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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

the positive side

the positive side of having a kid with disabilities....

knowing that every time you look at them your looking at a miracle

seeing innocence in their eyes

learning every day is a new chance to learn that one task that he has been practicing for a month

being able to enjoy the small milestones in a big way

getting to enjoy the "baby stage" much longer than most people

getting to meet wonderful people, nurses, doctors, therapists, staff that you wouldnt normally get to know

having a blue tag that hangs on the rear view mirror that entitles you to park close to the hospital or therapy office that you visit multiple times a month.

getting to meet lots of other families in similar situations.

food as medicen

i love the idea that food can be our medicen. here is a little information on a bit of food as medicen.

botanically known as Allium Sativum, is used for reducing high blood pressure, preventing age-related vascular changes, reducing reinfarction and mortality post-MI, decreasing LDL (bad) and VLDL cholesterol, and increasing HDL (good) cholesterol for coronary heart disease.

Garlic is also used in Chinese medicine for diarrhea, amoebic and bacterial dysentery, tuberculosis, bloody urine, diphtheria, whooping cough, scalp ringworm, hypersensitive teeth and vaginal trichomoniasis.

garlic has had many other uses as well, including the treatment of colds and flu, fever, cough, headache,ear infections, stomach ache, sinus congestion, athlete’s foot, gout, rheumatism, hemorrhoids, asthma, bronchitis, shortness of breath,low blood pressure, hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia, cancer.

Onions have a variety of medicinal effects. Early American settlers used wild onions to treat colds, coughs, and asthma, and to repel insects. In Chinese medicine, onions have been used to treat angina, coughs, bacterial infections, and breathing problems.

The World Health Organization (WHO) supports the use of onions for the treatment of poor appetite and to prevent atherosclerosis. In addition, onion extracts are recognized by WHO for providing relief in the treatment of coughs and colds, asthma and bronchitis. Onions are known to decrease bronchial spasms. An onion extract was found to decrease allergy-induced bronchial constriction in asthma patients.

Onions are a very rich source of fructo-oligosaccharides. These oligomers stimulate the growth of healthy bifidobacteria and suppress the growth of potentially harmful bacteria in the colon. In addition, they can reduce the risk of tumors developing in the colon.


Diabetes Prevention: After undergoing research, aloe extract has been proven to decrease blood glucose levels. Research claims that aloe can prevent or at least slow down the development of diabetes. Medications given to diabetics also contain significant amounts of aloe. The plant is clearly the herbalist's method to control the deadly disease.

Aids in Healthy Digestion: A healthy digestive tract ensures that nutrients from the foods we eat are absorbed into the blood stream. Aloe Vera Juice has natural, detoxifying abilities. Drinking Aloe Vera Juice made from the pure aloe gel regularly may improve bowel regularity and increase protein absorption, while at the same time decrease unfriendly bacteria and yeast.

Immune Support and Function: Aloe Vera juice provides natural support for the immune system. Since the immune system works around the clock protecting the body, aloe vera, with its natural immune enhancers, gives the body a continual arsenal from which to draw.

Regulates Weight and Energy Levels: Aloe Vera Gel naturally, and with regular use, allows the body to cleanse the digestive system. Our diets include many unwanted substances which can cause lethargy and exhaustion. Taken regularly, Aloe Vera Juice from the pure aloe gel ensures a greater feeling of well-being, allowing energy levels to increase and helping to maintain a healthy body weight.

Dental Health and Hygiene: Aloe Vera juice is extremely healthful for your mouth and gums. Because aloe vera is safe to be taken internally, it can be used to treat injuries that occurred on soft tissue, such as mouth ulcers, canker sores, fever blisters and other lesions. It has also been used effectively to treat bleeding gums and to soothe pain and discomfort after oral surgery or extensive dental treatment.


Effective against Diabetes: A study revealed that cinnamon may help people with type 2 diabetes by increasing their insulin sensitivity, thus moderately lowering their blood sugar levels. A study published in the journal Diabetes Care in 2003 found that people with type 2 diabetes taking 1, 3, or 6 grams of cinnamon in pill form daily (equivalent to one quarter of a teaspoon to 1 teaspoon of cinnamon) reported a reduction in fasting blood glucose by 18 to 29%, triglycerides by 23 to 30%, LDL cholesterol by 7 to 27%, and total cholesterol by 12 to 26%. However, studies so far have involved only a small amount of people and have not yet explored the long term benefits of cinnamon. So, a large scale study is needed to support cinnamon as a major player against type 2 diabetes. To include cinnamon in your diet, just sprinkle it over your coffee, cereal, and tea. As a precautionary measure, people taking any medication that affects blood glucose or insulin levels shouldn't take therapeutic doses of cinnamon unless they're under a doctor's supervision.

Fights Cancer: A study released by researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Maryland showed that cinnamon reduced the propagation of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells. According to researchers, cinnamon appears to inhibit the actions of certain phosphatases, which are enzymes that play a key role in facilitating mitosis (cell division). Also, cinnamon is a very good source of calcium and fiber, which can bind to bile salts and help remove them from the body. By eradicating bile, fiber helps to prevent the damage that certain bile salts can cause to colon cells, thus reducing the risk of colon cancer.

Reduces cholesterol: The fiber and calcium in cinnamon can help remove bile salts from the body. When bile is removed, the body must break down cholesterol in order to make new bile. This process can help to lower high cholesterol levels. According to a 2003 study on 60 people, a daily intake of one-half teaspoon (1 gram) of cassia cinnamon not only lowered blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetics, it also significantly lowered LDL ("bad" cholesterol) and triglyceride levels. However, more large scale studies are needed to determine how effective cinnamon would be in lowering cholesterol, which type of cinnamon to use, and the amount needed to lower cholesterol levels.

Boost brain function: Studies have shown that smelling cinnamon may boost cognitive function, memory function, performance of certain tasks and increases one's alertness and concentration. According to a research led by Dr. P. Zoladz, chewing cinnamon flavored gum or just smelling cinnamon enhanced study participants' cognitive processing. Specifically, cinnamon improved participants' scores on tasks related to attentional processes, working memory, virtual recognition memory, and visual-motor speed while working on a computer-based program.

Beneficial for stomach: Cinnamon is a great source of fiber and can help relieve constipation as well as irritable bowel syndrome. By having a healthy digestive tract, colon diseases can possibly be prevented. Problems of diarrhea and flatulence can easily be solved by including cinnamon in the regular diet.

Fights Arthritis: The difficulty of arthritis can also be solved by adding cinnamon to your diet everyday, thanks to cinnamon's powerful anti-inflammatory properties. A study at Copenhagen University found that patients who were given half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder combined with one tablespoon of honey every morning before breakfast reported a significant relief in arthritis pain after one week.

Improves blood circulation: Cinnamon contains a significant amount of a compound called coumarin, a well known "blood thinner" (anticoagulant). This aids in the circulation of blood and help to prevent blood clots. However, people who have been prescribed blood-thinning medications or people with bleeding disorders shouldn't take cinnamon.

Re-energiser: Feeling of worn out and tiredness can be removed by having cinnamon. It improves energy, gives people more vitality and improves blood circulation. Also, because of its warming qualities, cinnamon has been particularly useful for people who tend to feel hot in their upper body but have cold feet. It has also been used to provide relief when faced with the onset of a cold or flu, especially when mixed in a tea with some fresh ginger.

Anti-microbial: Preliminary lab and animal studies have found that cinnamon may have antibacterial and antifungal properties. In laboratory tests, growth of yeasts that were resistant to the commonly used anti-fungal medication fluconazole was often (though not always) stopped by cinnamon extracts. It's active against Candida albicans, the fungus that causes yeast infections and thrush, and Helicobacter pylori, the bacteria responsible for stomach ulcers.

Dental care: Using a mixture of honey and powdered cinnamon is an excellent mouth wash and helps to keep one's breath fresh throughout the day. A recent study of the cinnamon-flavored chewing gum found that cinnamon might have breath-odor fighting abilities. Researchers say that the gum contains cinnamic aldehyde, a cinnamon oil, which appears to actually decrease the bacteria in your mouth. In addition, cinnamon is recommended as an effective treatment for toothache in many home remedies.

Especially beneficial for women: Cinnamon has also been found useful for woman's health as it helps in providing relief from menstrual cramping and other feminine discomforts. It is also believed that cinnamon aids in the secretion of breast milk.

Improves immune system: Consuming the blend of cinnamon powder and honey every day not only helps to reinforce the body's natural resistance system, but also protects us from bacterial and viral contagions. Make a glass of lukewarm honey water mixed with cinnamon powder to help boost your immune system during the cold season

Friday, January 21, 2011

shocking evidence

here is a link

and on page 11 of this download it clearly states,

adverse events reported during post-approval use of Tripedia vaccine include idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura , SIDS, anaphylatic reaction, cellulitis, autism, convulsion/grand mal convulsion, encephalopathy,hypotonia, neuropathy, and apnea.

this is adverse reactions to Tetnus and whooping cough vaccine. now im not saying everyone should discontinue vaccines, what i do what though is for people to wake up and realize that YOU are in charge of your childs health, the doctors work for YOU. you have every right to research, ask questions, read information pamplets that come with vaccines, look into the ingredient list. dont be blind to the issues out there.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Cinch diet

okay im taking the plunge into the cinch diet, i bought all the items i needed for the five day fast forward into the diet, spinach, raspberries, alomonds, eggs, plain non fat yogurt and almond butter. for the next 5 days other than sugar and salt free seasoning, what i listed above is the only things i will eat. no sodas, no artificial sweetners period. reviews show a lossage of up to 8 pounds in 5 days. lets rock it!!

for breakfast i will have a
scrambled egg with spinach; raspberries and almonds. 2 cups water.

meal 2: yogurt parfait with raspberries and almonds. 2 cups water.

Meal 3: spinach salad with raspberries, almonds, boiled egg. 2 cups of water.

Meal 4: smoothie with yogurt, raspberries, almond butter, ice. 2 cups water.

so long, goodbye, adios

with techno advancements, lots of things are becoming obsolute, for instance, newspapers, many people can read these online now, so no need for the paper copy. we decided to do away with cable, i wanted to completely be done with it, dh is a wee bit hesitant so as a middle ground, were keeping the local basic channels for a bit and then hopefully saying goodby to those too! i took our cable box to the cable office today.....goodbye. we have netflix (LOVE IT) and can see soooo many of our shows on it, it makes cable un-needed. see the above picture of our entertainment center, the blank spot is where the cable box was.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

sure steps

well zach had a new fitting today for a new set of braces for his feet, he had his last ones done in may?? and finally had a growth spurt, so it was time. the ones this time required no casting, instead there were multiple sets of measurements taken, apparently the typical foot is symmetrical, luckily the guy measured both zach's just to see....sure enough the left foot is wider than the right, the right is longer than the left and there were other small differences when he measured the ankle area and so forth, zach completely thru the guy off his game today, he just couldnt believe that there were so many areas that werent symmetrical. ....leave it to zach. :) he also said that zach's right foot seemed to show more spastic tendancies, so hopefully the new braces will help with those as well. here is a website about the braces, zach's will be the jungle theme with red velcro straps, so cute:)

we also saw the ENT today, i was worried since zach has been punching the tar out of his ears, turns out BOTH ear tubes have come out, the one from our visit to the pedi last week and the one in his right ear today was no longer where it should be, so it will be falling out soon. good news is, ears look great, doc looked in zach's mouth to to make sure strep was gone, he said it was and that his tonsils are VERY swollen, said that on a scale of 1-4 zach's were a 3+ were suppose to keep an eye on it but i have a feeling this is whats causing the snoring, the dip in oxygen while he sleeps, etc. he said he doesnt take them out of kids under 3 but since zach is now 3 its most definatly a possibility.

Monday, January 17, 2011

"i didnt" monday

I didnt not sleep last night

I didn't decide catching up on desperate housewives on Netflix was more important

I didn't play on my phone and find a ton of new blogs to follow

I didn't ask dh to run to Starbucks when they opened at 5am and consequently he didn't refuse to go......maybe ill get some yummy mocha frap. Later:)

Sunday, January 16, 2011

target's big clearance

i keep hearing the hype! im really hoping to see the hype with my own eyes as well! toys are suppose to go to 75% off, WOW!! so far i was able to find one deal, found the boys some reversable sleeping bags for 75% off, cant beat $6.25 for a sleeping bag.

they love them:)

Saturday, January 15, 2011

field time

well harold is preparing for the field, poor guy he is gonna FREEZE out there as they have NO heaters to take with them....i swear this unit is a piece of sh#t! so this means for now he is working extra hours, trying to get things ready to go to the field, he will be gone 10-11 days and then we have the "recovery" time when he gets back but then he should be preparing for his seperation from the army....its becoming more and more real. i think he is really gonna do it. we have spent some time online looking at goverment jobs, and he has been talking alot about it. shortly after the new year he found out he has come down on orders to go recruiting, if he decided to do this, he would re-up, no bonus, go to school in march for 6 weeks and report to who knows where in june i now the thought of "if i decide to stay in i can reclass and get this bonus" business, is kinda blown out the window. to top it off, he isnt having any luck trying to get this deleted, so his option is to sign the DEX statement, saying that he refuses to go recruiting and he is getting out, and i believe they need that done by feb 1, to top that off part of jan he is spending in the field, so needless to say he is slightly stressed.
he goes after he gets home from the field to the VA hospital and have his sleep study to rule out sleep apnea , and we have chance's birthday party im trying to plan for....busy? just a little.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

global warming my ass!

oh my! its freaking an iceburg here in texas, what is up with that? i thought we were under a global thinks thats some bull. whatever. im cold. end of story. the vehicles sooo dont like the cold weather either, had to get a new battery for the car, but it was well overdue...had the other battery on the car since we bought it, 8 years ago. ....if only all batteries lasted like that one! sniff sniff. my van has been dying too, i think its jealous and wants a new battery too, but HELLO, its only 3 years old. lol.

weve had a pretty busy week, mikey went to the psych, for his monthly visit, went over some social skills and talked about litteral speaking and trying to get him to understand sarcasm and stuff. tuesday mikey got his bracket off, his reward?? GUM! it was about the only thing he had really missed for the last 6 months. im sure the dentist will talk about braces soon, but for now im just happy to have his mouth appliance free! again someone had to get jealous that the attention was on mikey and his mouth, so low and behold, zach has chipped a front tooth. sigh. im 99.9% its from grinding his teeth, he hasnt fallen where he would have hit his face or anything so thats all i can guess. these boys i swear! so then today we went back to the dentist to have the boys cleanings done and the first time in a very long time, BOTH boys have ZERO cavities!! woot woot! i got them some new toothpaste, both are fluoride free, one is wheat and gluten free, one is gluten free, they both have good tastes and the boys are excited. last year i bought a years worth at once, so they had to finish up the tom's of main that they had, that didnt have fluoride either, and mikey was starting to complain about it so i bought these two brands to test out before i buy another years supply.

i requested some samples from a wonderful baby food company, happybaby, and they graciously sent over some products and coupons, i explained to them that i was using their products for zach's tube feedings because they are organic, have omega-3, probiotics and are enviormentally friendly. they are also recomended by dr. sears. totally awesome.
Tomorrow the boys have therapy, but other than that its a low key day, just what i need, as the house needs some tender loving care and zach has suddenly become ill. :( he was fine today until about 4pm, he spiked a fever of 101.5 and then at 8pm it was 102.5. i almost took him in to the ER but im trying to stay home and not expose him to any extra germies that may make him even sicker, so im giving motrin and sambucas to boost his immune system. hopefully its a 24 hour bug that runs its course and gets outa here as fast as it came! you can clearly see he was sooo not feeling like himself. poor guy.


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