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Are the Foods We Eat the Cause of Many Health Issues? 
Mar. 23, 2013 12:05 am 
Updated: Apr. 20, 2013 12:56 am
In my previous entries, I have shared some of my knowledge about foods in an effort to encourage everyone to learn the importance of diet and how it relates to our health. I have to admit that I have been a bit discouraged by comments requesting .gov and .edu references for everything. As far as I am concerned, these sites are the most likely to hide the truth. At any rate, in this post I will share my personal experience for which there is no other reference than "me".

In September of 2011, my 92 year old mother came to live with us. Her history had been that she had lived with my 91 year old Aunt, who is domineering and controlling, for 8 years. During this time, my mother lost her ability to speak, her memory started to fail, and she lost the strength in her legs to walk. I had expressed my concern for her deterioration to my brother and her doctor, but to no avail. It was easier for them to leave her there than to do something to help her. My Aunt wouldn't let her leave, and my mother eventually was not able to express herself. In January of 2012, my mother fell in a restaurant she had gone to with my Aunt, and the restaurant owners called an ambulance to avoid liability.

Once in the hospital, the doctors there determined that my mother had dementia, and that my Aunt was not capable of caring for her. After her stay at the hospital, the doctors there moved her to a nursing home for therapy. Since my mother had never signed a Power of Attorney, I found an attorney, and started the process of getting Legal Guardianship for her. According to the courts, they take charge of her assets and I am an employee of the court (unpaid of course) that has been appointed to care for her and pay her expenses. To make a long story short, my mother went from the first nursing home, to a second nursing home nearer my brother and I, and finally in September of 2012 I got the court approval for her to move in with my husband and I. My husband took the morning shift so I could get some sleep, and I stayed up until 5am to help her when she got up during the night.

When she came to us, she couldn't speak at all. Anything that she tried to say was complete gibberish. She could barely walk because the nursing home made her stay in a wheel chair. The people at the nursing home had deemed her completely incontinent, meaning she had no control of her bowels or urination. So the first couple of weeks, my husband got up to find her, her bed, the carpet, and furniture covered in feces. Sometimes she would let loose while sitting in a kitchen chair, and the chair and floor had to be cleaned as well as her. She required long naps in the late afternoon, and was in bed again shortly after dinner. Her mood swings were extreme. She would go from laughing to crying to anger and rage in short periods of time. She would fight us in accomplishing daily tasks such as dressing and getting ready for bed, and refused to eat many of the foods offered to her. (This made our dog very happy.) In addition, she was taking 10 prescription drugs (including 3 high blood pressure, 1 high cholesterol, thyroid, hypertension, and 2 dementia), and trying to get her to take her meds was an ordeal twice a day. She spit the pills in the water glass, and often seemed confused with the "pill, water, swallow" sequence. Needless to say, during the first month or so, my husband and I were beginning to wonder if we had bitten off more than we could chew.

We got her eating the foods that we eat which includes range fed beef, pork, chicken, and eggs, homegrown veggies, and homemade long fermentation whole grain bread. Breakfasts are soaked whole grain cereals such as steel cut oats or 9-grain cereal, a banana, and low fat milk. Lunch is NutriBlasts made with 50% greens (including spinach, kale, and collard greens) and 50% fruits (including various berries, pears, apples, pineapple, avocado, etc.). Dinner includes a meat or wild-caught fish, a veggie, and a starch type veggie such as brown rice or potato. We also gradually got her on a regiment of supplements primarily from, including Omega-3, a multiple, and a memory supplement. We have also started trying PQQ, PS, and Lecithin that are all supposed to help rebuild the brain. As the brain is rebuilt, we are supplying the therapy to rebuild synaptic connections.

So here we are 6 months later. My mother now sleeps through the night, and is completely continent. She goes to the bathroom by herself, and has virtually no accidents. The mood swings have completely stopped. She reads newspaper ads and magazines out loud, and she couldn't read at all before. She eats everything and almost anything, and has a great appetite. The pill routine is easy now with no spitting at all. She not only accepts the morning and evening routines, but she can do many of the tasks herself. She hasn't used the wheelchair since she came here, and she gets around pretty well, although still slow. She has a wonderful sense of humor, and is getting sharper at catching plays on words. For example, when watching TV recently, someone said that a friend was "kind of dead". She laughed and said "Kind of dead?" Her speaking ability has improved tremendously. She still ends up with gibberish at the end of a sentence, but she very often gets out whole sentences. Best of all, her medications have been reduced from 10 to 2 and her doctor said that she had the blood work of a 20 year old. We recently took her off of her last high blood pressure med. The doctor also told us that he has never seen so much improvement in an elderly person.

So, in conclusion, do I have references? - He** no! This is my personal experience with one 92 year old lady that had been led toward destruction with processed foods. I might also mention that my husband and I are 65 and 66, respectively. Neither of us has any health issues, nor do we take any prescription drugs. I, personally, recently completed an Associates Degree in Science with a 4.0 GPA. So, am I a fear monger, or is the "proof in the pudding".
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Mar. 23, 2013 4:46 am
judy, what an amazing story! I'm with you all the way. I am 58, watch what I eat carefully and take no meds. I have a weblink for you if you would email me. I wouldn't want to be a "fear monger". Blessings to you, your husband and your mother.
Mar. 23, 2013 4:47 am
Mar. 23, 2013 5:11 am
Thank you for sharing your story. While food changes would not work alone without the love and care which you and your husband had provided. That alone would be the biggest of all. Your mother has her esteem back and that is the biggest healer of all.
Mar. 23, 2013 5:41 am
This is an incredibly encouraging story. It is similar to others I've read about, and is great anecdotal evidence to support your beliefs regarding foods. You probably already know this blog/website very well, but I thought I would share with you anyway. The Nourished Kitchen is one of my favorite food websites. Jenny, the blog owner/writer, teaches about real foods, non-GMO, fermented foods, soaked grains and beans for bread making, and many many more topics. I think you'd enjoy it. Is it the food that is making these changes? I can't say one way or another, but the fact remains that there has been great improvement. Certainly the changes you've made to her diet cannot be harmful. They may be helpful! Much of the change in her behavior could be from getting the support and care from people she loves. What you and your hubby are doing is honoring your parent, and loving her sacrificially. I can't imagine that not having an effect!
Mar. 23, 2013 9:19 am
I have no doubt our "foods" are less about providing good nutritional ingredients and more about good profits. My experience has been our society over medicated and in elderly people this often leads to dementia type symptoms. A simple lack of B12 can cause myriad cognitive issues. I try to bypass most processed foods and GMOs. If some slip by it is in very small doses. You have done a wonderful job with your mother!
Mar. 23, 2013 9:27 am
I'm in the group that agrees with you. Processed food is NOT healthy for us. Just looking at the changes that take place in milk when it is made "safe" for consumption is a good starting point. I have serious auto-immune which isn't cured, but I have found improvement at least, eating all fresh and unprocessed food. My inflammation levels go down
Mar. 23, 2013 11:37 am
petey, can you drink raw milk where you live? NJ is pretty strict in is regulations. I think you have to own a cow to get raw milk, but I've heard it is very healthful if handled properly. Last year what looked like a SWAT team showed up at a Pennsylvania farm because they were selling raw milk to out of state people. I don't know how the case turned out, but it was shocking.
Mar. 23, 2013 11:51 am
What a wonderful story, thank you for sharing your journey with us. Firstly, I have to say that I am in awe of both you and your husband for going the distance for your mother. You married a 'keeper' as there are not many men who would do this. Your mother's improvement and recovery MUST be related to diet and to love and attention. I just snort when I hear people say, "Well, it is USDA approved!" Really? That tells me nothing. We have become a malnourished, over fed nation. Highly processed foods are not providing the nutrition our bodies need but it is providing way too many empty calories and plenty of additives to slowly help poison us.
Mar. 23, 2013 7:59 pm
Thank you all for your comments and support. While I agree that one-on-one interaction and stimulation have played a role in her improvements, I believe it was the changes in her diet that include all unprocessed foods, range fed meat and eggs, wild-caught fish, properly used whole grains, and dietary supplements that eliminated the need for high cholesterol meds and the 3 high blood pressure meds she was taking. In all, the need for 8 of the drugs she was taking was eliminated. If my theories to heal her brain work, the next step is to help her re-learn and build new synaptic connections. Her decline took almost 8 years. I don't expect a turn-around overnight, but I think we have seen excellent results for only 6 months. I hope that my mother's story will help other people to realize that the aging process, dementia, and many other diseases can be stopped and even reversed with the proper nutrition. I think it's so sad that so many of the elderly are left in nursing homes, especially if there is any chance they can re-gain health and quality of life.
Mar. 23, 2013 8:25 pm
Nana, I completely agree with you about USDA and FDA approval. Most of the vitamin supplements we get are from New Zealand. There are not as many, if any, synthetics in them. BigShotsMom, a vitamin B12 deficiency can cause cognitive and speech issues. Although blood test showed that this was not the cause of her problems, we are giving her a B12 supplement simply because age can prevent absorption of B12. Doc Simonson, thanks for the reference to Nourished Kitchen. I am always open to new or better ideas. I'll check it out.
Mar. 23, 2013 9:30 pm
Judy, I cannot discount the better foods and mostly the incredible love and attention that changed your Mom's overall health. And i warmly applaud you and your husband for all you do for your mom. Just curious (from a scientific perspective) if her improvement also coincided with the decrease in medications or if the medications dropped after she started getting better. When my Mom was dying, she was erroneously given an overdose on a prescription that made her very loopy, and when we finally realized the cause, she was much better. My life long best friend's mother had what they determined to be severe Alzheimer's only to determine that she also was overmedicated. She still had issues, but literally went from a drooling invalid to driving her own car and working part time within weeks. I think food plays a roll in our lives, but am not sure that medication isn't a bigger issue and would love to know your thoughts.
Mar. 23, 2013 11:30 pm
Az93, I think the change of diet eliminated the problems of high cholesterol and high blood pressure, but I also think that the medications caused some of her problems. When she came here, I looked up all of her medications and their side effects. As it turned out, she was experiencing the side effects of some of the medications, and also some of the meds were meant to offset the side effects of other meds. For example, some of the meds could cause urinary problems, hence her so-called incontinence. Some could cause irregular heartbeat, hence more blood pressure meds and the pace maker one of the "brilliant" doctors put in her. The side effects of others were dizziness, falling, disorientation, etc. So, yes, I believe that the meds were the cause of some of the problems. I think the diet she had with my Aunt in combination with my Aunt's dominance and not allowing my mother to do anything but sit in a chair and watch TV caused the initial decline. The meds and 9 months in nursing homes didn't help much either. All of the foods served are processed and pre-packaged. If someone couldn't or wouldn't eat the food served, they went without. While we were there one man complained that he couldn't eat the tough meat they served because he had just had all his teeth removed. They had in their records to not give my mother fish, which is just as well because it would have been fish sticks. She loves fish here. So although I think her diet and supplements have played in important role in getting her off of the meds, such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure, and to starting healing her brain, I also believe that her previous diet, medications, and lack of personal interaction were extremely contributory in her decline. No one thing is the whole answer. As we age, there are many things that our bodies stop doing, and this includes the supply of necessary nutrients and chemical necessary for brain function. Even if we eat all of the right things, our bodies don't utilize them as it did when we were young. Some of the supplements available help our bodies to start working again as they did in our younger days, but we have to be very careful with supplements. They are definitely not all created equal. So, in answer to your question, medication and over-medication is definitely a big part of the problem, but diet and proper nutrition and eliminate the need for medication.
Mar. 23, 2013 11:37 pm
Sorry for the type-o's in the last post. It's late. By the way, if anyone is interested, I can try to pass on some of what I have learned about the aging process, what happens and what we can do about it. For anyone interested, I found a wonderful reference book about what foods are good for specific medical problems and what a lot of foods are good for. It is "Natural Healing Foods" by Pamela Young and is available on
Mar. 24, 2013 12:14 am
Doc Simonson, I think the foods have been contributory simply because we avoid process and pre-packaged foods as much as possible, but I think some of the dietary supplements have also helped. The improvements in my Mom are a combination of diet, supplements, elimination of meds, and personal interaction. For the first time in her life, she is given choices and can do what she wants to do. My Dad was very controlling and so was my Aunt. Rather than fight them, my mother always did what they wanted. Now she is given choices. She doesn't "have to" go to bed at a certain time or get up at a certain time as she did with my Dad and my Aunt, and in the nursing home. She has choices about what she wants to do. We joke with her and laugh with her even if we don't understand everything she says. I have speech and reading therapy apps that I downloaded to my iPad, and we make games of them to make them more fun. Depending on her improvements, I really hope to set her up as an example of what other people can do for elderly people they care about.
Mar. 24, 2013 5:20 am
hi I for one would love to be kept up to date with how your mom, you and husband are doing. Would also like more infor for sites to check out. I for one had always understood how food affects people especially which they have a sensitivity or out and out right allergic to that item. What is the brand name of the supplements you use. The internist i am see right now wants me increase omaga-3 but he want me to be carefull not to get any with murcuy in it.
Mar. 24, 2013 6:54 am
Judy, there is no doubt in my mind that what you are doing is absolutely terrific! You are seeing results and that really intrigues me. Once you source all of the resources, your diet really isn't that hard to follow. From what I've seen at the Nourished Kitchen, it seems fairly easy once you learn the routine. I'm thinking about giving this a try my self. I'm not sure how the family will feel about it, but can a one or two month trial really hurt? The only catch for me will be trying to source things living in a small, rural community. Until I can get a garden going at the new place, I'll have to find organic veggies close to home.
Mar. 24, 2013 8:13 am
That is a fantastic change in a very short time. I'm happy you had such great results. Our American diet does lead to many of our health problems, but so many people just want to eat what's easy & fast. So many don't realize eating healthy can be fast also. Last night I steamed fresh broccoli & carrots & it only took about 3 minutes! Sprinkled on some herbs & no-salt seasoniing, added a side of rice & done. Keep up your good work & hope things continue smoothly for you.
Mar. 24, 2013 1:52 pm
Very interesting blog! I so agree with your findings! My dear older friend had to put her husband in a nursing home in Dec. So far he has lost all his teeth due to the meds he is on and he can't walk. Years ago I thought they should change their diet and lose weight. They didn't but they kept adding pills to "fix" what was wrong. It saddens me to them in their "golden" years with such problems. I'm glad your mom had you.
Mar. 24, 2013 6:08 pm
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts Judy. My feelings and experiences mirror yours exactly. I was so sad to hear about the abuse in your Mom's nursing home. I fear this is a very common thing. You are a true angel taking her in and caring so much for her. I know it can't be easy, I wish every elderly person had someone to care for them the way you do your Mom. I wish you all continued and increasing health and look forward to hearing updates from you on your Mom's improvement. -Lara
Mar. 24, 2013 9:47 pm
Lara, I don't think my mother was abused in the last nursing home. In fact, it was one of the better ones. At least the elderly were encouraged to move around - even it was in a wheelchair. All of the other nursing homes we visited, kept people confined to their rooms and they were much more institutional. The food isn't good in any of them. They try to get by as cheaply as they can even though they charge $7000 to $10,000 per month for each resident. Nadine, the supplements that we use are from They are in New Zealand. The ingredients and benefits of ingredients for each supplement are listed, and they also show feedback from customers. All of us take the Omega-3/QH Ultra. I used to get sharp pains in my knees when going down stairs. After taking these for a little while, the pain has completely stopped. They have also brought my cholesterol level to normal. Doc Simonson, I looked at the Nourished Kitchens site a little. I don't think I would like all the fermented foods. Although I use a long fermentation on all of my breads, I don't use sour dough. Over time, maintenance of the starter uses too much flour - plus I don't like the sour dough flavor.
Mar. 25, 2013 3:59 am
Great story, Judy, and congratulations on your success with your mother! Thanks for sharing. I am coming around to your way of thinking. Now as I pick up some organic chicken and start to think of how expensive it is, I ask myself, well, how expensive would a prescription be?
Mar. 25, 2013 4:44 am
First of all, God bless you for taking in your Mother and ensuring she receives the best possible care. It is a lot of work but you and your husband have to be commended for that. Secondly, that is amazing the turnaround that your Mother has experienced thanks to you and your husband changing her diet, showing her love and patience, and believing that she can get better. So many doctors and nursing homes don't put forth much (or any) effort to help the elderly. I arranged for care for my Mother last year and it was extremely difficult to find good care. It seems the only consideration for diet in the nursing homes is how much it costs, not how it can benefit the resident. Sorry, I could go on and on. You have definitely gotten my attention regarding this subject. I have tried to buy more organic but I can't find everything organic. Please continue to share your story. The dramatic turn-around says a lot.
Mar. 25, 2013 5:16 am
It's documentation, such as this, that our professional health communities are too willing to poo-poo. For safety's sake they have to experiment with a control example in a scientific environment. This to avoid the wrath of the legal system. If only they could take your example, and the example of others, into the account of their studies. I could recount similar results of my own events as well as events I have been close to, but without scientific regulations all the words I profess are just hot air. On the flip side, the organizations that profess a natural life tend to berate the medical communities with fervor. I believe the answer to the dilemma is resolved by everybody educating themselves for healthful living habits, nutrition and diet and paying close attention to the function and feel of their bodies. What you have reported here can be of great value to others, especially those of us in our late life. Thank you for that!
Mar. 25, 2013 6:03 am
Thank you for sharing this encouraging story; it is a strong confirmation of the changes that the "average" person can achieve against the "establishments" as a result of thoughtful research, good nutrition and plain old fashioned healthful care. I tend to have more faith in examples such as your story than in much of the so-called science- not to discount all scientific research- but I am always skeptical of where the study funding originates! At my local pharmacy, I seldom see senior citizens leaving without multiple prescriptions costing huge sums of money. The library is still free, and fresh wholesome foods can be worked into a modest budget along with thoughtfully chosen viatamins-ABSOLUTELY B complex and D for seniors- and it is eminently doable to take matters of health into one's own hands. I found with my aging mother that when I questioned many of her "medications" with the doctors that often we wound up with less than what was initially recommended. If we received a curt answer or the doctor simply ordered the medication I often replied "let me take the prescription and after my sister in medical school looks it up, we'll consider using it then." A mild reminder to the doctor that all patients deserve that extra measure of communication and explanation before supporting the pharamceutical industry. We also frequently changed doctors until we found a comfortable rapport with a likeminded individual. It also costs nothing to ask "Is there anything we can try in place of this drug, first?" SO sad to see oldies at the mercy of their doctors control, trusting blindly and being made dependent. Trust that "we" often know what is "best" for us. This story is a wonderful parable of this and a genuine inspiration.
Mar. 25, 2013 8:01 am
Judy and I share a lot of our research together. She is a consummate researcher and it is working for her and her mother! My husband was mis-diagnosed by a quack doctor 5 years ago. I kept saying something is wrong, begging the doctor to find out what it might be. After insisting that he do an MRI on him, the doctor told us the MRI was normal. For another 3 years I watched him decline and kept saying something is wrong but the doctor would not listen to me. I finally made an appointment with the Mayo clinic in Jacksonville, FL. We still did not know that his MRI was a bad one. As a last ditch effort we took the recommendation of a friend and went to one more local doctor. This doctor saved my husband's life but not after he had deteriorated for 3 years. Another MRI showed that he had a small stroke 3 months prior. He confirmed that the previous MRI showed TIA's and definitely a problem with the deterioration of the mitochondria of the vessels in his brain. He now had was is called CEREBRAL VASCULAR DEMENTIA. For lack of anything better he was put on the two Alzheimer's drugs, Namenda and the Exelon patch. Judy is familiar with both of these for her mother. I also started a campaign to save my husband's life because the new doctor told us he would not beat this disease and it would in fact take his life one day. I was told to prepare myself for the worse. It's been 2.5 years now since that diagnosis by the new doctor. I changed his diet, no processed foods, absolutely no trans fats, a very low saturated fat diet, fruits and vegetables, organic as much as possible, many supplements along with the prescribed medications. In the beginning I did not see a lot of change in him, now I see a very good change. He is more alert, his speech problems have subsided and I believe he is going to beat this disease. Through my research I found a product called PQQ and PS. PQQ can repair the damage in the brain. Namenda and Exelon patch do not. They just mask the problem. Since being on his new routine of supplements I have seen a definite and positive change in his moods, energy and memory. Short term memory is still a problem but not near as much as it was before. My husband is 86 years old but has never acted his age. I encourage all of you that have anyone you know with a debilitating illness to seriously consider diet change and supplements just as Judy has done for her mother. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. I know there is a lot of skeptisism among doctors to accept that supplements can help people. After all the big pharm companies flood them with the "sample of the hour" and they pass this stuff on to their patients. There isn't any doctor in practice that has the time to do the research on these medications once he is in practice for himself. Take Judy's story and learn from it. It is possible to take control of your illness. I told my husband that I would save his life and I believe I can. Judy and I correspond all the time. She his a wondeful and giving person and loves her mother beyond words. Listen to the results and see if they fit you. They work for us. A change in diet along with good supplements does help no matter who boo-hoos it. If you are interested in reading more about PQQ and PS go to the Life Extension site and go through their archives. You will be amazed. Keep up the good work Judy! I admire you beyond words!
Mar. 25, 2013 8:10 am
Thank you for this valuable lesson Judy. There is so much to learn about nutrition and sadly seniors often are incapable of managing their food choices or meds. I know that both of my parents had to go into the hospital when they had severe problems....the culprit in their case was the meds they had been prescribed. They finally got their meds regulated and they did fine....but it is such a challenge to keep the meds and food in balance. Best of health to all!
Mar. 25, 2013 9:19 am
What transformation! It is amazing what you and your husband have been able to do for your mother. It is sad to think of all the people in nursing homes that might have an enjoyable life if they had someone like you to look out for their diet and well being. Thank you for sharing your story to inspire the rest of us.
Mar. 25, 2013 10:35 am
Your mom raised a wonderful daughter and her daughter chose a wonderful mate. For you and your husband to commit to taking care of her in her condition is an inspiring affirmation of the love only a family can give. As for the issue of food, I believe firmly that our choice of what we fuel ourselves with can either heal us or kill us. Just last month I cut out the 7 foods that are most likely to cause sensitivity and hence inflammation, which leads to all manner of "modern" diseases. I have lost 18 pounds, effortlessly, and feel better than I have in years. Is food medicine? Believe it! Your own personal results support that conclusion and to those who are skeptical I say only this: try it. What have you got to lose? No one ever died from eating too many vegetables and whole grains. Can you say that about the typical SAD diet or prescription drugs? Thanks for sharing your heart-warming and powerful message. I wish you and your mom all the best and many more good years together.
Mar. 25, 2013 6:10 pm
What you've done to help your mother is wonderful. Have you also read about coconut oil helping to heal dementia in older people? It sounds promising. Keep up the good work!
Mar. 26, 2013 6:13 am
Thanks for taking time to blog about this and for the thoughtful comments. Much to think about here and to learn about. Reading about the elderly in nursing homes makes me think also of the little ones in day care. Many similarities there, as I see it.
Mar. 26, 2013 7:07 am
What a wonderful story! thank you for sharing all the improvements you have seen. One thing I kept thinking of as I read your blog was the experience I had with both my dad and dh grandma. They both went into a sudden decline with dementia symptoms and it was caused by a bladder infection! My dad could only babble, dh's grandma would sit and write gibberish on pieces of paper. Both were 100% turned around when the infection was discovered and treated. it ws tought to be in the hospital with my dad and see him like that, but worse was the way the staff viewed him- they were patronizing and dismissive. I explained over and over that he was taking his grand children out for lunch and doing a lot of my car pooling just a week before, and that got there attention. It made me sad though to wonder how many elderly, who have no one to advocate for them, could be going through the same thing.
Mar. 27, 2013 12:07 am
Hi Katsinthekitchen, I would be interested to find out which 7 foods you found out cause sensitivity and inflammation. I would also be interested to find out how you lost weight. My husband and I don't have a weight problem, but my mother does. We have tried to get her to lose weight without much success.
Mar. 27, 2013 12:15 am
Indiana Peggy, You are so right that the problem of diet affects not only the elderly in nursing homes, but also children in daycare and even those that participate in school lunch programs. In all cases, profits are the bottom line, and foods supplies are the least expensive possible. This can only ensure that our children have health problems at much earlier ages than previous generations.
Mar. 27, 2013 12:30 am
Mike Harvey, I completely agree with you. Accusations and "going off the deep end" doesn't help anyone. The key is in research and education, but even this can be difficult. For example, vitamin B12 is important to our bodies and is available in meat, especially in organ meats. This is something that most of us eat, to some degree, every day. The problem is that at some point in our aging process, we do not metabolize the B12 that we eat. How can we know what that point is, and how can we know when we need a supplement. Even with vitamin supplements, they are needed only if they are not supplied in our diets or if we are not absorbing the nutrients from foods we eat. How can we know when we aren't absorbing the nutrients that we eat? There are still too many questions. The only thing that I do know is that the aging process reduces the enzymes in our bodies that are required to utilize nutrients in foods. This is why my husband, my mother, and I are taking supplements, but I have no way to gauge whether we all need the additional nutrients. It's kind of a shoot.
Mar. 27, 2013 12:37 am
I can't find the comment again that someone mentioned the benefits of coconut oil. I have it, but thought is was primarily for antibacterial and antifungal properties. After doing a bit of research, I have found that it could be beneficial for dementia and Alzheimer's. I am going to start adding pure coconut oil to the fruit and veggie Nutri Blasts that I make every day. I will let every know if this helps my mother. Thanks for the "heads up".
Mar. 27, 2013 12:48 am
I thought I might mention that buying "organic" foods is not necessarily the answer to avoiding foods that are not good. GMO foods can, and usually are, grown organically. The definition of organic is avoiding the use of pesticides and weed killers. GMO foods have had their DNA change to provide internal pesticides that are in every cell of the plant, and have been genetically modified to withstand the use of weed killers. So GMO foods can be organically grown.
Mar. 27, 2013 6:55 am
For a product to call itself Organic it cannot be GMO. GMOs could be grown without pesticides but they are not Organic.
Mar. 27, 2013 2:41 pm
Technically you are correct, but it is possible for organic foods to contain GMO. Please refer to this article.
Mar. 28, 2013 9:48 am . .this doc illustrates what you are talking about judy. If you (or anyone) has Netflix it's available there.
Mar. 29, 2013 4:26 pm
I am 100% with you, Judy. I cared for my mom who had Alzheimer's and understand what is involved with such intense care giving. I have never regretted our decision. I monitored my moms nutrition for years and worked with her nutritionists closely. I learned a lot! I am so glad you achieved such success with your mom. Amazing to say the least and it is very reaffirming to hear your story! When my mom passed we were reassured by her care team that her nutritional care was more beneficial to her overall health than any meds she was on. One of the things we used a lot of was lecithin. I have been researching non GMO lecithin and like this product very much. I prefer liquid but the granules seem to work fine in my bread recipes and such. Here is a link to the product so you can check it out: I am very happy for you and your mom - keep up the good work!
Mar. 30, 2013 5:45 pm
This is one of the most inspiring stories I have ever read. I have the oppurutnity to go to college for a degree in nutritional science, and this is the type of thing I hope to do for someone. If I can for onr person, then my training will be worth it. Please tell me me you live in Central Texas, so I can give you a big hug for being one of my biggest inspiritions! I'm printing this out to go into my "when school gets tough" binder!
Apr. 20, 2013 12:45 am
LadySparkle, I couldn't agree more with this video. My hope is that this blog will motivate people to learn about what they are eating. The foods that people are eating are very definitely causing disease and mental illness. At this point, I don't know if the effects can be reversed as far as infertility, but I am seeing positive results with my mother.
Apr. 20, 2013 12:53 am
What's for Dinner Mom, I have been giving my Mom PQQ, that rebuilds the mitochondria and also Phosphatidyl Serine and Lecithin that work with PQQ to rebuild the brain. It is supposed to take 4-6 months to see results, but after only 2 months we are already seeing improvements. A friend of mine is using this treatment for her husband and is also seeing positive results.
Apr. 20, 2013 12:56 am
Toriam, Don't give up on your quest. Young people like you are the ones that we need to fight for the future of all people, both young and old.
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About Me
I breed large parrots, like to write, raise most of our veggies, completed my AS degree at 65, enjoy cooking specialty dishes and baking bread. I have done extensive study of cooking and eating healthy. A few years ago, I started researching healthy eating for my parrots, and it has since changed focus to the diet of my family. At this point, I make all of our bread using fresh milled flour that I make. We eat primarily pastures fed meats and eggs, and I make many of our condiments. We also avoid GMO foods and ingredients as much as possible. Since my 93 year old mother has moved in with us, we have eliminated the 10 medications she was on, and her physical and mental condition has improved considerably. I totally believe that we are what we eat. What is really best for us is a constant learning experience.
My favorite things to cook
I get bored with cooking daily meals, but enjoy making specialty and new dishes. I also enjoy baking breads from scratch using freshly ground flour made from various grains that I buy in bulk.
My cooking triumphs
One of my cooking triumphs was baking whole grain breads that are light, tasty, and healthy.
My cooking tragedies
My latest cooking tragedy was recovered with some effort. I made the Navy Bean and Ham soup that I posted and after the cooking time, much of the liquid had evaporated. I was tired when it finished and put it into containers and froze it as it was. The next day we had it for dinner and it was way too thick. As much as I didn't feel like it, I thawed 8 containers of the soup, added more broth, and repackaged it for freezing. It was really a pain, but I'm glad I did it. The finished soup was so much better.
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