The Way

This blog will continue on now with what by majority it’s been so far: great food! For I am now actively pursuing a career in teaching what I have learned about how to fight dementia, with healing food. For $90/day I will teach any of my many low carb, high protein, veggie rich dishes in 3 hours or less time. Or $100 with a fresh pound of Ethiopian premium coffee fresh from the roaster brimming with antioxidants and flavonoids—the first line defense against dementia—I will bring you both tastes and health in food at a premium level as well. I will bring you spices you literally will not find unless you go out and harvest foods like Seaweed yourself. I know all the best online sources as well and can help in purchasing decisions on a budget.

My first love for professional cooking came when I was between 3 and 5 as a taste tester, while Julia Child cooked in the kitchen at my families place, Stillwater Cove Ranch. From Julia I learned the most valuable lesson, in the way she used butter, copiously and precisely to need, I used coconut oil with my mother, this is a fundamental way to combat dementia.  All through my teenage years I worked with the man, Jack Schneider who brought Julia to Stillwater, assisting him in his personal chef duties and from Jack I learned the fundamentals of cooking well. With my mom I became versed with all the best healthy strategies including the proper spicing—a true key to health—for defeating dementia, and a host of other diseases including cancer as well. The title of this blog promoting the idea of fighting free radicals, is what my cooking does. My sprouted brown rice, lentil pizza bread is a pure bullet against both dementia and cancer, you’ll see about this with the first new post.

I have a line of goldenseal myrrh healing salves as well for sale. The key with these salves is how I decoct the myrrh through a unique heating and cooling process done with my specially designed woodstove with a warming shelf on top. These salves have done pain relieving beyond my best hopes, mainly because the myrrh is so well extracted, I know because I taste it afterwards and it’s lost much of what it has fresh. It has the capability to stop virtually any pain from injury such as burns, falls, scrapes, blisters, and bruises. The “Myrrahcle Solution” as I call it is safe to mitigate any open wounds and rapidly speeds the healing.

I add comfrey, “the bone knitter” to some of the Myrrahcle solutions to make it a pain stopper with bone issues such as breaks, arthritis, bone bruises. I have testimonials that I will publish here at some point.

Myrrhacle Solution: currently on sale for $20/4oz

Comfrey + Myrrahcle solution: $30/4oz

I have a Neem based Mosquito repellant that is highly effective, and smells like the grapefruit peel extract that’s also in it.

Zkeeter Solution: $12/4 oz of concentrated oil that you can mix with alcohol to make a fine spray.

Fine Ethiopian coffee fresh out of the roaster—this is your first line of defense against dementia—coffee fresh has over 800 flavors. Tons of anti-oxidants and flavonoids that depreciate over time, best to use fresh coffee up in a week to ten days time at the most. Freezing is an option but fresh is always better. The reason for Ethiopian is that it’s the birthplace of coffee and the growers generally don’t need pesticides. As well the import house negotiates directly with farmers to pay them better than fair trade. Similarly these farmers are generally smaller than to be able to join a bigger co-op and pay for organic standards. Quality is foremost in the coffee, you always get that from me.

Ethiopian coffee: $10-12/lb

I often travel South on the Seaview ridge and can deliver that way, into Caz along Fort Ross as well. Hit me up at my email muzak@mcn.org and I can usually arrange delivery.

For my blog with my hand Jade carvings please visit here: Hand Jade Carving

I love to teach, I was a teacher of hand drums after a long time study with an African teacher, Kwaku Daddy.

I thank all of you who read this, those of you truly cared, and my effort now is to keep using it in preservation. Making a full circle commitment as I did with my mother, fighting for health. There is information about many of the spices and foods I mention that can be found using the search function on the homepage here, where I’ve expanded on some of the health benefits of various spices and such. The difference will remain with the categories on the left of the page, all new posts will be labeled under the category:  Eating Well

 

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This is what I’m calling my mosquito/bug repellent solution. It is primarily designed to be sprayed (with a small amount of alcohol in the bottle). It can also be used straight as a delousing agent for fleas and against tics it’s preventative.

It’s best to keep it cold so if you’re in a hot climate that’s going to mean the frige. Best to also let the solution come up to room temp before you use it, in a small glass bottle that doesn’t take long.

Be aware that the colder the solution the more likely it will clog the sprayer.  In this event use pure Isopropyl Alcohol and clean it thoroughly, same type of alcohol for diluting purpose I use.

The way Breakfast Bread

Let me first just say, I love to cook foods that fight dementia, it’s a passion I have, and I’ve become skilled at it. I can show you some of what I do that makes it so medicinal, and the best place is in your home kitchen, where you’re most comfortable.  It’s just a matter of conveyance that really can’t be done any other way. With this knowledge a caregiver is armed with a great toolset to fight dementia, as often we are called upon to be such caregivers.

This bread features an all veggie base—gets a full 3/4 cup of turmeric total—putting far more than the 900mg suggested daily dosage, plus it’s prepared in such a way to make it more bioactive, with pairing and roasting, it’s possible to also mitigate the taste so there’s no taste of the turmeric as it would be in a savory dish. This is a different pairing than the one to make it more active in a form that you eat. So you see there’s a lot to learn, the ingredients themselves aren’t all that numerous, just three common veggies, and the spicing is really a matter of taste beyond the various balances for both medicinal and tasty spices. The consistency of the bread, as you can see in the picture, is what makes it so fabulous, very much like a true flat pan egg bread should be, good and naturally sweet.

This is the first dish I would want to show you how to make. There are a few of you who can testify to the scrumptious value of such, especially with the fresh berries of the season, I have both blackberries and boysenberries growing wild. That’s what this dish featured, fully brown crusted bottom, oven baked, in this case actually on my woodstove.

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That stove is a beauty unto itself I have posted about and pictured here before. The wooden spatula server is available from a nice lady named Marcella at the first Sunday of the month market in the Fort Ross area. Where I often am as well, a hat with Osprey feathers atop my head.

The Way: Pizza

Imagine a pizza you could eat all in one meal, without getting too much of anything bad for you, like protein, or carbs, or fats. I do use cheese, but always in measure. Several different oils go into the dough including—Black Cumin oil—right now testing extremely strong against cancer. Copious dementia fighters with turmeric and black pepper, coconut oil, many others as well. My secret ingredient isn’t any secret, getting it is the challenge: Kombu powder. Kombu is a seaweed that contains the element Iodine 127. This element is capable to rid the body of all heavy metals and it works well. The first time you feel the effect of that Kombu powder you will feel the clean out of all those heavy metals, a powerful clean that is.

Sprouts make up the meal for the dough, both sprouted rice and sprouted lentils, each one packing in veggie power over the carbs and starch they formerly were. The lentil goes from 117g of carbs to just 17, rice follows suit. Less carbs is the key to defeating dementia—if we can all slow down on eating a lot of bread type foods as we age—we’d do a lot to stop dementia. After the sprouts come a bulky veggie, red cabbage is my favorite, cauliflower does nicely too. The topping are of your choice, as the dough is mainly veggies, just that can suffice, tomatoes are certainly worthy.

Cutting down on excess carbs and protein, that’s just what this pizza for dinner will do for you and you don’t need to eat the whole thing at once, generally two pieces satisfies.

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Now there is a way to turn that dinner back into breakfast with a heavenly little thing called Aussie Pizza. This is a dish I learned from a fellow who was traveling up the coast from New Zealand, and I am forever thankful for this is one of the best dishes I make. He said this, hand scrambled egg on top of pizza was all the rage in Australia at the time.You can add turkey bacon to make a supreme delicacy, more cheese, whatever else you want for breakfast, protein is what you want, and again, far lower carbs too:

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The Way: from Mama’s chair

A moment’s pause today in a busy schedule of house work–pee and poop laundered cleaning–a new methodology always arising. Now with just vinegar and Calcium Chloride (arm and hammer laundry soap).

For that moment from her chair, both of us countenanced against an otherwise bad day, I see the world from her perspective today, in that moment, her in the living room watching the Warriors press conference replay, 40’s music still playing on the stereo: a gorgeous tune “There’s A Small Hotel.”

At the limit of her vision there’s a look into her world, a card and an envelope specifically. The card a true classic, a sepia tone picture of a naked man roller skating down Walnut St in San Francisco, behind a Cable Car. Only the man and the car are obstructed from view, so just the top, with the rolling hills of the street, is visible. Below that is an envelope with the address label of KC Thompson, in Santa Ynez, also the giver of the card. In that same stack right to the left of her “place” at the table there’s more cards, pictures, all good things for her to look at. On the right side of her place there’s all her children in pictures. With this entrée into her world I can see the whole scene evolving around her, wrapping her in the love that’s represented within.

No one can deny that Linda feels all this familial connection–all of us are a daily part of her thoughts. Life has become much easier, solutions much stronger (wait for the deets soon…),   methodologies improved.

I will give more countenance about the constant ability we have to keep Linda from suffering the kind of pain that causes delusions now. It’s these powerful remedies–made from a combination of elixirs–one that is quite necessary for all AD people. I will go so far as to say it is The Way for AD.

 

The Way: the Stool

Pooping–most of us in this country–aren’t doing it right. It was just the other day I saw this post, a good follow on facebook, that changed my entire life.

There’s such a simple solution to this too: a foot stool. You can still sit on the seat and with the right height foot stool you can get your knees up comfortably. It’s worthy, that’s all I can really say, but here’s a few reasons.

In a funny little book about singing I bought, a guy who can shatter a glass with his voice, starts out with something you’d least expect. They ask you if your poops are two minutes or less. Elsewhere I’ve seen mentions of the importance of pooping after every meal. But the two minute rule was something I’ve pondered a lot as most of the time that’s true. There were times where it took longer wasn’t true however.

To this extent that proves the point. A few times of late I’ve had the last shy one, confirming the conclusion, but not feeling quite done. Indeed putting my feet down flat really makes it feel like there’s more to do. But when I get up I realize that feeling was wrong, I was done. Realizing now I’ve been trying too hard to get more out than necessary.

Now that I have corrected my posture however it is basically always under two minutes, and after every meal. As we basically eat two meals a day I’m feeling the connection much more with the eating and the waste.

Similarly with the little time spent on the pot it’s better in a lot of obvious ways, and how, it connects with singing. It does seem to force more air into the diaphragm once you’re done, and it’s a lasting effect. It certainly improves the draw of breath. Something like the yoga breathing exercise skull shining breath. Instead of feeling emptied–I feel more full–that is clearly the point.

I’m not going to labor this point more than to say it truly is a healthy revolutionary concept that is so salient it’s hard to believe it’s not more mainstream knowledge and I guarantee anyone who tries it will find that it’s truly a better way.

 

The Way: The Salt

Reading this piece posted by a friend of mine. Basically this guy makes the argument salt is a root evil to the human constitution. Given the issues with it that’s not hard to believe, in the origin. Where he fails to prove his point however is when he says that for 8000 years we have had salt in our bodies and we can now extract the components of salt–sodium and chloride–individually from the salt we eat. He similarly makes no correlation, such as there is with gluten, that it will cause our bodies own immune system to attack our cells if it recognizes it as a poison. My belief is that our bodies may become more and more intolerant to gluten–when we lose the functions that AD takes away for instance.

All that said–it seems logical to me that some people may still have a pretty much total intolerance to salt. I will agree that salt may be an irritant to the taste buds, as it’s definitely an acquired, addictive, taste. Processed salt is poison without a doubt and processed salt is everywhere.

This is where I’m getting more attentive. Cheese for one thing, even organic may have too much salt. I can go on down the list of products I still buy that will get looked over for salt. Yogurt is a good comparison to cheese because you don’t eat enough of it to get much salt, and organic is affordable. Many things have already gone from our diet so it’s not a stretch to get the rest. Regardless of the amount of salt, if it’s processed salt it’s not good. Aluminum is a common additive as well as a number of other pollutants in “table salt.” Sea Salt even is suspect because of the heavy metals in the ocean, organic doesn’t test for heavy metals.

All that said I’m happy with Himalayan salt, in strict moderation. Something about Himalayan salt appeals to the whole mouth more, probably some because it targets bacteria in the teeth. There are a lot of other nutrients in that salt that comes from deep under the dried sea beds in India and the surrounds. You can find plenty of info extolling it for this reason.

There was a time when I was first starting out cooking I used basically no salt. What I learned was how salt absorbs water which is a critical element in cooking. I saw Julia Child use the “pinch method” with salt in most things, and her cannelloni and calzones were not salty tasting at all. I’ll go so far as to say in some foods, like my breakfast breads and my cookies don’t need and don’t have salt. But in salmon I do salt the fish as it cures it better than anything else, so I just can’t buy that it’s all that harmful, as ancient peoples would’ve preserved the fish the same way.

That still may not mean it’s isn’t a toxin however, there’s many toxins in nature. Phenol, the organic compound in all mushrooms, irritates me to the point I cannot handle mushrooms such as the Prince. In other mushrooms I can tolerate it. So there is a point–if salt isn’t really good for you at all–why try to tolerate it? There’s no question you can get enough salt out of fresh veggies and fruits. I want to get my tastes used to less salt and see just what reason I can come up with.

Then if I can add most of the salt to our food and keep the bought sources down to known quantities of sea salt I feel we won’t get too much. But I do think this is an important issue to further examine. Especially given the fact that it is valuable in mitigating oral bacteria, it’s an inarguable point that salt has value. Perhaps what is missed is that no one is living forever, or even close to as long as Methuselah, so whatever it is that kills you it won’t be salt if you can limit it strictly.

 

The Way: Zen Day

There is a lot of Zen in caregiving for an AD person, it’s about finding parallels, connections, like a Zen cohen. For instance today started with urinary incontinence, a fairly common occurrence these days. Commonly it’s not much, just a little bit that only slightly wets her pants. We still don’t have a pad that she will keep and dispose of properly so most often it’s blue jeans that absorb the pee. So a method for cleaning what amounts to just destroying bacteria and smell has to be found, as put them through the washer at that rate is impossible.

We start with a warm water kettle wash on this–bad day–Linda forces me to do most of the washing. This is a relatively new method of cleansing, a very light vinegar solution is what cleans, that doesn’t involve the shower and can be done more quickly. So the first parable is what to do with that washing water in the kettle that’s left over.

Continued the next day…That water is too dirty to do dishes, not dirty enough to throw out. Without purpose I just put the kettle on the wood stove to heat, then I remember there’s the fore mentioned washing to do. At some point the kettle was boiling and I pulled it off the stove, just holding it in my hand–revelation time–boiling water, vinegar, pee stains gone.

Not an easy day for me, juggling this cleaning with the same job in the chicken coop, shoveling and hauling manure, 3 full wheel barrow loads, down the hill to the compost. This job details wearing a bit of that compost–but I just happen to have that bucket of water soaking. With vinegar, in the future will be just Arm and Hammer washing soda, now it’s Oxy clean, which works on stains.

So after Linda’s clothes are removed to the line outside in the rain to be rinsed, my pants go into that same bucket. That kind of integration of ecology and household mechanics is The Way. All you have to do is look for the transitions, they are everywhere in daily life. A trash bag too small for the receptacle has been floating around in a bottomless surround of ancient metal. Just today I pick up a bag that is otherwise trash, a big salmon bag that needs to be disposed anyway. It’s a thicker plastic flat kind of bag so if I just tried to fit it into the container it wouldn’t stay open, especially now that it’s wet from a rinse. But with the smaller trash contents inside it puffs out and is a perfect container standing much taller than the original.

I realize, to anybody but a mother this is going to seem incredibly mundane, similarly a mother knows about Zen. Caregivers are akin to mothers in many ways, you find the most routine practice makes you thoroughly absorb the life that lives both in yourself and the one you care for.

Today the clothes stayed outside until the rain just started again. The catharsis of the crying sky, the rain has been weeping the last two days. Never shy to admit to grief I can process now as opposed to time spent wishing that the whole task hadn’t been spent doing that to begin with. Or expecting to have to do the task and similarly being sad because it’s not there to do anymore. Letting go of the hardest tasks, doing those hardest tasks everyday, that is how we grow as people.

The Way: Stopping Terrorism using assault rifles

Borrowing this format for the bully pulpit. I have some real tangible ideas on how we can stop terrorism using the assault rifles themselves and solve that problem in one fey swoop.

Put non-removable gps trackers in every assault rifle. Ban as many as can be wrestled out of the weaselly NRAGOP’s grasp, and keep it on the down low so it’s not publicly known. Then investigate locations, and personnel, based on where that gun goes. Similarly impose a steep fee to pay for an FBI grade background check and forfeiture of your rights to the above mentioned search for a trial period of say 2 years.

Now, instead of the inane and utterly moronic methodology of racial profiling at the gun counter which seems to be the prevalent strategy. As happened in the most recent terrorist rampage in San Bernardino; how a latino man was able to buy a weapon that the Arab, a browner skinned man would’ve had a tougher time buying (this was asserted by Mr. Marquez and I believe it to be true). We use the FBI background check–the gun broker doesn’t even have to see the results–just a simple yes or no. Similarly the gun broker can relay notes to the FBI such as “this guy has a wad of cash in a business suit and he’s willing to pay to avoid the check.

No racial profiling period is the salient methodology especially because we have better tools than that. At a secondary stage where names start getting connected unfortunately we cannot ignore the fact that foreign names have been solely responsible for the terrorism on US soil. That is not racial profiling, that’s using critical thinking strategy.

Legislators need to pay heed to this right quick and start implementing these strategies. Otherwise I expect people to solve it ourselves in the same manner protests have happened over the unjust police shootings. But you can bet some will be for more vigilante ways than others, and this disorganized method is not The Way.

The Way: Cocaine Trigger

My father was a cocaine addict–proof in evidence recently encountered–something I suspected was true. However this explains a lot about him, and the rapid progression of his disease. In the height of the eighties when the coke was “as pure as the driven snow” for those of you who have seen the movie “Blow.” Later it was the campaign slogan on posters with a fried egg representing your brain on drugs, this is a crude but accurate estimate of the accelerated possibility of a disease like AD, dementia taking hold, even decades earlier than it otherwise might.

In my father’s case he also suffered physical brain trauma–blows to the head. It’s logical then that the rapid acceleration of his disease was a combination of factors. One that featured prominently in his life was the drug use with cocaine, he fits a logical users pattern that may not have stopped into his elder ages before the disease.

Pops disease looked similar to Jakob-Creutzfeldt disease except he was likely suffering much longer with dementia, early onset alzheimers type. I saw the classic symptoms of EOAD when he would black out upon decent from altitude in the plane. It was one of these incidents, where he was flying the plane, and he obviously blacked out and didn’t wake up as he nosedived the plane into the ground–walking away unhurt–but proving his dementia. His death of pneumonia might’ve been entirely preventable with the kind of treatment Linda is currently getting.

Rather than try to quantify Linda’s use let me just say she was attracted to users of cocaine up the nose. Her drug was alcohol though, so likely she never became a total coke addict. Her last two husbands it seems were junkies, neither ever reformed from the life completely either.