Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Shopping Haul

In an effort to live a more natural lifestyle, I decided to revamp my kitchen to make my cooking and eating utensils safer and more earth friendly.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Natural Antibiotics- Oregano Oil

I am incredibly prone to UTIs, which is incredibly annoying...not just because of the pain and danger to my organs it brings on, but also because you cannot get antibiotics without a prescription...and you can't get a prescription without a doctor's visit, and if you get one in the middle of the night, you are pretty close to screwed unless you're a millionaire who can pay a thousand bucks to go to the ER to get a simple prescription for bactrim.

Today I got a UTI...again...and again I didn't realize it was not going to go away on its own until about 3am...when all doctors offices and urgent care centers are closed.

Last time I felt a UTI coming on I killed it with oregano oil, cranberry tablets, and a ton of water.

This time I felt I might have one coming on so I drank a ton of water and ate some raw garlic.

At around 2am I realized my symptoms were not improving. So I started taking oregano oil, which I wish I had taken from the start.  I took two cranberry tablets, some baking soda mixed with water, some salt water, and apple cider vinegar.

At around 3am I started peeing blood and having to pee every 5 minutes, which made me realize I needed to get on antibiotics. It took me a few hours to research urgent care centers that might be open (none seemed to exist) as well as try calling my insurance company only to find I couldn't get a person on the phone outside of business hours. At about 4am I was still peeing blood but I noticed my symptoms were not worsening. Usually once I start peeing blood, I will get progressively worse, but this time it seemed like I might be getting a little better. I decided to go to a pharmacy to try to get a prescription just in case though.

I went to a 24 hour pharmacy and the pharmacist recommended a low cost clinic that was open 24 hours, but only after I told him I could not afford the ER even with insurance,

It was about 5am once I got to the clinic and by then, I had less frequency and less blood in my urine.

I still ended up getting the antibiotics and taking them to be on the safe side, but it seems like the oregano oil was already beginning to kill some of the bacteria, because otherwise my symptoms should have been getting worse, not better. I think if you take oregano oil early on, like I did last time, you can probably prevent having to even go on antibiotics.

Of course there has to be other ways to get rid of UTIs..what did people do before doctors? What do people who live in third world countries with no access to modern medicine do? What do trafficked sex workers do? I'm really curious, and if anyone knows, please let me know!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Food Not Bombs

Everyone should check out this website

I am hispanic, therefore I think wasting food is a sin. It always disgusted me how people so easily throw away the food they don't want when there is a homeless person right outside who would gladly take it.

And how food safety laws make it impossible for grocery stores to give away their unsold produce to shelters. It annoys me how stocked up every grocery store is at all times just for the aesthetic value, when 80 percent of the produce is going to go unsold and in the garbage.

So when I found this site, about groups organizing to get unsold produce from markets to make food for the homeless, I had to get involved. I went to a local group just this past weekend and it was a lot of fun. The first stop we went to people were a little picky about the food they were given. I think they were "Occupy LA" people. When we went to skid row to give people the leftovers, people did not care if their peach was a little mushy, they swarmed us to get whatever they can and the food was gone instantly.

What I did notice that was kind of sad, at least at our first stop, was how much salt and hot sauce people put on their food. And I thought I was a salt addict! I like salty things but never add salt to my food after it has been prepared, nor does anyone I have ever eaten food with. All I could see when people were adding so much salt to their food was "this is high blood pressure waiting to happen." It is a big problem nowadays with impoverished people having incredibly poor diets. It used to be that healthy food like fruits and veggies were the cheapest and processed and junk food were the luxury items only the rich could afford. I am glad at at least one organization is conscious about the food given out.

I don't agree with he fact that we had table salt (not sea salt, table salt) out for people to freely consumed, but serving vegan plant based meals is a million times better than serving the canned food and junk food that other organizations serve to the needy. And as someone who has worked in places where people freely threw away left over food, not because it had gone bad, but because no one wanted it, I know there is no shortage of food to give away.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Teeth sensitivity

So in a previous post, I talked about brushing with soap and I briefly mentioned that eating/drinking lemons resulted in teeth sensitivity the next day.

I have been staying away from putting too much lemon in my juice but now I have also noticed that MEAT might also be a factor in tooth sensitivity!  I have noticed that when I eat fruits, veggies, and grains all day, my teeth are fine...but if I eat teeth become a TINY bit sensitive and I can only notice it when brushing.

It  makes sense because meat produces acid, so perhaps it was not the lemons that were to blame after all!

I would have to try drinking lemon juice and no meat one day and see if I still feel sensitivity.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

New plants!

Went to a nursery today and added some plants to my potted  garden

From left to right...
Kale, oregano, basil (which has been eaten already), another basil plant, strawberries.

The strawberry plant is already giving berries

Friday, August 10, 2012

Balcony Composting!

So I bought a 5 gallon bucket and finally got around to drilling some holes in it to start composting on my balcony!

Produce and paper I had collected for about a week 

Added some soil to start it up.

While setting up my bucket, I noticed my neighbor across the way is incredibly good looking. Unfortunately, I was not able to snap a photo of him. 

Composting...good for the environment...good for the eyes.