Zap that YEAST!

One of the most common and frustrating things about being a woman: the dreaded yeast infection.  Yeast overgrowth (scientifically known as Candida) can cause an array of physical and emotional issues such as itching, burning, irritability, and feeling completely undesirable.  Not to mention, it is quite disruptive to a healthy sex life.

Usually when yeast strikes, even the most health-conscious women desperately turn to prescription medicines and over-the-counter remedies for relief because it really seems to work.  At least temporarily…

The problem is, these drugs are not getting to the culprit of the issue, and essentially, the yeast infection just strikes back, sometimes worse than before. So what can we do, as women?  Are we doomed to suffer from the big bad yeast forever?  I’m here to tell you, HELL NO!

If you a reading this post it is probably because you are looking for relief.  So I’ll spare you my story and cut right to the chase.  You need to change.  And here’s what:

The products you use.  A wise health practitioner once told me, “Women do not need to use soap to be clean.”  This has stuck with me for a long time, and because I was desperate for a cure for the big bad yeast, I took heed.  Stop listening to the commercials, your uninformed man, and society telling you that you’re not clean unless you smell like roses.  This isn’t true and that “wash” is probably causing more harm than good.  Read the ingredients on the labels of your beauty products.  If you can’t pronounce them and have no idea what they are, they’re most likely no good. Warm water and your fingers or a wash cloth around (not in) the vagina will get you clean.  The Vagina is a self-cleaning organ!  And if you must use soap, opt for something natural (ex. black soap, or the brands Everyone Soap or Shea Moisture are brands I use).

Your diet. White rice, white bread, white vinegar, are all best friends with yeast.  Clean up your diet and incorporate in your daily meal rituals whole, unprocessed foods.  The candies and the cakes also encourage yeast overgrowth, so do yourself a favor and just stick with fresh, organic, non-gmo fruits and veggies.  A cupcake every blue moon is fine, if you must 🙂  DRINK WATER.  Use  Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) and Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) as seasonings.  Couple them with Himalayan pink salt and honestly, there you go.  Opt for garlic, onions, and fresh herbs in your diet.  Probiotics are great additions for digestion and regulate the “good” bacteria.  And the best thing about all of these wholesome foods?  They can even be used as beauty products!

Your environment.  From the relationships we have with others and ourselves, to the air we breathe, you must keep your environment toxin-free.  Emotional and chemical poisons cause so many upsets in our body.  And our body simply responds to them the only way it knows how.  Stress is just as harmful as cigarette smoke. By keeping your space sacred, your relationships healthy, and your air clean, many, many ailments can be prevented and eliminated.

Exercise.  No explanation needed. It will keep your body in working order and even keep you sane.

Now for the remedies.  The following information is what I have found most helpful in reducing symptoms, but keep in mind that the information above are preventions.  Stick to those, and you won’t need these:

1. Inserting one Boric acid powder capsule into your vagina morning and evening for three to seven days for an acute infection, and 14 to 30 days for a chronic infection. I have not seen Boric acid capsules widely available in health stores or pharmacies but women can make their own by buying a bottle of Boric acid powder and gelatin capsules (a capsule-making machine makes the process go faster).

Studies show the effectiveness of Boric acid is very high especially in women with chronic resistant yeast infections — one study with 100 women showed a 98 percent success rate with this condition. If you find that the Boric acid irritates your external genitalia you can protect the tissue with vitamin E oil (preferred).

2. Insert a garlic clove into your vagina in the morning and an acidophilus capsule in the evening for three to seven days.

3. Prepare a retention douche with bentonite clay, Pau D’ Arco tea, yogurt, tea tree oil and goldenseal and douche two times a day for seven to 10 days.

4. Soak a tampon with diluted tea tree oil and keep it in your vagina overnight.

All of these remedies and more information can be found here.  It is a very helpful site and it saves you the internet runaround.  You can also try a bath with ACV.  Because ACV regulates pH, the “bad” bacteria can’t survive.  Soaking in a tub with warm water and ACV is both therapeutic and provides relief.

Other remedies:

Yeast-Gard by Lake Consumer products

Food-grade Hydrogen Peroxide

Cinnamon

Echinacea

Vitamin E capsules (for burning and itching, open capsule and apply to affected area)

Lastly, let it all hang out!  Cotton (or none at all) underwear are you best bet.  Loose, flowing skirts and bottoms are highly recommended.

I understand that I am asking you to make serious lifestyle changes, and for some of you, this will be no easy task.  But what can I guarantee with these changes is that you will do more than just zap that yeast; you will create an entirely new you.  A stronger, wiser, healthier woman indeed!

Love,

A.K.S.

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Death by Eyeshadow (repost)

Anti-aging cream for “tweens”?   And “polyethylene glycol touching a highly absorbable mucous membrane”?  Oh, no, but yes please read on…  I was just saying earlier today that for me, PAIN IS NOT BEAUTY!! But sometimes (and especially for unknowing young girls), we can’t even feel the chemicals hurting us, and that’s worse!

Please find original entry by Jamila Owens-Todd, N.D. here.

In Love, Light, and the Beauty of Nature,

A.K.S.

Death By Eyeshadow, Jamila Owens-Todd, N.D.

To what cost do we owe to being beautiful? How did we get to the point of sacrificing viable, healthy cells for blush and eyeliner? Today on All Things Considered (NPR), Peggy Orenstein was discussing her new book, “Cinderella Ate My Daughter” and the trials of the new princess. She discussed a new cosmetic line targeted to the “tween” groups in which there is an anti-aging product. Seriously? Is this not overly unreasonable? The conversation was geared towards the marketing to this “tween” group in order to start the insecurity, I mean, makeup sales at an even earlier age. This, is beyond overt marketing. This has now approached the field of psychological and emotional development and its emerging deficit in our youth. We have now breached the lines of respect that is owed to women, yes, even young-women-to-be. This campaign of encouraging a physical change (via makeup) can be quite detrimental to overall body image as these girls age into adolescence. The fact that makeup is growing more available to this age group says that the desire to look different can easily fester into the need to look different. [I will not get into my feminist rant on our patriarchal society and its implications on all things female, but just know that it serves as the backdrop for this blog entry].

The cosmetics industry and its laughable regulations has profited off of insecurity and low self-esteem, and to much avail I might add. Understand, I am not presenting this to be the makeup killjoy with my lone tube of unscented, unflavored lip balm. Beyond the repulsive marketing, it is simply staggering to me to see the major cosmetic companies adding in harmful chemicals to a product that will be applied directly to your lips or inner eyelid. The chemist in me freaks out at the thought of polyethylene glycol touching a highly absorbable mucous membrane. The fashion-inspired woman in me, understands the fierceness of a smoky eye…to a degree. My observations are easy to come by as I have never been as keen on applying makeup. I watched my sisters go through extensive routines of makeup application, only to have to continue to touch-up their faces throughout the day. Why bother, I would ask. If you see me in lip gloss, I must be in attendance to the Presidential inauguration or some similar event of purported importance. I am not against the tribal practice of applying paint to the face, that millions of my fellow species will aim to do every morning (men included, not to leave you out DIVA!). Wouldn’t it be nice, if we used those same tribal clays and dyes of pomegranate or blueberries? Oh, but we can. There are companies, hundreds of them, who have chosen to be play the part of the radical enterprises and offer an alternative of natural, chemical-free cosmetics.

Now, once we have made the environmental responsibility of selecting a better face paint, can we now consider the social responsibility of not imposing this ritual on our young girls?

The Carnal Sin of an Arrogant Vegan

Okay, so I may lose a few followers, and may even cause a riot within the vegan/vegetarian community, but that’s fine with me because those who need to go will go, and those who need to receive this message will receive…

It irritates me (it really shouldn’t, but I have to be honest) that many (not all) people in the vegan and vegetarian community are so high and mighty when it comes to nourishment.  The quarrels over labels are confusing, counterintuitive, and quite simply, ARROGANT.  I’ve read blog after blog, listened to podcasts, videos, and radio shows where prominent people and regular joes alike in the “conscious” food community berate their brothers and sisters due to what they eat, how they eat, and what label they claim, and honestly it seems to do more to disrupt or turn away those wanting to live a healthier, more environmentally harmonious life.

Now don’t get me wrong, with respect to veganism, it is certainly a lifestyle choice–no animal by-products, no killing of animals for clothing, jewelry or consuming any type of flesh, or in general not consuming or killing anything with a heartbeat.  So to use the label vegan if you wear leather boots, well yes, it’s one of the most obvious offenses to the true essence of the word.  However, it is important to understand that each individual, especially someone transitioning into a new lifestyle, needs and deserves patience, understanding, evidence, and historical and present contexts.  These are essential  when dealing with a newcomer.  Not everyone chooses to forego meat, poultry, and dairy to become one with the Universe (although I think it’s beautiful reason;).  Some people do it for health and wellness, because perhaps their backs are against the wall and they know of no other way to turn their life around.  It is so important to assume the best and know that usually, one good habit leads to another, but support is a necessary ingredient.  Taking the first step toward being in control of one’s consumption, health, and responsibility to the planet (all life, not just animals, but plants, humans, earth, etc.) should not be met with arrogance or closed doors from those posing as gate keepers.

So help me understand, because I’m confused about what to call myself.  If I had it my way, I would say I am a fish eating vegan, but we all know that won’t go over well!  So what do you call someone who doesn’t eat or kill animals and their by products (so no meat, poultry, dairy–with the exception of fish), eats both raw and cooked whole foods (fruits, veggies, beans, grains), doesn’t wear animal skins, plants trees, recycles, buys organic food and clothing, and is a future composter, gardener, and herbalist?  Yes I eat fish, but not every day and  I say a prayer of gratitude and forgiveness over the flesh I have consumed…Does that count for anything in the eyes of a “vegan”?  Or am I just an animal (some would say pescatarian but this doesn’t seem to identify me either)!?

Personally, I don’t quite understand the arrogance of anyone claiming a vegan lifestyle.  Unless you grow your food or only shop at a fruit stand owned by fellow vegans who only sell organic produce, unless you only make your own clothing or shop at a stand selling only organic vegan clothing, or you walk to, work in, and exercise at an environmentally sustainable establishment, or you only consume natural remedies when you are sick or pregnant, how can you really be vegan?  You are surely supporting businesses who staff meat-eaters or animal killers, you certainly contribute to the demand and use of pesticides, herbicides, insecticides on conventional produce; aren’t insects living too?  What about the fancy car you drive to yoga or Whole Foods, and all the CO2 being released into the same air that birds, reptiles, mammals, and other environmentally concerned or apathetic humans breathe?  Reality check, we are all contributing to inhumanity at this time!

Now that we’ve leveled the playing field a bit, what do we do?  One thing is to check yourself.  The next time you have a conversation with someone inquiring about veganism, or using a seemingly incorrect diet/lifestyle label, start with patience, understanding, and sharing YOUR wisdom.  How much do your family, friends, and/or neighbors know about the their consumption and the bigger picture?  How much do they know about the food and how it got to their plate, what it means for the future of our planet if we continue down this road of ignorance?  How much do they understand or care that most diseases are preventable/controllable with diet changes, or that if we worked and shopped locally, planted a tree, or did a little exercise, we might have the energy and desire to do something to contribute to the healing of our dirt, waters, and sky?  How many of you have offered a Health for Dummies workshop to those living in poor, urban and rural areas, or upper-middle class suburban neighborhoods who may not know as much as you or about your vegan lifestyle?   How often have you argued the other side of the spectrum just to make sure you actually know what you are saying is the best possible solution?  Preaching to the choir is not enough!  Half the information that’s out their contradicts itself, so why not be a real ambassador, a real gate keeper and share your wisdom with those least likely to hear it?  No great change in this country was accomplished by sitting down and talking to the few people who already know what you know; awareness was raised among the knowing and the unknowing!  No powerful unity ever occurred by bashing those who embrace your culture or lifestyle, even when knowing very little.  Somebody, somewhere had to say, “You know what?  I am going to share with you what I know!  And I want to hear what you know so that we may understand and heal each other!”

I know I’ve said a lot, and I didn’t even get to everything I wanted to share, but I’ll follow up in another post at a later date.  I’m not faulting anyone for their lifestyle choices, but I think it’s important to greet each other in the spirit of understanding.  After reading and hearing so much dissension , I just had to write this post.  We have so much work to do, and we often turn those away who would have otherwise been a great asset to powerful work and true awakening.   I’ll leave you with this…

 

John 8

New International Version (NIV)

1 but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.   2 At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. 3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4 and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” 6 They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.

But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 7When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.

9 At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”

11 “No one, sir,” she said.

“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

In Love and Light,

A.K.S.

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