Apfelkuchen (German Apple Cake)

Red Apple

By Cat, Nov 18, 2019 (Image, right, from Wikimedia Commons)

Although this is a German cake, it has similarity to Scandinavian apple cakes, such as Apple-Almond Custard Cake. The combo of apple and almond is delicious and showy.

See also: 1. Cakes & Tortes Menu; 2. European Foods Menu; 3. Scandinavian Foods Menu Continue reading

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Notes on Cancer Diagnosis & Treatment

By Cat, Oct 2019 moved from on Natural Health and Healing Topics: A-C

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Notes on Brain & Nerve Health and Regeneration

By Cat, Oct 2019 moved from on Natural Health and Healing Topics: A-C

See also: 1. Natural Health Topics Menu; 2.Notes on Alzheimer’s, Dementia, and Other Neurodegenerative Diseases: 2a: Symptoms & Causes; 2b: Foods & Supplements; 2c: Diet & Lifestyle Strategies2d: Testing & Treatment; 2e: Related Diseases & Disorders; Continue reading

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“Sunshine” Muffins with Apple and Sweet Veggies

Assortment of Muffins

By Cat, Oct 2019 (image, right, from Wikimedia Commons); for photo of the Sunshine Muffins, see the San Diego Union Tribune (1)

I found the original recipe for 24 muffins in the Daily Inter Lake newspaper but originally from an article by Chris Ross in the San Diego Union-Tribune. Its name intrigued me, and I was hooked when I saw the interesting list of:

  • Fruits and veggies: apple, carrots. red beets. and zucchini;
  • Spices: cinnamon allspice and nutmeg;
  • Nuts: walnuts and pecans (optional)

It also includes raisins which I don’t care for; I prefer  Zante currants.

I’ve not yet tested this recipe.

See also: 1. Muffins, Quick-breads, etc Menu; 2. Herbs and Spices (About); 3. Nuts & Seeds: Soaking, Sprouting  Continue reading

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Epley Maneuver

by Cat, Oct 2019

I received this information from my PT at Advanced Rehabilitation Services in Kalispell MT (1), because I have vertigo; the problem involves both ears and also my eyes. The Epley maneuver restores the crystals in your inner ear canals to the proper place, so you don’t get dizzy. The eye exercises (not included here) are needed if you also have balance problems when standing/walking.

The Epley maneuver is done on your bed, and is very effective, but the problem can recur after a few days, weeks or months. If that happens, resume the exercises again, until the problem goes away (for now).

I first did the exercises in 2017; the problem did not reoccur until earlier this year (2019).  In September, I saw my acupuncturist for a problem in my hip – it is tilted up on the right side; he taught me how to do Self Sotai exercises on the floor or a bed with a firm mattress. Then a few days ago I realized that I can do the Sotai exercises first, and follow them with the Epley Maneuver while lying on my bed. This works great. See my post: Self Sotai Exercises if you want to give this a try; they are easy and the results are amazing for posture issues and more.

Note: I will be moving this to my Health and Metabolism blog, once I get all my old articles moved from my iweb site.

See also 1. Diet and Health Menu; 2. Self Sotai Exercises;  Other Sites: 3. John Hopkins Medical (2); 4. How to Do the Epley Movement on YouTube (3,4); 5. Carol Foster MD’s Vertigo Treatment on YouTube (5) Continue reading

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Fasting: Pre- and Post-Fast (Cat’s Notes)

By Cat, Oct 2019

I’ve been doing a 5-or 7-day veggie juice fast since 2009, when I took the class offered by the Wellness Education Center (WEC) in Kalispell MT. For the first 7-day fast, you slowly eliminate foods from your daily regimen over 2-3 weeks as follows:

  • You begin by eliminating all processed foods, un-sprouted grains and legumes, meats, eggs and pasteurized dairy products (including cheese);
  • Then raw milk/cheese, nuts, sprouted grains & legumes, and cooked fruits & veggies;
  • On the last day(s), you are eating only raw veggies and fruits.

Then for 4 – 7 days following the fast (Breaking the Fast), you slowly add those eliminated foods back to your daily regimen (in reverse order from the pre-fast). This begins on the last day of the fast with blended raw fruit in mid-afternoon, and with a raw cold veggie soup at dinner-time.

The post-fast is a great time to discover any food sensitivities you might have – foods you should avoid until the sensitivity can be cleared (such as through NAET – Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique).

NOTE: Length of pre-and post-fast for:

  • 3-day fast, pre-fast is 4 – 7 days; post fast is only 2-3 days;
  • 5-day fast: pre-fast is 7 – 10 days; post-fast is 3 – 4 days;
  • 7-day fast: pre0fast is 10 – 20 days; post-fast is 5 – 7 days. Continue reading
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Sotai Self Exercise

by Cat, Sept 2019

I received this Self Sotai information from my acupuncturist who also practices Sotai (1). From Wikipedia, it is “a method of neuromuscular reeducation and unwinding muscular holding pattern.

I’ve been having problems in my hip that keep coming back after chiro treatment – one hip is higher than the other (from a tilt), so that leg appears shorter than the other, and I tilt to that side when walking.  These exercises balance the entire body and the result after my first experience was amazing.

Prior to walking me through these exercises, my acupuncturist did muscle testing (kinesiology) while I was standing upright; I was weak. Then he put 2 cork foot-levelers under my left foot (the lower-hip side), and repeated muscle testing; I was strong. After doing the exercises, he did muscle testing again, without the foot levelers, and I was STRONG. He had me walk around the table – no limping. Hooray, and now 2 days later I’m still not limping.

He then gave me a handout summary of each exercise, as I have transcribed below (with my notes/comments in square brackets). They start at the feet and move up the body. He recommends doing these exercises 2 – 3 times daily, especially first thing in the morning (right after getting up), and last thing at night (before going to bed).

I also have vertigo problems, so after finishing the Sotai exercises (1), I do the Epley Maneuver (2,3), first for the left side; the next time I do Sotai, I do for the right side. This works great because I do both while lying on floor or bed.

Note: I will be moving this to my Health and Metabolism blog, once I get all my old articles moved from my iweb site.

See also 1. Diet and Health Menu; 2. Self Sotai Exercise-2e (pdf); 3. Epley ManeuverOther Sites: 4. Sotai on Wikipedia; 5. Sotai-USContinue reading

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Notes on Aging

By Cat, Sept 2019

Unless noted otherwise, the notes here are from AARP Magazine (several issues, as noted).

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Dealing with Food Sensitivities

By Cat, Sept 25, 2019

I’ve had gut issues most of my life; constipation being the most bothersome. I’ve never been diagnosed with a food allergy, but what is a food sensitivity?

  • According to Healthline (3): “The difference between a food allergy and sensitivity is the body’s response. When you have a food allergy, your immune system causes the reaction. If you have a food sensitivity or intolerance, the reaction is triggered by the digestive system.”
  • From Dr. Jockers (2): It “is an inflammatory reaction that can occur on a systemic level over time without you knowing it. Left unaddressed, it can eventually develop into an outright allergy due to leaky gut and possibly even auto-immunity.

Another way to explain the difference:

  • True allergies are mediated by IgE (Immunoglobulin-E) regulatory protein in the immune system;
  • Sensitivities are mediated by IgG (Immunoglobulin-G) regulatory protein in the immune system. (2a)

Upon advice from my naturopath, I began seeing an NAET practitioner (Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique (1). WOW! This really works! He has cleared many of my sensitivities, at least 60 over the last 10 years. There are a few he cannot clear, but for some, after avoiding them for 12 months, then slowly re-introducing them to my diet, they no longer affect me negatively.

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Turmeric (About): Amazing Flavor and Medicinal Spice

By Cat, Sept 2019

This was originally included on Herbs and Spices, G – Z.

Turmeric is in the same family as ginger, and like ginger, it is the rhizome (root) that is used in cooking and medicinally. The best source of turmeric is from fresh root.  It resembles ginger, but has a warmer, golden-orange color.

Use it as a seasoning for braised greens and meats; also for beverages such as Ginger & Turmeric Latte and Golden Milk (Turmeric Tea): Several Recipes. It an also be found in some healing remedies.

See also: 1. Dr. Mercola’s excellent article on turmeric: How this spice can potentially improve your health (1a); 2. Mercola’s article on curcumin (turmeric’s major component);  includes cautions for better absorption (1b); 3. Green Med Info: A Guide to Using (pdf), file too large (5.2MB) to provide a link here, but I saved a copy : HEALTH-NUTRITION > GREEN MED INFO / Turmeric-GuideToUsing-GMI_2.0;)

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