Monday, January 14, 2013

Garlic and Cream Cheese Crackers


Whenever it is cold or flu season and we want to help try to build up our immune systems, this is what we eat.
I mince about 3 raw garlic cloves and mix it with a fork into a third of a pack of cream cheese.
Spread on crackers and eat!
This evening I am drinking mint tea with it. If you have a hard time getting past the garlic and like V8 tomato juice, drinking tomato juice with the crackers will help cut the garlic flavor.


Blessings! TinaJewel

Cold/Flu and Sore Throat? No Problem!

I'm  gonna have to try this for us! Found this from The Bulk Herb Store.

by Julie S. October 2006

Whenever we get hit by a bad cold/flu with sore throat, blocked sinus and heavy head and chest, we make up this tea. My mum also used to make it for us as children. It is refreshing, clears the head, breaks up mucous, and we have found it to be very helpful. It doesn't stop the process of healing but gives more strength and speed to our God-given healing processes.
Crush 1 - 2 cloves of garlic into a large heat resistant cup. Add the juice of one freshly squeezed lemon (also some rind too, if it is clean and organic). Then, add 1/2 teaspoon of ground powdered Ginger. Then, a pinch of Cayenne pepper, and to top it off, a tablespoon of honey. Add a cup of hot water, just off the boil, and drink the whole lot as soon as it is bearably cool enough. Within 20 minutes, go to bed and cover up. Let your body do the rest.
Often though, we make this up in a big glass jug, (multiply the ingredients accordingly and to taste) using chopped fresh garlic, and thinly sliced fresh ginger, plus the other ingredients, which settles and steeps on the bottom. We put the jug beside the bed and after sipping about 3 glasses while it is still hot/warm, it does wonders and is very soothing.
We have made it up and put it in a thermos flask too. This keeps it hot for whenever you want to drink it to relieve your symptoms.
If the kids ever have a bad chesty cough, we mix 1/2 lemon juice, with 1/4 teaspoon powdered Ginger, pinch ofCayenne (can be omitted if your child won't drink it) and honey to sweeten. Add very warm water to half a cup, and get them to drink it as needed. We have found this syrupy mix works well and the kids ask for it.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Candida Self-Test And How to Cure It

by Brenda Watson, C.T.

Based on information from the book,
“The Yeast Connection” by
Dr. William Crook M.D.

Section A - History
Circle the number next to the questions you answer “yes” to, then add up all the circled numbers and write the total on the line at the bottom.
1. Have you taken tetracycline (Sumycin®, Panmycin®, Vibramycin®, Minocin®, etc.) or other antibiotics for acne for 1 month or longer? 50
2. Have you at any time in your life, taken other “broad spectrum” antibiotics for respiratory, urinary or other infections for 2 months or longer, or for shorter periods, 4 or more times in a 1 year span? 50
3. Have you taken a broad spectrum antibiotic drug - even for 1 period? 6
4. Have you at any time in your life, been bothered by persistent prostatitis, vaginitis, or other problems affecting your reproductive organs? 25
5. Have you been pregnant... 
a) 2 or more times? 5
b) 1 time? 3
6. Have you taken birth control pills for...
a) more than 2 years? 15
b) 6 months to 2 years? 8
7. Have you taken prednisone, Decadron® or other cortisone-type drugs by mouth or inhalation... 
a) for more than 2 weeks? 15
b) for 2 weeks or less? 6
8. Does exposure to perfumes, insecticides, fabric shop odors, or other chemicals provoke...  
a) moderate to severe symptoms? 20
b) mild symptoms? 5
9. Are your symptoms worse on damp,muggy days or in moldy places? 20
10. If you have ever had athlete’s foot, ringworm, jock itch or other chronic fungus infections of the skin or nails, have such infections been... 
a) severe or persistent? 20
b) mild or moderate? 10
11. Do you crave sugar? 10
12. Do you crave breads? 10
13. Do you crave alcoholic beverages? 10
14. Does tobacco smoke really bother you? 10
Total Score for Section A:  __________

Section B - Major Symptoms
For each symptom that is present, write the appropriate number beside it.
• If a symptom is occasional or mild, score 3 points
• If a symptom is frequent or moderately severe, score 6 points
• If a symptom is severe and/or disabling, score 9 points
Total the scores for this section and record them on the line at the bottom of this section.
1.  Fatigue or lethargy
2.  Feeling of being “drained”
3.  Poor memory
4.  Feeling “spacey” or “unreal”
5.  Inability to make decisions
6.  Numbness, burning or tingling
7.  Insomnia
8.  Muscle aches
9.  Muscle weakness or paralysis
10. Pain and/or swelling in joints
11. Abdominal pain
12. Constipation
13. Diarrhea
14. Bloating, belching or intestinal gas
15. Troublesome vaginal burning, itching or discharge
16. Prostatitis
17. Impotence
18. Loss of sexual desire or feeling
19. Endometriosis or infertility
20. Cramps and/or other menstrual irregularities
21. Premenstrual tension 
22. Attacks of anxiety or crying
23. Cold hands or feet and/or chilliness
24. Shaking or irritability when hungry
Total Score for Section B:______

Section C - Minor Symptoms
For each symptom that is present, write the appropriate number beside it:
• If a symptom is occasional or mild, score 3 points
• If a symptom is frequent or moderately severe, score 6 points
• If a symptom is severe and/or disabling, score 9 points
Total the scores for this section and record them in the box at the bottom of this section.
1.  Drowsiness
2.  Irritability or jitteryness
3.  In-coordination
4.  Inability to concentrate
5.  Frequent mood swings
6.  Headaches
7.  Dizziness/loss of balance
8.  Pressure above ears...feeling of head swelling
9.  Tendency to bruise easily
10. Chronic rashes or itching
11. Psoriasis or recurrent hives
12. Indigestion or heartburn
13. Food sensitivity or intolerance
14. Mucus in stools
15. Rectal itching
16. Dry mouth or throat
17. Rash or blisters in mouth
18. Bad breath
19. Foot, hair or body odor not relieved by washing
20. Nasal congestion or post-nasal drip
21. Nasal itching 
22. Sore throat
23. Laryngitis, loss of voice
24. Cough or recurrent bronchitis
25. Pain or tightness in chest
26, Wheezing or shortness of breath
27. Urinary frequency, urgency or incontinence
28. Burning on urination
29. Spots in front of eyes or erratic vision
30. Burning or tearing of eyes
31. Recurrent infections or fluid in ears
32. Ear pain or deafness
Total Score for Section C:_________

Total Score Section A________

Total Score Section B________

Total Score Section C________

Grand Total Score___________


180 (women) Almost certainly yeast connected

120 (women) Probably yeast connected

60 (women) Possibly yeast connected

below 60 (women) Probably not yeast connected

140 (men) Almost certainly yeast connected

90 (men) Probably yeast connected

40 (men) Possibly yeast connected
below 40 (men) 
 Probably not 

yeast connected

The total score will help you and your physician decide if your health problems are yeast connected. A comprehensive history and physical examination are also important. In addition, laboratory studies, x-rays, and other types of tests may also be appropriate. Scores for women will run higher, as 7 items in this questionnaire apply exclusively to women, while only 2 apply exclusively to men. If your total score for all three sections above was below 60 for a woman or below 40 for a man, then you are less likely to have a problem with candida. However, if you scored higher than this then you may wish to consider lifestyle and dietary changes, as well as a detoxification and cleansing program, all of which may help you feel healthy and more energetic.

The best thing I have found to take away candida is Olive Leaf Extract. Truehope's worked best.  I have tried other brands but they never seemed to work! 

How should OLE be taken? What I learned from Truehope
This is the protocal they told us to follow when we called in and talked to one of their people who help you figure out what to take for each person's symptoms.

Start by taking 1 cap for three days, 2 caps for two days, and 3 caps for three days. Continue to increase by 1 cap every 3 days until you reach 6 caps per day. Take OLE with meals. Continue OLE at 6 daily for 2 months

∙ If really struggling (with die off) decrease temporarily or increase slower depending on severity.
∙ After 2.5 months; lower 1 capsule every 2 days until off.
∙ After 2.5 months begin rotating Caprylic Acid, Garlic and Grapefruit seed extract and OLE every 2 weeks.

The amount of "OLE" that you should take varies according to the reason you are taking it.

●     For maintenance of good health and increased energy 1-2 capsules daily.
●     For conditions of ill health 1-3 capsules three times a day.
●     Children ½ adult dosage 1 capsule three times a day.

Many people have reported good results from adding a capsule or two if they are exposed to germs or feel "run down" or "over tired.” Laboratory testing shows that OLE works best when taken shortly after exposure to a pathogen. So, staggering a few capsules throughout the day may work best (M.G. Soret, Anti microbial Agents and Chemotherapy: 160-166, 1969).

Drink Plenty of Good Pure Water!
When you are combating a particular problem with more than 1-2 capsules a day, be sure to drink enough good, pure water (Reverse Osmosis or Distilled). We recommend drinking 12-16oz of water for each capsule you take. Water helps the lymphatic system and flushes the kidneys. Drinking large quantities of water should prevent a detoxification overload (Herxheimer Response).

In a nut shell OLE combats the yeast in the whole body. Threelac is used as a defense mechanism to stop yeast in the digestive tract preventing it to become systemic.

The Best OLE I have found is from Truehope. Olive Leaf Extract

Truehope now recommends using their GreenBac instead of ThreeLac. I haven't had any experience with that.


ThreeLac is the most effective candida defense product in the marketplace. This proprietary formula is teeming with live bacteria that start to work immediately to help rid the body of resilient candida organisms. You can expect results starting with day one!

The secret behind ThreeLac's effectiveness is the micro-encapsulation process that gets the candida-fighting live bacteria safely past the acidic environment in the stomach. These oxygen-friendly bacteria go to work "dining" on anaerobic problem organisms that your body does not need. An added benefit is that it helps to balance the body's pH, a favorable pH is instrumental in the management of candidiasis (yeast cannot survive)

Suggested Use
Take ThreeLac right before you eat a meal. Let each packet dissolve in your mouth and follow immediately with 4-6 ounces of water, then eat. Food acts as a buffer to assist ThreeLac in reaching the small intestine, where it helps your body rid itself of the candida parasites. For more severe candida infestations, you may want to take up to 5 packets to start (for the first 30 days). ThreeLac may be taken all at once prior to a meal or spread out among two to three meals. After 30 days you may then reduce to a maintenance amount of one to two packets per day to maintain body pH.

Once again we recommend drinking 8-12 glasses of water. Water helps the lymphatic system and flushes the kidneys. Drinking large quantities of water should prevent a detoxification overload (Herxheimer Response).

In a nut shell OLE combats the yeast in the whole body. Threelac is used as a defense mechanism to stop yeast in the digestive tract preventing it to become systemic.



You can try this simple test to see if you have a yeast imbalance that ThreeLac may help with:  First thing in the morning, before you put ANYTHING in your mouth, get a clear glass.  Fill with water and work up a bit of saliva, then spit it into the glass of water. Check the water every 15 minutes or so for up to one hour.  If you have a problem that ThreeLac can help with, you will see strings (like legs) traveling down into the water from the saliva floating on the top, or “cloudy” saliva will sink to the bottom of the glass, or cloudy specks will seem to be suspended in the water.   If there are no strings and the saliva is still floating after at least one hour, you probably have candida under control. ThreeLac would then be used to maintain good bowel flora and proper pH.