Complete Guide To A No-Side-Effect Medicine Cabinet

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Complete Guide To A No-Side-Effect Medicine Cabinet

As a young child I had one ear ache after another – and like so many moms in the 50s – mine frequently took me to the doctor where I was prescribed antibiotic after antibiotic. If one didn’t work, they tried another.

My senior year of nursing school, age 21, I was hospitalized with acute glomerulo-nephritis from strep and which could not be halted with antibiotics. I simply broke out in hives, got far sicker, and ultimately lost much of my kidney function (over 50% both R and L sides) until God totally and completely healed me. The last IVPs amazed us all, especially the doctors.

We now know I had developed antibiotic resistance; this occurs when bacteria in your body change so that antibiotics don’t work from overuseToday, antibiotics aren’t an option for me under any but the most dire of circumstances. True story.

As a Mom, I used conventional medications only as a last resort. My goal was to find safe alternatives to the usual antibiotics, Tylenol, Benadryl and over-the-counter products containing unpronounceable ingredients. I was a bit obsessed for a few years trying to keep us out of the doctor’s office with all of the negatives that go with the medical system. Continue reading

Since several readers have asked me to share what I keep in my medicine cabinet, I have been thinking how to save you time, money, and make your way more sure and enjoyable.

What I would like to show is that there are many, many safe and logical natural alternatives that do a fabulous job of helping our body to heal itself – all with no side effects. I believe we save money and potentially untold grief by staying out of the health care system as we know it today.

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A word of warning: It would be very expensive to pull all this together overnight. If you can afford it, go ahead. Instead, if you’re on tighter budget like us, you can begin replacing conventional medications with more natural alternatives – little by little – as so many others are doing. 

How To Build A Natural Medicine Chest

I began by purchasing only what I needed when I needed it. I was hooked on finding more natural things to avoid going to the doctor for every little thing and consider it a challenge! Today with the internet, we can research so much.

Some remedies you can make yourself, and some you will want to buy. I shop all over the place to find the best value for our needs. I don’t necessarily get the least expensive product, but look at the quality and especially look at ingredients.

Places I Shop

Amazon

The Bulk Herb Store

Radiant Life

Your Local Health Food Store

Vitacost.com (carries MANY brands, great prices). If you are a first time purchaser, you can get $10 off your first order by following my referral link here. You can also build up credits on your own by sharing your link with friends. Shpg. never exceeds $4.99 no matter how much it weighs, and some deals are free.

Mountain Rose Herbs and Plant Therapy on Amazon- both high quality and more reasonably priced.

There are affiliate links in this post. All the links on this website are for products that I feel are wholesome and helpful. I would share these links for purposes of encouraging families even if not an affiliate. It would be a blessing if you used the links in support of the time it takes to run this free resource. Thank you :)

What Brands?

I use a wide variety of brands as you notice in the photos, and that includes essential oils. Many of my oils I’ve had in stock for a number of years (they keep very well) and am still pleased with their potency. I am not loyal to any one brand of essential oils, but I’m partial to Mountain Rose Herbs.

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I keep my main Medicine Cabinet stash split between 2 places: 2 deep kitchen drawers for vitamins, supplements, and first aid and an old kitchen hutch in the hall for herbs and finished tinctures where it is cool and out of direct sunlight.

For those things in the deep drawers, I write the name of the product on the cap so I can spot them.

Besides frequent hand washing, chugging glasses of pure water, slurping up bowls of bone broth, here is my arsenal.

What Ails You?

Colds/Flu/Coughs

Vitamin D3 This power vitamin can often reduce your risk of getting sick in the first place when taken properly. It is estimated that 25 to 50 percent of any healthcare budget could be saved with adequate vitamin D serum levels. The best way to get Vitamin D is outdoor sun, but in winter that is often impossible. For most adults, the daily Vitamin D maintenance dose is above 5,000 IU per day, and for children it is 35 IU per pound of body weight per day.

We keep powdered Vitamin C or Advan-C Capsules around at all times. At first sign of illness, we take 1000 mg. every hour until stools are slightly loose (bowel tolerance) and then continue taking but reduce dose to half. Often, the cold or flu never develops, especially when in combination with elderberry.

Elderberry - Antiviral elderberry has gained significant attention lately as an effective preventative and treatment for flu. You can MYO elderberry tincture or elderberry syrup with dried elderberriescinnamon, and raw honey. A good brand if buying is Nature’s Answer. Both taste great. If flu does strike, large doses of this syrup can chase away the flu in a day or two or noticeably lessen the severity with no side effects.

Chelated Zinc - we take extra zinc first thing when our immune system needs a boost, we are under stress, or on a deadline.

Defense Plus Tablets (grapefruit seed extract)- we use this when a cold or cough goes into the chest and shows signs of becoming entrenched. Defense Plus and Oreganol Oil-P73 (between 3-4 drops in an empty capsule, 3x/day) are my go-tos for anything more serious than a cold since I can’t use traditional antibiotics. We have been fortunate and have had to use antibiotics only once for one of our children, so that is saying something about these products!

Give Fermented Cod Liver Oil to build the immune system and overall robustness like my grandmother used to give. We give up the old ways too easily!

I wrote a post on Honey and Cinnamon ~Powerful Duo Knocks Colds and More.

Garlic is a powerful, natural antibiotic. Odorless Garlic softgels are easily taken by children or adults, but fresh is best. When not going out, take 1 big fresh clove, 3 times a day (crush and expose to air for ten minutes before consuming in V8 juice, etc).

In this post, I write about making my own cost-effective, immune-boosting blend of Thieves® Oil. Diffuse it or take it orally.

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We take a hot 30-minute detox baths (or foot bath) using mineral salts and bentonite clay and add 10-14 drops of essential oils such as lavender, lemon, peppermint, or eucalyptus. A detox bath is the only detoxing you should do if pregnant or nursing.

On car trips, we always pack Echinacea Plus tea or Echinacea Elder tea for a quick immune boost in case we catch a bug away from home

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Sore Throat

Colloidal Silver - gargle for sore throats and more. UCLA School of Medicine demonstrated how colloidal silver was highly effective against bacteria, viruses, and fungal organisms, even those that had become resistant to antibiotics (MRSA). (source)

Throat Coat Tea – one of our favorite teas ever, and it works! Gargle with salt water or lemon juice

Digestive/Gastro-Intestinal Tract

Probiotics for healthy gut flora, to fight candida and leaky gut. We use Primal Defense (powder most economical) for adults and children. Very healing. And for a one, two punch with difficult gut issues, also use FCLO (next).

Fermented Cod Liver Oil to heal a leaky gut or poor absorption of food w/ wonderfully high levels of Vitamins A&D and Omega-3s.

Smooth Move Herbal Tea - for occasional constipation.

A few sips of Ginger Aid Tea is always the first remedy to try for nausea, tummy upset, or morning sickness. It usually works wonders – and quickly.

Peppermint Essential Oil or DigestZen- 4-5 drops mixed with virgin coconut oil and rubbed on the tummy.

For upset stomach/food poisoning: Bentonite Clay or Activated Charcoal will often absorb the offending toxin. It has kept us from full-blown food poisoning before.

Parasites are becoming epidemic, so we routinely do a parasite cleanse once a year. Paragone and Paragone for Kids

Emergency/First Aid/Pain

I always keep Activated Charcoal on hand for spider bites, food poisoning, accidental ingestion of a poison, or a stomach bug. See my post on how to use. Also Bentonite Clay.

1-2 drops of non-diluted Lavender Essential Oil heals/soothes many things: cuts, burns, scrapes and splinters…a wonderful topical pain reliever.

Naturally antibacterial and antiviral virgin Coconut Oil does the same thing.

Instead of a topical antibiotic that will be absorbed and increase the potential for developing antibiotic resistance, we use Nutribiotic Ointment or Spray with Grapefruit Seed Extract. 5 Star! Raw local honey for wounds.

Arnica Gel helps to relieve muscle pain and stiffness and to reduce pain, swelling and discoloration from bruises.

For pain of body aches and pains, many people find relief with White Willow Bark. White willow bark contains salicin, a gylcoside used in the synthesis of acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin).

Leg Cramps. These are often a symptom of underlying mineral deficiency.

Upper Respiratory/Chest/Sinus/Allergies

We use many of the same things I’ve listed under Colds/Flu/Coughs above: Vitamin D3 and Advan-C Capsules, Zinc, Garlic, Defense Plus, Oreganol Oil-P73Fermented Cod Liver Oil, my Thieves® Oil blend.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil is my favorite decongestant and expectorant. I like to dilute it in a carrier oil or coconut oil to use as a chest decongestant. Mix it with other essential oils (peppermint, cloves, cinnamon, lemon, tea tree, lavender) if you have them on hand to make a great vapor rub.

Elderberry syrup or tincture (see Cold/Flu) isn’t only for colds and flu. It addresses viral upper respiratory infections and builds immune system all winter.

Mullein is an awesome herb to help get mucous up and out of the chest. Drink lots of water with this to loosen phlegm. I love gathering mullein to make my own dried herb.

Allergies are often fought successfully with raw local honey! If you can’t find a truly raw, local source, this is next best value (both price and quality, IMHO): YS Bee Farm, 32 oz.

Hay Fever/Allergy additional help: Sabadil homeopathic tablets. Also BHI Allergy Homeopathic Tablets(sublinguals).

Neti Pot and Saline Solution - what we go to when a sinus infection rears its ugly head.

Essential Oil Diffuser – Add your own blend or single oil in the sick room, bathroom, and kitchen to prevent germs from spreading. This is a wonderful method to help clean-up after the flu, as well. I LOVE my diffuser!

Car Diffuser with peppermint or lavender (or Thieves blend if there is a flu outbreak).

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My mom gave us a Kaz (now Vicks) personal steam inhaler a long time ago to use with essential oils, and we have used it multiple times every winter!

Ears and Eyes

We had so many ear infections when our children were young. My favorite store-bought remedy is the Willow/Garlic Ear Drops.

You can also  make your own mullein ear drops using Dried Mullein Herb. Mullein is awesome and works to draw out pressure and congestion relieving pain! I use a dark amber bottle for storage.

Consider looking into a possible dairy allergy if there are many ear infections.

For Pink Eye, this is indispensable: Similasan Eye Drops. In this post, I wrote about 19 essential oils that are safe for children and babies.

PMS/Headaches

MoonMaid Botanicals: Pro-Meno Wild Yam Cream – my herbal alternative to bio-identical hormone creams for menopausal symptoms. Very calming, balancing, and I have seen good changes in my body. 

Magnesium - Blue Ocean Minerals maintains the highest potency and pharmaceutical-grade natural magnesium available on the market today.

PMS Caffeine-free Tea

In this post, I wrote about 18 No-Side-Effect Headache Remedies.

Anti-Aging Supplements I Use: * my favorites

*Turmeric - this one helps so much keep my inflammation in check

Selenium or eat 2 Brazil nuts a day - anti-cancer, due to selenium deficient soils

Magnesium - Blue Ocean Minerals maintains the highest potency and pharmaceutical-grade natural magnesium available on the market today.

“Magnesium deficiency can produce symptoms of anxiety or depression, including muscle weakness, fatigue, eye twitches, insomnia, anorexia, apathy, apprehension, poor memory, confusion, anger, nervousness, and rapid pulse.”~ Carolyn DeanThe Magnesium Miracle

Ginseng - safe energy powerhouse used in Chinese medicine for millenia 

CoQ10 – strengthens heart, lungs, immune system. I learned about CoQ10 in the OR. It reduced our open heart patient post-op stay from 8-10 days to 4 days back in the early 80s!

*Niacinamide (Vitamin B-3) - anti-aging, chronic Lyme’s, MRSA, Staph, Candida yeast overgrowth, arthritis, cancer, diabetes, depression, Schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s, and learning disabilities.

*Alpha Lipoic Acid & Acetyl L-Carnitine - strong anti-aging and cognitive function. I’ve taken this one for about 7 years.

I must need some ginseng…I’m tired of this loooong post…lol  but I am so glad to help and encourage Mamas in this important endeavor. It is so satisfying to see families getting well and also learning these things to take with them for their own households one day :)

So, what’s in your natural medicine cabinet?

Disclaimer: I am not a professional nor a doctor. I am a mother. I do seek scientific confirmation of the safety and effectiveness of the herbs and remedies I use. Using remedies is a personal decision. Nothing I say on this blog is intended to treat or prevent disease. Consult your doctor.

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The Best Gift For Any Husband

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The Best Gift For Any Husband

From the time I awoke that morning, I knew my focus was off. The ‘Liar’s Committee’ in my head was reminding me of past hurts, little perceived snubs, the mundane routine, fewer dates, that particular warmth that was missing, and it overwhelmed anything good that was out there. I had doubts about my salvation (how could I really feel these things if I loved Jesus?), doubts about my marriage relationship, doubts about my parenting, missing my mother…doubts, doubts, doubts.

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The last 2 years had been by far the most difficult we had ever experienced. In the demands of busy, my husband constantly driving hours to care for Papa, difficult extended-family tensions, illness, the constant work, the undone work, the lack of quality-time, I began to pay more attention to what wasn’t happening right with my husband rather than what was happening right. 

“If I’m ruthlessly honest, I may have said yes to God, yes to Christianity, but really, I have lived the no. Infected with that Eden mouthful, the retina of my soul develops macular holes of blackness.” ~Ann Voskamp

More of my husband’s time was spent with others than with me. Usually out of necessity. We had less time to process what was happening and just talk. Problems backed up.

I heard the wrong tone behind words and resided in the hurt. Triggers from my youth.

Not enough time together alone to deal with unforgiveness that had built up or for prayer. Silence in the bedroom.

You see, I’m prone to this melancholy, negative way when things get hard, and I could feel myself lock my heart away and let bitter roots pull me down. It was also clear that the current path wasn’t working. I needed to let it go – yet I found it selfishly satisfying to let each negative thought whoosh me higher and higher into martyrdom or self-righteousness.

I knew I had allowed myself to slip into a deep chasm, and I wanted out, but where to begin. I needed a catalyst like a chemist. I want to live my one life well, fully alive to the deep goodness of God and of life!

Then the thought came to me repeatedly over several weeks: If Satan attacks the children of God, and I believe he does, it is to steal, kill, and destroy what is ours, to blind us to lies, and make us lose our hope. The thought jarred my consciousness – I don’t want to let the evil one win! A strong woman will fight the enemy; I don’t just want to fold up and let him devour me and us. I must take my eyes off myself and circumstances and put them on Christ and the gift of the husband He has given me!

What does it mean to live full of grace?

“The will of God is not something you add to your life. It’s a course you choose. You either line yourself up with the Son of God…or you capitulate to the principle which governs the rest of the world.” Elisabeth Elliot

I was in the Word of God most days, but I wasn’t taking the action of doing what is says!

“Finally, …sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.”  ~Philippians 4: 8

“In the same way, you wives, be submissive to your own husbands so that even if any of them are disobedient to the word, they may be won without a word by the behavior of their wives…” ~1 Peter 3: 1

A New Adventure

I had journaled things before, why not look for and focus upon the good things I knew were in my husband, the beautiful things – like a treasure hunt, knowing that if you look with eyes to see, you will find them. Away with the lies! Seek and you will find!

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So as Ann Voskamp of 1000 Gifts calls it, I began a ‘gratitude journal’ for my husband, and I am daring to live fully right where I am. It will be his anniversary present next this year. I entitled it ‘Eyes To See’.

For the whole year ahead, I have set my mind to actively look for and jot down the good, the better, and the best of his life – day by day – and it can’t help but impact our lives – a trickle down effect, even to our children. There is something about writing it on paper.

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Here are several entries:

December 14, 2014: I see a man who works hard to care for his family, the overwhelming needs of his father, our friends and neighbors…he worked outside in the cold – without complaining – to get ready for winter. We thought Papa was dying when the weather was warmer.

December 28, 2014: Our 41st anniversary was not forgotten in the busyness of this season! He made us reservations at the Istanbul Cafe for a delicious dinner of ground lamb in cabbage leaves filled with savory spices and a side of grilled to perfection veggies. He knows what I love.

January 4, 2015: Called to pick up groceries for me and let me know he was on his way back From Papa’s.

Finding what I wanted to write down for each day has become a kind of game for me. I am better able to look at my husband in a new way, to have compassion on him in this difficult time, and let the playful girl in me come out…I mustn’t lock my heart away. This is really a treasure hunt with my husband containing the hidden treasure. What man wouldn’t cherish and be lit up by a woman who looks at him like she used to when they were first married, despite his flaws, despite circumstances in our lives?

Take Up the Challenge with Me

I invite you to join me in making a ‘gratitude journal’ for your husband’s 2015 Christmas or anniversary gift (and your shopping is done!) starting just as soon as you can – today preferably (write it down and transfer it later). There is no time like the present to start giving the best gift(s). Thankfulness. Respect. Joy. Don’t let the ‘Liar’s Committee’ cheat you out of abundant life!

Look at the color of his eyes, notice the strength in his arms, stroke the warmth of his cheeks as he wakes up in the morning all sleepy. Look for something he does well, then jot it down. Begin creating his BEST GIFT. It doesn’t have to be lengthy, but remember he will read it one day. Keep your journal close by, pray, and watch expectantly for something good even if your marriage is seriously in trouble. Coax out the protector in your husband using all the God-given feminine gifts you possess.

That man’s tone of voice may soften, the time of his lingering with you may increase. Little things might not matter so much even though the world feels so cruel.

It is the Best Gift I can give my husband, and I can’t wait to see my husband open the box in one year, God-willing. It will be a good year, and it will be recorded in my little book!

Will you join me in the treasure hunt? I hope and pray you will. You can start this anytime of the year or do it for even 3 weeks! That is up to you.

Please let me know in the comments if you’re going to do this! I’ll be praying for us all :)

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Just some of the books that have been a help in keeping my head screwed on somewhat straight (transforming my mind) through the years.

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“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” ~Matthew 7: 12

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J.R.R. Tolkien: More Than Meets the Eye

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J.R.R. Tolkien: More Than Meets the Eye

Author’s Caveat: This post is in no way a blanket endorsement of the the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien. Parents will need to determine the maturity level of their children. Since these fantasies include magic, violence, and extreme adventure, I strongly encourage parents to learn for themselves the content of each story before sharing with a child as each family has different convictions of what is acceptable. By 18 years, our young adults were ready for a full appreciation of the books and movies, but I have to say that when Hollywood takes hold of any great work, elements of darkness are added into it that were not intended in the original work. Some things are “meant to be read and to be at our own imagination”, so it is the books I primarily recommend, to be read and chewed upon for a while. First and foremost, we measure everything by the Word of God, using wisdom give to us by the Holy Spirit.

Though maybe not a widely held view (but a controversial one), I believe that J.R.R. Tolkien’s vastly popular creative lifework makes a significant contribution to today’s Christian theological discussion, most especially with regard to the purpose of the Christian life and our role in pointing others to faith in Jesus Christ. Continue reading

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (1892-1973) was a major scholar and professor of the Old and Middle English language at the University of Leeds and Oxford. More notably, he wrote a number of fantastical stories, including The Hobbit (1937) and The Lord of the Rings (1954-1955). They were set in an ancient time of his own imagination – a reflection of our own world, called Middle-earth – and populated by Men (mankind), merry Hobbits, Elves, Dwarves, Trolls, and Orcs and Ents, as well as good and evil.

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(source) Before WWII, British Intelligence chiefs singled out Tolkien and other intellectuals to work at Bletchley park, the code-breaking centre in Buckinghamshire.

Ronald, as he was called, was born in South Africa to English parents – his father developed rheumatic fever and died suddenly near his third birthday. His young mother relocated her two little sons back to England where they lived a poorly but refined life in the pastoral hamlet of Sarehole. The brothers adventured in the hill country at Sarehole MillMoseley Bog, and his Aunt Jane’s farm of Bag End which would later inform Tolkien’s books.

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Tolkien’s young mum, Mabel, taught the children herself at home taking them to out to draw landscapes and maps, study botany, and awaken them to the rudiments of Greek, Latin, German, and French early on. Young Tolkien was quite an avid scholar reading widely and absorbing everything, but his dear Mother died when he was 12, a victim of diabetes before insulin.

(source) Mother and Ronald ~ (even as a very young child, aren’t their features so similar?)

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As a young college man, Ronald went to Exeter where he learned the Classics, Old and Middle English, Germanic languages, Finnish and Welsh, and soon began creating his own languages. This propensity for and love of philology blossomed. In 1913 Tolkien published his earliest poem, entitled ‘From the many-willow’d margin of the immemorial Thames.’ Do we see glimmers of the Shire?

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“There were imaginative flickers of Middle-earth in the precocious child, Ronald Tolkien. Enchanting English landscapes, a language invented with a young cousin for kicks, an awakening love of mythology, especially of the northern and Germanic variety, and a local doctor named Gamgee were all future literary fodder [for Tolkien].” ~ Jon Bloom

Edith and The Great War

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Before he shipped out in March, 1916, he married his longtime friend Edith Bratt. He later said of his feelings about leaving his new wife to go to the First World War; “Parting from my wife then … it was like a death”.  During the War they developed a code that they could use to write private letters to each other without them being read by the English censors.  Edith was then able to follow his movements on the map and know where he was fighting.

“In a hole in the ground…”

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Lord of the Rings

Stanley Unwin, the publisher, stunned by the success of The Hobbit, asked for a sequel, which blossomed into a multi-volume epic. So determined was Tolkien to get every detail right that it took him more than a decade to complete it.
The Lord of the Rings appeared in 1954-1955 in three parts: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King.

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Nearly 50 years after its publication, Tolkien’s epic tale The Lord of the Rings has sold more than 100 million copies and been translated into more than 25 languages. When J.R.R. Tolkien died in 1973, it fell to his son Christopher to work through boxes of writings to piece together and publish the mythic history of Middle-earth. Tolkien never envisioned those tales of Middle-earth would become a global phenomenon it has. (source)

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inspiration for his fictional characters Lúthien Tinúviel and Arwen Evenstar.

Fantasy with Purpose?

As a teaching parent of younger children, I tended to write off Tolkien’s fantasies (despite having read and loved them all in college). I reasoned that such outlandish stories were just a distraction to our ‘more serious’ work until we watched the Lord of the Rings Trilogy DVDs over a series of nights as a family and had such insightful conversation. With our eyes wide open, we saw a much richer meaning and purpose. Tolkien (and Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia) is quite different than the run-of-the-mill fantasy, which perhaps twists our children’s minds

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Tolkien’s creative writings are, some say, a reflection upon the Gospel. His visionary world permits him a certain amount of creative license in wrestling with the Christian perspectives on creation, incarnation, and salvation, and allowing him to find new ways to think on old problems.

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Jon Bloom (desiringGod.org) brings my musings full circle in his piece entitled ‘Did Tolkien Waste His Life?‘. He writes:

Tolkien never intended his tales of Middle-earth to be a desertion from reality, but a means of seeing beyond the confined walls of our perceptions to a much larger reality beyond. And he suffered no delusions that Middle-earth was that reality. But through the lenses of Middle-earth, Tolkien, an unashamed Christian, wanted to show us “a far-off gleam . . . of evangelium in the real world” (emphasis his, “On Fairy-stories”). His kind of fantasy was intended to help prisoners in the real world escape and go home.

There is a deep, profound reason why God created us to be story-makers and storytellers, and why, when the Word became flesh (John 1:14), he frequently spoke in stories. The best make-believe stories help us better understand the real world. And in our day, such stories are needed more than ever.

Professor Louis Markos writes,

We are, in many ways, a civilization adrift on the stormy seas of relativism and existentialism. The first ‘ism’ has robbed us of any transcendent standard against which we can measure our thoughts, our words, and our deeds; the second has emptied our lives of any higher meaning, purpose, or direction. Our compass is broken and the stars obliterated, and we are left with nothing to navigate by but a vague faith in the modern triad of progress, consumerism, and egalitarianism. They are not enough. . . . What we need, in short, are stories. (On the Shoulders of Hobbits, 10–11)

And, he says, the stories we need,

are precisely those that will beckon us to follow their heroes along the Road; that will embody for us the true nature of good and evil, virtue and vice, and then challenge us to engage in the struggle between the two; that will open our eyes and ears to that sacramental faerie magic that we so often miss. (187)

There Is More Faërie to Reality Than We See

It is a great, sad, tragic irony that we so often miss the true magic. This world pulses with the glory of God shining out in all that he has made (Romans 1:20) and the written Word contains “precious and very great promises” (2 Peter 1:4) of incredible magnitude, and we are often so dull to it all. The pervasiveness of our sinful depravity causes us to live so much of our days in a small jail cell of self-obsession.

But the great Hero of the true Epic has proclaimed liberty to all the captives who will follow him (Luke 4:18). The road is hard and the perils are many (Matthew 7:14). The enemies are otherworldly and far more powerful than ourselves (Ephesians 6:12). But the Hero is greater still (1 John 4:4) and he promises to be with us to the end (Matthew 28:20), even in the darkest places (Psalm 23:4) and deliver all in his fellowship safely into his heavenly kingdom (2 Timothy 4:18).

No faërie story or myth or man-made religion in all of recorded history compares with the Great Story of Christianity. But we need all the help we can get to turn our eyes away from our confined corner of reality and see the Story with fresh eyes.

For many, looking through the faërie lenses of Middle-earth has helped them see again the real Epic we each are a small part of. They have been helped to see the gleam of the true evangelium and press on in the journeys to which they have been appointed with renewed hope and courage, knowing that at the end of the Road is Home.

Investing life in creating fantasy that results in pointing real people in the real world to true hope in the true evangelium is not a waste, but well done.

(Excerpt taken from ‘Did Tolkien Waste His Life?‘ by Jon Bloom)

Tolkien and ‘Eucatastrophe’

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 “…the sudden joyous “turn” . . . a sudden and miraculous grace: never to be counted on to recur. : the possibility of these is necessary to the joy of deliverance: it denies (in the face of much evidence, if you will) universal final defeat and in so far is evangelium [the gospel], giving a fleeting glimpse of Joy, Joy beyond the walls of the world.

“The Birth of Christ is the eucatastrophe of Man’s history. The Resurrection is the eucatastrophe of the story of the Incarnation. This story begins and ends in joy. It has pre-eminently the ‘inner consistency of reality.’ There is no tale ever told that men would rather find was true, and none which so many skeptical men have accepted as true on its own merits.”
~J.R.R. Tolkien

“I have just passed on from believing in God to definitely believing in Christ… My long night talk with Dyson and Tolkien had a great deal to do with it.” 
~C. S. Lewis, The Conversion Story of C. S. Lewis

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Comfort: Death at Christmas

Christmas reflections Comfort: Death at Christmas

A guest post by Jacqueline’s daughter

Not all Christmas and holiday celebrations are filled with cheer and peace. Often it is during this season that many hearts are broken, hurting, confused, and lonely. The commercialization surrounding us presents an image of what the holidays should look like, and we may develop expectations for our family gatherings or celebrations that often will fall far short of reality.

 “Even in laughter the heart may ache, and joy may end in grief.” ~Proverbs 14:13

For many, Christmas is a time when families remember loved ones who aren’t with them to celebrate Christ’s birth. Others have difficult family situations and strife which can at times be even more painful than the loss of a loved one. This Christmas, our family has been realizing more fully the desperate need our world has for a Savior, Emmanuel (God with us). Continue reading

We need His peace, because this world is filled with tribulation. We need His joy, because this world is filled with sorrow. We need His hope, because He’s the only thing that lasts.

Just yesterday, two families we love very much lost loved ones, one of them a dear friend. We are hit with the reality that there will be death, even on Christmas. We celebrate Jesus’ birth and life on Christmas Day, but it is made even more special when we realize that His birth is the reason that there will be no more sorrow, no more pain, no more crying, and no more death someday. We do not grieve like those who have no hope.

But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.”  ~1 Thessalonians 4: 13-14

Many families this year have experienced some of the grief our friends are experiencing. If you are also grieving, look to the reason for Christmas- Jesus and hope.

One of our friends who passed away yesterday was an energetic and beautiful young woman. Rebekah’s excitement for life, passion to share about Jesus, and service to others is a testimony that will not be forgotten. She had been ill for many weeks, undergone several surgeries, and the true cause of her passing is yet unknown. Please pray for Rebekah’s family in this time of grief.

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May you be encouraged by these hope-filled words. This following quote was published on Facebook by the brother of my friend Rebekah, who is now spending her Christmas in heaven:

“There was a real railway accident,” said Aslan softly. “Your father and mother and all of you are – as you used to call it in the Shadowlands – dead. The term is over: the holidays have begun. The dream is ended: this is the morning.”

And as He spoke He no longer looked to them like a lion; but the things that began to happen after that were so great and beautiful that I cannot write them. And for us this is the end of all the stories, and we can most truly say that they all lived happily ever after. But for them it was only the beginning of the real story. All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read; which goes on forever; in which every chapter is better than the one before.

~ C. S. Lewis, The Last Battle

May the sorrow this time of year serve as a reminder to those of us who remain, to love others well and to look to Jesus as our only hope. Remember, if you are suffering, that you are not alone. Not only have you been given a Comforter, but you will someday be able to comfort others with the comfort you receive.

“Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles so that we may be able to comfort those experiencing any trouble with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”
~2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Death is not the end. Praise the Lord that while we may lose the companionship of family and friends in this life, if we trust in Jesus as our Savior, we will be reunited. Even now, I weep, mourning the loss of my friend Rebekah, yet looking forward to the time when, as she wrote in our last message between each other, “we get to see each other again”.

“Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.” ~Isaiah 40:1

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Christmas Quotations To Ponder

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Christmas Quotations To Ponder

Re-posted from 12-22-2011.

I have always loved great quotes. May I share a few with you? 

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“The very purpose of Christ’s coming into the world was that He might offer up His life as a sacrifice for the sins of men.  He came to die.  This is the heart of Christmas.” ~Rev. Billy Graham

“The spirit of Christmas needs to be superseded by the Spirit of Christ. The spirit of Christmas is annual; the Spirit of Christ is eternal. The spirit of Christmas is sentimental; the Spirit of Christ is supernatural. The spirit of Christmas is a human product; the Spirit of Christ is a divine person. That makes all the difference in the world.”  ~Stuart Briscoe

“There is no connection between the worship of idols and the use of Christmas trees. We should not be anxious about baseless arguments against Christmas decorations. Rather, we should be focused on the Christ of Christmas and giving all diligence to remembering the real reason for the season.” ~ John MacArthur 

“It is Christmas every time you let God love others through you…yes, it is Christmas every time you smile at your brother and offer him your hand.” ~Mother Teresa

“Were earth a thousand times as fair Beset with gold and jewels rare She yet were far too poor to be A narrow cradle, Lord, for Thee.” ~Martin Luther

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“The greatest and most momentous fact which the history of the world records is the fact of Christ’s birth.” ~Charles H. Spurgeon 

“Hark the herald angels sing, “Glory to the new-born king.” Peace on earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled! ~Charles Wesley 

“It is impossible to conceive how different things would have turned out if that birth had not happened whenever, wherever, however it did … for millions of people who have lived since, the birth of Jesus made possible not just a new way of understanding life but a new way of living it. It is a truth that, for twenty centuries, there have been untold numbers of men and women who, in untold numbers of ways, have been so grasped by the child who was born, so caught up in the message he taught and the life he lived, that they have found themselves profoundly changed by their relationship with him.” ~Frederick Buechner  

“You can never truly enjoy Christmas until you can look up into the Father’s face and tell him you have received his Christmas gift.” ~John R. Rice 

Who can add to Christmas? The perfect motive is that God so loved the world. The perfect gift is that He gave His only Son. The only requirement is to believe in Him. The reward of faith is that you shall have everlasting life. ~Corrie Ten Boom 

“Jesus was God and man in one person, that God and man might be happy together again.” ~George Whitefield

“Christmas can be celebrated in the school room with pine trees, tinsel and reindeers, but there must be no mention of the man whose birthday is being celebrated. One wonders how a teacher would answer if a student asked why it was called Christmas.”  ~Ronald Reagan 

“He was created of a mother whom He created. He was carried by hands that He formed. He cried in the manger in wordless infancy. He, the Word, without whom all human eloquence is mute.” ~Augustine 

“To the American People: Christmas is not a time or a season but a state of mind. To cherish peace and good will, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. If we think on these things, there will be born in us a Savior and over us will shine a star sending its gleam of hope to the world.” ~Calvin Coolidge

“The Church does not superstitiously observe days, merely as days, but as memorials of important facts. Christmas might be kept as well upon one day of the year as another; but there should be a stated day for commemorating the birth of our Saviour, because there is danger that what may be done on any day, will be neglected.” ~Samuel Johnson

Christmas Quotes from the Bible:

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“Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” … Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”  ~ Angel Gabriel, Luke 1:28-33 

“My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts; he has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate; he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his offspring forever.” ~Mary of Nazareth, Luke 1:46-55 (ESV)

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“Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” ~An Angel, Luke 2:10-12 (ESV) “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”  ~Some Shepherds, Luke 2:15 (ESV)

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Research Shows Pomegranate May Reverse Heart Blockage

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Research Shows Pomegranate May Reverse Heart Blockage

Some mainline medical centers and researchers from all over the globe are intimating that pomegranate juice may be a safe and effective answer to reversing the #1 cause of death in the industrialized world: heart disease. I’m pretty sure that most will still resort to drugs (the big pharma solution) or surgical intervention, but in the meantime, this old heart nurse will rely on safer, more natural means to achieve that end.

What I read as I pulled together last week’s post on pomegranates is pretty amazing stuff!

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I’m heading to Costco for a case of pomegranates while they are in high season, de-seeding them this quick and easy way, and freezing the juicy seeds. Besides that, I will be getting my husband several bottles of the juice for Christmas. The scare we had with his heart has made me think pro-actively. 

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Making pomegranate juice at a vendor stall in Turkey

The ‘superfruit’ pomegranate (technically a berry) has a remarkable astringency, giving your mouth and gums that dry, puckery-mouth feeling. This cleansing sensation is technically caused, as with all astringents, by shrinking and disinfecting your mucous membranes.

Anyone who drinks pomegranate juice, or is lucky enough to eat one fresh, can understand why it is so effective at cleansing the circulatory system. Indeed, your mouth and your arteries are lined with the same cell type: epithelial cells. Together, they make up the epithelium, one of four basic tissue types, along with connective tissue, muscle tissue and nervous tissue, and which comprises the interior walls of the entire circulatory system.

The pretty red pomegranate fruit recently made its way back into the news after some spectacular clinical results. Here’s what Dr. Fuhrman writes:

A compound found only in pomegranates called punicalagin is shown to benefit the heart and blood vessels. Punicalagin is the major component responsible for pomegranate’s antioxidant and health benefits. It not only lowers cholesterol, but also lowers blood pressure and increases the speed at which heart blockage (atherosclerosis) melts away.

Recent medical research studied heart patients with severe carotid artery blockages. They were given one ounce of pomegranate juice each day for a year. Not only did study participants’ blood pressure lower by over 12 percent, but there was a 30 percent REVERSAL in atherosclerotic plaque (heart blockage). Just as astounding, participants who did not take the pomegranate juice saw their atherosclerotic plaque increase by 9 percent.

To an old heart surgery nurse, this is real news. Just 1 oz. of fresh pomegranate juice a day for a year and plaque is reduced by 30%!! Such a small amount of juice for such fabulous results. Read on…

In other studies, potent antioxidant compounds found in pomegranates have shown to reduce platelet aggregation and naturally lower blood pressure, factors that prevent both heart attacks and strokes.

Not only are pomegranates good for your heart and blood vessels but they have been shown to inhibit breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer, leukemia and to prevent vascular changes that promote tumor growth in lab animals. Several in vitro studies have shown this remarkable anti-cancer effect.  

Mayo Clinic agrees as does Dr. Joe Mercola in an 2014 article.

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Another study in Life Extension Magazine:

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Despite the patients’ advanced atherosclerosis, ingesting pomegranate juice produced statistically significant reductions in the thickness of their carotid artery walls, which is correlated with decreased risk for heart attack and stroke. After only three months, the average thickness declined by 13%, and after 12 months, the thickness dropped 35% compared to baseline. During this same 12-month period, the average carotid artery thickness of the placebo group increased by 9%. This study also measured various other parameters of cardiovascular health. One year of pomegranate supplementation reduced the systolic blood pressure itself dropped by 21%.

If you do decide to drink pomegranate juice for medicinal purposes, make sure it contains no added sugar or flavors and is preferably organic. Heart blockages don’t form overnight, and as this thorough 3-year study showed, it took at least one year to show a 30% reversal. The most interesting thing is that the control group that did not consume pomegranate juice, common carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) increased by 9% during 1 year. For more medical studies and research papers, see here.

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Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. I am a wife, mother, and a retired RN. I do seek scientific confirmation of the safety and effectiveness of the herbs and remedies I use. Using remedies is a personal decision. Nothing I say on this blog is intended to prevent or treat disease. Please do your own research and consult your doctor.

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“For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land of fountains and springs, flowing forth in valleys and hills; a land of wheat and barley, of fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey… ~Deuteronomy 8: 7-8

Caveat: I know diligent healthy eating and living (and now pomegranate juice) sounds like a panacea to all our problems, bringing happiness and success and ease, but that is not true. I almost hesitate to share all the really good things we can do for our health and well-being lest we begin to place all our hope on ‘things’ and they become an idol. Our only true hope is in the Lord God Who created us. Though we want to be wise and do good things for our bodies, the best thing I know of for real lasting (forever) health is to believe on the name of Jesus: “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.” ~Acts 4: 12

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The Santa Question: What Do You Tell Your Children?

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The Santa Question: What Do You Tell Your Children?

What To Do About Santa: Guest Post by Sara Wallace at The Gospel-Centered Mom

(Re-printed by express permission of Sara Wallace. Her words contain so much grace, maturity, and truth. Please understand that how you handle Santa is a family decision, and you are in no way being judged. Thank you.)

I believed in Santa.

My husband believed in Santa.

We turned out okay. We didn’t walk away from the Lord or resent our parents. Before we had kids we figured we would do the whole Santa thing. We wanted Christmas to be as special for them as it was for us. But then we actually had kids and we had a big problem.

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First let me say I’m a huge proponent of fostering imagination in kids. My kids’ all time favorite activity is pretending. All day long I have pirates, super heroes, and exotic animals flying through my house. I love it.

I also want to point out that when I talk about Santa in this post I am specifically referring to believing in Santa, not whether or not he should be banished altogether. My husband wears a Santa hat while we bake cookies. My kids sing along to Christmas songs on the radio and they don’t skip over Santa’s name like a cuss word.

But we have decided not to tell our kids Santa is real. More specifically, we purposely tell them he is not.

If you’ve been reading this blog for long you know that the whole point is to direct us moms and our kids into living out the gospel. I tried and tried to fit Santa into that plan, but it didn’t work. It was like trying to stuff a giant man down a chimney…

There are four reasons Santa didn’t make the Wallace team.

1. Santa promotes works righteousness. That might sound harsh, but keep in mind the aforementioned goal.The heart of the gospel is the glorious trade of our sin for Christ’s righteousness. It is a difficult concept to teach because kids are legalistic by nature. It takes a lot of time, prayer, and thoughtful conversations to help them understand that God loves us because of Christ’s good works, not ours.

Then along comes Santa.

*sigh*

He’s jolly, sparkly, magical, and he promises gifts to children who are good. One of my sons in particular is very sensitive to the damage this causes. He would be so stressed if Christmas rested on his good deeds. Each time he messed up he would buckle down and double up on his good deeds to make up for it. I already have to work with him on accepting Christ’s free forgiveness instead of trying to work for it. Thanks, but no thanks, Santa.

2. Santa blurs the lines between fact and fantasy. So precious are the moments when the kids climb onto our laps for a Bible story. We talk about Jesus and how He lived a perfect life and died for our sins. We talk about the mighty power of God who created the world, parted the Red Sea, and closed the mouths of lions. They listen intently.

And they believe me.

Sometimes my heart aches when I look into their wide eyes and innocent faces and think, “They trust me implicitlyI want so dearly to lead them in the truth.” If my husband and I throw Santa into the mix of “true” stories, what will they think later when they find out Santa is not real? How about Noah’s ark? How about the ten plagues? How about that Jesus guy who was kind of like a religious magician? We want the categories of true and fantasy to be clearly divided. Characters don’t get to jump back and forth from one category to the other.

3. Santa is a type of god. Some of my readers might be rolling their eyes. But think about it. He is omnipotent (all powerful – makes toys, rides a magical sleigh, goes up and down chimneys). He is omnipresent (everywhere at once – how else could he deliver the presents?). He is omniscient (all knowing – he knows who is bad and who is good). He is eternal. He is perfect. He is the whole package. I can’t think of another mythical creature that encapsulates so many characteristics reserved for God alone. When we describe God to our kids I don’t want them thinking, “Oh yeah, kind of like Santa.” No. God is not like anybody. We want to keep it that way.

4. It’s hard to compete with Santa. Who cares about a baby in a manger when there’s a huge man in a shiny red coat throwing presents and candy around like it’s going out of style? Kids spend the entire Christmas season looking for signs of Santa. They write him letters. They bake him cookies. And that’s just the kids. Playing make-believe takes a lot of work for us grown-ups. We are on the other end of it trying to hide the evidence and figure out how to field all of their questions. All the time and energy we put into keeping up the Santa myth could be spent focusing on Christ’s birth.

Some parents call the Santa myth a lie while others call it pretending. I’m going to call it a huge distraction. My five-year-old asks me questions about God all the time: What does it mean to be a spirit? If God doesn’t have a heart how can He love people? If there is only one God why do we call Jesus God? Whew! Talk about tough questions. If I told my son Santa was real I would get all the same kinds of questions. Hundreds of them. Do I really want to take the time to thoughtfully answer my son’s genuine curiosity with answers that aren’t even true? Do I want Santa to become the focal point of every conversation?

So where does that leave us with Santa? He’s everywhere we go. We can’t exactly hide from him. And we don’t want to. We treat Santa like any other part of life. We explain him. We use him as an opportunity to teach our kids how to think. We don’t want them to run and hide in fear or to venture out on their own to find the answers their parents wouldn’t give them. We have open and honest conversations about it.

When we see Santa ringing a bell outside the grocery store my kids smile and say, “Merry Christmas, Santa!” They giggle and get a big kick out of it. But they don’t think he’s real. He’s not watching them while they’re sleeping or keeping track of their good deeds. To them it’s just like seeing a guy dressed up like batman.

And they are having a great Christmas.

(NEW note: I am so thankful for the great discussion this post has encouraged. One question that has been tossed around is, “How do you keep your kids from spoiling it for other kids?” It’s definitely something to address with your family. BUT – it shouldn’t be a motivating factor for teaching your kids to believe in Santa. For example, we wouldn’t say, “Well, we don’t want our kids to be party poopers so I guess we’ll have to go along with the Santa thing.” From the time our kids are really little they think of Santa as a game. That shouldn’t spoil it for anyone. By the time they are old enough to spill the beans we have the talk about some kids believing in Santa. We don’t make those kids sound silly or less spiritual. We just say it’s a family decision and every family is different. It’s a great way to help them put different family decisions in perspective. At some peoples’ houses we can eat food in the living room, some let us run in the house, some say take shoes off at the door….and some believe in Santa. It helps our kids learn thoughtfulness and respect for different ways of doing things.)

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(Re-printed by express permission of Sara Wallace. Thank you, Sara. You shared pretty much exactly how we dealt with Santa when our now grown children were young.)

How do you address the topic of Santa in your family?

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Easiest Way To De-Seed A Pomegranate {With Recipes}

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Easiest Way To De-Seed A Pomegranate {With Recipes}

Getting all the seed out of a pomegranate may seem like a lot of work with its tough skin and labyrinth of seed-holding pockets but think again – getting at those seeds may be well worth it!

Pomegranate Juice Packs Power!

This fantastic little fruit recently made its way back into the news after some spectacular clinical results.  The pomegranate (punica granatum) is a marvelous nutrient-dense food source rich in phytochemical compounds. Pomegranates contain high levels of flavonoids and polyphenols, potent antioxidants offering protection against heart disease and cancer. Sip for sip, pomegranate juice has more antioxidants than red wine, green tea, blueberries, and cranberries, and that is saying a lot! (source)

And now getting to this wonderful juice-holding seed of the pomegranate just got easier!

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You can purchase fresh pomegranates in most grocery stores from September through January. When refrigerated in a plastic bag, pomegranates store well for up to 2 months. It’s a keeper!

These antioxidant-packed, delicious gems of the fruit kingdom are also simply beautiful and add so much to a food presentation. Sparkling and sweet-tart, whether cook or consumer, you will be in food heaven!

29 Festive Recipes Using Sparkling Pomegranate Seeds or Juice:

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White Chocolate Pomegranate Bark {Fitness Food Diva}

 

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All Natural, Homemade Pomegranate Drops {The View From Great Island}

 

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Cucumber-Pomegranate Salad {Good Housekeeping}

…and lastly…

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Pomegranate Orange Kombucha {Stupid Easy Paleo}

Let this line-up jump-start your imagination to include this healthful and gorgeous fruit in your cooking! Now that I am thoroughly hungry, I must go and add more pomegranates to my grocery shopping list :)

Bon Appétit, friends!

I will hopefully be posting more on this ‘superfruit’ (technically a berry) that may be nature’s answer to turning the tide against the #1 cause of death in the industrialized world: heart disease. What I am learning is knocking my warm, cozy Christmas socks off! My husband and I will definitely be drinking an ounce a day of pomegranate juice once fresh poms are not readily available sometime in January.

                                         

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. I am a wife, mother, and a retired RN. I do seek scientific confirmation of the safety and effectiveness of the herbs and remedies I use. Using remedies is a personal decision. Nothing I say on this blog is intended to prevent or treat disease. Please do your own research and consult your doctor.

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How To Make A Charcoal Slurry

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How To Make A Charcoal Slurry

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Since yesterday’s post on Activated Charcoal: Why No Mama Should Be Without It, there have been questions on how to actually make a charcoal slurry. Since it is true that ‘one picture is worth a thousand words’ – and I am a slow typist – I’m sharing this short, helpful video. It also deals with how to use activated charcoal in a less messy way than many of you may be imagining. When it comes to a poisoning, I’d hate to let some messiness stand in the way of a loved one’s safety, so here goes…

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I hope this helps dispel the fear of activated charcoal being super messy! Just go slowly and stir it INTO a half glass of water. Finish by chasing it with another glass of water. It has never stained my wash cloths, but I make sure I choose a darker colored one.

Activated charcoal is completely tasteless, but for a child you could mix in a teaspoon of honey or sugar if it will help to get it down when you are working against the clock in a poisoning. Putting it in a opaque cup, covering it with plastic wrap, and using a straw would be one other way to make it easier for a child.

Remember, too, if your patient is not unconscious and can swallow capsules, that makes it pretty easy. Taking fourteen capsules (14) equals 1 tablespoon of charcoal powder made into a slurry drink.

How to administer activated charcoal has been and is being taught on the field in foreign countries where poisoning is common place.

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Many pet owners are using activated charcoal. It can be a real life-saver for any number of accidental poisonings in pets when caught in time.

It is my hope that all of you Mamas will stock activated charcoal in your medicine cabinet and a bottle of capsules in your car. Whether to stop an early case of food poisoning, halt a early stomach bug in its tracks, or as an antidote to an accidental poisoning, our home will never be without it.

Lastly, many use activated charcoal for indigestion, bloating, and acid reflux. Here are some testimonials from Charcoal Remedies.com:

Acid Reflux

In his mid-twenties, John’s duodenal ulcers had become so bad that they were affecting his marriage. After admitting he drank coffee, I explained that coffee dramatically increases the acid production in the stomach. He said that if he had to stop his coffee then he would live with the ulcers. “Well” I said, “then you can think about having eroding ulcers”. That grabbed his attention, so I told him about charcoal, and how it works amazingly well to neutralize stomach acidity. Skepticism spread across his face with that typical Cape Breton look that says, “Go ‘way!” Hoping it would inspire a degree of confidence in my unusual remedy, I directed him to the pharmacy, where they could order the charcoal, if there wasn’t any in stock.

Then I realized that his going to the drugstore was not going to happen. Just for such skeptical folks, I carry a small bottle of charcoal capsules in the truck. I pulled it out, gave it to him with some simple instructions, and said goodbye.

I didn’t see him until the following week. With a big grin, he immediately announced, “I am totally free”. All his symptoms were gone. I could tell just by looking at his face. Keep in mind that John had had these severe pains for quite some time. I then had a chance to mention other items he needed to be careful with, such as spices, condiments, and smoking.

I saw John a month or two later and he said in a very confident manner that not only had he stopped coffee, but that he had also stopped smoking. Now, if he were to feel some acid indigestion coming on, what do you think he will reach for, some brand name antacid with calcium, which actually increases acid production? No, like many others, John knows ‘relief’ can also be spelled:  C-H-A-R-C-O-A-L.   CharcoalRemedies.com, pg.30

My brother Ron has not always “appreciated” the value of my health innovations, but today he has no doubt as to charcoal’s benefit when it comes to stomach upset. As Canadian west-coast commercial fishermen, he and his wife Gerrie worked long and hard seven days a week during fishing season. “There was no time to prepare a proper meal, so then we ended up having a big meal just before going to bed. That habit tended to end in pain, with an upset stomach and gas. But we would take several capsules of charcoal, and the symptoms promptly disappeared.” Back on land again, they are careful to better plan their mealtimes.   CharcoalRemedies.com pg. 32
Ben was, for years, a long distance trucker traveling all over North America. “I didn’t go anywhere without charcoal. If I got an upset stomach, if I had gas, or diarrhea from something, I always had it on hand as a faithful quick remedy. I simply carried a bottle of tablets with me or I would fill some capsules with the powder if I couldn’t get the tablets. We keep it right at hand here in the kitchen.” Oh yes, Ben’s wife Martha is an Emergency Room doctor.  CharcoalRemedies.com page 72

Indigestion

“One tablespoon of activated charcoal powder can adsorb the amount of bacteria that would completely cover a tennis court. I also take four capsules if I eat something that gives me indigestion or stomach pain. I used it once in the middle of a store when my son consumed an unknown amount of liquid soap. We always carry a bottle in our glove box and in my purse for emergencies. For children who can’t swallow pills, the capsules can be opened into a small amount of water, stirred and sipped with a straw. It doesn’t have any taste. Don’t try to put the powder on your tongue and swallow with water. It is so light that when you take a breath, you’ll be sorry!” Thanks Barbara for that motherly advice.   
CharcoalRemedies.com page 97

Stomach Upset

Recently I talked with Yvonne. Some time ago she received a short pamphlet on charcoal, and decided to try it for her long history of upset stomach. She reported that she had gotten fast relief, and that she had had no more problems. She was preparing to go on a trip to Mexico, and was apprehensive about the reports of the Tourista Blues (diarrhea). I suggested that, in case of an emergency, she take some charcoal with her. Fortunately she only heard happy tunes, but she was thankful that she’d had a simple remedy she could trust.
Most cases of chest pain, called heartburn, are nothing more than acid indigestion that can be helped by taking charcoal. A slurry of charcoal and water, or a little olive oil and charcoal mixed together, is often all that is needed.
Ty is another world traveler. As a public speaker, director and field representative for a prominent publishing organization, he is often in the air on his way to some foreign country. With all his other important luggage to keep track of, Ty never forgets his emergency kit. “I take charcoal with me on all international trips, just in case. I visit in many different places, with different foods. If I detect the least upset stomach, I right away take some charcoal.” 

CharcoalRemedies.com page 161

How Do You Take Charcoal?

It’s simple. Just mix 1 teaspoon or 1 Tablespoon of activated charcoal powder INTO a glass of water. Stir gently until the charcoal powder is mixed in. Then, just drink it back.

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 (Excerpt from CharcoalRemedies.com)

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Activated Charcoal: Why No Mama Should Be Without It

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Activated Charcoal: Why No Mama Should Be Without It

Activated charcoal is not the kind found on your burnt toast! 

Activated charcoal is a highly adsorptive antidote for emergency use (and a few other no-emergency uses), able to rapidly mop up toxins and chemicals. Toxins adhere or stick to the very porous surface of the charcoal, so nothing is absorbed by the body – instead passing through and out of the GI tract. It is a fine, black powder that is odorless, tasteless, and nontoxic, and it has proved its value over and over again.

But you have to know about it and have it on hand for it to do any good!

It was 1831. In front of his distinguished colleagues at the French Academy of Medicine, Professor Touery drank a lethal dose of strychnine and lived to tell the tale. He had combined the deadly poison with activated charcoal. (source) Need I say, please don’t try this at home!

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In a 2001 study conducted by the Kentucky Regional Poison Center and reported in the medical journal Pediatrics, Henry Spiller, MS, and George Rodgers, MD of the University of Louisville, demonstrated the real value of giving activated charcoal in the home to children as an antidote for most poisons

The authors of the study concluded the obvious: administering activated charcoal in the home is a lot quicker than taking the time to get to the closest emergency room. They added, “Greater efforts need to be put into educating parents (and pharmacists and pediatricians) about the need to stock activated charcoal in the home in advance of a poisoning.” (source)

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Every 8 Minutes, a Child Goes to an Emergency Room for Medicine Poisoning, Dr. Mercola (source)

We have averted full-blown food-poisoning after eating out more than once as well as using it several times here on the farm. I wouldn’t be without activated charcoal in my medicine cabinet - and always keep capsules in the car – for spider bites, mushroom poisoning, accidental poisoning, a stomach bug, or even a snake bite until we can get to the ER. I don’t hesitate to share it if there is a need. Sometimes, minutes count.

In the case of aspirin poisoning, activated charcoal should be given right away, or if possible, at least within the first thirty minutes. Powdered charcoal reaches its maximum rate of adsorption in the stomach within one minute. The sooner it is given, the better the chances of successful treatment. After one hour, charcoal given for fast-absorbing drugs like aspirin is usually only about ten percent effective. (source)

It has also been used successfully as an external poultice (mixed with baking soda and plantain) on brown recluse and other serious spider bites.

Scientific experiments over many years attest to the effectiveness of charcoal as an antidote, both to humans and to animals. In one experiment, 100 times the lethal dose of Cobra venom was mixed with charcoal and injected into a laboratory animal. The animal was not harmed. In other experiments, arsenic and strychnine were mixed with charcoal and ingested by humans under laboratory conditions. The subjects survived even though the poison dosages were five to ten times the lethal dose.

Contrary to popular belief, activated charcoal does not steal minerals from the body if only used when needed. (source: How Activated Charcoal Works

Dosage:

Activated charcoal can be purchased in tablets, capsules, or powder form. Tablets have one-half the potency of the powdered charcoal and the capsules are a bit more expensive but easy to use. About 14 capsules equals a tablespoon of powder. It is best to take one to two tablespoons of powder in a small portion of water and followed with several glasses of water. (source)

Adequate water is a must to get the charcoal to its target. In the case of a poisoning emergency, I would certainly call a poison control center and follow their instructions. The National Poison Control Center in the US is 1-800-222-1222. Of course, if your area has it, you can always call 911. Please keep pertinent numbers in a readily visible place such as on your fridge. The information on this site is also helpful.

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(This little guy and his brother ingested Tylenol -source) For other true stories, go here.

Pumping the stomach is only effective immediately after swallowing a toxic substance (under a half-hour) and does not reach beyond the stomach as activated charcoal does. Some emergency rooms automatically administer large doses of activated charcoal for certain types of poisoning.

    

Charcoal Testimony

John is a minister, and while he believes very strongly in faith and its part in healing, he also believes one should heed the counsel to “add to one’s faith… knowledge” (2 Peter 1:5). For John and his wife Sharon that means understanding how to use simple natural home remedies.
“John and Sharon try to be prepared for any emergency. As a quick simple first aid, they always have charcoal near at hand. Because they were prepared for one emergency, they now know it really does work for aspirin poisoning. “It happened that a baby got a hold of a number of aspirins and swallowed them. Fortunately it was promptly noticed, and we immediately gave charcoal. For some time after giving the charcoal, we watched the baby carefully, and there were no observable side effects at all.”
Can activated charcoal work for you in an emergency? It can if you follow the Kentucky Poison Control Center’s advice and stock activated charcoal, the antidote for hundreds of common drugs and chemicals, in your medicine cabinet. Then, if it should happen to one of your little ones or a neighbor’s, you can quickly give the antidote as you consider the need to go to Emergency. But what if there is no Emergency Clinic nearby?
“While doing development work in Nepal, just before the rainy season set in, the small clinic at which I worked hosted a week long “health camp”. A group of American doctors, dentists, and their spouses made the exhausting six-hour hike up and down, and finally over into the Huwas valley. “After that very busy week, as some of the medical team rested up for the trek out, Joyce, the director’s wife, led a number of the others on a walk down to the river. On the way, they passed a family having a picnic beside a small Hindu shrine. The translator mentioned that the family lived just below the clinic. After stopping for tea in one village, Joyce decided to hike home by a different route. As they passed by the local health-post/pharmacy, the health worker called them over. A small, four-year-old boy was lying there not responding to anything. The group recognized him as one of the children at the family picnic. Joyce, herself a nurse, tells what happened:
“Among the group was a pediatrician. He examined the child and mentioned meningitis and a couple other serious possibilities as a cause for the child’s condition. Not able to confirm a diagnosis, the doctor decided to give a large dose of antibiotic by injection. It would take some time for the antibiotic to take effect, so we stood around observing the child, and conversing. At some point, I described a similar case, but it had been from poisoning. The baby had not been treated and had died. I suggested giving charcoal. After hearing my story, the physician agreed that this child could also be suffering from poisoning, “but poisoning from what?” he wondered. Nevertheless, he decided that charcoal was worth a try.
So I went to gather some coals from the nearest cook fires. We pulverized them as best we could and mixed the gritty powder in a four-ounce glass with water. We strained the mixture through a cloth and, because the child could not swallow, administered it through a small tube. We were able to get some down, and the child began to struggle against it. That encouraged us to keep trying, and eventually we were able to get about two ounces down. It was difficult to get it into the child because it was gritty and the tube was too small. As the others worked, another woman and I quietly offered a prayer that God would add His blessing to our efforts.
Very soon the child’s breathing, which had been shallow and irregular, returned to normal. We removed the tube, and before the child totally refused to take anymore, we were able to get one more ounce down. By then the boy was completely alert. From the time we were able to get the first bit of charcoal down to the time he was back up and running around was no more than five minutes. We were all absolutely amazed! The doctor insisted that it had to have been the charcoal, because the antibiotics could not possibly have worked so quickly.”
I hope those of you who are still skeptical never have to face such choices. But, by the time you’ve finished these pages and listened to those who have, I hope you will have enough evidence to try charcoal yourselves should an emergency arise. Faith is very powerful, but we need to add knowledge to our faith. (source)

Should you ever need to use activated charcoal on yourself or a child for poisoning, use as soon as possible. Call a poison control center or go to the emergency room as well to make sure the poison has been fully removed as there are several things activated charcoal will NOT adsorb.

The most pure source of activated charcoal (click here) I’ve found is made from coconut shells. When storing it, be careful that young children or pets can’t access it for it is a huge PAIN to clean up from grout or other rough surfaces. The sink or counter, no problem. Think a small plastic container with a tight-fitting lid perhaps.

Activated charcoal has no side effects or known cases of allergic reactions. It has an infinite shelf life. It has also saved the life of many a pet.

No, activated charcoal is not the kind found on your burnt toast. At just the right time, it is worth its weight in gold!

Disclaimer: I am not a professional nor a doctor. I am a mother. I do seek scientific confirmation of the safety and effectiveness of the herbs and remedies I use. Using remedies is a personal decision. Nothing I say on this blog is intended to treat or prevent disease. Consult your doctor.

Have you ever used activated charcoal? What did you use it for? Won’t you please share your stories (human or pet) with us so we can learn more?

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