Health and Wellness

Healthy Cells, Healthy Immune System, Healthy Body

Our immune system was designed specifically to heal our bodies and keep them healthy. So why are so many failing these days?

There are many factors that cause our immune systems to function poorly - diet, lack of exercise, too much stress and how we handle it, pollutants and contaminants in the air and water, toxins in our food supply, body care and cleaning products among many other factors. But taking our health seriously doesn't have to be burdensome and confusing.

I don't know anyone who wants to be sick or die of disease but sadly that's what is happening to so many people. Death is a sure thing, but disease doesn't have to be.

If you're interested in strengthening your immune system allowing it to do its job, which is to heal your body, then go to Amazing Molecules . Find out how healthy cells make for a healthy body and then contact me!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Herb Doc, Dr. Richard Schulze on CONSTIPATION

This Dr. Schulze video is a MUST SEE 

It's a re-run from 2004 (once on his blog click the box that says, Dr. Schulze CLASSIC VIDEOS In the Pharmacy 2004, a blog post from 8/29/2012).

In the video, Dr. Schulze talks about his Intestinal Formula #1 while he gives an easy to understand description about how our bowels work and the importance of having regular bowel movements EVERY DAY, not once or twice a week or once a month.


I've been taking Intestinal Formula #1 for a number of years now.  After I did the first bowel cleanse with Instestinal Formula #1 and Intestinal Formula #2, I lost about five (5) pounds!  I feel so much better and lighter since I've been using Intestinal Formula #1.  There is noting else like it.  I've tried almost everything.

After back surgery 19 years ago I was left with very sluggish bowels for some reason.  This constipation problem was unbeknownst to me as a problem.  I didn't know I was constipated because I thought if I didn't have the urge to go then I wasn't constipated.  And my doctor told me that eliminating once or twice a week for me was normal since that had been my pattern.

So my bowel problem turned into breast cancer.  After all the research I've done I've been able to conclude that this is true.  I was on many medications over the years for Hypothyroidism and because of my back, not to mention I wasn't feeding my body properly.  The waste was not being eliminted and the poisons were being asborsed into my body.  It had to go somewhere.


If you're experiencing sluggish bowels, not eliminating at least TWICE a day please don't turn to laxatives.  Our bowels can become dependent on laxatives and cause a worse problem.  And you're only covering up the symptoms and not addressing the problem.

Intestinal Formula #1 consists of a blend of herbs that promotes peristalsis (the motion of the bowel that causes the waste to be eliminated).  This helps strengthen the muscles so that eventually your bowels will work on their own as long as you're also eating a healthy and proper diet.

Constipation is a symptom,
not the underlying problem.

Intestinal Formula #1 comes in various quantities and in two strengths, Regular and Max.  Instestinal Formula #1 is used in conjunction with Intestinal Formula #2 as a complete bowel cleanse.  Think of it as a Fall cleaning!

To clean bowels!


Saturday, August 25, 2012

Cantelope Recall - CDC advises not to eat cantelope from Chamberlain Farms

On August 22, 2012, the FDA announced a recall of cantelopes by Chamberlain Farms Produce, Inc., Owensville Indiana.

If you have cantelope at your house, be sure check its origin.  The CDC advises not to eat any cantelope from Chamberlain Farms and to throw it away (or take it back to the store and get your money back).      On August 22, 2012, Chamberlain Farms announced they believe their cantelope is the source of a miltistate outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium infection.  The CDC has reported this outbreak and advises not to eat your cantelope.

The following states have been affected.  The number next to each state indicates the amount of people who have fallen ill, they believe, from the affected cantelope:  Alabama (13), Arkansas (3), California (2), Georgia (3), Illinois (21), Indiana (18), Iowa (7), Kentucky (56), Massachusetts (2), Michigan (6), Minnesota (4), Mississippi (5), Missouri (12), New Jersey (2), North Carolina (3), Ohio (4), Pennsylvania (2), South Carolina (3), Tennessee (6), Texas (2), and Wisconsin (4).

So far and prayerfully no more, out of the 178 ill people, 62 two of them have been hospitalized. In Kentucky there were two deaths reported.

It's always best to play it safe so use gloves when removing the cantelope and clean up any areas which it may have touched, especially in the fridge, on the counter top and even in your sink.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Another great time at the Media Farmer's Market

Yesterday was a great day at the Media Farmers Market (State Street in Media, PA right next to the Media Theatre).

My Penn State Extension - Food & Wellness table attracted all ages.  The color wheel was a huge hit with the kids even after I informed them (not very seriously) that in order to spin the wheel they had to answer a fruit and/or vegetable question. They were up for the challenge and surprised my husand and me of how knowledgable they were about fruits and veges!  It was a fun time for all!

Thanks to my husband, Rich, who was with me and helped out, Leah, my counterpart at the Penn State Extension and to Elizabeth MacGuire who stopped by to show her support.  Elizabeth is the author of Collingdale Borough (Images of America) which will be released on November 19, 2012 and can be pre-purchased on Amazon.  I'm looking forward to getting it. 

It was so nice to see some faces I recognized from my last visit there and it was a lot of fun getting to meet new people.  Those who stopped by for Sweet Zucchini Pie and Sunflower Seed Brittle samples (recipes below) were not disappointed.  All the recipe cards were gone by the time I left.  And there was only one young girl who didn't like the Sunflower Seed Brittle but Joe Fazik, the Media Farmers Market manager, was especially fond it so that made up for it!

I also displayed at my table an array of healthy information via flyers and brochues.  The jars of whole grains, dry beans, and legumes were there to add a balance to the fruits and vegetables.  The basket with food products were there to help consumers identify what may sound healthy at a glance due to their marketing techniques may not be (it's important to read the labels).  The farm and food toys I had displayed were also a big hit with the kids.  An adorable 2 year old didn't want to leave the Fisher Price barn!  

I 'm very much looking forward to my next visit at the Media Farmer's Market on Thursday, September 27th and hopefully will be there in October also.  Hope to see you there!  'Til then you have to try these recipes! 

Sweet Zucchini Pie

5 cups diced zucchini – substitute apples for an Apple Pie
1 cup sugar
2 Tbsp white whole wheat flour
1 ½ -2 teas ground cinnamon
¼ teas ground nutmeg, optional
Two unbaked 9 inch crusts (one for top and one for the bottom)

• Combine the first five ingredients and spoon into the bottom of the unbaked pie shell.
• Cover with top crust and cut a few slits in the top so it can breathe while baking.
• Bake at 400° for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 375°; bake for 40-45 minutes or until the topping is browned and zucchini is tender. Cover crust edges with foil during the last 15 minutes if needed.
• Cool completely before cutting.

Zucchini Crumb Pie

5 cups diced zucchini – substitute apples for an Apple Pie
½ cup sugar
2 Tbsp white whole wheat flour
1 ½ -2 teas ground cinnamon
¼ teas ground nutmeg, optional
One unbaked 9 inch pie crust

Crumb Topping:
1/2-2/3 cup white whole wheat flour
1/4-1/2 cup sugar, depending on taste
1/4 cup butter

• Combine the first five ingredients and spoon into pie the unbaked pie shell.
• To make the topping, combine sugar and flour; cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over pie.
• Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes or until the topping is browned and zucchini is tender or until mixture bubbles. Cover crust edges with foil during the last 15 minutes if needed. Cool completely before cutting.

Yield: 8 servings.

Variation: Use cupcake or mini muffin pans to make individual pies or mini pies. Press crust dough into muffin papers, fill with zucchini mixture and top with crumb topping. Bake at 350 for approx. 20-25 minutes for cupcake size and 15-20 minutes for mini’s. Remove from oven and pan; allow to cool.
Homemade Honey Roasted Sunflower Seeds

2 cups raw shelled sunflower seeds
3 tablespoons honey or agave nectar (or use a combination)
1 1/2 tablespoons oil
1/2 teaspoon salt

1. Heat honey/nectar on the stove just until it melts/softens a bit. This should only take a minute or less.
2. Remove from stove and add the oil and salt. Mix well.
3. Add the sunflower seeds, mix very well.
4. Lay the sunflower seeds out as flat as possible on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
5. Bake a 350 for 15-20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes until it starts to change color, but before it starts burning.
6. Once finished cooking, remove from the cookie sheet and allow cool. When they're completely cooled they will harden; break them apart.
7. Store in an airtight jar until you finish eating them.

Note: To make them with a granulated sweetener instead of honey or other sweeteners, mix 3 tablespoons of sugar, 2 tablespoons water, 1.5 tablespoons oil, and 1/2 teaspoon salt and bring them to a boil on the stove top until the syrup becomes golden. Mix with sunflower seeds, then continue from step 3. These will be lighter in color than ones made with honey.

You can make these also with peanuts instead of sunflower seeds. Use raw, shelled peanuts and make exactly the same way. You just need to roast it for a little longer.