This post is "outside
the norm" for me. In my quest for health, I have begun investigating supplements as
an alternative way to promote health and fight against degenerative disease. Lately,
a friend talked to me about an herbal supplement called Protandim.
If you are interested in supplements and their influence on health, read on! If
not... Well, sorry. You may want to go cruise Facebook
Protandim is a patented dietary
supplement, developed by Dr. Joe McCord, and marketed by LifeVantage Corporation. It
is a combination of five herbal supplements, intended to stimulate the body’s
own production of antioxidants and cellular regeneration. The manufacturer claims
that "It is the only supplement clinically proven to reduce oxidative stress in
humans by an average of 40 percent in 30 days."
have been done, and results were not conclusive. I place little
stock in those studies, because participant diets were not documented, and neither
were the effects of the commonly accepted "healthy diet" which includes consumption
of manufactured foods and simple carbohydrates "in moderation". I have found
that a clean diet, free from manufactured foods has produced marked positive
alterations in mood, sleep and energy levels in our family. (Not to mention
weight-loss.) It is my personal belief (from research and from personal
experience) that the effectiveness of supplements is greatly increased (or
inhibited) by diet.
Countless individual testimonials
can be found on the internet, raving about Protandim's effectiveness for
degenerative disease in both humans and animals. I am not debating it's
effectiveness. Either you accept the influence food and supplements have on the
body, or you don't. What I found most impressive were the videos of animals that had
been debilitated by arthritis or infection and had exhibited new mobility after
being placed on Protandim. And as my friend Teeny says, "Animals don't
Because I am holistically minded, I was intrigued by the combination
of herbs and the testimonials of those who have used it. I haven't found any
well-founded criticism of Protandim, save those who don't subscribe to the concept
of natural healing. My only deterrant: COST. At $40 per bottle, the pills are $1.33
EACH! Though I wanted to try it's effectiveness on my family's health, I could not
afford a WHOPPING $160 per month to purchase four bottles---one for each of my
family (including myself).
In looking for
a more cost-effective way to aquire the supplements, I found that all the elements
in Protandim are available individually. The dosage
of the individual
supplements is higher, of course, so I may try emptying capsules into our morning
smoothies (then dividing amongst my family members) which of course would be even
more frugal than giving each of us the individual supplements, but I have not found
research that would suggest that higher dosages would be detrimental, aside from
some mild side-effects with a couple of the herbs (like the posiblilty of gastric
sensitivity). But knowing which of the herbs causes that is instrumental in knowing
which to adjust if one of us does have stomach pain.
Below I have
documented Protandim's ingredients (excluding fillers) their benefits, side-effects
and recommended individual dosage (for adults). Also included is a Protandim
Ingredients (excluding fillers) cost analysis of the individual
herbs. Milk thistle (Silybum marianum)
extract (225 mg):
Enhances cellular protein synthesis, reduces
triglyceride accumulation. Protects the liver against poisoning from chemical and
environmental toxins, including snakebites, insect stings, mushroom poisoning and
Bacopa (Bacopa monniera) extract (150 mg):
- Side Effects: Milk thistle sometimes causes a laxative
effect. Other less common side effects are nausea, diarrhea, indigestion,
intestinal gas, bloating, fullness or pain, and loss of appetite.
- Interactions: Some medications are changed and broken down
by the liver. Milk thistle might decrease how quickly the liver breaks down
- Recommended Dosage: 420 mg
Supports brain function and memory, reduces anxiety. Can cause stomach distress.
Induces Nrf2, an anti-oxidant gene response.
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) Root (150 mg):
- Side Effects: An adaptogen (blocks stress response) it has
a mild tranquilizing affect, so it should be paired with a stimulant.
- Interactions: No known drug interactions
- Recommended Dosage: 300 mg
Anti-inflammatory, immune stimulant, decreases cellular sensitivity to stress. Being
studied for its brain and neuron regenerative properties. Reduces insomnia and
Green Tea (Camellia sinensis) Extract
- Side Effects: Large doses of ashwagandha may cause stomach
- Interactions: May increase effects of sedatives. May
decrease the effectiveness of immune suppressants and increase the effects
of thyroid hormones.
- Recommended Dosage: 300 - 500 mg
Powerful antioxidant. cardioprotective, neuroprotective, anti-obesity,
anti-carcinogenic, anti-diabetic, Anti-artherogenic, liver protective and beneficial
for blood vessel health. Catechins (rather than EGCG) are best for cancer
prevention. Recommended dosage: 500 mg, daily.
Turmeric (Curcuma Ionga) extract (75 mg)
- Side Effects: Green tea contains caffeine. The caffeine in
green tea, especially when taken in large amounts, can worsen diarrhea. May
decrease absorption of dietary iron (unless paired with Vitamin C). EGCG
slightly reduces bioavailability of salicyclic acid, ferulic acid.
- Interactions: Caffeine is a stimulant. Stimulant drugs
speed up the nervous system. Taking green tea along with stimulant drugs
might cause increased heart rate and high blood pressure. Some drugs can
decrease how the body breaks down caffeine. Milk proteins can form complexes
with green tea catechins (which makes them temporarily indigestible) these
complexes are digested and the green tea is released in the intestines, so
it may be absorbed.
- Recommended Dosage: 300 - 500 mg
- When Paired with IP-6: Studies
suggest the combination will help prevent kidney stones. Quercetin
will help with bio-flavonoid absorption.
Anti-Oxidant, anti-inflammatory. Improves brain function and alzheimers disease
prevention. Black pepper increases absorption.
Individual Supplements and their cost
- Side Effects: Some people can experience stomach upset,
nausea, dizziness, or diarrhea.
- Interactions: Turmeric might slow blood clotting. Taking
turmeric along with medications that also slow clotting might increase the
chances of bruising and bleeding.
- Recommended dosage: 500mg twice daily
- Pair with Fish Oil: For more effective cellular
- Nature's Way Ashwagandha Standardized, 60 Capsules, Price: $8.99,
Price per pill: $0.15
- Nature's Way Milk Thistle Standardized, 120 Capsules, Price: $15.34,
Price per pill: $0.13
- Vitacost Bacopa Extract Featuring Bacognize, 300 mg, 120 Capsules, Price:
$6.99, Price per pill: $0.06
- Vitacost Green Tea Extract, Standardized, 500 mg, 100 Capsules, Price:
$6.39, Price per pill: $0.06
- Vitacost Turmeric Extract, 800 mg per serving, 100 Capsules, Price: $9.99m
Price per pill: $0.10
By buying them individually, there is a significant savings, more than 60%! Total
cost for all herbs listed: $47.70, The total cost of all pills combined, taken daily
would be $0.50, costing $15 per month, rather than $40. It would be even less if the
dosage was reduced and shared by combining capsules daily in our morning
So now you
do not sell Protandim. I am not affiliated with LifeVantage in any way, or with any
of the other sites listed in this post. This information is intended to be used for
educational and information purposes only. I do not advocate nutritional
supplementation over proper medical advice or treatment. If using any
pharmaceuticals or drugs given to you by a doctor or received with a prescription,
you must consult with the doctor in question or an equally qualified Health Care
Professional prior to using any nutritional supplementation. If undergoing medical
therapies, then consult with your respective Therapist or Health Care Professional
about possible interactions between your Treatment, any Pharmaceuticals or Drugs
being given, and possible nutritional supplements or practices I have documented
I do not assume liability for any actions undertaken after reading
this information, and I do not assume liability if one misuses supplements that I
recommend. I do not ensure that unforeseen side effects will not occur even at the
proper dosages, and thereby I do not assume liability for any side effects from
supplements or practices I have documented above.
In her book Total Home Makeover, Renee
Metler figuratively takes your hand and walks you through functional homemaking. Her
transparent way of communicating gives you the confidence and guidance that you need
to move forward from disorder to peace.
We all have negative messages that
we carry with us in our relationships, and none is so evident as the relationship we
have with our home. My drive toward perfectionism resulted in two outcomes in my home. I was so focused on the spotless environment that I believed embodied a "functional" life, I either made my family crazy by cleaning much of the day, or had a "catch-all" space that was shut away, as my personal shame. I felt immobilized.
Through the Total Home Makeover, I made the decision to
follow Renee's loving, step-by-step process to learn to release my anxiety, and
embrace a new focus through Biblical encouragement and achievable goals. No woman is
an island. We were not created to do everything by ourselves. Renee shows you how to
mobilize the help-force in your home, by modeling healthy home habits and leading
your family by "Initiating Family To-Do Time".
Renee has been where you are. Her book will bless you with loving, non-judgmental guidance.
Peaceful home-management is attainable. It's a precious gift that blesses you and
your entire family. Thank you, Renee!
When life gets busy, there are three
things that keep me sane.
1) Chore charts. Everyone is helping, so I am not burdened by every little thing that needs to be done. I STILL have to follow-through and make sure kids do their chores, but they get done. There are no privileges (TV, Computer, Trampoline, Friends, etc...) for those family members who don't complete chores by 2 O'clock.
2) Menu Plans. I'm not married to them, but it sure is nice to have an idea of what I need to have in the fridge, and what to say to "What's for dinner, Mom?"
3) Daily Schedule. Don't misunderstand. This one is a struggle for me, but when I keep a ledger of what everyone is doing with their time, I see WHERE it's being wasted, what needs are and are not being met and more importantly WHERE I CAN FIT THEM IN.
our current meal plan:
Two Week Meal Plan. Click to see it
BinzHSLDA reports that colleges
are now required to determine the validity of high
school diplomas from public and private
exactly can the college determine validity? Will they be requiring course
descriptions from every applicant? That would seem to be a lot of reading
for the admissions team! Homeschool parents often think about their own
transcripts and wonder if they are valid.
Yes, you are valid!
it interesting that public and private high schools are now having the same
concerns about validity? You're not
states this new rule does not apply to homeschoolers. They
suggest that homeschoolers need to check “homeschooled” when
filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or their
application may be delayed. Others feel that a simple check on a box marked
"homeschooled" may not be enough.
Homeschool is concerned about colleges evaluating the validity of high school diplomas.
I encourage people to
self-identify as a homeschooler. Sweetly and assertively express your
rights. If you need college financing with the FAFSA, then checking the
"homeschool" box is probably the best option for your family.
- "By checking the homeschool option we are basically
admitting that our diploma is not as valid as a traditional diploma
and making it easier for the federal government to single out those
who choose to homeschool. This is all to build infrastructure for a
national diploma to go with the common core state standards. This
may also impact transcripts and application for scholarships. Many
schools use FAFSA as the first point of entry for consideration even
if the funding does not come from the federal government. Checking
the homeschool box places the student in the "non-traditional" or
not easily validated stack because they "self-certify" which could
possibly mean a different standard for consideration than those that
come from a traditional school setting and that is on the Department
of Ed approved list."
also encourage people to avoid the GED when possible. Here is my article
about it: Stigma-Free
A great way to "validate" your
homeschool education is through a comprehensive record. My Comprehensive
Record Solution provides you the guidance and coaching you need to
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Lee Binz, The HomeScholar, and her husband, Matt, are homeschool
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You will notice a couple of things about my menus. For one thing, I don’t like fish. Sorry. I have tried it, many forms, many times. I just can’t get myself to like it. I think it’s a texture thing. Secondly, after six years as an obese vegetarian, I realized that it’s not the right diet for everyone, and I am now a confirmed meat-lover. I share recipes that I have developed myself, but if I don’t share a recipe for something, it’s usually because I found it on the internet somewhere. Most likely, AllRecipes.com. I would LOVE it if you would share some of your favorite recipes with me too. I love to try new ones.
Monday: Grilled Ham and Cheese with Soup (Cooked by my 11 YO.)Tuesday: Lemon-Basil Chicken with Angel Hair Pasta and Sautéed Veggies Wednesday: Pot Roast, Green Beans and Creamer PotatoesThursday: Orange Chicken, Broccoli and Brown Rice (Cooked by my 14 YO.)Friday: Fend for yourself! (Leftovers)Saturday: Pollo a la Mexicana (Recipe below) with brown rice
Sunday: Spaghetti, with Italian Meatballs (my hubby’s recipe below) and Spinach salad.Oh, and you will find my FREE Menu-Planning Resources
(shoppnig lists, menu planners) HERE. (Clicking will open a new window.)
Amazing Italian Meatballs
- ¾ pound ground beef
- ¾ pound Italian sausage
- 2 cloves garlic, minced or 1 tablespoon garlic
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup grated Parmesan/Romano cheese
- 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
- 1 tsp. salt and ground black pepper to
- 1 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
- 1 cup milk
- Combine beef, sausage in a large bowl. Add
garlic, eggs, cheese, parsley, salt and pepper.
- Blend bread crumbs into meat mixture. Slowly add
the milk 1/2 cup at a time. The mixture should be very moist but
still hold its shape if rolled into meatballs.
- Shape into 1 ½ in. meatballs.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 20 – 25 minutes.
After this, I like to brown them under the broiler for 5 minutes,
but Javier thinks this is unnecessary. I guess you will have
to decide for yourself.
Pollo a la
Mexicana (Mexican Chicken)
I created this recipe after we
moved to Colorado from California, and I was missing my favorite Mexican
restaurant, where I used to order this dish.
Chicken and Sauce
- 2 tbsp. oil (I use coconut oil or grape
seed oil---oils that are not corrupted at high temps.)
- 4 boneless chicken breasts
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced (or 2 tsp.
- 1 white onion peeled and chopped
- 1 medium bell pepper sliced (I prefer red or
yellow. Seeds and stem removed)
- 2 cups (from a 29 oz. can) tomato sauce
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon chili powder (or for more heat, use
chipotle chili powder!)
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves,
- Salt to taste (about 1 - 2 teaspoons.)
- 1 ½ cups brown rice (Just because
- 1 ½ cups water (add 1/8 cup more
for high elevation)
- 1 ½ cups chicken broth
- 2 tbsp. tomato paste (Optional. It will give the
rice a reddish appearance)
- 2 tbsp. oil (I use coconut oil or grape seed
oil---oils that are not corrupted at high temps.)
- 1 tsp. paprika
- 1 tsp. granulated garlic, or 1 clove fresh,
- 1 tsp. cumin
- Salt to taste ( I use about a teaspoon)
- 10 - 12 corn or flour tortillas, warmed
- 1 - 1 1/2 cups sour cream (optional,
- 1 - 1 1/2 cups guacamole (optional,
- Put brown rice, water, broth and seasonings in
to pot on high heat for cooking the rice. When the water boils, turn
down the heat to low and
simmer, covered, for 45 minutes. (Until most of the moisture has
- Cut chicken breasts into pieces. Trim off and
discard excess fat. (I cut mine with scissors into bite-size
- Set a large frying pan over medium heat. When
hot, add oil and tilt pan to coat bottom. Add chicken in a single
layer and brown for 3 - 5 minutes.
- Add onion, garlic, and bell peppers to chicken
pan; stir often and cook 3 - 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low
and add broth, 2 cups tomato sauce, seasonings, and chopped
cilantro. Simmer for 12 - 15 minutes, until chicken is thoroughly
- While chicken is simmering, remove tortillas
from package and warm on a plate with a clean dish towel over them.
We spray the towel with a little water from a squirt bottle to
"steam" the tortillas in the microwave. Microwave on high for 30
seconds. If they are not warm enough, turn tortillas over, recover
and cook on high for another 30 seconds.They can also be warmed on a
skillet for a couple of minutes each.
- When the chicken is done, it looks lovely served
on a platter over the rice, and garnished with 2-3 whole cilantro
leaves. The guacamole and sour cream (2-3 tablespoons for each
person) can be served on the side of each plate, to each person's
We will have a
farm, very soon! We are frantically preparing and packing for our move to
our new home on 5 acres. We are all VERY excited.
Things have been so busy at our house, that I have been neglecting my blog and site. I hope you will forgive me.
I will endeavor to take up posting helpful links and articles just as soon as I can, probably in mid-May.
Until then, many blessings for you and your family!
Following are photos of our new flock of chickens...
Photo credit: www.Jewlicious.com
By the President
of the United States of America.
The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God.
In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union.
Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defense, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore.
Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things.
They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People.
I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.
And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility and Union.
Read more about the Thanksgiving
Proclamation, at AbrahamLincolnOnline.org
Thanks to Toni, The Happy
Housewife, for reminding me where it all began.
Summer Menu Series, August 8 - 14
Monday:Chicken Enchiladas Verde (recipe below) & green salad
Tuesday: Crockpot Round Roast, new potatoes and cucumber vinaigrette
Wednesday:Chicken-Veggie Kabobs and corn on the cob
Thursday:Beef Stroganoff (with the leftover roast) whole grain noodles and green beans
Friday: Leftovers (Also affectionately known as FF: Fend-for-yourself Friday!)
Saturday: Chicken-veggie stir-fry, with a lemon-ginger sauce (Doesn't that sound yummy?) and brown rice
Barbeque with friends. Potato salad (Recipe below) and fruit salad. Yum!
(A family favorite!)
Serves 8 - 10 people
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
4 or 5 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (or even easier, a cooked chicken from the store!)
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced or 2 tbsp of garlic from the jar
1 cup sour cream
2 cups mixed shredded cheddar & jack cheeses (or the "Mexican Blend" from the store)
1 tbsp dried cilantro or 1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tbsp paprika
2 jars (about 3 cups) of your favorite green salsa (Target sells a good mild one by Archway Farms. Sometimes I make mine, because mild green salsa can be difficult to find, or you could use red salsa instead---but then, drop the "verde" from the name!)
1 bell pepper, chopped. (optional)
14 corn tortillas
1. In a large, non-stick skillet over medium heat, simmer chicken until no longer pink and juices run clear. (or bake or boil 20 –
30 minutes) Drain excess fat.
2. Dice or shred the chicken and return it to the skillet. Add the onion, garlic, sour cream, 1 cup of the cheese mixture, cilantro, paprika and pepper. Heat until cheese melts. Stir in ½
of the salsa and bell pepper.
3. After coating the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish with a little of the salsa, roll even amounts (about 1/3 of a cup) of the mixture into tortillas and arrange them in the dish (I do two columns of 6, with the last 2 wedged in between the columns.)
4. Cover with at least ½
jar of salsa (1 cup) and as much of the remaining cheese mixture as you like. (I use all of it!) Bake uncovered in the preheated oven 20 -25 minutes.
SUPER EASY German
(I get a lot of requests for this one!)
10 red potatoes, cut into bite-size pieces & boiled until tender
1/2 large red onion, or 1 whole small onion, chopped
2 tablespoons of dried dill
Thousand Island dressing (to taste) I like my salad "juicy" so I use 1 whole, small bottle (Usually Amy's Organic)
Mix, chill and serve!
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Thank you for entering the HOTM Online Conference!A random number generator
was used to determine the winning entrants. Winners will be
contacted this week via email. Congratulations to those who won tickets
to the HOTM Online Homeschool Conference, and thanks again for
Winner 1: Erin Rosencrantz
"I would love to hear all of them, but probably the most useful for us at the moment will be Kendra Fletcher's Preschoolers, Preparation, and Peace."
Winner 2: Robin Day
New season for me. I'll have to say Dr. Marie-Claire Moreau is the most relevant for right now. However, love Kendra Fletcher and always look forward to her wisdom.
Winner 3: Kim
I see 4 that I
would love to hear! Kendra Fletcher, Jamie Martin, Karen Metzger, and Dari
Mullins. What a cool giveaway! Thanks Robin!
The HOTM Online
Conference is August 8-12, 2011. You can register
here at the price of $14.95 per ticket.
Click on the names for more information about them.
Hogan: Bright Ideas Press
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“Science Jim” Mueller: Author of Bite-Size Physics
Martin: Author of Steady Days
Bortins: Founder of Classical Conversations
LeBedz: Author of Confessions of an Organized Homeschool Mom
Hogan: Owner of Bright Ideas Press
Attorney David Gibbs: Homeschool Legal Advantage Attorney
Metzger: Homeschool mom and speaker
Jay Wile: Author of the “Exploring Creation with”
Terri Johnson: Founder of Knowledge Quest
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Metzger: Homeschool mom and speaker
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To Enter: Simply leave a comment telling me at least one session you
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