Thursday, February 23, 2012
Okay MA, if you think dry brushing away your dead skin is weird, I can't wait to hear what you say about oil pulling. LOL.
I found references to it on You Tube ( bit.ly/YToilpullingquery ) years ago of course, and now even Ann Louise Gittleman advocates it in her book Fat Flush for Life (which I haven't read yet).
I brought it up with my dentist who has come to expect interesting questions from me. She knew nothing of it, which didn't surprise me. She did look it up on YT right then and there. When I first started seeing her in 2006 I remember discussing amalgam removal and she had mainstream answers. Now she acts like it's common practice. My point is that it takes time to change minds. They are careful about bacteria and the heart. In fact, she wouldn't let me get my teeth cleaned for at least 6 months after my heart attack in 2010. I waited a year, and they weren't bad at all. I wasn't oil pulling, but I should have been!
I know how busy people are to add in ONE more thing. I do this, but probably not enough. If my gums bleed I immediately think it's because I need more vitamin C. I'll "pull" more often to see the impact of removing bacteria and toxins which have implications for the heart. Dr. Stephen Sinatra, integrative cardiologist, has a nice write up about the bacterial threat of gum disease and the heart in his Reverse Heart Disease Now book (which I have read): bit.ly/Sinatragumdisease .
I just want you to know MA, that I have boundaries. I will never post a blog entry about drinking my own urine (I've seen that on YT, too), so that's a positive. hahahahaha.
(That's water. In our house it's known as "base beverage.") ;0)
Info and directions for oil pulling from a professional: Gittleman's book via google books: p86-89: bit.ly/ALGoilpulling and a link to amazon for the $6 paperback book: amzn.to/wo0Bfe . She has an interesting chart for what each tooth correlates to in the body (which is in the google books link btw). I've reason to believe this book is as helpful as her others have been for me, and I've about read all of them.
Note to ya'll: my preference would be for non-hydrogenated coconut oil, meaning not the cheap coconut oil I've seen at WalMart because it's adulterated. If you were to use a seed oil, I'd think it'd be better to use a cold-processed oil, not a transfatty heated oil - sunflower oil - like you'd find on the supermarket shelves. I realize you're not swallowing it, but still it's too close for comfort.
When I went to a Vegas Whole Foods once and one of the sales guys was telling me how toxic our bacteria were. He'd oil pull and spit it out the window, and the plants outside died. I said, 'They probably died because of the oil clogged their pores or the soil, too." He was quiet. It makes you realize you really have to have lots of experience with your health, and to not believe everyone who works at a health food store. Heck, you can't believe your doctors half the time. LOL.
It doesn't mean I don't still think oil pulling's worth trying, though!
(that's me spitting out the oil on my morning walk).
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
DH was here over the long weekend and we got a lot done moving some furniture and pictures around. Every time I ask him to help me clean the garage he gets schlumpy. LOL. So, again, for the second YEAR, no help with the garage. We actually don't work well together. I can be bossy. But HE's a leader, and doesn't take orders well. Now I know where my Dd gets it .. hmm. I want to keep everything because we might need it (for instance I just donated the big dog collar I picked up at a yard sale for a buck cause they're about $30 - you know the type of collar, the one that prevents them licking? Well, today the vet told me he may soon be taking off the growths from Musti's leg - and I need it!). DH wants to throw everything away. We often compromise and give to charity.
Back to DH: we tried to put up a wallpaper border in a bedroom once in the 80s and that was almost a crime scene if looks could kill. ROFL. Anyway, he's been perusing open houses up in Northland Country trying to get me excited to move. I'm very interested in a sauna if we can get it. I'd like to detox. Until and if that works out, I try to skin brush or dry brush my skin.
Pictured above are the brushes I've collected trying to find what works best. The answer is: find the brush with natural bristles if you can find it. Brush toward your heart.
1. Don't use this brush! It's what I use to clean the shower. LOL. The plastic bristles will tear up your skin. Ouch!
2. This brush is okay as it has natural bristles, but I like one with a removable head. The handle is awkward everywhere but when you use it on your back.
3. This one smells if you get it wet, so try to keep it dry. :P The bristles are more stiff than the others, so you might try this after your skin is used to the technique/process.
4. Nice size for everything but your back. Unless you have help of course. ;0)
5. Looks like a nail brush, but it's really a skin brush. Works on your face/neck and is handy for travel. Works fine.
6. The most popular brush I think. The handle is removeable for ease of use on legs and arms vs with the handle for your back.
7. This plastic body was okay because the handle was removeable; but I dropped it, and it broke so the handle was useless. The handbrush is still fine.
8. Great brush specific for skin brushing (note the bristles are a bit longer so it's softer). Made in Germany. I lucked into it at a surplus store. I love when that happens.
Most of these were found at Ross and TJMaxx for under $10 for sure.
I favorited this YT skin brushing tutorial in 2007 for this blog. Me procrastinate? LOL. There might be better ones since this, but I think she's overall good. You can also brush quickly in multiple strokes. This is supposed to be good for your lymph. "Like" your lymphs - they're our friends. :) Rebounding is also great. :) Shake it up - za za za. (Family joke, sorry.)
Lymph YT info: bit.ly/lymphcleanse Their title mentions skin brushing but there's no info specific on it. They're selling something which you don't need to buy, but the info is good.
Part 2: bit.ly/lymphcleanse2
Lymph massage: bit.ly/lymphdrainmassage
Lymph article: bit.ly/dclymphnewsletter
He's rather brilliant, and I wish every doctor would explain things so well.
AND, can I tell you that my lymphs were overused as a child/teen? My body was speaking to me but the doctors told inexperienced, uneducated mom I needed my tonsils out for recurrent sore throats. If only they understood I was reacting to food allergens dairy and gluten. *sigh* And what's worse? I did the same to my own kid. I want to rewind my life often.
This makes me feel WONDERFUL and alive. It reminds me how dead I was feeling before my diet change. It was my numb and dumb time of life. :P It didn't help that I had to be pushed into the shower cause I never wanted to. LOL. Ah, those were the days. ha.
Wake up tomorrow, try it, and tell me what you think. (Careful: if you try at night, it might keep you awake - really.) Please don't be tempted to use your hairbrush. You wouldn't want to brush your bumb and then your hair would you? You'd be transferring all those dead skin cells to your head and then we'll be calling the doctor about some odd ...
ha ha, joke's on you, you thought i had cradle cap but it's butt skin!
another one of those underused and appreciated emoticons. ;) I bet he wet brushes.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Figures, huh? LOL? I'm sick of this crap! Can I just say that? Thanks, I feel better.
Plan: I will forego eggs for six months, maybe a year, then reintroduce them to see how I react. I just need to give my body a break. I had positive IgG response to egg yolks on both my ALCAT tests a while back. The gods they are a talkin' and I'm a'listenin. I just need tests to push me into it cause I knew in my heart it'd be positive, but I was still hoping otherwise. Quick read about allergens: bit.ly/AuJCCf .
I'm thinking about what I CAN have, right? (I've gotten good at that!)
REALLY though, www.enterolab.com for doing the dirty work!
DH comes home tomorrow for a long weekend. I will bake him up a belated almond birthday cake something ... without eggs. Wish me luck on that, as it'll be my first attempt.
Monday, February 06, 2012
I have an art friend who needed a day off, so we went to the local art museum yesterday. This is some of what I saw, and of course, it's better in person. I like my small point-and-shoot Sony Cybershot, but I'm disappointed in photo quality. If you have suggestions for a better small camera, I'd like to know.
For more info on the artist Dale Chihuly: www.chihuly.com/ . If you've been to the Bellagio in Vegas, you've likely seen his work!
Glass ceiling filled with hand blown glass "sea" sculptures. It was breathtaking.
Isn't the lighting spectacular?
I love her!
Update: I have gained back 4 lbs. I am done with my bootcamp 3x/week and I'm so glad! The early hour and 'having' to be somewhere at an appointed time was stressing me out, but I wanted to complete my obligation w/friends. I'm also proud that I was as active as I was even if always last. They were a great group. I'm also relieved and HAPPY to report that even though I was SORE, I recuperated by the next day (most of the time) and kept on going. There was a time I wouldn't recuperate (fibro) for at least 5-7 days. The last time I was sore going in to another workout, it seemed to work itself out by the end of that workout! THAT, my friends, IS PROGRESS!!!
I recently had blood labs done, but forgot to ask for hsCRP which would have been interesting, so next time. I waited til the first of the year to send in my stool sample (fun time!) to enterolab checking for egg antibodies ($128 incl s/h) because of health care card. After talking to an Enterolab rep we decided it wasn't a good idea to check for nightshade antibodies because I'd been off them ~18 mos. as results are dose dependent. I've been eating nightshades again on and off, but mostly off if you don't include my binge on chips during the holidays.
I'm a bit of an emotional mess right now. I'm not getting anything done, including on myself. Blah. Time for a reassessment and rebooting if I can fit it into my brain. Give me some !
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
The floors are done in the office and I've dragged in The Beast of a desk I picked up last year (and NOT painted - oh well and lol), but it's fine and does its job. I love drawers to hide my stuff. I've been drawerless for five years! Now I need more file drawers, or I need to go paperless. That'll take me a long time. It took me a few days to get the printer set up. The old printer/fax was more trouble than it was worth, and we got a free printer w/my Apple purchase a few years ago. No fax though. It DOES scan, but of course it doesn't work and I have no idea why. It goes through the motions then tells me in essense, "Sorry Loser! FAIL!" LOL. I don't know how long it'll take me to figure it out as I'm no techie.
DH has health insurance through retirement and he elected to not get added health insurance through new employer because of cost vs benefits. Fingers are crossed we don't need it for catastrophe. Anyway, this year we have a new debit Flex Spending health card for our medical purchases and copays. Sounds easy enough. This year was the year I was going to get credits for all my supplements. NOT. This year because of 2010 Health Care Reform the IRS took away vitamins/supplement eligibility ... UNLESS you get a prescription from your doctor and send in a Letter of Medical Necessity. Honestly, could taking supplements really be the bain of Health Care Reform? I was able to buy glucose testing strips without a diabetes diagnosis, but not able to buy my supplements for a celiac disease diagnosis when I was at the Big Box Store pharmacy.
"If" approved, I'll be able to buy supplements, save the receipt, and send it in with a claim form and Rx. Every time. Oh goodie. More paperwork.
So, between getting the printer set up, completing the Letter of Medical Necessity, and required phone calls to insurance, pharmacy and doctor's office, I've got little to show for my effort as of now.
Here is a readable list of Deductible and Non-Deductible Medical Expenses:
bit.ly/AaS54s (who knew Scientology counseling was not deductible?!) or the IRS long, legal version: bit.ly/wCW6Bv .
I've been going to bootcamp (last Wednesday kicked my sorry bum) every MWF. I'm always glad I went but getting up at 4:45am is HARD. I don't get enough sleep. I weigh the same. Sometimes I get home and stare at the walls for a few hours. LOL. Hope you're all doing what you want and living healthily. xoxo
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