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Archive for February, 2014

Black Bean Soup

Makes 6 servings
1 tablespoon olive oil & butter
1 large onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 pinch black pepper
4 cups chicken broth
2 cups dried black beans – soaked 12-24hrs in water & acidic medium (whey or lemon juice)
2 cups whole kernel corn
2 cups canned tomatoes

Drain & Rinse beans add to large pot. Cover with water, add 1/2 onion, salt & pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat simmer for 1-2hours. Drain
Heat oil & butter in a large pot over medium-high heat. Saute onion, celery, carrots and garlic for 5 minutes. Season with chili powder, cumin, and black pepper; cook for 1 minute. Stir in chicken broth, 1/2 of the beans, and corn. Bring to a boil.
Meanwhile, in a food processor or blender, process remaining beans and tomatoes until smooth. Stir into boiling soup mixture, reduce heat to medium, and simmer for 15 minutes.


Childhood Illness on the Rise


The causes of childhood cancers are largely unknown.

About 10,450 children in the United States under the age of 15 will be diagnosed with cancer in 2014. Childhood cancer rates have been rising slightly for the past few decades.
About 1,350 children younger than 15 years old are expected to die from cancer in 2014.


Survival however is with a “cost.” Two-thirds of those who do survive face at least one chronic health condition. One quarter of survivors face a late-effect from treatment that is classified as severe or life-threatening. Late-effects of treatment can include heart damage, second cancers, lung damage, infertility, cognitive impairment, growth deficits, hearing loss, and more. It is becoming increasingly apparent that childhood cancer “is for life.” Late effects from either the disease process or aggressive treatment *regimens are given at a time of life when children have growing bodies and developing brains.

*emphasis added-recognition treatment has negative effect when children have growing bodies and developing brains. Isn’t possible aggressive vaccination and antibiotics could have a late effect?


While we don’t know why asthma rates are rising…
The number of people diagnosed with asthma grew by 4.3 million from 2001 to 2009.
Asthma was linked to 3,447 deaths (about 9 per day) in 2007.
185 children and 3,262 adults died from asthma in 2007.

The number of people who have a food allergy is growing, but there is no clear answer as to why.
According to a study released in 2013 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, food allergies among children increased approximately 50% between 1997 and 2011.
Every 3 minutes, a food allergy reaction sends someone to the emergency

Each year in the U.S., it is estimated that anaphylaxis to food results in:
30,000 emergency room visits
2,000 hospitalizations
150 deaths

The prevalence of food and skin allergies increased in children under age 18 years from 1997–2011.



The exact cause of atopic dermatitis (eczema) is unknown,
New research tracking the number of cases of childhood eczema across the globe has revealed big changes in the prevalence of the condition over the last five to ten years
A continuing rise in younger children aged between six and seven and in the number of cases reported in developing countries is of growing concern.
He says that moderate or severe cases of eczema have a significant impact on family life and carry an economic burden comparable with that of asthma.
The way forward, he suggests, is for all public health responses to the *eczema epidemic
*emphasis added-finally someone calls a childhood disease a epidemic!
Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder

The study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (JAACAP) found that an estimated two million more children in the United States (U.S.) have been diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) between 2003-04 and 2011-12. One million more U.S. children were taking medication for ADHD between 2003-04 and 2011-12. According to the study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
* 6.4 million children in the U.S. (11 percent of 4-17 year olds) were reported by their parents to have received an ADHD diagnosis from a healthcare provider, a 42 percent increase from 2003-04 to 2011-12.
Over 3.5 million children in the U.S. (6 percent of 4-17 year olds) were reported by their parents to be taking medication for ADHD, a 28 percent increase from 2007-08 to 2011-12.–+ScienceDaily)

Children with ADHD, compared to children without ADHD, were more likely to have major injuries (59% vs. 49%), hospital inpatient (26% vs. 18%), hospital outpatient (41% vs. 33%), or emergency department admission (81% vs. 74%). [Read article]

Number of children 3-17 years of age ever diagnosed with ADHD: 5.2 million

Research does not support the popularly held views that ADHD is caused by eating too much sugar, watching too much television, parenting, or social and environmental factors such as poverty or family chaos.


The exact cause of autism is not known

Autism now affects 1 in 88 children and 1 in 54 boys
Autism prevalence figures are growing
Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.
Autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases

Dr. Bob Sears writes:
I was really hoping that my latest blog would be entitled “Finally, Someone Cares About the Autism Epidemic!” But alas, it is not to be. The word “epidemic” is being reserved for the hundred or so cases of measles we see in the U.S. each year (no fatalities), or the very tragic twenty to thirty annual deaths from whooping cough. But autism? Don’t worry, it’s NOT an epidemic, because the government continues to reassure us it’s not an epidemic.

Elderberry Syrup

Elderberry Syrup is a favorite here in The Ward household. Elderberries contain organic pigments, tannin, amino acids, carotenoids, flavonoids, sugar, rutin, viburnic acid, vitamin A and B and a large amount of vitamin C. These, including quercetin, are believed to account for the therapeutic actions of the elderberry flowers and berries. Elderberries are antiviral. It is known to fight against influenza (especially when given within 24-48 hours). Some evidence even suggest it can help with cancer, constipation, nerve pain, hay fever, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and other illnesses. It’s often referred to as “Nature’s Tamiflu” and it improves the immune system. Cinnamon is anti-fungal properties and can be used to lower pain when combined with honey. It fights e-coli bacteria, can eliminate headaches and migraine, and it can help stabilize blood sugar. Ginger improves the absorption of nutrients in the body. It has anti-inflammatory properties and can rid throat and nose congestion. Cloves are high in vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Cloves contain eugenol which is toxic against fungus, bacteria, yeast, and candida, and it has anesthetic and analgesic properties. Star anise is the principle active ingredient in Tamiflu. It has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. It is used to treat asthma, dry cough, and bronchitis. It can also promote sound sleep. Local Raw Honey – Local honey can help build an immunity to seasonal allergies. It is full of minerals and vitamins and it aids in digestion. Honey is a cough suppressant and contains antioxidants and photo-nutrients.

    “And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.” ~ Genesis 1 :29

What you’ll need: 3 cups water 1/2 cup dried elderberries (or 1 cup fresh) 2 cinnamon sticks 1 T grated ginger (or dried/ground) 5 whole cloves 3 star anise (anise star pods) 1 cup local raw honey I get all these through Frontier Herbs. 1. Place the first 6 ingredients into a pot, bring to a boil, reduce heat, simmer for 30 minutes. 2. Strain well. Remove cinnamon sticks and star anise. Using a fine mesh strainer squeeze all the juice and goodness from the berries. I use the back of a spoon to smash the berries. You want all the juice and goodness that you can get. 3. Let the liquid cool to room temperature then add honey and stir. Place in a glass container and store in the refrigerator for up to a few months. Notes: This recipe can be doubled, tripled, quadrupled, etc. This will last several months. For prevention of illness and to boost the immune system adults should take 1 tablespoon daily and children should take 1 teaspoon daily. If illness should strike, adults can take 1 tablespoon 4-8 times daily and children should take 1 teaspoon 4-8 times daily. It should be taken at the first sign of sickness. It can be taken right from the spoon, mixed with water to make a tea, mixed with sparkling water, or eaten as any other syrup. It should not be given to anyone under the age of 1.


For prevention:
Adults 1 tbls
Children 1-2 teas
Per day
For treatment
Adults 3-4 tbls
1 teas every 2-3 hours

Next Adventure


The time has come for me to start what I am going to think of as my e-journal.  As I dig and find the answers to my questions, I will use this place to record my findings. There is so much to learn.  I welcome you all to follow along on my quest for health and wellness.