Saturday, March 15, 2008

Update on Dad

The month of Celebrex is over and he is hugely disappointed because it didn't do anything for him. Mom found a nifty cream called Topricin that is working wonders on Kathy's back. Dad is trialing it on his shoulders as well so he might not have to go in and get shots in his shoulders. He's really hoping this stuff will heal on it's own so he'll never have to look at another needle in his life. We'll see how it goes.
~Pam

No Poo!!!!!!

I know that sounds really bad. Can you understand now why I haven't posted? Actually, that stands for no shampoo. I have boycotted shampoo, of all brands, types and formulations. About ten years ago Mom broached the subject with me and to be honest, it sounded horrible!! How can you not wash your hair? You HAVE to wash your hair... Don't you? Well, ten years of maturation, access to the internet and a whole online community dedicated to the eradication of chemicals in our lives has convinced me that this is the way to go. My hair had become limp, greasy at the crown, straw at the ends and no amount of product or conditioners could fix it. I cannot afford to go to a salon every week for treatments. I can't afford to go even once for a consultation. No poo is the answer for me. I wash my hair with baking soda, rinse it with lemon juice and leave honey in it as an humectant. I can't believe how much better it it, condition-wise in even two weeks. I haven't used shampoo since February 27th. Instead, I dissolve 4 tablespoons of baking soda in a half gallon of water and pour it through my wet hair. I let it sit for a minute and rinse it out thoroughly. I mix 1/4 cup lemon juice in a gallon of water and pour that through my hair. It gets rinsed out after 5 minutes. I mix 1 tablespoon of honey in 4 cups of water and use it as a leave-in conditioner. I only have to do this twice a week and my hair does not become a greasy, nasty mess anymore. At first I was doing this every day but have cut back cause my scalp is adjusting. The baking soda cuts the grease without stripping all the natural oils out of your hair. When your scalp realizes that you don't have to have so much oil then it cuts back on how much it makes. Really, it's a supply and demand system.
Baking soda is also a natural deodorizer and cleaner so my hair doesn't smell bad and I rinse with rosemary tea sometimes so it isn't itchy. This is soooo amazing. I absolutely love it. Y'all have got to try this!!!!
~Pam

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We're a family that came to Alaska in shifts. We've been here since 1995 and don't plan to leave any time soon.

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" The government that is big enough to give you everything you want is strong enough to take everything you have."

Thomas Jefferson President 1801-1809
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