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Gallbladder: How to Keep It, What Can Be Done When You Didn’t Keep It

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gallbladder-removal-open_thumbThe following is a smattering of information I gathered, when looking up information for someone I love, who had their gall bladder removed after a few attacks, and at the last hospital visit, found out they had the start of Type 2 diabetes. Encouraging them to go keto or Paleo for their diabetes, I knew I had to find information about that, without a gallbladder.

Some of the following shocked me, because of the links between different health issues. But it shouldn’t shock me.
This is for my future referral and you, the reader to take and use as you will. I am not an allopathic doctor and make no claim or hold any belief that I am your health authority – you are responsible for your own health and choices.

So, this was an interesting and unexpected find. At least… something to be mindful of:
http://paleoforwomen.com/i-cut-out-my-gallbladder-then-wanted-to-die/https://paleoleap.com/paleo-gallbladder/

‘K, so my notes. This is where I noted gallbladder is linked with celiacs disease (so… you will probably continue to have issues until the root issue is dealt with)…. but I followed some of the links in this article, and that sense of “won’t really get better until the root issue is cared for” (diet) made total sense and I found info about diabetes/high blood sugar and gallbladder stuff connecting (because… diet), which I’d never thought to connect before:
https://proteinpower.com/drmike/2014/01/26/get-rid-gallstones-without-surgery/
It also mentions a drug that QUICKLY dissolves gallstones (not my preference and I know it’s too late for you, but info to tuck away to share with others?), so that someone could get rid of the stones and then immediately go Paleo with high veggies and work on gut health and keep their gallbladder.
Then there’s this, about digesting fats better, but it reminded me that not only do you need bitters, but you would probably also need ox bile, if you don’t have it already:
https://blog.bulletproof.com/digest-fats-with-without-gallbladder/
Since I am really convinced about getting nutrients through foods as much as possible, that offer a range of variety within each food individually rather than lab-made isolated nutrients without any protective co-nutrients, this led me to find a list for you about enzymes from foods, to help you digest fats and foods better!
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/natural-digestive-enzymes#section6
And there’s this about enzyme supplements to consider:
https://lifespa.com/digestive-enzymes-the-hidden-dangers/

Also, that article from Bulletproof reminded me of a few articles I had pinned a long time ago. I don’t have a settled mindset on HCL, I am just presenting different bits of information about it that I have come across:

(This one could apply for people with heartburn, too.) http://divinehealthfromtheinsideout.com/2012/03/should-you-be-supplementing-with-hydrochloric-acid/

https://www.foodrenegade.com/hcl-not-just-supplement/

https://branchbasics.com/ways-to-increase-stomach-acid-production/

Random but not-so-random. Natural way to get a daily “multi-vitamin” (I do this, with the exception that I watch my green smoothies pretty closely because of kidney issues – I’m learning about foods that deal with oxalates too, so I don’t have to keep such a strict eye on my oxalate intake) :
http://heal-thyself.ning.com/notes/14_Steps_for_Healthy_GutsFollow-up email:

I went looking for a picture I could share with the post, and ended up finding this article:
https://paulaowens.com/liver-gallbladder/

Uhmm…. diabetes, hypothyroid, gallbladder problems…. sounds familiar!

Because of all the issues connecting together and that they would all be healed or avoided by eating low-processed carbs and higher fat, I would think that Paleo or Keto and the Yasko nutrigenomic protocol would be highly valuable for a person struggling with these things.
This is how I go about it:  https://4beautyinthechaos.wordpress.com/2016/05/22/genetic-shut-offs-through-food/

And, tagging along with the nutrigenomic stuff, my friend just sent me this link a few days ago. Eat the liver!
https://chrismasterjohnphd.com/2019/02/26/mthfr-just-riboflavin-deficiency/

All or Nothing: Ghosting or Public Call-Outs

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9 times out of 10, when you have mounting problem with someone who is good-willed, you haven’t brought it to them before, and you are not able to move past it (which is not negative), the best course of action is to go directly to them in love and talk about it with them. Privately.
 
Ghosting them is childish and absolutely confusing to the person in this situation (which is a vastly different situation than “ghosting” an evil-willed/abusive person) and calling them out in a public way if you’ve *never* addressed the issue with them (to give them any chance of changing or sharing with you) before is typically just cruel and bullying. It’s foundation is one of disorientation and humiliation.
 
We can all be so much better than this with one another.
I am working on this aspect in myself, specifically the ghosting. Ghosting has become my default in trauma survival, the complete opposite of the doormat I allowed myself to be for nearly 3 decades. But what helped me survive coming out of that abuse, no longer works as I am trying to thrive.

None of us are perfect. It is to our own personal detriment to demand it of others when we cannot possibly be, ourselves. All we can do is try to better ourselves and encourage our loved ones to, as well.

Let the Little Ones Come to Me

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It matters that they learn that worship is what we do as a community of faith, that everyone is welcome, that their worship matters. When we teach children that their worship matters, we teach them that they are enough right here and right now as members of the church community. They don’t need to wait until they can believe, pray or worship a certain way to be welcome here, and I know adults who are still looking to be shown that. It matters that children learn that they are an integral part of this church, that their prayers, their songs, and even their badly (or perfectly timed depending on who you ask) cries and whines are a joyful noise because it means they are present.

I know it’s hard, but thank you for what you do when you bring your children to church. Please know that your family – with all of its noise, struggle, commotion, and joy – are not simply tolerated, you are a vital part of the community gathered in worship.”

~ Dear Parents With Young Children In Church, from I am *totally* that mom

This momma says this so much more eloquently than I ever have, but this is why I stopped sending Melody off to “Sunday school” after she was 4 or so. It’s why I don’t remove myself/my children from the service when they whimper.

Not only am I a part of the Body, but I want my children growing up knowing that they can be as well. They don’t need to be sent away to learn about Christ and how to live like Him, they can learn with all of us. They can ask us questions. They can make a joyful noise in front of all of us. Or a sad one.

Sending any children away from the church service had always made me sad, but when she was young, I was extremely pressured by the church I was going to, to put Melody in the class, so she “didn’t feel left out” from the other children. (Which isn’t an issue when all the children are welcome in the fellowship.)

I caved because I wasn’t resolved enough at that point in being different (who I am called to be) and realizing it doesn’t matter what other people think. It took me a good year or more at the church I was going to finally be convicted:

what matters is what I am choosing to invest in for my children.

Sending them away from me to learn about God, the Body, and loving others… wasn’t at all a priority for me (or sound rational, when wanting to let my children know that they can be a part of the fellowship of Christ).

So, anyway. I just really loved that older post and and I wanted to share it with you.

Healing

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When you start working/healing through PTSD, trusting the “red flags” is scary. It’s an element of trusting yourself and you really feel like a failure and should not trust yourself. Overall though, it’s a relatively easy part of the healing process, because it adds a layer of protection. For those struggling with PTSD, protection is the ultimate goal. To finally feel safe again, whatever it takes to feel that way, even if the method itself is unhealthy and not really keeping you safe. PTSD is fun like that.
At any rate, trusting the red flags around specific people IS a good practice, for everyone, but specifically for people who have gone through a traumatic event that included some sort of abuse.

But, what I have found is REALLY difficult is trusting something else inside of you. The ability to discern mostly who is decent, who will generally not seek to harm you, but will like yourself, inevitably disappoint others. Disappointment and hurts in a typically healthy relationship is “normal.” Someone seeking to harm or destroy you is a whole different ballgame. And it is kind of terrifying trusting your ability to discern who is safe.

It’s not like trusting the red flags, which put bricks in your wall of defense. It’s actively not only not putting bricks up in a wall that needs to be there for someone with signs of an abuser, it’s actively taking bricks out of sections of the wall, to let someone considered to be safe, in, entrusting that they will be an active member of your life that is also willing to invest healthfully in your life and sort of… take the place of those bricks. That when those that DO seek to harm you have come (and they will), they will be there to invest love and support. And protection.

It is scary to trust yourself with that specific ability. Will I fail at this aspect – again – what will it cost me, my family, my children, if I have?

DIY Birthday Banner

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DIY Birthday Banner

I have wanted to make celebrating birthday’s and holidays as eco-friendly as possible. Usually this does not require any extra money. It simply means not buying disposable products, which saves money. It means making foods and beverages from scratch, which again, saves money. Not buying a lot of trinkets and toys that won’t get used – saving money.

Every now and then, you’ll need to invest a little bit more money, however, to keep celebrations simple and reusable. In the end, it does save money, though. 😉

Rather than buying crepe paper year after year, why not use some scraps of fabric and ribbon and make a bunting banner? You can create any shapes you want: Rounded, triangle, square. You don’t even need to make shapes! Maybe you use cotton, maybe you use wool felt! You don’t have to use fabric, either. You can use paper as well (and by the way, THIS is my favorite version I have seen of these!). Or make mini chalkboards. Or let your imagination run wild and do something else!

Instead of buying a plastic sign that declares excitement for the birthday or holiday, you can make a banner from fabric, which will last much longer than the flimsy plastic signs. That’s where this post comes in! This is an image-transfer banner.
I’ve created a banner on the cheap that will last for years to come. 🙂 Here’s a quick, easy tutorial. I hope the pictures are clear enough for you.

You’ll need:

  • sturdy cotton fabric, I used cotton duck
  • sewing machine
  • thread
  • laserjet printer with ink (not inkjet)
  • computer paper
  • orange essential oil (you can also use Citrasolv, but it does not have good ratings on the Environmental Working Group’s site)
  • q-tip
  • butter knife and possibly spoon
  • table

Start with the piece of fabric. Wash, dry, iron. Cut  to desired size, with a bit of extra for seam-allowance. I measured and cut mine to 40″x 25″.

On one side of fabric, roll 1/4″ and iron-press. Roll over the same side, another 1/4″ and iron-press. Sew in place. Repeat on remaining three sides.

Print desired words, pictures, etc. onto paper with laserjet printer. Make sure that any words or pictures that you want to show in its correct orientation on the banner are printed backwards.

For my project, I used free flourishes from FontSpace and free Hobbiton fontwork from the same place.

Once printed, cut out the letters and pictures, leaving about 1/2″ of ink-free paper around the print. Place sewn fabric on a table. Arrange the cut papers on the fabric banner (ink-side down), to get an idea of the proper layout. It may be helpful for you to take a picture of it, so you can remember the placement.

On one piece of paper at a time, drop orange essential oil, spreading with the q-tip. Make sure to cover all of the printed area. It will show up quite well at this point. Work quickly. 🙂

As soon as you’ve spread the essential oil on the paper, hold onto the edges of the paper with one hand and apply gentle but very firm pressure with the smooth edge of the butter knife in your other hand. Or, have another person hold the paper while you use the butter knife. Repeat for each piece of printed paper.

When you have finished, wash the banner and dry it. You could add eyelet to the corners, to hang up for display later, or you could use ribbon and clothespins. Either way would work.

Here’s my banner hanging up to dry! Perfect for Christmas, birthdays, and more.

Nisan Natural Living ~ Cleaning

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Hello, and welcome to the start of my year-long series about making your life greener and healthier!
In the month of Nisan, I want to focus on natural cleaning in our dwellings.

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I used to run a shop with homemade, natural cleaning and cosmetic supplies. It did quite well and the items worked SUPER well, but honestly? Schlepping items isn’t my thing. I found myself wanting to give it away to friends, family, and strangers in financially hard times.

Either I or one of my family members use these items in our home or have and liked them on a longer-term basis.

I hope they may bless you and others in your life! These help(ed) me save so much money over the years while helping me save time that simple baking soda and vinegar requires of me for scrubbing. With 4 kids, homeschooling, making everything from scratch, and studying for my Nutritious Movement certification, I need not only eco-thrift, but time savings, too!

A big note. You’ll note that you won’t find homemade laundry soap on this list. I used to use and sell a clean version of Homemade Laundry soap, for around a decade. Every 6=9 months, I would need to do a deep clean on my washing machine, getting rid of a filmy grime build up that I’d not had with the synthetic detergents I’d used before. I did think something of it, but not enough to question the massive money savings. Then a friend passed an article on to me long after I had closed my store up. After a few months of mulling it over, watching my machine, and researching more, I decided to purchase a “eco friendly” detergent from our local storeless co-op. If you are interested to read what spurred that decision on, you can read about it here.

Liquid Dishwasher Soap – I ONLY use a tablespoon of this, which only fills the detergent holder about half way. I prefer a liquid dishwasher detergent over powder, but the powder I made/sold is excellent, too. It is just a matter of my personal preference!

Powdered Dishwasher Soap
~ I can’t remember what website I found this on anymore, but if you recognize where it is from, please let me know!
I kept a terracotta hunk in the glass jar for this to keep it from clumping/hardening.~
Ingredients
2 cups borax
1 pound baking soda, one box
1/4 cup salt
1/4 cup dendritic salt
1/2 cup citric acid
40 drops citrus essential oil
Directions
Put all in glass container, mix, making sure to blend lumps in well. To use, put a tablespoon or so into each cup of the dishwasher. Use white vinegar in rinse dispenser. May also use like Comet to scrub counters. (Makes 3 pounds.)

Hand Dish Soap – use lemon instead of citric acid. If you are concerned about some of the ingredients, as I was, take a look at this article!

 

I used to make this All-Purpose Cleaning Spray until I read this. Now, I just follow the instructions on Sal Suds and things come out MUCH cleaner than they were with the previous recipe… when I thought it was doing so well (and it was, compared to the toxic stuff I had been buying way over a decade ago!)

 

Serious Oven Cleaning Formula
~It’s messy, but very effective and much safer than using the “self cleaning” feature.~
Ingredients
1/2 cup salt
1/4 cup washing soda or borax
1 pound baking soda
1/4 cup water
3/4 cup white vinegar
10 drops thyme essential oil
10 drops lemongrass essential oil
Directions
Combine first three ingredients in glass bowl. Add just enough water to make paste.
Remove oven racks and preheat oven to 250F for 15 minutes, then turn off and leave door open. Carefully spread paste on oven walls with a sponge or cloth and allow to set for 20-30 minutes.
Combine vinegar and essential oils in spray bottle and shake well. Spray on oven walls and wipe clean. Rinse well.
Note: If you have a lot of baked on grease or food splatter, you may want to use steel wool to scrub those areas. Use a bit of extra salt if necessary.

Stain Spray
Ingredients
3/4 cup Castile soap
3 ounces glycerin
6 tablespoons borax
20 drops peppermint, or tea tree oil
6 cups water
Directions
Put 6 cups water into half gallon jug. Add borax first and shake gently. Add remaining ingredients and shake gently. Carefully fill jug with remaining water. (Makes gallon.)

Carpet Deodorizer
Ingredients
2 cups baking soda
5 drops tea tree oil
5 drops lemon essential oil
10 drops lavender essential oil
2 teaspoons dendritic salt, optional
Directions
In large bowl, add baking soda and then essential oils. Mix well. Add dendritic salt, if desired. Put in clean cheese shaker. To use, shake evenly onto carpet. For basic maintenance, allow to set for 20-30 minutes, then vacuum. For flea treatment, let set for several hours, then vacuum. Empty contents of vacuum into outdoor trash immediately.

Windshield Washer Fluid
~We only use this in warmer months, as it will freeze in the winter. This is not a “save” area, but an ecological one only.~
Ingredients
1 ounce liquid castile soap
1 cup vodka
water, to fill
Directions
In a gallon jug, mix all ingredients. Fill windshield washer fluid dispenser in car as needed.

Natural Insecticide – I use this indoors when ants invade, in places that diatomaceous earth isn’t practical, like the kitchen counter near the sink.

Happy New Year

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How important is it for modern Christians to understand the Biblical Hebrew calendar? I’m not sure. I just know that as I learn more about the Biblical months, the more in awe I am, the more intricate I see God’s plans, the more miraculous I see the every day, and the more I feel a sense that it is important for us to know… His signs.

The Biblical Hebrew calender is based off of the lunar cycle, acknowledging all the governing lights, including stars!
Genesis 1:14 tells us that the lights of the heavens were given to us not only to mark the passing of time, but also to mark celebrations for His people AND as signs.

Nisan is the first month of the Biblical year. It begins on the Gregorian calendar (devoid of marking God’s signs) on March 17 – happy new year!
Nisan is connected to the tribe of Judah – the fourth-born son of Leah and Jacob. After three other sons that Leah desperately thought would draw her husband to finally love her, she had Judah and she said, “now I will praise the Lord.” It was as though she knew her husband would never choose to love her and she chose to praise God anyway. She bestowed that strength on her son, Judah, as well.
In Genesis 49:8-12, Jacob blesses Judah and says (NIV version), ““Judah, your brothers will praise you; your hand will be on the neck of your enemies; your father’s sons will bow down to you. You are a lion’s cub, Judah; you return from the prey, my son. Like a lion he crouches and lies down, like a lioness—who dares to rouse him. The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until he to whom it belongs shall come and the obedience of the nations shall be his. He will tether his donkey to a vine, his colt to the choicest branch; he will wash his garments in wine, his robes in the blood of grapes. His eyes will be darker than wine, his teeth whiter than milk.”
Nisan is the month of Passover. Many of us do know that it is a celebration in the Hebraic faith of the Holy Spirit passing over the homes of Jewish families who had sacrificed a lamb and marked their doorframes with it’s blood, when the Plague of Death of the Firstborns went throughout Egypt – sparing their families. It is a celebration of their liberation from Egyptian slavery.

Here we have, culminating in the first month of the Biblical new year… the lion and the lamb. I am sure there are quite a few Followers of Christ that know this, but I am quite new to learning about Biblical Hebrew months and this connection of the lion and the lamb made me tear up!
And that is just one aspect of only Nisan.