Monday, July 11, 2011

Coconut Oil For Dementia?

I wrote about coconut oil awhile back telling you that Dr Perricone puts it in his tea because its so healthy. Well, I love my tea just like it is so I can't do that. But, I do put it in my coffee WITH CREAM TOO!! And, I am not fat. My skin looks great too. Low fat diets are not good for you. But, I just recently learned something new about coconut oil and its so exciting I wanted to risk life and limb and share it with you!!

Life and Limb, you ask...

Oh yes, did I not tell you that I live in a jungle tree house much like Tarzan? Every morning I get up and feed and water the monkeys, tigers, and hyenas. I then have to brave the elements and juke and dodge the dinosaurs, and .....

yes, I said dinosaurs. Okay, now back to my detailed life of my jungle life.

Yes!! Dinosaurs....Stop interrupting....

Really? Oh.....

Well, okay then. No dinosaurs. That was from the show Land of the Lost. But, I really DO live with the monkeys, tigers, and hyenas.

I do too!!!!

Okay, I dont.....They are chickens, dogs, cats, and horses.....and my neighbors stupid goat! But, they ACT like wild animals!

And I really do risk life and limb because I work at Pearson Pools, your one stop pool shop with my husband, who is at this very moment nagging me to stop blogging and start doing actual work! And because its your lucky day...and the lucky day of anyone you know with dementia...I'm bravely ignoring him like an errant fly buzzing around my head.

I suscribe to the Wellbeing Journal. I love it! If you are a real food lover and believe in holistic healing, then you should most definitely suscribe to that magazine. In it, this month was an article about coconut oil and dementia.

There was a lady whose husband had all of a sudden gone from a healthy, vibrant, outgoing man to a mentally crippled, childlike man that was dependant on his wife for all his basic functions. He couldn't even form whole sentences!!!! A friend of hers had just read an article about coconut oil and shared it with her. Just a few weeks earlier the lady had bought some organic, extra virgin, raw coconut oil. She gave some to her husband and within 30 minutes he was able to string together complete sentences!!! She was so encouraged that she started giving him 2 tablespoons every day. Within a few months, he was back to 95% of his old self!!!!

The studies are amazing. This is encouraging for a  lot people, including those with Alzheimer's disease. Coconut oil is good for other ailments as well. It is a medium chain fatty acid that is 50% Lauric acid which is believed to be the reason for its super health inducing properties. The only other food so richly abundant in lauric acid is human milk. We know thats good for us, right??? Its also highly anti-microbial.

Its important to know that alot of foods that were previously sold as healthy are not. For example, margarine. Don't use it up and then buy butter. Just throw it away!!! You also don't need canola oil. Throw it away. Extra virgin oil is super good for you but if you use it at high heats to fry things, you've just turned it into something bad. So, instead you can use coconut oil for frying. You can also use it for baking, in smoothies, or like me...put it in your coffee. Its good, I promise.

Im very excited to learn more about this and its effects on dementia.

No!! I'm not going senile, who told you that?????

I'm excited because it is my fervent belief that God has provided everything we need on this planet to be abundantly healthy. We just have to put down the Twinkies and figure out what those things are.

Now, I must get back to the monkeys!!! They are so funny you should see what.....

Yeah, yeah, okay. There are no monkeys here.......just a yammering husband asking me if I'm almost finished.

Yes. :)

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Circle of Life

Its been a while since my last post as you know. We've been through quite a bit. I went to Salt Lake City. That was fun!! It was for a Monavie convention. I love those!! They have the best speakers! We heard Rex Crain and Chris Gardner, the guy who the movie Pursuit of Happyness was based on. He was amazing. Then of course, you can absolutely not go to Salt Lake City and not go to the fun little piano bar, The Tavernacle. I love the mountains. I love that downtown is very artsy, western, and ecclectic. I love that there are organic cafes and they sell organics even in the little convenience stores!! So much different from Texas where the only salad dressing choices are Ranch, Bacon Ranch, Homestyle Ranch, or Thousand Island! Everything you order is fried and comes with Ranch dressing!

Then, we've been absolutely crazy busy with the pool store, Pearson Pools, you're one stop pool shop!! We moved to a newer, bigger location on a main street in town and man oh man has it been a good move! We've hired some new people and business is great! Not to mention that the weather this year has been super nutty. We've had hard freezes, high winds, and record setting heat this summer. That causes a lot of pools to need more chemicals and extra work. Cha-ching!!!!

In the midst of all that, Robbie's dad was diagnosed with cancer in February. He was vibrant and healthy one minute and the next he was in the ER coughing up blood. The docs said he was coughing blood because he had pneumonia. Whew! Then, they came back and said he had pneumonia because he has small cell lung cancer caused from smoking! He hadn't smoked in 25 years!!! He went through chemo and radiation. We tried to get him to do some nutritional stuff but the chemo really took a hard toll...... He just passed away 2 weeks ago. Then, the funeral.

His passing was kinda nice. Its the way I want to go when my time comes. He was at home surrounded by family and a minister. That's it. It was peaceful and sweet. As the minister said in the funeral "We are all going to be where he is at some point in our lives." I'd like to be surrounded by people who love me to see me into my next "phase" in life.

During this same time a friend of mine has a daughter that is having a baby soon. the daughter has decided that she wants to have a home birth. Okay, cool. She wants the home birth to be at my friends house. She wants it to be in my friends bathtub. Okay.......did you know there was once a goat and a chicken in that bathtub?

Well, that all got me thinking about the circle of life. A home birth...a home is short....

I was thinking about all this after the funeral. We had to close up our store both for the death and then for the funeral. We then had to come back to the store afterward. There were some of those little stuffed looking pretzel bites in the parking lot. I wondered if they fell out of my son's truck. He's 18 and doesn't give a flying flip about my need to make him healthy. Since he started earning his own money and driving himself around he is now the junk food king of Cooke County, Texas. It doesn't matter to him one iota when I tell him how dangerous that is. Ahhhh, to be 18 and the smartest person in the world again!!! :) I was picking up those pretzels getting ready to throw them in the dumpster. As I was picking them up, I was thinking about all this and the friends new baby about to arrive and the whole circle of life thing. How life continues and the earth still spins no matter what is happening in our little sphere. No matter who is no longer with us, the rest of the world is still continuing to grow and change. Then I had a realization about myself.............

I throw like a girl!