Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

I’ve always had apple cider vinegar in my fridge.  It’s been a part of my kitchen for several years now.  Why?  Well…here is a quick peek at what I use it for:

In The Kitchen 

- Bone Broth - add 1-2 Tbsp. to your bone broth.  This sucks the calcium and other minerals out of the bones and into your broth!  Use the broth for making soups, cooking rice, making gravies etc…
- Soaking Grains, Legumes & Nuts - add 1-2 Tbsp. to your water when soaking oats, brown rice, barley etc.. , legumes and nuts/seeds.  This drastically reduces the amount of phytic acid (phytates) in these foods and will super charge their nutrients to be readily available and easy to digest.  This is a huge benefit for overall health…specifically dental health.   

So what about adding this to your glass of water?  I keep hearing that ACV is so good for me…so I dug in and did a little research and this is what I discovered!  Hang on…this is a long list!    

 In The Body 
  • ACV helps the body maintain a healthy Alkaline pH level.  This is huge!  Research shows that higher acid levels (lower pH) leads to a lack of energy and higher incidences of infection.  It’s best to be more on the Alkaline side to decrease the incidence of disease.
  • ACV helps the body to detox.   ACV creates an overall detoxification of the body.  Research shows that it can help stimulate cardiovascular circulation and detoxify the liver. 
  • ACV is great for the lymphatic system.  It helps to break up mucous throughout the body and cleanses the lymph nodes.  The lymph nodes are a vital part of our immune system and can easily be clogged by a poor diet and lack of exercise. 
  • ACV can help relieve allergies.  It reduces mucous and sinus congestion, thus prevents sinus & ear infections, sore throats and headaches.
  • ACV helps the body get rid of Candida!  ACV is rich in natural enzymes that eats up candida (yeast overgrowth), thus helping get rid of fatigue, memory loss, sugar cravings and yeast infections.
  • ACV can help reduce heartburn.  Research shows that ACV works to bring acid under control…including heartburn.  Natural remedy experts say that you should feel relief shortly taking a tsp. of ACV followed by a glass of water.
  • ACV assists in Weight Loss:  For daily weight management, add 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to 16 ounces of water. This concoction can be sipped throughout the day. Data shows some limited, yet significant, weight loss benefits from sustained daily intake of acetic acid (which is a main ingredient in apple cider vinegar).
    • In a 2009 study published in Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry, it found that subjects that consumed acetic acid for 12 weeks experienced significant declines in body wt., abdominal fat, waist circumference and triglycerides.  
  • And more:  Balance high cholesterol, helps clear up skin conditions such as acne, protect against food poisoning, prevent muscle fatigue after exercise, strengthen the immune system & increases stamina.

Wow!  I never knew all of this!  Now, you are thinking as I did…”how do I drink this stuff?”  Do you want to know a really slick way to drink Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) ??  Here’s a funny and super great video from Trim Healthy Mama that will show you how!   It’s called “Good Girl Moonshine”.

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And there’s more…

Home and External Uses

  •  ACV can detoxify your home.  It’s made from apple juice and is fermented to hard apple cider. It’s then fermented a second time to become apple cider vinegar. By using ACV in lieu of other products, we instantly decrease the consumption of unnatural chemicals in our homes and daily lives.
  • ACV can make your hair shine.  ACV can be used as a rinse for your hair after shampooing, and will boost your hair’s body and shine.  I recommend recycling an old shampoo bottle, then filling it with 1/2 a tablespoon of ACV and a cup of cold water. Pour the solution through your hair after shampooing several times a week for dramatic results.
  • ACV regulates the pH of your skin.  Dilute ACV with two parts water, and spread the concoction over your face with a cotton ball to replace your current toner. You can do this at night after washing, and in the morning before you apply your moisturizer. A dab of apple cider vinegar can also be left on the skin overnight to fade age spots or acne scars.
  • ACV can help remove warts.  Soak a cotton ball in ACV, then fasten the cotton ball over the wart with a Band-Aid overnight. The skin may swell some as it reacts with the solution. However, the wart will fall off. Once it falls off, the treatment should be continued for a few more days, to make sure the wart doesn’t return.
  • ACV can remove stains from your teeth.  Rub teeth directly with apple cider vinegar, and rinse with water.
  • ACV can soothe a sunburn.  Add a cup of ACV to your bath, and soak for 10 minutes to eliminate discomfort from sunburn.
  • ACV can be used as a natural aftershave.  Fill a bottle with equal parts apple cider vinegar and water, and shake before applying to the face.
  • ACV is an all-natural massage treatment.  Rubbing ACV on your hands and feet will give massage-like benefits and relief to tired hands and feet.

Thanks to for providing a lot of this information!

Okay, I’m sold!  I am going to mix me up some “Good Girl Moonshine” right now!  You do the same and come back and tell me what you think?


From Our Family To Yours, 

Kevin and Amy Jo 


“Old” Wisdom Making a Comeback!

This is an article from Natural News  and it struck me as Spectacular!  I love the truth and simplicity in this and the fact that we can’t always believe what others are telling us … 

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When it comes to health and nutrition, it seems like everything old is new again. Many foods or health protocols that used to be commonly enjoyed were later attacked and discredited by industry-funded “scientists” trying to sell toxic substitutes like vegetable oil or aspartame.

But as health awareness has radically increased over the last two decades, many “old” things are new again. In this article, I share my list on many of these “old” things which are suddenly back in vogue.

What’s old is suddenly new

• Local food - Before the rise of factory foods, nearly all food was local. As a result, it was also far healthier and more nutritious than today’s centrally-manufactured, distributed foods (think McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets).

Now, thanks to the rise of the local food movement, CSAs and farmers markets, local food is popular again. It also happens to be ecologically sustainable. If humanity is to survive the next century, it must do so by learning how to produce local decentralized food.

• Sunlight - Once praised as a health treatment all by itself, sunlight has been relentlessly attacked by dermatologists and the cancer industry who have encouraged massive vitamin D deficiencies across the population. But now, as the importance of vitamin D is coming back to light, more and more people are turning to sensible sunshine exposure as a powerful, genuine health treatment with remarkable anti-cancer benefits.

• Eggs - The vicious campaign attacking eggs — waged throughout the 1970′s and 1980′s — was based entirely on junk science and deceptive dietary advice. Whole eggs, it turns out, are very healthy when produced by truly free-range chickens that aren’t fed GMOs, pesticides and chemicals. Today, people recognize this again, and more people are not just buying eggs but even raising their own chickens (like I do).

• Butter - Like eggs, butter was also maligned by prostitute-scientists spreading Big Food propaganda to sell partially hydrogenated oils and “buttery spreads” or margarine. Today, however, society has finally come to realize that hydrogenated oils are poison. Real butter, it seems, is actually a whole lot better for you than fake butters. And margarine is now largely seen as cheap food eaten by low-income people who can’t afford real butter.

• Neti pots and nasal rinses - Used throughout human history, nasal rinsing is a practice traced back to the dawn of civilization. But during the rise of the antibiotics era, personal hygiene took a back seat to the more “scientific” protocol of taking antibiotics instead of just rinsing your sinuses. But the age of antibiotics is now coming to an end as physician-assisted abuse of antibiotics spurred the development and spread of deadly superbugs. Suddenly, rinsing your nasal passages with salt water seems a whole lot wiser than popping superbug-inducing chemical pills.

• Sugar - Cane sugar has been relentlessly attacked as the enemy of health. But it turns out that artificial sweeteners like aspartame and sucralose are a lot more worrisome than sugar — especially if the sugar is minimally processed (evaporated cane juice crystals). High-fructose corn syrup is also now widely believed to be far more disease-promoting than cane sugar, and many people actually seek out sodas sweetened with real sugar rather than corn syrup.

• Eyeglasses - Contacts involve the use of cleaning chemicals which have preservatives that lead to eye irritation with long-term use. That’s why some people experience eye irritation and are now returning to using eyeglasses. Even though contacts made glasses “old fashioned” for a while, glasses are coming back into their own as many people find them more natural and comfortable than contact lenses.

• Natural hair color - For many people, the age of poisoning yourself with toxic hair dyes is over. Natural colors are back in style, and in many ways natural gray shows wisdom rather than a desperate, contrived effort to feign youth.

• Face-to-face conversations - During the rise of social media giants like Facebook, people thought it would be cool to connect with each other online. But now the truth has become obvious to nearly everyone: “connecting” online isn’t much of a connection at all. What people really crave is human interaction, not meaningless, electronically-fabricated social circles.

In addition, here’s a short list of a few other foods and health that are suddenly back in style:

• Red wine (and resveratrol)
• Raw milk
• Cloth diapers
• Plant-based diets
• Home schooling
• Full-spectrum healthy salts
• Avocados (which were long attacked as containing too much fat)
• Vitamin C
• Organic coffee


This gives us something to think about!  Is there any “old wisdom” that you can think of that has made a comeback…or needs to?

From Our Family To Yours,

Kevin and Amy Jo

Organic Gardening – Back To Eden

A couple of years ago, we came across this documentary called Back To Eden.  We came away from it feeling inspired and motivated to make some changes in our own gardening adventures here on the farm!  

If you have a garden, small or large, and/or are interested in organic gardening…this film is for you!

Back To Eden

This documentary is available to watch online for FREE 24/7.  

Watch it Here:   Consider purchasing the film to support sustainable, organic gardening.  

Paul Gautschi

Paul Gautschi has been a gardener for over 55 years and is known locally as a master arborist. In 1979 Paul and his family moved to the Northern Peninsula of Washington from California. As a father to 7 children, he has primarily raised food for his family and friends – never to sell. Paul has given lively tours of his orchards and gardens to international groups from 1 to 450 who also have enjoyed the fruits of his labor.  

This film (and the interview below) will answer these questions and more!

- Paul tells us what he’s doing in the garden in the dead of winter in Sequim, Wa

- What 3 things do people who live to 120 have in common?

-Fire does not destroy minerals: The wonders of using wood ashes in your garden

-Paul tells us why he doesn’t cover his plants in the winter; nothing dies, it just goes dormant

-Paul has an orchard that hasn’t been watered or fertilized for 34 years. He tells us why

-The key to a great garden is woodchips

-A listener wnats to know what to do about pocket gophers

-Surviving on potato peels, the most mineral rich part of the potato; for thousands of years, people have survived on potatoes as their survival food

-Why you should never take rocks out of the garden

-Paul uses less than 1 acre of his property which feeds his family of 9 plus friends and neighbors

-Everything should be returned to the Earth; a good argument for not carting off the leaves from your yard in the Fall

-The power of kale

-We’re sick for a reason and it’s because we’re mineral deficient

-”If the solution is simple, God is answering”

and so much more!!!

Learn More

There are also many videos on that goes further in depth.  Here is a Teaser to the film here:   

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***Here is the recent radio interview with Paul Gautschi  (January 9th, 2014)  CLICK HERE 

Let us know what you think!  

From Our Family To Yours,

Kevin and Amy Jo 


Healing Cancer: Rethink Pink

October.  The pink ribbons are everywhere.  Breast Cancer Awareness.  

This makes me sick.

Like most causes…they start out being really good.  The thought behind it is great…don’t get me wrong.  Who doesn’t want to find the cure for Breast Cancer?  But then the big ol’ mighty dollar gets in the way and it’s too much.  It turns into a grand money-making agenda, where very little of the money raised actually goes to finding a cure.   The companies who print the cute little pink ribbons on their products are really just using it to sell more of their products.  Most of these products actually contribute to the development of cancer.

Let’s open our eyes a little and really see what is going on here.

Here is a recent blog post from the Gerson Institute ~ REALLY Good information here!  Please read this!    Pinktober – Breast Cancer Awareness  

This is an eye-opening documentary that will change the way you think about the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.   Here is the trailer.  

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You can view this documentary in it’s entirety: HERE

Lots to think about here.   

 It was just over a year ago that my own precious Mom passed away from her battle with Cancer.  In the research I have done, since then…I truly believe that it wasn’t the breast cancer, nor was it the metastasis to the bone and liver that killed her.  I firmly believe that it was the aggressive chemotherapy that her oncologist recommended for her during those last 6 months.  How can anyone’s liver be able to process those heavy duty toxic chemicals…let alone, a person who’s liver is already compromised with cancer growth?  Her body just wore out.  

*** Breast Cancer Prevention Tip:  Stop using deodorant.  Most of us ladies will take a shower and shave off the hair under our armpits.  Then as we dry off, we apply deodorant or antiperspirant.  Did you know that 99% of all deodorants have aluminum in them?  and other toxic chemicals….that will absorb directly into your lymphatic system in your armpit.  Aluminum (and all heavy metals) don’t leave the body easily.  It tends to build up and cause numerous health issues, including cancer.  Here is a good article about this:  Click HERE  (I use essential oils instead of deodorant)

Side Note:  body odor is a sign of toxic congestion within the body.  It may be a good time to do some cleansing!

You deserve to know the truth.  Be thinking people and not just sheep following what everyone else is doing.

From My Family To Yours,

Amy Jo 

Healing Cancer: Dr. Leigh Erin Connealy

Last fall, we heard an interview with Dr. Connealy and was so impressed with what she had to say about health and Cancer!  She is definitely “in the know” about our current medical establishment and has a lot to offer her patients!  Here is a few notes that I wrote down as I listened to her: 

Dr. Leigh Erin Connealy

Dr. Connealy is the Medical Director for the Center For New Medicine in Irvine, CA.  She also heads up the Cancer division at the Oasis of Hope USA.  She is a general Doctor that treats everything on up to Stage 4 Cancer.  Her Biography is HERE.  

She talked a bit about Cancer Prevention:  

1.  A Positive Mental Outlook.  ”Cancer is a divine tap on the shoulder”.  Be at peace with yourself, have gratitude, be thankful and hold no grudges.  It starts in the head and then goes to the body.  She said that it takes 12 years for 1 cancer cell to grow into a detectable tumor.  She always asks her patients what type of serious stress or trauma did you experience 10-12 years ago?  There usually was a bitter divorce or the death of a loved one or some abuse or assault experience that happened.  Forgiveness is key here.  

2.  You are what you eat.  Eat living foods!  ATP is the energy currency of life.   Biochemicals and phytochemicals are key.  These comes from fresh fruits and vegetables!

3.  Exercise.  You must get oxygen to your body!  It helps the body to detox and it strengthens the immune system.  ***A list of foods to eat that promote detox:  Onions, Garlic, Kale, Spinach, Apples, Pomegranates.  

4.  Water.  When we are born, we are 90% water.  As we age, it goes down to 70%.  ”Water is the solution to pollution!”  We need purified water.  Tap water is polluted with drugs:  chemo, anti-depressants, BP meds, birth control pills, heavy metals etc…  

Dr. Leigh Erin Connealy recommends eating as Organically as possible.  Recommends taking pancreatic enzymes and doing some specific detox therapies.  (eg. Coffee Enemas, Epsom Salt Baths, Far infrared Sauna)

There’s A Problem

Nixon declared war on Cancer over 50 years ago.  Nothing has changed whatsoever!  No progress in the advancement of a Cancer Cure.  In 2004, a study came out that found that Chemotherapy, Radiation and Surgery only had a 2.3% contribution to a 5-year survival for certain cancers.

What if people knew that going into it?  It’s a crime for oncologists NOT to provide nutritional care.  (eg. Vit. D, Tumeric, Selenium (Brazil Nuts), Antioxidants like CoQ10 and Vit. C.  

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Dr. Connealy sees most of her Cancer patients when they’ve already gone through conventional treatments and their doctor has told them, “there is nothing else we can do.”  Usually stage 4 cancer patients.  This is the case for many alternative cancer-care Doctors.  Sad.


Note:  The Oasis of Hope USA works closely with the Oasis of Hope – Mexico, which is in Tijuana.   


What a breath of fresh air!  If you would like more information about Dr. Connealy, here is where you can get in touch with her:

Contact Information

Center for New Medicine – Oasis of HOPE USA

Leigh Erin Conneally, MD 

6 Hughes, Suite 120

Irvine , California 92618 USA

1 (949) 581-4673 – Monday-Friday 8:30am-5pm



From Our Family To Yours,

Kevin and Amy Jo 


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