Notes on natural health/healing topics: H – I

By Cat, beginning Feb 2018

Mar 29, 2020 update: I separated H – P into two articles: H – I and J – P, because the original file H-P was too long. Consider moving sections on Inositol and Insulin Resistance to Choline, Inositol, and Insulin Resistance (may need to divide that into 2 articles)

These notes are from various health documentary videos and websites, as noted for each item. Topics are in alphabetical order. The article was getting too long, so I’ve separated it into four articles.

See also: 1. Natural Health Topics Menu; 2. Notes by section: A-CD-G; H-I, below; J – PQ – Z Continue reading

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French Press Coffee

French Press

By Cat, March 2020 (Image, right, from Wikimedia Commons)

I’ve not made my own coffee for years, as I can get delicious French Press or Espresso coffee where I eat my lunch. But with the new coronavirus pandemic, I’m self-isolating and eating all meals at home.

Years ago (late ’70s-early ’80s), I did long-term child-sitting for a couple who often went on month-long trips. The husband was from New Orleans, and taught me how to make French Press coffee, something I’d never had before. I loved it, and bought a press to use at home. The recipe, below, is basically how I learned to make it, with a few hints from The Kitchen (1) added. See also Epicurious (2) for an alternate – more detailed- way to make it.

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Self-Contained Compost Bin for Pet-Waste

By Cat, March 2020

I just learned about this from Dr. Mercola’s Healthy Pets website (1a). Instead of polluting the earth’s lands and water with more non-compostable plastic bags, you can build a simple composter for your pet’s poop. From the article, you can “compost dog waste (1b) in your own yard using a [metal or] plastic trash container. According to [Mike] Levenston [at City Farmer in Vancouver BC], it’s environmentally safe as it slowly decomposes due to septic starter, available at most hardware stores. However, he emphasizes, it’s important to note that composted dog waste should not go into your garden.” I wonder, will it also work for cat poop from the litter box?

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Chicken Paprikash, Oven-Roasted

By Cat, Feb 12, 2020 (image, right, from Wikipedia)

Chicken Paprikash

I love trying new dishes, especially ones of foreign origin. This wonderful dish comes from Hungary. Typically the dish is casserole-like, with a savory and spicy sauce (similar to goulash) accompanied with dumplings or egg noodles.

But the recipe from which I have made this adaptation is devoid of the traditional sauce; instead, the well-seasoned chicken pieces are roasted on a sheet pan (I use my cast iron skillet) with roasting potatoes and onion, then drizzled with a pan-drippings and sour cream sauce when served, and accompanied with buttered egg-noodles or dumplings/gnocchi on the side.

My first test of this recipe revealed that the onions are delicious, but potatoes don’t really work well with the paprikash seasonings, so I recommend using just the buttered noodles/dumplings/gnocchi instead of potatoes.

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Chlorella & Cilantro Heavy Metal Detox Protocols


By Cat, Feb 2019 (moved from Detox from Toxic Heavy Metals); image, right, from Wikimedia Commons

I continue to try new protocols for my mercury toxicity, but so far, this protocol is my favorite. How did I get mercury toxicity? I grew up in the 1950s, and was exposed to mercury from:

  • silver amalgam tooth fillings;
  • using mercurochrome to heal cuts when I was a child;
  • playing with mercury “marbles,” and
  • certain lab experiments in graduate school that involved inhaling mercury.

Detox (detoxification) is “the physiological or medicinal removal of toxic substances from a living organism, including the human body, which is mainly carried out by the liver.” (11)

Some heavy metals are good for you (up to a point), such as copper, iron, selenium, zinc, and more. For these, it is best to take them in chelated form, such as bound to a protein, peptide or amino acid (for example, selenomethionine). Taking them in their ionized (salt) form, can be harmful (for example: sodium selenate, zinc chloride, zinc phosphate). Others are quite toxic (no matter how you are exposed to them), such as aluminum, lead and mercury.

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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

See also: 1. Natural Health Topics Menu; 2.  Continue reading

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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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