Thursday, July 12, 2012

Purging in Philly

Today I am in Philadelphia helping my DIL get ready for a big move from Philadelphia to San Francisco, California.  We are throwing things away right and left, boxing things up for Goodwill to pick up, and boxing up food stuffs to give away at church on Sunday.   We have only just begun.  Plenty more to do.

The whole family is looking forward to this move to San Francisco.  I hope they will be happy there...and be sure to wear some flowers in their hair. If You're Going to San Francisco

We rewarded ourselves tonight with a fun trip to Olive Garden.  I had the salad, vegetarian minestone soup, and iced tea.  We have been eating almost all raw ever since I have been here.

Me, Phoebe, Conner, Amy and Caleb at Olive Garden

This afternoon I practiced my flute.  The National Flute Convention is in less than a month, and there is lots of music to learn before I get there.  Hopefully, I will get to sit by lots of people that know what they are doing and I can tag along with them.

My friend Cindy emailed today asking for a recipe I made when she came to dinner at my house when Dr. Fielder was visiting.  Someone wants to bring it to the raw food group potluck next week.  It's easy to make and delicious.  Here is the recipe:

Not Tuna Pate
2 1/2 cups sunflower seeds  (grind fine in a processor)
2 cups chopped celery
1 1/2 cups chopped purple onion
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 1/2 tsp sea salt
1 cup parsley
Half cup freshly ground dulse or use dulse powder
Fourth tsp black pepper
Fourth cup coconut oil
Two lemons juiced
Mix in large bowl using hands (all ingredients)
Serve by labeling a tsp of pâté into a romain leaf
Also serve with no bean humus, if desired.  Put a dollop on the leaf before and after the pate.
Add avocado and chopped tomato.

One of the principles of Natural Hygiene that I learned from Dr. John Fielder is that we always feel worse before we feel better.  This will take some time as we heal.  It can take months.  But as we progress the times of feeling worse will lessen and the times of feeling better will increase.

A healing crisis will often follow a time of feeling better than we have in a while.  The body has built up enough vitality to get rid of accumulated toxins and stored morbid wastes.  During a healing crisis you will feel really ill, usually with a fever.  This is a time to begin fasting by going to bed, stopping all food and drinking only water until you feel better.  Fasting is best done under the supervision of a Natural Hygiene practitioner.  I work with Dr. Fielder to assist me on my fasts.  Here is his website:
Dr. John Fielder

When the healing crisis is over, it doesn't mean we are done.  It's only a phase.  We continue with the lifestyle and trust the process until the next healing crisis manifests.

Caleb making his selection at Olive Garden.

To health and happiness.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Rights of Man

This has been a busy time with the family.  On the 4th of July our daughter, Molly, SIL Ken, grandchildren Zac, Braeden and Ashlyn spent the night and celebrated the fourth with us.  There were no fireworks this year because of the serious drought and fire danger.  We had food, watched a movie, swam in the lake, and Ken and Travis played golf.

I made mushroom burgers for the fourth.  They were better tasting just eating them with the hamburger veggies and no bun.  The recipe was posted here...
We also had veggie burgers and regular hamburgers for the ones that wanted them.

Mushroom Burgers

Here is the 4th of July Fruit Salad made with strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries.

We spent the morning on the lake.

Swimming in the lake.
 On Saturday we drove to Benton and met Molly and family at the river.  The river was pretty low, but we still had fun getting wet.

Ashlyn playing in the river.
 Sunday after church we visited Mom in the nursing home.  Molly, Ashlyn and Zac met us there.  Zac came home with us and spent a couple of days.
Zac and me headed out to go around the block.  Zac ran.  I walked.

Fruit Lunch.

Monday evening we went to here the Hot Springs Community Band concert.  The concert was moved inside due to rain.

Hot Springs Community Band.
This morning I put fish emulsion on the garden, then fertilizer, compost and mulch.  Hopefully, we can get something growing again.  The drought and the deer have been rough on the garden so far.
The garden bed with fish oil spray, fertilizer, compost and mulch.  It's ready to plant again.

Travis planted four new pepper plants in this bed.
 Every violation of truth is a stab at the health of human society - Emerson

When Natural Hygienists talk against chemicals, drugs, medical treatments, and supplements are they trampling on man's right to eat what he likes, drink what he likes, do what he likes and die how he likes?

What are the rights of man?  He has the biological rights that are required for life:
1.  Fresh air
2.  Access to sunshine
3.  To have decent food and water
4.  To have warmth and shelter
5.  To have rest and repose
6.  To play and exercise in the open air
7.  To think and express emotion

Natural Hygiene stands up for these rights that are pre-requisite for life.

There are social rights that are just as necessary to man's well-being.  Natural Hygiene supports the privacy of the individual to live his life the way he sees fit.  But no man is an island to himself (John Donne), and if in living the way he likes, he infringes on the rights of other individuals, then justice should be done.

When the social rights of man (privacy, entertainment, ethics, social right and wrong) come in conflict with the biological rights of man, then the biological rights of man must prevail.

The right to breathe fresh air is a fundamental right basic to man's existence.  The right is violated more and more in our society.  Air pollution is man-made with no regard to the biological right to breathe fresh air.  The air is being polluted because of selfish social rights.  Industrial manufacturing, flying in jets, riding in cars, etc. make life lazier and easier, but it deprives it of its vigor and vitality.

Which rights are most important?  The ones on which ease and comfort depend or the ones on which life depends? 

What about smokers?  Is it right for them to pollute their neighbor's air because of their addiction?  A basic human right is to not be exploited for someone else's gain.  We close our eyes to many ways in which people are exploited for the benefit of a few. This includes wars and endangering the soil, the water, the food, the atmosphere with radiation and chemicals.

The individual has the right to take poisons (drugs, medicines, herbal tonics, processed foods) with the false belief that they will cure his diseases, but not at the expense of other people.  An army of nurses, doctors, psychiatrists, orderlies, etc. are required to look after them who drown their aches and pains, their encumbrances, their sins of omission and commission in drugs and medical treatments.  This causes them to become even more sick, have more pains, suffer more disease and have less health than before.

Natural Hygiene encourages people to question every thing even though it is our tendency to accept that the way we were brought up is the right way for things to be.  -Adapted from The Quintessence of Natural Living
Travis, Molly and Zac watching Spiderman in 3D at Tinseltown.

To health and happiness.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

4th of July Mushroom Burgers

I have been feeling a bit under the weather.  I don't feel sick, I just feel like I don't want to be around people.  My mentor and teacher, Dr. John Fielder, says that unless we are squeaky clean in our habits when we are around people living an unhealthy lifestyle, it will drain our energy.  So his prescription is don't stay up too late, don't eat in restaurants, exercise in the fresh air and sunlight and get plenty of rest.  That is my my problem...I haven't been squeaky clean enough.

We are getting ready to celebrate the 4th of July - Independence Day.  Happy birthday America.  We are expecting our daughter, Molly, SIL Ken, and grandkids Zac, Braeden and Ashlyn to come celebrate with us.  I will try to not do too many unhealthy things.  We have plans to do the traditional hamburgers and hot dogs.  Here is a recipe I read about on Raw for $10 a Day that I will double for Mushroom Burgers.

Mushroom Burgers

1/2 red bell pepper
1/4 cup ground flaxseeds
10 oz box of sliced mushrooms
1/3 cup walnuts
1/2 white onion
1 hot pepper
1 stalks of celery
2 tbsp olive oil

Dehydrate the mushrooms for 2 hours. 
In the Vitamix liquify the red pepper.  Add water as needed.  Add the flax seeds and let it soak for 15 minutes until the flax seeds get gooey.
In the food processor chop the mushrooms, walnuts, hot pepper, onion and celery until finely chopped.  Stir in the red pepper and flax mixture and the olive oil.

Form this into burgers and place on a teflex sheet.  Coat the sheets with a little oil to keep the burgers from sticking.  Dehydrate for 2 hours.  Flip onto dehydrator screen and dehydrate another 2 hours.

Serve burgers on lettuce leaves with avocado mayo and chopped onions.

Avocado Mayo
1 ripe avocado
1 tsp agave nectar
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp vinegar

Blend all ingredients together with a fork until creamy. 

We stopped at a roadside stand near Donaldson, AR and bought melons and tomatoes.  The melons were the best of the season.

The garage sale is ready to begin.  We had a garage sale on Friday and Saturday.  It was a big success.

Ashlyn with her purchase - It is a blank book with stickers so you can write your own story.

We always love it when the grandkids can go to church with us.  Here we are on Sunday.
Travis, Ashlyn, Zac, me, and Braeden

Good looking kids having lunch at church.

After church we went to Whole Foods in Little Rock with Molly.