Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Treasure Hunting

That's what I've started calling my trips to the new house to sort thru what's been left.  Problem is, I forget to take the camera, so I end up not sharing here because it'd be nicer with pictures.  This particular post shares the decided 70's decorative touches we uncovered when taking out this wall.

We plied off the strips of smoked mirror and painted wood panels and simply found plywood.  On the other side we took off the bead board that I want to save and found this.

Nice, huh?  At least we have the ability to change it!

When I remember, I'll take pictures of the treasures and share them.  Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Natural First Aid Kit

One night last week I checked email before going to bed and saw that I was drawn as an alternate winner of a mini first aid kit from Naturokits.  The first person drawn didn't respond to the notice, so they drew again and I won!  That's 3 online giveaways in 2012!

As I was showing my young son what would be coming for us, I noticed they sell an upgrade kit, to turn the mini kit into the full basic kit, so I asked if I could pay the difference and get the full kit instead of the mini.  Julie was happy to accommodate my request and even told me how to mark my order so that it would be shipped for free.  Two days later we had our kit!

I've mentioned it to my husband twice, listing the needs the kit can meet, so that if he needs it he knows we have that option.  I also noticed the company recommends taking off the protective wrap on each item in the kit so it can be used quickly in an emergency-good idea!

I hope to never need it, but I have a 6 year old son and a husband who is only slightly less fearless than our son.  In fact, it's my husband who experienced the worst injuries over the last 6 months...

I'm grateful to have won, and to now have a first aid kit filled with natural remedies!  Here's what comes in the kit, and i recommend taking a look around their site for your own needs.

The Basic First Aid NaturoKit® includes:

Sunday, March 4, 2012

The Ultimate Prescription, A Review

When I saw this title, written by a cardiologist and Christian believer, I was excited to see what he had to say about health.  So excited, that despite my own moratorium on requesting books for review purposes, I requested this one from Tyndale House.  The reason for my self imposed moratorium is that the book arrives, I set it on the shelf-and then forget that I'm to read it and post a review in a timely manner.  This one was no exception to that pattern.

A few weeks ago I finally picked it up and started reading.  I liked what he had to say about conventional medical practices and our society's belief that doctors and prescriptions cure what ails us.  He was willing to admit that this approach just treats the symptoms-that true change can only occur by discovering the source of the problem and addressing that.

He reminds us that we're asking the wrong questions.  Instead of asking how to get well, we should ask "Why am I sick?"  The author states that it's been estimated that 80-90% of all cardiovascular disease is acquired.  As in something we do that causes it, not simple genetics.  He states,
The painful truth is that we give the disease to ourselves by the choices we make over a lifetime.
Now I was really getting excited!  I know he's speaking about heart disease, but the principle applies to anything else, don't you think?  If bad choices cause the problems, the good choices ought to be able to prevent and maybe even reverse them, right?

He goes on to briefly point out the dangers of high fructose corn syrup (and the irony that it's in nearly every hospital meal served) and the argon gas applied to fruits and vegetables.  He poses the questions I've asked myself.  If it's dangerous, why has it been allowed into our food supply?  Whose responsible?  He suggests we take a look in the mirror and ask if the Standard American Diet is really working.

Then it happens.  The myth that animal fat is what causes heart disease is upheld by this doctor.  I was so disappointed that I put the book down for the night!  I decided that I didn't have time to spare reading a book that propogated a myth that has been disproven.  The next day however, I glanced through the table of contents to see what else to expect and read a few more pages in later chapters.  Unfortunately, there wasn't enough there to redeem my hope and I've chosen to write my review and offer the book to anyone that wants to read it.

I also just decided to include a short video on how the lipid hypotheses came about.  I don't think it explains why society bought into it, but here's some myth busting for you.

Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book, which did not affect my review.