Monday, November 23, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
See link: http://www.ageofstupid.net
So what can we do? Join others at - http://notstupid.org/
Also have a look at where Australia stands on the UN climate summit due to take place in Copenhagen in December 2009, is this really where most Australians stand? We're at the back of the race with Nigeria and not far behind the United States, I'd rather see us up there with the Maldives, but then we know why the Maldives are up there don't we? If the sea level rises beyond predicted estimates the Maldives won't exist.
Join the cause and have a look at the documentary.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
(Makes 1 Litre)
(Makes 1 Litre)
½ - ¾ Cup good quality commercial plan yoghurt, or ½ cup yoghurt from previous batch
1 litre pasteurised whole milk, unhomogenised
A sweet (candy) thermometer
Gently heat the milk to 180 degrees Fahrenheit and then allow to cool to about 110 degrees Fahrenheit. Stir in yoghurt and place in a shallow glass, enamel or stainless steel container.
Cover the container (I use alfoil)and place in a warm oven (a gas oven with a pilot light or electric oven pre-heated to warm and then turned off) overnight.
In the morning transfer to the fridge, the longer the yoghurt is kept out of the fridge the tarter it will become. I think the longest I have left it out is 24 hours.
The final ingredient may be (is generally) thinner in consistency than commercial yoghurt.
Have a try, you can also add honey and pureed fruits if feeling a little more adventurous. This would be done at the adding yoghurt step.
So once a week, to start off with, try making something from scratch. You'll find out how much fun it can really be and if you have children, get them involved, an interest in healthy, wholesome, nourishing food from a young age is a fabulous thing.
* Quote is from a cookbook called Wholefood by Jude Blereau
Monday, August 10, 2009
TREATING ASTHMA AND ALLERGIES NATURALLY
Asthma and Allergies Changes in the air For many people, especially children, drugs such as bronchodilators and nebulisers are a familiar part of life well before their 3rd birthday.
Autumn is not often thought of as a time for asthma and allergies; however any change in season and especially colder temperatures can set them off.
Most people are well aware of the symptoms of asthma - a wheeze and/or cough accompanied by varying degrees of breathing difficulty. Sometimes, particularly in very young children, there is no audible wheeze just a nagging but exhausting cough. Some children will cough so much that it causes them to vomit. It's important to note that a wheeze doesn't have to be loud to be a problem. Tiredness is also often an underlying symptom - this is caused by reduced oxygen levels and the extra effort needed in trying to breathe, which can also lead to poor sleep.
Some asthma triggers include:
Dust, pollen, dry air, air pollution, allergens, mould, pets, exercise and weather change.
House air-conditioning, household chemicals, colds/flu's, emotions, food, heating, hormones, medications, sex, smoking and stressful events.
Preservatives, especially 220, 221, 222, 223 and 224, tartrazine, colourings, additives etc.
So what's actually happening?
Asthma occurs when a particular part of our immune system is out of balance. Our immune system is designed to protect us from infections and keep us healthy. Allergy occurs when your immune system mistakes something that is normally harmless as being a threat and while 'protecting' you from it, creates a strong inflammatory response. This response is what produces the symptoms you experience as an allergic or asthmatic response. In asthma this inflammation presents as difficulty in breathing.
So what can we do about it? When treating asthma it's not simply about using a band-aid solution and ignoring the underlying problem. It's about finding out why your body is triggering a response and how to avoid this happening in the first place. It is a common misconception that this problem begins and ends with the lungs alone. The health of the body in general, and in particular the immune system, needs to be looked at as the first step in understanding the real nature of asthma.
How natural therapies can help... Natural therapies works extremely well on a preventative level with absolutely no side effects except effective asthma management and a healthier you! We build up your immune system and gastrointestinal system (GIT) to prevent the attacks happening in the first place! Having a strong and healthy GIT full of good gut bacteria (probiotics) and a lesser controlled amount of 'bad' bacteria, as well as a healthy bowel lining will prevent many triggers being able to cause a reaction. A first line of defence against asthma and allergies is to detoxify and repair your bowels, cleanse your blood and get that liver detoxing your body from harmful toxins! Get yourself clean and stay that way!
There is a very unattractive term us natural practitioners use called 'leaky gut' sounds gross, well it is. This sounds like something is leaking out of the gut and it is - harmful and harmless substances are leaking through your gut lining, into your blood stream, without being converted into compounds your body can actually utilise for better health. When your immune system picks up these unconverted foreign particles it mounts a very strong immune response showing itself as either an allergic reaction or an asthmatic reaction.
Babies and children... One of the most important reasons that you breastfeed your child for at least the first 6 months of the child's life is because of the benefits of your colostrum. This amazing superfood helps build the babies immune and digestive system. If you cannot breastfeed I highly recommend using goat or sheep's milk formulas, and a good quality children's probiotic, which are readily available at natural health food stores. Our bodies have a much easier time digesting the proteins in the goat and sheep's milk than from a cow - simple!
In terms of children with asthma their little bodies may not have a strong enough immune or digestive system to correctly respond to allergens, certain foods and food additives - which if we're being honest we too frequently allow into children's diets. Many children also have a hard time digesting dairy and wheat, and these are 2 very common triggers for asthma and allergies. If you do have a child who is prone to asthma or allergies it is often worth cutting dairy and wheat out of their diets to at least see how their symptoms change or don't. It is difficult sometimes and certainly made difficult by advertising, but natural food sources are always the best alternative for an asthma and allergy prone child.
Oh, I cannot stress strongly enough the wide spread effects sugar has on a child's health. Think of it as a 'toxin' next time you give them a lolly or some cordial....READ your labels! Have you ever seen a child whose behaviour gets better after a sugar fix?!
Ok let's talk about the drugs and their effects on your body:
Firstly I need to stress that it is essential to have a reliever/puffer/ on hand in case of sudden attacks and severe cases of asthma. Combining drug therapy with natural medicine can be the most beneficial therapy. In the case of a severe asthma attack getting to the emergency department is imperative. Fast efficient medical treatment saves lives.
Bronchodilators (Relievers) work by opening the airways and relaxing the smooth muscles which surround the airways enabling easier breathing.
Continual use of Bronchodilators however is discouraged because their overuse increases airway sensitivity, worsening the underlying asthma. It is also important to know that aerosol drugs often contain propellants such as fluorocarbons, and that many elixirs contain preservatives, artificial colouring, sugar and flavours (including tartrazine). Hey I think I mention those words under triggers causing asthma and allergic attacks...hmmmm?
Preventers of which there are two types, non-steroidal and steroidal work by reducing inflammation in the airwaves.
Long term side effects of inhaled steroids...are you ready...
Puffiness, increased appetite, mood swings, raised blood pressure, thinning of bones, yes you read it folks thinning of bones, easy bruising, slowed growth, glaucoma and cataracts. Wow?! Scary stuff really. As mentioned earlier I strongly recommend having a puffer on hand in case of emergencies - it can save you or your loved one's life. Otherwise let's deal with the causes naturally and without harm to the body! There are so many alternatives that need to be looked at before you or your child is put on a drug based asthma management plan. Drugs can make asthma worse by covering up the symptoms rather than fixing what is the root problem. Mucolytics work on breaking down the mucous. There is some danger with this drug as a significant increase in liquefied mucous may occur after use and bronchospasm can worsen. It may cause side effects such as mouth inflammation, nausea and excess nasal mucous. Finally, medications are exempt from labelling laws; therefore additives are not listed on the bottles. In my professional opinion the best alternative is to use medications only in emergencies and instead to focus on creating healthy bodies.
The reality is that asthma and allergies are an increasing problem in our society. In Australia we have one of the highest rates of asthma in the world. In fact over 10% of the population suffers from asthma in some form. There is a lot of evidence coming to light that as we increase our exposure to preservatives, chemicals and medications we will see a further increase in the prevalence of asthma and allergies. There are healthy alternatives.
So my best advice to you is to seek naturopathic help for the prevention and control of asthma and allergies naturally!
Winona can be contacted at http://www.asthmaallergycare.com.au/
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Tahini Cocoa Balls
1 Cup Soaked Oats (12 hours soaking)
10 Soaked dates (short time only)
½ Cup Raisins
1/2 - 3/4 Cup Tahini
¼ Cup carob or Cocoa powder
1 tsp Vanilla extract
2 – 3 Tsp Honey (optional)
Blend all ingredients together in a food processor and place in the fridge for up to 1 hour after blending to let set.
Once set roll into balls and then roll in coconut
Store in fridge to keep firm and enjoy!
Friday, July 24, 2009
Controversy surrounds the debate on Autism, but something is sure happening to our children - is it genetics, is it the increased administration of multiple vaccinations or is it our persistent use of products that contain chemicals? And why is it much more prevalent in boys rather than girls?
In Australia, on average, 1 child in every 160 aged between 6 - 12 years in on the Autism Spectrum disorder. (See Report - "The Prevalence of Autism in Australia" link - http://autismaus.com.au/uploads/pdfs/PrevalenceReport.pdf )
In 2005, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) admitted that autism is an epidemic, with a spike of 1,500% in the last 20 years! This would seemingly eliminate the genetics debate, as a genetic mutation can only be passed from one generation directly to the next.
Here's an article on Autism that you may be interested in - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/harvey-karp/cracking-the-autism-riddl_b_221202.html
Another reason for the spike in Autism may be due to Vaccinations - http://www.nytimes.com/2002/11/10/magazine/the-not-so-crackpot-autism-theory.html?pagewanted=all
I'd like to recommend 2 books to you, if the above topics are of interest to you -
"Healing the New Childhood Epidemics" By Kenneth Bock, M.D.
"Changing The Course Of Autism" by Dr. Bryan Jepson
And also 2 great websites with further information or treatment options -
Thursday, July 23, 2009
This is something that is very close to my heart, having a little boy. But I definitely feel it is something that we ALL need to be aware of. The effect chemicals have on us on a day to day basis is just staggering, again I'd like to draw your attention to a previous blog of mine called "Slow death by plastic", it's all related and all very scary.
Monday, June 29, 2009
I didn't. But today on a visit to my local farmers market I discovered that we do. Australia's active honey is called Jelly Bush Honey, it comes from the tree species Leptospermum, the same species that manuka honey comes from. Apparently out of the 10 species we have in Northern NSW, 3 of these have been discovered to be active. Jelly bush honey has the same uses as manuka honey and may be used medicinally for cuts, bites, grazes, any open wounds and it appears to work wonders on ulcers, especially when nothing else does. Studies have shown that honey derived from active leptospermum trees has antibacterial, antiviral, anti fungal and antimicrobial properties to name a few.
Have a look at the following articles - http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,25653017-30417,00.html
Also next time you see a bee in the garden, give it a little word of thanks. Albert Einstein once predicted that if bees disappeared humans would soon follow. And we may well have the opportunity to find out if this is true. Bee populations across the world are dying, some are being decimated by a small mite called varroa destructor, Australia is the only Country in the world who's honey bee populations are varroa free. But there seem to be other reasons also, reasons scientist are not completely aware of, bees, like frogs may be an indication of how well our environment is coping, so perhaps we should take note.
Link - http://slowdeathbyrubberduck.com/
Also have a look at the following youtube video of the authors being interviewed on Daily Planet (a U.S programme).
Link - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obFf4qVB0fk
Sunday, June 28, 2009
I'm new to blogging and I'm sure way behind the times, it took me a while to even understand the concept of blogging, I am now enlightened after a few trips to wiki and a few searches on google. Don't get me wrong I'm not computer illiterate, but I use my computer the same way I use my mobile phone, as long as I can make a phone call, text someone and use the calculator I'm happy. I'm sure there is a multitude of hidden extras on my laptop that I am unaware of. Take the term laptop for instance, do people even use that term anymore, because I really feel like I'm the only one that does? When did a laptop become a notebook? Anyway, after all that you may be asking.... So why am I now here? Well for a number of reasons, mainly due to a concern for us as a species and the world as a whole.
Firstly I should tell you that I am a mother, a qualified Naturopath, Nutritionist and Massage Therapist, along with many other titles, wife, cook, friend, daughter, sister, aunty, gardener, chook chaser, obsessive book reader and seeker of the truth. So what does all this mean? It means ultimately that I like being aware of what I am eating, what I store my food in, what medications I subject myself and my family to, what I buy in general and my impact of the world. But mostly I just want to share with other people the effects we as a modern, industrialised world have on each other, and I would like to share information I find with other people who may not have thought to even consider looking at something like that. I'm interested in many things, so this blog will cross a wide range of topics. I'm interested in helping save animal species, the effects of malaria on 3rd world countries, the fact that bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical used in babies bottles but has just been listed as toxic in Canada. So just come along and have a look and we can share together. Welcome.