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Belfast Natural Medicine (Dr. Kerri Vacher)

Kerri Vacher

dr-kerri-vacherScience confirms that various extracts and forms of turmeric are as effective as 14 different drugs!  How's that for natural medicine!


dr-kerri-vacherHere is the recipe for my Gluten Free Anything Muffins or Bread that I served at the common ground fair talk (I made zucchini and apple bread for the talk):

Anything Muffin (Originally Carrot)

1 ½ c brown rice flour

1 1/2 tsp cinnamon (I usually add a bit more or vary spices depending on fruit/veggie used)

1  tsp baking powder

½ tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt

1 tsp xanthan gum (I am going to try it without this at some point...I will report back Smile!)

½ cup sweetener (I made my last 2 batches for the fair with only 1/3 cup of sweetener- original recipe called for ¾ cup of maple syrup- I have used a variety of things but if using dry sweetener consider adding more fruit or veggie)

1/3 cup oil (I will use less ¼- 1/3 and add extra banana/fruit or veggie.   Original recipe used 1/2 cup of oil.  I haven’t used more than 1/3 c in a long long time regardless of what goes in!)

2 eggs (both flax meal water magic and commercial egg replacer powder stuff has worked in this recipe)

1 cup shredded veggie or fruit- I have made carrot, zucchini, apple, banana, pumpkin…


I mix the dry ingredients together in one bowl and wet in another and then mix together well.

Cook in greased (coconut oil) muffin tins, or in a bread pan.

Cook in a 350 F oven about 18-20 minutes for regular muffins, 12-15 for mini muffins and 40 minutes for bread.  Makes 12- 18 muffins or 24 mini muffins.  I watch it like a hawk after 15 minutes for muffins, 10 for mini muffins and 35 for bread so I don't over cook.  






I have been drawn, several times this week, back to one of my favorite quotes of all time.  
From the wise herbalist, Susun Weed:
"If we do not nourish the universe and heal the earth and create community and strengthen the family when we cure the pain or the problem, then, to the Wise Woman way of thinking, we have not healed anything at all, even if the patient is well. If we heal the person but disrupt the family, the community, or the earth, then wholeness is not increased, nourishment is not in action, health does not occur, and holiness is forgotten."




I made some delicious kimchi (Korean Sauerkraut) over the weekend and am totally enjoying eating some with each meal!  This is the recipe I used.  It is from Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon
Makes 2 quarts:
1 head Napa cabbage, cored and shredded
1 bunch green onions, chopped (green and white parts)
1 cup carrots, grated (about 2-3 carrots)
1/2 cup daikon radish, grated (optional but I would include it if I were you)
1 Tablespoon freshly grated ginger
3 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced
1/2 teaspoon of dried chile flakes (I added 1 full teaspoon)
2 Tablespoons of sea salt
Place vegetables, ginger, garlic, red chile flakes and salt in a bowl and pound with a wooden pounder or a meat hammer to release juices.  Place in a quart-sized, wide mouth jar and press down firmly with a pounder or meat hammer until the juices come to the top of the cabbage.  The top of the vegetables should be covered completely by juices.  Cover tightly and keep at room temperature in a warm place out of direct sunlight (I put them on top of my fridge) for about 3 days before transferring to the fridge for cold storage.  They should taste sour and a bit tangy when ready!
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