Archive for October, 2010

Recycled Pets

When I was in radio I always had a connection to the local animal shelter. We would have the shelter bring a new dog or cat in to be the “pet of the week”. I started volunteering a few days a week and immediately felt the benefits of giving back. When I lost my radio gig.  I remained  in contact with another volunteer who helped me get a part time job at the shelter. This job has been so rewarding for me, it has helped me get back into the work force plus provide for my family. The economy hasn’t just misplaced workers, it has also misplaced animals. People have lost their jobs, they have lost their homes and their income has been lowered or even erased. Which in part has left their animals hungry and abandoned.

In 2008 , Florida, like the rest of the country, was hit really hard due to the economy. We were consistently in the Top 3 for the nation’s foreclosed homes. As a volunteer I saw dogs and cats coming into the shelter that had been locked up in abandoned homes for weeks. There seem to be a flux of strays running loose. People were coming in crying leaving their animals with us because they were living in their car. It was really sad a couple of years ago. Now a days, it’s not that extreme but it still seems that there is a huge amount of strays running wild. The shelter is full capacity all the time.

The reason why I am sharing this story with you is, if you are thinking of adding a new family member to your home why not try the shelters or rescues. The low budget pet stores buy from puppy mills.

They might be cute sweet puppies but their mom is a breeding machine that lives in a cage and barely gets food or water. Please don’t buy from low budget pet stores. If there is no more demand for the puppies then maybe the puppy mills might go out of business.

Instead look for your sweet adorable animal at the local shelters. There are tons of puppies, kittens, big and small dogs, they have it all. At night when I leave for the day. I have a routine I walk down the aisles and say goodnight to all the dogs. Some jump up to greet me with what appears to be smile on their face, some seem like they are performing tricks  and others just look at me with sorrow in their eyes. Animals at the shelter might be recycled but they still have lots of love.

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Juicing a New You

I started my juicing craze about 5 months ago. Since we are trying to get pregnant, I thought this might help. I started juicing every morning. Before this I would drink fresh juice once a month. I even got my husband enjoying it. He looks forward to his green -reddish breakfast. I start with one garlic clove, small piece of organic ginger, small piece of beet(not too much it will make you sick), 2-3 sticks of celery, red cabbage, Kale, spinach, carrots, and apple. I put in a little cayenne and kelp powder. This might sound gross but the apple makes it a little sweet. The juice fills me up in the early morning. First, find a juicer that isn’t too tough to manage. Second, find your perfect veggie combination that works perfect for you. Juicing is amazing!!

Garlic-Natural antibiotic, helps with flu and common cold and more

Ginger– Anti-inflammatory, helps with common colds, soothing the digestive system and more

Beet– High levels of anti carcinogens, folic acid, antioxidant that helps the body against heart disease, high levels of Vit A and more.

Celery– Vit A, B1, B2 B6, C, folic acid, iron,calcium and magnesium and more.

Red Cabbage– Cabbage is a muscle builder, blood cleanser and eye strengthener.

Kale- High in folic acid, it contains seven times the beta-carotene of broccoli, carotenoid keep UV rays from damaging the eyes causing cataracts. B6

Spinach– Vit K, Spinach is loaded with flavonoid that functions as antioxidant and anti-cancer agent.

Carrots– Helps skin, hair, nails, strong antioxidant that can prevent cancer.

Apple– Apple is a rich source of flavonoids and polyphenols both are powerful antioxidant. Vit C

Cayenne Powder-Improves circulation through vasodilatation

Kelp Powder- rich source of iodine and iron, iodine is important for the proper functioning of thyroid and iron is important for blood cell function. Kelp is the best natural source of trace minerals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy 10/10/10

Some people don’t really believe in the climate crisis and some do. The fact of the matter is there is not an endless supply of resources on the planet. You know the old saying, “all good things must come to an end”. We are taking and taking more than mother earth can keep up with.  Its as though we are raping the planet of it’s goods. The Climate Crisis Project is a good thing with a larger emphasis. It’s about coming together globally and working towards a better way of living while saving the planet. Check out this great website that’s about the climate crisis project. How can you get involved? What can you do to change? No worries if you didn’t start today on the 10th, just start tomorrow. I am looking into a community garden with some friends.

Castor Oil – The Amazing Healer

Edgar Cayce, a medical intuitive known as the “sleeping prophet”, introduced castor oil packs for the treatment of many conditions. In many of his writings, Cayce professed that castor oil can be used to treat a variety of health conditions such as arthritis, liver, intestinal disorders, tumors, cysts and skin conditions.

Research has shown that castor oil has a unique chemical profile rich in ricinoleic acid which is known to exist in nature only in castor oil. Research also shows that castor oil has an increase in lymphocyte production and the level of activity of T-cell lymphocyte.  T-cells lymphocyte is from bone marrow and the thymus gland, it can identify and kill invaders such as virus, bacteria and fungi.

Castor Oil can be picked up at almost any grocery store or natural health food  stores. The oil packs are easy to use and make. Cayce recommends serveral layers of white wool flannel (hold heat better), but cotton flannel will work.

Warm the castor oil to skin temp in a non metallic pot. Soak the flannel in the oil. Should be just enough to soak but not make it dripping. Cover the flannel with plastic food wrap. This will make sure that no oil gets on your heating pad. Lay down and place the pack over the area of concern with a  heating pad on top. Place a heavy towel on top of the heating pad. This will keep constant warmth throughout the treatment. The treatment should last for about 30 min to 1 hour. Cayce’s advice is to meditate during the treatment. This is about mind, body and spirit connection. Healing the body needs connection to the mind and spirit. It makes sense.

For a non-cute condition it’s ok to do the treatment three times a week. Every other night for three weeks with the fourth week off. For acute situation, use for 30 mins a night for five nights, take two nights off, then repeat the cycle for two weeks or until the conditional is resolved. In either case talk with your health care provider.

*Don’t use if pregnant, during heavy times of bleeding and intestinal conditions.