A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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Castor beans, sometimes used in traditional therapies, contain ricin one of the most toxic substances known. It may cause an acute and potentially fatal gastroenteritis as well as neurological and ophthalmological lesions. Poisoning may also lead to delayed visceral damages; however, the latter is quite rare. The toxicity is dose related and depends on the amount of castor beans ingested. There is no specific treatment and symptomatic management to reduce the load of the toxin needs to be initiated quickly and early when a case of poisoning is suspected so that serious complications will be avoided.

Why do you care?  You care because when I was very small, I ate some!  I actually took the jar to my mom and told her I ate them.  I was rushed to the ER and guess what they did?  Well, my stomach was pumped – they used…  charcoal.

How many uses are there for this wonderful black magical stuff?  More than you may think!  It’s good for grillin’…  but I think we all know that.

  • Mix charcoal into your compost pile to increase its carbon content. (If the pile smells like ammonia, it needs carbon.)
  • Using activated charcoal, you can make a teeth whitener. Just open a capsule and dip your wet toothbrush into it and brush your teeth.  Note:  if you have sensitive teeth, don’t do this more than once a week.  It can increase your sensitivity.
  • Make cut flowers last longer in the vase.  Put a lump of coal in the water underneath the stems to keep the water clear and fresh.
  • Zap your zits!  Mix 1/2 teaspoon each:  activated charcoal powder / water / Aloe Vera gel.  Mix with a Q-tip until it forms an ink-like texture.  Paint it on your face and let dry completely before rinsing off with warm water.  Charcoal draws the bad stuff from your pores and leaves you with clear, healthy skin.
  • The best way to remove rust from a cast iron skillet is to let the rust burn off over a charcoal grill.  After the rust is gone, let it cool completely and then re-season the cast iron as soon as possible.
  • I keep a charcoal briquette in my cedar chest.  It keeps my precious heirlooms, which includes photos, linens and clothing, from mold, mildew and musty smells.

Charcoal, whether activated or not, serves a greater purpose than providing a fire for the grill in the summertime, or pumping out a stomach.  I just thought you might like to know.  🙂

 

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NATIONAL TRAIL MIX DAY

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A nature hike with John Minton.

Damita Jo Rogers used to say, “I’m gonna SCHOOL ya about this!” I smile when I think of her. Today I decided to do a blog to SCHOOL ya about Diabetes and healthy snacking.

There are so many misconceptions and falsehoods about Diabetes and food, regardless of the “type”. People tend to focus on keeping sugar away from Type 2 Diabetics. That would be fine, but if a Type 2 has a low blood sugar, guess what they need to bring that number back to normal? Yes, they need SUGAR.

It’s true that we can’t sit around eating anything we want all day long (bummer). We don’t have to do as much pre-planning and calculating as Type 1 Diabetics do, but we do need to be prepared for a low blood sugar when it happens. I carry glucose gel and hard candy (not sugar-free). If I know I’ll be doing a lot of walking or be very active, I also carry some homemade trail mix in my backpack or tote bag.

I like to make my own because that way I know what is in there. Sometimes there are added ingredients in the store-bought varieties. I’ll be brutally honest – it’s also much cheaper to make your own trail mix. It is outlandishly expensive, especially from convenience stores. A small bag can cost over $5.00. Yes, I am frugal, thank you very much!

It’s not only NATIONAL TRAIL MIX DAY, but today is also PORTION CONTROL DAY!

I like the motto:  Respect your body, respect your health, respect your life!   

Here’s my recipe for Diabetic friendly Trail Mix.

Low-Carb Trail Mix

1 cup raw almonds (I use sliced but you can use whole)
1 cup pumpkin or squash seeds (you can toast them or not)
2 ounces unsweetened coconut
1/2 cup raisins or currants, loosely packed

This makes about 16 servings of 1/4 cup each. I bag each serving separately to avoid overeating. This mix has only 6.5 g. of carbohydrate. I think you will see that it’s better than the pre-packaged stuff at the store!

You can use sunflower seeds instead of pumpkin or squash seeds. Also, hazelnuts, soy nuts or walnuts in the place of almonds once in a while is good.

I’ve also learned that if I have a craving for chocolate (c’mon… who doesn’t?) I can add a SMALL BAG of regular M&M’s to the mix and it will take care of the craving. I usually have my worst cravings around Halloween. There’s just something about Autumn and Halloween that brings out the chocolate cravings! It does add a few carbohydrates to each serving, but it’s better than going crazy eating a candy bar!   😉

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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THEY NEED YOUR STRENGTH
I live in Kansas and have never seen the great lakes. To be honest, when I hear “Lake Erie”, an old song by Gordon Lightfoot pops into my head. Remember the song, “The Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald”??? Yeah, there’s a line in it that talks about “…Takes in what Lake Erie can give her…” and that’s my experience with the great lakes. I hope that will change one day soon. It’s still on my bucket list.

But Lake Erie is not being very nice today. I’ve read about how Toledo, Ohio is having what they are calling a “water crisis”! Apparently, there was not enough rainfall and the algae has grown and now the water supply is not fit for consumption by man or beast.

We take water for granted, don’t we? I can’t even imagine having to go out and buy my water from the store like I do milk and coffee creamer. Since I don’t own the trucks or equipment necessary to help them in any tangible manner, I did what I knew to do – I prayed. I hope you will join me in praying for these folks. We can’t give them water to drink, but we can pray that the living water stay close by their side through this crisis.

One case of bottled water per family. I have a family of two and I know we go through at least two of those every day! The one sermon we hear preached to us by our diabetic doctors is that we need to hydrate! My prayers go with these people. I’ve never walked in their shoes and I can’t imagine being without water, especially in the summertime.

Dear God,
Please touch these families and bless them I pray. You alone know how to fix this problem and we humbly ask that You would do that for them.
In Jesus’ Name,
Amen. ❤

http://www.toledonewsnow.com/story/26178506/breaking-urgent-notice

NATIONAL DUMP THE PUMP DAY

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In case you think this is a new idea…  here’s a retro commercial from the 1970’s.

You can’t understand a city without using its public transportation system.   – Erol Ozan

Today is the 8th annual NATIONAL DUMP THE PUMP DAY!!! No, my diabetic friends, I’m not talking about dumping your insulin pump! With gas prices getting ridiculously high, people are encouraged to use public transportation instead of driving today. Not only does this save wear and tear on your vehicle and the stress of having to drive yourself to work, but it saves you money. The latest APTA Transit Savings Report shows that a two-person household that downsizes to one car can save more than $9,700 a year!

In some areas of the country there will be special incentives offered for using public transportation such as free donuts, special prices on bus passes or in one state, gas receipts are being traded for free bus passes for the reminder of the month.

Here in Wichita we have bus service and of course, taxi cabs. Of course here in the heartland we don’t have subways or streetcars. I used to work with a guy who rode his horse to work. No, I’m not kidding! A few people ride their bikes to work to save on gasoline, but around here most people drive their cars to work or take the bus.  People do still carpool and that also saves money and wear and tear on your vehicle.

Americans are broad-minded people. They’ll accept the fact that a person can be an alcoholic, a dope fiend, a wife beater, and even a newspaperman, but if a man doesn’t drive, there is something wrong with him. – Art Buchwald, “How Un-American Can You Get?,” Have I Ever Lied to You?, 1966

If you live in an area that has good public transportation, do the math and see if it really would save you time, money or both to change your habit of driving to work. It’s not always easy to change a habit, but keep an open mind about changing this one. It might be a good thing to arrive at work in a better mood because you did not get road rage!

So today’s challenge is to find an alternative mode of transportation. Why not take one day to let someone else do the driving? Who knows – you may enjoy it so much you’ll want to do it regularly.   🙂

WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY

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Since common sense does not seem to be as common as it used to be, let me inject just a bit here today. On this WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY, let’s make an effort to do some thinking before we choose what we will eat. In the process, you may be pleasantly surprised at what you could save, both financially and for the environment.

Nearly one pound of food per American gets tossed away every day! That number nearly boggles the mind, but how can we be better stewards of what we receive? There are ways to stay on your diet and stop the waste of precious food.

1. If you’re eating at a restaurant, order off the kids menu if you know you won’t eat it all. There is absolutely no shame in doing that! Those scaled-down meals will be just enough to fill you up and you will have a happy plate. No waste of food!

2. Invest in a vacuüm sealer! If you keep meat in the freezer (and most of us do), the vacuüm sealed meat will stay good for a long time.

3. Don’t buy perishables in bulk. Well there’s a dose of “duh” for you. Unless you have a family of 15, there is no reason to buy things like fruits and vegetables in large quantities. These foods do not keep for a long time and will have to be tossed if not used up in a timely manner.

4. If you are cooking for one or two, make four meals at a time. If your significant other does not mind leftovers, cook double and save the extra for the next day. You’ve used the same amount of energy that you would have used for one meal, but you now have two meals.

Let’s take a trip to Colorado with John Coyote.  No waste there, right? 

There are popular diet plans that encourage food waste to whittle your waist. The truth is, if you would just use common sense about portion size and not let your eyes be bigger than your tummy – you can eat just enough without waste! 🙂

SIERRA CLUB DAY

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On May 28, 1892 in San Francisco, California, the Sierra Club was founded. Today is SIERRA CLUB DAY!!! This grassroots environmental group has been one of the most influential in the country and is still going strong.

Don’t count the day done until you’ve made the day count.  – Dr. Thom C. Gibson

I like their motto – LEAVE NO TRACE. That of course means that when you go on an outing – you clean up and leave your site just as you found it. If you packed it and used it – pack it back up and take it with you. You don’t have to be a member of the Sierra Club to use that kind of common sense when it comes to taking care of the planet.

Don’t wait until Arbor Day to plant a tree. You can plant a tree now!

This falls under the heading COMMON SENSE – but when you leave a room – flip the light switch off behind you. Why keep a light on – or a TV on if you are leaving the room? Instead of cranking up the heat in the Winter or the AC in the Summer, adjust the amount of clothing you wear to get more comfortable.

Stay informed on the latest eco news. If you hear of a more green way to do things, maybe you should consider making some changes for the sake of the planet.

Ask yourself a question before you mindlessly toss something in the trash: Could this item be re-purposed or re-used for something? You might be surprised what you can do! I recently turned a gallon jug into a handy watering pitcher for my plants.

Do you throw your gum away in a trash can, or do you just spit it out the car window and let it land wherever? Think about how you dispose of your gum next time. Aside from the fact that someone might step in it, a bird would think the gum is a rock and swallow it. The gum then expands, killing the bird.

A few small changes made by all of us can make a huge impact. This is the only Earth we get – no backup Earth – sorry. 😦

EARTH DAY

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I’m happy to announce that Spring is in full swing here in Kansas!  The temperatures will rise and that means that folks will be getting outside more.

No matter what type of activity you choose, it’s a good idea to carry a bottle of water with you.  Staying properly hydrated is a part of good health and wellness.  Your body needs 8-8oz. glasses of water every day.

I want to talk about the type of water bottle you should choose.  By now I’m sure we are all familiar with BPA and other chemicals that are found in traditional plastic water bottles.  Some claim their plastic does not contain these harmful chemicals, but let’s look at the facts.

When plastic is “recycled”, it’s actually “downcycled” and could be made into most anything – from carpet padding to plastic fencing – to a plastic water bottle.  The plastic loses integrity with each reincarnation.  The process is not pure in its true sense.

When glass is recycled, it turns into glass again.  Glass is the most safe container to drink from.  And let’s face it, when you drink water from glass, it tastes like water and if it is in a plastic container there is always that plastic aftertaste!  Who needs that?

What about a stainless steel or aluminum bottle?  Well, there are usually some decorative paints used on those and they could cause harm as well.  It would seem that we are back to glass containers.

Yes, glass is a bit heavier than plastic.  But I’d rather carry a bottle that I know is not going to cause me harm and deal with the weight issue.  It’s not that much heavier.  

I can hear you saying, “But glass will break easily!”  This is also true, however, there are water bottles on the market that are glass on the inside and have a clear plastic coating that is BPA free and FDA sanctioned.  The plastic has the glass pieces if the bottle should happen to break or shatter.  I like the plastic coating because it creates improved slip-resistance as well. 

Most of us are trying to be more environmentally responsible these days.  The statistics are still staggering:

  • Americans throw away over 25,000,000,000 styrofoam coffee cups every year.
  • Americans toss plastic bags and other plastic garbage in the ocean.  We kill as many as 1,000,000 sea creatures every year.
  • Americans use 2,500,000 plastic bottles every hour!!!  Most of those bottles are not recycled.

On a more practical note, those of us who choose to add a lemon slice to our water for the alkaline benefit should also consider choosing a glass water bottle with a wide mouth opening. 

Knowledge is power.  So, now that you are informed, what will you do with it? 

I’m not going to tell you to go out and hug a tree, but I will ask you to refrain from using styrofoam coffee cups and plastic water bottles. 

Show some class and choose the glass! 🙂