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I’m Back in the Saddle

Hard as he looked, Dr. Gastro found no ulcer. Just some inflammation of the stomach lining and lower esophogas.

I’m supposed to call him on Wednesday to find out what’s next. Because blood tests show I have antibodies to the H. pylori bacteria that causes peptic ulcers (something that approximately 30 percent of all people carry for years without event), antibiotics might be in store (since you really don’t want to hold on to the little buggers), but I am already taking a natural product called Bye-Lori morning and night. Mastic gum is the active ingredient; and testimonials claim it can reduce H. pylori levels dramatically. I’m also on a probiotic non-colonizing yeast from the health food store called Saccharomyces Boulardii, and it’s supposed to help cultivate healthy flora in my tum. So even if I ultimately go on the dreaded anti-my-bods (which I know, I know, could some day save my butt), I’ll have prepared my body somewhat. And Daria–yeah! Raw cabbage, cabbage juice, and cabbage soups are good for stomach inflammation generally. A huge head of locally-grown green cabbage is waiting for me in the refrigerator. Ahhh…it’s been there several days now. I guess I better dive into it. Can’t say I’m looking forward. Cole slaw recipes, anyone?


Remembering that my original problem–the presenting issue–was dietary anemia, I ate some delicious organic grass-fed beef liver this past week from McEnroe Farm. And I’m continuting with my iron supplements. Funny thing: Last September, I went to see an iridologist, someone who photographed the irises of my eyes and then analyzed them for health concerns. (Here are the irises of some relatively ill people.) And the iridologist said I showed the pronounced markings of someone with low stomach acid. I always intended to blog about this fascinating encounter, but I never did. What’s wrong with low stomach acid, I wondered? Here’s what: When stomach acid is low, you don’t assimilate all the nutrients food contains. So maybe that’s my core issue.


I haven’t yet mentioned that my blogging year seems to have cost me some vitamin D (the sunshine vitamin); blood tests showed that’s down in the dumps too. “You’re losing bone as we speak,” said my holistic nurse. Oh, and bad news for me and my kundalini: my testosterone levels are lost in the deep ocean blue. Like non-existent. Testosterone is thought of as a male hormone, but a woman’s sex drive relies on it, and it’s good for her bones too. In other words, I am waaay too feminine, floaty, and distanced from my masculine drive (iron too is a masculine ore).


Does this sound like a profile of a woman who doesn’t always get paid well for her work, thinks good intention will cure all, and cannot file a bill?

All this hooplah, all this insight, and I never felt sick. Don’t you think everyone should have blood drawn annually whether they present symptoms for health issues or not? I do!

Here’s what I imagine my angels are saying as they try to pull me back down to Earth: Don’t hide in the clouds, Chattering Mind! And don’t float in the bloggy ether. Dig in the soil! Sit in the sun. Eat some beef. Connect with the blood red root chakra, the seat of your relationship to the mother (yow, that’s a tough one), finances, sexuality, and survival.

So, I’m back in the saddle and I’ve got lots of ideas to share.

How’s your health? Dare I ask?

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posted July 25, 2006 at 7:01 pm

I too struggle with a horribly weak root chakra, perhaps as a result of years of listening to metaphysical types going on and on about how the earth is the hellhole of the universe. I am beginning to understand how strengthening the root chakra benefits all the other ones, including the third eye chakra. The foundation has to be strong. Things I’ve found to be helpful in opening, strengthening and balancing the root chakra include: taking the chakra test at to assess the current state of the chakras, using the root chakra dew drop essence from, drinking water charged with hematite and bloodstone crystals, and wearing black and red stones. I love my inexpensive carnelian ring. I also made my own stretchy black tourmaline bracelets and wear one on each wrist to assist with grounding. I also benefit from my inexpensive black onyx earrings, which are like having little cannonballs next to my brain. They are heavy enough to keep my grounded, but also have the ability to launch me to the moon. Kind of like affirming, “I am grounded in Mother Earth as I reach for Father Sky.”>

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posted July 26, 2006 at 12:58 pm

Enzymes are healers for the digestive system. Check out and to learn more. There’s a chart for self diagnosis on enzymedica’s web site and generally in the health food store too. I used peptidase to get rid of a bacteria or virus, we were not sure which. It didn’t matter. The enzymes get rid of the offending problem without having to know which one you have. Then, we were able to heal the gut with a general enzyme blend – consider Digest Gold from Enzymedica or something similar at your health food store. You may want to read about another one called Wobenzym which has 40 years of history and research in Germany in healing inflammation. Get well soon!>

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posted July 26, 2006 at 10:30 pm

Recipes you say? One of our favorites is a mix of coarsely sliced cabbage, shredded carrots, sliced scallions and plumped golden raisins in a dressing of fresh orange juice, lemon zest, ginger and garlic. Let sit for a few hours or overnight for the best flavor. On the savory side, try shredded cabbage, bean sprouts, celery and sweet onion in a soy-sesame seed dressing. Can be prepared hot or cold. Also, braised cabbage and beets is wonderful, assuming you like beets! If so, just braise, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt. YUM. I too am happy you’re back, Amy, and am prayerful for your continued good health. Thank you for posting what you have about your own condition. Your links are interesting and informative, as are the suggestions others have made. In fact, I did the chakra test. Move over, ladies! I’m on the weak-root-chakra train with you and Kathy. Time for change. Health food make me sick. – Calvin Trillin >

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posted July 27, 2006 at 4:06 am

How do you braise beets? Do you use fresh beets?>

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posted July 27, 2006 at 11:16 pm

Kathy, Yes, I use fresh beets. I peel them, toss the root ends, then chunk, dice or slice them. (the juice stains, so wear gloves or have a good story handy) Then I brown them in olive oil just enough to give them a bronzed patina. I add my liquid — chicken stock, wine, cranberry or apple juice, rice wine vinegar, or any combination — according to the sweetness or tartness desired (and also, what I have on hand) cover loosely, and braise. I use the stovetop or oven, my preference being the latter which seems to bring out the sweetness. They take a bit to cook or bake, anywhere from 30-45minutes, depending upon the size of the chunks. I add the cabbage (also browned) at the halfway point. A bit heavy when temps are triple digits, but come fall… ahhhh. Hope you have the chance to try them. (BTW, am listening to American Angels this week. As lovely as you said. Thanks :) )>

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posted July 28, 2006 at 3:14 am

Daria–thanks for the info on braising, a concept that has long eluded me. My favorite track on American Angels is #18, can’t remember the name of it, talks about the “mansions of the blessed.” Allelujah!!>

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