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Archive for September, 2007

Easier to digest, really?

Posted by theancientpathsfamilyfarm on September 24, 2007

A relative of ours was instructed years ago by her physician to eat pork as her primary meat because it is easier to digest and therefore easier on the entire digestive system. This relative has had a lot of trouble in recent years relating to her stomach and intestines, so much so that she almost died (twice now) from having simply polyps removed.

Our family recently did a meat experiment (of which I won’t disclose exactly what we were testing in case anyone else is interested in doing the same experiment but I will tell you to look closely!). One of the results we found Read the rest of this entry »


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Arnica Montana

Posted by theancientpathsfamilyfarm on September 23, 2007

This past summer I had a crush-injury to my foot. In less than 36 hours I was on an airplane heading to southern California for my Grandfather’s memorial service. I was required to walk a lot and wear shoes that, well, hurt my foot quite a bit.

On the trip south I sat next to a very nice lady who told me about a homeopathic remedy that she was very familiar with. She told me about Arnica Montana and recommended I get some and apply it ASAP to help my foot. To be honest, I forgot about it. I did have other things on my mind at the time. But a few weeks after getting home I spotted some arnica spray at the local health food store and bought some. It sat on the shelf waiting for an opportunity to be used.

This past week DH injured his forearm. It was black and blue by the time he got home, not to mention the swelling. At dinner when I went to get his MSM I saw the spray in the cupboard and brought it to him. He applied it to his arm and we began to eat dinner. Less than 5 minutes later he was up and applying more spray to his arm. I asked him why he was doing that and he told me: “I missed a spot. I can definitely feel a difference already in the area that I sprayed and the area that I didn’t. It doesn’t hurt at all like it did before I put it on.” We were all impressed! Now, DH is a very tough man and rarely comments about his injuries (carpenters often have a few injuries). This one hurt and was in such a location that every time he rested his arm on the table or the truck door it hurt. To be honest it hurt just for me to look at it. But DH is also such a man that if a remedy works, I don’t often find out. 🙂 Like I said, he’s a tough guy. The fact that this spray had such an effect was very impressive to all of us!

What is Arnica Montana? It is a topical substance produced from a flower. It is used to reduce the swelling and pain of bruises, sprains, muscle or joint problems, swelling of the veins under the skin, and for insect bites. It has also been used as a mouthwash for swollen gums and mouth ulcers. It comes in a lotion or a spray, though I suggest the spray because when I injured my foot I simply could not touch it for about 6 weeks. And with DH’s arm there would have been no way to apply lotion either. A spray simply makes more sense to me. I don’t find, in my limited search, any negative affects of arnica spray other than possible skin irritation.

I certainly recommend this product to anyone who has need of a remedy for the swelling and pain of bruises, sprains, muscle or joint problems. I’d be curious to hear about other experiences with arnica. Please feel free to leave a comment.

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Meat Experiment

Posted by theancientpathsfamilyfarm on September 20, 2007

I have read about this experiment a few times and our family is going to do it tomorrow when all the kids get home. If you do it, let me know what results you get. 🙂 If you’ve already done this before, let me know how it went.

Here’s what you need:
raw pork (this is a vital part of the experiment, don’t substitute)
raw beef (this is also a must)
8 clear jars (with lids optional)
cola (coke or pepsi, preferably not the cheap store brand)

FIRST you have to state your hypothesis and the kids need to state theirs too. Cut pork and beef into same size pieces and place in separate jars – the pork in four jars and the beef in four separate jars. Pour liquid on each specimen (I’ve seen it covering each specimen and I’ve seen it where it’s not fully submerged. I’m not sure which is best). Observe specimen in each jar. Note what is taking place within the first 5 minutes and then at regular intervals from then on. Record results.

I wanted to do fish as well, but that may have to be another experiment at another time. I’m also considering adding another set to the process – rubbing alcohol. I’ll place lids on the jars to keep the experiment clean (assuming one is using clean jars and lids already). I’ve heard to let the jars sit for 3 days but then I’ve heard that this experiment is over within a few short hours. I don’t know, I think we’ll go for the 3 days and see what we get at the end.

And another suggestion for an experiment (different one) was to use something like rum (would it work any different than vodka? I don’t know, we’ll find out) and let the specimen soak in it for 24 hours then to note what condition the specimen is in at that point to illustrate one good reason NOT to drink strong liquor, at least not very often. I’m curious to see what it looks like in Coke after 24 hours (since now we’ve stopped drinking it regularly – no Coke in almost 3 weeks now!).

I’m not going to tell you what to expect from this little experiment because that would ruin your own hypothesis! 🙂

Now, before you go and google this to see what you’re supposed to look for – I already did that. Snopes says it’s a fraud yet I’ve seen enough pictures of other homeschoolers who have done this experiment to believe them over Snopes. Besides, after reading what Snopes has written on their page, I don’t think they know what they’re talking about. Look at Snopes AFTER you do the experiment and see if their results are similar to yours.

Blessings ~

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Power Encouragement Follow-Up

Posted by theancientpathsfamilyfarm on September 18, 2007

I posted a bit ago about our decrease in power consumption. I’m happy to report that our power bill last month was well under $40. For a family of 6! This months bill is hovering at $40 as well. Not bad for running an old freezer, a well pump, and two septic pumps on top of all the regular household appliances (fridge, oven, etc).

I’m looking forward to seeing what our power bills will be this winter…

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Cold Sore Remedy

Posted by theancientpathsfamilyfarm on September 17, 2007

I cannot thank my friend enough for telling us about L-Lysine! Our daughter, Miriam, has suffered from tremendous cold sores since she started first grade in the public school. These cold sores or fever blisters would show up and take over a rather large portion of her face. They were terribly painful and always embarrassing for her, not to mention they would last a rather long time. She has a few small scars left over near the corners of her mouth that are rather visible when the air is cold or her face is hot or flushed. We had tried various remedies and nothing really seemed to help very much.

We have never been able to pinpoint what causes these outbreaks. We have noticed them appear in times of stress and in peaceful times, when she’s been ill and when she’s been healthy, in all seasons of the year, etc. But one common factor we have noticed over the years: Pictures! If she is scheduled to be in an event requiring a photo, she will almost definately develop a cold sore. UGH! Poor girl!

Then a friend recommended we try L-Lysine. I went out and bought some right away. I gave her one before each meal as soon as she felt a new sore starting. She also continued to use Abreva often, though that didn’t ever yield as positive of a result as the L-Lysine.

Good bye cold sores/fever blisters!

Here is a great link about L-Lysine:
Lysine from University of Maryland Medical Center

Lysine is an essential amino acid, which means that it is essential to human health but cannot be manufactured by the body. For this reason, lysine must be obtained from food. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. Lysine is important for proper growth and it plays an essential role in the production of carnitine, a nutrient responsible for converting fatty acids into energy and helping to lower cholesterol. Lysine appears to help the body absorb and conserve calcium and it plays an important role in the formation of collagen, a substance important for bones and connective tissues including skin, tendon, and cartilage.

If there is too little lysine in the diet, kidney stones and other health related problems may develop including fatigue, nausea, dizziness, loss of appetite, agitation, bloodshot eyes, slow growth, anemia, and reproductive disorders. It is extremely rare, however, to obtain insufficient amounts of lysine through the diet. Generally, only vegetarians who follow a macrobiotic diet and certain athletes involved in frequent vigorous exercise are at risk for lysine deficiency. For vegetarians, legumes (beans, peas and lentils) are the best sources of lysine.

Lysine is involved in the browning reaction, or carmelization, in foods such as pastries, doughnuts, cookies and cereals. In this process, lysine and sugar become linked together in a way that makes lysine difficult for the body to absorb. As a result, a diet high in cereals and baked goods, especially those that contain a lot of simple sugars, can result in low lysine intake.

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