made to give these medications out by the pharmaceutical companies. It all comes down to profit, my friends. And you can choose or not choose to believe that, but it's not surprise that everything is done for a profit. So hello, we have the knowledge at our fingertips with the internet and let's not forget about good ole fashion library. Researching and educating oneself is the best solution. Remember, at one time remedies were just herbs and foods - - why should that necessarily change to cocaine-like substances that have long term damaging effects on the body?

Here's just one website for the natural approaches to combating ADD/ADHD.

And here's some more websites to look at:
Demystify ADD/ADHD
Native Remedies
ADD/ADHD Advances

And there are a ton more. Just google it and read about it. Why make additional problems in your body in order to remedy, not eliminate, one problem??? Think about it.

So I leave you once again with the words of the Father of Medicine, Hippocrates: "Let food be thy medicine." It will never disappoint and no matter how difficult it may be to achieve, it will cure everything.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Sigh.

Honestly, so bored today. I have a ton of work and I am just dying to write a new entry. So here's a quickie.

BE HEALTHY! hahaha.