I’ve never been in to taking supplements for a variety of reasons.  In the past week, however, my bias against supplements has begun to lessen. In my previous post, I mentioned I recently had a nasty die off reaction which promptly evolved into tonsillitis and further difficulty breathing (so fun).  I wasn’t sure what to do or how to treat it.  I just knew I didn’t want to visit my doctor who would take one look at my tonsils, whip out his prescription pad and tell me to take antibiotics for the next 10 days. No thank you! 

I talked to my Mom, who recommended I take Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE). She spent about 30 minutes extolling the benefits of this extract and an hour later, I was shuffling into Whole Foods to purchase said miracle elixir *wink*.   I faithfully took GSE 5 times a day and after 3 days my tonsillitis was nearly gone!  I still had a few white patches on my tonsils but overall felt fine.  It has now been 5 days and I’m so excited to report that I’m all better!! I’m honestly stunned at how well GSE worked to clear up my tonsillitis AND helped the pain in my lungs.  I plan to continue taking GSE long term, as it is also a powerful antifungal.  YAY for killing yeast!!
I wanted to share a few things I’ve learned about GSE this past week*:
  • Grapefruit seed-extract is used in humans to battle many types of internal and external infections caused from single and multi-celled parasites, fungi, viruses, and bacteria.
  • The greatest benefit of grapefruit seed-extract is due to its multipurpose effect.  Grapefruit seed-extract remains effective even if the cause of an infection is identified, misdiagnosed, or unknown.  Grapefruit seed-extract naturally detoxifies, enhances and supports the immune system.
  • Another important benefit of grapefruit seed-extract is that it alkalizes the blood. Alkalizing body fluids can be defined as raising the pH level.  Raising the pH level is an important health regeneration benefit; because disease causing microforms, such as parasites, fungi, viruses, and bacteria cannot survive in an alkaline oxygenated environment.
  • Grapefruit seed-extract is also claimed to be a natural alternative to strong antibiotics, without callous side effects.
  • The greatest benefit of grapefruit seed extract is due to its broad spectrum anti pathogenic effect! Grapefruit seed extract remains effective even if the cause of an infection is known, misdiagnosed or unknown. Since we rarely know for sure the individual pathogen or mix of pathogens responsible for our infection. No other known compound can demonstrate such versatility.
  • Grapefruit seed extract is mild in comparison to strong antibiotics that can destroy beneficial intestinal bacteria and deplete the immune system! Without these beneficial bacteria life could not be sustained. The beneficial bacteria can thrive much better after the harmful pathogens have been destroyed!
Suggested Uses For Grapefruit Seed Extract

CAUTION: ALWAYS DILUTE! Do not use full strength. Do not put in eyes. Avoid all contact with sensitive areas. May cause irritation if used full strength on skin. If full strength contact or irritation occurs, flush with water for at least 10 minutes. Irritation is temporary and may last up to 48 hours. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.

Internal Uses

Internal Use: (Never use full strength) Orally. Adults, mix 1-5 drops of Maximum GSE into a glass of water or juice (5 oz. or more), 1-3 times daily, with or without meals. Children (5 years and older), 1-3 drops mixed into a glass of water or juice (5 oz. or more), 1-2 times daily, with or without meals. Do not use full strength in mouth.

Throat Gargle. Stir 1 drop of Maximum GSE into a small glass of water (3 oz. or more). Gargle several times. Use as often as needed. Always dilute.

Ear Rinse. Thoroughly mix 1 drop of Maximum GSE with 1 oz. of glycerin or alcohol. Apply 1-2 drops of this solution in affected ear 1-2 times daily. Use as often as needed. Do not use full strength in ears.

Nasal Rinse. (adults only) Mix 1 drop of Maximum GSE with 6 oz. of water. Use one full eye dropper of the mixed solution per nostril. Tilt your head backward and release the solution from the dropper into your nose. Swing head forward and down (head is now upside down) to force solution up into the nasal passages. Return head to the normal upright position and allow nasal passages to drain. Do not inhale through the nose during this process. Always dilute.

Vaginal Rinse. Mix 3-5 drops of Maximum GSE with 6-8 oz. of water. Douche once daily for one week or as directed by a healthcare professional. Always dilute.

External Uses

External Use: (Never use full strength) Facial Cleanser. Thoroughly moisten (splash) face with warm or cool water. With hands still wet, apply 2-3 drops of Maximum GSE to fingertips and gently massage facial area with circular motions. Rinse thoroughly with cool water and pat dry. A tingling sensation may follow. This is an indication of the deep cleansing properties of Maximum GSE. Always dilute.

Skin Rinse. (minor skin irritations) Dilute 1-3 drops of Maximum GSE with 1 tablespoon of water. Apply this solution directly to affected area twice daily. Do not use full strength on skin.

Nail Treatment. Dilute 1-3 drops of Maximum GSE with 1 tablespoon of water or alcohol. Apply this solution directly on surface of nail along the cuticle and underneath the front of nail, or soak nails, twice daily for as long as desired. Do not use full strength on nails.

Scalp Treatment. Add 2-4 drops of Maximum GSE to each shampooing (mix in hand or on head with shampoo). Massage into scalp and leave on for at least 2 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with water.

Household Uses

Toothbrush Cleaner. Stir 2-4 drops of Maximum GSE into a glass of water. Immerse toothbrush for 15 minutes (or leave in between uses). Rinse toothbrush before using. Change water and remix every few days.

Vegetable/Fruit or Meat/Poultry Wash. Sink washing – Add 20 or more drops of Maximum GSE to a sink full of cold water. Briefly soak any vegetables, fruit, meat, or poultry. Rinse if desired. Spray washing – Add 10 or more drops of Maximum GSE to a 32 oz. pump sprayer bottle filled with water. Spray on any vegetables, fruit, meat, or poultry. Rinse if desired.

Dish and Utensil Cleaning Additive. Add 10-20 drops of Maximum GSE to sink dishwashing water or to final rinse. Add 10-20 drops to automatic dishwasher with detergent or to final rinse.

Cutting Board Cleaner. Apply 5-10 drops of Maximum GSE to cutting board and work into entire board with a wet sponge or dish cloth. Leave on for at least 30 minutes. Rinse with water.

All Purpose Cleaner. Add 15-30 drops of Maximum GSE to any 32 oz. pump sprayer bottle filled with water or cleanser. Use on all surfaces around the house.

*All information regarding GSE was obtained from the following sites:
Pure Liquid Gold
Health Psychology Home Page
Additional resources:

The Family Homestead
The Healthier Life
Fungus Focus

I have not been compensated to review GSE. 

So it’s been a rough couple of days at my house and I need to vent.  You don’t mind, right? Ok, good. Earlier in the week, I ran out of my Yeast Away probiotic and my Nystatin, both at the same time.  (I take these religiously every day because they keep my symptoms in check).  Duh.  Anyway, I didn’t replenish my stash for about three days and during those three days, I cheated on my diet about four times.  Not big cheats, mind you, but small stuff, like eating a banana, eating two small cookies, eating some trail mix with raisins in it, etc.  So, I finally took my Nystatin at the end of my three day hiatius and DANG…the die off reaction was horrendous.  I had pain in my lungs, difficulty breathing, fever, chills, major fatigue, headache and coughing.  It scared me.  I’ve noticed for awhile now that my symptoms seem to be getting worse and yesterday confirmed it. 

I talked to my husband and we decided I need to seek treatment from a doctor who practices alternative medicine in Arkansas.  I found out about her nearly a year ago but have been hesitant to see her. Why, you ask?  Only for the simple reason that she does not take insurance, charges a mere $1,000 for an initial visit and a measly $500 for each following visit.  Yes, you read that right. 

Anyway, today I’m faxing her office my New Patient Application AND a $100 processing fee. Apparently she has to accept you as a patient before you can make an appointment.  (As though being willing to pay an arm and a leg wasn’t enough to get me an appointment!!).  Do I sound bitter?

So, if any of you live in Central Arkansas, have Candida, need help and want to pay an arm and a leg for that help, look up Dr. Betsy Hendricks at the Arkansas Center for the Study of Integrative Medicine.  And tell her I sent you…maybe she’ll give me a discount 🙂

Did you know…


…that you can print coupons off Whole Foods’ website?  I just learned this from a family member who does extreme couponing and I’m so excited!!! It isn’t exactly advertised front and center on the website, so if you look at the top, right-hand corner, you’ll see a litte icon that says “Coupons.”

Once you click on that, you’ll see a list of coupons you check off and print.  Wanna know the best part? There is no limit on how many coupons you can print!!! I hope this is making your day because it has made mine!! 🙂

So go print some coupons and get some good food!

He Maketh No Mistake

My Father’s way may twist and turn,
my heart may throb and ache.
But in my soul I’m glad I know,
He maketh no mistake.

My cherished plans may go astray,
my hopes may fade away,
but still I’ll trust my Lord to lead,
for He doth know the way.

Tho’night be dark and it may seem
that day will never break;
I’ll pin my faith, my all in Him,
He maketh no mistake.

There’s so much now I cannot see,
my eyesight’s far too dim;
but come what may, I’ll simply trust
and leave it all to Him.

For by and by the mist will lift
and plain it all He’ll make.
Through all the way, tho’dark to me,
He made not one mistake.

I just posted a new breakfast casserole recipe over at Candida and Food. Go check it out if you’re interested 🙂



I’ve been feeling burned out with this whole mothering thing.  It has gotten monotonous, tedious and downright depressing.  Perhaps the fact that we’re not going on vacation this summer has something to do with it, or the tremendous void left from being on summer break from my Moms ‘n More (BLOOM) Bible study…whatever the reasons, I’ve been down.

In an effort to mix things up and get out of my funk, I took my munchkins to visit their great-grandmother last week.  The visit was fairly uneventful but we all enjoyed it.  I got my girls home and started my usual plethora of chores, feeling somewhat better but not great and inspired.  About two hours later, the girls’ great-grandmother called and told me she was so happy we had come to visit because that day was her son’s birthday…he passed away about seven years ago.  She cried while she told me she went to visit the cemetary after we left. She was grieving badly. I could hear the hurt and sadness in her voice. She was thankful we had taken her mind off her grief for a bit.

After we hung up, I sat and thanked the Lord that the monotony of my life has not been disrupted by the untimely death of one of my children. That phone call gave me the perspective I needed to get out of my funk.  My family is a blessing from God.  Sometimes it’s hard but I want to enjoy them now while I have them.  I don’t want to waste the days God has given me with them because I don’t know how many days I’ll have.

I pulled out my camera and snapped of few pics of my girls as they sat enthralled by Beauty and the Beast.  And maybe I’m biased, but they are two of the most precious faces on this planet!!

Ok, so I’m only two months late posting about Emmie’s 1st birthday and a ton of other things (*blush*) but here goes…

I am not a party person…I hate dealing with all the minute details, trying to come up with a theme, figuring out a place to host the party so I don’t have five to ten children (plus adults) all squeezed into our little house, decorating, etc.  I took the easy route and threw a teeny tiny party with family only, no theme, bought cupcakes for the kids and baked a cake for the adults.  It wasn’t much, but like everyone keeps telling me, “She’ll never remember it anyway!”

My detailed and fabulously intricate tablescape  (*cough*)

Emmie and Papa – This child loves her Papa!

This little lady has some serious personality! She totally posed for me!

Bri was not in the mood for posed pictures, obviously.  She is ticked off in our family photo (below) because her nose was out of joint from having been forced to sit next to Emmie (above).  She has an odd phobia of being next to Emmie, which I’m hoping she outgrows.

Bri and Aunt Jen playing outside!

Bri and Emmie with Nana and Papa

Now I need to tackle Bri’s 3rd birthday in November.  I guess I better start thinking about that one now since she might actually remember it!!