Good morning reader friends. I have more sad news, bittersweet news I guess. Remember my dear friend, Eva, who just turned 100 last month? She passed away last week. 🙁 I miss her already, she was like a Grandma to me and we had the best talks — she was sharp, wise, and sweet; you could pour your heart out to her. She told me every time I saw her how much she missed my Mom (they'd been friends and neighbors for over 46 years) and we had plenty of cries together, beginning with the day of Mom's diagnosis. Eva was the first person I went to talk to after we found out, and after Mom's death I'd go down to her house (two doors from Mom's) and we'd just sit together and cry and talk about heaven, and she'd remind me to trust God with everything. There are so many blessings in this that I'm thankful for: She really wanted to make it to 100 and she did! As a matter of fact, up until just a few days before her birthday, she was living on her own, cooking for herself, paying her own bills, reading her bible, and enjoying visits from friends. She had been in the hospital with pneumonia, but had come home the night before she passed, so she got to die at home. Her beloved daughter was with her and it was so peaceful; one minute her heart was beating and the next it wasn't. No pain, no struggle, what a great way to go when you're 100. Jesus was Eva's best friend, and I know I'll get to see her again, but it sure is sad to say goodbye (for now) to one more person I love…
Well last Monday I was telling you all about the changes on my site and at that time I didn't know about the many glitches I was about to encounter, so if anything seemed amiss for a while, that was why. (You all know how much I loooooove dealing with technical issues, right?) I think it's almost all ironed out now — and I'm getting better at letting that stuff roll off my back, it's just a blog after all. I have to say, though, that I'm appreciating my little platform here more and more all the time. Sharing stories like the one last week from Leah, who told how she was healed of Fibromyalgia, just make me giddy because I know how many it will help! Do you have any idea how many people are told they can never be completely cured of that condition or other autoimmune diseases?!
By the way, thanks so much to those of you who email me with articles or tid-bits that I might use in my Monday Morning Mix-up posts! I may not be able to use them all, but I use a lot of them.
Here's what I've found for you this week…
- Speaking of a long life, here are the last 6 living people who were born in the 1800's. One says she eats a raw egg every day, another one loves her bacon: “Miss Susie loves her barbeque chicken, Miss Susie loves her bacon, and if you take any of (them) away you will be told off.”
- Did you plan to do better at meal planning in the new year but it's not happening? These meal plans are SO affordable and SO convenient: There's an app that goes with it, and they're totally interactive, they'll even help you plan out your grocery list! For real foodies, gluten-free diets, paleo peeps, and even if you have some of each in your family, click here to check out REAL PLANS!
- The latest information from Dr. Stephanie Seneff from MIT is just… really frightening. She predicts that by 2025 one in TWO kids will have autism, 50% you guys!!!!!!! She makes a connection between Autism and the glyphosate in round-up that's sprayed on Monsanto's GM (genetically modified) seeds. “People don't know how to go back to growing crops without all these weedkillers, so they're afraid to face the facts about these toxic chemicals.” Studies are either not even done (on something used SO much on our foods!) or only follow people for 3 months, and the affects last a lifetime. 90% of corn and soy is sprayed with these toxins. She believes that Autism and Alzheimers are the same pathology in two different age groups and that it's due in large part to glyphosate round-up. “She noted that the side effects of autism closely mimic those of glyphosate toxicity, and presented data showing a remarkably consistent correlation between the use of Roundup on crops (and the creation of Roundup-ready GMO crop seeds) with rising rates of autism. Children with autism have biomarkers indicative of excessive glyphosate, including zinc and iron deficiency, low serum sulfate, seizures, and mitochondrial disorder. A fellow panelist reported that after Dr. Seneff’s presentation, “All of the 70 or so people in attendance were squirming, likely because they now had serious misgivings about serving their kids, or themselves, anything with corn or soy, which are nearly all genetically modified and thus tainted with Roundup and its glyphosate.” There is so much info that I can't share it all here. Please read this article and watch at least some of this video:
- On a lighter note, aren't these cool? Get these bookmarks here. 🙂
- Here's a video about a 91 year old man who still swims competitively. Even beyond the obvious neat parts of his story, it said in the article that he cares for his 86 year old wife with Alzheimers, and I think that out-shines the rest. (Kent's Mom did the same with his Dad for years before he passed, and Eva took care of her husband on her own for years as well — that takes more strength and determination than anything!) The part that made me sad? He drinks LOW-FAT milk every morning. Oh well, he just doesn't know. Read here to learn why you shouldn't eat/drink low-fat anything.
- Sweet deal alert: 40% off 12 ounce THERMOcafe stainless steel insulated food jars!
- Help for MS Sufferers! (Shared from Authority Nutrition) “For those who wonder why the MS doctors have not embraced diet as a treatment strategy – Read THE TIPPING POINT – How little things can make a big difference… New ideas spread gradually. You can be an early adopter or a later adopter. It took 200 years for the NAVIES of the world to give vitamin C rich foods to prevent Scurvy which decimated the sailors for centuries. It took 30 years for the idea of helicobacter pylori infections as the primary cause for stomach ulcers. Medicine usually takes 30 to 50 years for clinical ideas to spread. I am giving the public the chance to skip the 30 to 50 years while we do the science. You can be an early adopter and start making dietary changes now to improve your health and reverse chronic disease problems — or you can wait the 30 to 50 years and be a late adopter. Both are valid choices. It will depend on which makes the most sense to you. Are you an innovator, early adopter, late adopter, or a resistor?” – Terry Wahls MD.
- Find The Wahls Protocol here: How I Beat Progressive MS Using Paleo Principles and Functional Medicine, by Terry Wahls MD. Or read a story from one of my readers of how SHE healed Multiple Sclerosis: Yet another reason to believe that MS and auto immune diseases CAN be healed!
- In case you missed posts from last week:
- Here's my weekly reminder to be sure and look around my archive page if you haven't lately and/or my recipe-finder page.
Have a great week!