Mothers  Broken Cup. 

It seems many of us are dealing with ageing or loss of parents these days..my own Mom passed two years ago.  Her birthday is on Sept 2, she would have been 95

So..i just wanted to reprint this in memory of, and reevaluate the process. 

First off, theres the anxiety feeling that wells up..I need to call MOM..o yeah..its better done in prayer now.

Then there are the little habits that spring forward..strightening a towel, making the bed, turning off the water on the washing machine hose, put on lipstick after brushing teeth, and hair. Always leave the bathroom cleaner then when you entered to recall a few.

Here is one of your favorite stories Mom..thank you, thank you thank you. 

I have been going around and around trying to figure out what to write about my Mothers passing last week, which as many of you know, it not an easy task as the feelings/emotions are wrapped up in memories, family and a bunch of other stuff. Even after her 93 years of this life one thinks one is ok, but one is never ready for this one time journey when Mother joins the spirit side and as many told me, it’s a long time processing what we learned, what we shared and what now.

She died of a broken heart, not one swift fall, but chips and pieces that fell off during her life.. The last bit was when her beloved cat Megan passed about one month ago.  Mom wept bitter tears for 2 days. She went into the hospital about a week later and was sent home to hospice care.

This reminded me of a familiar family story that Mom always told with tears in her eyes.

Mother inherited an old world porcelain and gold cup and saucer that my great grandfather brought in his small sea chest when he immigrated to the New world from Germany in 1885. It is said that Henri Von Braun was born of an affluent family from west Germany.  His parents were gifted 12 of these cups as a golden wedding anniversary present .  Henris  portion,  as son, was 2 cups, one going to each of his daughters, my Grandmother and Great Aunt.

 I remember marveling this amazing piece as a child at my Grandmothers home.  When the time came my mother brought it home and displayed it proudly in the sidebar of the dining room.

Well..the story goes

One day my parents left town for a weekend get-away.  My oldest Brother invited His junior high  class mates over for a house party.  Do you remember those??

 The cup got broken.

Horrors)  Brother,  in a panic of being discovered and the horrible truth be told,  thought the best action was to gather up all the pieces, put them in a paper bag and toss them out of the car window into the open countryside not far from home.

Sure, like Mom wouldn’t notice.

I remember the flair up of discovery, the loss, tears and accusations, denial and finally confession.  The FBI couldn’t have done a finer job then Mom of getting to the kernel of truth.

Mother had him drive out to the place of the lethal toss, scour the area until he found the bag. This took more than 1 drive out.  Meanwhile Mother is inconsolable. 

Brother finally found the bag with the 200 pieces of porcelain and gold.

Mother always said she glued that magical cup together with her tears.  She wouldn’t allow another hand to touch it.  She worked on it at the dining room table for 3 months.

It sets now in a place of honor in the priceless treasure glass case.

That’s how I see my Moms heart.  Broken, chipped away then glued back together with tears and acceptance.

The good news is.

I made it back to be by her side during her last days.  She said..¨its strange to be in your numbered days.

I said,¨ Mom we all have numbered days´´.

Yeah, she replied,¨But these are REALLY NUMBERED¨

Then she promptly reminded me how to hang a bathroom towel properly.

I slept with her each night during her last days.  We laughed as I told her stories of Mexico.

We cried and made agreements.

It was a graceful passing in her sleep..

Grateful I am.

Thanks for the read.

The Power of Emotions

we had a lady walk in this morning with a Bell palsy type symptoms on the left side of her face which  the M.D diagnosed as the result of an  ear infection. After a quick history and look we discovered she has emotional body interference coupled with  depression which was brought about by family conflict resulting in   negative internal dialog.   Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) pathology states emotional stress  is the root cause for the deficient immune system that opens one up to all sorts of maladies.   


“What you feel has a big effect on your immune system,” says Dr. John Arden, Director of Training for Mental Health in Northern California for Kaiser Permanente and author of, The Brain Bible: How to Stay Vital, Productive and Happy for Life.           
                       
Dr. Candace Pert, Ph.D., author of Molecules of Emotion, stated, “emotions are not just in the brain but are also in the body and appear to run the immune system, the glands and the intestines. So your whole body is a single-unit integrated circuit, running on biochemicals.” Once this is fully understood, it may provide the medical profession with totally new ways to treat illnesses such as allergies, cancer, obesity, etc.
Our emotions are also influenced by a greater, spiritual energy field that encompasses and influences the entire physical body and nervous system. Our reactions to life are recorded not only in the biochemical patterns of memory storage in the brain, but also in the life energy centers of the body that help to nourish our cells and organs. We are energetic beings whose ills may be healed not only by surgical procedures and drugs but also by different forms and frequencies of energy ie thought patterns and emotional responses.
 
Most psychologists treat the emotions as disembodied, a phenomenon with little or no connection to the physical body. Conversely, some physicians treat the body with no regard to the mind or the emotions. But the body and emotions are not separate, and we cannot treat one without the other.
 Having said that.. 

‘Body-mind”, a term first proposed by Diane Connelly, PhD, (Traditional Acupuncture: The Law of the Five Elements) reflects the understanding, derived from Chinese medicine, that the body is inseparable from the mind. And when we explore the role that emotions play in the body, as expressed through the neuropeptide molecules, it will become clear how emotions can be a key to understanding disease.
 
We  know that the immune system, like the central nervous system, has memory and the capacity to learn. Thus, it could be said that intelligence is located not only in the brain but in cells that are distributed throughout the body, and that the traditional separation of mental processes, including emotions, from the body is no longer valid. 

How can we experience the fact that an emotion is not only stored in the brain? One way is to notice, as we release emotions from the body, that we feel physical relief first, and later experience mental relief. By releasing the harmful effects of guilt, fear, anger and depression, we begin to feel better in many ways.
Many other factors determine who gets sick and who doesn’t. Beliefs, moods, thoughts, and emotions affect the mind/body in many ways. When doctors tell patients, “You will die in six months to a year,” they risk giving them a death sentence. A terminal prognosis is a death sentence. When patients receive this kind of ‘programming’ how can doctors expect them to live any longer? Health professionals should take into account a person’s ‘fighting’ spirit, commitment and will to overcome – to re-create his or her own reality! 
 
As a holistic practitioner I have found a vast majority of health issues have their roots in the emotional component, this would include stress, anxiety, and of course anger and fear issues.   I have also, experienced that once the emotion is released, usually the pain or problem dissipates.   

Another issue is the access of mental activity, especially the type of stimulation by screens.  Those of you who work at the screen for a living know who I am talking to.  Keep it down to 4 hours a day in one hour segments, take 1 hour of YOU time for every hour in front of the screen daily.  (scoff..) 

There ya go..xxk 

Cucumbers  

                 Beat the heat 

           and other stuff your mom never mentioned. 

 Juice them, slice them, chop them, peeled or not.. A perfectly clean and refreshing veggie that not only hydrates the body quickly … 

Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one  

cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5,  

Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.

 Feeling tired in the afternoon, put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins and Carbohydrates  

that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.

 Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower? Try rubbing a  

cucumber slice along the mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a  

soothing, spa-like fragrance.

 Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds? Place a few slices in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area.

 Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before going out or to the pool? Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area fora few minutes, the phytochemicals in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility ofcellulite. Works great on wrinkles too!!!

 Want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache? Eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache free. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and headache!!

 Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge?  

Try dicing or slicing up a cucumber adding a bit of lime and sea salt..crunch crunch.

 


 Need to fix a squeaky hinge? Take a cucumber slice and 

rub it along the problematic hinge and voila, the squeak is gone!

 Stressed out and don’t have time for or get to  the spa?  

Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water, the  

chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber with react with the boiling water.  

and be released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown the reduce stress- (sounds stressful)

Looking for a ‘green’ way to clean your faucets, sinks or stainless steel?  

Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the surface you want to clean, not only 

will it remove years of tarnish and bring back the shine, but is won’t leave streaks and won’t harm your fingers or fingernails while you clean. 




13. Using a pen and made a mistake? Take the outside of the cucumber and slowly use it to erase the pen writing, also works great on crayons and markers the kids have used to decorate the walls!! 

Well..so they say.. 

Do not keep Cucumbers in the fridge, nor potatoes, nor onions, tomatoes. 

Keep them on the counter top , preferably a cool, dark place./not happening here in pv. 

We do enjoy making cucumber water. 

Very refreshing  

2 peeled cucumbers cut up 

Toss them in the blender with 6/8 cups of water. 

Add a pinch of sea salt and a bit of honey or agavy  

Blend, strain, and cool in the fridge. 

                 

Local and Organic   

Looks like we were ahead of our time with this idea now that lawns are being replaced by simple gardens that produce lettuce, tomatoes, squash, spinach, potatos, carrots, onions green beans and a bunch of eatables. Even terrace balconys and  empty lots are being turned into vegetable gardens. This has more to do with securing food stuff when the going gets rough then corp food profits. 

The  film Food Inc. points out with overwhelming evidence what spurs these huge corporate food giants on with nothing in mind except increasing profits, and  nothing with providing wholesome foods to us and the world.

  That was last years view,

Now with food shortages, empty isles, rising costs due to the fuel situation and inflation, well. What a mess huh.

The good news is, we are here in Mexico.   The film was focused on those living in the U.S.   We do have more options.  It is still less expensive to buy veggies and fruits then to eat a burger and fries, ( I saw burger king offering a 19 pesos hamburger yesterday.

Not only that, it has been resolved that local is fresher and organics contain more nutrition

  • Organic fruit and vegetables contain up to 40 percent more antioxidants
  • Organic produce had higher levels of beneficial minerals like iron and zinc
  • Milk from organic herds contained up to 90 percent more antioxidant

Food grown in healthier soil, with natural fertilizers and no chemicals, simply has to be more nutritious.  It is common sense and common knowledge, though old knowledge is commonly suppressed in Mexico. Sustainability certainly is not included in an agro engineering degree, while the application of chemical liquids are thoroughly  discussed and applied.

Speaking of knowledge..  Have you seen the food labels..they are getting more ambiguous all the time.  Just try and find out where that organic baby spinach comes from the next time you are in the cold room at Costco.

  Do they ever mention what that plastic box was gassed with before packing that pretty produce?  No. There practically 0 regulations on packaging,  but you will note that the produce  turns to mush after 24 hours of being exposed to air.  Please note that product packaging is not regulated. How about a little preservative gas cocktail in that Brazilian packed organic spinach to keep them lively and fresh for the month they are in transportation. Really?.  From Brasil, to the U.S. then Mexico??   Plus a little radiation helps to keep the mold off those lovely apples and pears for at least a 6 months, an exclusive found in Costco and Sams.

And we wonder why cancer and other degenerative diseases are on the rise in Mexico??

Avoid them.

If you want to get the freshest, tasty, nutrient-rich foods available, you simply must seek out real sources close to home. “real sources” are farmers, local markets, and community-supported agriculture programs. 

 It happens that Organic Select Mexico, right here in Vallarta, has been in the organic food business for 14 years, notes that organic certification means very little.  We find growers that wave their certification like a flag and meanwhile receive produce from all over the country and stamp certified organic on all produce, organic or not.
    

The Bottom line?

Stick to eating foods that comes from your community, organic or not, in the most natural form possible. Eat meats, vegetables, fruits, cheeses, sprouts, herbs and more that come from a local source and seasonally available.

Know your supplier.  Organic certification does not mean much except a higher price tag. Better to know your supplier by name and what they eat.

Consider sustainability and the amount of energy it takes to get a Vegan processed product, veggie or meat product from another country to P.V.

Grow a terrace garden, if that’s all you have room for.  Its  satisfying and cool  cutting your own lettuce, tomato and arugula and tossing it up with some infused oils and fresh herbs.

Join a Community supported Agro program close to home.

Wake up folks..the future of food shortages is upon us.

krystal.frost73@hotmail.com

http://www.organic-select.org

Allergies, Immunity and lifestyle.

Asthma, hay fever, eczema and food allergies are all “allergic diseases” caused by your immune system responding to substances that are ordinarily harmless, such as pollen or peanuts, mold in our local cases.. Autoimmune diseases, which include lupus, MS, Type 1 diabetes and inflammatory bowel disease, also result from your body’s defense mechanisms malfunctioning, causing your immune system to attack parts of your body such as your nerves,  pancreas or digestive tract. This is serious stuff that folks take an antihistamine and except it.

Experts (who are these guys?) estimate that many allergies and immune-system diseases have doubled, tripled or even quadrupled in the last few decades. Now what’s causing this upswing in Immune system diseases?     Folks  sit at work, eat amazing amounts of sugar and wheat, and then spend hours staring at a computer or other devices. How do you think this will affect your body as a whole?

Some researchers suspect the increase has an explanation rooted in aspects of modern living — including the “hygiene hypothesis,” which blames growing up in increasingly sterile homes, and more so now with hand pumps everywhere.. Others have pointed to changes in diet, air pollution, and even the rise in obesity and sedentary lifestyles.

One reason that researchers suspect something about modern living is to blame is that the increases show up largely in highly developed countries in Europe and North America. The illnesses have only started to rise in other countries as they have become more developed. AS we remember the crazy spiking numbers of Covid in the past in the U.S.

Of course these so called more developed countries also have the highest amount of stress coupled with sugar, processed fast foods..you know the story.. the numbers of cancers, heart diseases, allergies and  it seems,

Covid sky rocketed..which we pray is on the back burner now.

For those that are affected with allergies..heres a couple of general ways you can take control of your reaction.

  1. Don’t smoke.
  2. Eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables.
  3. Exercise regularly.
  4. Maintain a healthy weight. Cut out sugars and wheat       products and dairy if you dare..
  5. If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
  6. Get adequate sleep.
  7. Take steps to avoid infection, such as washing your hands frequently and cooking meats thoroughly

Add a BOOSTER

Soo. “Mushrooms or fungi,  balance and restore your immune system, increase oxygen flow to your cells, amp up your mental and creative acuity, regulate your blood sugar, lower your stress levels, ensure restful sleep, and cure myriad physical, emotional, and mental ailments.” 

Here’s 4 of the best

  1. Reishi THE QUEEN
  2. Sleep better
  3. Stress less
  4. Cure seasonal allergies

Reishi has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for at least 2,000 years, with the first known written records dating from the Han Dynasty (206 B.C. to A.D. 220). Reishi has the ability to boost the body’s immune system to protect it against pathogens such as viruses, bacteria, and parasites. Even when pathogens aren’t present, an optimally functioning immune system will exponentially increase your overall health and wellness to the point where you can witness the effects of aging being reversed—both physically and cognitively. The compounds in reishi work externally and internally to keep you looking young by reducing dermal oxidation (when proteins on the skin are damaged, causing wrinkles and other signs of aging) and protecting your cellular DNA and mitochondria from oxidant damage, allowing you to remain energized and alert.

Another major benefit of reishi is how it works to achieve hormonal balance. When you have an optimally functioning hormonal system (and surprisingly few of us do—for a slew of reasons, including the impact of environmental toxins and the overprescribing of prescription medications), your body can relax and recover during the night as it is meant to.

2. Chaga (Inonotus obliquus)

  • Ward off the common cold
  • Have shiny, thick hair and glowing skin
  • Lower inflammation caused by a busy, stressful life

If reishi is the queen of mushrooms, then chaga is the big daddy, the implacable and respected father of the mushroom world. The first recorded usage of chaga dates to 17th-century Russia, where it was widely used in folk medicine to treat everything from cancers to gastrointestinal issues.

Like reishi, chaga has astonishing immunomodulation powers. Chaga polysaccharides, specifically its beta-glucans, have the ability to boost the production of lymphocytes (white blood cell that regulates the immune response to infectious microorganisms and other foreign substances). Chaga is  a rich source of antioxidants. , one dose of dual-extracted chaga (the typical amount found in a single cup of strong chaga tea) packs the same number of antioxidants as 30 pounds of carrots.

For me, chaga has proven itself to be a health miracle. You know how toxic air travel is, so we pump up the immune system before travel by dosing a day or two before. (which is 1,000–2,000 mg of strong immunity tinture).   Chaga is a remarkably effective at protection against the common cold and flu.  Maybe use some Chaga instead of the flu shot?

3. Lion’s Mane (Hericium erinaceus)

Lion’s mane looks like a cluster of cascading white strands.

  • Improve memory
  • Boost concentration
  • Protect your nervous system

 Unlike the shape of most mushroom fruiting bodies (a smooth cap and stem), lion’s mane looks like a cluster of cascading white strands.” History suggests that lion’s mane was used in traditional Chinese medicine specifically for treating stomach and digestive problems, including cancers. It was also used as a general restorative due to its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and immunomodulation properties. lion’s mane’s effects on the brain truly distinguish it from other medicinal mushrooms and make it an utterly fascinating subject. Lion’s mane has the ability to repair and regenerate neurons, resulting in improved cognitive function, and the mushroom has been known to mitigate and even reverse the effects of neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and dementia, among others. So, check this out..Your body contains nerve growth factors (NGF), proteins that protect existing neurons and stimulate new neuron growth. These proteins play a crucial role in maintaining the viability of the neurons required for the nervous system to function properly.  Lion’s mane stimulates the synthesis of NGF. It not only has the potential to help those suffering from neurological disorders, but through NGF stimulation, it can potentially reverse the cognitive deterioration that creeps up on many of us as we age.  Lion’s mane has no known side effects.

4. Turkey Tail (Coriolus versicolor or Trametes versicolor)

Use turkey tail to:

  • Treat the common cold and flu
  • Aid digestion
  • Help heal infections
  • Turkey tail earned its name due to the mushroom’s fan shape.  This mushroom can be identified by the concentric circles of varying colors that appear on its fruiting body. Turkey tail is full of polysaccharides and triterpenes that give it its immunomodulation properties, providing overall immune support and regulation. But what sets turkey tail apart are two of its unique beta-glucans: PSK and PSP.

PSK has received national media attention for its anticancer properties. PSK and PSP in turkey tail have the ability to regenerate white blood cells (which are necessary to ward off infection) and stimulate the activity and creation of T-cells, macrophages, and natural killer (NK) cells, enabling the immune system to once again ward off and destroy pathogens. PSK is the best-selling anticancer drug in Japan, and is used in combination with surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.We had a couple of calls for turkey tail from pet owners to treat pets too. 

Local apothecary Organic Select carries a Super immune booster tincture with a compound of  Reishi, Chaga and Turkey tail.

Also single extracts of Turkey Tail and Lions Mane, in the botanical section of the store.º

There you have it..

xxk

Allergies, Immunity and Covid.

Asthma, hay fever, eczema and food allergies are all “allergic diseases” caused by your immune system responding to substances that are ordinarily harmless, such as pollen or peanuts, mold in our local cases.. Autoimmune diseases, which include lupus, MS, Type 1 diabetes and inflammatory bowel disease, also result from your body’s defense mechanisms malfunctioning, causing your immune system to attack parts of your body such as your nerves,  pancreas or digestive tract. This serious stuff.

Experts (who are these guys?) estimate that many allergies and immune-system diseases have doubled, tripled or even quadrupled in the last few decades. Now what’s causing all this upswing in Immune system diseases?    Worse then ever due to Covid, Folks can sit at work, eat amazing amounts of sugar and wheat, then spend hours staring at a computer or other devices.

Some researchers suspect the increase has an explanation rooted in aspects of modern living — including the “hygiene hypothesis,” which blames growing up in increasingly sterile homes, and more so now with hand pumps everywhere.. Others have pointed to changes in diet, air pollution, and even the rise in obesity and sedentary lifestyles.

One reason that researchers suspect something about modern living is to blame is that the increases show up largely in highly developed countries in Europe and North America. The illnesses have only started to rise in other countries as they have become more developed. Maybe that explains the spiking number of Covid in North America.

Of course these so called more developed countries also have the highest amount of stress coupled with sugar, processed fast foods..you know the story..so the numbers of cancers, heart diseases, allergies and now it seems,

Covid sky rocket.

Healthy ways to strengthen your immune system

Besides taking the now normal of handwashing and mask wearing

  1. Don’t smoke.
  2. Eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables.
  3. Exercise regularly.
  4. Maintain a healthy weight. Cut out sugars and wheat products
  5. If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
  6. Get adequate sleep.
  7. Take steps to avoid infection, such as washing your hands frequently and cooking meats thoroughly

Add a BOOSTER

Soo. “Mushrooms or fungi,  balance and restore your immune system, increase oxygen flow to your cells, amp up your mental and creative acuity, regulate your blood sugar, lower your stress levels, ensure restful sleep, and cure myriad physical, emotional, and mental ailments.” 

Here’s 4 of the best

  1. Reishi THE QUEEN
  2. Sleep better
  3. Stress less
  4. Cure seasonal allergies

Reishi has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for at least 2,000 years, with the first known written records dating from the Han Dynasty (206 B.C. to A.D. 220). Reishi has the ability to boost the body’s immune system to protect it against pathogens such as viruses, bacteria, and parasites. Even when pathogens aren’t present, an optimally functioning immune system will exponentially increase your overall health and wellness to the point where you can witness the effects of aging being reversed—both physically and cognitively. The compounds in reishi work externally and internally to keep you looking young by reducing dermal oxidation (when proteins on the skin are damaged, causing wrinkles and other signs of aging) and protecting your cellular DNA and mitochondria from oxidant damage, allowing you to remain energized and alert.

Another major benefit of reishi is how it works to achieve hormonal balance. When you have an optimally functioning hormonal system (and surprisingly few of us do—for a slew of reasons, including the impact of environmental toxins and the overprescribing of prescription medications), your body can relax and recover during the night as it is meant to.

2. Chaga (Inonotus obliquus)

  • Ward off the common cold
  • Have shiny, thick hair and glowing skin
  • Lower inflammation caused by a busy, stressful life

If reishi is the queen of mushrooms, then chaga is the big daddy, the implacable and respected father of the mushroom world. The first recorded usage of chaga dates to 17th-century Russia, where it was widely used in folk medicine to treat everything from cancers to gastrointestinal issues.

Like reishi, chaga has astonishing immunomodulation powers. Chaga polysaccharides, specifically its beta-glucans, have the ability to boost the production of lymphocytes (white blood cell that regulates the immune response to infectious microorganisms and other foreign substances). Chaga is  a rich source of antioxidants. , one dose of dual-extracted chaga (the typical amount found in a single cup of strong chaga tea) packs the same number of antioxidants as 30 pounds of carrots.

For me, chaga has proven itself to be a health miracle. You know how toxic air travel is, so we pump up the immune system before travel by dosing a day or two before. (which is 1,000–2,000 mg of strong immunity tinture).   Chaga is a remarkably effective at protection against the common cold and flu.  Maybe use some Chaga instead of the flu shot?

3. Lion’s Mane (Hericium erinaceus)

Lion’s mane looks like a cluster of cascading white strands.

  • Improve memory
  • Boost concentration
  • Protect your nervous system

 Unlike the shape of most mushroom fruiting bodies (a smooth cap and stem), lion’s mane looks like a cluster of cascading white strands.” History suggests that lion’s mane was used in traditional Chinese medicine specifically for treating stomach and digestive problems, including cancers. It was also used as a general restorative due to its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and immunomodulation properties. lion’s mane’s effects on the brain truly distinguish it from other medicinal mushrooms and make it an utterly fascinating subject. Lion’s mane has the ability to repair and regenerate neurons, resulting in improved cognitive function, and the mushroom has been known to mitigate and even reverse the effects of neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and dementia, among others. So, check this out..Your body contains nerve growth factors (NGF), proteins that protect existing neurons and stimulate new neuron growth. These proteins play a crucial role in maintaining the viability of the neurons required for the nervous system to function properly.  Lion’s mane stimulates the synthesis of NGF. It not only has the potential to help those suffering from neurological disorders, but through NGF stimulation, it can potentially reverse the cognitive deterioration that creeps up on many of us as we age.  Lion’s mane has no known side effects.

4. Turkey Tail (Coriolus versicolor or Trametes versicolor)

Use turkey tail to:

  • Treat the common cold and flu
  • Aid digestion
  • Help heal infections
  • Turkey tail earned its name due to the mushroom’s fan shape.  This mushroom can be identified by the concentric circles of varying colors that appear on its fruiting body. Turkey tail is full of polysaccharides and triterpenes that give it its immunomodulation properties, providing overall immune support and regulation. But what sets turkey tail apart are two of its unique beta-glucans: PSK and PSP.

PSK has received national media attention for its anticancer properties. PSK and PSP in turkey tail have the ability to regenerate white blood cells (which are necessary to ward off infection) and stimulate the activity and creation of T-cells, macrophages, and natural killer (NK) cells, enabling the immune system to once again ward off and destroy pathogens. PSK is the best-selling anticancer drug in Japan, and is used in combination with surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy.We had a couple of calls for turkey tail from pet owners to treat pets too. 

Local apothecary Organic Select carries a Super immune booster tincture with a compound of  Reishi, Chaga and Turkey tail.

Also single extracts of Turkey Tail and Lions Mane, in the botanical section of the store.º

There you have it..

Faith and Quantum healing

I recently had a dear friend deal with a challenging diagnosis. She seemed chipper of spirit as she chatted about the treatment she was soon to undergo. I admired her caviler attitude. As she proceeded with her story I became amazed of how things fell into place so neatly to facilitate her path to wellness as she responded to impulses and cues.  I said, ¨that’s Angel work¨ and she replied,¨Divine intervention and FAITH.

So, that got me thinking..

How does faith move unseen forces to constitute what she called divine intervention or what Deepok Chopra, and other modern philosophers  refers to as Quantum healing?

Quantum healing is a pseudo-scientific mixture of ideas which purportedly draw on quantum mechanicspsychologyphilosophy, and neurophysiology. Advocates of quantum healing assert that quantum phenomena govern health and wellbeing. There are a number of different versions, which allude to various quantum ideas including wave particle duality and virtual particles, and more generally to “energy” and to vibrations

Well, that’s a mouthful, and the experts (whoever they are) interject that they cannot explain how the quantum realm of all possibilities react to thought. But it does.  I guess that’s where the Faith comes into play.

Faith plays a small role in western medical books. However, most of us turn to our faith when the going gets rough.

However, Asian medicine is based on the flow of physical energy throughout the body known as meridians, like the electrical system of our house.  If the meridian is blocked there is stagnation causing degeneration and lack of energy.  If there is an excess causing to much heat, inflammation and pain.  It’s not hard to accept the power of faith and how it reacts in the quantum field when stimulated by prayer, intention, support and clarity.

I for one, and two, with my friend believe in divine intervention and Angel work or what Dr. Chopra calls Quantum interaction, so we are not alone. Circumstances appear, situations develop and people come into our lives to help us get things done.  Recognizing these seemingly coincidental events as cues and road signs are held and manifested in the quantum realm and empowered by faith.

There is no scientific proof to this day that the quantum realm exists or less of how it works.

I see it as a still pond. You toss in a thought, prayer or intention which creates a ripple. This ripple spreads out and encounters other objects (situations, people), which increases and changes that ripple, then it comes back to you stronger and wider than the original ripple. It’s exciting to see how things manifest.

I do know that in my life time there has been times when the hard lessons have been due to not listening to the gut and cues..just ignored them.  While other times I could recognize those road signs upon a moment of reflection and respond to them.  When Puerto Vallarta popped up on the radar it struck a chord in my heart, which inspired me with hope and faith giving wings to manifesting my dream and intentions. Fortunately things worked out, not as I had expected or planned. But, opportunities appeared and gratitude weighed in.

 BTW,  Sometimes there  seems to be a no way.. waiting  until the dust settles and the energy lines out, then watch for a cue. 

Does that sound weird?

Hey..

Life is a mystery, we do know that. And we are a spiritual being having a human experience.

So hang on and enjoy the journey.

Thanks Dear Friend for sweet inspiration, nothing better.

xxk

Plastic Surgery in Vallarta..

MEN do it

More and more men are turning to elective surgery

It happen that a couple of years ago when coming up on another decade of years he took more than the normal glance in the mirror..and wondered “when did this these extra flaps over my eyes, under my eyes, around my cheeks, jowls and neck creep up.(down)”. It all started when his barber took a profile photo of the new  haircut. The cut was great..but..”what is going on with that jowl line”.  This started him on a 6 month rejuvenation of skin that included cellular turnovers, all male and buff  eye creams, moisturizers, sunscreens, lifting creams, facial acupuncture combined with drinking juices formulated for mineral properties to renew the skin, organic food, tons of kale, salads, spinach, wheat grass juice, moringa tea and high quality lean proteins. His skin glowed and he felt wonderful enjoying days of high activity, and languid evenings with friends and lovers..

 However, all the above plus running, , weight training, hiking, boating and all the head stands in the world did not get rid of those bags and sags.   It happens, apparently, at a certain age guys  suffer losses of collagen in the skin, just like the ladies, due to changes associated with hormonal changes and hey, sorry guys, the  aging process.

What to do?? Feeling 25 and looking 60 plus.

“Its just a fact of life honey” his beautiful blond 85 year old  mother murmured as she stroked her goddess cat curled up on her lap glaring at her child with golden eyes. “Every dog has its day, I had mine in the 1940s, you had yours in the 90s, every age is beautiful darling, cultivate them!” With that she turned on her big screen t.v. to watch a classic movie with Humphrey Bogart.  What he asked his mom her thoughts on plastic surgery.. Her mother looked up from her movie, smiled sweetly and said,”I wish I had done it 30 years ago, I just hate my neck, your dad had his eyes done when he was 50, she mumbled. “ But, in those days plastic surgery was exclusively for  Hollywood personalities, discreet millionaires and mafia guys wanted to escape the law.

Well things have changed.

Diet and exercise have first place in staying healthy, active and free of pain and medications. Having said that, here is some firsthand information on what’s happening here in P.V.when it comes to elective surgery and the alternatives. Many clients travel  from the U.S. and Canada  to see the dentist, and  cosmetic surgery to return to their homes 2 weeks later with not only a tan and bright smile but a refreshed and natural look. One can expect to save 50 %  of the cost of same procedures over the  U.S or Canada prices. 

Botox  is used to ease expression lines in the brow area,  crows feet, lift the brow and can lift the corners of the mouth a bit.  It is also used to ease the effects of facial paralyses and excess underarm perspiration. The effects last from 3-6 months.  Some clients come in their early years to prevent deepening expression lines. Plastic surgeons and dermatologists apply the treatment.

Cosmetic Fillers are used to fill in the hollow cheeks, ease lines around the mouth, chin, upper lip and between the brows. The in office procedure of Filler injections are done with a needle and local aesthesia.  The effects can last one year.   Plastic Surgeons apply this treatment.  Product can cause an allergic reaction in some clients.

Fat Injections Is a procedure done by a plastic surgeon of harvesting your own fat from the stomach area (usually) and plumping up the face much as in the cosmetic filler.  The cost is about the same as the cosmetic filler.  One can expect at least 50% of the graft will remain and there is no problem with allergic reaction.  This procedure is done in the hospital under sterile conditions. Its a day procedure, usually one can go home after the sedatives wear off.

LIGHT LIFT is a non surgical combination of botox and fat fillers.

All of the above has a valid place when considering “maintenance upgrade”.. At some point one considers a consultation with a Plastic Surgeon and a more permanent solution.

Eye treatment removes the excess skin from the upper lid easing the weight on the lid so you can actually see better, and wear eye makeup.  The lower eye treatment removes the excess skin and fat bags.  Usually this is a day surgery if done early in the morning.

Lower face lift  is treatment of  neck, chin, jowl line, and cheeks.  Finally we get rid of the saggy neck and jowl line.  This is done in the hospital and usually requires an overnight stay.   known as a  MINI LIFT

Face lift is a combination of both of the above. 

 Generally speaking these procedures require minimum lab work and cardiologist evaluation.  Requirements can vary with different surgeons. Prices vary between surgeons as to services, packages and hospital options.  Its best to go with someone who has a LOT of experience and certified by the Plastic Surgeon Board of Mexico, and (55 5616 4910) and member of the Mexican Association of Plastic Surgeons.    Consultation is normally complimentary when the surgeon will take a look, discuss your options and will show you before and after photos of their work. Some surgeons apply a holistic approach to pre surgery protocol suggestions of diet and supplements that decrease the down time.

HE  went ahead and had the face lift..much to the admiration and approvial of his mother.

xxk

Spring is here, Easter crowds are slimming down  and the season for..Cleansing and Detoxification is upon us. 

Cleansing is a hot topic; it is frequently recommended by naturopaths, homeopathic and complimentary therapy practitioners. . Why is cleansing receiving so much attention?  Well, we live in a toxic world; the soil where our food is grown and the air we breathe are both loaded with chemicals, PCBs, pesticides that blow in from the valley of the river Amaca, dust from the roads and what about those toxic garbage fires that start up around March? (Maybe that explains all those dry coughs sinus infections, unexplained allergies and sore throats?)  

Pharmaceutical drugs and processed foods are common-place. The facts about our hazardous environment can be overwhelming and scary.  

Cleansing, also called detoxification, is our body’s process of elimination, a function that occurs daily through our colon, liver, kidney, lungs, lymph and skin. Despite the fact that we eliminate continuously, our bodies have difficulty keeping up with the toxins. This toxic overload prevents our organs and colon from functioning properly leaving the toxins to collect within our system. The most common symptoms of toxic buildup include: stress, constipation, aches and pains skin rashes and breakouts, low energy, strong food cravings, high sugar consumption, caffeine dependency and unidentifiable illness and moodiness. 

Some cleansing objectives are,        

  1. Improved digestion, better elimination, gas, bloating and indigestion  
  2. Freedom to breathe more deeply  
  3. Less allergic or reactive responses to foods. Less mucus and congestion.  
  4. More energy, better nutrient absorption, overall improved health  
  5. Balanced pH; improved alkalinity, less acidic  
  6. Weight loss  
  7. Good skin, bright eyes and sweet breath 

     

     

    . THE NONTOXIC DIET 

                 Lets start with intermittent fasting. 

    Which means 16 hours of fasting.  There is tons of information from Dr. Google about this… 

    We choose the 16 hour fast, fasting from 8 pm to 12 noon the next day, having a bullet coffee or tea at 9 or 10 a.m.  

     
  • Eat organic foods whenever possible.  
  • Drink filtered water. Get off diet and Light soft drinks or any beverage that has artificial flavors and sweeteners. 
  • Rotate and reduce foods such as pasteurized milk products (like that sugar laden yogurt you love), eggs, wheat, and yeast foods such as bread and beer.  
  • Practice food combining. That would be avoid mixing dense proteins such as seafood and meat with carbs..such as pasta.  Better to do carbs with greens, such as pasta with salads and veggies, or Meat/seafood/ with veggies and salads.  You will notice a lighter feeling as digestion is helped along with an abundance of natural enzyme in raw greens and veggies. 
  • Eat a natural, seasonal cuisine. Local..fresh..organic 
  • Include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds,  products from free ranged animals, and fresh fish (not shellfish), free range eggs and organic poultry.  
  • Cook in cast iron, stainless steel, glass, or porcelain.  
  • Minimize red meats, organ meats, refined foods, canned foods, sugar, salt, saturated fats, alcohol, and nicotine.  

Medical Doctors a century ago would recommend going to the country, breathing fresh air, moderate exercise, eating local foods and drinking a glass of red wine a day while enjoying simple pleasures.  

That works for me too. xxk 

Holy Week in Puerto Vallarta.

Here we are again about to witness the ragging waves of national tourism who cover the beaches, clog the already clogged roadways.  Relatives from all walks of life show up with umbrellas, coolers and swim attire to enjoy a long overdue respite from the hustle of CDMX, Guadalajara, and interior cities like San Luis, Aquas Calientes just to name a few.  Corona sales leap, as well as bustling evenings at cenadurias, taco stands and local eateries.  Soriana and Walmart have huge displays of plastic beach toys, sunscreen, beach ware, canned tuna, saltines, tostadas, mayo, boxed tomato sauce and basic beachy cooler type eats.

Most of us locals hunker down, draw the shades and stay close to home. 

So, lets go through it just as a reminder of whats really happening in the real world of Holy Week that has little to do with Corona and sunscreen and a lot to do with our local community of the faithful.

‘Holy Week or Semana Santa ) is the most sacred week in the liturgical year in Christianity. In Eastern Churches (including Eastern Orthodox, Eastern Catholic and Eastern Lutheran traditions), Holy Week occurs the week after Lazarus Saturday and starts on the evening of Palm Sunday. Since Mexico is mainly Catholic, we have a lot of tradition to feed upon.

Holy week is celebrated from Palm Sunday (which would be last Sunday due to the mirrors printing calendar)

Palm Sunday recalls an event in the Christian Scripture (The New Testament) of Jesus entering into Jerusalem and being greeted by the people waving palm branches. For Christians, it is a reminder of the welcoming of Jesus into our hearts and of our willingness to follow him.

This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” “They took branches of palm trees and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna!

The palm branch is a symbol of victory, triumph, peace and eternal life, originating in the ancient Near East and the Mediterranean world.

Usually the Catholic community organizes a Palm Sunday event were a youth in a wig sits on a donkey lead upon a decided route who is greeted by the faithful waving artfully woven palm leaves found around the church for sale. Maybe sounds funky, but the event is beautiful and emotive.

Holy Thursday.

Remembered as the day of the Last Supper, when Jesus washed the feet of his disciples and established the ceremony known as the Eucharist. The night of Maundy Thursday is the night on which Jesus was betrayed by Judas in the Garden of Gethsemane. The rooster that crows 3 times..etc.

Good Friday (why is called Good Friday ..I wondered as a kid..nothing good seems to happen),

Good Friday on the Friday before Easter Sunday. It commemorates Jesus Christ’s Passion, crucifixion, and death, In the more traditional towns the community reenact the passion of Christ complete with the Romans, bloody clothes of the Christ and bad behavior by the Romans..

Than don’t forget the really interesting events..which are popular reenactments around town..The church in Pitillal do a very good display of piety and theater.

Judas, one of Jesus’ 12 supporters, betrayed Jesus by kissing him, which exposed him to the chief priests.

  • 1st Station: Jesus is condemned to death.
  • 2nd Station: Jesus carries his cross.
  • 3rd Station: Jesus falls the first time.
  • 4th Station: Jesus meets his mother.
  • 5th Station: Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus to carry his cros

Why is Holy Saturday important?

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Holy Saturday commemorates the day that Jesus Christ lay in the tomb after his death.  Because it was the Sabbath, the disciples rested up and the womenfolk worked on their linen and spices of which they hoped to bathe and dress the Christ.  The Roman soldiers hung around guarding the tomb to make sure the disciples did not steal the Christ body.

Meanwhile, The Christ was delivered to Hell, Scripture calls the abode of the dead, to which the dead Christ went down, “hell” – Sheol in Hebrew or Hades in Greek – because those who are there are deprived of the vision of God.

Usually it’s a quiet day with only one mass celebrated. 

Santo Domingo, Easter Sunday

Short story..

Easter Sunday marks Jesus’ resurrection . The gospels record that after Jesus was crucified, his body was taken down from the cross, and placed in a cave. The cave was guarded by Roman soldiers and an enormous stone was put over the entrance, so that no one could steal the body.

Then as you know.

The solders ran off when they saw an Angel, and when they returned the stone was removed and Christs body was GONE

 Mary Magdalene came to the tomb where Jesus was buried and found it empty. An Angel told her that Jesus had risen.

Wait a minute.

Don’t forget the earth quake that shook and groaned.

Matthew tells us that it was caused by an angel who descended from heaven and rolled back the stone (Matt. 28:2). The guards who were stationed at the tomb obviously witnessed this (how could they possibly have missed it?). But they did not see the risen Lord Jesus.  The first person to see Jesus alive was Mary Magdalene. Matthew says that after the angel moved the stone he sat upon it, both to frighten away the soldiers and to make it clear that no one could replace it.

Then there are a number of accounts of who, when and why the women and disciples went into the tomb.  The Christ made a number of appearances around town and to his followers to stifle the idea that he had died..but was soon to ascend to sit with the Father.

Departing words..

‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you.

I am clearly no authority on this, and there are MANY interpretations of the events ..

In any case. always in awe of the strength of faith and the power of the word.

xxk