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Wheat Free Recipes / Re: The Warrior Wife
« on: January 04, 2017, 12:11:37 PM »
Here's the link:

General Discussion / Re: Could someone please offer advice for my friend?
« on: January 04, 2017, 11:56:49 AM »
Mention doing some 'grounding/earthing' too.  I just did a post on that-,2372.0.html

General Discussion / Earthing - My New Year's Resolution
« on: January 04, 2017, 11:04:18 AM »
I'm not much on making resolutions, but I'm excited about doing one this year.  I'll be earthing every day.  I know that we have talked about "Earthing" in the past, but I never really spent the time to look into it before ... until just a few weeks ago.

Basically, the earth is a flood of electrons that would normally flow through our conductive bodies, which we need as we are electrical beings. But because the soles of our shoes, and the floors of our home/work is usually made of an insulating material that stops the flow of electrons, we are not getting the electrons we need to fight free radicals, which causes inflammation, which then causes chronic disease. We need to walk on the earth barefoot or be in contact with conductive items that are grounded to the earth to get a flood of electrons through our bodies.  In nutrition, we talk always talk about 'eating your electrons'.

Here's an interesting documentary:

General Discussion / Re: Could someone please offer advice for my friend?
« on: January 03, 2017, 10:00:08 AM »
I agree with Barbara's recommendation.  Did the doctors give her a diagnosis?  Crohn's disease?

General Discussion / Re: Take coQ10 and Don't Take Statins
« on: January 02, 2017, 08:50:59 PM »
Think about how many people there are who take statins without supplementing with coQ10.  It seems to me that doctors should require supplementation if they prescribe the drug.

General Discussion / Happy New Year Everyone!
« on: December 30, 2016, 01:08:50 PM »
I hope your 2017 will be wonderful!

General Discussion / Re: Autoimmune disease and probiotics
« on: December 21, 2016, 04:49:00 PM »
The more important question here is:is L.reuteri normally present in a healthy gut, and if so, what's causing it to go missing?

Interestingly, I did the uBiome test on my own gut, and I don't have any Lactobacillus or Bifidobacteria.  (Bummer!)

Luckily, I'm not experiencing any autoimmunity symptoms.   I do apparently have a more diverse gut compared to other uBiome testers.  (Perhaps because I'm a nail biter.)  I have a fair amount of Akkermansia.

But back to Lactobacillus reuters, it looks like it also promotes the production of the "bonding hormone" oxytocin, which is known to play a crucial role in social behavior and has been associated with autism in humans.

General Discussion / Autoimmune disease and probiotics
« on: December 21, 2016, 03:00:34 PM »
The probiotic strain of Lactobacillus reuteri could be used to treat various autoimmune diseases.

Introduce Yourself to the Wheat Free Forum / Re: My fibromyalgia
« on: December 18, 2016, 09:57:54 PM »
Welcome to the forum Sandi.   I think going wheat free will be an excellent choice.   Autoimmune issues generally start in the gut.   

I find that turmeric and ginger work well for pain.   Also look into noni for your fibromyalgia.

General Discussion / Re: Pink pineapples?
« on: December 17, 2016, 07:42:58 AM »
I'll keep my eye out for South African grapefruit then!  :)

General Discussion / Re: Colonoscopy prep?
« on: December 17, 2016, 07:42:09 AM »
Bill -  as I was posting that about cholesterol, I was thinking about that as well.  But, pectin does lower cholesterol, probably because it lowers inflammation.

But yes... the whole cholesterol discussion is sort of pointless.

General Discussion / Pink pineapples?
« on: December 16, 2016, 04:41:58 PM »
Lovely....  looks like the FDA just approved genetically modified pink pineapples.  Ugh.

General Discussion / Re: Colonoscopy prep?
« on: December 16, 2016, 10:30:43 AM »
Gelatin is a protein, while pectin is a carb.  And as you know, they are both used as thickeners and to prepare jams and jellies.  They are also both great for gut health.

Pectin is an excellent prebiotic.  In fact, it has been shown to increase bifidobacteria counts 20 times more than inulin and resistant starch   

And, bifidobacteria has an enormous amount of health benefits.  I'm always trying to increase my bifidobacteria, as they create short chain fatty acids that are the preferred food source of gut cells.   They also change the pH in the gut to help get rid of the bad microbes.

Pectin is also used to treat diabetes:

And lowers cholesterol

I actually do have it as a supplement, although I don't take it regularly. 

General Discussion / Re: Colonoscopy prep?
« on: December 14, 2016, 08:52:29 PM »
Pectin is wonderful food for microbes.  :)

General Discussion / How cancer spreads
« on: December 09, 2016, 02:01:32 PM »
I thought this was a very good explanation on how cancer spreads throughout the body.

The video was used in an article called "Tumor Metastasis Fueled by High Fat Diet".

"To uproot itself and start seeding tumors in other parts of the body, cancer cells must have enough energy for the journey. While this process of metastasis has eluded cancer researchers for years, a new discovery in how cancer uses fat to fuel its journey may be the key to stopping cancerís spread."

(And I know that many of us are on higher-fat diets...)

The study the article links to says "Palmitic acid or a high-fat diet specifically boosts the metastatic potential of CD36+ metastasis-initiating cells in a CD36-dependent manner. "

Wikipedia says "palmitic acid is the most common fatty acid (saturated) found in animals, plants and microorganisms. Its chemical formula is CH3(CH2)14COOH. As its name indicates, it is a major component of the oil from palm trees (palm oil), but can also be found in meats, cheeses, butter, and dairy products."

Off Topic Discussions / Re: Earthing
« on: December 07, 2016, 11:15:43 AM »
It's nice having the archives to look at, even though the forum has quieted down.   I'm thinking about purchasing an earthing mat for my son as a gift.   It was good to go back and read the comments on that.  :)

I'm still having second thoughts on the mat.   Flexible foam mats like that usually have phthalates in them. 

General Discussion / Re: Colonoscopy prep?
« on: December 06, 2016, 06:16:19 PM »
Have you had your colonoscopy yet Michael?

General Discussion / Re: Colonoscopy prep?
« on: November 29, 2016, 02:16:43 PM »
I don't remember the details, but I know I had to drink a lot of some pretty nasty stuff before hand.   The colonoscopy prep is the worst part.  The colonoscopy itself isn't bad at all.

Good luck.

General Discussion / Re: Monsanto
« on: November 16, 2016, 07:40:33 AM »
Barb -  Yep... and sadly even buying organic won't stop contamination.  It's our gut biome that's taking the greatest direct hit, which of course ultimately impacts our health and our state of mind.

General Discussion / Re: Monsanto
« on: November 15, 2016, 02:03:56 PM »
Take a look at all these glyphosate found in common breakfast cereal:

General Discussion / Re: Can this be anxiety?
« on: November 15, 2016, 02:02:21 PM »
So sorry you are feeling that way.

You might consider adding green tea to your daily regiment.   The EGCG in green tea can pass through the blood brain barrier and take out heavy metals and toxins that may have found there way in.

There is also a huge connection between the gut and the brain, so I'd work on gut health. ( Taking out wheat, possibly adding digestive enzymes and probiotics, maybe some slippery elm, bone broth, butter ...)

Here are some other good tips:

General Discussion / Re: Probiotics?
« on: November 02, 2016, 07:50:37 AM »
Michael -  when I did the microbiome summit, they also talked about not using kombucha, but I think the thought was that the scoby gets contaminated, and that you don't know what you've really got.  They seemed to think that commercial kombucha was okay, as the environment is more controlled.

General Discussion / Re: The Man Who Changed the Way We Eat
« on: October 30, 2016, 08:08:53 PM »
Does the book have recipes?

General Discussion / Re: Kefir?
« on: October 30, 2016, 03:48:25 PM »
I thought milk kefir grains were different from coconut kefir grains, and that coconut kefir grains did not do well in milk.  I could be wrong on that.

I had milk kefir grains and made kefir every day for a while.  I really enjoyed that.  Last spring I put the jar in the back of the fridge for the grains to go dormant. I just pulled it out last week as a matter of fact, but I threw them out.  There was a little mold, so I think there was some cross contamination somehow.

General Discussion / Re: The Man Who Changed the Way We Eat
« on: October 30, 2016, 03:33:31 PM »
Sounds like an interesting book Barbara.  Thanks for the review on that.

And sadly, all those vitamins that disappear after processing, are replaced with isolated synthetic vitamins that have been manufactured in laboratories in China and India.

General Discussion / What are some of your favorite health quotes?
« on: October 30, 2016, 03:24:50 PM »
What are some of your favorite health quotes? "Let food be thy medicine" is one I think we tend to use a lot. What other ones do you like?

Food Elements / Re: gelatin
« on: October 28, 2016, 02:38:16 PM »
Congrats on your retirement Loanne.

General Discussion / The Truth About Cancer Live Event
« on: October 22, 2016, 05:47:29 PM »
It's on this weekend for free.   I'm watching Jeffrey Smith's presentation on: Why Avoiding GMOs and roundup Residues is FUNDAMENTAL to Your Health
It's very good.

General Discussion / A little humor
« on: October 21, 2016, 07:26:42 PM »
This made me laugh

Food Elements / Re: gelatin
« on: October 15, 2016, 01:55:20 PM »
Lucky you!   I love that stuff.  I've never made jello with it before though ... I've just added it to various dishes.

General Discussion / Re: The Keto Summit
« on: October 02, 2016, 09:51:33 AM »
Love to hear some of the 'ah-has' from those of you watching.

Wheat Free Recipes / Re: Leberkaes - German Meatloaf
« on: October 02, 2016, 09:50:07 AM »
I think it's the meat in the food processor that gets me (in terms of cooking it myself).

General Discussion / Re: An interesting article by Denise Minger on Low Fat
« on: September 21, 2016, 01:18:10 PM »
Here's a video presentation of Denise speaking on this subject.

The studies were based on a a very very very low fat diet (10% of calories), which is still very different from the typical American version of what a low fat diet is (30% of calories).  It's like the low-fat version of ketosis.   Denise calls it Carbosis, for lack of a better name.

General Discussion / An interesting article by Denise Minger on Low Fat
« on: September 17, 2016, 06:14:51 PM »

I just read a post by Denise Minger, who you may remember as having debunked the China Study.

Definitely worth a read, especially what she wrote about the research done by Walter Kempner and Roy Swank.

In Defense of Low Fat: A Call for Some Evolution of Thought

General Discussion / Anyone seen this on Omega 3 intake?
« on: September 17, 2016, 09:15:49 AM »
Consumption of certain fatty acids linked to type 2 diabetes in women

General Discussion / Re: Gallbladder Complete
« on: September 12, 2016, 05:39:06 PM »
It does have some nice ingredients in it.

General Discussion / Re: Gallbladder Complete
« on: September 12, 2016, 09:26:14 AM »
Glad it helps you feel better.    On a side note, for those people who do gallbladder flushes and think they are getting rid of stones,  I think there is a chemical reaction that creates a sort of 'stone', but which are probably not gallstones.  This was an interesting analysis:

General Discussion / Re: Dr. John Doulliard's new book
« on: September 12, 2016, 06:01:57 AM »
I'll look forward to hearing how you liked them.

General Discussion / Re: Dr. John Doulliard's new book
« on: September 11, 2016, 10:03:32 PM »
After we all read it will we have to shut down this discussion site?


General Discussion / Re: Dr. John Doulliard's new book
« on: September 11, 2016, 08:17:10 PM »
You are welcome Barbara.  I love his site and articles.    The 2 supplements that I have from the LifeSpa are Triphala and Manjistha.   I just take those periodically to support elimination and the liver, and to move lymph.  Which ones did you order?   

I'll be curious about his book. 

General Discussion / Dr. John Doulliard's new book
« on: September 09, 2016, 08:18:57 AM »
I always like Dr. John Doulliard.   I have several of his ayurvedic supplements.   I was sort of surprised to see that he is coming out with a new book (in much the same color scheme/look/feel as Dr. Davis' book) called Eat Wheat.   It comes out in January, but the kindle version is available now.

Food Elements / Re: Matcha
« on: September 04, 2016, 04:07:25 PM »
I'm still a newbie matcha drinker, so I'm can't recommend a brand per se, but the one I have is Adiago Tea

General Discussion / New 'plastic' from milk protein
« on: August 31, 2016, 04:03:46 PM »
Have you guys seen this?   I'm not even sure what to say ...

Food Elements / Re: Splenda
« on: August 30, 2016, 07:38:01 AM »
Using choc as an example, the priorities for selecting a product might thus be:☑ low lead☑ low cadmium☑ organic cacao☑ no emulsifierswith the source of the sucrose not being a big deal.

When you say 'no emulsifiers' are you referring to lecithin?   There are some health benefits to lecithin.

Personal Diaries / Re: Needing Help with Sugar & Re-Balancing
« on: August 30, 2016, 06:40:45 AM »
There is a new report out that Natural Calm contains arsenic.

Food Elements / Re: Splenda
« on: August 29, 2016, 05:17:46 PM »
I would personally opt for stevia, as that is also a source of chromium.   I was going to grow some stevia in my garden this year, and completely forgot to plant it.

Food Elements / Re: Matcha
« on: August 29, 2016, 05:01:43 PM »
Matcha has about 34mg of caffeine, while coffee has about 95mg.

Food Elements / Matcha
« on: August 29, 2016, 11:09:00 AM »
How many of you are drinking Matcha?   It's a green tea powder, but made with young tea leaves that are grown in the shade.

I just started drinking it a few weeks ago, and have to say I love it.   I make it with some frothed milk.  Very yummy.

I was just reading about the health benefits of Matcha here:

General Discussion / Re: I got bees coming!
« on: August 25, 2016, 12:44:07 PM »
Manuka honey really is amazing.   I made a salve of manuka honey, shea butter, turkey tail mushrooms powder (from a capsule), frankincense essential oil, and a few other ingredients.   I put that on a squamous cell carcinoma spot I had and applied it for a couple of weeks.   It disappeared.

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