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1 Month Without Coffee

Getting the Shivers

I don’t consider myself as a big coffee drinker. However, since I started working full time I’ve been having 1-2 coffees every day during the work week and maybe one during the weekend. I found that I would have slight shivers and a rather high pulse by the end of the workday. I also felt my skin getting very dry, particularly in my face. Moreover, felt that I was becoming more and more dependent on coffee to kick start my system in the morning and afternoon. Furthermore, my quality of sleep seemed somewhat reduced, but I didn’t think much into it. After all, everyone drinks coffee, right?

coffee4Before the Christmas holidays, one of my colleagues stopped his intake of caffeine for a bit. He would normally have 6-7 cups of coffee and a bottle or two of Pepsi Max per day. When he suddenly stopped feeding himself all the caffeine he claimed that he started having bad head aches, nausea and felt irritable. After staying away from it for a while he said the head aches and nausea faded away and his mood went back to normal. He also said he had better sleeps at night.

Hearing this, I thought I might try and hold off from coffee for a month and see if I could escape the shivers, high pulse and dryness at the end of my workdays. The first week I was really caving a big cup of coffee when getting in to work. I also felt very tired throughout the day. However, it slowly wore off, and by the second week I didn’t really think about coffee that much. Interestingly, I also felt that I had more restful sleeps every night.

Other Side Effects of Coffee

Most people have a lifestyle and diet that makes the body very acidic. With high levels of stress, the brain creates adrenaline and other chemicals that produce an acidic environment in the body. Unfortunately, the Western diet mainly consists of food and drinks that creates high acidic levels in the body. With a high intake of foods containing sugar, dairy, wheat, deep fried and other Fast foods, and then flushing it down with soft drinks, coffee or alcohol,  the pH levels develops way too far into the acidic side of the scale. As my main focus in this article is coffee, I will stick to the effect of this popular drink – I will be writing a post on the balance of alkaline and acidic levls in the body shortly, so stay tuned.

Coffee can result in:

  • More acidic body (leading to more inflammation)
  • Restless sleep
  • Leach precious minerals from our systems
  • Shivers and high pulse
  • Dehydrating the body
  • Caffeine dependence
  • Bad breath
  • Discoloring of the teeth

Alternatives to Coffee

coffee3I found that being in an office working in front of a computer the whole day makes you want to have little treats quite frequently – simply because it is stagnant work. I tend to want a snack or a drink because I’m actually a bit bored and want a distraction. Coffee is the most common drink to have, and makes you feel more awake and focused at the same time. However, as mentioned; after a while off the caffeine I didn’t reach the same levels of tiredness throughout the day. I found that drinking various types of tea (my favorites are green tea, chamomile tea and chai tea with organic soy milk), coffee alternatives such as Bambu Coffee Substitute (picture), and even water was just as good.

I found that reaching for the coffee is all a habit. When the body is dehydrated by 2% of normal levels, we can perform up to 20% poorer (read more about this in “Water“), so just by restoring those levels we automatically regain energy to continue on.

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Results & Discoveries

As mentioned, during the month that I didn’t drink coffee I had no shivers or high pulse when leaving work. Neither did my face feel dry. Importantly, I also fell asleep faster and had better quality sleeps every night. Another side effect of this experiment that I did not expect was the feeling of cleanness. I actually felt that my body was somewhat more pure. I don’t know whether this was because of the acidity of my body going down or as a result of better sleep or even the absence of coffee itself. Either way it felt great! As much as I appreciate the taste, smell and feeling of coffee, I’ll be aiming at having it only occasionally and fully enjoy that treat.

Below is my first coffee after a month off; can’t remember last time I enjoyed it this much! ★

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Resources

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002445.htm

Vitiligo Cure

I found a vitiligo cure and I hope I’ll reach as many people with the condition as possible before their skin condition develops too far. I can’t say it is the cure for it, but I’ve had a good experience with it and my skin went back to normal after 6 months of taking the supplement.

White Dots and Patches on the Skin

When I was around 16 I started noticing white spots on my skin. I get quite tan so they were rather prominent, and I started getting a bit concerned about what this was. My mum suggested it might be Vitiligo, which my doctor could confirm. He said there wasn’t any real cure for the condition, but proscribed a cream to apply to the affected areas. However, it didn’t seem to make a difference.

vitiligoWhat is Vitiligo

Vitiligo is a disorder where white patches appear on the skin. The reason for this is that the cells making pigment (color) in the skin are destroyed. These cells are called melanocytes. Vitiligo can also affect the mucous membranes (such as the tissue inside the mouth and nose) and the eye. White patches on the skin are the main sign of this condition. The patches can appear anywhere on the body and can often result in hair that turns gray or white early.

About 0.5 to 1 percent of the world’s population have vitiligo, and most people with the condition develop it before the age of 40. The disorder affects all races and both sexes equally.

Vitiligo Cure

Mum then got me an appointment with a naturopath. The practitioner told me that there was a supplement called bromelain that had shown good results in the treatment of Viteligo.  Bromelain is a general name for a family of sulfhydryl-containing proteolytic enzymes obtained from the pineapple plant. Bromelain has healing properties such as interactions with inflammatory, immune, cell signaling, and coagulation moleculesand pathways. Bromelain also appears to have effects on cell surface antigens. Furthermore, bromelain is considered to have very low toxicity. Bromelain has significant positive effects in terms of

  • anti-inflammatory
  • wound healing
  • injury healing
  • blood thinner
  • antibiotic
  • protects against diarrhea
  • anti-cancer activity
  • antimicrobial
  • good for circulation
  • cardiovascular and angina
  • prostatitis
  • arthritis
  • digestion
  • renal
  • kidney
  • sinusitis

As shown above, bromelain has several health benefits. However, in regards to the Vitiligo it is important to take the supplement as advised over a longer period of time. The body is assisted in healing itself, and the natural process takes longer as it doesn’t just fix the symptoms but heals the underlying cause. For me it took just over 6 months before they were disappearing. I had another breakout about two years after that, but as I started taking bromelain again it vanished. Now, another 5 years later it has come back, so I have just started taking the supplement again. According to the naturopath it is just a deficiency I have that needs assistance every now and then. There is no need to constantly keep taking it, but rather get on it whenever the symptoms reappear. The practitioner also said that there are better chances of getting rid of the white patches if it’s in the early stages.

There are two reasons for disease; deficiency and toxicity – Charlotte Gerson

I really hope this can assist people out there in getting rid of their white patches. You can find more information on the topic under ‘Resources’ below if you are interested in this. Please leave a comment if you’ve had good experiences with other types of treatments!  ★

Please read the disclaimer here.

How to Get Rid of Vitiligo with Bromelain

Resources

http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/Vitiligo/vitiligo_ff.asp

http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/Vitiligo/vitiligo_ff.asp

http://www.chiro.org/alt_med_abstracts/ABSTRACTS/Bromelain_Monograph.pdf

Broken Bone Healing

Speed up Bone Healing Time

The body’s self-restoration of bone fracture is instant and does not require direction from us. However, what we do during the healing process significantly affect the speed, comfort and completeness of the bone renewal process. Moreover, a healthy lifestyle with a nutritious diet can strengthen the entire skeleton and reduce the likelihood of future fractures.

What Happens When the Fracture is Healing?

Fracture healing is a complex process of cell and tissue production. This requires growth, inflammation, antioxidants, bone breakdown as well as bone-building cells, hormones, amino acids (protein), and numerous nutrients.

Fracture Healing’s Three Stages  

  • Inflammation Phase – Blood clot forms immediately after fracture, allowing the inflow of inflammatory cleanup cells. Thereafter comes the (Cytokine), which brings the repair cells into the fracture gap. These cells instantly differentiate into specialized cells that build bone tissue and new cartilage.
  • Reparative Phase – This begins around two weeks after the fracture occurred. In this stage, proteins produced by the bone-building and cartilage-building cells starts to merge into soft new bone substance, which eventually hardens as bone weaves together over a 6- to 12-week time period.
  • Remodeling – The bone substance begins to mature and remodel itself into stronger lamellar bone by the bone formation cells and the bone resorption cells.

The Nutritional Demands of Healing

Every stage of the fracture healing process has increased nutritional needs. Importantly, the healing process requires a lot of energy, which is acquired though calories in food. Furthermore, the fracture healing needs a fusion of new protein – these amino acids are also obtained through food. Good blood supply is another factor mandatory for fracture healing (anything reducing blood flow – smoking, little physical activity etc. slows the healing process). Finally, the trauma of the fracture itself creates a biochemical eruption of free radicals (pro oxidants), resulting in oxidative stress that can drain the body’s antioxidant reserves.

 Foods that Promote Healing

Generally, people are not aware that they can actually make their bones heal faster. They are normally just told to limit use of the injured bone. However, there are many ways to reduce healing time of the bone fracture:

Provide the body with sufficient energy

The fracture healing requires a great deal of energy, so it is important to increase the calorie intake. An adult normally requires around 2,500 calories per day, but a person with severe bone fractures may need up to 6,000 calories in a day! If this need is not met, the healing process is compromised.

Increase protein intake

Bone is made of living protein upon which mineral crystals are implanted. By volume, about 50% of bone is protein. When a bone fracture takes place, the body starts collecting protein building blocks to create new bone. Increasing protein consumption promotes growth factors such as insulin like growth, which has a positive effect on skeletal integrity, muscle strength, immune response, and bone renewal. A number of studies have proven that even a modest 10 to 20 grams increase in protein intake notably accelerate bone fracture healing. Specific amino acids of particular importance are: lysine, arginine, proline, glycine, cystine, and glutamine. Lysine enhances the calcium absorption, which increase the amount of calcium absorbed into the bone matrix, aiding the regeneration of tissue.

Increase consumption of anti-inflammatory nutrients

Antioxidants repair the oxidative damage caused by free radicals that are produced by the injured tissues. These free radicals are resulting in inflammation, further breakdown of bone collagen and excessive bone turnover. Antioxidants – including vitamins E and C, lycopene and ((alpha lipoic acid)) have been claimed to reduce the destructive effect of oxidant free radicals and therefore improving fracture healing.

Inflammation is vital for cleaning up and rebuilding the bone. Many standard anti-inflammatory drugs inhibit the inflammation enzymes. This relieves the pain, but also slows healing. On the contrary, nourishing the body to reduce inflammation naturally actually speeds the healing process. Vitamin C, bioflavonoids and flavonols (such as quercitin, proanthrocydins), omega 3 fatty acids and proteolytic enzymes (such as bromalain and trypsin) naturally calm the inflammation and speed healing. Also, anti-inflammatory nutrients help reduce pain.

Boost Mineral Intake

By weigh, approximately 70% of bone is minerals (calcium, phosphorous magnesium, silicon, zinc etc.), and the healing process demands available minerals. Most people does not get sufficient amounts of minerals through their diet, which can negatively affect the healing when a fracture occurs. Key minerals for bone fracture healing:

  • Zinc – aids in bone formation, enhances bone protein production and thus improves the rate of healing.
  • Copper – aids formation of bone collagen. The body’s need for copper and zink increases correspondingly to the severity of the trauma.
  • Calcium and Phosphorous – the main minerals in bone. They regulate the elastic stiffness and tensile strength of the bone. Research has found that during the first few weeks of healing, calcium is taken from the skeleton. After that the diet needs to provide the mineral and restore the depleted reserves. Calcium absorption is dependent on vitamin D, so for the best fracture healing, both calcium and vitamin D should be consumed in abundance every day.
  • Silicon – bioactive silicon (silica) is important for bone collagen synthesis. It is found to improve the effects of calcium and vitamin D on new bone formation.

Vitamins for Bone Healing

Proteins and minerals are building blocks for bone creation and healing. Vitamins, however, promotes a series of biochemical reactions and are equally important. Several vitamins have vital roles in the healing process; vitamins C, D and K as well as the energy producing B vitamins.

  • Vitamin C – One of the most important antioxidants and anti inflammatory nutrients as well as being essential for synthesis of the bone collagen matrix. Studies have shown that higher intake of vitamin C accelerate fracture healing and develop stronger bone repair.
  • Vitamin D – Main regulator of calcium absorption. Also, vitamin D in combination with Vitamin K stimulates the transformation of fracture site stem cells, to bone building tissue. Vitamin D is therefore crucial for fracture healing.
  • Vitamin K – Bind calcium to bone and needed for proper formation of bone protein. Also, it helps conserve calcium by reducing the loss of calcium though the urine. Vitamin K has a real effect on all collagen tissues, and especially bone tissue.
  • Vitamin B6 – Deficiency of this vitamin results in more frequent fractures and a slower healing. Vitamin B6 regulates the effects of vitamin K on bone.

Fracture healing time was reduced by approximately 2 weeks

A placebo controlled, multi nutrient study gave vitamin C, lysine, proline, and vitamin B6 to tibia fracture patients. The ones doing the multi nutrient therapy, fracture healing time was reduced by approximately 2 weeks.

Alkaline Diet

The body’s pH value needs to be right to create an optimal environment for healing. A diet containing a lot of fruit and vegetables alkalizes the body, and conserves bone building minerals and proteins. It also increases growth hormones and other growth factors such as IGF insulin like growth factor. These growth hormones are some of the most important biochemical processes, boosting fracture repair and new bone formation.

Supplements for Bone Healing

Various herbs have long been used to speed bone fracture healing:

  • Comfrey (Symphytum uplandics) – used for pain relief and the joining of set bones. In folk medicine called “knit-bone” as it assist knitting the bone substance together. Comfrey is recommended to be used in the form of a strong tea (infusion) or as a cream applied on the fracture area.
  • Burdock leaf – a hot fresh leaf bandaged over the fracture to reduce swelling from the fracture.
  • Arnica – Function as anti trauma and should be taken immediately after fracture. 5 or less drops given every 3 to 4 hours after the fracture took place helps recovering from this trauma.
  • Horsetailgrass – high in silicon, which can be boiled and made into a tea. This is valuable in the early stages of the fracture healing process.
  • Cissus Quadrangularis – has been widely studied for its fracture healing properties.

However, herbal medicine should be used under the guidance of a qualified herbalist.

Exercise to Speed Fracture Healing

Exercise is an important way to accelerate fracture healing. The healing process requires good blood circulation, and a satisfactory flow of nutrient replenishing blood to the fracture area. However, make sure to not put stress on the fracture.

Energy Healing for Bone Fracture

Pulsating electromagnetic field therapy has been used for many years in conventional medicine to heal fractures unable to heal by itself (non union fractures – approximately 5-10% fail to heal normally).

Homeopathy, reiki, qi gong, polarity therapy, healing touch, acupuncture and massage are other alternative treatments often used in connection with bone fracture healing.

Fracture Healing and Smoking

Research has shown that smoking can delay the healing process, taking up to 62% longer to heal than non-smokers. Infections and non-union are also much more common among smokers.

Fracture Healing and Alcohol

Alcohol can be directly toxic to bone and alcohol abuse is linked to increased facture incidents, reduced ability for fracture healing and infections.

Bone Healing

Where Can I Purchase These Bone Healing Supplements?

Many online vendors now carry supplements to help the bone healing process. Upping your intake of these beneficial supplements does not have to break your wallet. At an affordable cost and the highest quality, Calcium, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12 and Zinc are all available to purchase online from dietary supplement vendors like Powder City, Bulk Supplements and Amazon.

Cinnamon

What is Cinnamon?

Cinnamon is native to Sri Lanka and southern India. The main part of the tree used commercially is the dried bark. Processed cinnamon bark products include Ceylon-type cinnamon bark oil, liquid extract, tincture, various aqueous or aqueous-alcoholic dried extracts, and supercritical carbon dioxide (CO2) soft extracts. Cinnamon leaf oil is also used, but to a lesser extent.

Part of cinnamon’s commercial popularity lies in its ability to both enhance and suppress flavor. When added to foods containing sugar, cinnamon exerts a synergistic effect and its aroma enhances the sweetness. Alternatively, cinnamon can help mask undesirable flavors and odors in foods and drugs.

Benefits & Medical Uses of Cinnamon

medicinalCinnamon bark and its oil is used in the pharmaceutical industry as an ingredient in products used for:

 

  • Asthma
  • Colds
  • Coughs
  • Diabetes
  • Fever-reducing
  • Expectorant properties
  • Treating bad breath
  • Diarrhea
  • Flatulence
  • Gastric distress
  • Impotence
  • Typhoid fever
  • Nausea and vomiting

Cinnamon bark oil is:

  • Antibacterial
  • Antifungal
  • Antimicrobial
  • An antioxidant
  • Antiviral
  • Larvicidal

Cinnamon has been employed for several millennia in traditional Eastern and Western medicine for:

  • Anorexia
  • Bloating
  • Dyspepsia with nausea
  • Flatulent colic
  • Spastic conditions of the gastrointestinal tract

Cinnamon is commonly used in Western Medicine to aid the blood sugar levels for people with diabetes.  It is used specifically in improving metabolic measures. It also has a glucose-lowering and blood sugar regulating effect.

Cinnamon displays numerous beneficial effects (and no toxicity), including promoting glycemic control, healthy fat parameters, reduction of insulin resistance, potentiation of the action of insulin, and amelioration of common complications associated with diabetes.

Some suggests that cinnamon has the ability to even out the caffeine absorption in the body. Instead of getting a high peak and a sudden drop from the caffeine, cinnamon is said to even it out to a longer and more balanced effect.

Cinnamon in Folk Remedy

This spice has been used in folk remedies for a wide range of conditions: “amenorrhea, arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, cancer, cholera, coronary problems, cough, diarrhea, dysentery, dyspepsia, fever, fistula, lumbago, lungs, menorrhagia, nephritis, phthisis [pulmonary tuberculosis or other disease that causes wasting of the body], prolapse, proctosis, psoriasis, spasms, tumors, vaginitis, warts, and wens.  Additional folk medicine uses include dyspnoea (shortness of breath or labored breathing caused by serious disease of the airways, heart, or lungs), eye inflammation, “frigidity,” impotence, neuralgia, rheumatism, toothache, and wounds. It also has been used to alleviate tongue paralysis, as well as externally to relieve poisonous insect stings and acne.

Uses of Cinnamon in Other Cultures

Ayurvedic medicine use cinnamon bark oil as a single drug to treat flatulence, impaired digestion and metabolism, intestinal tract inflammation, peptic ulcer, vomiting, hemorrhoids, failure of penile erection, worm infestation, dryness of mouth, thirst, rhinitis/sinusitis, acute pain of nervine origin, blood disorders, tubercular ulcers, scorpion bite, and toothache. Cinnamon leaf oil has been used externally for rheumatism and inflammation.

Also in the Ayurvedic system of medicine, the powdered inner bark (tvak) is indicated for treating throat and mouth diseases, dryness of mouth, thirst, urinary bladder diseases, hemorrhoids, worm infestation, rhinitis/sinusitis, and heart disease.

In Siddha medicine, the powdered inner stem bark is used for treating all types of poisons and toxins, dysentery, painful gastrointestinal disorders with indigestion, flatulence, and wheezing. In Unani medicine, the dried inner bark is used for complete suppression of urine formation and excretion, sexual debility, bad breath and asthma.

Foods With Cinnamon

Cinnamon is used in curry and tea blends, baked goods, beverages, canned fruit, confections, desserts, pickles, liqueurs, marinades, meats, sauces, soups, and chewing gum. In Spanish-speaking countries cinnamon (canela) is popular in chocolate. Cinnamon Is also used in making mulled wine which is often used as an apéritif to aid digestion. Furthermore, cinnamon bark essential oil is used in the food industry, and has replaced ground cinnamon in large part, as it can provide a uniform flavor to confectionery, meat, and other processed foods.

Cosmetics

Cinnamon bark essential oil is used in the perfume, and pharmaceutical industries. Due to its irritant and skin-sensitizing properties, cinnamon bark oil is used minimally in the perfume industry to add a musky, woody undertone. It is also a fragrance ingredient in soaps, toothpastes, and mouthwashes. Cinnamon  leaf oil is also employed as a fragrance and germicidal ingredient in soaps.

Cinnamon Recipes

Warm and Nutty Cinnamon Quinoa

medicinal 2Ingredients

  • 1 cup 1% low fat milk (organic)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup quinoa (organic, hs note: rinse quinoa)
  • 2 cups blackberries (fresh, organic preferred)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans (toasted*)
  • 4 tsps agave nectar (organic, such as Madhava brand)
  • 1 cup quinoa (dry, yields approximately 3 cups cooked)
  • 13/4 cups water (or stock)
  • sea salt

Combine milk, water and quinoa in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and simmer 15 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed. Turn off heat; let stand covered 5 minutes. Stir in blackberries and cinnamon; transfer to four bowls and top with pecans. Drizzle 1 teaspoon agave nectar over each serving.

Serves 4.

*While the quinoa cooks, roast the pecans in a 175C degree toaster oven for 5 to 6 minutes or in a dry skillet over medium heat for about 3 minutes.

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Upside-Down Apple-Cinnamon Pie

medicinal 2Serves 8. If you don’t plan on serving this pie immediately, cool it in the skillet, then warm it for 10 minutes in a 175˚C oven before unmolding. This will keep the crust from getting soggy.

  • ¾ cup sugar – alternatively 5 drops of stevia extract / 1 tbs agave syrup / 1 tbs honey
  • 8 medium sweet-tart apples, such as Braeburn, peeled and cut into 12 wedges each (1.8kg)
  • 2 Tbs. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • Refrigerated pastry for 1-crust pie, or 1 Perfect Every Time Piecrust
  1. Preheat oven to 175˚C. Spread sugar in even layer over bottom of 10-inch cast-iron or ovenproof skillet (not nonstick), and heat over medium-low heat. Cook 12 to 15 minutes, or until sugar has caramelized to a pale amber color, stirring often with wooden spoon. Remove from heat.
  2. Toss apple wedges with lemon juice and cinnamon in bowl. Arrange apple wedges flat-side down in concentric circles in skillet over caramel.
  3. Roll crust into 10-inch disc. Place dough over apples, folding edges inward to make a rim but covering apples completely. Make 2 to 3 small slits in dough to let steam escape while baking. Bake 1 hour 45 minutes to 2 hours, or until crust is golden brown.
  4. Cool 15 minutes on wire rack. Run knife around edges, then place large cake plate over skillet, and invert pie onto cake plate. Transfer any apples remaining in skillet into pie and smooth with knife
Apple Pie

Apple Pie

Nutritional Values in Cinnamon

 

Nutrient Value pr 100g
Energy 247 kcal
Protein 4 g
Fat 1.2 g
Carbohydrate 80.6 g
Fiber 53.1
Sugar 2.17
Calcium 1002 mg
Iron 8.3 mg
Magnesium 60 mg
Phosphorus 64 mg
Potassium 431 mg
Sodium 10 mg
Zinc 1.8 mg
Vitamin C 3.8 mg
Thiamin 0.02 mg
Riboflavin 0.04 mg
Niacin 1.3 mg
Vitamin B6 0.16 mg
Folate 6 µg
Vitamin A, RAE 15 µg
Vitamin A, IU 295 IU
Vitamin E 2.3 mg
Vitamin K 31.2 µg
Saturated fat 0.4 g
Monounsaturated 0.3 g
Polyunsaturated 0.07 g

Resources

http://cms.herbalgram.org/herbalgram/issue95/hg95-herbpro-cinnamon.html?ts=1381209258&signature=94db3ba337d8ecd8354b0273d457f235

http://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/235?qlookup=cinnamon&fg=Spices+and+Herbs&format=&man=&lfacet=&max=25&new=1

sticks and powder

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Big Day of Fundraising

Two Fundraising Events in One Day

On Friday, Loud Shirt Day Australia encouraged people to wear colourful shirts to raise money and awareness for deaf children. On the same day, Candi’s Girls Night Out fundraiser was on. This was for a girl, who tragically fell off a balcony some years ago, and whose life will never be normal again. Her family arranged an amazing event to raise money towards her treatments.

Loud Shirt Day

Loud Shirt Day is an annual event where organizations and businesses can register  to take part in raising money for deaf children in the country. My workplace took part of this and made a contribution to the cause. The ladies arranged a morning tea and I brought wholemeal Focaccia Bread – as my green smoothies and raw food probably wouldn’t go down too well (will upload recipe for the bread soon). We were dressed up in our brightest clothing and at the end of the day  the winner of the loudest shirt was announced.

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Candi’s Fundraiser

The Girl’s Night Out was really well organized and a great success.  The event was arranged to raise money for Candi’s treatments. Her family is aiming for a holistic approach and arranging for her to take part in three programs; for her brain, her heart and her body. For her head, she will begin treatment at “The Institute of Functional Neuroscience”, for her heart she will get treatment from “The Remede Centre”, and “Walk On” will provide treatment for her body.

Girl’s Night Out

We received bubbles upon arrival by some rugby players that were our waiters for the evening. Candi’s sister and mother held a speech and told Candi’s story before the food was being served. They had arranged a silent auction where you could put your name down for personal training, super foods, skin care and lots of other awesome stuff. My friend actually won 3 of the packages only to realize that adding them up got rather expensive. At least it was for a good cause. A draw for a diamond necklace worth $5,000 was also arranged. When we left we received a goodie bag full of little treats.

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Big Day

After a whole day of fundraising I was ready to go home and get some sleep. Candi’s fundraiser only lasted until 9pm, but I as absolutely shot to bits by the end of it.

If you are interested in any of the events, I have posted Loud Shirt Day’s website below, and will try and find the blog to follow Candi’s treatments. If you have any questions, please leave a comment! ★

Website

http://loudshirtday.com.au/