Monday, August 31, 2009

Varicose Vein & Spider Vein Treatment

I have been seeing more advertisements on TV lately for Varicose Vein and Spider Vein Treatments. In the past ligation (tying off the vein) and stripping were the norm for the procedure. Now through Sclerotherapy a very small needle is used to inject a solution into the affected vein, causing it to close down and dry up. I know this might sound like a good idea to a lot of people, and I even know people that have had some of these procedures done, but think about it, aren’t the veins there for a reason? Wouldn’t it be better to go to the cause and fix the problem, because if the veins you see are having problems doesn’t it mean that there are veins with problems that you can’t see?

Dr. Christopher states that “sugars, pastries, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages, breads, candies, etc., leach the calcium out of the body, causing varicose veins, cramps, charlie horses, loss of teeth, nervous upsets, etc. “[SNH p.531] Here is what Dr. Christopher taught about Herbal Calcium: “We need calcium for nerve sheath, vein and artery walls, bone, teeth, etc. This combination is all pure herbs. It is also used for cramps, "Charlie horses" and for all calcium needs in the body.” If you have varicose veins then your body is telling you that it needs calcium.

Getting more calcium is going to help many problems that are caused by low calcium levels in the body, but what do you do about the varicose veins? It really is a simple solution that anyone can do at home. Make a strong White Oak Bark tea, simmering it gently until it reduced to one-forth. I would use a heaping teaspoon of herb to one cup of water, steep for 15 minutes, strain and then simmer down to 4 oz of liquid. Then soak stockings of white cotton in the concentrated tea and wear them, covering them with plastic, all night. Cut off the foot part of the sock to pull it up to where it is needed. I would do this nightly for six nights a week, also drinking a cup of regular strength tea 3 - 4 times a day, or taking 2 capsules 3 - 4 times a day for a few months. You can read Dr. Christopher's complete article at Herbal Legacy.

By correcting the problem we are avoiding worse problems in the future. I think that it is a blessing to have the varicose veins inform you that you are low on calcium so you can correct it. Bone loss with osteoporosis is much harder to deal with, so avoid that and other problems by building your body up with a good source of plant based calcium.

White Oak Bark is available in bulk 4 oz, 8 oz. & 16 oz., as well as Western Botanicals capsules and extract.

Herbal Calcium is available in capsules, extract, bulk with Comfrey, and as a mix your own formula.

You can purchase these herbs and others at Herbs First.


Thursday, August 20, 2009

Make your own Granola for a fraction of the cost.

There are so many pre-made foods at the store that the easy way is to buy a box of this or a bag or that. I want the best for my family and the biggest reason I like to make my own food is so that I am in control of what goes into it. The best part about making it yourself is you can add things you like and omit things that you don't. I've been wanting to make granola for quite some time and finally got around to doing it. For a while I was buying a natural brand of granola which is very tasty and expensive. I made 96 oz. which is six pounds of granola for a fraction of the cost. It didn't take very long to mix it up, but took a while to dry it out, since I use a low heat method to retain the nutrients. Here is the recipe I used which I modified from the Coconut Lover's Cookbook.

6 cups organic old fashioned oats
5 cups organic shredded unsweetened coconut
1 cup almonds, slivered almonds are easy
1 cup pecans, cut in pieces
1 cup virgin coconut oil, melted
1 cup honey
1 T cinnamon
1 T Vanilla

Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl. Melt coconut oil on the stove with the honey.  When warmed add vanilla and cinnamon, stir until combined.  Add some stevia to it if you want it a little sweeter.  Pour over dry ingredients and mix well. Dry in oven at 250 degrees for an hour, stirring it every 15 minutes so it doesn't burn. For a raw version put in the dehydrator at 120 degrees until dried, about 24 hours. It makes a great topping for cobbler!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Dr. Christopher's School of Natural Healing CD

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Monday, August 17, 2009

Say NO to Swine Flu and the Vaccine

I grew up on wholesome food and like most kids when they leave home I got off that path for awhile. We raised our kids on a mixture of wholesome foods with refined foods, which is likely better than the majority of the people today. At this point in my life we are back to eating wholesome homemade foods and are healthier for it.
We are hearing in the news more about the swine flu, what are the schools going to do about it, and how fast can the government get the swine flu shot to everyone? My husband's employer was giving free flu shots one year so he got the vaccine, and he along with everyone else got the flu. The next year they were giving the flu shots again and he didn't get the shot, but everyone in his department got the shot and again got the flu. The following year after that nobody wanted to get it again, they figured it out. If you get the flu shot you get the flu.
If you know anything about the flu or any other sickness, it is your immune system that protects you. How do you maintain a good immune system? Pure and simple it is eating a wholesome diet along with whole food vitamins and minerals that keep your immune system strong. People with good immune systems rarely get sick. I am not worried about health care, we rarely visit a doctor going years between visits. Instead of spending so much money on health insurance we get a high deductible insurance plan which leaves us the bulk of the money to invest in ourselves by eating high quality foods and herbs.
Hormone free meats, eggs and dairy products are getting easier to find and worth the extra money because many people are getting sick from the overload of hormones in these foods. Buy organic produce when you can and eat 75% fresh fruits and vegetables with the remainder being cooked foods and grains. Use healthy oils such as olive oil and coconut oil. If you haven’t used coconut oil you are in for a very pleasant surprise because it makes everything taste so good and it is great for your skin too. We have amazingly low pricing on
coconut oil with a flat rate shipping of $10.00 for up to 4 gallons of oil shipped in the continental US.
At Herbs First we have the best whole food/plant based supplements and our best buy is Western Botanicals
Earth’s Nutrition in a 5 pound (80 oz) mylar bag. This naturally balanced blend of organically grown whole foods is specifically formulated to supply you with natural foods sources of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, and essential trace nutrients. All of the ingredients are from the finest organic sources available. Use Earth’s Nutrition to increase energy, vitality, lose weight or build better health. This product is recommended to be taken as a powder mixed with juice, however capsules are also available. Compares to Dr. Schulze's SuperFood Plus at a more affordable price! Also available in 14 oz. container.
Western Botanicals
Bountiful Blend is a distinct blend of 61 Fruits, Vegetables, Vitamin-Rich Greens, Sea Vegetables, Healthy Berries, Natural Food Concentrates, Medicinal Herbs and Spices all in one great tasting, vitamin rich, nutritional drink.
Dr Christopher’s
Jurassic Green: flash dried Alfalfa juice, Barley Juice and Kamut Juice, packed full of phyto-nutrients, whole food vitamins, trace minerals, active enzymes, chlorophyll, balanced amino acids and other important nutrients needed by the body. My body reminds me after a few days if I haven’t taken Jurassic Green because I end up with sore joints to remind me. Available in capsules and powder.
Dr Christopher’s
Vitalherbs, vitamin and mineral formula, ingredients: Jurassic Green Powder (Certified Organic flash-dried juice powder from Alfalfa, Barley & Kamut), Dandelion, Kelp, Purple Dulse, Spirulina, Irish Moss, Rose Hips, Beet Root, Nutritional Yeast, Cayenne Pepper, Blue Violet, Oatstraw, Carrot & Ginger Root. Both Jurassic Green and Vitalerbs help to promote alkalinity of the body. Available in capsules and bulk powder.
We also have plant based calcium in Dr. Christopher’s
Herbal Calcium and Western Botanicals Herbal Calcium. And plant based iron supplement in Dr. Christopher’s Herbal Iron. Our bodies are able to use the plant based vitamins and minerals vs. other brands that just end up in the toilet.
You can purchase these herbs and others at
Herbs First.


Monday, August 3, 2009

Food Poisoning

We had a family reunion and were the second group to arrive at the beach house that we had rented. My brother and family arrived there first and I saw his whole family, but he was nowhere to be found. I asked his wife where he was and she told me that three days earlier he had eaten at the famous “Golden Arches” restaurant and gotten very sick within 20 minutes of eating his food. For three days he had tried over the counter drugs for nausea and diarrhea but was still feeling terrible. I told her that I thought I had something that would help and went to my handy bag of herbs. I had Slippery Elm which is great for diarrhea, and Ginger which works well for nausea. I gave her the little packets which hold about 25 capsules and said that I would take the Slippery Elm every half hour until I was feeling better and Ginger every 2 - 3 hours. My brother showed his face a few hours later and said that he was feeling much better and was fine the rest of the week long reunion.

Food poisoning is most commonly a reaction to toxins produced by bacteria or other toxins. Bacteria thrive in food that is not prepared hygienically, that is kept out of refrigeration for too long, or that is not thoroughly cooked. Symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach cramps, and generally start 4 - 36 hours after eating contaminated food and often can last several days to two weeks. The reaction is so similar to the flu that it is often mistaken for the flu.

Slippery Elm is the herb of choice for any gastrointestinal disturbances including food poisoning. It is very calming and soothing to the intestinal tract and will often stop the diarrhea with a few doses. I have used it when I have been emotionally upset which often causes an acidic condition in the body which manifests itself with heart burn all the way through my system and ending in burning diarrhea. I mix the powder in with water and take it every half hour and within a few hours I will be back to normal. The capsules are great for trips and came in handy for my brother.

Slippery Elm has saved many people’s lives and brought them back to good health. My favorite story is on the Herbal Legacy website called Elijah, a story of hope and progress. Dr. Christopher’s well-known poultices for abscesses, boils and gangrene use Slippery Elm paste as a main ingredient. Slippery Elm is the herb that was used to heal the hip of a young pioneer boy when he received a musket blast at the Hauns Mill Massacre. His mother was instructed through the spirit how to heal him. He laid on his stomach for five weeks until he was entirely recovered, a flexible gristle having grown in place of the missing joint and socket.

Ginger helps to stomach pain, cramps and indigestion. Ginger protects while stimulating, treats constipation and diarrhea while relieving nausea, inhibits toxic bacteria while promoting friendly species of bacteria. Ginger has been found to work better than the popular over the counter drugs for motion sickness. I also use it for menstrual cramps and it is found in many herbal formulas. Dr. Christopher said, “Ginger is generally combined with herbs going into the abdominal area, because it is a carrier. Ginger is an herb which accentuates so many herbs.”

Two simple herbs made a happy vacation for my brother. You can purchase these herbs and others at Herbs First.