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Medicine has consequences April 9, 2013

Filed under: Holistic Health,Uncategorized — Lauren @ 2:30 pm

After this past years election I kept hearing a famous political commentator say “elections have consequences….elections HAVE consequences”, reminding the American people that there are very real consequences to every election, whether good or bad.

Well I found myself really resonating with what he was trying to convey to a very temporal-minded people. Elections do have far-reaching consequences.

 

So do drugs.

 

I am amazed at the uncanny ability people have to disregard in their minds the VERY REAL consequences of their medical choices, particularly when it comes to taking drugs.

 

I am often mistaken for being over-zealous for natural health, or under-supportive of ‘main-stream medicine’…yah know, being a nurse and all.

 

Really though, if you’ve walked where I’ve walked and seen things the way I have come to see things, my conclusions really are the most natural ones to draw. What is far more shocking is that people who work in the medical field are NOT overwhelmingly cautious about medications and procedures. The negative consequences of them are ALL AROUND us in the hospital, the damage- impossible to avoid. Unless of course, they, like the rest of this country, effectively disregard the effects these myriad of medications have on the human body.

Digging just under the surface of the simple act of popping a pill, lie thousands upon thousands of red danger flags demanding our attention. Medication is FAR from benign.

  • Adverse drug reactions in this country by drugs taken according to directions with the appropriate dosing, causes approximately 106,000 deaths a year (SOURCE)
  • Medical error causes approximately 98,000 deaths a year (SOURCE)
  • Making these the 4th and 6th leading causes of death

 

What these studies brought to light should be astonishing to us consumers of the main-stream healthcare system. These numbers are not ‘case-studies’ of imaginary people…these are real people, with real families and real lives.

 

These are not statistics to me, they represent faces. Faces of people I have cared for in an average emergency department in this great country that spends the most money on healthcare.

 

Faces like:

(and his endearing wife who stood by his side, singing, stroking his face, and reminding his what a wonderful man he was)


  • The postpartum mother who has hemorrhagic stroke due to the administration of pitocin
  • The postpartum mom who came in being resuscitated 1 month after having her baby via c-section, dying of a massive pulmonary embolism (clot in lungs) most certainly from her major abdominal surgery (c-section)
  • The man in his 50’s playing tennis who dropped dead from a massive heart attack, that was shown to be caused by the avandia he was taking for his slightly elevated high blood sugar
  • The woman in her 30’s who took steroids for a couple of years due to back pain from a car accident, the steroids causing avascular necrosis, the complete deterioration of all of her socket joints, leading to 6 joint replacements in 2 years and a lifetime of continued replacements until she dies


  • The woman in her 70’s coming in dizzy with acute rectal bleeding due to the NSAIDS she just started for her arthritis
  • The baby who was born premature and through medical error his bowel was punctured, leading to a colostomy bag as an infant, months later a colon resection then months later another repair due to bowel obstruction from the scar tissue

I need to stop myself. I could go on.and.on.

 

The saddest part is most of these stories are recent cases I have encountered….i’ve lost track of so many of the stories I promised myself I would never forget. They are endless.

 

Ignorance is NOT bliss, folks.

 

We have surrendered our freedom to a paradigm that says: the medical field always knows best, always takes our best interests in mind, would never recommend something if there were negative consequences, and can solve any type of problem that they might cause.

 

WRONG. This is simply not true.

 

You are NOT going to get FULL disclosure from the medical field. There are wayyyyyy too many variables to prevent this from happening.

 

Maybe many medical professionals want you to believe those fallacies. But there are many who want YOU to take responsibility of YOUR health, and stop expecting them to do so.

 

I am one of them.

 

I am a good nurse. BUT I have made MANY mistakes. – because I’m human

 

And I give drugs that I have no idea what to expect from. –because I have to and because no one really knows

 

I take part in procedures that may be unnecessary.- because I have to

 

I make recommendations that I don’t really think will be helpful, and will most likely make the situation worse. – because I have to

 

Everything you do regarding your health has consequences—potentially good, potentially bad.

 

It is YOUR JOB to be informed about the pros and cons from as many angles as you can, and stop handing your health on a platter to the medical world and expecting them to preserve and nurture your health.

 

You are your BEST advocate. You are your child’s BEST advocate.


A call to responsibility…A call to understanding…A call to mindfulness.

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Cherry Bombs April 8, 2013

Filed under: GAPS,Recipes — Lauren @ 11:00 pm

RECIPE:

2 ¾ C blanched almond flour

½ t baking soda

½ t real salt

6 T butter

3 T honey

5 servings liquid stevia (or 1/3 C honey total)

1 T almond extract

½ C shredded unsweetened coconut

½ bag of frozen cherries/OR fresh pitted cherries

½ C sesame seeds

 

 

  1. Heat butter on stovetop until melted, add in almond extract towards the end.
  2. TURN HEAT OFF, then add honey and stevia, stir until melted.
  3. In kitchen aid add dry ingredients together, then slowly add in honey mixture until dough is well mixed. (check dough for sweetness and add more sweetener if needed)
  4. Take a small ball of dough, flatten out and wrap completely around 1 frozen cherry.
  5. Roll cherry bomb in sesame seeds.
  6. Bake cookies on 350 degrees on parchment paper for 10-13 minutes or until starting to get golden colored.

 

 

 

 

The almond-cherry flavor combo in these CHERRY BOMB cookies is very complimentary!! Biting into this sweet, chewy dough only to find a melted sweet cherry inside—there’s nothing more fun!! ;o) This WILL be a crowd pleaser, kids and adults alike!

 

 

GAPS Seminar Reveal

Filed under: GAPS,Holistic Health,Nutrition — Lauren @ 10:01 am

Here is the video, yes rather amateur nevertheless very informative, of the GAPS Program 101 seminar I put on several weeks ago. I am glad to have this resource available to those who want to learn more about the connection of our gut health to the rest of our bodies. Several people who are now implementing the GAPS program have found this compilation of information very helpful. I hope you do as well!!

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

 

Sausage Balls with Honey Mustard Sauce April 5, 2013

Filed under: GAPS,Recipes — Lauren @ 9:34 pm

 

Honey Mustard RECIPE:

1- 12 ounce bottle of mustard (Dijon or stone-ground)

3 T raw honey

2 garlic cloves

½ C oil (I combined olive/almond/sunflower- any of these should work)

 

  1. Blend first 3 ingredients together in food processor.
  2. Using the dripping attachment, slowly add the oil into top of processor to make dip fluffy and thickened.

 

 

Serve with this delicious sausage ball recipe. These are a great appetizer or snack. We keep coming back to this simple and very satisfying recipe. We had leftovers of the honey mustard sauce and found it makes a fantastic salmon or steak marinade.

 

Raspberry-Lemon Macaroons April 2, 2013

Filed under: GAPS,Recipes — Lauren @ 9:06 pm


Makes 3 dozen large macaroons

RECIPE:

1.5 C egg whites

3 T coconut flour

3 ½ C unsweetened shredded coconut

1/2 C freeze dried raspberries (or finely chopped cherries/cranberries)

¾ C honey

2-3 servings of stevia

½ t lemon oil

Zest of 1-2 lemon

Pinch of salt

 

  1. Beat egg whites until soft peaks in kitchen aid.
  2. Add stevia, lemon oil, zest and salt.
  3. Very slowly add honey stream just until it incorporates into meringue. Do not overbeat or egg whites will ‘breakdown’.
  4. Add coconut flour once honey is in.
  5. Fold coconut and fruit into mixture.
  6. Spoon onto lightly greased parchment paper. Create a mound shape that is higher than wide.
  7. Bake on 225 degrees for around 1 hour or until slightly golden and getting crispy on top.

NOTES:

  • If you want a less chewy, more crispy macaroon, after bake time place cookies in dehydrator on highest setting for several hours until completely crispy.
  • If you want your macaroons to keep their ball shape better (and not flatten out), heat honey on stove top until it bubbles for 5-10 minutes. Then add very slowly to mixing egg whites.
  • I save my egg whites from making mayo, adding egg yolks to fresh juice-smoothies and other dishes that call for just yokes. Pastured eggs are too expensive to throw the whites away ;o)
  • This makes a lot of cookies! Freeze some for a treat later!
 

Dill Fish Cakes April 1, 2013

Filed under: GAPS,Recipes — Lauren @ 9:08 pm

Makes about 17 medium (3 inch) patties

RECIPE:

Just under 2 lbs of white fish (flounder, cod, swai, tilapia)

1 small onion- chopped

1 C celery root-shredded

4 garlic cloves

2 eggs

¾ C blanched almond flour

½ C fresh dill

½ t real salt & pepper

2 pinches of cayenne pepper

Animal fat for frying (we used tallow/butter)

 

  1. Grill or bake S&P’d white fish until moist and flaky.
  2. Sauté celery root and onion for 5 minutes on medium.
  3. Add garlic and cook for another 2 minutes.
  4. In food processor combine eggs, almond flour, garlic, ½ t salt, dill and cayenne pepper.
  5. Add cooked fish pieces and sautéed veggies to food processor pulse until just blended.
  6. Form into medium patties.
  7. Sauté patties in fat for 2-3 minutes a side over medium heat, until golden brown.
  8. Place on a plate with a paper towel to absorb excess fat.
  9. Spoon with (optional) sauce below. Serve and enjoy!

 

Creamy Dill Sauce:

1 C homemade sour cream

¼ C yogurt

Large handful of dill

¼ t salt + pepper

Juice of ½ lemon

  1. Blend ingredients in food processor. Be sure not to over blend it or it will turn into butter!

 

 

This is a fun way to experience ‘crab cakes’ without the expense. An inexpensive seafood dish that is delightfully tasty just can’t go wrong!

Freeze for a quick meal or a protein on the go, they are so well formed and not greasy you could eat them in the car! They are so yummy your kids will be begging you for more. Mine were ;o)

 

Buffalo Chicken Wing Dip March 29, 2013

Filed under: GAPS,Recipes — Lauren @ 9:44 pm

 

I cannot wait to let my husband try this recipe out! I’m certain he will not let another person touch it, once he gets his hands on it! I would never have thought this beloved football game recipe of ours could ever be a nutrient-dense snack- but this recipe tastes SO much like the ‘real’ thing I was shocked! I often keep these ingredients made in the fridge (ranch, cream, chicken) and if this is the case, this dish takes literally 5 minutes to throw together. It takes a little planning to make it happen, but you will be SO pleased you did! The result is a creamy, cheesy, mild-medium spicy appetizer that will be quite the crowd pleaser.

 

RECIPE:

2 ½ C cubed/shredded chicken-cooked

1 C homemade sour cream

¼ C Frank’s Red Hot Sauce (no GAPS-illegal ingredients)

1 C cheddar cheese- shredded

1 C crumbly blue/gorgonzola cheese crumbles

¼ C homemade ranch dressing

 

  1. Mix all ingredients together well.
  2. Put into butter-greased medium sized glass pan.
  3. Bake for 20 minutes on 350 degrees until bubbly and hot!

 

 

Dip with some fresh veggies or homemade crackers! YUM!

 

 
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