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Wine and the Senses

Cranberry-Sangria-3-from-willcookforsmiles.com_I just had a sip of Erath pinot noir.  It was the first thing, other than water, that I’d had since eating homemade cranberry sauce earlier.

Not jellied.  Just water, sugar/honey mix, and cranberries.

I’ve had this wine before. It’s one of those that “works for me.” 

Which means it apparently has lower sulfites.

I was surprised to taste cherry very strongly.

It didn’t smell any different. 

It was also a far mellower experience than normal.

I just had some of this same bottle last night with dinner – put through an aerator – so it didn’t mellow due to decanting.

Though I had the cranberry sauce over two hours prior to the wine, the acidic/tart experience/taste of the sauce had a “follow on” effect with the wine.

The only other time I recall this type of dramatic change was eons ago when I was having dinner at a restaurant in Ann Arbor.  I had sake along with water.

You do not have sake like you do a glass of wine.  Far less.

It was warmed and I’d tasted it before having any food.  I then had some after food.

Wow!

It packs a punch!

At least it did for me.

Psst.  Just thought I’d share this experience.  Perhaps others will try different food and alcohol combinations this holiday season, see what happens.

I suspect this wouldn’t work as well with beer due to its strong flavor though I know there is an entire science of food and beer pairing. The results will just be different than that of a more delicate alcohol such as sake or wine.

Art Imitates Life.  The high irony – for me at any rate – is that there are two scenes in two separate books (including the one I’m working on now – Promotion: Book 11) in the Metatron’s Army Series where I have the characters at a restaurant in Kintal (Soia’s capital city) where the fruits and cheeses are paired with wine to evoke not only different tastes but sensual responses.

Great for a date!

Cranberries are a great source of vitamin C and other health benefits.

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What is Healthy Eating?

meat-lovers-pizzas-love-fruity-red-wine1When I told my son’s first pediatrician that I’m a holistic doctor, he became concerned and asked, “You aren’t a vegetarian are you?  Or a vegan?”

I smiled and replied, “Nope. I eat Big Mac Meals.”

He was incredibly relieved.

As has every pediatrician I’ve had since been.

The concern stemmed from wanting to ensure my kids got the nutrients they need to be healthy.

Especially protein.

I followed the comment by explaining  I don’t rely on supplements.  I knew supplements couldn’t make up for real food.  They are to supplement the diet.

They can make a miraculous difference but they are not a miracle cure.

It isn’t just doctors, either…

Squirm Worthy.  I always find it fascinating how people react to hearing I write about healing disease with food.

There’s enough media coverage that most people understand the importance of “eating right” but some – I think –  worry I’m going to lecture them or try to convince them.  Um, definitely not. 

Depending on the direction the conversation goes, I may end up telling them I eat a normal American diet…most of the time.

Pizza is and has been the one food item I never became intolerant to and the one that always – without fail – has made me feel better. Fish and chips is a close second.

I’ll Drink to That.  Alcohol has played a significant role in helping me recover.

The anti-inflammatory properties cannot be underestimated.

Healthy eating is eating foods that provide what you need and don’t make you sick.

And as I’ve discovered, foods touted as being healthy can be extremely harmful.

It’s far more important what you don’t do and don’t ingest than what you do.

Meaning don’t ingest something that is harmful to your system.

Finding out what the ideal diet is takes a lot of work and my own experience has shown me that following expert advice isn’t always the way.

For me, foods purported to be healthy made me incredibly sick.  Especially foods touted to be anti-inflammatory.

It means that the responsibility for what constitutes healthy eating resides with the individual.

Who else knows your body the way you do?

Bland and boring.  Healthy eating isn’t about sawdust muffins and rabbit food that leaves you hungry.

It’s about you – and what is good for you.

Note:  What is considered healthy in another culture or what’s good for another individual  isn’t necessarily going to be good for you.

I once read a wonderful article written by a Hawaiian Native about why coconut oil can be harmful to people who were not raised with it. It’s true.  I’m highly intolerant to it, along with most tropical fruits. The Sulphur among other nutrients makes me horribly ill.

Wonderful and Delicious.  Food is part of celebrating life, not punishment.

That includes healthy food.

P.S.  I do not have strong opinions about vegans and vegetarians.  People need to do what is best for them.

The Christmas EMF Marker (of Success)

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Eons ago when I was living (sick) in the East Bay, CA, Aaron and I visited the local Target to do a bit of late in the season shopping for Christmas decorations.  We were pointed to the “Seasonal Department.”

The Gardening Department. 

At the end of an aisle, a little Victorian Christmas Village sat on display.

The last one type of thing.

It was perfect, so we bought it.

On sale.

I forged a love-pain relationship with this particular Christmas decoration.

Though it was okay the first year, as my health deteriorated, it became a source of pain (suffering).

By the time we moved to Fort Collins four years later, it was a decoration I couldn’t keep plugged in.

It made me EMF sick.  REALLY BAD!!!!! 

I was unhappy because I liked the piece.

So did my kids.  Up til this point they had no idea how sick mom got.  In fact, I kept my illness a secret from them until about a year ago. (I’m good).

As recently as San Diego I had issues with this particular decoration.

Stubborn as I am and given how much “I” enjoyed it, I kept it plugged in as long as I could stand.

Tis the Season 2018:  As I unpacked the piece this year, I got the same kick in the gut I always do.

Will it make me sick? 

Only one way to find out…

We hadn’t even started decorating the tree when I plugged it in…andddddddd… forgot about it!

I honestly forgot about it in the chaos of unpacking decorations brought out of storage, decorating the tree, etc.

As I write this, I’m sitting with the little village plugged in and I feel fine…

Happy (EMF Sensitivity Free) Holidays indeed…

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It is possible – I am living proof – to CURE EMF Sensitivity!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Potassium – A Critical (Electrolyte) Mineral

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It is only recently I’ve come to see the role that potassium has played not only in EMF Sensitivity but in a variety of health issues dating back to my childhood.

Specifically, the misdiagnosing of conditions which were really just potassium deficiency and could have been remedied by restoring potassium levels.

While my family has heard me talking about this for some time, it’s only through watching me deal with the fallout of excess calcium that they’ve seen how miraculous potassium can be in addressing a variety of symptoms, including migraines.

I was pleasantly surprised to come across an article about potassium this morning.  I’m so happy the woman decided to post her story and that the Chronicle picked it up.

It further illustrates the dangers of misdiagnosing potassium deficiency.

Migraine update:  The potassium did get rid of the migraine I was suffering earlier this week.  Several hours later, I had a meal that depleted the potassium to the degree it began to come back.  I took several doses of potassium over a period of hours and was able to get rid of it.

It’s been gone ever since.

I also got relief from listening to AC/DC.

Songs from the Back in Black album have and continue to do wonders.

My family was surprised I experienced such a bad migraine.

It had been years since I’d had one so painful.

I explained that my potassium levels got too low.

This is the downside to some of the testing I do.  I have unique chemistry which means it doesn’t take a lot to throw certain things off.  Fortunately, I do know what I’m doing.  I knew what happened – and how to fix it.

Potassium is a nutrient critical to health. one that should not be overlooked.

Note:  Magnesium will actually push potassium down so be very careful when trying to deal with magnesium deficiency or using magnesium to lower excess calcium stores.

Migraine from Hell

migraine-caution-sign.jpgWell, as with so many other events in my life, the last 21 hours have presented me with a learning opportunity.

As we say in tech, it’s a feature.  Pffffft!!!!!!!

As it happens, due to a very unique set of circumstances, I suffered – beginning around 8pm last evening – a migraine of almost epic proportions.

Let’s just say it was the perfect storm.

Though it was pretty terrible, it didn’t send me to the hospital, something that happened regularly before I figured out the root cause.

Ungodly low potassium.

Knowing there was a risk of a headache from low potassium, I’d been taking supplements for a few hours.

At this point in my life – I know the dance.

Everything was fine and I was mentally congratulating myself on having learned and using what I learned when…

The pounding started around eight.  I figured, okay, need more potassium.  By ten I asked for my husband to rub my head, focusing on the area of – no surprise – scar tissue.

I learned that the secondary headache I always thought came from stress from the original is actually scar tissue from overdeveloped trapezius muscles from my years weight lifting.  Not to mention gymnastics.

Though it relaxed me enough I thought I could sleep, it did little for the pain.

Popped more potassium before bed.

Hello darkness my old friend.  Two am, my head is pounding and my right eye is watering.

Can’t remember the last time my eye watered from a migraine.  I’d made that much progress on the root cause  of low potassium.

I got up – more potassium and a couple of aspirin and my cell phone.

Sleep’s out.  May as well do something.  I’d write but my typing – over 116 words a minute – would have kept the whole house up.

After almost no sleep all night and two double espressos, my head started to feel better.

Interestingly – and I believe because I had been steadily taking potassium – I felt okay.  My mood was really good and I wasn’t groggy.

My eyes drifted to the window and noticed that unlike during the previous several hours –  the sun was shining.

Before then we’d had one hell of a marine layer in here.  As I’d read the news and a reread of a reread of a reread at 3am I listened to a fog horn.  A look out the window put me in the mind of a Brahms Stoker novel.

Everything was going well and then – late in the afternoon – my head started to make noise.

I’d been taking potassium steadily throughout the day but my head started to ache in spite of it and honestly – there’s only so much the body can absorb at once outside having an IV of the stuff.

This enabled me to confirm the weather related impact.

Or, to be clear, the EMF related impact.

I was a bit confused though.  It had been some time since I’d been impacted by a storm system.

And years since I’d had a migraine that caused my eye on the side of the surgery to water.

It turns out that we are not having a simple weather change.  We are in for an unprecedented electrical storm.

Lightning!

The last time I experienced pain this severe coincided with an unseasonal and very unusual electrical storm in San Diego.

I was in such agony I talked with Aaron on the phone – on my knees in my kitchen – for over an hour.  I knew what the problem was – the lightning was dancing around Downtown San Diego, as if it was literally over our building – but that doesn’t take the pain.  My eye watered and I kept my hand against the cut from the surgery – the scar tissue conducting the EMFs resulting in nasty pain.

It’s a lot of fun being in pain in front of your kids.  Not.

Fortunately, they get it by now.

Better?  The steady stream of potassium means that while it hurts, it isn’t debilitating.

And I don’t end up in the ER anymore.

I honestly believe – 100% – that if other circumstances hadn’t been an issue, I would never have had this level of suffering.

My potassium was particularly depleted.

The steady stream of potassium throughout the night and day has meant that as the nasty lightning storm approaches I have hope of getting past it without further suffering.

And not having to explain ad nauseum why brain surgery some forty years ago is not anything to worry about to a triage nurse.

“Just give me the damned shot already.  I’m not a junkie in for a handout.”

A shot that is no longer necessary.

Potassium really does make a difference.

To top off the perfect migraine?  I’m going to listen to some Krokus.  Trust me, my brain waves will be happy!

 

The Bigger Picture of Healing

nikon-p1000-mainI was laying in bed last night and for whatever reason, my Catholic Confirmation came to mind.

As I mention in After Here: The Celestial Plane and What Happens When We Die, I went through it under severe duress.

The guy who rubbed oil on my head – the subject of a movie, ironically – told me to go forward as a soldier of Christ.  Though I never thought about it at the time…

As far as I know, Jesus never amassed an army.

Wasn’t he about peace?

The highest irony – to me – was that I had to interview – with a nun – to determine whether or not I was worthy of being confirmed. a Catholic.

Was I worthy?  According to who?  Her or God?

Third generation Catholic, I’d gone through 7 solid years of Catholic school plus 2/3 of a year of Catholic Catechism.

Catholic speak for lessons for public school heathens

The nun at St. Fabien decided that because I’d spent four months in the Florida public school system, followed by three months in the Birmingham [Michigan] school system, I’d been ruined by the heathens and wasn’t worthy of the sacrament.

She wanted me to have another year of Catholic instruction.  As someone who’d died and talked with God during an NDE – I wasn’t game.

I walked out on her –  told my entire family where they could stick the whole process.

It’s just one of the many ironies I observe …

I don’t think Jesus amassed an army.  Unless I’m misreading the New Testament.

What does this have to do with EMF Conductor?  It’s about holistic healing and the consideration of the whole in healing.

And the benefit of looking the ludicrous and the stupid full in the face and going forward …

To health…

 

 

Just an observation

excess01Quick observation with a larger – more important – context.

There are a couple of signs that indicate when you’re taking too much of something.

They indicate you may not need the supplement/medication.

This would be worthy of a discussion with a health care provider.  It is not meant to suggest you suddenly stop taking whatever it is you are taking.

If you take too much of a supplement, or take a supplement you do not need, your body will respond first by attempting to get rid of the excess.  If that doesn’t work, it will stow it.

In the case with excess calcium that will go into the joints and on the artery walls.  Not great.

The irony here is that you may end up with a deficiency of whatever it is you were trying to replenish – because you took too much.

Case in point:  Take thyroid medication when you don’t need it and your next blood reading will show that your TSH levels will have gone down.  Happened to me – my doc explained that it was evidence that low thyroid was not my problem (or the source of my debilitating fatigue).  

This was when I was trying to figure out why I was feeling so sick – what ended up being EMF Sensitivity.  Every damned blood and medical test told me I was healthy – I wasn’t.  But that’s a tale for another time…

So, with regards to potassium.  If your body has too much of it you may have some off-the-wall symptoms.  Namely, sneezing and coughing.

Which are symptoms of low potassium.

You may also get burning calves and hamstrings, along with burning muscles wherever scar tissue exists.

The association between calcium and sulphur which are on the opposite side of the potassium teeter totter – are complex- .  Excess calcium and excess sulphur can both result in symptoms associated with arthritis – though they are different.  Excess sulphur is burning in muscles.  Excess calcium is pain in joints and where scar tissue is.  And heart disease and dementia since excess calcium on artery walls reduces critical blood flow.  And excess calcium on intestinal walls?  …

There are a number of symptoms people may not realize are sending signals to back off medications or supplements.

Especially mowing calcium like it was M & Ms.

btw:  The symptoms of diabetes and the symptoms of low potassium are similar.  If you start taking insulin when in fact you have low potassium, your body will cut back on making insulin and you could end up with a condition you didn’t have to begin with.