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FREE Healthy Life Summit

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I’m super excited about this online conference coming up in a week or so. I’ve been reading some of the presenters books and blogs for a few months and it will be great to hear them speak. The summit is free to listen to that day, but I went ahead and pre-ordered the whole conference on DVD so I can go back and listen to it as I have time. It’s $49 right now (75% off!) Just until March 23rd. You can register for free or pre-order the dvds HERE.

I am particularly interested in hearing Sally Fallon, co-author of Nourishing Traditions, speak about what to feed our kids so that they don’t have the same degenerative issues that we do. My daughter already has my inherited migraines and I would LOVE to be able to fix that while she’s young. Sally’s new book The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby and Child Care was just released and I am excited to hear her speak on the topic.

There are 35 different speakers on topics like breastfeeding, Paleo diets, metabolism, hormones in your 40’s and ReWilding yourself. I like that one. ūüôā Check it out and register for FREE!!

My Fridge is Changing, Too

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15 years ago, my fridge would have looked like the standard american diet fridge. Lots of processed foods, fat-free, sugar free, ‘health’ foods along with a sprinkle of fruits. The vegetables would have been in the freezer. At one point I was trying out the Atkins diet so there would have been lots of processed bacon, cheese, cream cheese, deli meats, ground beef, and such. Diet sodas and 1% milk would have been in the door, and aspartame yogurt on the shelf for the kids. I don’t even like to picture it now.

2 years ago, it would have looked better with fresh organic produce, organic milk and butter, small amounts of organic meat, pots of beans and rice. Much better.

Today, my fridge looks weird and cool(pun intended). It has ‘weird’ stuff like whey and kefir. Fermented vegetables and homemade bone broth. Butter and cheese with no commercial wrappers because I made them. Sprouted grain tortillas, pastured eggs, cultures of various kinds. Raw milk in a glass jar. A JAR, like in the 50’s. Fermented Cod Liver Oil, grass fed beef cuts. Weird stuff. GREAT stuff. Stuff that makes me feel better than I have in YEARS. Stuff that I feel good feeding to my kids. I’m looking forward to fewer packages once the farmer’s markets get going this summer. It’s different and it’s weird…it’s REAL FOOD. I am embracing weird and I love how my fridge is changing with me.

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NSAIDs and Infertility

I posted this on my family blog over 2 years ago and have had several emails lately from people who came across the information and had no idea. I think it warrants a re-post on this new blog and I hope it finds the people who need it most. For natural alternatives to NSAIDs read more about WHAT I USE INSTEAD.

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My public service announcement is about the little-known issue of NSAIDS and infertility. NSAIDS when taken on a regular basis can inhibit ovulation BUT it’s more than that. All tests will appear normal. Hormones will still fluctuate, rise, fall etc as they are supposed to. Fertility charts will look good and indicate ovulation. The follicle, however is unruptured. Meaning no little egg actually goes anywhere. And that’s not all (insert tv infomercial voice)…if it DOES go somewhere by chance, the NSAIDS may even contribute to failed implantation.

How many women know this? How many doctors know this? I can tell you that in the past 6 months, I have listed my medications on 5 different doctor’s information sheets(rheumetologist, OBGYN, GI doc, sleep doc and Naturopath) and told all FIVE that I was trying to conceive and NONE commented on the 2X daily prescription NSAID I was taking. Most likely none of them knew anything about it. Which is why I will be sending them copies of these studies.

OXFORD JOURNALS – RHEUMATOLOGY
CLin-Alert – Google Books
1996!!! Rheumatology Journal
MORE REFERENCES

I’m thinking this is a serious enough side effect that ALL NSAIDs should have this warning ON THE LABEL (which was NOT on anything I received with the prescription):

(found on Drugs.com)

Impaired female fertility:

The use of Diclofenac Potassium tablets may impair female fertility and is not recommended in women attempting to conceive. In women who may have difficulties conceiving or who are undergoing investigation of infertility, withdrawal of Diclofenac Potassium tablets should be considered.

So, now here’s my personal case study. After 4+ weeks off of Diclofenac, I have positive pregnancy tests. Plural. Lots of them. Because of my previous failed implantations (aka chemical pregnancy) I tested for 8 days straight. No disappearing lines. I am definitely pregnant. ONE CYCLE OFF OF THIS STUFF. Coincidence? No way. ¬†(Update 2013 – Sadly, this pregnancy ended at 12 weeks. Another pregnancy was confirmed 6 weeks later and was also lost at almost 12 weeks.)

So, I am putting this out there for anyone who may not know: If you are trying to conceive…lay off the NSAIDs. Including creams, patches, pills, syrups. ¬†There are alternatives for pain and inflammation and they work well for me!! READ ABOUT NATURAL NSAID ALTERNATIVES HERE. And…in the spirit of helping people through social media….share! You never know who you will help by passing along this information!

This post is also linked at Holistic Squid & Thank Your Body, Wellness Wednesday, Simple Lives Thursday

Processed Salt May Contribute to Autoimmune Disease

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The headline reads¬†“Scientists Officially Link Processed Foods To Autoimmune Disease” , but read deeper and a specific ingredient in most processed foods reveals itself as the most likely culprit. Refined and processed salt. Having lived with an unspecified autoimmune disease for about 7 years, this is of great interest to me. ¬†We’ve used Redmond Real Salt and some pink¬†Himalayan¬†salt in cooking and at our table for over 10 years. Unfortunately, it wasn’t all the salt we were getting. ¬†

We’ve made it a point to buy the good stuff for home, but what about the refined salt in a lot of our processed foods and fast foods? ¬†Have you ever looked at the sodium content in the bread you buy?

I had NO IDEA. According to this article, “Just one 6-inch Roasted Garlic loaf from Subway–just the bread, no meat, no cheeses, no nothing–has 1,260 mg sodium, about as much as 14 strips of bacon.¬†“ ¬†Wow! ¬†Subway tends to come across as a ‘healthier’ option.

The modern diet of processed foods, takeaways and microwave meals could be to blame for a sharp increase in autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, including alopecia, asthma and eczema.”If this is the case, then the autoimmune disease I thought couldn’t be ‘my fault’ – pretty much IS. ¬†If bad food is how I got here, maybe good food can get me out.

 

Read the whole article with references to the studies at preventdisease.com. And then…maybe…stop eating processed foods and go buy some good salt!

 

This post was also linked up at Butter Believer

Time to Make a New Start…er

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Sourdough flatbread, anyone?

I attempted to revive a neglected (like, 6 months neglected) sourdough starter this week and I am thinking it may be time to start a new one. My test loaf didn’t rise a bit! The flavor is amazing, but the bread is all but flat. By the tiny bubbles in the mix, it does seem like my poor starter is fighting to survive so I may keep trying, but it the meantime I’ll start another one with this recipe from The Fresh Loaf. The husband is itching to start eating only sprouted flour, natural yeast breads and I need a known good starter to make it happen. Here’s to new bubbles!

Until then…this loaf may not be fluffy, but it is not going to waste. ¬†It just tastes too good to toss.

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Turned a failure into lunch…Raw Cheddar Cheese & Organic Chicken Melt on Sourdough ‘Flatbread’.