2015

  • 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.

  • Decided to order aftermarket toner for my Xerox Phaser printer

    I've owned my Xerox Phaser 6180N for a few years now, and obviously I am not a huge ink consumer since I have only ever had the factory cartridges that came with the unit until my black started running out over the past week.  In fact, I still have 80% toner in one of the colour cartridges, and 60% in the other two.  But I found it hard to convince myself to buy official Xerox replacement ink when the cost of it was so close to the original purchase price of the printer... ummm, no thanks.  I'd rather buy a new printer at those prices.

    So I started looking online for alternatives and eventually found TonerOnline.ca.  What I appreciated the most was their no hassle warranty and the excellent conversation I had over the phone... looking to get more comfortable with purchasing "generic".  Obviously they said everything right as I decided to place my order for an entire set of colours, not just the black I really needed.  They happened to have a little sale on, and I do like to capitalize on sales... especially at these prices!

  • Decided to add the Drone Mobile to my Compustar

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    After finding that the impressive 1 mile range of my CompuStar Remote Start & Alarm meant nothing in the denseness of the tall city buildings (I'm guessing all that steel in the way); I gave myself a late Christmas present by having the Drone Mobile installed as a companion to my PRO 2-WAY 901.

    The install came with three months of the "basic" plan, which should be ample time to determine if it has any shortfalls that would push me to the premium plan.  It sure was a wake-up call to how the Canadian dollar fares against the $299 USD price tag... almost $370 CDN!  ouch! ><

    Here are some good troubleshooting tips which I unfortunately needed to use on my first day with my Drone/Compustar combo... The Dealer seemed to get it going again (a la “exit valet mode”) but it always end up failing to start again. My internet research told me that the compustar “brain” has lost what it means for the remote start to know it has succeeded, and “locks out” the function after three “failed” attempts:

  • You know not to eat the chicken when...

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    It's been eating too many green eggs and ham!

    First time I ever saw a chicken with a "grass stain" on the inside... cooked or not.

    I'm glad I decided to cut the entire chicken before eating any of it too.  And totaly not interested in finding out how sick I would have gotten.

  • It's a new Paleo cookbook, and so much more...

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    Picked up the Nom Nom Paleo book at Superstore today after a good friend let me know it was currently on sale.  While I really appreciated recipes like Paleo Mayo and Pho, I was pleasantly surprised by all the kitchen/pantry tips and tricks like freezing ginger! An excellent addition to our ever growing library.

    Read about Michelleon her nomnompaleo.comwebsite; which also includes a wealth of other Paleo information and recipes.

  • Fixes for Five Paleo Mistakes

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    Here's a quick bulleted list of Lauren's post over at Empowered Substances:

    1. Slow down on the nuts and seeds
    2. Don’t eat lean protein
    3. Stop drowning your body in water
    4. Don’t cook in chemicals
    5. Eat Enough Carbs

    Thank You for sharing Lauren; an excellent read!

    Update! I've also found some additional posts that support and expand these ideas on Sébastien's informative PaleoLeap.com website:

     

     

  • My Drone Mobile needed to be reset after a dead battery

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    I woke up Monday morning to a dead battery in my car.  In hindsight, I realize it had slowly been dying over the past couple weeks... the "turning radio off to conserve battery" every time I shut off the car was saying it loud and clear.

    Luckily my local dealer validated that the battery was faulty and replaced it with a new one the other day... but my Drone didn't fully recover.  I wasn't getting all notifications any more, nor the GPS location updates.

    The dealer was stumped, so I opened a support ticket today with Drone, explained what happened, and they reset something from their end (I think it was the module in my car) which put everything back into working order.

    But I think my support rep has a concern about my install as he stated that...

    If this problem happens again, I would suggest visiting the dealer so they can confirm what port the DroneMobile device is plugged into.

    An important nugget to keep track of moving forward me thinks!

  • Finally perfected mixing Paleo Mayo!

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    Following Michelle's (Nom Nom Paleo) recipe for "hand whisked" Paleo Mayo has had some mixed successes, with the issue being that I'm just not dexterous enough to maintain the whisking.  In the past, I'd also tried and failed using our Vitamix to make other homemade mayo recipes.

    The solution?  Introduce the mayo to our Kitchenaid to do all the whisking!

    Getting a lovely thick Mayo also made a huge difference to the Paleo Ranchdressing recipe I had also tried.  I had found it too thin before, and the mayo thickness was obviously the key.

  • Increasing my ferment intake with... Water Kefir!

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    I've been making sauerkraut for quite some time now, but I can honestly say that I don't eat it as often as I could.  Usually due to bad timing/planning... where I eat through the jars before thinking of starting the next batch; and I like to let it ferment for up to eight weeks.  So, too many gaps have been creeping in, which usually leads to a bit of procrastination.

    My solution was to start a new ferment that doesn't need weeks to mature, and the answer was water kefir.

    I contacted Jody, a local Winnipeger, through Kijiji and picked up my initial batch of water kefir grains!  She had just prepared the brew this morning, so it will need to ferment over the next couple days before I can try it out.

    Watch out "leaky gut", there's a new probiotic  sheriff in town!

  • Made my own drum!

    Had a great time at Darcy's Drum Making Workshop at Divine Clarity today!  I opted to use an elk skin on my drum, and asked for an 18 inch frame (over the typical 12/14/16 options).  The drum turned out great, and the experience of making one was so incredibly fun that I think i'll be taking the workshop again to make another.  All I need to do now is weave some softer leather/fabric through the back strings so that it is easier on my hands while holding it.

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  • My first water kefir batch

    Over the last few days, we've been slowly drinking the starter kefir batch I'd acquired, as it continued to ferment on our counter.  The kefir seemed to get thicker and more sharp as the days went by... so I was certainly exposed to a wide range of flavours as it fermented.

    Having consumed the last of the water, I followed the guidance and recipe found on growyouthful.com to put together my first brew of water kefir.  For my first batch, I decided to use 100% maple syrup as my sugar.  That and the molasses explains the dark rich colour.

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  • The Way of the Shaman

    I attended my first FSS (Foundation for Shaman Studies) workshop this weekend; sponsored by Divine Clarity. My attraction was to learning about (and doing) journeying, which I understood to be a form of meditation.  It also gave me the perfect opportunity to use the drum I had just made last weekend! (scroll down two posts)

    During the Basic experiential workshop, participants are introduced to core shamanism, the universal, near-universal, and common methods of the shaman to enter nonordinary reality for problem solving and healing. Particular emphasis is on the classic shamanic journey, one of the most remarkable visionary methods used by humankind to explore the hidden universe otherwise known mainly through myth and dream. Participants are initiated into shamanic journeying, aided by drumming and other techniques for experiencing the shamanic state of consciousness and for awakening dormant spiritual abilities, including connections with Nature.

    I truly found it to be a fantastic workshop. My most incredible (and convincing) experience was using journeying to find out more information about the issue I've been having with my knee than doctors (using x-rays) and chiropractors have been able to tell me so far. In less than 10 minutes of journeying, I found a test (simply rolling the skin) to perform on my knee that proved the issue was in the skin (likely a nerve). It's not joint (arthritis) or ligament pain; simply a sensitive spot on/under the skin that really lets me know it's there when I happen to bump or apply pressure in just the right spot.  If there was ever a reason to doubt journeying in any way, this experience just obliterated it!

  • Update on my first Water Kefir batch

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    Two days in and I can already see that my first batch is more active (more bubbly) than the starter batch I was given. In fact, it almost looks like they've grown too.

    I know I used a different sugar, but I predict that adding molasses was the big difference; they just love the added minerals!

    Of course both these things also have changed the taste significantly. I think the molasses is a keeper, but maple syrup reminds me too much of pancakes. Going to leave this batch on the counter to continue fermenting and see how the flavour changes over time before I decide for sure though.

  • Update 2 on my first Water Kefir batch

    Five days of fermenting on the counter has lead to a rather vinegary batch. I must admit that I've left it out too long for my taste.

    I strained out the kefir grains and started batch number two.  This time using cane sugar over maple syrup, and keeping the molasses.

    Sorry about forgetting to take a picture of this batch, but batch two really doesn't look any different when compared to the picture I took back on Mar 7; other than realizing I only used half the water the first time... so the jars are more full.

  • Water Kefir batch two has gone crazy!

    Four days in (having a nice sharp taste, just before vinegary) and I'm just noticing that the kefir grains have tripled!  The grains are definitely happy, healthy, and multiplying.  I think they agreed with me on switching maple syrup for cane sugar.

    I never would have imagined that I'd be starting batch three with making twelve jars... incredible!

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  • Shamanism, Dying, and Beyond

    Attended my second FSS (Foundation for Shaman Studies) workshop this weekend; sponsored by Divine Clarity. So excited after the first workshop that I could hardly wait for the next one offered.

    Participants learn how to deal with the issue of dying and the destiny of souls from a shamanic perspective. The workshop is both for those who wish to learn for themselves, and for those who wish to help others who are in terminal situations or who have already passed on. Experiences to be undertaken include learning how to become experientially familiar with the after-death realms, tracking a person using shamanic journeying, completing unfinished business, helping a person to cross over, and classic psychopomp work.

    I wasn't initially as wowed by this workshop as I was the first. I think mainly because it seemed to be slanted towards things I would do for other people, and I was still hoping to focus on my own self improvement/exploration; a shift in my expectations. In the end I came to some well needed realizations about life, death, family, and friends; and I am grateful for the healthier perspectives.

    Also learned psychopomp!

  • Learning new tricks with water kefir batch three

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    Three days into batch three (Mar 19th), my kefir was bubbling like crazy, and I could already tell the grains were still growing.  What I obviously needed to learn quickly was how to only make as many batches as I could drink; which would also mean figuring out how to keep/store the grains that I didn't need to use for fermenting.

    The first answer/lesson was, simply, use the fridge.  The basic premise being that you still need to feed the grains, so you start a new batch (make the grains food) but put the jar in the fridge to slow the grains down.  So I put my three day ferments in the fridge so they could continue to ferment more slowly.  As I got close to emptying each jar of liquid over the next few days, I poured the grains into the next jar, delaying the need to start any new batches.

    The second answer, equally simple, was to entertain the idea of making them available to others like Kijiji/Jody had done for me. If you live in/around Winnipeg and are looking for a happy water kefir culture, let's make a trade for a freshly made batch.

  • Expanding my Cast Iron cooking options

    Back in late January when I was contemplating getting a 13.25 inch Lodge cast skillet, it was one that d. a. Niel's had previously ordered to bring in for stock... but it never arrived.  They did have a 12 inch that had arrived, and looking at it made me realize that really was the biggest I could hope to use on myr stove top anyway.  Only issue was, they didn't have a lid for it.

    So I did a little digging and found that the 7 Quart Dutch Oven came with a 12 inch lid that would fit our pan.  It didn't take much calculating to realize that $80-$90 for a lid was a worse deal than $140 for a lid with a pot... that's like a buy the lid and get a pot for $60, or less.

    It took a while for our special order to arrive, but I'm looking forward to getting some good use out of my new 12 inch skillet, dutch oven, and lid!

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  • Structured Silver vs Malaria

    An article appeared in The Indian Practitioner in September 2010 (volume 63, number 9, pages 567-574) that details the results of three clinical studies performed with malaria patients and silver, including a 100% cure rate in an average of five days.

    I know I was skeptical in the beginning by these claims, but after reading/watching the balance of the information that I have linked to in my Structured Silver section... I definitely started opening up to the possibilities.

  • Part 1 - An Introduction to Structured Silver

    I was recently introduced to Structured Silver by my instructor, through the gentle suggestion of a shared URL to Dr. Pedersen's web-site.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the thoroughness of Dr. Pedersen's video explanations, so I'd rather you watched them instead of me engaging in the injustice of trying to paraphrase what I learned.

    This collection of short videos is an excellent introduction to Structured Silver, what it is used for (past and present), and discussions about its safety... and even introduces a big claim of effectiveness against MRSA.

  • Part 2 - Structured Silver vs Pathogens

    Being a believer in probiotics, my first concern was that if Structured Silver is so effective against "bad" bacteria and yeast... what about the healthy flora that I am trying to maintain?

    This collection of short videos dives deeper into Structured Silver, how it works, why it can distinguish between pathogenic bacteria/yeast and not our healthy flora... and why our healthy cells are protected.

  • 83 Applications for Structured Silver

    An online reference to some of the known applications of Structured Silver.

  • What Your Food Cravings Really Mean

    I think it is important to know what our bodies are really asking for when we have cravings.... both in general, and when we are making big changes like changing what we eat (like a starter 30 day Paleo challenge).

    When I think about it, what makes sense to me is that our bodies know what it needs (nutrient/vitamin/mineral) and can only "ask" us for it in terms of craving foods that it knows we've eaten that contain it.  They may not be the best sources, but it's what we've eaten.

    For example, we shouldn't feel guilty for craving chocolate if what that translates to is our body asking for magnesium.  Alternative sources of magnesium include (amongst others) fruits like bananas and avocados.

    Toss the guilt and frustration by searching online for "what your food cravings really mean", or check out some of the sites that I have referred to:

  • The Paleo Approach - Reverse Autoimmune Disease

    Sarah Ballantyne

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    While I still believe that Practical Paleo and The Paleo Solution are essential core reading, over time one comes to realize that if you've been eating according to the "Food Guides"... you likely have an autoimmune condition that would benefit from following this protocol for a period of time before following the general Paleo protocol.

    Sarah Ballantyne is the author of my new autoimmune books and has more information on her Paleo Mom website.

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