Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Jaws, etc.

I've been out of touch lately. Sorry about that. Some of you might've picked up that I'm a novelist - I might've mentioned it a couple times. Anyway, I've been working on a new book. The idea came to me in a dream and I can't stop tapping away on it. It's about ... witches ... mwah-ha-ha!

I've also been working on a book about alcohol cleansing. I want to get all the ideas together in one place. But because of this witch idea, I haven't even been doing that. And I certainly haven't been blogging very much. To tell you the truth - I've really missed it. This has become a really important part of my life. It makes me feel good. It makes me feel useful. And, I think, it's a way for me to deal with my ongoing drinking challenges too. Because I'm not sure they ever go away completely.

For instance, August is usually a month that I cleanse. At least for most years past. But last year - and again this - because of travel plans, my second annual cleanse has moved ahead in the year. Because I'm going to Green Bay next month to visit my cousin (and to catch the Packer mayhem as the first game of the season begins), my cleanse can't be in September. And then it can't be at the beginning of October either because the 2nd is my 14th wedding anniversary and the 8th is my 49th birthday (gack!). I'm thinking I don't want to be sober for either of those occasions. So my cleanse is still about six or eight weeks away. And, trust me, I'm feeling it. I'm even glad I've got two cleanse days in a row right now - because "I'm not sure she's gonna take this abuse much longerrrrr ..." pronounced in an east coast accent, preferably by Richard Dreyfuss.

That was just my nod to the 35th anniversary of the release of my favorite movie of all time - "Jaws." Saw it 13 times the first summer it came out (I was 11) and about 300 times since then. The hubs just got me the new BluRay edition. Holy fuck ... it's awesome. I still want to start a petition to CGI the mechanical shark (as much trouble as it was during filming, it could still use some work). But the movie itself was awesome. Suspense perfection as far as I'm concerned. And as for how it looks, I saw shingle-style shacks, views, boats, blood and body parts that I've missed all these years. So it looked amazeballs.

By the way, 70 million sharks are killed a year for shark fin soup.

Ban shark fin soup - have a drink instead!!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Got Milk Thistle?

Sunday morning - totally fun day and night yesterday but hangover free! Good girl!! And my spirits are much better. My chakra may still be blocked, but so are the emails that kept reminding me they were. ;)

Found some really interesting information about Milk Thistle - a flowering plant that's part of the daisy family. Since Roman times, medical practitioners have been using Milk Thistle to treat liver ailments of all kinds. And it looks like they knew what they were talking about because Milk Thistle contains specific phytochemicals that are of special interest to drinkers. (Phytochemicals are important to our overall health because plants produce them to help protect themselves against disease. But phytochemicals seem to have the same preventative effect on the human immune system, as well, offering defense against everything from hormonal imbalances to cancer.)

However, it's a particular phytochemical in Milk Thistle that is of special significance to drinkers. It's called "silymarin" and many studies have shown that it helps restore proper liver function. It stimulates the production of healthy liver cells and has even improved the condition of chronic liver disease caused by radiation, heavy metals - and alcohol!

It's available in tea, extract or pill form. I've been drinking Milk Thistle tea for years now, but I recently discovered the supplement at Whole Foods, so I've added that to my daily routine as well. I chose a product by Enzymatic called Super Milk Thistle which contains 100 mg of Milk Thistle Phytosome which is about 80% silymarin.

Along with other ingredients like Dandelion Root Extract which has shown anti-inflammatory properties and may fight free radicals, it's marketed as a "Liver Detox." I'm starting with one pill a day though the directions are for up to 4. I haven't been able to find any negative side effects of Milk Thistle in any of the studies done, but I still want to incorporate it slowly into my routine just in case I have a reaction. So far ... all good! I can almost feel my liver smiling ... ;)


"What Are Phytochemicals?" -