Friday, June 27, 2008

Arthur Magazine cont.

Yes, this is health related.
Books = Health, Knowledge, Life!

Check out my boyfriend, Michael's dad, Craig Graham (pictured above) with Ray Bradbury and read the article below (it was posted on the Arthur Magazine website - - weird coincidence):

Ray Bradbury mourns Acres of Books (Long Beach, CA)

Posted by steve k

“Right now there are no bookstores in downtown L.A. That’s terrible. That’s stupid, isn’t it?…There’s no really big bookstore, Pickwick used to be there, it was a very important bookstore….Bookstores should be the center of our life. There’s no bookstore in Venice, California right now. There’s no bookstore in Ocean Park. There’s no bookstore in Beverly Hills. Jesus Christ, how dumb can you get! There’s not one bookstore in Beverly Hills! All those stupid people, wandering around, looking for ideas. That is such a dumb place. That’s why I’m
here…This is my home.

If this place could be kept here, if you’re going to build a mall, they should build it around here. They should be the center of the mall. They should be a shrine. They should have a crucifix up in front. I will come and bless the goddamn place. And I mean that. I want this store to remain here and they can build a mall around it…It should be surrounded by other fascinating stores. It shouldn’t be moved. It shouldn’t be changed because it’s the best bookstore in Long Beach and
one of the best in California.

There are ten million books here and other bookstores have a couple of thousand, and they don’t smell the same way. An old book smells like Egyptian incense. It’s great. It’s wonderful.


For those of you who don't know what Arthur Magazine is, read about it here.

Check out their website here.

Well, Arthur needs our help... financially. They need $20,000 (They have $15,600!!) by July 1st! If you're not convinced they need it, check out who supports them:

"There is no other periodical I look more forward to arriving than the new Arthur."
Rick Rubin

"Arthur re-awakens the vigilante in me."
Miranda July

"Arthur is really something singular and much-needed."
Dave Eggers

"[Arthur has] its finger on America's eccentric and softly anarchic countercultural pulse."
The Sunday Times, 2007

"The central voice of the new scene"
The New York Times, 2006

"Arthur is oversized, free, colorful, patchouli-scented but whip-smart, unapologetically political, sometimes silly, often anarchist and always willing to listen to voices way, way outside the mainstream. Above all, it is prophetic, usually about two years ahead of the rest of the country in its loves and obsessions."
The Village Voice, 2007

"[Arthur has] an allure unlike any other magazine I have seen in my lifetime. [L]ike picking up a true document of a time and place in American culture, yet also removed from the present, harkening back to the utopian visions championed by the hippie free press... In any given issue, you can read about music, drugs, protest, meditation, metaphysics, sex, herbs, nature, communes, art, socialism, siphoning gasoline from SUVs, and hypnotizing cops by eating doughnuts in front of them... Arthur seems to attract a readership numbed by the glut of too-slick music and culture mags, just waiting for something truly unique to emerge."
Brian J. Barr, Seattle Weekly, 2007

"Arthur [is] the most eclectic, thoughtfully designed periodical I have encountered. Arthur [is] clearly drawn to psychedelic music and [is] always a good place to look for fresh acts but to say it [is] a music magazine would be a misnomer. This free publication presents contemporary artwork, photography, political essays and literary reviews with admirable disregard for categorisation. I [have] never picked up a copy of Arthur without finding something intriguing and informative and I believe that magazines of which this can be said are all too few and far between.... In drawing attention to what is being produced under the radar and discussing its merits, magazines like Arthur have a nurturing effect on great music and art. They connect artists with audiences and provide an outlet for intelligent discussion and detailed criticism. It would be great to see the example taken up [in Britain]."
Alan McGee

"One of the best music magazines on the terrasphere is back... Now in full-color, Arthur remains all about...saving the parts of the planet worth saving. And: free. Life is short, art is long, Arthur isn't done."
RJ Smith, Los Angeles Magazine, 2007

"Arthur: The Little Magazine That Could" by Kevin McCarthy at The Nation's website (2007)

"(F)orceful and singular in its vision..."
SFWeekly, 2007

"The American counterculture's answer to the New Yorker"
The Guardian

"Back from the dead, this latest issue [No. 26] of the newly-resurrected American counter-cultural zine has gotta be their most solid read to date, with a real stand-out feature/interview/poetic appreciation of Yoko Ono by Byron Coley and Thurston Moore that focuses on the more obscure avant-garde activities normally eclipsed by endless Beatles wackery. Excellent. Great to have em back.
David Keenan / Volcanic Tongue, 2007

"[Arthur] has been busy streaming the revelations and imperatives of the New New Age into pop culture, where the kids can get at it... Arthur has become the place where the ideas meet the music; where Derek Jensen's freefall apocalyptics can sit with total aptness beside a piece on nouveau hippie swooners Brightblack Morning Light. The same issue begins with a column about mint tea and ends with a list of 'sensitive weapons' (e.g., shotgun shells taped to the end of a BB-gun barrel) for use when the grid collapses and Devendra Banhart fans are called upon to defend their homes and woolly hats.... Arthur has saturated itself in the '60s, via features on the Weather Underground, the MC5, the 1967 March on the Pentagon, and also in the post-psychedelic slant of the music coverage. But there's nothing regressive here. From the freaky folkers to the acid rockers, Arthur bands have their eyes on the advancing historical horizon..."
James Parker, The Boston Phoenix, 2006


Right Brain

Someone sent me this video and it's absolutely astounding! A must watch!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Hot or Cold Tea???

Is there a difference between drinking hot or cold tea? I mean, does drinking tea hot vs. cold have different effects on the body? Kristin asked me this and I wasn't really sure of an answer, but I do know that drinking hot green tea has a better effect on my skin than drinking it cold, but maybe that's just in my head. Is there really a difference?

So I did a little research and found this website called Prevention: Smart Ways to Live Well. On its message board people discussed the tea issue I found this answer:

That depends... what kind of tea are you talking about, and for what purpose are you drinking it? Some teas lose some of their effectiveness if they sit around and get cold. Hotter water has a higher solubility, so if you were making tea with hot water, it could a little get stronger than if you used cold water to make your tea. But in the end, there generally isn't that much difference between hot and cold tea. If you prefer it cold, drink it cold. Or lukewarm, whatever you like.

I found a few other articles saying basically the same thing, specifically with green tea, for example, that it does not lose its antioxidants when it sits and gets cold. But I have my take on the tea issue. I drink mainly hot/warm tea. The only iced or cold tea I consume is barley tea which keeps you very cool on those hot days. Green tea, like I said only has a positive effect on my skin when hot/warm -- but that's just me. I drink tea for mainly health purposes and thankfully, I happen to love the taste, so I think room temperature to hot is best for the tea to work its best. Warm tea help rid your body of toxins I would think better than cold tea. It helps flush those toxins by loosening them from your intestinal walls and then helping them on their way out of your bottom : ).

Gillian McKeith agrees and recommends drinking warm liquids: "Cold water (or anything cold/iced)... shocks and stops at the tummy, thus creating gas or bloating." Now, hot liquid is not necessarily the answer either. I found information on why taking hot baths is bad because it takes away the natural oils in our skin. Well, perhaps the same is true when ingesting hot liquids - - maybe it takes away the natural moisture from our intestines? That's just a theory, folks.

So the answer: DRINK LUKE WARM LIQUIDS! hahaha. Take the middle of the road approach.

P.S. - Ummm, drinking PG Tips any other way than scorching hot with a splash of milk is just WRONG! - but that's the only exception.

UPDATE!: I just found this chain of messages on the tea matter.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Allergies and Honey

Man oh man. I must have sneezed at least 20 times in a row this morning when I got to work. I wrote a little while ago about how consuming local honey (20 miles from where you live) stops and helps allergies. But where from West Los Angeles does someone sell local honey? The closest thing I can find is a company in Long Beach, but I calculated that it's 39 miles from where I live.

Email me if you know any info on this.

Thank you!

~Mother Health

Monday, June 23, 2008

Injured, but not dead: How To Stop Bruising

So I have been trying to be eco-friendly the past couple weeks by riding my bike to anywhere and everywhere possible. Last night, my boyfriend Michael and I rode our bikes to the Westside Pavilion to see a movie, followed by a visit with our friend Louise (who just got engaged! - nice rock!) at Pinkberry on Olympic and Sawtelle. Around 10:30pm we started to head home. At one block east of Olympic and Sepulveda I felt pretty darn risky (without my helmet) and decided to peddle super fast when BAM! a 15 year old boy on a bike turned the corner and hit me head on... his head on to my face. We both fell to the ground (thankfully grass) and just layed there for a good few seconds, me with my eyes closed wondering what the hell just happened. I opened my eyes to major face pain and muscle aches, possibly minor brain damage. Poor kid was injured too - but both bikes are doing just fine. I must say, to watch that in action must have been priceless. And Louise, thanks for picking us up and taking us home.

How to stop the bruising tomorrow - - Read this article.

...And wear a helmet when bike riding.

Natural Relief for Headaches...and Migraines

Read this.

Friday, June 20, 2008


Yes, I said women AND men. Men, isn't it to your benefit to help your woman relieve what bothers both parties - - PMS!? Like duh! Stupid question. So then read this. A happy woman, is a happy man.

A Word From Jack Lalanne...

Norman Walker - My New Obsession

I love researching anything about nutrition, but I am really trying to focus on nutritionists, health gurus, etc. who had full, long lives and died in their sleep or of natural causes. They must be doing something right, right? So my latest obsession is Norman Walker, born 1886 and died 1985 at the age of 99 in his sleep. He also created the Hydraulic Press Juicer. Read his bio, he's lead a very interesting life.

From Wikipedia:
Walker advocated a diet based solely on raw plants like vegetables, fruits and nuts. He considered cooked, baked or frozen food dead and therefore unhealthy, saying that "while such food can, and does, sustain life in the human system, it does so at the expense of progressively degenerating health, energy, and vitality." As a strict vegan, he did not recommend eating meat, dairy products, fish or eggs. His diet suggestions avoided such staple foods as bread, pasta and rice.

Now, while I think every person is different and therefore, every diet should be different, I do believe that all diets should consist of mainly raw foods.

Here are some other intersting websites on Norman Walker:

Obesity in Australia!


Blackberries and iPhones and Blackjacks, oh my!

You know, I'm going to take a brief moment here to discuss technology because believe it or not, technology effects our health - - like in a BIG way. Now, I hate (not really, but for the sake of this entry) blackberries, iphones or anything that allows a person to text or email the shizzle out of it during the worst times possible: a wedding, a birthday party, a dinner party, or any social event where your attention is required and where text messaging DOES NOT go unnoticed, and yes, I have seen this happen ALL THE TIME! It's not a healthy habit - you're giving yourself cancer.

The inspiration for this entry came from listening to NPR this morning when I heard the best analogy for our cell phones - - crossword puzzles. Would you pull out a crossword puzzle at a birthday party? No. Would you pull out a crossword puzzle at a wedding? No. How about a dinner party? No way! Now, there are two people in my immediate family who are guilty of this - - it might cause a fight if I go any further than just saying that - - but boy I think it's so inconsiderate!! You can say it's for work, you can say it's urgent, you can say all these things, but nothing excuses it. I'm not talking about those of us who write brief texts - but those of us who keep it out as if it's super glued to our fingers.

I'm not saying get rid of your time consuming, family time draining technology. I actually think it's important to keep up with the times, but only to a certain extent. To be so immersed in your world of technology that you give it more time and attention than the wedding or birthday party your attending or even a fraction of the time you're at these functions is NOT HEALTHY! Turn it off or leave it in the car or at home near the toilet - - where all crossword puzzles should be. :)

Thursday, June 19, 2008

The Importance of Raw Food

Here's an interview on raw food with Woody Harrleson. I love this guy.

Raw Food and Diabetes

I'm working with this guy who suffers with diabetes. He happens to be my neighbor. I was watering my plants out back of my apartment two weeks ago when I saw him walking past me. I said hello and asked how he was doing. He then told me he just got out of the hospital and that he felt hopeless because he was told that his diabetes medication stopped working and he needed to go on insulin. He was very upset because he doesn't have the funds or insurance to cover the insulin expenses. That's when I told him I wanted to help him with his diet and told him to trust that a healthy diet would save his life. About a couple days later I took my neighbor to the farmer's market and Trader Joe's and educated him on the cheapest and easiest way to eat healthy and mainly raw so he can start to reverse his diabetes. Let me tell you, prior to shopping, I looked in this man's refrigerator and was scared for him. I found nothing but sugar and empty, dead foods: sodas, chocolate cake, ice cream, fried chicken - - you name the dead food (or food that will kill you), it was there. Since helping him change his lifestyle I have planned out every one of his meals to include mainly leafy green vegetables, grains, sea salt, goat cheese, miso soup, TONS of sprouts, no meat (initially), seeds, lentils, mainly dark colored fruits like blueberries and showed him how to spend less than 20 min on creating a delicious meal. He was shocked that salads were so delicious!

It's been two weeks since my little experiment began, and to my surprise, but not too surprise, the plan is working. When my neighbor was sent home from the hospital his blood count read 300. YIKES! That's crazy. Less than two weeks later, his blood count reads 113! YES! And he loves his new lifestyle. He feels amazing and energized.

Diabetes can be reveresed. I'm reposting the "Raw For 30 Days" video that was absolutely my inspiration for helping my neighbor.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Keeping Cool With Barley

It's only a matter of time before your non-central-air apartments start to get the best of you during the heatwaves that are bound to hit us all very soon. So, since your fan hardly cools you off and cold showers only satisfy you for a wee bit of time, why don't you try another method - - BARLEY. Barley is a grain I eat with many meals during the summer. It cools the body down. I purchase mine at Whole Foods. Drinking barley tea, which is oh so yummy, is an excellent and delightful way to get your barley fix. It's also a great substitute for coffee, for you addicts. I get mine at a Japanese market on Sawtelle in Los Angeles.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Stop Smiling: eden ahbez

Remember I wrote about eden ahbez a while back?! Well, my new friend, Jeremy Rendina, also wrote a piece on eden for StopSmiling.

eden ahbez

by: Jeremy Rendina

eden ahbez came to Hollywood because he heard that is where to go if you have a song. A gifted songwriter who cultivated a Christ-like appearance - he wore his hair long, kept a full beard and dressed in white robes and sandals, if any shoes at all - he must have been quite a vision roaming the streets of Los Angeles in the Forties. He claimed to have traversed the US several times on foot, before ultimately settling in California. As a street evangelist of some repute, he would often be seen on Hollywood Boulevard, giving informal talks on eastern mysticism and the merits of a vegetarian lifestyle. For a while he lived beneath the first "L" of the Hollywood sign, subsisting on fruits and nuts, while he worked on his music.

Much of eden's life is cloaked in mystery and told in wildly varying accounts. Born Alexander Aberle in Brooklyn in 1908, he was one of 13 orphaned children. Known simply as "ahbe" among family and friends, he would never use capital letters, believing they should be reserved for the divine. When pressed about his religious affiliation, eden replied, "As long as I have God in my heart, what need have I for religion?"

Around this time, eden could be found sitting at the piano in the Eutropheon, a live food cafeteria in downtown Los Angeles. Greek for "good nourishment," the Eutropheon was perhaps the first natural food restaurant that promoted the value of eating raw or unfired foods as a means to achieve optimum health. Serving the stars, it counted Gloria Swanson among its regulars. Here eden met other health enthusiasts interested in natural living and yoga. He would take off with his newfound friends to the desert caves of Tahquitz Canyon near Palm Springs. There he encountered his mentor, Bill Pester. Pester, a German émigré brought his lebensreform - or life-reform philosophy to the wilds of Southern California. This radical philosophy advocated nudism and natural medicine.
In these caves eden composed many songs, played his flute and wrote poetry. He began work on a six-part "Nature Boy Suite" based on his experiences of living a life in harmony with nature. In On the Road, Jack Kerouac noted that while passing through Los Angeles in the summer of 1947 he saw "an occasional Nature Boy saint in beard and sandals."

With his six-movement "Nature Boy Suite" complete, eden searched for the right interpreter. He was drawn to Nat King Cole because of his gentle, elegant ways. After some leads fell through at Capitol Records, he finally left a manuscript with the doorman at the Lincoln Theatre, where Cole was performing. The tattered and rolled up sheet music made its way to his manager, Mort Ruby, who saw potential in the tune. Cole took to it immediately.
Cole began to work eden's song into his repertoire and some months later would record "Nature Boy," the song. This gave him his first hit record. The country went wild for the unlikely tune that spoke of universal love. "Nature Boy" extolled the virtues of living a simpler life and a return to the land as told through the voice of a young seeker.

And while we spoke of many things
Fools and kings,
This he said to me

"The greatest thing you will ever learn
Is just to love and be loved in return."

The song sat atop the Billboard charts for eight weeks in 1948. Colorful articles about eden sprang up in Time, Life, and Newsweek. He told Life magazine, "I am the wind, the sea, the evening star. I am everyone, anyone, no one."
Royalties began to roll in. The impact of his song was enormous. Artists as wide ranging as Sinatra and Coltrane would record versions of "Nature Boy." He was camping out in Griffith Park, with his wife and young son, living on a few dollars a week. They had a bicycle and a juicer. Now he considered buying a jeep.
Years later, Del-Fi records published ahbez's own LP, Eden's Island. The record is equal parts Moondog and Kahlil Gibran, where tropical polyrhythms, jazz, and spoken word are forged together resulting in a decidedly unique vision of utopia. Long considered to be the touchstone of exotica, and thereby having considerable influence on Brian Wilson, eden was even spotted in the studio during the recording of the Beach Boy's "Pet Sounds" and "Smile."
The image and values of eden ahbez precipitated the free love counter-culture movement that would follow some 20 years later. By attuning with the rhythm that is the pulse of nature, he managed to write a number-one song on his first attempt. eden liked to raise his flute in the air and allow the wind to play it, very much like he lived his life. He came from nowhere and belonged everywhere.


... and once again, the YouTube video of Nat King Cole singing Ahbez's hit, "Nature Boy."

Breast Health!

Full Moon and Detox

I got the below email from Gillian McKeith. Make sure to check out her detox below!

Dear Amanda,

Astronomical June

Hello and welcome to this newsletter.

Coming up this month we have 3 major solar & lunar calendar events all happening within the next couple of weeks! This is a real treat and a very high energy time period.

The three events are as follows:

(1) Summer Solstice (Winter Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere) one of two instants during the year (Winter Solstice being the other), when the Sun as seen from Earth is farthest north or south of the equator (happening on 21 June 08).

(2) Mid Summers Day, the longest day of the year, is when the sun is at its most northerly point, and thus it is ‘the longest day’ (happening on 24 June 08). This is also the turning point for daylight to shorten as we head towards Fall / Autumn.

(3) Full Moon (happening on 18 June 08) at the same time as the other events, which is when the sun is directly opposite the moon. These astronomical events may be relevant to you because the seasons, the sun and the moon phases all affect our health, mood and overall constitution.

Did you know that the days after a new moon, just leading up to a full moon, are ideal for a Detox Day?


The gravitational flow of the moon motivates not only the earth’s oceans and rivers, but also our own bodily fluids.

When the moon changes its phases, there is a 24 hour period for the magnetic field of the Earth to change. This activity may influence your body to let go of excess fluids. For this reason, health practitioners, health retreats and nutritionists sometimes may recommend this specific period of the month to conduct a detoxification programme.

That’s why it’s a great idea to schedule in Gillian’s Detox Day during the period from 14th – 17th June, which leads up to the full moon on 18 June.

It is the perfect time!

The weekend of 14th – 15th June, when you are off from work, is an ideal opportunity to go through Gillian’s Detox.

It is important to have your Detox Day at home when you can relax – It’s a YOU time.


Gillian’s Detox Day - taken exclusively from

Gillian’s Boot Camp.

NB Always consult with your medical doctor or GP before embarking upon any detox or nutritional programme.

The Detox Day Planning Sheet is in Adobe Acrobat format and requires the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print. The reader can be downloaded for free here.


You will see on the Gillian’s Detox Day itinerary that juicing is an integral part of the day. In fact, juicing could be one of the most important activities that you do in any day.

Take a look at Gillian’s comprehensive information on juicing, where you will discover why to juice, how to juice, what to juice, including some delicious fruit & veg combinations to use.

This may even *inspire* you to ‘Grow your own Juice’. These summer months lend themselves very well for growing soft fruits, salads and vegetables. Imagine all that captured sunshine and naturally occurring nutrients too!

* Did you know that the word “inspire” derives from root words that mean “in spirit”?

Whether you use your garden, grow-bags on balcony, pots on window sills, or sprouting seeds / pulses in a jar – Growing your own creates a grounding, creative, connection with your food and it costs pennies – a win, win, win!

Furthermore, both growing and juicing are wonderfully beneficial and fun exercises to share with children. It includes and informs them in understanding food, energy, growth, connection and creativity.

We’d love to see pictures of proud harvest, or of you and your family deliciously juicing juicy juices, and we’d also love to hear your Detox Day testimonials – How was it for you? Please do let us know.

We do genuinely appreciate hearing from you, as do others appreciate the support you give them by sharing your story, experience and pictures. It reminds us all, that we are all connected together.

New Restaurant Website

Gillian McKeith Restaurant Guide

Finally, have you filled in your favourite ‘eateries’ in Gillian’s Restaurant Guide?

How wonderful to now have ‘click of a button, internationally accessible’ information on where to eat, what food is on offer, value, and service – It’s great!

Remember – Gillian’s Restaurant Guide is a free online information service - provided by us, written by you!

(And you can even check out Gillian’s Personal Favourite Restaurants each week too!)

Enjoy the next couple of high-energy weeks. Plan your Detox Day. Grow your own. Connect with us.

Wishing you the best good health,

Kind regards,

Team Gillian


Everything is Coming Up Roses..

Check out why roses are so amazing for us!

Thursday, June 12, 2008


"Eat breakfast like a king,
lunch like a prince
and dinner like a pauper."

-Adelle Davis

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Great Website For Pregnancy


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An Example of a Healthy Meal During Pregnancy (or not)

Here's a couple great videos on how to prepare a quick and easy healthy meal during your pregnancy. BUT THIS IS GREAT TO EAT ANYTIME. So everyone read this entry!!!

Healthy Pregnancy

So I have started my research on nutrition during pregnacy! Check out some videos I found to get you going on eating right during pregnancy:

Monday, June 9, 2008

Bladder Infections...

I wrote about this in the past, but just found this article on Ideal Bite! Ideal Bite (Bite-sized ideas for light green living) sends out really interesting emails. Sign up for their emails here.

Friday, June 6, 2008


Not me, silly! But "Pregnant People" and those of you getting ready to get pregnant, watch out! Watch out for future blogs. I am in the process of helping two different people with their diets - - one gal is actually pregnant and the other is preparing for pregnancy! I have just purchased some books and will get the research started and then will blab about all my knowledge to you. SO LOOK OUT!

BABIES!! Most exciting time in a woman's life!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Hula Hoop! Best Exercise!

I was visiting my friend Joanne last night at her cute apartment when I noticed her hoola hoop! Aside from surfing on a regular basis, she uses a hula hoop for exercise. So I tried it out. I forgot how much stomach and butt muscle you use when you hula! Amazing. I owned one as a kid, and hey, it's never too late to be a kid again!

You can purchase some on ebay or Be careful of the hula hoops specifically designed for exercise. I read the customer reviews and it seems that there are a ton of complaints that those type of hoops really hurt and cause bruising. So read reviews before you purchase. What a fun way to exercise!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008


This is exciting news!! I just bought my new website:


Sea Salt

In my previous post, one of the 12 additives to avoid is Sodium Chloride aka table salt. But substitute that with Sea Salt. Sea salt has fewer additives. You can purchase sea salt at any supermarket. I get mine from Trader Joe's. The taste, for me, is better than table salt.


Heather W. just sent me this wonderful article on the 12 food additives to avoid! Read it, write it down on a notecard and carry it with you so you never forget.


Sunflower Seed Butter...

As I have mentioned before, the Trader Joe's Sunflower Butter is to die for. BUT! My lovely friend Sarah pointed something out to me the other day that I just didn't want to believe or admit to. It's a depressing day, people. Sunflower Butter has evaporated can sugar in it. Now, the amount is MINIMAL. But still, becareful with how much you consume. Nut butter should always be natural with no additives. Sarah mentioned that Whole Foods sells sunflower butter with no sugar, just raw, but the taste just isn't the same. I'm going to Whole Foods tonight and will pick up a jar to see what I think. So be weary of the sunflower butter from Trader Joe's. Treat it like a dessert.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Defending Your Garden With Herbs...

Check this article out.

Natural Homemade Pesticide!

I'm in the process of trying to grow my own medicinal herb garden. I'm feeling slightly impatient with this whole process cause it's taking rather long, not to mention that I accidentally dropped all my little labels for the plants and now not so sure which herb is in which pot. I just figured once they grow, I can identify the plants by their looks. Ooh la la. Anyway, it is pretty amazing to see something you've planted come to life... just hurry up and grow already! Anyhoot, I did read about some interesting ways to kill (sorry for you Buddhists out there) those plant eating insects. One of them is Nettle and the other Lavender! I read that if you get a spray bottle and fill it with water, put a bunch of either the nettle or the lavender in the bottle and let it steep for two weeks and then voila! Spray the heck out of your plants! This apparently kills bug trails which are very common during the summer. We get ants on occassion, so instead of using ajax, or something toxic like that, make your own spray! You could probably purchase nettle tea (at Whole Foods) and use that instead of buying a nettle plant. Or you can wait for your freaking nettle to grow in like three months, like I am. Jeez!

hahaha. Happy spraying.


After that last post, you're probably thinking, WTF can I eat!?!? Everything seems to have something bad for you in it whether it's soy or this or that. Well, let's go back to my whole philosophy on eating healthy. You probably hear this all the time, but in fact it is true. MODERATION! While I do post all these nasty things on soy products, for example, (minus edemame, temphe, miso and natto), if you buy organic and do your best to only consume these "nasty" things in small portions you should be fine. Or with soy milk, for example, perhaps try mixing organic soy milk with rice milk and you should be fine.

So what exactly is moderation? Good question. Moderation means, once in a while - like duh, but what is once in a while? I say 20% is once in a while. Meaning, if you consume healthy, live, organic foods (which are so delicious) 80% of the time, you'll be fine. It's so easy.

Also, think about this, if the majority of the time you eat at your best, then when you eat something that is not necessarily "the best"during your "once-in-a-while-period," then your body is going to be in such amazing shape that it's gonna fight and sustain it's strength if a few additives, bacteria, or in the soy case, a bit of carrageenan gets into your system! So don't stress, cause stress is bad too. Always think MODERATION - 80%/20%. Piece of cake! I mean piece of fruit!

More on Soy Milk AND Almond Milk!

So in addition to the dangers of the amount of estrogen found in soy milk, there is another issue found in both soy milk and almond milk: Carrageenan.

Carrageenan is a food additive extracted from red seaweed and is thought to be cancer-causing. This was brought to my attention from my dear friend, Heather, who was drinking her last bit of soy milk the other day and decided to do a bit of research online and found Dr. Weill's website. Check out his articles on Rethinking Soy?, Can Carrageenan in Soy Milk Cause Cancer? and Is Soy Milk Safe?

Very interesting. Very interesting indeed. Heather, went to Whole Foods yesterday with her new found knowlege and found that Carrageenan is found even in the organic soy milks and organic almond milks. I think she found ONE soy milk without this ingredient. The only cow's milk-substitute that did not contain Carrageenan is ... RICE MILK! Yes, the my least favorite of cow's milk-sbustitutes. So now my goal is to find the best tasting Rice Milk. Will get back to you on that.

There is always goat's milk as an option which will digest far better than regular dairy products from cow's. You can get goat's milk at Whole Foods, I believe.


Monday, June 2, 2008

Museum of Menstruation

I found this link on Susun Weed's website. Check it out for some interesting facts on the female anatomy. : ) And definitely catch the video below! : ) .

Susun Weed - Herbalist

So, I have another mentor (though, she has no idea who I am) besides Gillian McKeith (also has no clue who the heck I am) and my bible, Mother Earth News Magazine (who commented on my blog, by the way!!!! WOW!). She's not new for me, but new for me to share with you! SUSUN WEED! She's seriously amazing because her knowledge and dedication to learning about herbal medicine, the human body and her outlook on nutrition is incredible! It's important to get a different perspective on health and for those of you who depend on western medicine as your soul source of healing should definitely pay attention to this blog entry.

First, read a little bit about Susun. She's an herbalist who's led a very full life thus far. She founded the Wise Woman Tradition. I get her newsletters which have wonderful information for women of ALL AGES! I watched a youtube video (which is posted below) of her a while back and she does say that though she talks about and focuses primarily on women, you can apply the same information and knowledge for men. Sign up for her newsletter here.

Click here and scroll down to the Feature Article on Nutrition where she states that "Nutrition begins with milk from mother's breast" and her comment on fats, "Swedish studies confirm that saturated fats promote breast health, while vegetable oils (such as canola, safflower, corn, cottonseed, and sunflower oils) promote breast cancer." Very interesting. Very interesting, indeed.

Also take a look at her books which you can find used at Amazon:

Then watch this interview with her:


So continuing on the sugar addiction note, when you feel that sugar craving - - pick up a piece of fruit!

Click here to find out why blueberries rock our world.