HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!

Little guy had just woken up from a nap and refused to smile.

Has your child been put on Miralax for constipation?

Has your child been put on Miralax for constipation? WARNING! It was NEVER approved for pediatric use by the FDA, and it was certainly never intended for long term use.

This is what I’ve found out about the active ingredient:
PEG (Polyethylene Glycol)
• Used in cosmetics, shaving cream, and other personal care items.
• PEG is considered so toxic that industrial workers are required to wear protective clothing, gloves, and
goggles while disposing of it. It is a petroleum derivative that penetrates the skin and can weaken proteins and cellular structure, causing brain, liver, and kidney abnormalities.

Here’s a great article from the NYTimes regarding Miralax and how it is being used by pediatricians without FDA approval. 
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/26/us/miralax-a-popular-cure-but-never-approved-for-children.html?pagewanted=all

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Coconut Oil Can Be Used For EVERYTHING!

There’s a great blog post on Wake Up World… 160 Uses For Coconut Oil.  You must check out the whole post, but here’s the list of uses:

160 Uses for Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil for Personal Hygiene/Body

1. Age Spots (also known as liver spots) – applying coconut oil directly to the age spot will help it fade.

2. After Shave – coconut oil will help heal your skin after shaving without clogging pores. Great for razor burn!

3. Baldness – apply three times a day to affected area of hair loss. Coconut oil supports cell regeneration.

4. Birth Marks – can be used after a laser removal treatment to aid in healing. Can also be applied after an apple cider vinegar treatment to help support and aid the fading process.

5. Body Scrub – mix coconut oil and sugar together and rub all over! Rinse off and your skin will be super soft! You can add in essential oils if you would like a specific smell.

6. Bruises – applied directly to the bruise, coconut oil enhances the healing process by reducing swelling and redness.

7. Bug Bites – when applied directly to a bug bite, coconut oil can stop the itching and burning sensation as well as hasten the healing process.

8. Burns – apply to burn site immediately and continue applying until healed. Will reduce the chances of permanent scarring and promotes healing.

9. Chapstick – just rub a little into lips and it not only acts as a softening agent but it also has an SPF of about 4 so you get a little protection!

10. Cradle Cap – having issues with dry skin on your baby’s scalp? Coconut oil will not only nourish your baby’s skin, it also helps eliminate cradle cap. Just rub a teaspoon onto scalp daily.

11. Dandruff – coconut oil soaks into the scalp moisturizing dry skin and relieves symptoms of dandruff. It also helps to control oil secretion from the scalp, another leading cause of dandruff.

12. Deodorant – coconut oil alone can be used as a deodorant, but even more effective in combination with cornstarch/arrowroot powder and baking soda!

13. Diaper Salve – very comforting on a rashy bum with no harsh chemicals. Also safe for cloth diapers.

14. Exfoliator – coconut oil mixed with sugar or sea salt is a very nourishing and effective exfoliator and safe to use all over the body.

15. Eye cream – apply under the eyes to reduce puffiness, bags and wrinkles. Use on the lids in the evening.

16. Face Wash/ Soap – mix equal parts coconut oil with olive oil, almond oil, avocado oil and castor oil and use in place of soap when washing your face. Wet face, rub oil in and leave on for two minutes, rinse and pat dry. One teaspoon should be adequate.

17. Hair conditioner/ Deep Treatment – use as a leave-in hair conditioner by applying a teaspoon of coconut oil to your ends and then running your fingers through your hair to distribute the rest! For a deeper treatment, rub in a tablespoon of coconut oil onto your dry scalp and gently work through to the ends. Put a shower cap on to prevent transfer onto bed linens and leave on overnight.

18. Hair Gel/ Defrizzer – rub a little between your palms and either scrunch into hair (for curly hair) or finger comb in through from scalp to ends (for wavy/straight hair).

19. Healing – when applied on scrapes and cuts, coconut oil forms a thin, chemical layer which protects the wound from outside dust, bacteria and virus. Coconut oil speeds up the healing process of bruises by repairing damaged tissues. Plus, it smells a heck-of-a-lot better than anything from the pharmacy.

20. Lubricant – it is an all-natural, perfectly safe personal lubricant. Not compatible with latex!

21. Makeup Remover – use a cotton swab and a dab of coconut oil and you would be amazed at how well it works!

22. Massage Oil – pretty simple; grab some and rub!

23. Moisturizer – simply scoop some out of the jar and apply all over your body, including neck and face.

24. Mole Remover – when applied after an apple cider vinegar compress for several weeks, moles have been known to “slide off” or just disappear.

25. Nipple Cream – works great to nourish cracked, sore or dry nipples. Apply to a cotton ball and leave on your nipples between feedings.

26. Oily Skin Fix – prone to oily skin or an oily T-zone? Use a pea sized amount underneath makeup or alone to reduce the appearance of oil.

27. Pre Shampoo Treatment for Hair – rub a little into scalp and hair before shampooing. This is especially useful for those with course or frizzy hair.

28. Pre-Shave – coconut oil will prep skin for the pending damage caused by shaving.

29. Skin Problems – coconut oil relieves skin problems such as psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema.

30. Stretch Mark Cream – coconut oil is great at nourishing damaged skin. It may not be the magic stretch mark cure but it will help.

31. Sun Burn Relief – rub liberal amounts of coconut oil into the affected area.

32. Sunscreen – see my post on natural sunscreen for more detailed information.

33. Swimmers Ear – mix garlic oil and coconut oil and put a few drops in affected ear for about 10 minutes. Do this 2-3 times a day and it usually works within one or two days.

34. Tattoo Healing and Moisturizer – continued use of coconut oil on tattoos will help keep the pigment from fading. Used on new tattoos, coconut will hasten the healing process and decrease the chance of infection.

35. Toothpaste – there are numerous recipes out there but I just mix coconut oil and baking soda and dab a little of the mix on my toothbrush.

36. Wrinkle Prevention and Wrinkle Reducer – rubbing coconut oil on winkles and sagging skin helps strengthen the connective tissues to bring back that youthful look!

Coconut Oil for General Health and Wellness

37. Breastfeeding – for breastfeeding moms, consuming 3 ½ tablespoons of coconut oil daily will enrich the milk supply.

38. Bones and Teeth – coconut oil aids in the absorption of calcium and magnesium leading to better development of bones and teeth.

39. Digestion – the saturated fats in coconut oil help control parasites and fungi that cause indigestion and other digestion related problems such as irritable bowel syndrome. The fat in coconut oil also aids in the absorption of vitamins, minerals and amino acids, making you healthier all around.

40. Energy Boost – coconut oil boosts energy and endurance making it a great supplement for athletes as well as those needed a quick pick me up.

41. Fitness – coconut oil has been proven to stimulate your metabolism, improve thyroid function, and escalate energy levels, all of which help decrease your unwanted fat while increasing muscle.

42. Improves insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose making it great for both diabetics and non-diabetic.

43. Lung Function – increases the fluidity of cell surfaces.

44. Nausea – rub some coconut oil on the inside for the wrist and forearm to calm an upset stomach.

45. Nose bleeds – coconut oil can prevent nose bleeding that is caused by sensitivity to weather such as extreme heat and extreme cold. This condition happens when the nasal passages become dry because of cold or dry air resulting to burns and cracks in the mucus membranes so bleeding happens. To prevent this just put coconut oil in you nostrils. Coat your finger with coconut oil and then lie down and coat your finger inside your nose. Doing this will strengthen and protect the capillaries in the nasal passages. A Vitamin C supplement will also help prevent nose bleeding.

46. Oil pulling with coconut oil offers a two for one health benefit!

47. Stress Relief – relieve mental fatigue by applying coconut oil to the head in a circular, massaging motion. The natural aroma of coconuts is extremely soothing thus helping to lower your stress level.

48. Vitamin and nutrient absorption

49. Weight loss – the saturated fats contribute to weight loss and controlling cravings. Also increases metabolic rate.

Coconut Oil for Health Problems (when taken internally it is known for aiding, preventing, relieving or even curing these health issues)

50. Acid reflux/indigestion aid if taken after a meal

51. Adrenal fatigue

52. Allergies (seasonal hay fever)

53. Alzheimer’s/Dementia

54. Asthma, even in children

55. Autism

56. Bowel function

57. Bronchial Infections

58. Cancer (has been shown to prevent colon and breast cancer in laboratory tests)

59. Candida Albicans

60. Cholesterol – improves HDL (‘good’ cholesterol) to LDL (‘bad’ cholesterol) ratio in people with high cholesterol

61. Chronic Fatigue

62. Crohns Disease and resulting inflammation

63. Circulation/feeling cold all the time

64. Colds and Flus

65. Constipation

66. Cystic Fibrosis

67. Depression

68. Diabetes – helps keep blood sugar levels stable and/or helps with cravings

69. Dysentery

70. Eczema – in addition to taking it internally, many have success applying it externally, but some don’t

71. Edema

72. Energy boost

73. Epilepsy (known to reduce epileptic seizures)

74. Fever Support

75. Flaky, Dry Skin

76. Gallbladder disease and pain

77. Gas

78. H. pylori

79. Head Lice

80. Heart Disease (protects arteries from injury that causes atherosclerosis)

81. Hemorrhoids (can applied externally or internally twice a day)

82. HIV

83. Hot Flashes

84. Hyperthyroidism

85. Immune System Builder

86. Irritable Bowel Syndrome

87. Jaundice

88. Kidney Disease

89. Kidney Stones (aids in dissolving them)

90. Liver Disease

91. Lung Disease

92. Malnutrition

93. Mental Clarity

94. Menstruation Relief regarding pain/cramps and heavy blood flow

95. Migraines (with regular use)

96. Mononucleosis

97. Osteoporosis

98. Pancreatitis

99. Parasites

100. Periodontal Disease and tooth decay

101. Prostate Enlargement (benign prostatic hyperplasia)

102. Rickets

103. Skin problems

104. Scurvy

105. Stomach Ulcers

106. Toenail fungus

107. Thrush

108. Thyroid Function (regulates an overactive or underactive thyroid)

109. Ulcerative Colitis

110. Underactive thyroid gland – results have shown subsequent thyroid blood tests becoming normal after ingesting coconut oil daily

111. Urinary Tract Infections (Bladder Infections)

Coconut Oil and Health Problems (when applied topically it is known for aiding, relieving, or even curing these health issues)

112. Acne

113. Allergies/Hay Fever – rub a little inside the nostrils for quick relief. The pollen will cling to the oil.

114. Athletes foot

115. Back pain/sore muscles

116. Boils and cysts

117. Canker sores

118. Cellulite

119. Circumcision healing – although I am personally against circumcision, I have read that coconut oil is a really great healer for this.

120. Decongestant – rub coconut oil on the chest and under the nose when congested from a cold or allergies

121. Ear infection – place a few drops inside the ear twice daily for relief from pain. Also fights the infection itself.

122. Genital Warts (through topical application over 6 weeks, and coconut oil enemas twice a day depending on the location of the warts)

123. Gum Disease and Gingivitis (use as a toothpaste or rub directly on gums)

124.Herpes (applied topically and taken internally)

125.Hives (reduces the itch and swelling

126. Pink eye (applied around and in the eye)

127. Ringworm

128. Toothache

129. Warts


Coconut Oil and Cooking

130. Butter Substitute – use 1 cup to 1 cup ratio when replacing butter in recipes with coconut oil.

131. Nutritional Supplement – melt and add to smoothies.

132. Replacement for butter/lard/Crisco/PAM in its solid form for greasing pans, pie crusts, etc.

133. Replacement for various oils in liquid form – baking, cooking, sautéing, etc.

Coconut Oil and Pets/Animals

Check with your veterinarian but the recommended dosage for animals is 1/4 teaspoon for every 10 pounds of body weight twice daily.

134. Aids healing of digestive disorders like inflammatory bowel syndrome and colitis

135. Aids in arthritis or ligament problems

136. Aids in elimination of hairballs and coughing

137. Applied topically, promotes the healing of cuts, wounds, hot spots, dry skin and hair, bites and stings

138. Clears up skin conditions such as eczema, flea allergies, contact dermatitis, and itchy skin

139. Disinfects cuts and promotes wound healing

140. Great for dogs and cats for general wellness. Just add a teaspoon to their water bowl daily.

141. Helps prevent or control diabetes

142. Helps sedentary dogs feel energetic

143. Helps reduce weight, increases energy

144. Improves digestion and nutrient absorption

145. Makes coats become sleek and glossy, and deodorizes doggy odor

146. Medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) have been shown to improve brain energy metabolism and decrease the amyloid protein buildup that results in brain lesions in older dogs.

147. Prevents and treats yeast and fungal infections, including candida

148. Reduces allergic reactions and improves skin health

149. Reduces or eliminates bad breath in dogs

150. Regulates and balance insulin and promotes normal thyroid function

Other Uses for Coconut Oil

151. Chewing Gum in Hair Remover – just rub some coconut oil over the stuck chewing gum, leave in for about 30 minutes, then roll the gum between your fingertip. Voila! It’s out!

152. Goo Gone – just mix equal parts coconut oil and baking soda into a paste. Apply to the “sticky” area and let it set for a minute. Then scrub off with an old toothbrush or the scrubby side of a sponge.

153. Insect repellent – mix coconut oil with peppermint oil extract and rub it all over exposed skin. Keeps insects off better than anything with DEET! Tons safer too.

154. Moisturizing and cleaning leather products

155. Oiling wood cutting boards and wood bowls

156. Polishing Bronze – all you have to do is rub a little oil into a cotton towel and then wipe down the statue. It cleans and helps deepen the color of your bronze.

157. Polish Furniture – coconut oil with a little bit of lemon juice to polish wood furniture. However, I recommend you test it first on a very small, unobtrusive part of your furniture to make sure it works the way you’d like.

158. Seasoning animal hide drums

159. Seasoning cookware

160. Soap making – coconut oil can be used as one of the fats in soap.

Dr Terry Wahls

I am a huge fan of Dr Terry Wahls.  Everyday I work a little harder to incorporate her diet into my family’s lives.  She started this to help MS but I believe it’s helping many many illnesses and it’s just a smart way to look at food and nutrition.  So, take a look at her book, it might have something useful for you in it!  You never know how changing the way you eat will really affect the way you feel, until you do it.

From Terry’s fb status update this evening: “Chronic infections (lyme or chlamydia for example) may contribute to MS type of symptoms. Often improving vitamin D status, reducing burden of toxins, eating for health (greens, sulfur, color etc.) will dramatically improve your immune cells’ ability to control the chronic infections. Antibiotics without addressing all of diet/ lifestyle issues will be of limited benefit. Learn more about eating to make it easier to clear those infections from my book MINDING MY MITOCHONDRIA ~ Terry Wahls”

Check out Terry’s Book here 

Enjoy!

Kale Pancakes for Breakfast

He actually loved them, don’t let that expression fool you.

Top 10 Worst Sources of Aspartame


Please make sure this stuff isn’t in the things you give your children.  Check yogurt labels, cereal and kids’ medicine.  If you can buy regular whole fat yogurt it’s WAY better for your kids (and you) than the low fat stuff.  When they make a low fat version of something they have to add sugar and/or chemicals to make up for the lack of flavor.  We need fat in our diets, we don’t need processed sugar, and we certainly don’t need any carcinogenic sugar substitutes.  Aspartame actually makes us crave more sweet stuff so it’s just a vicious cycle that ends up causing weight gain instead of the opposite.   If we can help our kids avoid carcinogens and other toxins they will live longer and healthier lives.  We have to learn what to look for… I mean, who would think you’d have to read the ingredients of a cooking sauce to see if there’s Aspartame in it???  Formaldehyde is a by-product of one or two of the ingredients. Formaldehyde… man, I don’t even want that stuff put in me when I’m DEAD!!!

From Infowar Social Networking Coalition “Aspartame is considered the most dangerous food additive on the market today. Aspartames main compounds are Aspartic Acid, Phenylalanine, and Methanol. These combine to kill neurons in the brain, poison the body and are linked to an enormous amounts of health effects. In any other scenario this substance would be considered poison and recommendation for non ingestion would be made on the bottle. But because this poisonous substance has been approved by food and drug associations, its legal.”

Click here for studies on Aspartame and Cancer

Click here for studies on the Toxicity of Aspartame

And click here for studies on Aspartame and its affect on Weight

NOM NOM NOM… tricking toddlers into eating veggies

I’m so lucky that my kids LOVE eggs.  Makes it easy to hide veggies.  I whip something up, stir it into eggs and then fry it up like regular scrambled eggs.  Today I cooked some sausage then, while it cooled I threw some kale, onion and mushrooms into the food processor.  Then I added the sausage so it would be easy to combine with the egg.

The sausage was a big link, like a brat you’d have on a roll.

I combined it with about 1 cup of kale, one large baby bella mushroom, some scallions and about 1TBS white onion

It doesn’t look very appetizing, I know.. but it’s a bit like meatloaf.  Just a little green from all the kale.

I stirred in two eggs.  I had two toddlers and me to feed and with the sausage that was plenty.

 

It was kind of like pancake batter and I spooned it onto a hot (but not too hot) griddle.  I kept the heat low so they wouldn’t brown too much, just form mini scrambled egg pancakes.

 

After cooling, the baby was able to pick them up and feed himself =)

 

And he ate about 5 of them!

 

The Toddler, who insists on drawing while eating (my little artist) asked for seconds!  That’s the mark of a yummy meal because this skinny kid HATES to take time out of his busy drawing and playing schedule to eat!

 

Amounts are not exact, I just use the things I have laying around and try to get the proportions right so it tastes good.  I use a lot of kale because I view it as a “super-food”.  Any very dark greens are good for things like this and it’s a great way to get little ones to get greens and other veg in their diets.  We mostly do grain/gluten free meals although I am a cheater and eat pizza sometimes.  I believe a paleo/primitive diet is good for MS as well as other health issues.

Toddler with a camera

My 3 year old LOVES to take pictures with my camera.  This morning we were going for a walk and he said he wanted to bring the camera along.  I willingly obliged.  These are the pictures he took today.  Enjoy.

Fence

Rocks in Ditch

 Baby Brother

Wheel

Stick

Shadow

Leash

Bucket

Mama and Dog

Shadow 2

He wasn’t finished when we got home, he had more pictures to take =)

A

Rubik’s Cube

Out on the trail.

Today we went for a hike in a state park.  I figured it wouldn’t be too bad in the shade of the trees.

 I also figured it would be an easy walking trail with plenty of benches along the path (so I could stop and nurse the Nugget if necessary) then the Peanut could play in the dirt with sticks or something.  I figured wrong.  It was nice under the shade of the trees but it was a narrow path made for mountain biking and real hiking.

The wheels of the stroller barely fit the width of the trail.

There was a lot of steep terrain with tree roots sticking up making it difficult to push the stroller but the Peanut was running along talking about trains as happy as a clam…


until we walked for about an hour.

 

Then it became difficult to get him to keep up.

And all he wanted to do was rest and play in the dirt.

 Someone had told us that there was a playground tucked in there somewhere and to watch for a trail that went off to the left.  We never found it and I figured two hours (an hour in and an hour back to the car) was all my old MS body and my 3 year old could handle.   So we started the long journey back to the car.

We saw some neat things on the way back…
Like this tree with the vine wrapping around it.
And this cute little mushroom.
And this gorgeous dragonfly.
Despite the heat and humidity …and struggling to control the stroller… and worrying about heat exhaustion with multiple sclerosis… we had a great time and can’t wait to do it again.  Next time we’ll get the trail map so we can find the playground.  And I think I’ll bring an ice pack to wear under my shirt!