Healthy Household: Diatomaceous Earth

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Diatomaceous earth is a non-toxic, natural mineral that can be used safely in the home, garden or homestead. DE is safe for internal use with pets, livestock and people.

“Diatomaceous earth comes from fossilized shells of freshwater diatoms and is found in vast deposits all over the earth. Made up of silicone and trace minerals, diatomaceous earth can, according to the scientific literature, absorb methyl mercury, E. coli, endotoxins, viruses (including poliovirus), organophosphate pesticide residues, drug residue, and protein, perhaps even the proteinaceous toxins produced by some intestinal infections.”
Mad as a Hatter by Dr Kaayla Daniel

Diatomaceous earth (DE) is a non-toxic, natural mineral that can be used safely in the home, garden or homestead. DE is safe for internal use with pets, livestock or people. DE is effective against numerous pests and parasites including intestinal worms, fleas, lice, mites, termites, ants, spiders, bed bugs, etc.

There are many uses for DE. I have personally used DE for:

  • killing fleas and biting spiders inside the household by sprinkling DE followed by vacuuming 24 hours later
  • de-worming our warehouse cat and hens by putting DE in their fed
  • controlling mites by sprinkling DE in the hen’s dust bath
  • controlling serious infestations in the garden by sprinkling DE around the infestation

After experimenting with DE for about two years, I can say the product is safe and effective at pest and parasite control. It is also a very inexpensive product with multiple uses. I would recommend every household having a supply of DE on hand for use instead of pesticides or de-worming agents.

“Until we can clean up the planet and our act, we fortunately do have a dirt cheap, stop-gap way of coping with metal toxicity. That solution is diatomaceous earth.”

DE has a long history of being used internally for removal of heavy metals. I have taking DE internally but don’t have any long term experience doing so. Just add a small amount of DE to water and drink. If you are interested in the internal use of DE please read Mad as a Hatter: How to Avoid Toxic Metals and Clear Them from the Body.

“The only caveat is that diatomaceous earth used for human or animal detoxification must be food grade. People and other mammals should never use the coarse, crystalline form of diatomaceous earth sold for use in swimming pool filters or as insecticides, or sources of diatomaceous earth contaminated with toxins like arsenic and the metal toxins.”

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Diatomaceous earth comes in different grades. Use “food grade” DE for pets, livestock or people. You can get food grade DE at Nature’s Fare. The Horse Barn and Purity Feeds has lower grades of DE. A pail of food grade DE is an inexpensive addition for your emergency supplies and medical kit. DE will last a very long time if kept dry.

“To detoxify with diatomaceous earth, dissolve less than one teaspoon to one tablespoon for every 100 pounds of body weight in a glass of pure water and drink before bed over a period of months or years. Taken this way, its metal-binding capacity is unlikely to hinder the absorption of needed minerals such as calcium, magnesium and zinc, which we take in from our food at mealtimes or from supplements during the day.”

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Healthy Household: Fast Exercise

“There is a persistent widespread belief in the fitness industry that the more time you spend exercising, the better.”
Fast Exercise by Dr Michael Mosley

I have just finished a very simple and interesting book called Fast Exercise by Dr Michael Mosley. He has also written a book called Fast Diet which is basically the same as the Every-Other-Day Diet which you can read about here and here.

The book Fast Exercise will outline how to get all the health benefits of exercise in a very short period of time. If you have ever used the excuse that you don’t have time for exercise, this book is for you.

The system is based on two types of exercise. The Fast Strength workout is based on doing 2-3 sets of body weight exercises. These full-body exercises can be done anywhere and without any equipment. The most common full-body exercises are: pushup, pullup, squat, and plank. The book also has a Fast Exercise Park workout that can be done in any city park. The second type of exercise is called a Fast Fitness workout which is based on High Intense Training (HIT) and High Intense Interval Training (HIIT).

The time required for exercise is minimal:

  1. Fast Strength workout take 5-7 minutes, twice a week.
  2. The Fast Fitness workout requires two sets for 20 seconds of hard exercise twice a week. If you’re really gung-ho you can do three sets for 30 seconds of hard exercise twice a week.
  3. The program requires lots of rest between workouts!

“Hunter-gatherers would have likely alternated difficult days with less demanding days when possible. The same pattern of alternating a strenuous workout one day with an easy one the next day produces higher levels of fitness with lower rates of injury… The natural crosstraining that was a mandatory aspect of life as a hunter-gatherer improves performance across many athletic disciplines.”

Fast Strength and Fast Fitness is an excellent addition to a daily walking routine and eating a nourishing traditional diet from quality sources. Getting enough sleep and controlling stress is also important for maintaining vibrate health. Because the Fast Exercise workouts are so short there is less chance of injury. Even if you don’t like exercising the routine is over quickly. For more information see: Fast Exercise Tips. Here’s more tips for improving well-being:
Daily Prescription to Improve My Well-being

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Exercise equipment is optional. For Fast Strength I use a pad and reused containers as weighs. I bought a used bicycle for Fast Fitness but you can skip rope, climb stairs, or do jumping jacks. There’s no need for any equipment or expensive gym memberships.

Below is Mark Sisson showing how to do progressively more difficult Primal Movements which are basically the same exercises as Fast Strength. Here’s more information about four Primal Movements.

For more recipes please see Healthy Household: Staying Clean Safely and Saving Money.

Updated June 13, 2015: Here’s John Kiefer talking to about ketogenic diets, high intensity training, life extension and functionality later in life.

Ketogenic Chocolate Fudge

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Ketogenic Chocolate Fudge is unlike any fudge you have ever eaten.

This recipe originally came from Eat Fat, Loss Fat by Dr Mary Enig and Sally Fallon Morell. I have made a few changes to the recipe to make it ketogenic.

This is like no fudge you have ever eaten. Normally, fudge is a super sweet dessert loaded with sugar. In contrast, this fudge is loaded with healthy fats.

1 1/4c organic coconut oil
1/4c organic creamed coconut
3-4T organic butter
5-6T organic cocoa powder
1-2T local honey
2 big pinches of sea salt
1T homemade vanilla extract (optional)
1c organic pecans, finely ground

Put the coconut oil, creamed coconut and butter into a Pyrex measuring cup. Place the measuring cup in a sauce pan half filled with water. Bring the water to a boil and simmer the mixture until melted.

In a food processor or Vitamix machine, add the melted coconut mixture, cocoa powder, honey, salt and vanilla extract. Blend very well. Add the nuts and blend until smooth. Pour the mixture into a 8″x8″ glass pan lined with wax paper.

Cool the fudge in the freezer until the it is almost solid. Remove the fudge and cut into 32 bars. If you get the cooling at the right point, the fudge cuts cleanly and easily.

Store in the freezer. Enjoy the fudge when you need a quick snack that will fuel your body for hours.

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Melt the coconut oil, creamed coconut and butter in a Pyrex cup.

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Pour the fudge into a glass pan lined with wax paper. Cool in the freezer.

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Use the wax paper to remove the hardened fudge from the pan. It’s easier to cut on the counter. I should have given the fudge a bit more time to cool because the fudge didn’t cut smoothly.

Sesame Flax Crackers

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Creamy, crunchy crackers! Mmmmm! Progress happens more by mistake than intention.

These crackers can be made in a food processor but a Vitamix machine will give a very creamy cracker that can support loads of butter, cheese or pate without falling apart. I made these crackers by accident by putting the Vitamix machine on high for a moment. I thought I had ruined the crackers but they turned out creamy and crunchy. Progress in my kitchen happens more often by mistake than intention.

2c organic sesame seeds
1/2c organic brown or yellow flax seeds
3c filtered water
2tsp sea salt
1 organic bird’s eye pepper (optional)

Soak the sesame and flax seeds overnight in the water and salt. In the morning, the mixture will have mostly congealed. In a Vitamix machine, grind the mixture at high speed for just a moment. The mixture should be quick thick.

With a tablespoon, scoop out some of the mixture and place it on the dehydrator sheet. Smooth down into rounded crackers or just let the crackers settle themselves. Don’t spread the mixture too thinly or the crackers will break. Dehydrate at a low temperature for 24 hours or until the crackers are dry. Store in a dark, dry place.

Mary’s Oil

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Mary’s Oil is good in salads, mayonnaise or in cooking.

“This wonderful blend of three oils can be used in salad dressings or as a cooking oil. When used for cooking, flavors come through beautifully, and the blend does not burn as easily as pure coconut oil. In salads, it provides all the benefits of coconut oil and does not have the strong taste of olive oil. In mayonnaise, it provides firmness when chilled.”
Eat Fat, Lose Fat: The Healthy Alternative to Trans Fats by Dr Mary Enig

I have been rereading some of my old books this last month. One book I have really enjoyed is Eat Fat, Lose Fat: The Healthy Alternative to Trans Fats by Dr Mary Enig and Sally Fallon Morell. Even though I have been following many of the recommendations of the Weston A Price Foundation, I have never made Mary’s Oil.

I haven’t made Mary’s Oil because I had trouble finding a good source of reasonably priced organic sesame oil. Recently, I learned about a local Nelson, BC business called Organic Matters that has both raw and toasted sesame oil. I purchase the both oils in 2.5 gallon containers which helped reduce the cost some. Another thing I like about Organic Matters other then their excellent quality products is the company uses excellent containers that can be reused.

For making Mary’s Oil, I use the raw sesame oil. My husband and I both like the toasted sesame oil for cooking.

1c organic cold pressed sesame oil
1c organic coconut oil
1c organic extra virgin olive oil

Use a funnel to decant the sesame oil and the olive oil into a glass bottle. I like reusing flip-top bottles for oils. Put the coconut oil in a 1-2c Pyrex cup. Add some water to a sauce pan and place the Pyrex cup into the water. Bring the sauce pan to a boil, and simmer the coconut in a water bath until completely melted. Add the melted coconut oil to the other oils. I was surprised that at room temperature the oil mixture did not congeal.

Mary’s Oil is a great way to get more coconut oil into your diet.

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Reusable flip-top bottles work great with oils.