Thursday, January 31, 2013

More Scary Stuff i Our Food

  Watched Dr Oz Wednesday, January 30. Got me doing a lot of research on line, checking out things he pointed out. I am blown away with some of this, had no clue about a lot of it.
  Let's begin. Again, they picked on pop and sports drinks, the citrus flavored ones. They contain a substance called BVO's, or bromulated vegetable oil.  This substance has been banned in over 100 other countrys but not in the US.  Why are we so behind?  This is a carcinogenic substance that needs to be banned. If you want the scary info, try these websites for good information:, or This stuff is used as a flame retardant in clothing, and is definetly not meant to be ingested. The good news is, Gatorade has decided to pull it and has added a different chemical to the drink instead, effective in a couple of months. Can't say a new chemical will be much better, but at least the company is making an effort to change a  harmful product.
  The next thing I learned is very strange. Foods that we like brown and crispy, and cook that way, are highly dangerous. Funny, these are natural foods, no additives, but we change them with our cooking methods. Two of the worst culprits are potato chips and fries. They change when cooked and contain acrylamides. The browner, the worse for you. Toast, cereal, potatoes we cook like hash browns and get crispy, the browner the worse. This one we can change. make your toast on a lighter setting, bake your fries and don't get them as dark,  You can soak your potatoes in water before cooking for 1 hour and remove a lot of the starch. That's the culprit, starch that browns when cooked with high heat  I think we can all adjust this one with no major problems. A good link to check this out is or  Both sites are full of worthwhile information, much better than I can shorten down for you. Just remember to cook things on slower, lower heat, getting them done but without turning them a dark color.
  The third one is again, the BPA's. Lots of things are better than they were, baby bottles have been changed, and some food storage containers. You still have to read the labels for content. Cans of soup , tomatoes and other vegetables are bad. If you see a white lining in the can, its full of BPA.  A person who eats one bowl of soup a week has a 100% higher level of BPA than those who avoid  cans.  Babys are born now with a high BPA and that causes early maturity in girls, heart desease, kidney damage and obesity. Instead of cans, look for frozen or products in pouches or jars. There are more of these than you might think, just start looking for them. Harvard has done some really scary studies you can pull up.
  It's been a season of colds and flu, and the new norovirus is hitting a lot of folk. There seems to be a conection  to El Nina years, each cold year is followed the next year by more viruses. The recipe for flu and cold tea I shared  a while back has worked well for my family. You need it at the onset of symptoms. I am out of herbs, next year will grow a lot more and keep on hand.
  I also have an easy ear drop recipe for you, to keep on hand for those problems. in a jar put 3 cloves of chopped garlic,1/4 cup mullein leaves, cover with olive oil and steep in sunny window for 3 days. Warm before use. Mountain Rose Herbs has this.
  Hope you have found some good tips here, and are staying warm and well. It's nearly Feburary, which for us here in the south means another month and the daffodils and forsythia will be in bloom. Still might have some cold  weather but its close to spring. Saw some baby calves last week on my way to town, hope they don't have much more cold to cope with.
  Keep reading, and learning all you can, your health is worth protecting and if you let it slip away, you can't get it back. Til next time

Friday, January 25, 2013

Welcome Home!

Yep,  have been traveling again. My daughter from Illinois drove to TN on the tail of a windstorm, stayed over night and we headed back to Illinois, still driving in wind. Stayed at her home a few days, got to see both of her sons, and my grand daughter and her hubby and baby girl. Her hubby is a wounded warrior, waiting since November for surgery, in a lot of pain. Can not believe they have not scheduled surgery yet.
 On a Sunday morning, we headed for MO. My Nebraska son met us in Columbia, and we started for his home. Got there by supper time, and I got to meet my new grand daughter, Sam. She is  something else. At 2 months old, already liking to smile and chat, so had a great time getting to know her. My other grand daughter there is 3, and we enjoyed reading, puzzles, and just hanging out. It was a great visit, including Christmas. My 2 sisters dropped in for a visit too.
  Return trip was thanks to my sis and her hubby who were on the way to Florida for a conference. and a great chance to visit on the way home, again stopping at my  daughter in Illinois home overnight. Drove through KY, pretty state.
 However, a slight revolt tookplace while I was gone. Found out real quick the plumbing was out of whack. Power auger didn't work so called a plumber. took three hours to thaw ice out of  the septictank line. Insulation got wet so that is dryin out and he will come back next week and put a seal in one toilet, and  align septic tank lines. We used a good share of my towels to sop up water thatwas running on my bathroom floor.My wonderful brother in law payed for repairs,going to pay him back.  While plumber was under the house, he could hear heat pump, and told me the bearings were going out. Wonderful, more repairs.
  If that were not enough, I got in my car yesterday and drove the 12 miles to town, to bank, post office and to get a much needed hair cut. Shortly down the road, I found the gear shift is not workin right, the indicator no longer moves.I think  I had it in the right gear, but it made funny noises. will need to figure that out. My previously cracked windshield has also developed more cracks.Maybe there is  message here, like, stay home and take care of stuff.Whatever, I am still glad to be back on the mountain, and my cat who was ably cared for by my son here,was glad after a month to see me. She kept me awake, the first night,   sitting on top of me, giving me a  licking. The second night was better and now she is sleeping curled up beside me, so we both get to sleep.
  I can't leave without giving you a recipe I found,have given you a recipe for cream soup base, and if you use onion(powdered) soup in envelopes, you will love this one.
  Onion Soup Mix
 2/3 cup of dried organic onions
 3 tablespoons dried parsley
 2 teaspoons onion powder
 2 teaspoons turmeric
 1 teaspoon sea salt
 1 teaspoon celery salt
 sprinkle of black pepper
Place all in container and shake well.
To use, add 4 tablespoons in place of an envelope of commercial dried onion soup.
Much healthier as you control all the ingredients.
  Well, hoping by next week to have most of the home coming problems behind me, wishing you  and yours a healthy, happy week.  I also want to thank my kids for all their help, this trip would not have occured with out them. And my sis and brother in law too. Glad they are in Fla enjoying some sun, we are getting an ice storm today. Take care