The Other Side of Morgellons

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Month: January, 2013

Dear Morgellons Disease

Dear Morgellons Disease,

Just checking in.  How are you keeping yourself these days? Still rocking people to their knees?

You know way back when I thought that I didn’t like you enough to hate you, well that’s not absolutely true. You probably have known all along that I have a secret respect for you. In your toughness you honestly gave me a bigger run for my money than anything ever has. I would like to think I did the same for you.

You have been a strange but fascinating presence in my life for sure, changing my life in ways that I never thought you could. You helped me to figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up and sometimes I feel I got more from our relationship than you ever did.  Scratch that. I know I took more from you than you could ever take from me.

What you really did for me was to clearly define and separate the men from the boys, the contenders from the school girls and the general crap in my life that had to go.

Funny enough it was you that stuck right by my side as I learned some brutal realities concerning the fact that loyalty was something that happened in stories mostly about dogs.

Since you have been gone for a while now I sometimes wonder if I will ever see you again. I hate admitting to you that I have let this concern me, but you already know so who cares.

For a long time I wanted to get even with you and as you know I had planned to kill you. I spent a lot of time plotting and planning the various ways I would accomplish this and you know well I wasn’t shy to carry these plans out. I don’t need to mention to you the various attempts I made on your life. I don’t feel bad about this, it’s only fair, you did try to kill me on several occasions. That’s  OK and I’m cool to call it even if you are.

I guess the real reason I am writing this letter is to tell you that I’m not angry with you anymore but don’t get too comfortable with that idea because I can not guarantee that seeing your  face again will not elicit microbicidal thoughts!

This could be a good place for our relationship to stay, this mutual respect we seem to have developed.

Love, Tina

I almost forgot. This is for you.

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Killer Sweet Potato Custard

Real quick here I am going to tell you how I made custard tonight.  Way down in this post I clipped info about the ingredients. I didn’t put a lot of work into checking facts or arranging the info. You can do that if you like. There is one fact that shines out. This custard is good tasting to me. First thing you want to do is pre heat your oven to 175 degrees celsius or 350 degrees fahrenheit.

The ingredients I used are as listed:

3  large sweet potatoes baked or boiled (or 1200 grams or just over 2 pounds)

5 large free range eggs (you could use 4)

1 can of coconut milk

1/2 cup water

3/4 of a cup xylitol

1  heaping Tablespoon ginger powder

1 heaping Tablespoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon clove powder

Black strap molasses. I pulled a big tablespoon out of the jar and mixed that into 1/4  cup boiling water and let cool before mixing it in.

Warning: (and I’m really serious here) xylitol can easily kill your dog. It’s no joke. As little as one teaspoon can take your dogs liver out. If you have a dog that gets into things you might not want xylitol in your house. You can  substitute with honey in this recipe (I have done it before and it is fine). I have been experimenting with xylitol for its bio-film busting ability. Way below I put  a little info. Be sure to check out the video where a dental hygienist tells you how xylitol does what it does. It’s fascinating!

The first thing I did  was get my baked sweet potatoes out of their skins and put them in a big bowl. The next is you pile all the other ingredients in the bowl. There is no order or special anything that has to happen here. Measure and throw the ingredients in the bowl. Next mash them a bit with a potato masher then hit with an immersion blender or a beater or just mix it well with a whisk or even a fork. Then put the mixture into a large glass baking dish  (or two smaller pans..whatever you have). Bake for about 40 minutes and when an inserted  knife comes out clean, you’re done.  If you like pumpkin pie you will love this custard. It is a pretty good deal as to how simple it is and all with no dairy or wheat. When I was a kid my Aunt made pumpkin pies often and told me to each as much as I wanted because it was real food. She would say “there are eggs in there, that’s not junk eat as much as you want.”

Pile your ingredients in a bowl.

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                                                                           Mix them.

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                                                        Bake!
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                                                                                                                       Eat warm or chilled.
Here is a little info about most of the ingredients. I just sort of grabbed cut and pasted. I am over this computer and I have custard to eat and Champagne to drink. It just turned 2013 here. Happy New Year!
From Wikipedia on free range eggs:

Studies suggest the nutritional content of eggs from hens that forage daily on a grass range is superior to that of eggs produced by conventional means. These studies report higher levels of Omega 3 and Vitamins A and E, and lower levels of total fat, saturated fatcholesterol, and Omega 6.[9][10][11][12]

What’s in an Egg?

Eggs are one of nature’s most nutritious foods. One large egg contains only 70 calories and an incredible amount of nutrition. Include eggs as part of your healthy diet and let the facts speak for themselves!

What the vitamins and minerals do for you?

Nutrient Benefit
Iron Carries oxygen to the cells, helps prevent anemia – the iron in eggs is easily absorbed by the body
Vitamin A Helps maintain healthy skin and eye tissue; assists in night vision
Vitamin D Strengthens bones and teeth; may help protect against certain cancers and auto-immune diseases.
Vitamin E An antioxidant that plays a role in maintaining good health and preventing disease
Vitamin B12 Helps protect against heart disease
Folate Helps produce and maintain new cells; helps prevent a type of anemia, helps protect against serious birth defects if taken prior to pregnancy and during the first 3 months of pregnancy
Protein Essential for building and repairing muscles, organs, skin, hair and other body tissues; needed to produce hormones, enzymes and antibodies; the protein in eggs is easily absorbed by the body
Selenium Works with vitamin E to act as an antioxidant to help prevent the breakdown of body tissues
Lutein and zeaxanthin Maintains good vision; may help reduce the risk of age-related eye diseases, such as cataracts and macular degeneration
Choline Plays a strong role in brain development and function
Sweet potato: This food is low in Sodium, and very low in Saturated Fat and Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin B6 and Potassium, and a very good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Manganese.

Their high levels of Vitamin A and beta-carotene means sweet potatoes are good for skin.

Their high potassium content means sweet potatoes can alleviate muscle cramps which are often related to potassium deficiency. During times of stress, the body uses more potassium, so eating sweet potatoes can help protect you from the negative health effects of tension.

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/034135_sweet_potatoes_nutrition.html#ixzz2GfBXZ1PZ

Read More http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2667/2#ixzz2Gf6XIX2q

 
 
Xylitol:
  • It equals the sweetness of sugar
  • It has 40% fewer calories than sugar
  • Its metabolism does not require insulin
  • It has a low glycaemic index (GI) of seven
  • Regarding the use of Xylitol – Be careful with oral Xylitol and start the dose very low, as it can cause considerable upset and painful bloating in the stomach and GI tract.  Use binders, antimicrobials, and other essential items if you try it.  (Topical Xylitol has been proven to be effective in preventing skin wound biofilm, especially in diabetic skin conditions.)
Notes on Xylitol: I have not found any studies regarding it as an internal bio film buster. However there is plenty of research to support that it does indeed have a big impact on oral bio films.

“Bio-films of six bacterial species (Streptococcus mutans, Streptococcus sobrinus, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Actinomyces viscosus, Porphyromonas gingivalis and Fusobacterium nucleatum) were prepared on hydroxyapatite (HA) discs according to the Zürich Biofilm Model. Xylitol was tested at two concentrations, 1% and 3%. At the end of their designated incubation times, some HA discs were destined for confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM) and the others were harvested using a sterile surgical instrument. Aliquots of harvested biofilms were diluted and plated onto specific media. After a 48-h anaerobic incubation at 37 degrees C, the colony-forming units (CFUs) were counted.

RESULTS:

CLSM images showed that only a small amount of isolated bacteria was observed on the surface of HA discs. Culture of harvested biofilms showed an inhibition in the growth of different species included in the biofilms.

CONCLUSIONS:

Xylitol has a clear inhibitory effect on the formation of the experimental biofilms. This study shows that xylitol is not only efficient in inhibiting the acid production of cariogenic bacteria, but also in preventing the formation of a multispecies biofilm; it confirms the relevance of the use of this polyol for the prevention of oral diseases caused by dental plaque”

Link to study here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19178100

An excellent and quick video explaining clearly the action of xylitol on bugs of oral bio film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqnbhZMfUJU

Ginger powder: is very low in Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin B6, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium and Selenium, and a very good source of Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol) and Manganese

Here is a list of medicinal properties ginger has been known to have throughout history.

  • antiemetic/antinausea
  • anticlotting agent
  • antispasmodic
  • antifungal
  • anti inflammatory
  • antiseptic
  • antibacterial
  • antiviral
  • antitussive
  • analgesic
  • circulatory stimulant
  • carminative
  • expectorant
  • hypotensive
  • increases blood flow
  • promotes sweating
  • relaxes peripheral blood vessels

Disabled World – Disability News for all the Family: http://www.disabled-world.com/artman/publish/ginger.shtml#ixzz2GfcbfTzo
Read More http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/spices-and-herbs/191/2#ixzz2Gfby0ty8

Cinnamon (cut from Wickpedia):

In a 2000 study published in The Indian Journal of Medical Research, it was shown that of the 69 plant species screened, 16 were effective against HIV-1 and 4 were against both HIV-1 and HIV-2. The most effective extracts against HIV-1 and HIV-2 were respectively Cinnamomum cassia (bark) andCardiospermum helicacabum (shoot + fruit).[30]

The compound eugenol, a major component of the essential oil from the leaves of the cinnamon tree, has antiviral properties in vitro, specifically against both the HSV-1 and HSV-2 (Oral and Genital Herpes) viruses according to a study published in the journal, Phytotherapy Research.[31]

A 2003 study at National Institutes of Health shows benefits of cinnamon in diet of type 2 diabetics. “Cinnamon improves glucose and lipids of people with type 2 diabetes”.[32]

A study conducted in 2007 and published in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry suggests that specific plant terpenoids contained within cinnamon have potent antiviral properties.[33]

Pharmacological experiments suggest that the cinnamon-derived dietary factor cinnamic aldehyde (cinnamaldehyde) activates the Nrf2-dependent antioxidantresponse in human epithelial colon cells and may therefore represent an experimental chemopreventive dietary factor targeting colorectal carcinogenesis.[34]Recent research documents anti-melanoma activity of cinnamic aldehyde observed in cell culture and a mouse model of human melanoma.[35]

Cinnamon bark, a component of the traditional Japanese medicine Mao-to, has been shown in a 2008 study published in the Journal of General Virology to have an antiviral therapeutic effect.[36]

A 2011 study isolated a substance (CEppt) in the cinnamon plant that inhibits development of Alzheimer’s in mice.[37] CEppt, an extract of cinnamon bark, seems to treat a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease.[38]

A 2012 study suggested that cinnamon supplementation is able to significantly improve blood glucose control in Chinese patients with type 2 diabetes

And then there is the coconut milk and Wickpedia says:

One of the most prominent components of coconut milk is coconut oil, which the United States Food and Drug Administration,[2] World Health Organization,[3] International College of Nutrition,[4] the United States Department of Health and Human Services,[5] American Dietetic Association,[6] American Heart Association,[7] BritishNational Health Service,[8] and Dietitians of Canada[6] recommend against consuming in significant amounts due to its high levels of saturated fat.

Coconut milk contains a large proportion of lauric acid, a saturated fat that raises blood cholesterol levels by increasing the amount of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol[9] that is also found in significant amounts in breast milk and sebaceous gland secretions.[10] This may create a more favourable blood cholesterol profile, though it is unclear if coconut oil may promote atherosclerosis through other pathways.[9] Because much of the saturated fat of coconut oil is in the form of lauric acid, coconut oil may be a better alternative to partially hydrogenated vegetable oil when solid fats are required.[11] In addition, virgin coconut oil is composed mainly of medium-chain triglycerides,[12] which may not carry the same risks as other saturated fats.[11][13] Early studies on the health effects of coconut oil used partially hydrogenated coconut oil, which creates trans fats, and not virgin coconut oil, which has a different health risk profile.[14]

Coconut milk has a long-standing cultural association with health in the Ayurveda tradition. This natural drink is usually recommended for maintaining electrolyte balance and can also be used in case of dehydration.[citation needed] Some recent studies have suggested that coconut milk has hyperlipidemic balancing qualities, antimicrobial properties in the gastrointestinal tract or by topical application,[15][dead link][unreliable source?][16] and it has been used as a home remedy for healing mouth ulcers.[17][unreliable source?] In a study with rats, two coconut based preparations (a crude warm water extract of coconut milk and a coconut water dispersion) were studied for their protective effects on drug-induced gastric ulceration.[18] Both substances offered protection against ulceration, with coconut milk producing a 54% reduction vs. 39% for coconut water. In addition, the saturated fat in coconut milk is mostly lauric acid, which was found to have positive effects on the cardiovascular system.[19]

While it is important to note that there is conflicting evidence on the claimed health effects of consuming significant amounts of coconut milk, coconut is rich in medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), which the body processes differently than other saturated fats. MCFAs promote weight maintenance without raising cholesterol levels. They work best for preventing weight gain if you’re not overweight or maintaining your new weight after a successful diet. [St. Onge, Marie-Pierre PhD and Peter J.H. Jones PhD “Journal of Nutrition” 1999-2002.][20]

Oh and then there is the black strap molasses:Nutrients in

Black strap Molasses
2.00 tsp (13.67 grams)
Nutrient%Daily Value
manganese18%
copper14%
iron13.2%
calcium11.7%
potassium9.7%
magnesium7.3%
vitamin B65%
selenium3.4%
Calories (32)1%