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 S clip on the first and last band to join them.
Put the bracelet on with the S 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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An update

I was surprised to see that it’s been months since my last post. Actually I have several sitting in draft, and haven’t had the time to finish them, so prepare for a bunch of posts to come soon, as I finally complete those posts.

We’ve had an adventure in teeth these last few months and I will be sharing what I’ve learned about natural care and healing of teeth.

I’ve been helping family and friends for years and decided to make it an official business. I am now accepting personal clients for my holistic life coaching business. If you are interested in learning how to live a healthier, happier life, contact me. I’ve added a new client questionnaire on that page as well.
Classes and coaching locally in south Floirda and online.

Some upcoming topics I will discuss:
Natural home Cleaning
Is Iodine the missing link to health?
Natural deodorants
NAET updates
Mercury detox
Physical activities that calm the mind and help you feel centered
Quiz: Could you have parasites? Take this quiz to find out.
Fluoride vs iodine
What is bromide and how it impacts health.

Some upcoming recipes:

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Black Bean Hummus

A twist on traditional hummus, great with raw vegetables

Serves 2-3

1 Cups black beans, drained and rinsed
1 close garlic, roughly chopped
2 Tablespoons Tahini
2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Optional – omit for McDougall Program)
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 Tablespoon water
1 Tablespoon Tamari (can substitute for 1/2 Tablespoon of Sea Salt)
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Blend all ingredients until smooth.  Transfer into a bowl and serve. Allow to chill if needed.

Optional:
Mix in 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro.
Sprinkle paprika on top prior to serving.
Omit olive oil for a low fat version.

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Gluten free vegan chocolate pancake

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3 cups garbanzo bean flour
2 1/2 cups warm water
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup raisins
1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup agave nectar, or sweetener of choice
1/3 cup vegan chocolate chips or cocoa powder

Blend all ingredients on high, or with a hand blender, until smooth and full blended.
Heat a skillet, I use a ceramic Eco nonstick, (if you use this make sure to keep the heat on medium-low.
Pour a ladleful of the batter into the skillet. Cook until the bubbles start to dry, flip and cook until golden brown. Serve hot with pure maple syrup.

Note: when using chocolate chips be aware that they may burn if left too long on the skillet, be sure to flip the pancake in time. I love the chips in it because they melt into a fudge.

Note: for regular cupcakes omit the chocolate chips and double the raisin amount.

Toppings: you can too this the way you would any pancake. My family loves blending fresh or frozen (thawed) strawberries with pure maple syrup and putting sliced bananas on.

Instant Bee Sting Relief

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An all natural instant bee sting relief.

Tonight while cleaning in the garage I stepped on a bee.  It was instant heat and pain.  For a moment I had no idea what to do, and then I remembered a few years ago, while on the master cleanse, learning about the many uses of cayenne, one being instant relief from an insect sting.  Not long after I learned about it my friend stepped on a bee in her yard, I got some cayenne out of my car, yes in my Master Cleanse days I would carry cayenne powder on me everywhere I went.  I put some on the sting with a little water and within moments she was fine, no pain, no heat, and she couldn’t feel the stinger either.  She went back to playing with her kids and that was it, the sting was gone.

Coconut oil has lots of medicinal uses and helps keep the cayenne on the skin longer, with water it flakes off when the water dries.  Any oil or even water can be used with instant results.

I’ve used this on my kids a few times,  for mosquito, wasp, bee, and red ant stings.  The red ant sting tends to need the oil and kept on for a while.  Red ant bites are usually on the feet so I cover the whole foot in coconut oil and cayenne and after a few minutes put a sock on it.

How to:

  • lightly rub or spray some coconut oil (or water) around the sting site
  • sprinkle on and rub in cayenne pepper, chili powder should work just as well.  Just sprinkling it on if you can’t touch it should work well too.
  • If concerned about touching the stinger mix some oil or water with cayenne and drip it over the sting site instead of rubbing it in
  • pain relief should be within moments
  • Wash the area with soap and warm water
  • check if there is a stinger in the skin, if so remove the stinger with  tweezers, you can try doing this first, however the pain is usually too much for the person to sit still long enough
  • If the area begins to get swollen or the person starts having breathing problems seek immediate medical attention.
  • Apis Mellifica is a homeopathic remedy that I have in my natural first aid kit.  “It provides soothing relief for swelling, edema, burning & stinging pains. Itchy skin conditions. Use for sunburn, insect bites and stings.” -Elixirs.com   I always use it for bites, and I have heard it is so effective that some people have been able to use it successfully when they did not have an epi-pen available.  Best to use as first aid while you seek medical attention.