Sep

  • YNAB says... Debt is not an option.

    This blog post came to me from YNAB through their twitter channel, and I simply had to share it!  A must read to make sure that your thinking is in line with your goals.

  • Ikea Giving Apple a Hard Time

    Experience the power of a bookbook!

  • First shipment of course books has arrived!

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    Received my first shipment of books for my Wholistic Nutrition course today!  I've taken some liberties with the "recommended" reading books, and even added my own... like the Power Up Your Brain book in this pile.  I'll really only need the Anatomy & Physiology book (along with my wife's full blown A&P university text for reference) for the first module(s) of the course, but I wanted to (a) be pro-active, and (b) some of the titles sounded way to interesting to hold off purchasing until I was into the future modules.

    I know my initial set of A, P, & C course modules is in the mail, and anticipate having it in my hands next week.

  • Second shipment of course books has arrived!

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    Seven more course books have joined my education library today! The two that fall under the "I've taken some liberties with the recommended readings" category are Grain Brain and The Better Brain books; written by the same author that co-authored Power Up Your Brain.

    I was really surprised by the size of the two encyclopedias though; for some reason I thought they were going to be smaller, and I am glad they are not!  Excellent reference material for sure.

    I already started reading Grain Brain, and plan to read Ageless Body, Timeless Mind shortly afterward.  I guess that may depend on when I start my A, P, & C modules...

  • Street construction update

    The first photo is a picture from just outside my door, and the second is a shot from down the street.  What isn't shown in the photos though is that they have already started digging out the old pavement at the other end of my block.  I was so excited to see that and look forward to the smooth new road that is in store.  I'm also very glad to see that the sidewalk was included in the replacement plans, and that there is only one short tire rut in my lawn so far.

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    Thank You Winnipeg!

  • Third shipment of course books has arrived

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    With special thanks to some great friends who accepted this shipment from Amazon/UPS while my street is under construction, another seven course books have joined my education library today! The two that fall under the "I've taken some liberties with the recommended readings" category are The Grain Brain Cookbook and Death By Food Pyramid books.

    I've even put the Grain Brain book to the side so I could switch to reading Death By Food Pyramid, and am enjoying the read (and knowledge inside) immensely.

  • Fourth shipment of course books has arrived

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    Two more course books have arrived in the mail and joined my education library today! The one that falls under the "I've taken some liberties with the recommended readings" category is Food and Behavior; which I suspect will offer similar knowledge to Grain Brain.

    Zinc and Other Micro-Nutrients is the oldest book in my course collection so far, being published back in 1978.

  • Pretended to be a plumber today... and pulled it off!

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    Last night, the kitchen hot water tap started misbehaving and wouldn't turn off completely without really wrenching it.  By morning, wrenching it didn't work, and I resorted to using the shut-off under the sink.  After about three used of the shut-off to control the water, it stopped functioning... leaving me to control the shut-off on the hot water tank.  Almost immediately, I noticed the hot-water valve on the tank would leak a bit in certain positions, and decided using the shut-offs I installed around the whole-house chlorine filter would be my best bet.

    The plumbing representative at Home Depot was excellent.  He put a copper pipe cutter in my hand (to remove the bad shut-off), a new shut-off that would basically crimp onto the copper pipe, and gave me a walk through on how to install it and what parts to not use (connecting it to the existing flex-hose).  I then grabbed some teflon tape and picked out my new taps... which were made by the same company as our old ones and almost identical in style (I guess I really liked it).

  • Street construction - no road or sidewalk

    f838a5d84ca397b3e084ef646c5447e8.JPG Noticed that they completed removed the sidewalk and road (right down to the dirt) all the way down my street today.  I was really hoping we wouldn't have patches, and glad to see that will be the case.
  • Final shipment of course books has arrived

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    My final five course books have arrived in the mail and joined my education library today!

    Many of the twenty-five books I now have aren't needed until the second of third year, but as some were already out of print, it was better to get them while the getting was good!

  • Is Structured Silver the "Perfect" Probiotic companion?

    When people are purposefully taking a probiotic, they do so knowing that the good flora is either missing from their intestines (likely due to antibiotics), or that their flora is incredibly outnumbered by non-beneficial pathogens like candida, yeast, etc... and they want to restore their intestinal flora balance.

    The conclusions I have drawn after watching all of the structured silver videos are:

    • It is effective at eliminating pathogens (candida, bacteria, yeast, etc...) that may be dominating your intestines (making it difficult to re-establish healthy flora)
    • It will not affect the healthy flora negatively at all, but should clear a way for it to repopulate

    I believe structured silver would be an essential companion, for anybody trying to repopulate their flora, by helping to ensure that the probiotic they take will win the intestinal turf war against anything that has already already established itself there.

    I will be testing this logic next week when my structured silver stock arrives.  I guess I could say that I am anticipating / hoping for (as a form of proof to myself) the Herxheimer Reaction effects:

    The Herxheimer Reaction - Feeling worse before feeling better
    The Herxheimer Reaction is a short-term (from days to a few weeks) detoxification reaction in the body. As the body detoxifies, it is not uncommon to experience flu-like symptoms including headache, joint and muscle pain, body aches, sore throat, general malaise, sweating, chills, nausea or other symptoms.

    This is a normal — and even healthy — reaction that indicates that parasites, fungus, viruses, bacteria or other pathogens are being effectively killed off. The biggest problem with the Herxheimer reaction is that people stop taking the supplement or medication that is causing the reaction, and thus discontinue the very treatment that is helping to make them better. Although the experience may not make you feel particularly good, the Herxheimer Reaction is actually a sign that healing is taking place.

    What Is The Herxheimer Reaction?
    The Herxheimer Reaction is an immune system reaction to the toxins (endotoxins) that are released when large amounts of pathogens are being killed off, and the body does not eliminate the toxins quickly enough. Simply stated, it is a reaction that occurs when the body is detoxifying and the released toxins either exacerbate the symptoms being treated or create their own symptoms. The important thing to note is that worsening symptoms do not indicate failure of the treatment in question; in fact, usually just the opposite.

    I will be stocking enough structured silver to make it available for others as well, so feel free to contact me for more information.

    If you would like to try water kefir as your probiotic, and you live in the Winnipeg area, feel free to contact me here or view my kijiji ad.

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