Shutting Down

Friends, I’m really sorry to have to announce this but we may have to shut down The blog is infected with over 2419 viruses and malware. Unfortunately, the cost to construct a firewall and scanning system is cost prohibitive.

I guess we should be happy for the years we have had but the internet has become a big-bad place. I sure have learned a lot.

If you have any recipes or information that has been useful to you in the past, please make a hard copy. I don’t know when I will pull down the site but I will leave the site up for another month so people can get the information they want.

Again, I am truly sorry for this bad news. Thank you for your past support.

Healthy Household: Vertigo

self treatment BPV Healthy Household: Vertigo

Here are the Epley Exercises for home-treatment of Benign Positional Vertigo (BPV).

Thank goodness for the wonders of the internet!

About a month ago out of the blue, I started having a very scary experience. I became plagued with dizziness and nausea. I would turn my head or even roll over in bed and experience vertigo. Usually, any health problems I have are connected to my diet so I cut out the iffy foods. That didn’t help. I started taking ginger and licorice extracts. The ginger extract did help with the nausea. I started drinking ginger tea but the vertigo did not go away.

After three weeks of vertigo, most people would run to the doctor. I’m not most people but I was getting scared. So, I decided to do some internet research on dizziness and after less than five minutes found this quote on Benign Positional Vertigo:

“A person who has short episodes of intense spinning sensations when looking up or even rolling over in bed, may have BPV. This is a condition that causes small calcium carbonate crystals to become out of position from the central portion of the inner ear, where it floats about in the semi circular canals, bouncing on nerve cells and making them fire the wrong signals to the brain.”

“Because of hormonal factors women develop this condition more frequently then men. The way women process calcium could also be a factor. A women 40 years old has a 1-3% chance of getting BPV. The risk is higher the older she gets. For women who are postmenopausal BPV is the leading cause of dizziness. Thankfully the treatment for BPV is very easy. Your doctor or a physical therapist can perform a maneuver to re-position crystals in the inner ear. By applying different swift head motions it can shift the crystals to a pocket in the inner ear that is less sensitive, and will later dissolve.”*

What caught my attention was the description of exactly what I was going through and that there were exercises that a doctor or physical therapist can do to re-position the crystals. Well, I could do the exercises at home if I knew what to do! It took another five minutes of research to find the exercises. There are a number of types of exercises. I tried the Epley Exercises which were stated to work for most people. Here’s a link to a PDF download for the Epley self-help exercises.

I had someone in the family read out the directions while I did the exercises. I did the exercises twice and 90% of the vertigo disappeared! Within another two days the vertigo was completely gone! I think I had done the exercises a total of eight times. The exercises are very easy to do. There was no need for a doctor’s visit or medications.

Like I said, the wonders of the internet! The internet is an amazing modern resource for finding health information quickly that would have taken days or weeks to research a generation ago. I feel incredibly lucky to have had the internet to help solve my own household health problems and not have to resort to using the medical system.

* Here’s the link to the original article on Benign Positional Vertigo which got me on the right track for solving my vertigo.
11 Causes of Dizziness

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

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

“Freedom refers inwardly to our moral lives, and outwardly to choosing among alternatives that define our lives. Liberty, in contrast refers to the physical aspects of freedom.”
The War Against the Family by William Gairdner

thanksgiving 1 Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

I want to thank local farmers Magi and Don Buchanan of China Valley Poultry Farm for the delicious pastured turkey.

This Thanksgiving I have much to be thankful for. I have a healthy family, a successful business, and a happy marriage.

But during holiday times, food is always on my mind. I want to especially thank local farmers Magi and Don Buchanan of China Valley Poultry Farm for the delicious pastured turkey that honored my family’s table. The organic squash from Ed and Daniela Basile of Sun River Organics made a fantastic pumpkin dessert.

But I found myself looking at the richness of my holiday table. I could not name all the faceless, nameless people that have worked to provide such a rich bounty. I found myself grateful for the spontaneous order of the market — that like magic — had brought this bounty to my home.

“The expression ‘the paradox of freedom’ means that whenever we exercise our freedom we limit ourselves, simple by choosing one alternative over another… The important point here is that to use our freedom is to limit our freedom in all sorts of ways.”

thanksgiving 2 Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

A BIG thank you to all the faceless, nameless people that make up the spontaneous order of the market and provide my family will such a rich bounty.

I know not everyone would like pastured turkey for Thanksgiving. I then thanked the free market for providing moose, lamb, pork, goose, fish and tofurkey (tofu turkey) for those that would prefer these options. I found myself glad that people that preferred to eat Thanksgiving at McDonald’s could do so, while others would enjoy a five course offering at the Brownstone.

I found myself thankful for all the choices that the market brings to my community.

“The glory of our freedom is that by limiting it in one way, and not the other, we define ourselves by our actions. We live and feel our freedom by making positive decisions to say ‘no’ to specific alternatives. At bottom, freedom is the ability to say ‘no’.”

thanksgiving 3 Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

I want to to thank organic farmers Ed and Daniela Basile of Sun River Organics for the fantastic squash that made a delicious pumpkin dessert. The recipes are below.

Happy Thanksgiving! May we continue to have food freedom. May we continue to have the personal liberty to celebrate the holiday as we see fit.

Holiday Dinner Menu
Onion Gravy
Crock Hot Peppers

Dandelion Chai Tea

“Dandelion is a wonderful food as well as a beneficial medicine. It supports overall health by gently working to improve the functioning of the liver, gallbladder, urinary and digestive systems. It is excellent for cleansing the skin.”
Backyard Medicine: Harvest and Make Your Own Herbal Remedies by Julie Bruton-Seal

dandelion chai 2 Dandelion Chai Tea

Dandelion Chai Spice blend is a spicy, caffeine-free tea nice in the fall and winter.

Dandelion root has long been used as a caffeine-free, coffee and tea substitute. Eating dandelion root is also a great way to solve your weed problem!

Some people like to dry-roast the dandelion root in a case-iron pan before brewing. This blend does not require dry-roasting the dandelion root but you might like to try dry-roasting the dandelion root and see if you like this spice blend better.

12 organic cinnamon sticks
4 whole organic nutmeg
20 whole organic cloves
20-25 whole organic green or black peppercorns
24 whole organic green cardamon pods
1/4c dried organic ginger
8 whole organic star anise (optional)
1tsp sea salt
1/2c garden dried dandelion root

dandelion chai 3 Dandelion Chai Tea

For best results use whole spices which keep much longer in storage. A frugal householder should consider buying spices whole and grinding fresh whenever possible.

Coarsely grind all the spices and dandelion root. The pieces should be like a very coarsely ground coffee. Store the tea blend in a glass jar.

To make the tea, boil 1L of filtered water and add a handful of the spice blend. Simmer for 20 minutes. Strain the tea and save the spices. The spice mixture can be used again until it loses its potency.

I like storing the brewed spiced drink in a thermos for later use. The spice mixture gives the drink a naturally sweet flavor. Add some organic whipping cream or homemade coconut milk for a ketogenic drink. If desired, add some local honey. This fragrant drink is great in cold weather.

Whole spices keep much longer in storage. The frugal householder should consider buying whole spices whenever possible.

dandelion chai Dandelion Chai Tea

The spice mixture should be coarsely ground to make staining easier. This spice blend is made from dried, whole spices. It should be made in small amounts regularly for best results.

“Roasted dandelion root is a well known and caffeine-free coffee substitute. We grind the roasted root with a few pods of cardamon just before brewing; it’s also tasty with cinnamon and fennel seed.”

Fragrant Ginger Snaps

fragrant ginger snaps 2 Fragrant Ginger Snaps

This recipe makes a soft, chewy cookie with a fragrant taste. Top the cookie with some honeyed ginger or dried fruit pieces.

This recipe is safe for someone on the SCD/GAPS program. Just eliminate the optional blackstrap molasses.

This recipe is based on Ginger Snaps from Living Cuisine: The Art and Spirit of Raw Foods by Renee Loux Underkoffler. Renee’s cookbook has an amazing section of raw desserts based on nuts and she has a special gift for balancing flavors with spicing.

Living Cuisine was a gift from my sister many years ago. I was new to the SCD/GAPS program at the time. I was frustrated because I had no recipes for making a birthday cake for my youngest daughter that was “SCD/GAPS legal”. After reading Renee’s book, I never had problems with making SCD/GAPS legal desserts again!

2c boiling filtered water
18-20 organic dates, soaked and pitted
1/4c organic ginger, freshly grated very finely
2tsp organic nutmeg, freshly grated very finely
1T organic cinnamon stick, freshly ground
1/2tsp organic whole cloves, freshly ground
1/2tsp sea salt
2T organic blackstrap molasses (optional)
2c organic white beans, soaked, cooked and rinsed
2T organic whole yellow flax, freshly ground
organic raisins or homemade Honeyed Ginger, topping (optional)

Soak the white beans overnight in filtered water. Rinse the beans well before covering with fresh water and cooking for 1-2 hours until very tender. Remove any scum or hard beans during the cooking. Rinse the cooked bean well in cool filtered water before using.

Place the dates in a bowl and pour the boiling water over them. Cover and let the dates soak for 20-30 minutes. While the dates are soaking, finely grate the ginger and nutmeg and freshly grind the cinnamon and cloves in a spice grinder. When the dates are cool remove the pits and put the pitted dates into a food processor.

In a food processor, blend the dates until very smooth. Add some date soaking water, if needed. Add all the spices, ginger, molasses and sea salt and mix very well. Add the cooked beans and process until very smooth. Add the ground flax seeds last and grind again very well. Refrigerate for a few hours until the dough thickens.

Drop the cookie dough onto the dehydrator sheets in teaspoon amounts. With a wet spoon lightly press down the cookie dough into a round shape. The trick with the cookies to have the cookie dough thick enough not to drip through the dehydrator screen. The cookies are nicer if not over-dried. This produces a moist, chewy cookie.

fragrant ginger snaps Fragrant Ginger Snaps

Try topping the ginger snaps with raisins or small pieces of honeyed ginger. See the link for a recipe for homemade Honeyed Ginger.

Renee is a raw food vegan and she has developed some delicious nut-based desserts. The Weston A Price Foundation does not consider a vegan diet healthy. In contrast to this view, many WAPF health practitioners use short-term vegan diets for a cleanse. These practitioners just don’t think veganism a good diet for long-term use or if you are planning on have children. Regardless of the WAPF views on vegetarianism, Renee’s desserts are fabulous!

“The Foundation believes that strict vegetarianism (veganism) is detrimental to human health. Vegetarianism that includes eggs and raw (unpasteurized) dairy products, organic vegetables and fruits, properly prepared whole grains, legumes, and nuts, and excludes unfermented soy products and processed foods, can be a healthy option for some people.”
Weston A Price Foundation: Vegetarian Tour