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Something to consider-Flint and lead.


Flint, Michigan. January 2016.

The marking of the year and month when many were stunned, and  some horrified to learn, without doubt, that approximately 100,000 people in Flint, Michigan had been drinking, bathing, and cooking with water contaminated with lead.

Flint demographics suggest there are approximately…

… 8,200 children under 5 years old now at risk of lead poisoning as a result of drinking water in the City of Flint.

… 23,000-24,000 young people under the age of 18 at risk for lead toxicity.

… 20,000 females in child bearing years at risk of passing on dangerous effects of lead tainted water to their unborn children.

Is there concern for the other residents? You better believe it! No amount of lead is safe for anybody!

The CDC revised their guidelines and advised in 2012 that any child with more than 5 micrograms per deciliter of lead in their blood be considered at risk. The risk? Adverse health effects in behavior, attention, academic achievement, and extending ‘beyond cognitive function to include cardiovascular, immunological, and endocrine effects.’

Am I the only one wanting to scream, “GET THE LEAD OUT!”?

While government determines  accountability and ensuring non-tainted water access continues,  decreasing the amount of lead and the effects of lead toxicity is critical, especially for the children!

No time should be wasted in decreasing lead’s looming and harmful effects.

While there are hopefully existing efforts to decrease the blood lead levels in Flint’s residents, and reduce lead’s effects, there are noteworthy nutritional changes that may help any body excrete lead. Nutritional intervention hasn’t produced enough evidence for all scientists, but there has been considerable progress. Even the CDC encourages nutritional recommendations for children with elevated blood lead levels.

I AM NOT A DOCTOR. ( Always consult with your doctor!)

I AM NOT A HEALTH PRACTITIONER.

I AM NOT A MEDICAL RESEARCHER BY VOCATION.

I am concerned about getting the lead out!

Lead not absorbed by the body is excreted through feces, urine, and sweat (lead excretion takes place in similar concentration levels in urine and in sweat).

Chelation therapy, a medically supervised intervention, draws metals out of the body so they are excreted. It has been considered the primary treatment method, particularly for individuals with dangerously high blood lead levels.

Yet, research is rising about natural chelators that are more gentle in drawing metals out of the body.

Known natural chelators of lead are …

vitamin C, vitamin E, thiamine (B1),  folate (B9) and iron .

How do we access those natural chelators?

If you answered food and vitamin supplements you are correct!

Did you know?

Most children’s  vitamins contain the above listed natural chelators of lead in their ingredients!

Could it be said that children who take a daily multi-vitamin have a better chance of drawing lead out of their body and excreting lead, than children who don’t take a daily multi-vitamin?

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Foods containing the highest levels of these vitamins include:

Guavas, kiwi, strawberries and oranges (Vitamin C).

Sunflower seeds, almonds, and dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach, collards, and swiss chard (Vitamin E).

Sunflower seeds, navy and black beans, lentils and peas (B1-Thiamin).

Lentils, beans, spinach and broccoli (Vitamin B9).

Beef or chicken livers, clams, oysters, and enriched breakfast cereals (Iron).

(There are plenty other foods high in vitamins C, E, thiamin, folate, and iron.)

Other foods and spices considered  to be natural chelators include: onions, garlic, turmeric, cinnamon, apple cider vinegar and cilantro.

Cilantro, also known as coriander and chinese parsley, has been involved in double blind placebo studies, showing phenomenal lead excretion results when combined with Chlorella, a fresh water algae. Some suggest the simple habit of adding cilantro leaves into a tossed salad helps decrease lead toxicity.

One study produced somewhat discouraging results for researchers when the cilantro (used alone) and the placebo showed similar lead excretion results in urine– attributed to  benefits of a better diet.

Remembering that no blood levels of lead are good for anyone, could it be said that children who eat meals high in natural chelators have an advantage toward drawing out and excreting lead over children who don’t eat foods known to chelate lead? Could the same be said for adults?

Could education about, access to, and consumption of more foods and meals that naturally chelate lead make a difference for people with lead in their blood?

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How would we know if this works?

Time.

The CDC recommends follow up testing on children under 5 years of age in intervals of every three to four months if they test positive for lead in their blood.

An initial blood screening and follow up screenings will help determine if eating meals involving natural chelators plus taking a daily multi-vitamin with known lead chelators makes a difference for countless children, especially those in Flint.

(Since one medically supervised chelation therapy study was followed for four years, a lifestyle change of this sort would best be examined with at least a decade of study. Of course no one would suggest a placebo group for ethical reasons, so historical cases of past interventions would have to suffice in comparison.)

For many reasons, medically supervised chelation therapy is usually reserved for people with dangerously high levels of lead in their blood. No blood level of lead is safe for a child under 5yrs of age.

On the other hand, a meal of a tossed salad with cilantro, black beans, tomatoes, and chicken, served with a kiwi and strawberry fruit salad on the side contains 7 food elements known to be high in vitamins that chelate lead and could be eaten by anyone, of any age, regardless of their blood lead level.

A bran cereal breakfast also served with a cup of orange juice contains a generous amount of three to five vitamins known as lead chelators and a dinner of beans and rice served with orange juice does too!

Only the highest lead levels are targeted for treatment, therefore, many children endure the harsh effects of lead without treatment. Lead stored in the body causes damage. In adults, lead can cause high blood pressure.

What if food choices and vitamins that naturally chelate lead slowly and consistently draw out lead and help promote its excretion? Could this slow some of the damage from lead?

Whatever is done, Flint’s children will need comprehensive and supportive systems for many years to come as their bodies adjust to the effects of toxic water.

For the sake of our future generations, I pray government and citizenry alike do all we can and get the lead out!

IMPORTANT: As always, everyone should consult their doctor BEFORE making any diet or supplement changes for themselves or for their child.

 

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~The silhouettes of a few of my nieces and nephews. I sit in their midst with the biggest smile! Children color our world!~

 

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Butterflies and Wads–a candid account for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.


Posting until a cure is found….

[Please note: this story provides graphic detail]

She stood in the mirror and examined herself, then pushed her palms under her curls to make sure her hair fell neatly above the baby blue paper blouse. She was ready for the day and had thought through what might follow. Her mind was clear—prepared for battle or victory—or so she thought. Her eyes darted around the room. It wasn’t what she would have pictured or preferred for this event, but it was what was to be. She stood confidently and breathed deeply—inhaling and exhaling in rhythm—as she slowed her mind and body in preparation.

Knock. Knock.
“Come in,” she said in a commanding tone.

“Hello. So…are you ready?” he said.

“It depends. How was your day?”

“Today has been a great day!” he said while looking her squarely in the eyes and positioning himself in the room.

“Well, I suppose that means I am ready… but only if your day has been good.”

“It has,” he said, peering at her with eyes alike Mexican Riviera waters.

He motioned for her. She sat and leaned back.

wpid-2013-10-09_13-34-33_746.jpgThe blinding light caused her to shift her eyes from him to the butterflies that hung from the ceiling—two red, two yellow, and one blue. Pretty, but it was the odd dark spot four feet out that captured and caught her attention.

Is that a dead bug hanging from its last thread on the ceiling tile, or a tiny wad of dust? How ridiculous that I would fixate on that, she thought.

She looked back at the still, suspended butterflies, but the peculiar wad drew her interest. An abrupt shift in thought led her to reassure him there would be effortless cooperation of her body.

He sat surprised and amused by her words.

Cold sensations followed by searing pain raced through her flesh and although she had prepared herself…she moaned. She felt his skin against hers and heard him speak, but paid little attention to his words. The fuzz on his arms would have made her cringe in another context—they barely knew one another—but here it brushed her as soothing words of a kindred spirit.

The wad.

She permitted this man to invade her like no other. There was something special about how he had stood to her intellect and will; he had not defied them, but respected them and gently responded to her verbal thrusts. It was in the sport of verbal fencing that she had come to trust him. He was strong, confident, not too egotistical or authoritative, or weak. Now she wished she could look into his eyes–they had reassured her about this day, but were now focused on her flesh.

Time passed.
She could feel the effort.
Too much time passed.
He was surprised to see she sometimes watched.

The depth of his focus was silencing. She longed to chide in with witty words or questions, but his mark was in sight and she didn’t want to get in his way… or breathe too deeply.

He sensed a problem, asked her if there was pain, and before she could utter words her body told him all that was necessary. He extended comfort—a slight needle pinch—and continued.

Time lingered past her patience and expectations. He admitted the hurdle before him—he would have to reach deeper within. She felt the pulls and tugs of his insistence, but no pain, only determination. The duration caused her to become tense. She concentrated on relaxing and released her curled toes—it was the only way she could help.

The familiar sound of a haircut echoed, but it was not the matter at hand. They chuckled. Tension eased. Soon he showed her the adversary he had extracted from within. Without thought, she joked about her mother.

“My mother always told me not to swallow my gum. Now I know where it went!”

They all laughed… at her words, her sense of humor, the similarities in appearances, and at the conquest. Finally, she had been freed of the tumor.

Over and over again, she studied what she would leave behind. Tugging resumed as the surgeon stitched, helping hands wiped her, and voices reassured.

He moved on to the next room and she learned the timing of their next battle call… and possibly her next journey.
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A special visit from an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail!

Most women find the lumps within their own breasts and approach the discovery and battle with an unbelievable strength, attitude, and courage that is unique to their character and personality.

According to the latest health statistics, eighty percent of breast lumps are not cancerous tumors. Yet, breast cancer is the second leading cause of death of women in their middle years—mid 30’s – 50’s. As a result, women of all ages should be aware of breast health. Any pain, changes in size, shape or appearance should be investigated and communicated with a trusted doctor. Early detection through mammography or breast self-examination is key! Awareness saves lives!

This true story was written in honor of the beautiful and brave women (and men) who have battled breast cancer. May God bless you and keep you!
~Kerstin

OPERATION PRODUCE ONE THING YOU CONSUME!


We’ve heard that  Nisti K Delgroothe is up to more than writing a memoir! Oh boy! What is Nisti K up to?

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Greetings!

I have started a challenge that has grown faster than the subject of the challenge!

Operation Produce what you consume!

How does this work?

If you already started a garden YOU can be in the challenge!

If you are willing to plant ONE thing you  consume–fruit, vegetable, herb–YOU can join the challenge!

If you are willing to plant ONE fruit or vegetable even in a container (clay pot, milk jug, or barrel, etc) YOU can join the challenge!

Will YOU?

I see someone shaking their head! I hear someone saying they don’t  think they can do it?  Well, you won’t know until you try! Just select one item, maybe a favorite fruit or vegetable, and give it a try!

Do you need encouragement?

Let’s see if this helps >>>The picture compilation above shows the fruit and vegetables I harvested in my garden last year!

I don’t have much experience!  I did it! And I believe YOU can too (if you want to)!

Is there a sunny window in your house, condo or apartment?

Do you have a sunny area in your yard?

( One person who accepted the challenge is growing their vegetable at a relative’s house since a sunny spot for their container plant is a challenge at her apartment!)

Container garden? Yes!

Tomatoes and other vegetables can be grown in a container!

Again, the challenge is simple: produce ONE FRUIT, VEGETABLE, OR HERB you consume!

Stay tuned to the progress at: http://www.facebook.com/NistiKNews

Thanks for tuning in!

Happy planting!

~Nisti K Delgroothe

Want to be in the know? Know this!


Many people like to be …”in the know”–celebrity information, the latest scandal, who moved in or out of the neighbor, business turnovers, stock rates, …!

I confess: I like to be in the know! Learning something new is a hobby to me, and the latest “big news” I learned drove me to the blog-o-sphere!

Caution: It might make you turn up your nose or gag. And, it is said it will take something away from you.

Did that get your attention? If so, I’ll be brief.

Before I go further…

I am not a physician.

I am not a nutritionist.

I am a freelance writer who enjoys natural health methods, preventative health, and research.

I am bringing FACT to you, based on brief research on the matter.

Disclaimer over.

Remember: you might turn up your nose, gag, or say, “NO WAY!” But would you try something different for health’s sake?

Here is the fact I learned today, and verified:

OKRA has been shown to DECREASE BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS!

Maybe you already knew! Did you? Did you spread the news? Diabetes and  pre-diabetes plagues too many of our loved ones!

‘According to the American Diabetes Association, 79 million people in the U.S. have prediabetes. People with prediabetes are five to six times more likely to develop diabetes over time. Prediabetes also increases the risk for cardiovascular disease, although not as much as diabetes does. It’s possible to prevent the progression of prediabetes to diabetes, with diet and exercise.’ (Retrieved WebMD 1/27/2014 http://www.webmd.com/diabetes/how-sugar-affects-diabetes)

Do you doubt my fact?

There are several natural health sites that do suggest okra can bring down blood sugar levels. For those who aren’t sure about natural health sites, I went a step further. The National Institutes on Health reports, ‘The fiber in okra helps to stabilize blood sugar by regulating the rate at which sugar is absorbed from the intestinal tract.’ (Retrieved 1/27/2014  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3178946/)

Now that I think about it, when I went to the Bahamas, Uncle Sammy (our tour guide and a nice gentleman) did say something about people eating a plant to help reverse pre-diabetes. I don’t recall the exact food item because his accent threw me off.

But with all that noted, can you imagine the benefit of adding okra into a health eating plan!

I believe this is good news for those who are focused on healthy blood sugar levels, but not good news for those who don’t like okra because of its texture characteristics.  Since taste changes I’d suggest giving okra another try by surfing the Internet for a recipe that seems yummy and just so happens to have okra in it. I enjoy my okra in a vegetable medley. It was great today at lunch!

Oh….have I wished you a Happy New Year? Happy New Year!  Here’s to being in the know when it comes to our health!

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What are the Odds of 11-12-13? A “Guest” post by Nisti K Delgroothe


The  other day, my friend informed me that 11/12/2013 was a few days away. Honestly, I hadn’t thought about the date until then, but when she told me I wanted to do something memorable. I instantly said, ‘Hey! Wouldn’t it be cool if I finished my memoir?’ We agreed it would!  But, being a realist I accepted the truth and told my friend that finishing it was an improbability. Now that I think about it, we discussed this all while finishing the photo for the memoir’s cover! Backwards?!

Anyway, this morning I woke up, checked the time and noticed the date. I then began to wonder: What are the odds? I began a quick Google search, but didn’t quickly find the answer and decided it might be more fun to play with the odds than to record them. So, here I go with the flow: 11-12-13…14!

14? Yes!

I have no idea what the odds are of 11-12-13 occurring on our calendar, but I do know it is a rare occasion in the 21st century. These mathematical occurrences don’t happen often and are spaced many years apart. So, here are a few fun ideas on how you can enjoy a rare day!

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14 things you can do on 11-12-13

  • Spend 14 minutes giving God thanks for specific things or people in your life and reading Scripture.
  • Send 14 friends or family you haven’t talked to in awhile an email or text to let them know you love and appreciate them.
  • Spend 14 minutes indulging in a book you just haven’t had the chance to read. This can be family read out loud time!
  • Allow yourself 14 little treats–or 1/4 cup.
  • If you have kids, tell them THEY are going to be able to make a family decision. Announce that you’ll all have 14 uninterrupted minutes of family fun time. NO CELL PHONES, COMPUTERS, OR TEXTING ALLOWED! Give them 14 minutes to decide, then GO with it!
  • Take a 14 minute walk.
  • Spend 14 minutes indulging in a hobby you haven’t had a chance to enjoy!
  • Exercise for 14 minutes.
  • Do 14 NON selfish gestures for others. Keep count! Open a door, let someone get in line in front of you,…
  • Set a timer for 14 minutes and do some Fall Cleaning!
  • Set a timer for 14 minutes and clean out that drawer or closet you’ve been wanting to get too.
  • Call an older person and check on them. I don’t dare say 14 minutes.
  • Sing your favorite, most uplifting songs for 14 minutes straight!
  • Donate $14 to disaster relief in the Phillipines, or a hunger relief program that serves the US and/or overseas.
  • Spend 14 minutes writing a fun list of 14 things you’d like to do today! (Okay, that’s 15 items! I know! Couldn’t resist!)

Ooops! My timer just went off. Yep, you guessed it! It was for set for 14 minutes! I kinda went over…but before I go, please note that many of these items can be a family event or something you enjoy with friends! If you go over the time limit, stay in the moment, you are probably enjoying yourself! Whatever you choose to do, have fun with 11-12-13!   If you’ve liked this post and some of the tips, check out my Nisti K News page on Facebook. If you like it, please “LIKE” it! My goal was to help 14 people have a little more love in their day! Hope I succeeded! If I did, please let me know!~Nisti K

http://www.facebook.com/NistiKNews!

By the way, although I can’t finish the memoir by midnight tonight, this post has been listed as an official Nisti K Delgroothe Mission–#11-12-13-14. That’s a good mission for today!


 

 

The WDIW2B Zone

Posting until a cure is found….

[Please note: this story provides graphic detail]

She stood in the mirror and examined herself, then pushed her palms under her curls to make sure her hair fell neatly above the baby blue paper blouse. She was ready for the day and had thought through what might follow. Her mind was clear—prepared for battle or victory—or so she thought. Her eyes darted around the room. It wasn’t what she would have pictured or preferred for this event, but it was what was to be. She stood confidently and breathed deeply—inhaling and exhaling in rhythm—as she slowed her mind and body in preparation.

Knock. Knock.
“Come in,” she said in a commanding tone.

“Hello. So…are you ready?” he said.

“It depends. How was your day?”

“Today has been a great day!” he said while looking her squarely in the eyes and positioning himself in the…

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A wiggle, 4 seconds, and an occasional drive…


Sparkle in the eyes,
Laughter from the gut,
Wonder that transcends time and place…

These are a few traits that I adore in children; one day I hope to write an article, story, or book that evokes any or all of these responses in them.

In my work with children I’ve seen the range of joy in their life, but I’ve unfortunately also seen heartache, illness, and pain. I don’t yet have a story that makes them smile or laugh through the rough spots, but I do what I can to help. And today I am encouraging everyone who reads this, that you can too!

If it only took 4 seconds each time, and an occasional drive, would you help?

It takes roughly 4 seconds to remove the most resistent beverage can tab and place it in a storage container. I have been collecting beverage can tabs for many years and it does become second nature. It might take a few wiggles, but it is worth the effort when I know it is helping sick children and their families.

Your local Ronald McDonald House Charities benefits from these beverage can tabs (tabs, not cans) that are turned into much needed funds for the Ronald McDonald House, Family Room (at the hospital), or Care Mobile (provides access to healthcare in vulnerable communities). Why don’t I just let Ronald explain:

Collecting beverage can tabs can be a fun personal project, or one that involves your family, church, or community group. For more information on the beverage tab collection program in your area click: