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Check for this label at your coffeeshop

I love my morning coffee. I used to love it all day long. My husband said that I used to know where every coffee-pot in town was located, and traveled from coffee-pot to coffee-pot.


I had weaned myself down to only one cup in the morning.  We still have the coffee pot that makes about 12 cups (The one that made only two cups broke a few months ago.) Anyway, my husband gets up in the morning (he is an early bird and I am a night-owl) and he brings a cup of coffee to me while I am still in bed. I like this routine, but he has slowly added more and more grounds to the coffee-pot, making stronger and stronger coffee. I talked to him about this and yesterday he was careful to measure the grounds and make two cups of “normal” coffee. (I love coffee and many people think that mean I like STRONG coffee…but I don’t, I like it mild and smooth maybe even weak.)

So, when he measured it out and I drank the mild coffee…..I got a blazing headache around 10:00 a.m., which means I was going through caffeine withdrawl.

Cutting back on coffee is easy, I’ve done it many times.

See Backsliding and Fear and Haven’t You Given that Stuff Up?


I started writing this a continuation in the comment section, but decided it could be a post. Susan of Wellness Writer suggested that I compromise my organic eating habits and I said that I would not, but……

Well, actually I do compromise, but now it is not difficult because he has changed what he buys. The only way I could get him to do that was do show him I was serious by not compromising in the beginning.

So after I wrote the above post, I looked to see what he purchased………… junk food expect some Shasta soda pop!!!…and listen to his logic, he purchased four cans of this brand so that he wouldn’t have to get a 12 pack or a two liter bottle because he knew we would drink it all up as soon as we could.

He also purchased an apple pie, Sicilian focaccia flatbread (I ‘m sure this is loaded with salt), unsalted tops soda crackers, powder skim milk, unsalted butter, cheese and bananas. So he is mindful of my need for load salt items.

Last night I ate half a slice of apple pie, but it really wasn’t that good, so I am glad I only had half.  (Last year before we started Weight Watchers I used to buy organic apple pies from the co-op…they were expensive…but boy, they sure were tasty. I am sure that contributed to weight gain.)

So I compromise a bit….but hey, the name of my blog is “Naturalgal.” I need to practice what I preach, I can’t be a liar and eat unnatural stuff.

PS yesterday when my hubby was looking for spot to put some “junk” he found some chocolate cookie treats…made with those chow mien noodles that I must have hidden around Christmastime. We ate them all…they were still good….so I am sure there was quite a bit of preservatives in those.

Fresh lettuce from our garden

Fresh lettuce from our garden

Today, we picked our first lettuce from our garden. It looks pretty good here. Our garden is really pretty pathetic. Maybe next year we will do a better job.

Today my hubby said he doesn’t really agree with organic eating. It is a constant battle. I know I am better since I:

  1. Started taking supplements
  2. Weaned of meds
  3. Eat almost all organic

We “argue” about benefits of organic food quite a bit. It gets very tiring. I told him, “I don’t want to jinx a good thing. All I know is I have given up meds, take supplements and have gone organic; and I am well.”

The tag line of my blog is: ” A journey away from medication and into healthy eating to stay sane.”

He gets frustrated with me because there are only about three restaurants that we can both eat at. And he thinks I spent way to much money on organic food. But along with my new lifestyle is a reduced consumption on consumer goods. I hardly drive, I dress very nicely but get all my clothes second- hand, I am driving the same car that I drove (used) ten years ago.

It bugs me that he gets irritated by the price of organic food, but can not see that I have reduced spending in other areas to compensate for this.

Do you have a spouse or significant other who is not on-board with your eating plan to get well?

Strange pingbacks and links.

I know we must all get spam links, but is anyone getting linked to another blog….only they always attribute your link to another name. I quite frequently get linked to

I check my  Akismet spam and these links show up…but when I go them my work is attributed to strange names:  Articles Blog,  North Country Gazette, Fit For Health Guide, Pregnancy Calendar Signs Welcomes All The New, Pro Dosi

There is another site, is also reposting other people’s work.

I can’t seem to find a contact or an about page. Do you suppose it is a “bot” doing this. I wouldn’t mind if they were sometime part of the discussion like other who post links to me…but it doesn’t make any sense..

Go visit it and see if you recognize your stuff….I haven’t recognized anyone who I usually read being reposted. I just wish they would use my real title and I wonder if it is a money making thing for them.

I like to purchase locally grown flowers that haven't been grown with pesticides.

I like to purchase locally grown flowers that haven't been grown with pesticides.

Today I went to the farmers market. I love going to farmers markets. You get to visit with the farmers and see your friends and it is a pleasant walk for me.

Here is what I purchased.

  1.  Pretty flowers….no pesticides.
  2. Cheese, tenderloin beef tips, and sausage from a the same farmer
  3. Cookies and a caramel roll
  4. Beets, the farmer said I could cook the greens and gave me suggestions for the roots (beets). I have never liked beets that much, but I will try the greens and use the roots to add color to salads. She also suggested cooking them with vinegar, sugar and cornstarch.
  5. Swiss chard, we used to grow this when I was a kid and we ate it steamed every night; picked fresh from our own backyard garden.
  6. Eggs. I am actually going to let them sit a bit because I want to make potato salad and they peel better when they are old(er).

I am sorry I have posted as much lately. I am very busy. I have been trying to get other things done and I am using a timer when I am online…it went off two minutes ago.

Do any of you shop at farmers markets? Do you have some within walking distance…or an easy drive? What is your favorite thing to puchase at a farmers market?

PS. I lost two pounds last time I weighted in…better not eat another cookie today.

Cruciferous vegetables help fight cancer

Cruciferous vegetables help fight cancer

I just set my timer for 10 minutes and worked on clearing paper off my table. I had gotten so engrossed in other chores that I let it become swamped with papers. Anyway, one of the biggest problems to side-tracked housekeepers is reading papers they are supposed to be pitching in the garbage or filing. (Actually, I don’t pitch paper in the garbage, I shred my papers and give them to a chicken farmer at the farmers market who uses them for bedding.)

I decided to read one newsletter. It was said that cauliflower, broccoli and other cruciferous vegetable may help fight cancer. It quoted a study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, which involved 6,000 Chinese women, and found that those who ate locally common calciferous vegetables, such as Chinese cabbage and white turnips, had a lower breast cancer risk after menopause.

Before I started blogging, I hadn’t even heard the term cruciferous.

In another part of the newsletter, “Ask the Pharmacist” some one asked why there are more and more television ads for prescription drugs directed at “me”.

The answer in the newsletter?….To get you to buy their product. Well, that is entirely true. But what they didn’t touch was that it wasn’t too many years ago that it was considered improper to advertise directly to the “consumer.” It wasn’t that long ago that the medical profession put themselves above that.

Okay, I can finally see the top of my table, and I did wait until my timer went off to post this.

So I learned something, posted something….and did a little straightening up.

I will get my place looking good….a little bit at at time. Hopefully by this time tomorrow, I will have a cleared off table graced with a bouquet of flowers from the farmers market. There will be no marathons for me. Just gradualness.

If you are like me and get engrossed in everything other than keeping house take a visit to or the Organizer Lady at

Oh no,  I joined a support group for dog owners and when I checked it this morning I found a rapid discussion going about the glories of medicating your anxious dog. I know Gianna mentioned pets on psycho-actives a few weeks ago. I am so sickened I don’t know what to do. I really am not ready to come out to these people. It is a short term solution to their anxious Fido. I have problems with my dog, or else I would not have joined the support group…but if you don’t have the lifestyle or the time to cure a dog’s anxiousness, you probably shouldn’t own a dog. And believe me, it takes time!

I found a cartoon here:

Now that Big Pharma has convinced the general public to medicate all the adults, senior citizens, infants and teenagers for where can they look for a new market? PETS!

Now that Big Pharma has convinced the general public to medicate all the adults, senior citizens, infants and teenagers for where can they look for a new market? PETS!

Mike Adams

Comments by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger

The following is from comments on doggie prozac

(NaturalNews) Big Pharma is constantly looking for new ways to develop its markets and generate more profits. This is the inescapable directive of all corporations: Be more profitable, regardless of the cost to society. In Big Pharma’s case, the pursuit of this mission inevitably leads to the targeting of an ever-increasing selection of pharmaceutical consumers who have the potential to become lifelong customers.

With antidepressants, deeply depressed adults were targeted first. When that market was saturated, drug companies began selling the idea that antidepressants were “happy pills,” suitable for use in not merely serious depression states, but even as “depression prevention!” (So-called “early intervention,” where you use antidepressant drugs in perfectly healthy people in order to “prevent” depression from appearing.) This was a major breakthrough for Big Pharma: Now they could sell drugs to healthy people and were no longer limited to merely selling drugs to the sick.

When that market was saturated, they went after the children. Multi-million dollar marketing and propaganda campaigns convinced children that virtually any experience of sadness — say, losing a pet or having a friend move away — was a disease that could be treated with pharmaceuticals. Soon, millions of children were put on drugs like Prozac, and the great push towards diagnoses of bipolar disorder was underway by the hopelessly corrupt psychiatryindustry, which is wholly owned and controlled by Big Pharma.

When a sufficient number of children were drugged with antidepressants and amphetamines (like Ritalin), the drug companies realized there was still one non-drugged entity in a typical household that could potentially become a new revenue source: The family dog. So Big Pharma lobbied the FDA for the approval of antidepressant drugs for dogs, and in February, 2007, the FDA approved Prozac for dogs. Because, apparently, dogs have “chemical imbalances in their brain” requiring treatment with patented synthetic chemicals, just like children and adults, right? (See the book Selling Sickness: How the World’s Biggest Pharmaceutical Companies Are Turning Us All Into Patients.)

Prozac liquid drops for your pet fish are, apparently, just around the corner. And don’t be surprised to see Ritalin for “hyperactive” dogs, too. There’s no emotion, behavior or experience that’s safe from the disease labels of Big Pharma and the FDA.

See related: Disease Mongering Engine:…

Every day is a challenge. Every where I go people serve food and I have to decide if I should eat it. First, whether or not it is healthy for me? Is it organic, is it what my brain needs; then for the salt content. Then for it’s effects on the environment.

Can of cola

Can of cola

Glass of water

Glass of water


Sorry that I have been so busy lately. A friend emailed me this about Coke and water and I thought it was interesting. I hope to post more personal stuff soon.


#1.   75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.
(Likely applies to half the world population.)

#2.  In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak
that it is mistaken for hunger.

#3.  Even MILD dehydration will slow down one’s metabolism as 3%.

#4.  One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs
   for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University of
Washington study.

#5.    Lack of water, the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.

#6.   Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of
    water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain
for up to 80% of sufferers.

#7.   A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term
     memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on
the computer screen or on a ! printed page.

#8.   Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of
  colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast
cancer by 79%., and one is 50% less likely to develop
bladder cancer. Are you drinking the amount of water
you should drink every day?


#1.   In many states the highway patrol carries
     two gallons of Coke in the trunk to remove blood from
the highway after a car accident.

#2.    You can put a T-bone steak in a bowl of Coke
and it will be gone in two days.

#3.   To clean a toilet: Pour a can of Coca-Cola into the
   toilet bowl and let the ‘real thing’ sit for one hour,
then flush clean. The citric acid in Coke removes
stains from vitreous china.

#4.   To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers:
     Rub the bumper with a rumpled-up piece of Reynolds
Wrap aluminum foil dipped in Coca-Cola.

#5.  To clean corrosion from car battery terminals: Pour
    a can of Coca-Cola over the terminals to bubble
away the corrosion.

#6.  To loosen a rusted bolt: Apply a cloth soaked in Coca-Cola
to the rusted bolt for several minutes.

#7.  To bake a moist ham: Empty a can of Coca-Cola into
the baking pan, wrap the ham in aluminum foil, and bake.
Thirty minutes before ham is finished, remove the foil, allowing the
drippings to mix
with the Coke for a sumptuous brown gravy.

#8…   To remove grease from clothes: Empty a can of Coke
into the load of greasy clothes, add detergent, and run
through a regular cycle. The Coca-Cola will help loosen
grease stains. It will also clean road haze from your


#1.     the active ingredient in Coke is phosphoric acid.
It will dissolve a nail in about four days. Phosphoric
acid also leaches calcium from bones and is a major
contributor to the rising increase of osteoporosis.

#2.   To carry Coca-Cola syrup! (the concentrate) the commercial trucks must use a hazardous Material place cards reserved for highly corrosive materials.

#3.    The distributors of Coke have been using it to clean engines of the trucks for about 20 years!

Now the question is, would you like a glass of water? or Coke?

Who can legally spy on you?

Who can legally spy on you?

Yesterday, I received several emails to contact Nevada Senator Harry Reid to stop the FISA bill. Forgien Intelligence Surveillance Act.  My heart pounded as I made the call. His Washington, D.C. line was busy so I phoned his Nevada office. And aide suggested I phone the senators of my state also. I had already emailed them, so I phoned them also.

One of them was also against the bill. The other senator’s aide said he didn’t know how the senator felt. Come on, the vote was the next day, how could he not know?

It was scary for me to phone, but I did it.  I feel that those of us in the alternative mental health cybersphere need to  protect our rights. Thirty years ago if we knew the government was listening in on our phone conversations, we would have a fit!  Sure, we want people to read our blogs, but I certainly don’t want the government reading my private emails.  What if I don’t agree with Big Pharma?  You know who funds most of the candidates? ….Big Pharma.  In fact there are four, yes count them, four lobbyists for ever one member of congress.

Anyway….on to the bad news

Senate bows to Bush, approves surveillance bill

By PAMELA HESS, Associated Press Writer2 hours, 1 minute ago

Bowing to President Bush’s demands, the Senate approved and sent the White House a bill Wednesday to overhaul bitterly disputed rules on secret government eavesdropping and shield telecommunications companies from lawsuits complaining they helped the U.S. spy on Americans.

Read the AP story here.

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