How the mighty fall! And rise up again. Part 2 of 2.

After drinking bacteria-infested water at his baseball game, Cade took some colloidal silver and Dr. Christopher’s Immune Formula and went to bed.

From my tennis club next morning, I had this text exchange with him. (Text messaging is part of my “drip system” of parenting: say as few words as possible, but make each word count. Repeat messages in different words on different days. Intermittent conversations, texts, and others giving them opinions to back your good ones up!)

Me: How are u feeling, kid?

Cade: I’m terrible.

Me: I am coming home to make u a tonic that will blast those bacteria right outta there.

Cade: That sounds pretty nasty.

Me: Garlic, lemon, ginger, apple cider vinegar, cayenne.

Cade: I’m getting sicker just READING that.

Me: Yes. But u will feel much better much faster and it strengthens ur immune system. U gotta kill those viruses or bacteria before they multiply and cause more problems. All those ingredients kill the bad guys and leave the good guys alone (unlike drugs). Plus–think of your throwing arm–some of those ingredients are great anti-inflammatories too.

Anyway, he was feeling good quickly after drinking the “kinda weird lemonaid,” I called it as I gave it to him a few times that next day. (I had some, too, just for fun. It’s not bad. I blended all those fresh ingredients with a whole apple, and water and ice. Use as much cayenne as you can stand–it amplifies the effects of the other ingredients.) The following day, Cade went to his job all day working as a laborer.

Thanks, readers, for the reminders of quick ways to deliver the knockout punch.

GSG reader Katrina Mayer who is my “facebook friend” wrote this on her wall this week:

“My parents put solar panels on our house in the 70’s. They made me read the labels on everything I ate, drank, or put on my body. They had two organic gardens and a huge compost pile in our backyard. They grew most of our own fruits and vegetables. They taught me about recycling and reusing before it was the “in” thing to do. We never had junk food in the house. And today they drive a Prius. Thanks Mom and Dad! I didn’t appreciate how cool you were until I grew up!”

If you’re doing some of this stuff, your kids will remember it. They may roll their eyes now, but you’re putting roots in them that run deep. Someday, like Katrina, they will follow your example and marvel at your environmental consciousness, your health that is the reason you can enjoy your grandchildren on levels some of your peers can’t, and your general foresight and wisdom.

How the mighty fall! And rise up again. part 1 of 2

Every day the past week I’ve been working on editing the most exciting recipe collection we’ve ever had–right now, it’s a 265-page compilation of my readers’ favorite healthy recipes. With photography, it’s going to probably be TWO VOLUMES of amazing recipes. Main dishes, desserts, breakfasts, sauces, soups, dips, crackers, smoothies, and SO much more. I hope to hand it off to Deb, for the next level of editing, before I leave for Idaho Falls today.

I keep thinking, as I edit, “Ooh, I want to try that one!” Editing is making me HUNGRY! (Being the control freak that I am, I’m editing mostly to make sure there are no ingredients in recipes that I don’t approve of; I’m making substitutions where necessary. Then Deb will take another swipe at language—some of y’all are really chatty as you write directions, LOL!)

One recipe that I’d forgotten about, that I used to make, was that famous old “Lou’s Tonic,” which made an appearance in my life the next day.

I watched part of my 17-y.o. son’s baseball game Mon. night before I had to race off to another child’s team meeting.

He got home at midnight and came in my room to give me the play-by-play of how he pitched the entire game, with 14 strikeouts. He likes to physically act out how some of his more spectacular plays actually LOOKED. And how he’s now hit 90 mph on his fastball, and his curve was really working—“so dirty,” he called it.

(And, update: my former steroid baby is now closing in on 6’4″–I’m so thankful and gratified every time I think about the disastrous direction we were headed, that good nutrition averted.)

He was sitting on my bed holding my hand, and I said, “You’re shaking like a leaf! What’s up?”

He said, “I’m sick! I drank THREE bottles of water out of the cooler in the dugout before someone told me it had been sitting there for 3 weeks.”

The rest of this story tomorrow…..

benifits of flax seed

Yesterday I wrote about the benifits of flax seed.   (I misspelled that word on purpose—long story.)   Possibly the very best way to get Essential Fatty Acids is in the form of flax and/or its oil.   However, two cautions are in order.   First, smell the seeds when you purchase them (and look at the expiration date to make sure that they are fresh).   You can usually tell if they smell rancid.   Grind them in your BlendTec right before using them, as they oxidize quickly and have a shelf life of only a few months.   Second, whole flax seeds pass through the intestine doing little other than absorbing liquid, if they aren’t broken down.   So chew flax very well if you eat it whole, or grind it instead.  

You can get your EFAs easily from high-quality flax oil, which must be purchased refrigerated in dark bottles at health food stores.   Barlean’s and Udo’s are excellent brands that use organic flax and refrigerate it from production to point of sale.   One tablespoon of flax oil daily provides an adequate quantity of EFAs with the ideal Omega 3:6 ratio.   Including the whole seed in your diet, as well, will be less expensive and will add dietary fiber.   We will focus on flax seeds again in Ch. 7 of 12 Steps to Whole Foods.

 In addition to flax, foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids also include walnuts, pumpkin or sesame seeds, avocados, and leafy greens like kale, spinach, and collards.   Eating these foods may be even better than eating the oil, because their nutrition will be utilized by the body throughout the day.   I also like hempseed protein powder, which I add to virtually any breakfast (12 Steps to Whole Foods, Ch. 10, or the new recipe collection in my store).   Uses for pumpkin and sesame seeds are found in several chapters of 12 Steps and several of the recipe collections.

health benefits of flax

Today I start blogging, in several parts, on good fats.   Hopefully Myth #3 of my Nutrition Manifesto has convinced you to get plenty of good fats in your diet every day?   This week, I’ll post a new YouTube vid showing how to make Flax-Veggie crackers to address ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS, today’s and tomorrow’s topic.   So if you haven’t subscribed to my vids (it’s free!), go to YouTube, find me by searching for “green smoothie” (I’m either #1 or #2), and subscribe!   You’ll be notified every time I post a new demo.   12 Steppers, on April 1, you’ll get a chapter on good fats, with recipes and ideas on how to get them in your diet daily.

Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) are the unsaturated omega-3 (alpha-lenolenic acid) and omega-6 (alpha-lenoleic acid) fats.   They’re called “essential” because the body cannot manufacture them and therefore must be supplied by diet.   (Your body can produce adequate omega-9s if enough essential fats are available.)   These fats support many of the body’s systems, including the nervous, immune, cardiovascular, and reproductive systems.   EFAs are used by the body to make and repair cell membranes and eliminate waste from cells.   They also produce prostoglandins, which regulate blood pressure, clotting, heart rate, and fertility.   EFAs are particularly critical for babies, pregnant women, and children for neural development.

Americans are omega-3 deficient.   We need a ratio of between 1:1 and 4:1 omega 6 to omega 3 fatty acids, but most Americans get between 10:1 and 25:1.   Deficiencies in omega 3, as well as inappropriate omega 6 to omega 3 ratios, have been linked to many of the diseases the U.S. leads the world in: depression, cancer, heart disease, stroke, asthma, lupus, diabetes, ADHD, and Alzheimer’s.   Americans get too much omega 6 partly because of our reliance on processed vegetable oils, which are high in damaged, low-grade versions of that nutrient.

If anyone experiences symptoms of depression, the first thing I recommend trying is flaxseed or flax oil in the diet every day, which can create dramatic improvement.   Yet another reason to enjoy foods rich in EFAs is that they have the effect of combating damage done by the “bad fats.”   The phytoestrogens in flax  are known to  balance hormones for women: too-high estrogen counts tend to come down, and too-low estrogen counts tend to come up, eating flaxseed.   And compounds in this power food are well established tumor inhibitors, so anyone with a history or risk for cancer should take note.


The American Cancer Institute acknowledges 27 different compounds in flaxseed that are anti-carcinogenic!   In recent years, a hot topic of research is the lignan compounds, a special carbohydrate known to prevent both cancer and heart disease, as well as inflammatory conditions.   Flax has the highest known concentration of these lignans, 75 times higher than the next-highest food.

Sold on flax yet?   Read tomorrow for more about eating it.