Barbara H. McNeely

Author & Publisher

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Endbeginnings – A Celebration!

The Book - Time for a Celebration!

The Book – Time for a Celebration!

Apparently I have a magic DJ that selects the music tape that plays in my head. Sometimes, I’m not paying attention to the music in my head, and then I listen and am amazed. Today, May 22nd, 2016, the DJ was playing “Celebration” by Kool and the Gang. And it is a most appropriate song. As today is certainly a cause for celebration. Celebrating renewed life and, to use a phrase coined by Rachel Naomi Remen, a celebration of “endbeginnings.”

In reality, I started celebrating on Friday. I could not have asked for a more perfect weekend. What am I celebrating? It was one year ago today that I had my open heart surgery. Life saving surgery that has also been life altering. My husband called that day, May 22nd, 2015, a birthday. And so today is a one year birthday. It also marks the end of the healing process. My cardiologist and my surgeon both told me that complete recovery from surgery could take six to twelve months. Each month I have felt better and better. Today I feel much better than I did before the surgery. And I’m so thankful for this chance at continued life.

Today was planned several months back. Crystal and I made plans to have brunch to celebrate. We met at 10:30AM at La Fonda on Main. I chose the location because it is one of my favorite places. I had Pancakes de Naranja or something similar in name. It was pancakes with orange sauce and they were delicious. It came with scrambled eggs with a spicy cheese sauce. And bacon – because it isn’t Sunday without bacon. It was a lot of food and I ate most of it. I figured it was okay since last year on this date I didn’t eat anything. That’s ‘Barbara Logic’ in case you were wondering!

Endbeginnings

According to Rachel Naomi Remen, there are no endings without beginnings. Hence the term endbeginnings. The end of a year is followed by the beginning of a new year. The end of a normal pregnancy is followed by the beginning of a new life. And, the word commencement is used to describe the ceremony where students graduate. Their time in school is ending, but the ceremony’s name is a commencement or beginning. And so, for me it is the end of healing and the beginning of the next phase of my life. I am excited for that phase and also extremely grateful that I live in a time where it is possible to be given this second chance.

I took my book with me to brunch. The book is a composition book that I started on May 13th, 2015. It is a record of doctor visits, notes from those visits, and much more. It is a record of progress as well as notes for when things did not progress. For months, it went everywhere I went. In the beginning, each page represented one day since there was so much to write down. Some days required two pages for notes. One measure of progress was when I went from one day per page to two days on each page. Eventually, several days were on each page. Until finally, I was feeling so much better that I would forget to write in it. In fact, the last entry was made on April 19th, 2016. And on the one year anniversary, while we were at brunch, Crystal and I wrote the final page for this book. I thought about having a book burning, but there is much too much still valuable information. And it is a reminder of all that I have gone through and accomplished in this year.

I asked Crystal to write in it first. What she wrote helped me to see just how far I had come:

Barbara, I am so honored to celebrate this day with you! I am also grateful for this friendship. You are not just a survivor, but a champion. You have come through so much and you continue to learn and persevere. Never can you doubt the strength you have for overcoming any obstacle. I am proud to know you and I know this is just the beginning.

What’s next for me? First, I plan to finish the book I’m working on. It’s about this journey over the last 15 or so months. And then? Well, I think maybe the sky is the limit!

The Last Page in the Book

The Last Page in the Book

This keeps me up at night: Baby Boomers Without Children

What keeps me up at night?

What keeps me up at night?

Disclaimer: Thankfully, it is now very rare that anything actually keeps me awake at night. But there are things that I think about and worry about often. This one is at the top of the list.*

I was reminded of this worry recently while talking with a friend. She was telling me about her mother’s heart surgery and the complications she encountered. Complications that resulted in spending time in a rehab facility until she was well enough to be on her own again. My friend told me that she reviewed her mother’s prescription list at the rehab facility and found Zoloft, an antidepressant, on the list. This was a surprise to both my friend and her mother. The medication was removed from the list.

It reminds me of stories I hear from friends quite a bit. They have become an advocate for their aging parents. It’s wonderful that they are able to care for their parents. I did the same for my father in his last few years.

Here’s what keeps me awake at night: Who will take care of me? Who will take care of all of us that have never had children?

While it may sound a bit morbid to think about, it is, never-the-less a common topic. Just check out this google search: baby boomers without children. I chose baby boomers because that’s the age group I fit into – those born from 1946 – 1964, inclusive. There were a total of 75.8 Million babies born in those 19 years. Of those, 20 Million of them never had children. That works out to be 19.7 % of baby boomers had no children.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that the reason to have kids is to have someone to care for you as you age. All I’m saying is that adult children often become the caretakers of their aging parents. So, if you had no children, you may not have someone to care for you.

It’s just something I think about from time to time.

What are your thoughts? Is this something that you’ve thought of? What keeps you awake at night? Submit your answers below.

*Disclaimer Disclaimer: Although not much keeps me up at night, it’s likely true that, on some level, I worry about myself and other baby boomers without children. It’s something I need to work on because I know that underlying fears are not good for me.

Is Spontaneous Healing Possible?

Is Spontaneous Healing Possible?

Do you believe that spontaneous healing is possible

Do you believe that you and your thoughts can have an impact on your health? That may sound crazy at first, but there just may be something to this self healing or spontaneous healing.

I have a friend that in 1999 was diagnosed with an incurable cancer – multiple myeloma. She told her doctor that was unacceptable as she intended to watch her grandchildren grow up. Grandchildren that had not yet been conceived. Today she is a picture of health and a positive, active, vital lady.

Another friend was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) more than 30 years ago. All the markers were found in her blood. Her hands were often so swollen, red, and so sore that she could barely grip her steering wheel. Her doctor told her she would be in a wheel chair within three years. She told him he was talking to the wrong person. Just a few years later, her rheumatoid arthritis was gone. No RA makers could be found in her blood.

The stories of both of these ladies are fascinating. It was more than just thoughts that healed them. They made some critical adjustments to their lives and lifestyles.

Sound crazy? It’s a subject that has intrigued me for quite a while. Lately, I have been reading more and more about spontaneous healing. In fact, it seems that information on this topic keeps finding me. Nearly too much to keep up. I’m thinking I need a speed-reading course.

I’m sure I’ll have much more to say about this in the future. In fact, I’m contemplating a book that compiles the stories of people who have healed when science and modern medicine said they could not be healed. Would that interest you? What questions/answers would you want from someone who experienced a spontaneous healing? OR, do you know someone who has experienced a spontaneous healing?

I would love for you to tell me your answers in the comments!

How I Make Bone Broth

Finished Bone broth hanging out in the fridge

Finished Bone broth hanging out in the fridge

Last week, I wrote about why I started making bone broth. And why I have consumed it every day since late December. This week, I’m going to tell you how I make bone broth.

Let’s start with ingredients. I am all about having the right ingredients. It’s the same as anything I cook; I start with quality ingredients. Let’s talk about some of those ingredients:

  • Beef Bones – I’ve made several batches of bone broth and all except one was made with beef bones. Beef bones from grass-fed cows. Preferably marrow bones. I buy them at the farmers market from a rancher. I’ve also bought bone broth from the same rancher.*
  • Chicken bones – I start with a whole chicken. Once the chicken is cooked and the meat removed from the bones, I use all the leftover pieces – skin, bones, connective tissue. Some people even buy and add chicken feet. We buy our chickens at the farmer market as well. So they are pasture-raised chickens.*
  • Vegetables – Carrots, celery, and onion add flavor to bone broth. If I can, I buy these at the farmers market as well, but they’re not always in season. You can prepare these in advance and freeze them. I will buy celery and then cut 3-4 stalks into 1-2 inch pieces, wrap them up and freeze them for later use in bone broth. I buy carrots in bulk and freeze them too. The texture isn’t what’s important, just the flavors. The first time I made bone broth, it cooked for 24 or 48 hours. My husband wanted to taste one of the carrots at the end. He was unpleasantly surprised to learn that the carrot had no flavor left. It was all in the broth.
  • Other vegetables – I’ve read a lot of bone broth suggestions and several say that they put vegetable scraps in the freezer and then add them to their bone broth. Someone suggested that you go easy on the greens as they can add a bitter flavor.
  • Garlic – Another flavor enhancer.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar – Apple Cider Vinegar helps to leech the nutrients from the bones.
  • Filtered water – We filter all of the water we drink, to remove the chlorine, fluoride and who knows what else is in our water. It makes sense to use that same filtered water for bone broth.

* Buying grass-fed beef bones and pasture-raised chickens may be pricey, but if you can swing it, you’ll be starting with the best ingredients. I fully believe in going way back to how animals were raised before there were large-scale factory farms. If you want to spend less, look for the highest quality you can find.

Here’s how I make my bone broth:

A mug's worth of bone broth heating on the stove.

A mug’s worth of bone broth heating on the stove.

  1. Prepare your bones – if you’re starting with raw bones, roast them in the oven @ 350F for 30 minutes.
  2. Start with a large stock pot. Mine is 12 quarts.
  3. Add your prepared bones.
  4. Throw in your vegetables:
    • 1 onion, diced into roughly 1 inch pieces
    • 3-4 carrots, cut into 1 inch pieces
    • 3-4 stalks celery, with leaves, cut into 1 inch piece
    • any other interesting vegetables you have on hand
  5. Add 3-4 (or more) cloves of peeled garlic.
  6. Add filtered water to within 1 inch of top of stock pot.
  7. Add desired spices and herbs – I add thyme and 6-8 black peppercorns.
  8. Add 2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar.
  9. Do not add salt at this point. Add salt to individual dishes you make with your finished broth.
  10. Turn on the heat. You never want this to boil as prolonged boiling will destroy the collagen. Still, I like to heat it on a higher setting just to get everything in the pot hot. Once it is hot, I reduce the burner to a low setting. You want it to gently simmer.
  11. Cover your stock pot.
  12. Cook your broth for at least 24 hours. If you read other broth recipes, you’ll find a wide variation here. I have even let it simmer for up to 48 hours.
  13. Once you’re done cooking, you’ll want to strain your broth using either a fine mesh strainer or cheese cloth. I strain my broth into a 2 quart measuring cup and then pour it into 1 quart canning jars.
  14. Allow the broth to cool before refrigerating. You can freeze your broth as well, but that will be the topic for another day.
  15. Enjoy. I sip a mug full every day. It also makes an excellent base for stews or soups – anywhere that calls for broth.

And that is how I make bone broth. This absolutely isn’t rocket science. I have found that if you start with quality ingredients, you just can’t go wrong. Try it yourself and let me know what you think.

Why I Make Bone Broth

A mug of bone broth, ready for sipping.

A mug of bone broth, ready for sipping. Mmmm, this is why I make bone broth.

As you may know, I am searching for a cure for my arthritis. Some believe I’m looking for a miracle. And that’s okay. If it takes a miracle, I’ll accept that. I do tend to side with science first, but miracles are welcome.

I have friends who have taken the surgery route in order to be rid of their arthritis pain. That is definitely a last resort for me. I’ve had enough of surgery. Plus, I have arthritis in both knees, both hips, both hands, and possibly my right ankle. Perhaps other places. I just listed those that cause me pain right now. That’s a lot of surgery. As well as there aren’t good surgical options for the hands. So, why not look at something more natural as a solution?

One friend suggested this combination: “yoga, water, and bone broth.” And that’s how I first started looking at bone broth. Then I learn that another friend makes and consumes bone broth all the time. She recommended Sally Fallon Morell’s book, “Nourishing Broth.” From reading Sally’s book, I have determined that bone broth just might be the miracle I’m looking for. It makes sense from the science side because you use the bone and connective tissue to make the broth. So your body is getting all of the necessary components.

I decided to give it a try. Even knowing that it would take a while before I would see results. How long? I’m not sure. I have time. Near the end of December, I began consuming bone broth. I have roughly 11 ounces per day. That’s no magic formula, that’s the amount of bone broth that fits in my stainless steel mug I use (see photo). Although I don’t know how long it might take, I do know that I should start seeing improvements in skin, hair and nails first.

There isn’t a down side to consuming bone broth. In fact, there was a time when most people consumed bone broth as it was used in cooking and soup making. That all changed with the introduction of MSG (monosodium glutamate). MSG gave foods the flavor that bone broth did, but at a cheaper price. Cheaper for the food, although more costly for our health in the long run.

Most of us have heard that chicken soup is good for a cold. This was true, once upon a time. That time period when chicken soup started as bone broth. There are many nutrients in that bone broth. Healing nutrients.

Some have asked if they can’t just buy broth from the store? Suggesting that surely the broth you can buy at Whole Foods is good for you. That depends. There are some broths that are made from good quality ingredients. But read the label carefully. A broth made from chicken meat is not the same as a broth made from chicken bones. The former would be a good choice if you’re looking more for flavor. It’s not unhealthy, it’s just not the same as bone broth. And if you’re trying to cure your arthritis, you want broth made from the bones.

Still, when I first thought about bone broth, it seemed that it must be complicated and that it would take a long time. Back in December, we bought some bone broth at our local farmers market. That turns out to be an expensive way to go. And that’s why I decided to try my hand at making bone broth.

Next week, I’ll go into detail – talking about the ingredients in my bone broth and the process of making it. Stay tuned!

A Different Viewpoint for Arthritis

Looking at arthritis from a different viewpoint

Looking at arthritis from a different viewpoint

So far, I’ve looked at my arthritis primarily from a physical viewpoint: talking about what happens in the body and ways to help either heal the body or alleviate the arthritis symptoms. Reading a recent post by Dr. Christiane Northrup on 12 Ways to Release Fear and Anger To Heal Arthritis reminded me that there are other ways of looking at a disease process in the body. She suggests that pain within the body has emotional roots. In the case of arthritis, the emotions are anger, resentment, criticism or fear. Or a combination of these.

Louise Hay, in her book You Can Heal Your Life , breaks this down even further. Suggesting that pain or arthritis in the knees or hips could be a fear of moving forward. If this interests you, I encourage you to read more from Louis Hay. Much of her ideas can be found online, or you could buy her book.

There was a time when I would not have given these ideas much thought. I am first a scientist and I thought mostly from a scientific standpoint for most of my life. I say mostly because I also have a deep belief in God. And I know that things happen which have no scientific explanation.

I recently watched Anita Moorjani’s TedX talk. She has a story of her near-death experience (NDE) and her inexplicable healing from terminal cancer. If you haven’t watched it, it is worth all of the 18 or so minutes it takes. In the talk, Anita attributes her disease to fear and a lack of self-love. She also believes that we all have the ability to heal ourselves.

It isn’t just Anita’s story though. There are many stories of people who healed without the benefit of traditional allopathic medicine. Norm Cousins cured his cancer with laughter therapy. You can watch his story in the movie Anatomy of an Illness.

I personally know someone who was diagnosed with terminal, incurable cancer in 1998 or 1999 and is a picture of health today.

Someday I would like to create a collection of all of these stories.

There are other stories as well. Some are stories of people who healed from other diseases. Often the healing results, at least in part, because of lifestyle changes. But they all seem to come from a positive attitude. A believe in your own abilities. And a strong will to live.

Osteoarthritis is certainly not considered life-threatening. But it can definitely interfere with the quality of life. I’m interested in looking at arthritis from different viewpoints. Because my plan is to be rid of it. Without surgery.

What do you think? Is there something to this? Or is it all poppycock to you?

Why does Tip Top taste so good?

Why does Tip Top taste so good

Why does Tip Top taste so good? I shall reveal the answer to this question.

Subtitle: Why we ate Italian Wednesday night.

The Tip Top Cafe is a San Antonio landmark and has been in business since 1938. I ate there only occasionally since their original location isn’t near me. I think the last time I ate there was in 2000 or 2001. (It was in that pre-chronic migraine phase of my life. In the days when MSG had no impact on me, at least not that I was aware of.) Last April, they opened a second location that is not too far from where we live. Finally, Wednesday night, we decided to give it a try.

After ordering iced tea (unsweetened), I began looking at the menu. I see that most dishes come with a salad. This always puts me on alert because I know that salad dressings are one of those foods that frequently contains MSG. I usually ask if they make their dressing in house and if they say yes then I know I’m okay, most likely.

For some reason, my ‘spidey senses’ were on high alert. I asked if they made their salad dressings in house. Our waitress said yes but somehow that wasn’t good enough for me. So I explained that I have to avoid MSG because it triggers migraines. She suggested I talk with the manager.

I explained to the manager what I needed to know. She informed me that all of their foods contain MSG. They boil everything in water with MSG in it. Yikes, so there’s nothing here that I can safely eat.

I politely told her that we would simply pay for our tea and then leave. She understood and said we didn’t need to pay for the tea. We left a dollar on the table for our waitress and left.

So now you know why that chicken fried steak from Tip Top tastes so good. It’s all that MSG they put in it.

We went down the street to an Italian restaurant. It was sad because I remember Tip Top’s food being so good. But I am thankful for those ’spidey senses’ that told me to ask a few more questions!

Speaking of MSG, I found something interesting while reading Sally Fallon Morrel’s book Nourishing Broth. Before MSG’s flavor-enhancing properties were discovered, many of our foods were made with bone broth or stock. Bone broth is made by simmering bones along with veggies and seasonings. The result is a broth that is rich, flavorful, and very nutritious. With the entry of MSG onto the food scene, food preparation could be done without bone broth by using MSG in its place. It drastically changed the food industry. MSG is cheap and easily obtainable and so the use of bone broth went by the wayside. One day, I would like to do a study to see if the rise in the per capita incidence of osteoarthritis correlates with the introduction of MSG.

One more factoid from Nourishing Broth: MSG has been used in laboratory animals to induce obesity! I guess it’s good that us humans aren’t laboratory animals, right?

By the way, in case you’re wondering what else I’ve been up to: I have resurrected by jewelry-making skills and started a new line of jewelry at Barbara’s Hearts. Have a look when you have a minute.

Water for Osteoarthritis

Can water really help arthritis?

Can water really help arthritis?

I know what you’re probably thinking. You’re thinking that here’s someone else telling you to drink water. Even though some ‘experts’ have said you didn’t need to. And you’re right, that is what I’m saying. And maybe you shouldn’t listen to every ‘expert’ out there. After all, each study is just one research point. That’s why it drives me nuts to hear on the news about this or that study. One study does not mean anything. In fact, one flawed study is why we’ve been told for fifty plus years that we should not eat fat.

The reality is that most of us are likely dehydrated. I’ve even seen it suggested that high blood pressure is really a symptom of dehydration.

Here’s how water relates to arthritis: Cartilage is the cushioning your body provides between 2 bones. It keeps your parts moving smoothly without rubbing the bones together. You’ve likely seen cartilage if you’ve ever noticed the gristle on the end of a chicken drumstick. Cartilage is a gelatinous matrix of proteins and sugars. And get this – the principle role of cartilage is to hold water! Specifically synovial fluid which is made up of albumin, fat, mineral salts, hyaluronic acid, and water. In fact, if your cartilage is healthy, it is 65-85% water.

Not drinking enough water is one way to starve your cartilage. The other way is not exercising. With osteoarthritis, cartilage becomes dry and brittle. And the cause? There are many, including lack of nutrients and lack of exercise. And, of course, cartilage is dry because of lack of water.

People often don’t want to drink more water because of the need to urinate more frequently. I once worked with someone that went on a specific diet. She was told to drink 8 glasses of water a day. She chose to drink them all after work so she wouldn’t have to leave her desk during the day. Of course, she then had to get up several times in the night.

Suggestions for Water Consumption

  • How much? The usual recommendation is one-half your body weight, in ounces, per day. If you weight 120 pounds, then you should drink 60 ounces per day. Start slow and build up to drinking more.
  • How often? Spread it out throughout your day.
  • What kind? We have a Berkey filter for our drinking water. It removes many things including the chlorine and fluoride that the city adds to our water.
  • Can I add anything to my water? You can add lemon or lime to your water. Or even an herbal tea. As long as you’re not adding sweetener – whether real or not.
  • Does coffee (or tea or soda) count? The short answer is no. When you drink coffee (or tea or soda), your body has to use water to process the caffeine, etc. So it’s not the same as drinking water. I’ve heard some go so far as suggesting that you need to drink water along with your coffee to give your body the water it needs.

Suggested Osteoarthritis Therapies

Suggested Osteoarthritis Therapies - What would you add to the list?

Suggested Osteoarthritis Therapies – What would you add to the list?

I have finally put together the list of all the therapies or treatments that have been recommended to me for my osteoarthritis. Some serve only to relieve the symptoms without dealing with the cause while others deal with the underlying cause. I lumped them all together and present them here in alphabetical order.

I have not tried all of them at this point and I stress to you, dear reader, that I did not bring them all in at once. Nor do I recommend that you do so as it will be overwhelming and likely to set you up for failure. I have been researching this since November and I bring in new things as I can.

Therapies for Osteoarthritis

  • Acupuncture – I found some relief from acupuncture for my knees when they first started bothering. I also plan to go back soon.
  • Bone Broth – I wrote about bone broth, briefly, earlier this week. I’m still drinking it on a daily basis. Bone broth was recommended by a friend who is a naturopath doctor. Some believe that it has the potential to reverse osteoarthritis.
  • Breathing – OK, I’m not sure that this was a suggestion specifically for arthritis, but following my surgery in May I now know just how important breathing is.
  • Food – The type of food you eat is one of the prime influencers of health. Too many Americans follow the Standard American Diet, aka SAD. I strive every day to consume more fruits and vegetables. I also seek out higher quality foods – organic, grass-fed, pesticide. I have never been big on processed food, but there is always room for improvement, right?
  • Ginger – Ginger is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. I have been making a “ginger ale” drink since November. It is working, but I also need to determine all the causes of inflammation in my body.
  • Healing Touch – Healing Touch is an energetic therapy that has been helping me with pain, headache, energy levels, and more.
  • Losing Weight – Can you say Catch-22? Losing weight will help to reduce the arthritis pain. Reducing arthritis pain will enable me to move more which will result in weight loss? What’s a body to do?
  • Meditation – Honestly I think meditation can be helpful for any physical ailment.
  • Physical Therapy – Physical Therapy was prescribed for my knees. I was sent for three sessions and then was to do the exercises on my own. To be honest, this is about as much fun as watching paint dry.
  • Reflexology – I had a mini-session on Saturday and went back Wednesday for a full hour session. I’ll be talking about this more soon.
  • Turmeric – Turmeric is also anti-inflammatory. I have been taking Curamin at the recommendation of a friend who is a nurse. It is a combination of curcumin – the active ingredient in turmeric – and boswellia. Boswellia is known to have anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.
  • Water – Does it seem that water is the solution for many things? Perhaps there’s something to it.
  • Yoga – This just makes sense to me because you’re doing many of the same stretches as in physical therapy. I’m doing yoga on my own but I’m looking for the right class now.

That’s quite a list, isn’t it? Have you heard of other therapies that aren’t on that list? If so, please leave a comment below.

Reflexology & Bone Broth

Nope, the two don’t go together at all. I just plan to talk a little about both of them.

First, reflexology

Are you familiar with reflexology? It has nothing to do with studying your reflexes. Nobody taps your knee with a rubber hammer. Although in a way it feels like they’re testing reflexes. And there is pain involved, at least some during the session. Reflexology is based on the idea that points in your feet correspond to various parts within the body. It’s related to Chinese medicine and acupuncture in some ways.

I recently read Ann Romney’s book, “In This Together.” I bought it because I was curious how she managed her Multiple Sclerosis (MS) while in the public limelight due to her husband’s political career. In her book, she told about her visits to a reflexologist, Fritz. She first went to see him because of back pain, but found that he also helped with her MS symptoms. I was intrigued enough to add it to my list of things to try for my arthritis. (FYI: I’ll be publishing that list this coming Friday, January 22nd.)

In Ann’s book, she talked about feeling pain in her feet during her sessions. But, here’s what made me want to try it: Ann wrote that her back pain was gone. But also the fatigue associated with MS was gone. She did mention that she felt sick for a bit, but attributed it to detoxing. Ann went on to have regular sessions with Fritz for quite a while and that reflexology was part of how she managed her MS.

This past Saturday, I was a vendor at the Mystic Market, selling my hearts and other jewelry. I always check out all the other vendors and so found a reflexologist. He was offering reflexology for $1 per minute with a $20 minimum. Knowing what I read in Ann’s book, I was game for a 20 minute experiment!

My knees had been stiff and sore the past few days. To the point that it took me a few minutes after I stood up to walk ‘normal.’ I was definitely hoping for some relief. There was no discussion as part of the session. So he had no idea of my arthritis issues or all the other health issues and surgery I had been through.

The session itself was painful, at times. But most of the time it felt good. At the end of the session, he told me “You’ve been through a lot.”

I’m not sure what he meant by that. It is very true, but did he know? Could he sense what I’ve been through? Something to ponder.

I walked back to my table – the full distance of the room – just feeling good. When I got back to my table, my husband asked me how it was. It was then that I realized that I had felt no pain walking back. None at all! That’s when I knew that I would want more!

As I write this, it is about 48 hours later and I’m still feeling the effects of that 20-minute treatment.

And Bone Broth

I just wanted to give a little report on this topic that I mentioned in a post on reversing arthritis. I’ve been reading up on bone broth since it was first suggested. Sadly, there’s no scientific research on bone broth, but there is a lot of anecdotal evidence that it can help arthritis. Enough to have convinced me to make it a part of each day. In the long run, it is definitely a healthy food at the very least. To date, since late December, I have had at least 8-12 ounces every day except one.

When my friend originally suggested bone broth, my first thought was of making my own bone broth. From bones from grass-fed animals. We did purchase bone broth from a rancher at our local farmers market.

I mentioned the bone broth to another friend. And she wanted to know if I meant some purchased from Whole Foods. She mentioned a brand and I thought maybe it was the same brand I had seen there recently. She was disappointed when I didn’t immediately say that that brand would be good. She is as good at reading labels as I am. There is nothing wrong with the ingredients in that store-bought bone broth. In fact, it is similar to what I have been making – as far as I can tell from a general ingredient list. I just don’t know how it was made. Was it made for the health benefits? Or was their primary goal that it taste good? Not that mine doesn’t taste good, but it has to have both goals.

There’s a lot to say about bone broth. I’m currently reading Sally Fallon Morell’s Nourishing Broth. Sally is the author of Nourishing Traditions and and is a co-founder of the Weston A. Price Foundation. I’ll be writing more on the subject in the coming weeks. I’ll also eventually have a recipe for making bone broth. So, stay tuned.

 

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