Dogs with stomach aches often graze on grass. My stomach was a little addled recently and as I browsed Fairways aisles my eyes lit upon Sunja’s spicy cabbage Kimchi. My gut yelled “grab it” and I did. I’ve always been fond of kimchi but it is not a snack food that leaps immediately to mind. However, I noticed that whatever was troubling my stomach disappeared pretty quickly post kimchi. Was kimchi the equivalent of grass for humans? Later that day, I was on a play date in Central Park with an old Korean girlfriend who expounded on the miraculous properties of fermented foods. “Probiotics, probiotics, probiotics,” she yelped. How could I have missed this?
To my loyal readers – apologies for my absence but I am currently trying to engineer a move…
Now, I know I am a little neurotic about water quality. But water is critical to survival and wellness. The more I study what’s in various cities water, the more determined I am to educate everyone about the importance of water filtration. And when I say filtration, I mean filtering every tap in your house – from shower to kitchen to bath. It’s going to take research and time, but once that system is set up you can rest assured you are doing something meaningful for your and your family’s health.
Your skin is your largest organ. When you sit in a hot bath or shower under hot water your pores are wide open because they respond to the heat. During that time, your skin is absorbing the water and every chemical, pharmaceutical and toxin in it. I read recently where London water has a high quantity of both pre-digested cocaine and hormones from the pill. Wonderful. What else is in there?
From an early age, I have acclimatized my daughter to loving cold water. I did this with great calculation as cold water closes pores. Sounds crazy right?
Once you read the below article from Dr. Mercola you will think differently about that hot bath and shower you once took for granted. In an age of increasing over-population – where people are living longer and taking more pharmaceuticals – where furniture is riddled with flame retardants and chemicals that enter the ground water once that furniture is put in a land-fill – the quality of water, our greatest resource, is hugely impacted. Start thinking twice about buying windex or chemical cleaners for your house. Buy vinegar. Re-think how you live every day and ask yourself what you can do to lower the chemical dumping on our planet. If everyone thought like this we could all enjoy hot baths well into the future.
What do I suggest?
- Read the below report
- Order a water report from your city – research those chemicals
- Look on ewg.org or start reviewing whole-home water filtration systems. Mercola sells them but I am still actively comparing them. I found a fascinating site written by an ecologist who makes water filters. He asked me to order my city water report so he can look at it and then he customizes the system. http://www.cleanairpurewater.com/
- Put filter on the pipe going into your house and at every water exit point. Not just your kitchen – get the bath and shower set up as well.
- Take a hot bath in peace.
The other day I had lunch with an older friend of mine. She is mid-fifties – vivacious and animated – but I’ll be damned if she didn’t suddenly look much younger to me. I’d never seen her looking that good. A life-time of sun, cigarettes and cocktails had taken their toll. I mused it must be her energy and lithe, athletic figure which made her seem so – effervescent. But she had always been slim and vivacious. Then, it struck me. It was her teeth! They were a sparkling white. Cautiously, I inquired. Readily, she confirmed my suspicions. But what really surprised me was how she’d polished ‘em up. She claimed it cost her only 5 CHF ($5.59).
Getting your teeth whitened in NYC is expensive. Even if you had the customized tooth tray made by your dentist (like me) the whitener is pricey. And tooth whitening boutiques are usually around $500 a pop. Now, put yourself in Geneva, Switzerland and multiply any service you get in NYC by three and you have the Swiss price – I’m not kidding. Continue reading
Naturally, I am not referring to his ingestion of hemlock. No, this article is about apple cider vinegar or APC forthwith. APC was one of the cleansing bullets I riddled myself with throughout my hedonistic histoire in order to recover from a particularly late night – usually one of those evenings not interrupted by anything as humdrum as sleep.
The mere act of drinking APC was a penitent gesture. For me, it was (is) hemlock – minus death. But don’t let me discourage you before you read the 11 reasons you should drink it! Ironically, APC revitalizes, energizes and has all kinds of wonderful effects on the body. (Although I noted that a few ‘medical’ sites had nothing flattering to say about the humble APC. They hinted its powers are suspect.) But who can doubt Socrates? And, don’t doctors and pharmaceuticals WANT you sick if only to stay in business?
A recent trip to the U.S. brought me once again into contact with American TV commercials (when I realized the mute button on the remote didn’t work). I was dumbstruck by the sheer, endless number of ads dealing with sickness and medical breakthrough ‘cures’ and solutions. The laughably lengthy list of possible side-effects follows in a semi-whisper. Continue reading