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Sunday, January 31st, 2010


I am similar to a canary in the mines when it comes to vitamins and supplements.  I have passed several kidney stones which are just straight unusable material such as IRON – remember when that was the big hype?

I am not an expert. My Mother was not either, she just spooned Cod Liver Oil into her children every day.

I have discovered that most people are either enthusiasts or totally against them and there is not much space in between.  Producing and rearing healthy, happy children was a primary concern for me and when we discovered our problems were related to diet, then Celiac Disease (gluten intolerance and cilia inflammation/lack of absorption, and the rise of industrial designed “foods”), I decided to learn everything that I could learn.

I thought I would share some of my discoveries so that you might make some choices for yourself.

–    Almost all vitamin supplements are designed to be absorbed in the intestines.  This means they must pass the stomach digestion process and get down to the main absorption facility of the body.  (Much medication is also designed for intestinal absorption.)   With CD and allergies this makes almost all vitamin supplements – worthless.
–    Almost all vitamins are only about 10% useable ingredients.  Many are pressed in milk powder or corn starch.   Many are coated in plastic.
–    Almost all vitamins in the USA are made in Utah.  They have specialized regulations and rules which means just about anything can be called a supplement/vitamin.
–    One needs to know whether or not your supplements are synthetic materials or real foods – plant and animal based.  The producer/manufacturer should show you that their product is being tested regularly in blind tests at a medical or research facility.  They should be informing the consumer of the exact test results.
–    Liquid vitamins are often rancid and are very volatile for shelf life.
–    Remember sugar pills make people feel good and have energy too.
–    Vitamin pills need a full glass of water when you take them to work properly, and they should be consumed with some kind of food.  If your vitamins make you feel bloated or nauseated – burping vitamin – they are not right for you.  Just about all vitamins, not accompanied by food will do some talking back to you – remember there is very strong coating materials on them to get past the stomach acid and all the way to your intestines.
–    The vitamin/supplement industry is just that and it makes billions of dollars per year.
–    Make sure your vitamins are from organic materials and are mercury free.
–    As a rule of thumb, I would say do not believe media Ads and the information they are spreading around.
–    I have found that most Doctors do not know enough about vitamin supplements and usually just recommend what they have been given as free samples.
–    As we age and figure in the worthlessness of much of the food on the market, many of us will need supplementation.  If we live in the Northern climes most of us will need some additional vitamin D.
–    All the research I have completed indicates to me that in most cases, exercise plus daily vitamin B complex and stress reduction exercises provide more relief than most anti-depressants.
–    The number two item sieved out of “port a potties” before they are allowed to dump the effluent is whole vitamin pills!   We are poisoning our fish and oceans. (I believe soda and beer containers still hold the #1 position)

The vitamins that I tested and have given my CD members of my family are 98% useable and they digest in the stomach.  They have completed blind testing in laboratories at several well known Medical Schools.  Even though they send me the quarterly statement of their modifications, I still have to call them and make sure that the modifications are not synthetic or problematic for CD folks.

I was attempting to put the logo of the company on the site and run an ad, but the group that I use has an enrollment process that I both like and dislike.  30% of every dollar I spend with this company goes to research and development and that the vitamins have made a profound difference in our health are important factors to me.   I personally have to enroll you in the company to get paid to advertise for them – I do not care for the multi-level marketing aspect….even if it is good products and good research. It makes me uncomfortable.

Are you a vitamin person or not?   Do your vitamins work for you?  How did you choose them and what do you know about them?   Was any of this information helpful to you?

Related Reading:
Female Brain Gone Insane
10 Things I have Learned About Celiac Disease
Becoming Another Persons Advocate First Thoughts
Personal Health Records

Looking forward to your comments and ideas…

Jeepers Peepers – Where Have You Guys Gone?

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

World Blog Day October 15, 2009: Climate Change

I am not a scientist or a researcher on climate change.   I am a great observer and I love the little details of life and living.

I would like to share some of the lessons that my greatest teachers have shared with me. My greatest teachers have been my children and since they went to ecology elementary school, I choose to share their gems of wisdom today.

20 years ago when we moved into this old house, we heard about a meteor show that we could see right from our backyard.  So we all took out blankets and lay prone on the old deck to gaze skyward and see the falling stars.   A few minutes into this study, one of my children said, “You know if those frogs were not singing so loudly we probably could see the stars falling!”

I know that she probably thought the Peepers – or Chorus Frogs were frightening away the stars because they were so loud and dominant, but her comment grounded us in our local knowledge. We had a stake in those Peepers.

I don’t see no p’ints about that frog that’s any better’n any other frog.
~ Mark Twain

Another child was angry when she learned that the Pacific Northwest frogs were overwhelmingly deformed on the Sound and near the large farms, and the Petroleum Processors. She brought home the news from school that our seagulls were producing very few viable eggs and the vast majority of them were now in same-sex mating patterns.

It is no wonder to her that instead of tens of thousands of salmon coming home to spawn we can count the returnees on one hand.

Three years later there was hardly a peep – absolutely nothing even resembling a chorus, and 20 years later there has been silence for years. The bird population has made an observable change and the animal species that have moved in are coyotes which make a dreadful racket when mating in the spring and attack all the other critters in our neighborhood.

In the 1980s I was driving car pool and in the morning we went by the forest that proudly marked the start of the country-city limits.  Majestic Evergreens stood tall and robust and drank 500 gallons of water a day – each one.   On the afternoon carpool trip, we ventured past those trees to see that the whole area had been logged during the day.  There were 5 scraggly small firs marking a boundary remaining.  This action moved my oldest child to tears and a great sadness.  She experienced a profound grief for the loss of that grand forest right before her eyes and within a single day her life was changed.

The strip malls and large mall which have gone up on that forest land now must also have pumps to manage the water runoff and a whole park which becomes the holding reservoir for the thousands of gallons of rain that has nowhere to go except into the businesses, hundreds of apartments and homes adjoining.

The city hurries to plant hybrid street trees which are deciduous and create a whole other series of problems.   I wonder how well they clean the air and control the flooding?

Mount St. Helen’s eruption was a science lesson in our face.  One can still find piles of ash in the corners and furnace filters.  The largest change I can see is in Mt. Rainer and its glaciers.   60 years ago as a child I could describe the mountain as an  ice cream cone of smooth, deep white presentation with craggy lesser peaks of the Cascades – always having drips of snow in view.
Yesterday in October, there was no snow on any of the adjoining peaks and the purple –blue shadow places were far more dominant that the white pristine scoop.    This I can witness with my bare eye; my children have no problem claiming the changes and seeing with their clear vision.

They understand how polar bears might have to keep swimming for miles and miles to survive, when once the ice shelves were near enough.

I am not a scientist, rather an observer.   I can hear the difference, I can smell the difference, I can see the difference and I can feel the difference.

We do not need 27 words for rain for 3 or 4 will describe it now – primarily when it rains it pours.   As a child about every 7 years we had snow; we have had larger and larger amounts of snow every year for the past 7 years.   We have had a drought period every year.

The meteorologists now describes traditional patterns and current patterns and the Park Rangers talk about when the parkway will be underwater and how long it takes for vegetation to catch up with the receding glacier movement.   We just scratch our head and wonder how our garden will grow.

Our pure and lovely artisan well water is now pumped in and chemically treated before it arrives at our tap, which is outfitted with a filter to remove the chemicals denying us health. Everyone has fluoride treatment on their teeth now, and allergies and asthma….and plastic bottles fill up the landfills.

I have not charts and graphs and proof texting data – I have only my life to measure and my children’s future to gage.

In my heart, I believe in climate change and not just cyclical change.   I am pointing my finger at the human species for the rapid and dynamic changes that are occurring – right before my eyes.

I am not waiting for an expert’s expertise….I am acting now – how about you?

Other related posts:
Zero-Impact Homes
Making Exterior Sunshades
Learning More about Green Roofs
Highest Tide

What are your eyes telling you about climate change?

This Blog Has Been Hijacked…

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Well… no, not really, I do have Patricia’s permission to take it over for the day…

This is Patricia’s IT support. Those of you who find yourselves here frequently will realize that also makes me… her daughter, aka the student who lives in San Francisco.

Mum kindly offered up her post for today so that I could ask a Huge Favor! As part of my Masters work I am conducting a survey on visual art experiences. I am seeking survey respondents…

The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete and is available over at my site www.mceown.net.

I know everyone’s schedules are busy and there is always a lot to do, but if you WONDERFUL, FANTASTIC, WITTY, AMAZING, AWESOME readers could take a moment to help me out it would be much appreciated!

And now back to your regularly scheduled programming…

Kindle 2 and 5 Things I Love About It!

Monday, April 13th, 2009

I have been the happy owner of a Kindle Reader since August 2008. I had purchased one early on for my daughter who is studying to be an Information Science person (Librarian), because I just thought it was an invaluable tool for someone who likes to read and research.

I wrote about my first thoughts about Kindle I here.

My first Kindle has moved on to another daughter who is in graduate school and the text books are so much less – I think kiddos who are going to college should all have one.

Happy Easter! The Easter Bunny brought me a Kindle II – Lucky ME!

Here are my 5 tops reasons for liking the Kindle II

  • The page turning control button is not so large or sensitive. I am not accidentally turning 5 pages any more. The Note taking and Highlighting features are much easier to navigate, cleaner and more decisive in its information recovery.
  • This Kindle is lighter weight and I can carry over 1400 books tucked inside my purse and it weighs about a pound. Lighter than my Nintendo DS player.
  • I can read in the sunshine and I can change the print size and not have to change glasses when my eyes are tired. ( I don’t have distance vision in my reading glasses – I run into things)
  • I can still read twice as fast as a bound book, and I can get several blogs, newspapers, magazines and save on paper (TIME magazine is $1.49 a month and almost all books are under $10.)
  • The Kindle II reads aloud to me…when I am cooking, driving, and just before dropping off to sleep…..no wasted moments. (Well, I do listen to a lot of books and lectures on tape anyway, but this reads the technical books too!)
  • I like change and I like how Kindle is changing the way books are published and read. This change is one that makes my life easier and better. I like how this format saves on paper. I still read lots of blogs every day, do research on the computer and I enjoy the magazine format of StumbleUpon.

    What other tools have you discovered that you like and make your life easier?
    Do you think you would like or not like a Kindle – why?
    Did you know that lots of folks read blogs on their phones now? Way fun? Or Too Much?

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