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Tuesday, September 7, 2010
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Sunday, August 15, 2010
My husband Preston and I are quite fond of cats and share our home with 7 of the little darlings.
It is my practice to do a head count every morning upon waking, every evening before bed and even when I come home after being out for several hours. Last Wednesday (10 days ago), I realized around 4:00 in the afternoon that I had not done my morning head count and had not seen Casey (one of the twins!) all day. I looked around the house and called, but no Casey. I went outside and called (we have a fenced, cat-friendly yard), but no Casey. When I came back into the house and there he was looking all sleepy. I picked him up to cuddle him (which he loves) and he cried. Then I realized he wasn't sleepy but feeling poorly.
I examined him to find a bump below his belly in the groin area. It was very large and tender and he would not let me feel around it. I went into action making our bedroom a "sick-room" and brought in a litter box, food and water and put him on our bed. He stayed there for the night, getting worse and worse.
The next day I was able to see the bump/lump better. It was huge! I thought I could see a tiny hole - like from a bee sting. I was looking for two holes from a pair of fangs as the little sweetie has brought us a black snake the previous week - still squirming and very much alive.
So, I thought the lump needed to be aspirated and I called a nearby Western medicine vet and took him in. It is my practice to use Western vets for diagnosis and then bring them home for holistic treatments. In this case, I thought intervention was called for.
The Vet examined him (and ignored my comment about a bee sting hole) and stuck in a needle to aspirate. But nothing came out. Well, a little did, enough for him to put on a slide to look at under a microscope. He came back all solemn telling me it was not pus but very large white cells that he could not identify. I remained calm.
He said we needed to test him for Feline Leukemia/Aids since I did not vaccinate and the lump could be from one of those "death sentence" diseases. And, he recommend exploratory surgery. It would be a big deal to cut that lump out and it could be cancer. I remained calm.
He told me my other cats were at risk for FeLeuk and Aids and I should have them all tested and vaccinated. NOT! I remained calm.
I thanked him and paid him my $40.00 and took my baby (who was a total champ throughout the whole process, never uttering a sound) to the car. Before I left the parking lot I called a Homeopathic vet I use that lives near Ocala and left a message.
An hour later Dr. Wessner (352-245-2025) called me back and I gave him Casey's recent history. He told me to give him two homeopathic remedies (that I had on hand), some plant-based enzymes to help his body absorb the material in the lump and he was sending me another remedy that I did not have.
Within 15 minutes of giving him the two remedies, Casey rolled over on his back - his favorite position and one I had not seen him in for 2 days. With that, I took the opportunity to place a hot water bottle on the lump. He remained on his back, but repositioned himself to clamp his leg over the bottle. Look at that picture! There is nothing more adorable than a trusting animal.
I kept up the hot water bottle and about 4 days into this the lump started draining. He licked it all the time. When he wasn't licking I was applying the bottle (which causes the material to liquefy and drain). He was the best patient.
We went on this path for days...a week really. I gave him the remedies, plus the enzymes, plus some powdered Vitamin C. At its' zenith the lump was the size of a half a plum; huge for a 14 pound cat. He did have a set back where I thought he felt worse, but the next day he rebounded and started getting happier and happier and becoming more animated. Last night he actually gave Preston his "high cry"... his cry asking to be put up high on a set of bookshelves - one of his favorite places. I was worried about the jump down so he remained four on the floor for the time being.
He is still recovering. The lump is almost gone. He prefers our bed (his sick bed) for deep resting, but purrs easily and is moving around a lot. Has never lost his appetite completely but has lost some weight.
The upshot of this story? Imagine where I would be today if I had followed the first vets advise? My sweetest of cats would be recovering from surgery, our wallet would be quivering and I would never forgive myself for putting him through those traumas.
So, please don't let a vet (or any doctor) scare you into the action they advise without seeking other consultations...the first being your gut. That is why I remained calm...I knew he was not that sick! I also know what I do to keep him healthy (like not giving him vaccines). I also knew I had Dr. Wessner in my back pocket!
It took a little more work and a lot of trust by Casey, but I expect him to be giving us his "high-cry" for many years to come!
It is now 2 weeks since I took Casey to the Western vet and then called Dr. Wessner, my holistic vet.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
About thirty-five to forty percent of Nourished Kitchen readers purposefully avoid gluten or grains entirely either because of a diagnosis of celiac disease or out of dietary preference. So, this post is for you – a beautiful coconut flour bread for all those grain-free readers, or just any of you looking to enrich your diets with wholesome fats and high quality protein.
Coconut flour is remarkably versatile, and I like to use it in otherwise starchy recipes where its spongy, dense and moist texture really shines. It soaks up liquid readily and just a little bit of coconut flour goes a long, long way. In most recipes, coconut flour is paired with several eggs and a good amount of fat, both of which contribute valuable vitamins and a favorable fatty acid ratio to the dish you’re making – in this case: coconut flour bread. By comparison to grain-based flours, coconut flour is richer in dietary fiber, protein and fat which makes it a particularly helpful flour for those that must be mindful of their macronutrient intake levels (which is probably all of us.)Coconut Flour Bread
Composed of just five simple ingredients, this grain-free bread is remarkably satisfying. Though the bread is made from coconut flour, its flavor is only slightly reminiscent of coconut and it offers a beautiful dense crumb similar to coffee cake but without the cloying sweetness. While you could undoubtedly use this coconut flour bread to prepare sandwiches, I think its dense crumb coupled with its very faint coconut flavor would make it the ideal bread for a nutrient-dense and protein-rich French toast.
Coconut Flour Bread: Ingredients
- 3/4 cup coconut flour
- 1/2 cup ghee (see sources), plus extra for greasing the pan
- 6 eggs
- up to two tablespoons honey
- 1/2 teaspoon unrefined sea salt
Coconut Flour Bread: Equipment
- stand mixer, food processor or mixing bowl and whisk
- loaf pan
Coconut Flour Bread: Method
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Combine coconut flour, ghee, eggs, honey and 1/2 teaspoon unrefined sea salt together.
- Mix all the ingredients together until they form a smooth paste with no clumps.
- Grease a loaf pan.
- Spoon the mixture into the loaf pan, and bake in an oven preheated to 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 40 minutes.
YIELD: 1 loaf
TIME: about 5 minutes (preparation), 40 minutes (baking)
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Thank you, Sarah Pope, Chapter Leader of the Tampa Bay Weston A. Price Foundation for sharing this with me.
It's a rather well known fact that regular toothpaste from the store contains a variety of dangerous ingredients. After all, the toothpaste labels themselves say "Poison"!
*Let me know when you are ready to try it. I always have extra on hand!
Monday, June 7, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
My approach to the sun is to get tan slowly...15-20 minutes for the first exposure and then add 5-10 minutes each time after. I get nice and brown and don't have to worry about frying my skin. I am getting Vitamin D while NOT loading my system with sunscreen toxins.
However, that said, I have found that a change to a diet high in Omega 3 fatty acids seems to protect the skin from burning. I know of several folks that no longer get sun burned after changing their diet to one rich in traditional fats like grass fed butter, lard from pastured pigs and coconut oil.
Melissa Hull in Tampa shared here homemade recipe for sunscreen on that WAPF Yahoo message board. Here it is to share:
48 g liquid oil (can use olive, sweet almond, etc)
52 g coconut oil
20 g emulsifying wax (to mix water and oil)
10 g stearic acid (to thicken)
380 g water
10 g vegetable glycerine
35 g zinc oxide
Heat first 4 ingredients in a double boiler until incorporated. Then, with a stick blender, mix oil mixture into water until creamy and thickened. Add glycerine and zinc with blender. You can also add essential oils of your choice for fragrance (about 5 g for this recipe).
www.SoapGoods.com had all the supplies, or you can look for a local soap supply store. www.fssoapworks.com is one store in St Pete.
If you have a favorite lotion, just use that and add 25% zinc oxide to the bottle- it's that easy! ( for an 8oz bottle, that would be 2 oz zinc oxide)
Friday, May 21, 2010
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Wednesday, May 12, 2010
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Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Fill with milk.
Place a paper towel or thin cloth over the opening and secure with a rubber band (or the ring of the jar lid).
The purpose is to let the milk and grains breathe and give off the gas that forms during the culturing process while keeping little critters out.
If you can, give it a little twist or two once in a while. The grains like the gentle action.
After 12 hours put a lid on the jar and give it a shake good enough to distribute the cream - not violent, or you can stir it with a plastic spoon.
Take the grains out and put them in another jar to start over.
After your first couple of days you can start letting it culture up to 24 hours. I recommend 12 to start for 2 reasons: 1) so you can get used to the sour taste and 2) so your gut can get used to all the beneficial bacterial.
If you get bloated or gassy they just drink less the next time until you can built up to the amount you want.
One rule of dealing with grains is to not use metal.
This site has more info...
Kefir Grains | How To Make Homemade Kefir From Kefir Grains
Monday, March 15, 2010
The other day I found this great PDF on how to make it. Read below to also learn what it is and how to store it. It is perfect for putting in those boxes just in case a hurricane is coming our way.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
I have gotten so many comments on this post from Nourishing Kitchen that I wanted to post it here for all to see and share. Thanks so much to NK for this great post.
Ten tips for making perfect homemade yogurt.
Monday, March 1, 2010
This is for all the germ conscious folks
that worry about using cold water to clean.
John went to visit his 90 year old grandfather
in a very secluded, rural area of Saskatchewan
After spending a great evening chatting the night away,
the next morning John's grandfather prepared
breakfast of bacon, eggs and toast.
However, John noticed a film like substance on his plate,
and questioned his grandfather asking,
'Are these plates clean?'
His grandfather replied,
'They're as clean as cold water can get em.
Just you go ahead and finish your meal, Sonny!'
For lunch the old man made hamburgers.
Again, John was concerned about the plates,
as his appeared to have tiny specks around
the edge that looked like dried egg and asked,
'Are you sure these plates are clean?'
Without looking up the old man said,
'I told you before, Sonny, those dishes are as
clean as cold water can get them. Now don't you
fret, I don't want to hear another word about it!'
Later that afternoon, John was on his way to a nearby town
and as he was leaving, his grandfather's dog
started to growl, and wouldn't let him pass.
John yelled and said,
'Grandfather, your dog won't let me get to my car'.
Without diverting his attention from the football game
he was watching on TV, the old man shouted.....
'Coldwater, go lay down now, ya hear me!'
Thursday, January 7, 2010
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