What is your awareness of celiac or for that matter gluten? The Gluten free/Allergy free expo was recently held in Schaumburg (did you see me at the Norwex booth?). At the expo did they share that gluten is found in all grains, not just wheat, rye, barley and oats.
Following are the types of issues one may have with gluten
- allergy – acute or delayed reaction creating some sort of inflammation which leads to → tissue damage → and subsequent disease
- intolerance – this is where gluten is not digested well and a protein called Zonulin is created which enters the bloodstream and creates an immune response with the following cascade of events:
- gut dysbiosis → leaky gut → acquired allergy (could be to any food) → tissue damage → disease
- sensitivity - not a disease, but a state of genetics which if continually triggered builds cumulative inflammation over a lifetime eventually converting into an autoimmune process. Gluten sensitivity can manifest in hundreds of ways with symptoms such as migraine headache, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, asthma, psychological disorders, bone loss, osteoporosis, thyroid disease, cancers etc.
- Celiac - a rare manifestation of gluten sensitivity which affects 1 in every 133 healthy individuals. In Celiac’s, gluten consumption causes an immune response that damages the small intestine and reduces nutrient absorption. As damage progresses, a variety of multi-systemic symptoms may develop such as other autoimmune disorders, as well as osteoporosis, infertility, neurological conditions and in rare cases, cancer.
Learn more about the types of gluten issues in this 37 minute video.
A gluten-free diet is essential to treatment for any of the above gluten issues. Unfortunately gluten can be hidden in a variety of unexpected sources, including salad dressing, supplements, and envelope glue.
Personally, I can attest to the differences in living gluten-free versus grain free. While eating so-called gluten-free foods removed many of the irritants reducing symptoms, many are still highly processed foods which break down into sugars and feed the pathogens within. Thus symptoms may be reduced, but are not resolved. By following the GAPS™ protocol removing all grains and many starches from the diet allows the body to fully heal whether you are dealing with an allergy, intolerance or sensitivity to gluten or any other form of gut dysbiosis. Once healed one may then explore slowly adding these foods properly prepared back into the diet if one is truly able to process and uptake healthfully.
If you missed the 21 day Mantra Meditation Journey with Deva Primal and Miten you may go here and view all the mantras with their meanings.
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This experience was truly enlightening. Personally I enjoy the feel of mantras and don’t always know the meanings behind them. As Sanskrit is an energetic language it is the energy of the sounds which is so powerful – the meaning comes from the feeling. I admit it did help to hold a definition in mind along with the feeling. Knowing the meanings also explained why I am drawn to different mantras at different times.
Deva Primal stated that the use of mantra is like tuning and instrument. You are the instrument. Are you in tune? Take time each day to tune in. A mere 15 minutes is what this journey entailed. You may also take 2 minutes when transitioning from one focus to another to sit and internalize a mantra.
“Mantra is a word that is thousands of years old. It means projection (tra) of the mind (man). Mantra is the way we project our mind to Divinity.” Snatam Kaur
Keeping mantra on our mind – we keep on the path to reaching our Divinity. It is the simple things done with discipline which make the biggest impact in the end.
As Snatam Kaur states:
Mantra, well, sorry folks, mantra is kind of boring. It is that kind of boring, boring, boring, boring a hole into your heart so that your light can finally shine through you. It takes time, it takes patience, it takes consistency, it takes prioritization.
Can you find a few minutes each day to tune in and align with your inner light and let your truth and Divinity shine?
They say it takes 21 days to make a habit – Give mantra a try for 21 days.
Sat Nam (the truth within you)
I have shared with many of my friends the peace, power and joy I receive from mantra.
Sanskrit is vibrational language. Just like the frequency of essential oils can change you physically, emotionally and spiritually – the same is true with mantra.
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Did you know that Food rights in Illinois are currently being threatened?
Raw milk always seems to be a hot point with many governmental bodies.
Whether you choose to consume this product or not, should the government take away your freedoms?
In our broke state of Illinois the Department of Public Health (IDPH) is revamping their regulations to add more regulations which you the tax payer will have to fund. While there exists no health reasons for these changes IDPH is proposing new regulations on raw milk which would greatly increase costs for farmer, putting many out of business; and limit the access to this food in the state, denying consumers their freedoms.
Below are steps you can take to help protect food freedoms in Illinois.
|Tell IDPH to Leave the Raw Milk Law the Way It IsStop the Illinois Department of Public Health from issuing any raw milk regulations!
Under current Illinois law, farmers can sell an unlimited amount of raw milk on the farm without a permit. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is in the process of drafting a regulation to change that — a regulation that would severely restrict consumer access and deny raw milk producers the ability to make a living.The proposed regulation would prohibit producers from selling more than 100 gallons a month; in addition, it would require raw dairy farmers to comply with Grade A standards, costing farmers thousands of dollars to upgrade their dairy facility. Further, the regulation would ban herdshare agreements, even though Illinois law recognizes dairy livestock boarding contracts as being legal.IDPH is proposing to change the law even though there have been no cases of foodborne illnesses attributed to raw milk produced in Illinois going as far back as at least 1999.
|TAKE ACTION – #1Email the IDPH Division Chief and Your Illinois Legislators Email Molly Lamb, the Division Chief of IDPH’s Division of Food, Drugs and Dairies; tell her that IDPH should leave the law the way it is and not issue a regulation on raw milk. Ms. Lamb’s email address is email@example.comInclude represenatives on the administrative Rules committee
Please copy your State Representative and State Senator on the email to Ms. Lamb.Need help finding your state legislators? Click hereSome state legislators do not have an email address. If that is the case, please either fax or call their office to let them know about your opposition to the proposed regulation.
|TAKE ACTION – #2 Attend the May 1 meeting of the Raw Milk Steering Committee in Bloomington The committee will finish drafting the proposed regulation; the meeting is open to the public. Please make plans to attend.When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday – May 1, 2013 Where:
Illinois Corn Growers Association Building
14129 Carole Drive
Bloomington, Illinois 61705
Why: Oppose any regulation that limits access to raw milk and hinders raw milk producers
|TALKING POINTS1. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it. The current laws are working. There have been no cases of foodborne illness attributed to any Illinois raw milk producers going at least as far back as 1999.2. The regulation would have a devastating economic impact on Illinois raw milk producers with the 100-gallon limit. Consumers will no longer contribute to the state economy, instead spending their money with out-of-state raw milk producers.3. The new regulations will cost money to enforce. Why is a state that’s in terrible financial condition spending money on something that isn’t a problem? State resources can be better spent elsewhere.4. IDPH is exceeding its lawful powers; there is nothing in the law to allow it to limit the amount of raw milk producers can sell. The department is trying to ban herdshares with the proposed regulation despite Illinois statute recognizing dairy livestock boarding contracts as legal.5. The proposed regulation will take away options on food choices from educated consumers. Many potential raw milk sources will not be able to stay in business with the 100-gallon limit.|
IDPH has charged the Raw Milk Steering Committee (a subcommittee of the Illinois Food Safety Committee) with drafting the proposed raw milk regulation. The subcommittee is stacked with people from the conventional dairy industry and the Department of Public Health that are totally opposed to raw milk. An IDPH official admitted that the department is trying to have these proposed changes become law through rulemaking because the Illinois Legislature would never pass what IDPH wants to do. While IDPH is trying to limit how much raw milk producers can sell, the Illinois Department of Agriculture is promoting the “Illinois Product Challenge” encouraging residents to buy more of their food from Illinois producers [see the press release at www.agr.state.il.us/newsrels/r0726121.html].The subcommittee is scheduled to finalize the rules in a May 1 meeting in Bloomington that will be open to the public. There are other steps that need to be taken before the rule is officially proposed to the general public; the time to stop it is now, before it gets any further along in the rule-making process.A googlesite, Raw Milk Threatened in Illinois, has been set up for Illinois raw milk supporters to follow current activities and updates (short link:
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A significant portion of the population has an issue with digesting dairy and specifically the lactose sugar or the proteins. Casein is the most well-known and researched dairy protein. One’s dairy issue may be due to an allergy, but it may also be due to issues with gut function. When improperly digested the milk protein casein results in casomorphins: a peptide with an opiate structure. Researchers have shown that these peptides are taken up by various areas of the brain, many of which are responsible for vision, hearing and communication, therefore leading to processing issues.
When milk is properly fermented a large percentage of the proteins get pre-digested and lactose is consumed by the fermenting microbes. Proper fermentation is 24 hours for yogurt – unfortunately most commercial yogurt is not fermented long enough. Thus fully fermented milk products are much simpler for the human gut to properly digest. If even this seems too much for your gut to handle, but you would like to add some dairy into your diet? A good starting point is Ghee or Clarified butter.
Ghee is generally well tolerated by most people as it contains simply milk fat, no milk proteins or lactose. When purchasing commercial ghee, as with any product, read the labels and know your source as they may contain preservatives and other additives. Ghee is fairly simple to make at home and then you know that it is pure.
Ghee has a nice nutty flavor. Ghee may be used plain or for cooking, baking or frying as it will not burn as butter may due to a small content of whey. As ghee is often the easiest dairy product tolerated, ghee is a great place to start when introducing or re-introducing dairy. Start with a small amount to see how well it is tolerated. Slowly build up your daily use. Once this is tolerated in the diet for 6 weeks or more you may consider trying organic butter.
Start with organic unsalted butter (any added salts may contain flow agents or fillers). Organic butter is best as non-organic butter contains pesticides, hormones and antibiotics.
Ghee may be made in the oven or on the stove top.
Oven: Preheat to 140-200°F. Place butter in a metal or glass pan and leave in the oven about 30-50 minutes.
Stovetop: place butter in a pan and warm over medium heat. Melt butter and allow it to cook uncovered in the pan for 20 – 40 minutes.
The melted butter will separate with white bits which float and sink. It will bubble a bit as you can see and here in the below video.
Reduce the heat and allow it to gently simmer until the milk solids separate, the liquid becomes clear, the bubbling subsides and it should smell a bit caramelized. You do not want it to become brown, this means you have cooked it too long.
Stain the golden liquid through a fine mesh strainer. If you want to be certain to fully remove all particles you may strain several times or add a coffee filter to the strainer.
Store in a clean glass container. Cover once fully cooled. Ghee may keep unrefrigerated for up to 2 months or longer refrigerated.
Citrus is recognized as some of the most appealing, savory and nutritious foods on the planet. We essential oil users know what some people don’t – the bulk of that therapeutic value of the citrus family is found in the rind, and sadly that’s so often normally discarded. Watch the below 30 minute video and learn you how citrus oils can help you realize your best health on a day-to-day basis.
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- Citrus oils have many physical and emotional benefits.
- Citrus oils are inexpensive oils with many health benefits.
- Citrus scents are light and uplifting – clarifying the mind and spirit.
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As I often state, “your health is in your hands”
This movie helps spread this message as well.
View the full movie free March 21 – 31 by signing up here. Running time 89 minutes
In this free online screening event you’ll discover:
- The real truth behind “DIET”, “SUGAR-FREE” and “FAT-FREE” products
- Ways to overcome food addictions and cravings
- How to navigate your supermarket – what to buy and what to avoid
- Why fad diets don’t work
- how to read labels and more!
This film features interviews with best-selling health authors and leading medical experts plus real life transformational stories from those who know what it’s like to be sick and overweight.
Take charge of your well-being.
Get to know your source
and you too can heal from most anything.
- sounds familiar to those who have read about the GAPS Protocol.
Alter your gut biome and alter your health.
The below TedX talk gives a nice visual explanation of the gut-brain connection.
It shows how microbes in our gut can be a factor in our brain health and issues such as:
- multiple sclerosis
Elaine Hsiao makes the statement
“What if we could without a single invasive procedure treat disorders like autism, depression and multiple sclerosis. Microbe-based therapeutics might offer us a way to build a stable community structure that can impart long-lasting effects without the need for continuous treatment. “
Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride has proven this in treating thousands of individuals with the GAPS healing protocol. Using diet, supplementation and detoxification one can heal from within from a countless list of ailments, disorders and illnesses. True healing results in long-lasting effects without the need for continuous treatment or dangerous side effects.
I have been using and recommending this great “drink” from Aajonus Vonderplanitz in his book The Recipe for Living Without Disease! He calls it the lubrication drink – I just call it the Butterball.
This beverage provides the good fats, satisfies hunger and just tastes great. Butter is early on the dairy introduction structure so this works well so long as you can tolerate eggs. When I have this for breakfast I am satisfied and often forget to have lunch until 1:00 or 2:00 pm. This is wonderful support for issues such as: constipation, dry or thin skin supporting the liver and gall bladder.
- about 1/4 – 1/2 cup butter, melted (preferably raw from a grass-fed source)
- 1-2 raw egg (or just yolk your preference)
- juice of a lemon (or 1/2 grapefruit),
- 1 tsp honey or more to taste
- sea salt, optional
Melt butter and mix with other ingredients. An immersion blender works great for this but you can just use a whisk.
Variation: Add flavoring with Young Living essential oils such as orange, grapefruit, lemon, ocotea, cinnamon or clove.
Note: If not currently tolerating butter, try with ghee.