Quick and Easy Sauerkraut

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I went to a sauerkraut party today. The ladies and I pounded away at shredded cabbage. It was fun and I left without making my own kraut, intending to make it at home. The evening came and went and I’m left with cabbage that needs to be kraut-ed, so I opted for the quick and easy way.

1-shred a head of cabbage, a food process with a silver works fast.
2-put in a glass jar
3-add enough salt water to cover the cabbage (for one small head of cabbage about 1-2 tablespoon of salt is enough).
4-put a full piece of cabbage on the top and press down so it’s submerged in water.
5-put on lid loosely or cover with a tea towel or paper towel and secure with rubber band, so no bugs or dirt gets in. You want it to get some air. The water will rise as the salt pulls out the liquid from the cabbage.
6-put on counter for 3 days, press down the cabbage as needed 1-2 times a day, to keep submerged in water
7-transfer to fridge, it will continue to ferment
8-check in a week, usually takes 2 weeks however it can take up to a month depending on weather and how cold your fridge is.
9-eat when reaches desired taste.

This technique tends to make the sauerkraut a little more crunchy yet still ferments.

I have 2 other techniques that produce sauerkraut faster. I will share those in another post.

Happy Kraut-ing!

Some future posts to look forward to:
-Is colored natural salt healthy? What I found out about sea salt and heavy metals.
-kombucha, how to make scobys and this fizzy health drink
-bye bye PMS! Hello kombucha

Healing Severe Tooth Decay Naturally

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After years of trial and error my son’s brown severely decayed teeth have become tooth colored again in less than 2 months! Here’s how we did it.

My son started having browning on his teeth around 3 years old, and after many doctors, procedures and tears his situation became much worse, experiencing infection, severe decay, very deep cavities and chunks of teeth falling out. Years of researching have finally paid off.  See the bottom of this post for the more detailed history.

I have detailed below the protocol he has been following for the past year with no results.  Once we added Vitamin C his teeth healed in less than 2 months.  I can not say if the Vitamin C alone would heal teeth, instead I believe the Vitamin C is a key factor, which allowed for his body to utilize everything else he is using.

The protocol the he follows:

1,000 mg Lipo-Spheric Vitamin C, 1 a day in the morning with fresh homemade orange juice, mixed in a blender, it’s very thick and only a blender can break it up, it also made it frothy.  This type of vitamin C we used for the first week when we started 2 months ago, to bring his levels up and fast.  He hasn’t taken it since, although we will certainly give it to him again as needed, especially if he gets any sort of illness.  I highly recommend you research the healing effects of Vitamin C, I’ll put up a post one day soon.

2,000-5,000 mg of Vitamin C – L-ascorbic acid, we use Bluebonnet Vitamin C 1000 mg Vegetable Capsules and Natural Factors Vitamin C 500 mg chewables.

Toothpaste & Rinse:  Replace toothpaste with 2% Lugol’s Iodine (Iodine from the store is not the same, do not use regular iodine), put 2-3 drops on the toothbrush and brush teeth as usual.  We also mix distilled water with a drop of iodine for him to rinse his mouth with.  Rinse, Swish and Spit then Rinse, Swish and Swallow

Floss: With children it can be difficult to get them using regular floss, so we buy dental picks, Use at each brushing
NOTE:  as per the holistic dentist, do not use floss with fluoride on it.  The dollar store usually has these.  Floss is best to use before brushing, or do a quick brushing with water to brush away any dislodged food.

Coconut Oil: Rinse and or Brush with natural coconut oil.  This is a natural oral disinfectant that can help clean the mouth without alcohol or toxins.  It also has a pleasant tastes. Oil Pulling (aka swishing) for 15-20 min will disinfect the whole mouth.
NOTE: I do the oil pulling once in a while, however my son never has, it made him gag the time we tried, instead we put some mixed with Olive Gold O3 – Ozonated Olive Oil Super Oxygen and Xlear Spray Rain Oral Mist Spray
on a cotton swab and he puts it in the areas of the decay and then all around the mouth.

Ozonated Water or Oil (O3): Ozone is known for it’s power in killing bacteria, viruses and fungi, as well for stimulating healing.  Ozonated water is more economical but holds the O3 for shorter time.  Ozonated Oils can retain the O3 gas much longer.  See coconut oil above for how we use this.

We use: Olive Gold O3 Skin Care Lotion – Ozonated Olive Oil Super Oxygen (it can be used internally and externally)
We have tried: Ozene Skin Cream and Deodorant by Premier Research Labs and PurO3 Fully Ozonated Olive Oil
Both of these he gags on, so we use it for skin healing and care.

MI Paste: Is a topical product that introduces minerals to the oral cavity and promotes absorption.  It can greatly reduce sensitivity to hot and cold or after whitening. MI Paste can also promote Re-mineralization of tooth structure.  Use a pea sized amount and apply to teeth with a finger or tooth brush.
NOTE: I’ve found most dentists sell this, which is a plus if you have an HSA account.

Multi Vitamin: Metagenics – Multi-Min Chelate: Minerals are essential for good overall and oral health.  Today’s food chain simply cannot provide enough of what the body needs. This supplement has Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc and other minerals bonded with Amino Acids to aide in absorption.  This has MANY health benefits including Re-mineralization of tooth structure as well as reducing clenching and grinding.
NOTE:  My son switched to this multi – MegaFood Kids One Daily Tablets

Probiotics: We use this probitotic regularly (daily or every other day), and when needed a high dose one for a week.
Regular: MegaFood Kids N’ Us MegaFlora Tablets
High Dose: Ortho Molecular Products – PRObiotic 225 billion CFU

Kombucha:  About the only way I can get kombucha into my son is in a smoothie or ice pop. We make our own kombucha at home, more info on that in a later post.  He gets kombucha in some form at least once a week.

E3Live Brain On: E3 Live is an all-organic superfood. It is 100% Aphanizomenon flos-aquae (AFA) wild-harvested from Klamath Lake in Oregon, USA. This nutrient dense superfood contains over 65 vitamins, minerals, amino acids and essential fatty acids. Our plant-based superfood is non-GMO, vegan and a rich source of chlorophyll.
He gets a serving of this 1-2 times a week in a smoothie.

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The following is additional recommendations that he doesn’t do, or only did for a short period of time.

Colloidal Silver: Colloidal silver can be used as a mouthwash to help prevent the buildup of plaque which leads to cavities and gum disease. And it can be used to stop painful tooth infections dead in their tracks if you get to them soon enough. Sovereign Silver Fine Mist

Butter Oil / Fermented Cod Liver Oil: Both are recommended by the Weston Price foundation.  A friend gave me some to try, I had a hard time getting my son to take it.  VEGAN alternative: Source Naturals Flax Seed-Primrose Oil as suggested by a few doctors.

Vitamin D: Ortho Molecular Liquid Vitamin D3 with K2, we live in Florida so I only give him a drop of this daily when he hasn’t had much sun exposure.

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Diet:

The dentist recommends following the Standard Process Purification Program long term.  This program can be adapted to any life style or diet, such as Paleo, Vegan, etc.

My son’s diet:  Organic, Gluten Free, no food coloring, no artificial anything, minimal natural sugars, and pretty much everything made from scratch.

NAET – A natural allergy elimination technique, we have used NAET to find out what his allergies are and “clear” them.

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Detailed History:

My son was breastfed, and when he started eating food he ate a clean organic vegan diet, mostly raw.  By about 3 years he started to have some browning on his top front teeth.  Unable to find a pediatric holistic dentist I took him to a highly recommended local pediatric dentist.  What came after was nothing short of heartache.  My little boy who had never had so much as an over the counter medication was now going to be put under anesthesia to have dental work done on 8 teeth. We did everything the dentist told us, brushing, flossing, MiPaste, to keep his teeth clean and healthy, but one year later they wanted to do work on 8 teeth again!  I refused to have him put under anesthesia again and the dentist convinced me that putting him in a papoose would be the best way to fix his teeth since he wouldn’t sit still.  10 minutes in they decided to stop and bring me to see him (parents aren’t allowed in the room).  I cried, it was so sad to see him in this straight jacket – yes that is what a papoose is, even though they try to convince parents otherwise, struggling to get out, 5 minutes later, and no procedure done he was in my arms and we headed home.  I spent the next two years researching and praying for answers.  He was traumatized and it took me that long to get him back to see a dentist, actually a bump on his gums is what got him back to the dentist. This time we went to another dentist about an hour away.  While this dentist wasn’t holistic, she was known for putting children at ease, and it worked.  My son went through the exam without any issues, as did my younger son.  The dentist sat me down and knowing his diet was puzzled as to why his teeth had such severe decay and told me he has an abscess (which was wrong). The dentist sent us on our way with a prescription for antibiotics, a surgery date and a coupon for free ice cream… WHAT?!?!?!  This dentist required a hospital stay for major dental work as she didn’t have the facilities, and the bill was getting up around $20,000, with no guarantee that it wouldn’t go higher.  I didn’t go through with it and soon after found a holistic dentist in Miami, Dr. Ted Hermann @ Assure a Smile.  He told me that my son did not have an abscess, instead it was inflammation from 2 growing adult teeth rubbing against each other under the gums and that it would heal on it’s own as they grew in, and assured me his diet was not the major culprit, but could use a little tweaking. He told me his body was not getting the nutrition it needed and the teeth suffered, most likely from an allergy. He put my son on a protocol, which we followed for a year with no change.  Then less than 2 months ago we added Vitamin C to that protocol that changed his brown decaying teeth to tooth color.  The holes are still in his teeth, however only the baby teeth have decay, the adult teeth are fine, so as per the dentist advice he will not have anything done to those teeth unless he has pain or the situation gets worse.

North Palm Beach County Summer 2015 Kids Events Calendar

North Palm Beach County has lots of summer activities for kids, most are free.  I use many websites to get all these events on my personal calendar and decided to put it up on my website to share with my friends.  Hope to see you over the summer for some fun.

See below the calendar for additionally ongoing programs and links.

Most events are all ages however for story times I only included for ages 3-7, check with the library for more story times and events.  NOTE:  this is only a partial list, many more events to be listed soon.

Kids Bowl Free – 2 free games per child per day, charge for shoes is separate.  Each bowling alley has a different price and rules.  Optional:  You can purchase a family pass so adults can play as well.  I have seen an online coupon for $10 off the family pass on most coupon sites.

Palm Beach Gardens

Cool Beans Indoor Playground, Palm Beach Gardens: check website for times and admission price: ages 6 months to 6 years – After 3pm older siblings can join in the summer, happy hour $5 admission from 3-5 pm on certain days, open play, classes and more.

Cobb Theater, Palm Beach Gardens: free Kids movie schedule, Shows start at 10am every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. 2 new movies to see every week, doors open at 9:30am

Playmobile Funpark, Palm Beach Gardens:  $1 admission per person, has tables of Playmobile toys for the kids to play with, at times they have a show and activities.

Burns Road Aquatics Center, Palm Beach Gardens:  See website for times and fees, Great for kids of all ages, has a water park, large pool, slides and lap pool.  On the same grounds as the Burns Road Rec Center and Park.

Jupiter/Tequesta

Harborside of Jupiter: Summertime Splash – at the Amphitheater Fountain-park – Weekly on Tuesday , Wednesday , Thursday , Friday , Saturday,  9:00 am – 1:00 pm, also have special events – summer playdate, yoga and more

The Academy of Riding:  Horseback riding Lessons and Camp (daily or weekly) in Jupiter Farms, Daily 60$ Weekly 185$ Camp hours 9-3 extended hours available,  561-427-4502

Juno Beach

Loggerhead Marine Life Center, Juno Beach: Turtle Hospital Open to the Public, has Jr. Vet Kids Lab, Public Guided Tours, turtle release, monthly beach clean-up, camp, nesting tours, Story Times and Crafts, admission by donation, check website for times and activity fees.

North Palm Beach

John D. MacArthur Beach State Park: Most events are free with park admission, fish tank interpretation, educational reef program, live music, snake talk, nature walk and more

West Palm Beach

Centennial Square and Fountain Park, Clematis Street, West Palm Beach: Free Public Fountain Park

CityPlace, West Palm Beach:  Bubblefest, Join the free fun and flurries of bubbles now and through August 2nd with 10 minute shows at 6 pm, 7 pm and 8 pm every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night.

Palm Beach (Island)

Society of Four Arts, Palm Beach: Children’s Library open Monday through Friday – from 10:30am – 12:30 pm in June and July – closed August, beautiful gardens across the street.  Has events listed on website.  During the school year they have great weekly story times and activities.

Event websites

Macaroni Kids: Local events listing

Hula Frog:  Local events listing

Laundry Cheat Sheet

I found this awesome Laundry Cheat Sheet that is a magnet on amazon.  How great.  Now a green cleaning laundry cheat sheet needs to be made, hmmmm…. maybe my next project

click on it to see it clearly in amazon.

Stylish life hack for pencil grip

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My oldest son has low muscle tone, aka dyspraxia, or developmental coordination disorder. Writing this past year in first grade was very frustrating. Gripping small items, tying shoe laces, and other tasks that require fine motor skills have always been an issue for him. Now that he’s home for the summer mommy day camp has begun. I have been trying to find ways to help him with this and other skills and this morning I saw a picture of a child holding a pencil with a rubber band twisted on it and attached to the child’s wrist. I tried this with my son and while it helped with grip it was very uncomfortable. He also had trouble setting the rubber band up himself when he lost grip. My son loves making rainbow loom bracelets, and had a bunch of them on the desk. I put the bracelet on him and put the pencil in the last bracelet rubber band and then had him try it out. It was perfect. Not only was it exactly the right size, he could easily stick the pencil or any other writing tool back in next time he needs to. No twisting needed like with a regular rubber band. My son now has a helpful gripper anywhere he goes and a stylish one too!

Instructions:
Make a one layer loom bracelet the right size for the child.
Put the clip on the first and last band to join them.
Put the bracelet on with the clip on top of the wrist.
Insert the pencil in the last band that is closest to the thumb.
Write, draw, color and enjoy!

Here’s to A Healthy U, and your children!

Nerve pain from Wisdom teeth extraction

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As you can see from my blog I haven’t been doing much on it the last year and a half, and with good reason, I’ve been in pain. December 2013 I had 2 lower wisdom teeth removed. The healing process was painful and took a long time, actually I am still healing. Half of my tongue is numb and tingly, my left lower jaw is often very tight and pulls on my neck muscles and if I touch the gum area near and between the teeth on the lower left I get shooting pains. The oral surgeon says the pain has nothing to do with the surgery and that my tongue will heal. Yet I had this pain since the surgery, and dentists have told me it appears to be nerve damage, but the surgeon says no. While reading and hearing of others who have had similar experiences I know that it is nerve damage. For some it heals within a few weeks to a year, and yet for others it never heals.

So for the past 1.5 years I’ve been for the most part sleeping to get through the day. I tried working but each time I would take a few days to recuperate. Then my son had Torticollis so I was home with him, then I got worse from the stress and stopped working all together, even my one in a while web design and graphic arts freelancing was stopped, I haven’t worked since, that was in January.

I’ve had some relief, and will share all I’ve been doing to heal.

NAET- an allergy elimination technique, my acupuncturist Kathleen Sorenson is trained in NAET, body talk, cold laser therapy and sound therapy. I always feel better during and after NAET. After a few days the pain comes back, stress does it every time, and being a mom of two young energetic boys can be stressful. I’ve been able to overcome lots of allergies. Kathleen is amazing and has taught me so much. If your in the west palm beach area and interested in her services her website is http://kathleensorensen.com

Chelation therapy- Kathleen told me about chelation therapy, and I decided to give it a try with Dr. Bruce Dooley in Jupiter, FL. It’s expensive. Chelation is an iv therapy that removed metals and toxins from the body and puts high dose vitamins in. I had a consultation with Dr. Dooley who had me test my urine, stool and blood. I just got the results back and will be speaking to him soon about them. Part of the urine test is getting iv chelation therapy with EDTA and vitamins in the iv, and taking DMPS pills, these pulls mercury and other heavy metals out, the urine is collected for 3 hours and tested. I had no high levels, in moderate levels I had lead, cadmium and nickel. That first day Dr. Dooley recommended I take a gut healing shake and high count probiotics (sold in his office). That helped with digestion but not with energy or pain. I went back in a few days later and he recommended a energy drink he sells, I had bad reactions to it from the moment I drank it. I’m a highly sensitive person. I called him and the company that makes it, they both didn’t know why I had such a reaction and had never heard of anyone reacting the way I did. This happens to me a lot, being highly sensitive I respond to things quicker and with more intensity than most people.

Vitamin C- while researching chelation I learned about Linus Pauling’s work with High dose Vitamin C. After chelation I started the C. Not knowing which to take I got a powder that says ascorbic acid, it didn’t seem to do anything for me. I was taking 10-15 grams a day (that’s 10,000-15,000 milligrams) After 2 weeks I switched to 1 gram of liposomal and L-ascorbic acid in capsules at 6-10 grams a day, I take 3 grams at a time, and in about 15-30 minutes I have more energy, I feel more oxiginated. It’s not high energy, but wakes me up. The first 3 days I was feeling lots of head pain, which hasn’t returned. After a dose of 7 grams at once a piece of my tongue was no longer numb. This happened to me 2 months prior after a week of kombucha, still lots more tongue healing to go.

E3Live Brain On- a blue green algae. I knew the owner from my California days and was on E3Live back then. The first shot was like someone turned the lights on in my brain! I had clarity that I haven’t had in years-since my first pregnancy 8 years ago. I now take it every morning on an empty stomach, the one day I didn’t take it my energy was low.

Probiotics- Dr. Dooley gave me 225 billion count probiotics, the highest count I’ve seen. My son also takes it. Yesterday I decided not to take my 1/3 a dose and had stomach pains, same happens for my son. He’s down to a 5 billion count and has been doing fine with it.

Kombucha-we are blessed to have a local raw organic kombucha brewary, One Kombucha. I have been kombucha for years but never felt much from it. Fresh kombucha gave me lots of energy, no pain and less mental fog. That lasted 2 weeks, then I detoxed so hard I crashed and kombucha hasn’t had that effect on me again. In all fairness I really over did it those 2 weeks, but wasn’t feeling pain so staying up late every night, organizing and deep cleaning the house was easy. I now brew my own kombucha, which is very easy, and doesn’t contain forced carbon as they do in the brewary. I am not a fan of fizzy drinks and natural kombucha has just enough fizz for me. I did find after 1 week of drinking kombucha daily a small piece of my tongue was no longer numb and tingly. Every time another piece does that it gets extremely itch and tight and in a few minutes I can feel in that area. Still half of a tongue to heal, yet half a tongue already did. So I have some hope.

Yesterday I decided not to take the probiotics and had stomach pains all day. However high dose vitamin C aids in healing, so a problem area will often feel worse for a few days while healing. The dead and abnormal cells are being replaced with healthy cells. 20 years ago I had ulcers, and since becoming vegan and changing my life 15 years ago I haven’t had ulcer pain, today it feels like that.

MiPaste- a paste used after brushing, the biological dentist told me it will lessen the nerve sensitivity. I applied it to my gums twice where the pain is when I touch it, I used it twice and it made it a bit less sensitive.

Mouth guard- my dentist recommended I get a night guard for grinding. Since I started using it I don’t wake with a headache and neck ache. My neck muscle still feels pulled, but only a few times I’ve had pain, much better than pain 24/7.

As you see I’m on a path to healing and what a journey it is. I’m holding the intention that by the end of the summer I’m ready to get back to work. I’ve already gone from in pain 24/7 and in bed most of the day, to only needing a nap every few days and much less pain.

Here’s to A Healthy U, and me!
~Lori

Time can change me, but I can’t change time

The one thing in life that we an count on is change.

I’m changing up my blog a bit. I’ve focused primarily on food, with little sprinkles of consciousness and information. But life isn’t all about that, and so I’m going to be bringing in the other aspects of my life on this blog. After all being A Healthy U includes every aspect of life.

Also let’s hope this change gets me motivated to start blogging again.

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