Thursday, January 17, 2013

Organic or Conventional?

Wondering whether to get the great deal on conventional oranges or shop organic? Some sites I googled said that pesticides on oranges are on the skin. If so, no worries, right? www.whatsonmyfood.org is a great site that lists potential pesticides for various foods.
They compare imported to domestic (U.S. grown). The trouble is, How do I know where Kroger or Western Family or Quaker gets there oats from originally? Who are the growers? How Do I find that out? I am using my new Norwalk Juicer (new to me, I bought it use) to make green, carrot, orange and grapefruit juices so far. I am doing a modified version of the Gerson Therapy to help me heal from a mild form of ulcerative colitis. I don't know if there is a cure (Gerson claims cures of those who follow their protocol). I do believe in miracles. I have been relatively free of symptoms for years, but October of 2012 I started having problems with bleeding, mucus and pain, again. IT IS NOT FUN for anyone who has this condition. Just when you think you have figured out how to stay symptom free, it creeps back! The Gerson Diet should do the trick if I can just stay on it! I have not started the enema protocol yet. Got to order or buy locally some organic coffee grinds! I don't drink coffee, but this is supposed to help the liver detoxify. At this point, I am ready to try anything. The doctor ordered me some suppositories and my husband went up to the counter at Walgreen's Drug store to pay and the lady said, "$30". "Is that my portion", Kevin asked. "Yes, your insurance covered the rest. It is normally $700." $700!!! I about gagged! For a box of 30 suppositories! The pharmaceutical companies certainly have a racket. It should be illegal to charge such an exorbitant fee! I call it extortion! (using that term loosely * see below) Angry? Yes! So, I used the Dr. ordered suppositories for a week, with no results. Then I read another site that said it takes about a month to see results, so i will give them another try. I just have to remember to insert at night - maybe put an alarm on my phone. It could say, "UP YOURS!" Right? * from wikipedia: "The term extortion is often used metaphorically to refer to usury or to price-gouging, though neither is legally considered extortion. It is also often used loosely to refer to everyday situations where one person feels indebted against their will, to another, in order to receive an essential service or avoid legal consequences."