The Way: Be Free

This is a blog I am writing to document my learning on the ways of fighting free radical damage specifically in the area of the mind. Having no formal medical training I am simply using information available to us all. In so doing I hope to further the advancement in the ways of prevention for free radical diseases such as Alzheimer’s Disease (AD).

A bit of my story. Memory science has always peaked my interest. Back in the eighties when very little was known about Alzheimer’s type dementia it was fascinating to me what Joan Minnenger had to say about the disease in her 1984 book Total Recall (one of the most popular books on memory of the time). She identified a loss of the substance choline from the brain in AD patients, many years before it was known for certain that the real effect of AD is to erode the very acetylcholine that is essential for neuron functioning.

In 2002 my father died with an acute form of AD, brought on by trauma to his brain.  The last time I saw him was 2001 at his care facility in San Bernadino, a long trip from my home in Northern Sonoma County. At this time my interest again was active in studying AD. Particularly because this acute form my dad suffered from is yet another realm of unknown within the AD spectrum. Still today there isn’t a clear understanding of how trauma affects the brain differently than non-trauma AD cases.

Now my mother is suffering from the Late Onset form of AD (LOAD) and I am her caretaker. My interest is reinvigorated to the max – so much so I need a place to write down what I’m learning – that’s where this blog comes in. With the hope that others may appreciate my task.

My mission is akin to many others certainly- although I do believe my task is limited by a force greater than Nature. Many people who encounter AD do so when their intellect has failed to the extent of eliminating their rational for understanding it. Perhaps this is by subconscious choice in some cases. My mom is a farm girl born and bred with a stubbornness that belongs in Ireland; though she’s not Irish she’s the most strong willed person I know.

What this means for her, taking pills, is so unreliable a way to medicate that it has to be basically ruled out. There’s no way to convince her that a daily regiment is necessary, nor will she take them on anybodies (including doctors) say so. She takes what she wants to take of normal good vitamins and supplements, I might get in one or two of what she really needs beyond that, but no more. Those are the parameters I have to work within. The ironic thing is that my mother has always had the ability to eat: anything. Raising five kids will do that to you apparently. So you will see on this blog how I have crafted food as her medication. It isn’t the most complete – but it is The Way – that makes it the best and it is effective.

I am a believer in Natural plant based medications only for this disease, all the best remedies for AD come from Nature. More than just a metaphor, on this blog you will find that flower power has a keen healing role against AD.

The pharmaceutical industry is so corrupt it cannot help many really. But in this case specifically you will see example of example of cases where drugs are being debunked (after billions in sales). Generic forms coming out at ten times the original strength to a massive protest from many consumer groups (because the side-effects from even the original dosage have not been completely identified). So if you feel like me that BigPharma can go take a flying leap and you want a totally alternative way to care for a person with AD, read on.

Most of you reading this know my mother Linda, you may know that her story has been fraught with loss, loss she’d just assume forget. There’s plenty of reasons in that loss, along with the technical reasons, for AD. She is not reading this beyond what I might show her of it.

I truly encourage people to add comments, if you do leave me a comment with a message to give to her I will, or if you want to make contact with her I will email you and try to arrange that as she doesn’t drive. I am a big believer in the concept in Zen Buddhism known as The Way, every post I put up here has some spiritual significances. You will get many opinions, many heartfelt pleas and a lot of Natural Medicine.

Please note as of March 2013 Linda’s phone has been disconnected. The number is now mine which is listed, otherwise just leave a comment below and I will email it to you.  Let me know ahead of time and I can likely make it happen.

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.

The Way: Tea

Today I am very thankful for tea. Coffee has not lost it’s place–just love that fructose detox it brings–but tea has firmly cemented itself into the routine as well. The real genesis of this summit push was making the tea that kills oral bacteria, oat straw, chamomile, and raspberry leaf are an excellent combo to start. Then adding cardamom, orange peel, stevia leaf, cinnamon, fennel, star anise, juniper, hibiscus and more…If you’ve been reading you know just why and how!

Now all that tea is decaf, great because caffeine with food is not wise for the nutrient loss–alas there is caffeine to be in the tea too. That comes in the form of both green tea and, maté having more caffeine than coffee, green tea a little less. All in all this allows me to regulate Linda’s activity level based on the caffeine as well as stimulate my own for various tasks.

I find a little tea really does get me up for tasks like I have to do now go see how my latest solution for pee stained clothes is working. This is the first time I’ve tried the full vinegar, oxy-clean, hot water which seems to be the trick. We’re a cleanup day (today) and a sanitation day (tomorrow) away before I’m even going to do a famous big Willie bird on the grill.

Tea is a saving grace though truly. I’m stoked to have found a really cool little market where I get goods from my favs Ortiz Farms and Triple T Ranch.  There’s an excellent, delicious tea seller–tea and trumpets–at the Santa Rosa farmers market at the Veterans building on Wednesday mornings until 1:00. The teas are mainly from India, which at this point I feel safer about than China with it’s nearly totally polluted ground, or Japan with the serious radiation threat. At $3 and 4/oz that’s really not bad for organic teas either. Drinking a jasmine green now that’s delicious.

What’s best about mixing coffee and tea too is you don’t need as much tea. The other decaf herbs make the base, then the green and maté gets added. The tradition of tea is a very worthy one to have as well. I’m now diligent about keeping water hot on the woodstove, two kettles, one for drinking one for washing water, at all times it’s the best on demand water heater I could ask for. Both on the stove overnight–adding some nice humidity to the house–keeping the water at perfect temp for tea, just under 200. Put it on the cook stove with a trivet for a sec to a boil, shut it off, and coffee water is right at 208 for the time it takes me to grind with the manual method.

There’s salient truth to the English tradition of not mixing coffee and tea in any vessel or cup–purest–but I am a total sinner. If there’s a little coffee and solids left at the end of the day I put it in the caffeine pot, which preserves it well, and makes the whole blend like a chicory tea, if I need a quick pick up first thing in the morn that tastes quite good, then I’ll throw it out and start over.

Also stoked to have found a couple old pots, no new China thank you. The brown kettle is an English Stafford, and the yellow is a beautiful Bauer, Los Angeles.

Photo on 11-24-15 at 10.22 AM

The Way: Making Caramel

Envision a sweetness unlike any you’ve ever tasted before but this is not a yam, nor any heavy carb item that will caramelize easily, this is a delicious yellow-orange fleshed vegetable. The final results look like this: Butternut

Nothing–and I do mean nothing–will caramelize as easily as natural wood coals, Oak in this case is a wonderful wood. As is Ash, probably the best all around, then Apple, then all your various meat related hardwoods like mesquite, but in my ranking, the wood from our region her in N. Ca is exceptional quality cooking wood. In basically the same latitudinal region in Italy, same climate as us in N. CA, are famed for their charcoal making families. There’s a certain density to our wood that’s superior. Here’s my setup, a dual French loaf, cast iron pan (Yes you could do this in an oven with varying results depending on how hot you can get your oven):ButternutSide
I can fit both halves of the squash in each loaf side, sideways works well, slightly arched over the top, but getting the heat exactly parallel with the side is the goal, accomplished on the left side as you can see the top is black.ButternutSide1
The right side squash I flipped at the end to really get the carmel on both sides: ButternutSideCloseup

So I encourage all who dare to find a similar way to do this on just a standard BBQ, no grill, just the fire pit, you can buy chips, the rack you choose, as simple as a couple small V-racks could work, anywhere a little natural wood smoke is allowed, which really should be everywhere, but for the other pollution…

The Way: Sourdough Pancakes

Never thought I’d be making such unorthodox sourdough pancakes. However, when you realize that frying high carb foods such as wheat flour based pancakes can have deadly results, it doesn’t mean there’s no way to do it.

The biggest discovery is that the homemade almond milk which is really just nuts and water will start to ferment and form hooch on it’s own, and it gets supremely sour pretty quickly. In the fridge it’s about a week before it starts, so at room temp it would probably work in a couple days.

For this batch I used a beet base, flax seed and hemp protein meal round out the dry ingredients with a few eggs and some water for liquid. The bountiful delicious Madrone berries made this batch go wild, on the second day, the normally red color from the beets when totally purple!

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They turned out so sour I wasn’t sure my fresh from the farmer’s market apple-strawberry-raspberry sauce would be a sweet enough pairing. But a tad of honey and stevia combined made it one of the most delicious of all my GF pancakes. Where there’s a will there’s The Way!

The Way: The New Solution

We shall call this one the double doggy dog solu! It’s so virulent against the bacteria it will kill anything outright fungal as well. When used straight the–TJ solution it shall be known as for Tooth Juice–will last over an hour and continue to be effective.

The idea of killing dental bacteria with a particle based mixture of liquid teas, tinctures, and coconut oil is the concept. The fresh and dry mixed herbs very much abundant in the solution form particles that can act as tiny little brushes in the mouth. The mixture is a kind of tasty paste reflecting the sweet herbs in in most, quite brilliantly in fact, as they completely mask the many bitter herbs.

By my estimate you could maintain a healthy mouth without the need for the dentist, if you pursue them to the fullest, straight and for at least a half hour, followed by brushing of some kind preferably but not necessarily. You can repair cavity damage, I’m currently doing that myself and it’s about the only methodology I would trust, but it’s better than drilling and filling in my opinion.

TJ solution is designed to be helpful even in the extremes of dental problems. If you embrace the philosophy that whirling small herbal particles in concentric circles in your mouth while a kind of cinnamon hot is accompanying that, quite pleasant taste, there is the solution. I blend the solutions to the right concentrations to get great taste especially if you like it chile hot–cayenne one of the most potent bacteria killers–that is the flavor I crave!

The Way: Spiced coffee II

We’ve had one yes, but two is much better than one, for breakfast and coffee, no?

Spiced coffee has evolved oh so well with the addition of Stevia, previously mentioned in the dental herb posts, along with a few other most killer, literally, spices.

We started with ground cardamom which is the most excellent of spices in coffee, like an orange liqueur, and to enhance that taste, orange peel. Ground fennel, cinnamon, nutmeg, star anise round out a nice grouping. Stevia to desired sweetness. Coconut oil adds thickness like a latte, homemade almond milk, that will foam when fresh, in Linda’s as well. café

The Way: The Juice (live blogging)

Here’s the proof — currently in my mind — the adaptations in the food and drink targeting the bacteria in Linda’s mouth. Here will be a track of the evolution of the process, with the mad Dude’s notes as well.

Stevia always tasted too sweet, a turnoff from the start for me… Today the revelation was that — too sweet — is the bacteria it’s killing. So for the evening round of juice time to stir up some magic in the glass. Grind: Cinnamon, orange peel, cardamom, fennel, Himalayan Salt (that is the choice of salt currently unless otherwise noted).

Success, she drinks 2/3 of it. Tempering: she throws out the remaining 1/3. However her attitude stays positive and in actuality the best way to do this is going to be steeping the mixture in an infuser, add the true magician Chamomile with warm water. That will become the standard liquid, juice added by measure for morning and evening, this will work, I can see the proof starting to form. Reason being: she’ll take the more stevia and salt by measure of her cavities, in other words so sweet and salty… and that sweet liquid will make her happy… and that is good.

So a tea comes, such a no brainer, chamomile, red raspberry leaf, oat straw. Two out of the three sleep aids. Added the grind above plus a little cacao, stevia to sweetness and salt to measure.

Ah tonight the improvements are monumental again mainly with the sweetness of stevia — my first love was as a sou chef so this is right up my alley — it will be this way everyday for awhile hence the “live” page.

So the tea is now: chamomile, oat straw, raspberry leaf, cardamom, calendula. With powder of stevia, cinnamon, orange peel, nutmeg, fennel added after. Tonight I added an almond milk made with cardamom and it turns into a fantastic sweet chai. For Linda a little more juice added to make her total intake for the day about half a cup which is excellent.

From here pudding is not far…

The Way: dental superfood

It only figures, every other methodology in treating Linda has come from the food and drink. The greatly abundant coconut oil in everything foodwise, and a liquid resveratrol in her juice. But the real amazing herbs for defeating the bacteria just happen to also be some delectable spices. One of the most potent defenders is hot spice however. Cayenne in particular with it’s latent heat delivers a punch that’s very effective in killing, but Linda won’t tolerate much of that in any form. So instead my focus is on some alternative, strong herbs and spices. Linda’s attitude toward taking care of her mouth is in essence more destitute than any other aspect of her health. She’s more than willing to let the bacteria go until whatever happens — no matter how painful it might be — my suspicion is that pain is a direct source of her delusions.

Cardamom is one of the most powerful particularly if you’re actually chomping on the little seeds, which themselves are comprised of even smaller seeds, and all of that spice kills bacteria. So now it’s a heavy dose of cardamom in everything. Also good is orange peel — more and more this spice looks to be the true cureall — between these two there’s a real potent base. Add fennel seeds, nutmeg, turmeric, salt, and there’s the start.

Now onto an herb so incredibly powerful it’s going to get the focus of my attention here and in reality: Stevia. The wonderful South American plant leaf that’s 300 times sweeter than table sugar and yet has zero g, I’m still marveling at this! Ironically I never really liked (though tolerated) stevia, mainly for the aftertaste, but the epiphany has come. That same aftertaste follows with cardamom, nutmeg, orange peel, very strong if you taste them straight. Basically all the sweet tasting bacteria killers do it this way, so naturally, in that aftertaste is the killing power.

Coffee had lingered down to almost nil with Linda even though without dairy milk the incontinence issue has also become far less frequent. Since the raw milk went away the problem was that in adding the almond milk and the cacao the coffee still was fairly bitter. Even with the maca sweetening Linda was not really drinking it down and the bottom of the cup would have most of the cacao and maca left (an expensive throw away now that maca has about tripled in price). Enter stevia, and the green bottom of the cup becomes visible! Stevia is so kind this way, an extremely powerful killer, and so so appealing to a person who essentially craves sugar, due to a lack of glucose — not nearly so much craving for Linda because of the coconut oil — but it’s still a palpable lack.

So as I’ve come to do in my caregiving the more intractable an issue becomes with Linda the wider approach I take. In this process — dealing with my own teeth was a blinding obsession I couldn’t see through — until now. I’m sure you’ll all take my word for it, wait for it, there’s a method in my madness (actually not very sure but believing wholeheartedly is The Way). Similarly, with my expertise in the culinary arts, now the weapons at my disposal are quite easily applicable. For example, the daily juice regiment has been a great organic apple cut with water nearly in half and the sweet liquid resveratrol added. It’s still a lot of fructose sugar (8oz of AJ has 24g fructose). In general Linda can handle the about 15g fructose I try to keep it to, but admittedly with the half juice half water plus resveratrol it was tough when you add real fruits that she does eat. Today marks the start of a new cup of juice, majority water, then about a third of a cup juice and the resveratrol, plus about a teaspoon of stevia.

So this is going to be the method for now — you really can kill the bacteria with kindness — there’s no better way for Linda. The problem with any solution I make is that it just doesn’t stay in her mouth long enough. Even one cardamom seed she crunches between her teeth releases more killing power than that solution would. So I need to see what I can do with this blitz approach before going further. There are signs it’s working, both the coffee and the juice. Cardamom in coffee is awesome, also almond milk.

I’ll go on and list a few more bacteria killers that everyone should be aware of as they are truly wonderful in the kitchen and elsewhere. Chamomile is one of the single most powerful, truly awesome. Cinnamon and cloves, both have a kind of heat that’s deadly. Lavender (similar aftertaste to stevia), sage and thyme (thyme is a remedy for a host of bacterial issues like the common cold). Peppermint and wintergreen (the latter makes up most toothpaste bases). Barberry, deeply penetrating in tincture form. Lemon balm is particularly wonderful to me as it grows abundantly around my home, I always thought it should have some use. Turns out it is one that makes the solutions smart, highlights the plaque and produces the strong bitter taste until you get rid of it. Pomegranate, in the form of vinegar I’m using in place of alcohol in the solution, to mix the liquid decoctions and oils.

To all of these herbs I add about equal amount of coconut oil. For the pulling I again cut the herbs with coconut oil about half and half generally. For myself I’ve found that I can increase the strength of the mix as I go and be highly effective. Sometimes it takes two or three pulls, but it really is the ultimate solution.

A tremendous amount of work it has been to get around to this point of understanding, always less is more the worse the issue is with Linda, she’ll only meet any stronger concerns for her with more abject resistance, and when it comes to getting inside her mouth there’s just only so much I can do. However, with a steady dose of the spices and stevia, there’s a good start.

There’s been some real boons in the diet otherwise I’ll quickly mention here, hemp seed protein — another one I always had trouble tolerating — but really it’s just such a rich protein source it takes my body an adjustment to it. Also flax seeds and flax seed meal. The advantage in both of these as staples in my dry flour subs? Low low carbs, especially the flax seeds, in one cup there’s only 49g of carbs and 31g of protein. They also grind into flour very easily. Other low carb foods these days are sprouted everything! I’ll get into this in the next post.

The Way

If anyone thought the situation with my own teeth wasn’t as potentially lethal as Linda’s — actually even more so — they would be wrong. Similarly I would not have undertaken the task with Linda had I not thought my need to be more imminent. Well here I am here to report, that an agreement has been reached between myself and the mutants (S. Mutans), that is that they are dead and I am alive– inside my mouth. This is a perfectly OK arrangement with them, as long as you can enforce it. In fact, without sucrose they can’t really live enough to reproduce and I have not had sucrose for sometime.

S. Mutans can form lactic acid with fructose which is harmful to the teeth but not as bad as the plaque which the bacteria make from synthesizing sucrose. Linda doesn’t get sucrose either so the bacteria in her mouth is less aggressive then it would be otherwise. Similarly this is the only reason I felt I could wait, similarly the knowledge I gained from completely cleaning my own teeth is invaluable and the only way I’m going to be able to remedy Linda.

For myself I’ve proven that the blade — with it’s dual sided blades — is capable of defeating any plaque that forms, with the addition of my tooth solutions. Ultimately the tooth solutions have proven to be the final remedy. The blade by itself was not capable, neither was coconut oil by itself, but add the solution to coconut oil and we have a victory. Often it’s oil pulling and then the blade.

Now my solutions have a majority of the known herbs and spices for combatting oral bacteria, they’re very potent. Some notable herbs are prickly ash, the bark from the tree, quite incredible with it’s tingling sensation. Also Barberry penetrates deep into the gums and keeps working even after I’m done pulling. From the culinary world comes some of the best however. Cardamom is one of the most powerful, as is orange peel, together they form a nice flavor base. Chamomile is incredibly powerful as is cayenne, if you can take heat it makes the solutions quite easy. Turmeric, sage and rosemary, thyme, calendula, and many more herbs all add to the solutions.

Healing spices gives a few more for the gums, amchur, the green mango skin, pomegranate, vinegar blends the oils and herbs. Now my solutions are coming out like a loose past, with ground up herbs in them. Once it’s immersed in coconut oil and pulled in the mouth it goes to work immediately, seeking out the bacteria and it is a no pain no gain process at that point. When the bacteria get threatened — particularly in places they have the strongest grip — they let you know about it with a lot of needling pain. Only today have I come to a resolution that I’m out of a lot of danger and into mitigating the problem. How do I know?

I know, as does every animal we have, because the solutions I’m making are so strong as to highlight the bacteria in various ways, currently it’s a sweet and hot solution that’s very bitter on the plaque. It makes the urge to get rid of that plaque and bacteria overwhelmingly strong whether with the solution or with the brush or blade afterward. Once it’s gone the solution becomes easy to whirl around with impunity. Cats and especially dogs are very sensitive to oral bacteria. Our dog ogles me with the blade. But it’s in the oil pulling that the real victory comes– quite literally the bugs are loose in the juice! I have seen the light in that the oil can literally pull bacteria from under the gums, around the crowns of teeth, particularly the thinner liquid tinctures in the solutions. No doubt in my mouth I am daily stopping the same assault that took out a wisdom tooth and ultimately my back molar as well. But I laid in wait for the massive assault that came and ultimately defeated them down to a point where I can literally feel the rims of my gums free of the bacteria in the oil solution, that’s the best we can do really.

Now I know it was necessary for me to gain the knowledge I have of this bacteria in scourging it from my mouth. Similarly along with that challenge has been finding the herbs that remedy the problem. I’ve come whole round on Linda’s problem to realize that it once again has to start with the food she’s eating and drinks she’s drinking. Look for this in the next post.

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