Month: September 2016

“The Whals Protocol” by Terry Wahls, M.D. : A Book Review

“The Whals Protocol” by Terry Wahls is a book about eating to eliminate inflammation in the body.  This book is “A radical new way to treat all Chroinic autoimmune conditions using Paleo principles.”– Quote from book cover.

Dr. Wahls was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), and after years of treating her disease the traditional way, and by then wheelchair bound, she began exploring diet as a treatment for her MS.

She was able to go from pain and wheelchair to walking again and having the energy to write grants for clinical trials to prove that diet is a successful treatment protocol for MS.  Of course, she also wrote a book for us cutting edge people who don’t want to wait decades for clinical trials to tell us what we will already know by trying the diet ourselves.

My daughter, Melissa, was diagnosed with MS this past year.  She suffered daily migraines, and was so tired she was on the couch resting most of the time.  She could not go shopping, cook, do housework or church work, paint, work on genealogy, or any of the activities she usually enjoyed.  Sitting up gave her headaches.  Her husband, a medical student, was doing everything for her, her health was so poor.

Then Melissa found “The Whals Protocol”, by Dr. Wahls, and began her own trial of the protocol.  Melissa has been on the Whals protocol for just over a month.  She came to visit me and asked if I wanted to try the diet.

I said, “Yes,” of course.

Melissa has so much bright energy now that she and my niece, Amber, did all the shopping and cooking for the family during the week Melissa was here.  Melissa is bubbly and excited.  Her eyes sparkle with new light and energy.  I am so happy she has found something that works!

As for me, I can say that the diet, or protocol, is also making me feel great.  I have enough energy to get through my day without a nap, and the physical work I am doing with the barn building and caring for my two children and two horses is getting easier as my energy increases.  This diet is somewhat easier than the Medical Medium Diet (which also was wonderful for me) because the Whals Protocol includes cooked food and meat.

I give this book, and protocol, two giant thumbs up!


Hog Fuel . . . What’s That?!

Hog fuel is ground or shredded cedar or fir bark.  It can be used as fuel, but is often used in turn outs for horses and other livestock in wet areas, to keep the areas from becoming mud holes.

I had six units delivered to my house yesterday morning so we could spread it in the horse turn out area.  The corral got smaller as we built the barn so I decided the little pasture, which does not have much grass in it anymore, was going to be included in the turn out area.

What is a unit?  A unit is seven and a half yards.  What is a yard?  A yard is one scoop of the shovel on a tractor, or more precisely, it is one cubic yard.

My new friend Eileen, who raised Bashkir Curlys for many years, said she used hog fuel in the turn out area for her horses.  She put the shredded bark into the designated area a foot or more deep, and it has lasted 10 years without needing to be added to.  I’m going to try it.

I would have been smart to make larger gates so the trucks could have driven into the areas and dumped the hog fuel right where I wanted it.  Instead I had them dump the hog fuel just outside the fenced area and I will have to move it.  Not too inteligente!  I hope to get some help spreading the mounds of hog fuel!

Horse Poop — A Neighborhood Irritant

“She’d better get that poop cleaned up or I’m going to be knocking on some doors!” said an irate neighbor from down the street to my daughter Melanie. I don’t think she realized Melanie was my daughter. Probably she thought Melanie was just another walker on the street, getting some exercise.

She probably didn’t see Honey trotting down the street loose just before that, either. I’m sure she would have complained mightily about that! That was the day Honey got loose and went to visit the neighbor’s horses at the end of the street.

The first time the horses pooped on the road I didn’t pick it up right away and cars smashed the horse apples flat. After that I started picking it up right after we rode but the one that got smashed was hard to get off the road. Every time the neighbors walk by I’m sure it annoys a few of the more particular types. We’ve been diligently picking up the horse droppings but that does not prevent the neighbors from looking at us askew.

Because of this attitude, I do not like riding on our street. I told my husband I need to get a horse trailer soon. These girls need their exercise and Juliana and I want to go riding.

I learned they have all aluminum horse trailers, which don’t rest. I’m hoping to get one like that. They’re expensive though so I’m not sure when it will happen. I’m on the lookout for a used one. 

Building a Barn With Kids

From playing in the texture of the hardened cement,

To driving the screws after the board is set in place,

To filling in the gap’s above the cement, 

Kids can feel, and be, useful on a project like this.

My daughter Melanie and her husband Kevin set all the vertical post in place for me because I wasn’t physically able to do it. Then I offered to watch her kids, knowing that they would help me do the walls whenever I had a little energy to work on it!

We work for a little bit then they get 30 minutes video game time before the next small job.  When there 30 minutes is up, of playing time, they can do something else or come ask for another job so they can earn more time. This seems to work very well for everyone.  They like to stay at grandmas house because they get to play, and having them stay with me is easier because they help me work. Of course I just love hanging out with them anyway!

This reminds me of when my children were young. They were always helping me with projects. They learned a lot that way too.

Putting The Three Horses Together

What happened when I put Honey, Bae, and Mairsiedotes together?  The pecking order established itself.

I put the horses together because, as herd animals do, they wanted to be together.  I could tell because when they weren’t eating, they were hanging out at the fence together, ignoring the shade they could be enjoying in the hot 90-100 degree sunshine.  I opened the gate between the two holding areas; they came together and wandered into the shade without any incident, until I filled up their empty water buckets.

Honey chased the other two off.  I wasn’t surprised at that, she has been the lead mare with Bae since I’ve had them.  Once she was done drinking, however, Bae and Mairsiedotes approached the water and both tried to drink at the same time.  Then Mairsiedotes nipped at big Bae and Bae gave way, allowing Mairsiedotes to drink first.

Horses have definite personalities and Bae’s gentle, friendly nature showed through at the watering trough.  She would not challenge or fight, she backed off and let the little girl drink first.

Last night I took my dog, Bear, out for her evening walk after dark, in the back yard by the pasture.  I saw in the darkness Mairsiedotes curled up on the ground, sleeping, with Honey and Bae hovering over her, watching her, and sleeping too.  They didn’t let the earlier bossiness affect their desire to be together or take care of each other.

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