Thursday, December 2, 2010

Sprouting Sunflower Seeds

I just started sprouting sunflower seeds again for the winter. They are delicious in salads, on sandwiches, or in juices.
Sunflower greens are a nutritional powerhouse packed with vitamins A, B complex, D, and E; they also contain minerals including calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus and zinc. In addition to these vitamins and minerals, sunflower greens are a rich source of lecithin which helps break down fatty acids into an easily digestible water soluble form, and chlorophyll which benefits many functions within the body, including building blood supply, revitalizing tissue, calming inflammation, activating enzymes, and deodorizing the body (from Dr. Robert Young). They are also a great source of protein.
Buy good quality black seeds (with hulls), rinse them once or twice and then soak them overnight in a container suited for sprouting (just about any container will work). The next morning, drain off the water and rinse them a few times. Place the container full of rinsed seeds in a dark place, take them out and rinse and drain two or three times a day and in a day or two they will start to grow shoots or “tails”. When the shoots are about a1/2 to 1 inch long the seeds are ready to be planted. I buy my seeds on line

I select an indoor spot by my patio doors because it has moderate sunlight and good air circulation. Add one inch of potting soil to a tray that is about two inches deep and has drainage holes. My husband drilled holes in a large saucer that is usually placed under large plants. Beneath that saucer I have another saucer to catch and drain the water from the planted seeds. Water the soil thoroughly, let the water drain and then tamp down the soil. Spread the sprouted seeds evenly over the soil and gently tamp them down. Cover the exposed sprouted seeds with 1/2 inch potting soil and tamp. Water as often as needed to keep the soil moist but not wet. The bottom saucer helps with drainage and prevents the soil from becoming soggy.

Ready to eat in 7 days

Your sunflower greens will be ready to eat in about 7 days, you will know they are ready when they have grown two leaves. Harvest the greens before the 2nd or inner set of leaves appears. Cut the greens above the soil level, wash and drain, remove any left over husks and they are ready to eat. Right at your fingertiips you have "Live, raw food."

I wash and rinse the greens, wrap them in a paper towel, place them in a plastic bag and then into the refrigerator, they will stay good for 7 to 10 days. You can re-rinse and re-wrap them every few days to keep them super fresh.

Sunflower seeds are a great item for food storage.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Vitamin D 3

Vitamin D 3


According to Dr. Robert O. Young, Director of Research at the pH Miracle Living center, "recommendations for an "adequate intake" of vitamin D should be at 50,000 IU's for maintanance and 100,000 IU's in any acute or chronic condition, including diabetes, MS, heart disease and cancerous conditions."

Scientific evidence shows vitamin D may go beyond its traditionally known role in maintaining bone integrity, according to new research presented at the Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting and Food Expo® earlier this month. It may play a role in preventing autoimmune diseases or over-acid tissue conditions such as multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis, some types of cancerous conditions such as breast, ovarian, colorectal and prostate.
Advancing technologies to add vitamin D to natural foods create offerings that provide excellent sources of both vitamin D and calcium which can help consumers achieve dietary adequacy of these largely under-consumed nutrients.

Recent headlines tout vitamin D as the new wonder supplement, with claims ranging from its ability to reduce cancer risk to its link to cognitive function in older men. While studies show connections exist, experts debate the amount of vitamin D necessary for optimal health, however..
"Low vitamin D status is linked to a number of different conditions," said James C. Fleet, Ph.D. professor in the department of foods and nutrition at Purdue University. "These include certain cancers, muscle weakness and types I and II diabetes--possibly even schizophrenia and multiple sclerosis."

Muscle weakness in cases of low levels of vitamin D may be explained by muscle's low levels of vitamin D receptors. "Studies with mice show that without vitamin D receptors, cells can't absorb the vitamin," said Dr. Fleet. "Research also shows a correlation between high vitamin D status and improved lower body muscle function in men and women over 60 years old."
Studies also show a decrease in colon cancer with an increase in vitamin D status, and it seems protective against other acidic cancerous risks as well. "One theory is that vitamin D may indirectly inhibit pro-cancer pathways," said Fleet. "The question is finding the protective level, which remains under some debate."
As you can see, Dr. Young recommends a much higher level.
Although it remains controversial, 30 (ng/mL) of vitamin D is associated with fewer fractures and falls, according to Karen Hansen, assistant professor of medicine within the rheumatology section at the University of Wisconsin. "Vitamin D deficiency causes osteoporosis by triggering decreased calcium absorption, secondary hyperparathyroidism, increased bone resorption and decreased bone mineral density." Study variables and inconsistencies make further studies necessary. Currently, 700 to 800 International Units (IU) of vitamin D 3 a day seems most effective.
Vitamin D 3 and Schizophrenia
Several months ago I received a letter from Dr. Robert Young about Vitamin D research and I just want to share a few lines: "Low vitamin D status is linked to a number of different conditions," said James C. Fleet, Ph.D. professor in the department of foods and nutrition at Purdue University. "These include certain cancers, muscle weakness and types I and II diabetes--possibly even schizophrenia and multiple sclerosis."
What most interested me was the mention of schizophrenia. In my studies, there is some indication that bipolar disorder and some schizophrenia's have responded well to fish oil (The Omega 3 Connection by Dr. Andrew Stoll). Also, there is some research indicating that candida can contribute to both bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
Dr. Carl C. Pfieffer, a psychiatrist in the field of nutritional research, and author of the book,"Nutrition and Mental Illness," treated more than 25,000 mentally ill patients successfully with nutrition. Blood tests were taken to determine deficiencies in the patient.


Patty's comments:
My doctor has recommended that I take 3000 IU a day because I have low bone density. My husband's cardiologists has recommended that he take 4000 IU a day.
Consult your phycian

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Reducing Stress

Stress has a significant impact on health. Dr.Rollin McCraty, at the HeartMath Institute, and other researchers have found evidence that suggest there is an important link between emotions and the descending and ascending autonomic activity. According to McCraty, “These changes lead to dramatic changes in the pattern of the heart’s rhythm, often without any change in the amount of heart rate variability. Specifically, we have found that during emotions such as anger, frustration, or anxiety, heart rhythms become more erratic and disordered, indicating less synchronization in the reciprocal action that ensues between the parasympathetic and sympathetic branches of the autonomic nervous system. In contrast, sustained positive emotions, such as appreciation, love, or compassion, are associated with highly ordered or coherent patterns in the heart rhythms.”
With this research, they are beginning to understand the role played by afferent (ascending) neural signals, which flow from the heart and body to the brain. Extensive experimental data have been gathered documenting the role played by the afferent input from the heart in modulating such various processes as pain perception, hormone production, electrical cortical activity, and cognitive functions.
Research from the HeartMath Institute supports a systems-oriented model of emotion that includes the heart, brain, and the nervous and hormonal systems as fundamental components of a dynamic, interactive network that underlies the emergence of emotional experience. Within the body, many processes provide constant rhythmic inputs with which the brain is familiar. Included in this input are the heart’s rhythmic activity, digestive, respiratory, and hormonal rhythms, and patterns of muscular tension, particularly facial expressions. These inputs are continually monitored by the brain and help organize perception, feelings and behavior. These patterns form a stable reference pattern. When an input is sufficiently different from the familiar reference pattern, this mismatch underlies the generation of feelings and emotions.
When an input to the brain does not meet the existing program, an adjustment must be made in an attempt to return to stability. One way to establish control is an outward action. For example, a confrontation at home with a family member may lead to feelings of anger, which can prompt inappropriate behavior. Through internal adjustments we can self-manage our feelings in order to inhibit these responses. If we are not able to manage our emotions then feelings of anxiety, panic, hopelessness, annoyance, or depression result. It is through practice of techniques like “Freeze Frame,” that inputs can be viewed as optimistic and hopeful.

Seven /Steps to Reduce Pain and Stress

Take a short emotional vacation by using the Freeze Frame Technique explained below. Positive emotions can help you replace negative, stressful thought patterns and feelings with more positive perceptions and emotions in the moment you need them most. It is so easy to do.

1.When you are feeling stressed, have anxiety or panic, or are facing a problem, describe your feeling in one word. Examples could be anxious, fearful, afraid,
confused, angry, frustrated, sad, disgusted, enraged, overwhelmed, lonely, victimized or depressed.
2. Now, shift your attention to the area around your heart. Imagine yourself breathing in through your heart—breathe in to the count of five, breathe out to the count of five. Continue doing this for several minutes.
3. Think of a positive feeling—the love you have for a child or grandchild. Try to experience that positive feeling and send that positive feeling or love to someone else. You may want to think of a positive experience or place where you have felt serenity, peace or laughter. Work on recapturing that feeling right now.
4. Go back to step number two and again breathe in through your heart to the count
of five and then breathe out to the count of five through your solar plexus while
still experiencing the positive feelings.

5. Ask yourself what would be good answer to your problem or a helpful attitude to
balance and de-stress your mind and body. If possible, write it down. Heart perceptions and intuitions are often subtle. They gently suggest effective
solutions for you and all concerned with the problem.
6, Sense any change to your original stress as noted in step number one. Write it down and sustain the positive feeling as long as you can.
7. Repeat these steps as often as needed.







Saturday, October 2, 2010

Co Q 10--quinol for Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia

I took part of the following message from a CFIDS/Fibro patient on the Daily Strength support groups. I think that CFIDS support groups can help each other:
"CoQ10 and CoQ-Quinol, are one and the same. However, the naturopath clinic i go to stocks CoQ-Quinol in liquid form which appears to be more effective, and the CoQ10 are in tablet form, which from what I have gleaned are good for maintenance once one is on the journey of recovery. My naturopath said that when CFS is severe, the tablets are unable to do whatever it is to penetrate the cells effectively, whereas the liquid can penetrate the cells without any assistance on their part. (
I am trying not to get too excited because the improvement may only last as long as I am taking this very expensive supplement., but it is difficult to put words to how the color has returned to my life. It feels like a lead ball has been unshackled from my ankle and concrete has been removed from my head.

For several days now I have managed to go about my workday without wanting to cry from the exhaustion and body pain. I no longer feel the need to sleep in my car during my lunchbreak.

It is so good. However, I am being realistic in that it may not last or it may only last as long as I am taking the product. But for now, the relief is exquisite."

At least four other CFIDS patients said that the liquid CO Q 10 has helped them. Another patient wrote, " I started taking CO Q 10(in pill form) with my morning meds and feel it is helping me with energy. I recently went to a seminar that Dr. Daniel Clauw (FM researcher that proved FM causes more pain in the brain than those without FM). He works with scientific results. The supplements he said does show good results in FM sufferers were: Magnesium, Co Q-10, Vit.D 3 and (500-1000 elemental magnesium)."
DMG is also a helpful supplement.

Chronic Fatigue, Fibro and an alkaline diet

An alkaline diet may be the answer for some who suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, a debilitating disease that sometimes makes you feel like you’re going to die. More than 800,000 people in the US suffer from this disease.
Candida is a major player in fatigue. When our body is alkaline, candida, fungus, yeast, mold, parasites, viruses, and bacteria do not thrive. According to Dr. Robert Young, author of The pH Miracle, microforms are the major players in chronic fatigue syndrome. If your body is acidic, it is likely you have microforms. How do you know if your body is alkaline or acidic? Dr. Robert Young, suggests you use litmus paper (you can buy it a health food store) and get an indication of where the pH of the urine is by testing the first morning urine. Take a strip of the pH paper and wet it. If the paper does not change color, that indicates a highly acidic body. Urine should be 6.8 to 7.2 (medium green), if it too much color (dark blue) that also indicates highly acidic.
As I have researched and talked to people who have overcome Chronic Fatigue with an alkaline diet, I have been amazed at some of the results.
Carol, had chronic fatigue for 16 years and tried everything. At one time she was taking 55 capsules a day. “I had a fisherman’s tackle box to organize my supplements,” she told me. Although her health had started to improve three years ago, she claims it was the alkaline diet and green drinks (I now like AlkaVision) that “pushed me over the edge to good health.”
AlkaVision has a powdered green drink, but you can juice your own greens. I have a vita mixer and blend spinach, celery, kale, a small carrot, cucumber, a thin slice of ginger (natural antiseptic properties), parsley, a little red onion, favorite spices (I use Zip) and a cup of distilled water.
What are alkaline foods? Cucumbers, while not the most nutrient dense food, is one of the most alkaline foods you can eat. Include broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, avocados, jicima, lemon, limes, grapefruit and other alkaline foods in your diet.
Foods to avoid include all dairy, meat, most processed foods, soft drinks, sugar, most sweeteners (except Stevia), and white flour.
I have found that most people who eat green, alkaline foods in the morning have almost double the energy of those on the Standard American Diet, (SAD)

Life was not meant to be easy

Life is not a journey to the grave,
With the attention of arriving safely
In an attractive and well preserved body
But rather to skid in broadside
Thouroghly used up ,
Totally worn out
And loudly proclaiming
WOW!
What a ride.

author unknown

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

My Recovery from CFIDS/FIBRO, Questions & Answers

Questions about my recovery from CFIDS

Patty thanks for taking the time to encourage us in this CFS group and answer the following questions.

1, Patty what was the severity of your CFS (how severe, how long) and how did you recover from CFS?
Ans. Almost every day I felt like I had the drop-dead flu. My bones, muscles, feet
ached. I was dizzy, sometimes had insomnia, sometimes could sleep for two days straight, I had problems with my memory and also had brain fog. I had irritable bowel, gas, problems with my esophagus, digestive problems, sore throat and ear aches... My lymph nodes ached, etc…I was depressed
My doctor wanted to give me disability but I wouldn’t take it. Who can live on disability?
I wanted to get better and I told my doctor, “I either want to get better or I want to die” that’s how sick I was. My Chronic Fatigue and Fibro lasted four dreadful years. I was better for several years, but when my husband died it flared up again but not as bad and this time for only about a year. That was ten years ago. .

2. What do you think triggered your CFS?

The number one thing was probably stress. I was working as a school counselor and my husband and I put two families with five teenagers together. The other thing was sugar. I had been on a diet where I consumed only fruit in the morning, not knowing that I had candida and the sugar in most fruit is like pouring gasoline on a fire for candida. Candida multiplies rapidly when any kind of sugar or fruit is consumed...

3. Did you have a special diet, routine, drugs, drinks, medications, supplements etc?

Ans. I finally found a doctor who discovered I had candida and put me on diflucan. That was the beginning of my recovery, but candida is not easy to get rid of and my change to an alkaline diet was really the answer to recovery. I drank lots of green drinks, juiced, took supplements like MSM for inflammation and joint pain, magnesium and calcium, Co Q 10, had vitamin B 12 shots, homeopathics for candida, and now take Vitamin D 3 and DMG... I also took grate fruit seed extract and Olive leaf, which kills bacteria, virus and yeast. I didn’t take them together and not always on the same day.
I also take fish oil, which is an anti-inflammatory..

Al: “I'm so pleased for you that you have recovered. It gives hope.”

4. What limits do you have now?

Patty: I really have no limits except for diet. I don’t eat sugar and I am on a vegan diet but do eat fish. I jump on a mini-tramp almost every day.


5. What are the benefits from your CFS experience?
How has it changed you?

Patty: It had made me more compassionate. I have a passion to help others recover. It has made me more diligent about diet, because I never want to go through that again. I do not feel deprived because I don’t eat sugar or meat. When there is a choice of the pain and discomfort of Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue, I would change my diet again and again. I am so grateful for my health now.


Cheers
Al

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Remarkable Improvement in Autism

My grandson has been diagnosed with borderline autism. He is 3 and a-half-years-old and has been struggling with speech and concentration. He would also get very agitated. He has an adopted sister who is nine months younger and she has been communicating and talking in sentences for over a year. Two months ago my daughter put them on a sugar-free, gluten free diet. In addition, she has given them DMG, Ionic trace minerals, and chewable fish oil.

Today they came to visit us and we had not seen them for several weeks. I was surprised to see how well my grandson was talking and talking in sentences. He was able to match alphabet letters. He was calmer and able to carry on a conversation. I was amazed at the improvement.

Read more about this on my blog about DMG and autism.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Soda pop---

It takes 32 glasses of water to neutralize one can of soda pop.

Can you be Happy when you have a Chronic Disease?

I think your spirit or soul is grieved when you have a chronic illness. It's as if that beautiful soul is saying I am withering away because I want to be in a happy healthy body. I think you can help by acting as if it is happy. Using you smile muscles and saying "cheese" raises the endorphins in your brain. Your brain can't tell the difference between a phony smile and a real smile, Say positive affirmations, change your negative thinking, keep a gratitude journal, fill your heart with love. Meditate, listen to beautiful music,, try Tai Chi, get rid of stinking-thinking, and send positive notes to others.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

The Touch of the Master's Hand

The Touch of the Master’s Hand It was battered and scarred,
And the auctioneer thought it
Hardly worth his while
To waste his time on the old violin,
But he held it up with a smile.
“What am I bid, good people,” he cried,
“Who starts the bidding for me?”
“One dollar, one dollar, Do I hear two?”
“Two dollars, who makes it three?”
“Three dollars once, three dollars twice, going for three.”
But, No,
From the room far back a grey haired man
Came forward and picked up the bow.
Then wiping the dust from the old violin
And tightening up the strings,
He played a melody, pure and sweet,
As sweet as the angel sings.
The music ceased and the auctioneer
With a voice that was quiet low,
Said, “What now am I bid for this old violin?”
As he held it aloft with its’ bow.
“One thousand, one thousand, Do I hear two?”
“Two thousand, who makes it three?”
“Three thousand once, three thousand twice,
Going and gone,” said he.
The audience cheered,
But some of them cried,
“We just don’t understand.”
“What changed its’ worth?
Swift came the reply
“The Touch of the Master’s Hand.”
And many a man with life out of tune,
All battered with bourbon and gin,
Is auctioned cheap to a thoughtless crowd
Much like that old violin.
A mess of pottage, a glass of wine
A game and he travels on.
He is gong once, he is going twice,
He is going and almost gone.
But the Master comes,
And the foolish crowd never can quite understand,
The worth of a soul and the change that is wrought
By the Touch of the Master’s Hand
-Myra Brooks Welch

The Masters' hand is outstretched to you

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Autism and Candida

There is evidence of a genetic link in autism and that link may be a compromised or weakended immune system.
According to Roger V. Kendall, author of "Building Wellness with DMG," 85 percent of children with autism have microbial overgrowth of viruses, yeast, and pathogens in their gut. "With an impaired digetive tract,food intolerances, allergies and microbial overgrowths result. If left untreated dysfunctional gastrointestional issues can further complicate neurological problems and worsen physical symptoms associated wtih autism."

Researchers have documented yeast overgrowths(Candida albicans) in the intestinal tract of autistic children. High levels of candida may be a contributing factor may to behabioral problems. When there are abnormal gut microbes, the yeast present in the intestinal tract can grow rapidly, and releses toxins in the brain. The toxins can then influence the functioning of the brain.

More Research
A case study found that a child with autism was found to have complete IgA deficiency (serum IgA <6 mg/dl; normal 33-235mg/dL), Candidiasis of the gastrointestinal tract based on evaluation of stool testing, elevated urine arabinose, and elevated serum antibodies to wheat and dairy products. “The pretreatment urinary arabinose concentration (341 mmol/mol creatine in this child was nearly six times the mean value (60.4 mmol/mol creatinine) of normal controls. After antifungal therapy for four months, the urine was retested. At the time the urine arabinose was measured at 51 mmol/mol creatinine, a value only 15% of the baseline sample. Restriction of wheat and dairy products from the diet and antifungal therapy led to a significant decrease in autistic behaviors and increased rate of learning. The Childhood Autism Rating Scale (CARS), an observational measure of various aspects of autism, for the child has decreased from a
rating of 43 (severely autistic) prior to introduction of these therapies to a value of 29 (non-autistic) after the therapy. (Shaw, Baptist, and Geenens)
“Studies done by the late Reed Warren Ph.D. at Utah State University and others indicate that most children with autism have a substantial immune abnormality. Konstantareas and Homatidis at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada found a high correlation between the prevalence of ear infections and the incidence of autism. They found that the earlier a child had an ear infection, the more likely that child had a more severe form of autism. Candida infection has been reported as consequence of frequent antibiotic usage in both humans and animals and an abnormal increase in the sugar arabinose probably from Candida has been reported in urine samples of two siblings with autism. However, Candida infection may also be common in children with immodeficiencies who do not have an unusually high number of infections treated with antibiotics. The pattern of gastrointestinal Candida overgrowth, immunodeficiency, metabolic disorder and autism is well-illustrated in the medical history of the child evaluated by us.” (Shaw, Baptist, and Geenens)

Friday, September 10, 2010

Chronic Fatigue

"Chronic Fatigue isn't death but it leaves you wondering when the mortician is going to come and pick up your body." Patty Butts, Ph.D.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Autism and DMG

I have just been reading "Building Wellness with DMG," written by Roger V. Kendell, and is a book I highly recommend.
DMG (N,N-Dimethylglycine) is a metabolic enhancer built from the simplest amino acid, glycine. DMG is a natural substance found in low levels of the body and is a safe hypoallergenic nutrient that prevents degeneration of the body.
In 1965, two Russian scientists published a study on mentally handicapped children and pangamate (which ocntaind DMG as its active ingredient). Twelve of the 15 children who had previously been unable to speak showed drastic improvement.In addition to increasing in vocabulary, they began speaking in sentences. The children improved mentally, had better concentration and were more interested in their environmnet. In 1975, Dr. Allen Cott published a similar paper with nine autistic children. In 1997, Dr. Shin-siong Jung did a double-blind, placebo-controlled study involving 84 students.
The DMG group showed significantly significant Improvement on five scales used to measure the effictiveness of DMG: irritability, lethargy, stereotypy, inappropriate speech, and hyperactivity.
In a survey of 21,500 parents of autistic children conducted at the Autism Research Institute in San Diego, California, under the direction of Dr. Rimland, showed significant in regard to the use of DMG and behavior modification.
Stephen Edelson, Ph.D., Center for the Study of Autism in Salem, Oregon, says that DMG is safe, inexpensive, and helps half of all autistic individuals. DMG strengthens the immune system, decreases seizure activity, and helps with mental clarity. . Dr Rimland found that from 50 to 75 percent of individuals benefited from DMG.. Recommended dosage is 125 mg from one to four times a day for children, Start with one dose of 125 mg and gradually build up to four. Consult your doctor for specifics. .
Autism is linked to abnormal metabolism, an irregular immune system, and neurological dysfunction. Studies show that DMG helps in all of these areas.

Monday, August 30, 2010

E-coli

David is just now recovering from E-coli. It was a two-week bout of high tmeperatures--102 to 103. Hot sweats, cold chills, no appetite, bed rest. Each day I wondered if we would have to admit him to the hospital but he didn't want to go. I pushed liquids and mineral and green drinks.He was on antibiotics for over a week when the doctors office called and told him the medication he was on did not work for E-coli. They put him on a new round of antibiotics but by that time he had white spots on his tongue (yeast). He lost 8 pounds, but is now among the living again.

My friend, who owns a health food store, said that the mixture of wormwood, cloves and black walnut can help get rid of E-coli. This was interesting to me because this was the combination I took when I had parasites in my blood and body. At the same time, I had liver cancer. I had been to a health food store where I had microscopy done to check my blood. On the enlarged screen, I saw a lot of little creatures swimming around in my blood. When I talked to my doctor about this, he said there was no such thing as parasites in the blood. When I found another doctor who did microscopy, he told me that I had more parasites in my blood stream than anyone he had ever tested. After three months on the wormwood combination the parasites were gone, but I continued to take it for more than a year.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Grandchildren Love You Despite Your Flaws

My two-year old grandson, Paxton, likes to check me over when I go to visit. Like a horse trader who is about to buy a new horse, he opens my mouth to see if I have any missing teeth. I do. He tells me about it. He checks my eyes and pulls on my ears.
He gently runs his finger over wrinkles on my face. He pulls on moles and a small skin tag below my neck.

His eyes are so good he doesn't miss a thing. Still, with all my blemishes and signs of aging, he loves me just the same,

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Macular Degeneration

This time I have a question. How many people out there are using Lucentis, the Ranibizumab Injection for Wet Macular Degeneration (AMD)? What have been the results? Are there any of you who have reversed the vision loss or improved their vision? Did you insurance pay for the shots ($2000 a shot)?
I have just been reading some amazing "Personal Accounts of treatment with Lucentis," that I found by googling. One woman, named Barbara went from a 20/200 to a 20/60 after two injections. This is probably an exception because it can take much longer to see improvement.
Several weeks ago, and almost without warning my husband had trouble seeing out of his left eye. Straight lines and faces appeared wavy. It was then he was diagnosed with AMD and received his first shot of Lucentis. He says his brain has not yet adjusted to seeing clearly out of one eye and wavy out of the other.
Many people with Macular Degeneration have high blood pressure and arteriosclerosis. My husband is on medication for both. Exercise and the proper diet can help decrease blood pressure and hardening of the arteries. In my 30's I constantly fought high blood pressure. It wasn't until I started a regime of daily exercise and changed my diet that my blood pressure became normal. I gave up eating sugar, meat, most dairy products and consumed lots of vegetables. I eat a grapefruit for breakfast each morning.
I have a Ph.D. in Holistic Nutrition and make green drinks for my husband using spinach, kale, celery, carrots, tomato, and parsley, but not as often as I now wish I had done. Dr. Balch recommends, lutein, bilberry, Co Q 10 and beta carotene.
If you are having vision problems, get help immediately. Lower your blood pressure. Eat healthy fats (fish oil,Olivie oil, avocados are loaded with lutein), and add blueberries that you eat in the morning.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Health Dangers from Campfires

We chose Moon Lake To experience the wilderness last week, although we slept in a rustic cabin. How I had looked forward to this trip. There is nothing as pristine as the clean, cool air in the High Uintah Mountains in Utah. The hundred mile range receives over 500 inches of snow annually. It is a scenic, alpine view of grassy meadows sprinkled with wild flowers, mountain peaks, over a thousand lakes, and many cold clear streams.
From the front porch of the cabin we could see Moon Lake, tall log pole pines, and quakening aspen. While morning and evenings are cool the cabins heat up in the day without air conditioning, but cool off as the breeze blows through open windows.

The cabins are about 30 feet a part, so imagine my dismay when the campers next to us started a daytime camfire and the smoke drifted through our cabin windows. I have asthma so we closed all the windows and hiked to Duck Creek which is one of the outlet streams that flows into Moon Lake and there are no campsites.

From Duck Creek we drove to various streams that are South of Moon Lake. I have a passion for sitting in the shade by a babbling Brook or a rushing stream. We returned to the cabin and again hiked to Duck Creek and up the trail that leads around the East side of Moon Lake when it started to rain. We made it back to the cabin before it started to hail--one inch of hail in ten minutes. After the storm, the camfires started again and burned until after 2 a.m. I had some difficulties breathing even though the windows were closed. The cabins are not airtight.
Campfires are supposed to be romantic, charismatic, and so fun to roast marshmallows. As a child I loved campfires. So what's wrong with me other than having a difficult time breathing? Why the humbug?
Campers sitting around a campfire can move away from the smoke, but neighors sitting in a log cabin have to endure it.
The contents of that fire are more dangerous than people think. In an article on BurningIssues.org, Ken Cott sites the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency who estimate that wood smoke is 12 times more carcinogenic than equal amounts of tobacco smoke and stays active in the body 40 times longer.
Children appear to be at the greatest risk of health conditions such as respiratory infections and acute bronchitis

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Letter from a friend.

Dear Patty.
I attended your class in October and the next day I went on the alkaline diet. I mixed up salad greens in apple juice and drank those. All the fibromyalgia pain left. I am on my 7th week of eating vegan. I feel so much better. I am grateful for your class thank you so much. I wanted to let you know how well I was doing. Everytime I start hurting I drink a green drink made out of salad greens and water now as the apple juice really cleaned me out. Now, I can put an apple in it and that doesn't give me cramps.

Patssy D.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Weight Loss on an Alkaline Diet

By Patty Butts, Ph.D.

“We are not overweight, we are overly acidic.”

Author of The pH Miracle for Weight Loss, Dr. Robert Young, claims we are not overweight, we are overly acidic. When the body is overly acidic, the acidity starts to damage our organs and in order to protect the organs, the body goes into preservation mode and says STORE FAT. The body shuttles excess acids into fat cells so they can’t harm vital cells, and in turn, the metabolism slows down in order to generate more fat cells to protect the body. “This makes losing weight virtually impossible,” Young says.
Fortunately there is hope. It all boils down to breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The secrets of losing weight include keeping your body hydrated with alkaline water, eating whole, natural unprocessed foods, and building your diet around green vegetables, healthy fats, exercise, and preparing your self emotionally.
Of course you can eat other vegetables, but green vegetables are an excellent source of alkaline salts and help neutralize acids in the blood and tissues. When acids are neutralized, there is no reason for the body to store fat. Green vegetables produce chlorophyll which helps the blood cells deliver oxygen throughout the body and reduces the binding of carcinogens to DNA in the liver and other organs. Also, they are loaded with fiber, vitamins, minerals and micronutrients.
One caution about raw green vegetables, if you are on coumadin or other statin drugs that thin the blood, you need to check with your doctor before changing your diet.
The most important single measurement to your health is the pH of your blood and tissues—how acidic or alkaline it is. The body will go to great lengths to maintain a very narrow pH range of 7.365, which is mildly basic or alkaline. The pH level of our internal fluids affects every cell in our body. The entire metabolic process depends on an alkaline environment. Chronic overacidity corrodes body tissue and will interrupt all cellular activities from the beating of your heart to the neural firing of your brain. An acid balance builds cholesterol plaques, stores fat, and leaches calcium from bones or magnesium from the heart muscles—all in an attempt to protect itself from acid damage.
Several years ago while my husband and I were on a mission in Tampa, Florida I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue (CFIDS) for the third time. My body was still carrying the additional twenty pounds I gained with my first bout with CFIDS, which lasted over four years. At the time, my doctor wanted to give me medical disability because I was so ill. I tried all kinds of weight loss programs, but could not lose the added pounds.
Sister missionaries introduced me to Young’s book, “The pH Miracle,” and the alkaline diet. When I started on the alkaline diet, I drank “greens,” ate a whole avocado everyday, and in the first month I lost ten pounds, and my health improved rapidly. Within the first week I had energy, the depression lifted, I could sleep at night, resume my activity, and started walking. Within a few months I lost another ten pounds and have kept the weight off and remained healthy.
In a controlled twelve week study, Young had 27 participants who lost an average of 50 pounds apiece. At the same time they decreased body fat and increased muscle mass. All experienced other improvements in their health including lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, normal blood sugar levels, improved libido, improved muscle tone, less depression, indigestion and pain. My friend tried the diet, and within two months lost 38 pounds.
Normal body functions require an alkaline reserve as well as the correct pH in the blood and tissues. To ensure these conditions, a proper dietary ratio of 80% alkaline to 20% acid foods—four parts alkaline to one part acid—is required especially when there is yeast or fungus overgrowth in the body. The goal is to create the proper alkaline balance within your body by eating 80% alkaline foods—green vegetables—like cucumbers-avocados, kale, spinach, broccoli, any sprouts--especially broccoli sprouts, zucchini, asparagus, celery, and dark lettuce.
I like to fill warm Ezekiel sprouted tortillas full of sprouts, romaine lettuce, hummus, avocados, tomatoes, Bermuda onion and then use wax paper to roll it into a wrap. You can add pine nuts, pecans, sun dried tomatoes, or any vegetables you want.
According to Young, the first step in a weight loss program is to hydrate by drinking 1 liter of “green” alkaline water for every 30 pounds of body weight. The body uses water to neutralize and dilute excess acid and other toxins, and wash them out of the body through urine, sweat, and the bowels. Your blood is 90 percent water—you are what you drink. To make a green drink, Young recommends using 1 liter of distilled water, 2 teaspoons of baking soda (if you have high blood pressure use sodium chlorite or sodium silicate) and 1 teaspoon of green powder (which could be a green barley or blend of grasses). Distilled water is more alkaline and does not contain chlorine or other impurities.
It is important to chew your food carefully because the digestive process begins in the mouth as you chew. Chewing speeds up the metabolic process and aids enzymes to do their work. The ideal is to chew your food long enough to convert it to a liquid consistency in the mouth.
Foods to avoid on an alkaline diet because they are highly acidic are meat, sugar (use stevia as a sugar substitute), soda pop, dairy products, vinegar, white flour, and caffeine. Increase the amount of raw food you eat, cut out yeast, use brown rice instead of white rice, and eat only low-sugar fruits—lemon, limes, grapefruits, avocados, and tomatoes. Use soy, rice, or almond milks. Soak almonds overnight (this starts a sprouting process), and you can eat pine nuts, pumpkin and sunflower seeds. Do use quinoa, buckwheat, soba noodles, and millet. Find new and exciting recipes and consider including tofu, veggie crumbles, or veggie burgers.
Some of you may not be ready to give up meat or dairy entirely, but remember meat
and dairy are some of the most acidic foods you can eat. Fish, particularly, salmon, chicken and turkey are less acidic than red meat, although still acidic .Try to buy organic meats whenever possible.
Dr. T. Colin Campbell, who has been called the Einstein of nutrition, in his book The China Study, writes, “We now have a deep and broad range of evidence showing that a whole foods, plant-based diet is best for cancer.” But, he doesn’t stop there; he includes heart disease, diabetes, obesity, autoimmune diseases, kidneys, bones, eyes and brains. His message is to eat meat sparingly.
Wheatgrass and barley grass are not only good for you, but they are an excellent source of protein—more than meat, poultry, fish or eggs, Young says. “Wheat grass contains more than a hundred nutrients, including every identified and trace mineral and all the B vitamins, including B12 , which is usually considered to be available only from animal sources. Barley grass has seven times more vitamin C than oranges and four times as much thiamine as whole wheat flour—thirty times as much as milk.”
Both barley and wheat grass are rich in vitamins. Grasses help balance blood sugar levels. In his book, The pH Miracle for Diabetes, Young writes, just 3 ounces of juiced wheat or barley grass in a liter of distilled water will normalize blood sugar in fifteen minutes. In addition, grasses are natural buffers of metabolic acids.
When juicing fresh barley and wheatgrass, I add distilled water, celery, spinach, and a little ginger root.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Diabetes

This is a guest blog today by Patricia Harris

If You Really don't Prevent Diabetes Now, You'll certainly Hate Yourself Later



Type 2 diabetes is a very common kind of diabetes. Many Americans seem to have been told they have type 2 diabetes,and much more are unaware they may be at high risk. Some groups have a relatively higher risk for developing diabetes type 2 than others.

Type 2 diabetes is more common in African Americans, Latinos, Indigenous Americans, and Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians
as well as other Pacific Islanders, along with the aged population.

In type 2 diabetes, either our body won't produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin. Insulin is needed for your
body to use glucose for energy. When you eat food, our body reduces all the sugars and starches into glucose,that is certainly the essential fuel for any cells in your body. Insulin takes the sugar from the blood into your cells. When glucose accumulates in your blood instead of going into cells, it can lead to diabetes complications.

You have the capability to increase and protect your overall health. With proper nutrition and workout and also making good way of life
choices (like not smoking), you can feel better, stronger, and healthier, and will lower your risk of diseases like cancer,
diabetes, cardiovascular disease and stroke.

What exactly is Healthy Weight?
There's a simple way to find out if your current weight puts you at risk for developing serious diseases. Visit www.diabetes.org/bmi
and consider the Body Mass Index (BMI) test. The final results can help you decide if you need to give consideration to your weight.

The Better You consume, The Better You Feel

Here are some basic guidelines that can help you and your family make healthier food decisions.

* Eat numerous fruits and vegetables.

* Choose whole fiber foods over processed grain products.

Try brown rice rather than white. Substitute wheat grains bread for white.

* Eat fish 2 รข€“ three times a week.

* Select leaner cuts of meat like those that end in "loin."

* Remove the skin from chicken and turkey.

* Eat non-fat dairy

* Drink water and calorie-free non-carbonated beverages.

* Use liquid oils for cooking instead of solid fats.

* Reduce junk food like chips, cookies, cakes, and regular ice cream.

Find baked chips and reduced calorie snacks. Or have a bit of fruit instead.

* Be careful about your serving sizes. Even a lot "healthy" food might cause weight gain.

Tips:

* Compare labels of similar foods, then select the one with smaller amounts of saturated fats, cholesterol and sodium.

* Adults should consume below 2400 mg. of sodium per day. If you have hypertension, it's best to target even less.

* Try adding spices and herbs within your cooking to take the place of salt for enhancing flavor.

Just a little Physical exercise Goes further

Something that gets you up and moving will work for you. Here's what it might do:

* Reduce your risk of developing diabetes type 2

* Lower your risk of heart problems and stroke Lower high blood pressure and cholesterol

* Reduce blood glucose (sugar) levels in case you have diabetes, which will reduce your risk of developing diabetes-related complications

* Reduce stress * Help you lose weight

* Provide you with more energy

* Assist you to sleep better

* Build stronger bones and muscle mass

Its not necessary to go to a gym, play sports or use fancy equipment.

Of course, you should speak to your physician prior to starting any exercise regimen.

In case you have Diabetes.

Maintaining a healthy diet and staying active are even more important when you've got diabetes.

Well-balanced meals might help keep your glucose (sugar) level as near to normal as possible.

Being active also helps you lower your blood glucose. In case you increase your level of physical activity, you may be able to

take less insulin or diabetes pills. If you're very inactive, have heart disease or perhaps history of foot ulcers, talk to your doctor about safe exercise for yourself.

Check your blood glucose before exercising. If it's under 100 mg/dl, eat some fruit, crackers or have a glass of milk or juice.

Check it again after exercising to learn how your blood glucose reacts to physical exercise. Bring a snack if you'll be active for a couple hour.



About me -Patricia Harris writes for the diabetic diet plan blog ,

her personal hobby web site focused on guidelines to eat healthy in order to avoid and manage diabetes.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Dangers of MSG

I've just been reading an article by Dr. Joseph Mercola on the dangers of MSG. It can be linked to obesity, eye damage,depression, headaches, fatigue, disorientation, and depression. It took me back to my doctoral classes when I read Dr.Russell Blaylocks' book "Excitotoxins-the taste that kills."
Blaylock explains that MSG is an exitotoxin, which means it overexcites your cells to the point of distress to causing brain damage to varying degrees. Potentially, it can trigger or worsen learning disabilites, Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease.
It been estimated that up to 40 percent of the population may be sensitive to MSG.
MSG is used in crackers, meats, canned soups, salad dressings, frozen dinners, or in most restuarants and the majority of processed foods. It is more than just a seasoning, such as salt and pepper. It enhances the flavor of foods. Chemically, MSG is 78 percent glutamic acid, 21 percent sodium, and up to 1 percent contaminants.
Studies have shown that the body uses glutamate, and amino acid, as nerve impulse transmitter in the brain and other parts of the body, such as the heart.
According to Blaylock, when an excess of food borne excitotoxins, such as MSG,
hydrolgyzed protein, soy protein, natural flavorings, sodium caseinate, and aspartate, are consumed, these glutamate receptors are over-stimulated producing cardiac arrhythmias. When magnesium levels are low, as seen in athletes, the glutamate receptors are so sensitive that even low levels can result in cardiac arrhythmias and in some cases death.

In 1959, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) labled MSG as "Generally Recognized as Safe" (GRAS), but ten years later a medical conidtion known as "Chinese Restuarant Syndrome,"described the side effects after eating MSG. These ranged from numbness to heart palpitaions. Today that syndrome is called "MSG Symptom Complex," which the FDA describes as "short term reactions" to MSG. The FDA adds these symptoms of numbness, burning sensation, tingling, chest pain, difficulty breathing, headache,weakness, drowsiness.
If a food is processed, you can assume it contains MSG. Here is a partial list of ingredients that contain MSG. Yeast extract, yeast food, yeast nutrient, autolyzed yeast, Calcium caeinate, gelatin glutamate, textured protein, monsodium glutamate, sodium casenate, and soy sauce.
These ingredients often contain MSG or create MSG during processing. Powered milk, citric acid, corn starch, pectin, anything protein or enzyme modified, or anything ultra-pastuerized, whey protein, and corn starch.
Avoid this toxin by eating a whole foods fresh food diet.


Sunday, May 2, 2010

Love Notes to My Husband

In the whirlwind of our lives, I sometimes forget what life was like before we found each other. But then I silently watch as you work in the yard, sit at the computer,carry a grandchild on your shoulders, kneel to pray, cook an omlet and feel the spark of fire I felt years earlier. In the sunset of our years, as we walk hand and hand together I treasure our love. I find no fault in you and when I count my blessings, you are at the top of the list.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Are you an emotional eater.

I think this may have come from Dr. Phil's book.
ARE YOU AN EMOTIONAL EATER?

Look through the following questions. Check off the reasons you eat on various occasions, according to whether the statement is a frequent cause for you to eat, it serves as an occasional reason; or it never serves as a cause to eat. Answer all 25 questions.

REASON FREQUENTLY OCCASIONALLY NEVER
1. I munch when I get bored. ( ) ( ) ( )
2. I like to eat with my friends, even if I am not hungry. ( ) ( ) ( )
3. I eat so the cook will not be offended. ( ) ( ) ( )
4. I eat when I get depressed. ( ) ( ) ( )
5. I eat when I am lonely. ( ) ( ) ( )
6. I eat when I get anxious about something. ( ) ( ) ( )
7. There are times when my eating is out of control. ( ) ( ) ( )
8. I like to nurture other people with food. ( ) ( ) ( )
9. I will eat my way through a difficult time (divorce, job
loss, illness, broken dream). ( ) ( ) ( )
10. I eat when I feel my energy go down. ( ) ( ) ( )
11. I crave some foods. ( ) ( ) ( )
12. I just like to have something in my mouth. ( ) ( ) ( )
13. I eat even if I am not hungry. ( ) ( ) ( )
14. I like to celebrate with food. ( ) ( ) ( )
15. I think about food a good deal of the time. ( ) ( ) ( )
16. I have a tendency to binge. ( ) ( ) ( )
17. I eat to be polite. ( ) ( ) ( )
18. I am embarrassed sometimes by how much I eat. ( ) ( ) ( )
19. I eat to relax myself and relieve stress. ( ) ( ) ( )
20. I get upset if I overeat. ( ) ( ) ( )
21. I eat because I get angry. ( ) ( ) ( )
22. I am displeased with my weight, but I overeat anyway. ( ) ( ) ( )
23. I eat everything that is placed in front of me and always
clean my plate, so as not to waste food. ( ) ( ) ( )
24. I need high levels of sugar in my system. ( ) ( ) ( )
25. Eating is my main enjoyment in life. ( ) ( ) ( )

SCORING

For each "frequently" you checked, give yourself 2 points; for each "occasionally," give yourself 1 point; and for each "never," give your' self 0 points. Total your points for a score in the range of 0 to 50. This is your "emotional eating" score.

INTERPRETATION

This questionnaire is designed to give you a quick view of whether you are an emotional eater. If your overall score (your emotional eating score) is more than 35, it is likely that you have serious trouble with emotional eating, and regardless of what else is working, you must get the self-defeating nature of your emotions under control. If your score is between 15 and 35, you struggle with emotional eating at times, and you have room for improvement. There may be isolated areas, such as stress or depression, in which you can change.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Overcoming Addictions Using Kundalini Yoga

Breaking Addiction by Rearranging Your Subcoscious Mind

Sometimes the drive to use drugs, alcohol, overeat or other addictive practices in our lives is an attempt to change one's consciousness or fill an inner emptiness.
As the negative behavior continues, negative neural pathways are actually created in the brain, leading to addictions that are hard to break.
In the book, "Kundalini Yoga," by by Shaktu Parwha Kaur Khalsa, there is a meditation that helps rearrange the subconscious mind and negative neural pathways.
According to Khalsa,imbalance in the area below the pineal gland upsets the pulsating radiance that regulates the pituitary gland. Since he pituitary regulates the rest of the glandular system, the entire body and mind go out of balance when the pineal gland is dormant. It is imbalance in this area that makes mental and physical addiction almost unbreakable. This meditation corrects the problem. It is excellent for everyone but has been particulary effective for rehabilitation efforts in drug and alcohol dependence, pornography, mental illness and phobic conditions.
Begin by writing down the mantra "SA TA NA MA," in large letters. Practice chanting the rhythm. Tape the mantra on the wall in front of you. Sit in a comfortable place and make sure the first six lower vertabrae are locked forward. Make fists or both hands and extend the thumbs out straight.Place your thumbs on the temples where there is a small indentation about and inch beyond the eyebrows The pressure exerted by the thumbs triggers a rhythmic reflex current directly under the stem of the pineal gland.
Lock the back molars together and keep the lips closed.Vibrate the jaw muscles by alternating the pressure on the back molars with the rhythm of SA TA NA MA. A muscle will move underneath the thumbs. Feel it massage the thumbs and apply a firm pressure with the hands. You shoul also feel the roof of your mouth vibrate. Continue 5 to 7 minutes, working up to 30 minutes over a period of daily pratice sessions.
Make a chart to check off this daily routine and how many minutes a day you
are performing this meditation. Human habit patterns are set or broken in 40 day-day cycles. More deeply ingrained patterns may take longerto correct.
















Monday, March 22, 2010

Emotional Freedom Technique, a quick overview

EFT- Emotional Freedom Technique

EFT can be used to lose weight, reduce fear, anxiety, and heal the body and spirit.


Verbally measure your pain, fear, anxiety, or whatever problem you have on a scale of one to ten. Ten is feeling really bad, one is very mild.

Find the tender spot about a hands width below the neck and at the end of fingers. It is just above the armpit (about two inches over) and about three or four inches to the inside of your body above your breast bone. Press or massage this spot (the spot will be tender) with your fingers as you say--

1.Now, say, “Even though I am in pain,” I truly love and accept myself.”

2.Begin tapping seven times each, start above the eyebrow.

3.Below the eye

4.Below the nose

5. Below the lips

6. On your side, under your arm pit, about where the bottom of your bra strap will be for women.

7.Find the spot on your hand between your little finger and ring finger and about one inch up between the fingers and tap there as you

8.Move your eyes to the right as you tap seven times

9.Move your eyes to the left as you tap seven times

10.Move your eyes in a rotating circle around your nose to the right

11.Then eyes to the left in a rotating circle

12.Then close your eyes and tap seven times

13.Open your eyes and tap

14.Sing happy birthday as you tap seven times

15.Count to five as you tap

16.Sing happy birthday again

17. Tap to the left of the sore spot

Now measure your pain, or fear –or whatever else on a scale of one to ten. If it hasn’t improved, repeat the tapping process and measure again, on a scale of one to ten.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Keeping Love Alive in Marriage

Marriage –Keeping Love Alive

From the book Five Love Languages
A brief review.

How do you keep love alive in marriage?

Five Love Languages:

1. Words of affirmation

Mark Twain once said, “I can live two months on a good compliment.
Use words that build up. Look for the good and avoid finding fault.

The object of love is not getting something you want, but doing something for the well-being of the one you love.

When we receive positive words we are far more likely to reciprocate.

Use kind words.

If we are to develop an intimate relationship, we need to know each other’s desires.
If we wish to love each other, we need to know what the other person wants.

Make a list of seven positive qualities of you spouse.

2. Quality Time

Quality time means giving someone your undivided attention. That doesn’t mean sitting on the couch watching television. It means talking, going for a walk—just the two of you.
Two types of personalities:
Babbling Brook- talks all the time

Dead Sea- just listens, takes it all in, but doesn’t talk much.


3. Receiving Gifts

A gift is something you can hold in your hand and say, “Look he/she was thinking of me.”


4. Acts of Service

Helping each other
Criticism is and ineffective way of pleading for love.
5. Physical Love

Physical touch can make or break a relationship. It can communicate hate or love.
If your spouse’s primary love language is physical touch, nothing is more important than holding her when she cries.

Write down what your primary love language?
Now, list the other 4 in order of importance.

What is your spouse’s love language?

What does your spouse do or fail to do that hurts you most deeply?

What have you most often requested of your spouse?

What would make you feel most loved?

In what way do you regularly express love to your spouse?

Play a game called “Tank Check.” On a scale of one to ten, (zero being empty)
Where is your love tank? Each you do that check and then ask, “What can I do to help you fill that tank?

Look back to your childhood. Did you feel adequately loved by your parents?
Based upon the results of your life, what impact did they have in the way you express love to your spouse?


Make a list of your parents’ failures and successes in conveying affection and positive affirmation to you. What similarities do you see in how you express affection to your spouse?

Love is a choice.

An empty love tank can be compared to running your engine without oil.
Think of ways that each of you can fill the love tank of your spouse.

Try going one day without finding or thinking of faults of your spouse.
Write down or say only the good things about your partner.

Sunflower Seeds Sprouted

I just finished the cycle of sprouting sunflower seeds. If you send me your email I will email you instructions on how to sprout these small black seeds. pattyb@q.com. They are delicious in salads, on sandwiches, or in juices.
Sunflower greens are a nutritional powerhouse packed with vitamins A, B complex, D, and E; they also contain minerals including calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus and zinc. In addition to these vitamins and minerals, sunflower greens are a rich source of lecithin which helps break down fatty acids into an easily digestible water soluble form, and chlorophyll which benefits many functions within the body, including building blood supply, revitalizing tissue, calming inflammation, activating enzymes, and deodorizing the body (from Dr. Robert Young).
They would be a great item for food storage.