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Join me as I start another Body by Vi 90-Day Challenge!

My Body by Vi 90-Day Challenge Results to date ~ 15lbs & 10 inches

I’m ready for another challenge, how about you?

Join me……If I can do this, you CAN too!

Go to jbartman.bodybyvi.com and start your challenge today!

 
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Posted by on January 14, 2012 in activism, business, Food

 

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Can Honey Cure my Allergies?

As I was spreading this honey from a local farm on this delicious cranberry orange bread for lunch, I remembered that my Mom wondered out loud this weekend if I have quit blogging. I’ll share more about why I’ve been on blogger’s sabbatical later. Today, let’s talk honey.

Local honey, actually. Local honey and curing seasonal allergies.

Since I was pretty young, I’ve suffered from all kinds of no-fun symptoms from allergies every spring and fall. I’ve tried dozens of different medications, with varying results. Then, a couple years ago, I heard somewhere about honey as the cure-all. Eating honey that was made (by the bees) near your home can all but cure your seasonal allergies, or so the story goes. The story came from a guy selling honey raised close to my home, so I was a bit skeptical. But somehow it made some sense–after all, bees make that stuff from pollen, and pollen (for me) equals sneezes and watery eyes and chronic sinus infections. So, if I can immunize myself from colds and chicken pox by being exposed to it a little bit over time, then maybe this honey thing could actually work. Besides, I really like honey.

Bottom line: I think it might work. I still have some symptoms, but significantly less often and less harsh. I haven’t change much else I can think of, besides spreading or drizzling that thick sweet stuff on toast and tea and pancakes and all sorts of other corn syrup replacements. Come to think of it, I also started rinsing my sinuses at around the same time–a pretty gross trick my Mom taught me. So, I guess it’s a bad experiment. Bottom line is, as far as seasonal allergies go, I’m feeling pretty great compared to most of my life.

The honey in the picture above is from Grandma Wick’s nephew. I usually get my local honey from my sweet sister, but she must not love me anymore. I’ve also bought it from a nice quiet dude at the Falls Park Farmers Market–he brings some bees with him, and the girls really dig that. His honey is raw, which he tells me makes it super-powered for fighting allergies and a whole list of other ailments. Most recently, I bought a double-quart of local honey from the nearby Mayrose Farm on the silent auction at the St. Pat’s Church Soup and Pie lunch on Sunday.This whole story began there, at said Soup and Pie extravaganza, where Anne and Grandma and I talked a little honey and allergies over a bowl of chicken noodle soup.

Want more allergy-fighting honey news? Here are a few links–some supporting my theory, others not really buying it (and one warning from Mayo Clinic not to give your baby any honey):

http://health.howstuffworks.com/local-honey-for-allergies2.htm

http://www.pioneerthinking.com/to_honey2009.html

http://www.fitsugar.com/258237

http://www.buzzle.com/articles/honey-homeopathic-treatment-for-seasonal-allergies.html

http://www.localhoneyblog.com/local-honey/how-to-relieve-seasonal-allergies-with-raw-local-honey

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/infant-botulism/HQ00854

 
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Posted by on November 24, 2009 in Food, Health

 

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Live from Mayo

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All went well visiting Docs today. We’re set to check in for Hope’s procedure at 8am Thursday morning. Should be in recovery by noon. Updates to come…

Thursday afternoon update:

The procedure went really well. So well, Hope wasn’t even admitted to the hospital! She’s doing awesome, as we’re recovering with some family near Rochester. Plan to head for home tomorrow so long as all goes well til then.

We’ll be back for the next surgery sometime in late January or early February. Thanks for all the prayers and well wishes–they really meant a lot to us.

Sunday Update:

Hope is doing super. She’s had very little pain, and we’ve had to just about tie her down to keep her from playing too hard. she had a slight reaction to some of the stuff they cleaned her with in surgery prep–just a rash. Back to school on Monday. All is well! We’ll be heading back to Mayo for round two in Jan or Feb.

Thanks for all the prayers and well wishes. It really mattered. You can check out some pics of the adventure here.

 
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Posted by on November 4, 2009 in Family, Health

 

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