September 28, 2015

Menstrual Cups


What Is that!

No they’re not nipple shields or fingernail extensions, nor is it the pink-eyed monster. They’re menstrual cups and they’re a clean, safe, hygienic and reusable alternative to using disposable tampons and pads. Studies show that they are healthier for you, eco-friendly and economical. Great for women who like to store supplies, especially if you’re limited by space because there is practically nothing to store. For more information on how to use, see Menstrual Cup.co.

Measuring Mense Loss

For women who suffer from menorrhagia, or heavy blood loss during menses, there is another benefit to using one of these—and I wish all doctors knew about menstrual cups before prescribing procedures. Unlike tampons and pads that absorb menstrual fluid, menstrual cups collect it, and if you’re curious about how much you lose each month, or want to keep track of how much you lose, using a cup can help you measure that.

Measuring Quality of Mense

Another reason to use a menstrual cup is to measure the quality of mense. This blog post sheds light on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and how it views the release of menstrual fluid as a way of telling you what is going on in your body. By looking at the chart you can measure the color and quality of mense and what you can do to correct any imbalances. For those treating heavy mense due to uterine fibroids this post at the Weston Price Foundation may prove helpful too.

This post is a reprint from a post I published in January this year.

February 1, 2015

In which the pizza blows up

A couple months ago I made some bread dough that developed into an idea to turn some of it into pizza and storing it in the freezer for future use. I flattened the dough and placed it into the oven to semi-cook the base. When I opened the oven however I was faced with a bloated puff ball instead of the expected semi-cooked flat bread. Weighing the options before me, I decided to cut into the bread and the next thing I knew, I had a couple of pocket bread. A lesson that maybe some outcomes, seen as a case of bad luck, can be an outlet for learning something new.


I wrote a post yesterday about my period and how I was going to go on the pill to regulate the bleeding. I’ve changed my mind. I have no idea why I have menorrhagia or von Willabrand disease or all these things I get diagnosed with but maybe it’s nature’s way of telling me something about my body. If I didn’t have my period, how would my body tell me if something was wrong. So I’m going to accept what I have and that for the days I need to stay near my room, I will imagine that I am in my moon lodge until I figure out where to go from here.

Artwork: Ophelia by John William Waterhouse. 

January 31, 2015

Bloody Hangover


I have twelve of them a year. I’ve been seeing an hematologist for a couple years now. I suffer from anaemia due to menorrhagia, and I’ve had it for over 25 years. I thought every woman had periods like mine. If I had known years ago that this was not normal maybe I would not have suffered as long as I have. But no-one likes to talk openly about these things. It’s shameful, taboo or TMI. That needs to change.

It wasn’t until my own daughters started having their periods that I realized something was wrong. I was emptying the trash when I noticed that one of my daughters was having her period and that her pads weren’t soaked like how mine usually are and I thought, this isn’t normal. To make a long story short I arranged an appointment for the doctor to see us and it just so happened that I was the one with the problem period not them. So my doctor referred me to a hematologist, although I think she’s an oncologist.

An hematologist specializes in blood disorders. And I like my hematologist, she lets me test other options first than the usual route of blood transfusions, drugs, endometrial ablation. Every couple months I have blood work done, and during those months I will make adjustments to my diet to see if it will affect my iron levels. It didn’t matter how many kale smoothies or liver I consumed however, my iron levels remained the same and at times dropped.

I mentioned menstrual cups in a previous post. With a menstrual cup I am able to measure mense loss. In one day I can lose up to 260mls. That’s three times the amount of a normal mense cycle. Tests were done for uterine fibroids which we found out that I have but are too small to consider doing anything with them. The diagnosis is von Willabrand disease due to low clotting protein in the blood. I’m going on the pill.

Artwork: Flaming June by Sir Frederic Leighton. I’m not going to dig into the meaning behind this artwork just in case I don’t like the interpretation so for now I interpret it as “woman in red (or orange) enjoying a good nap.”

January 13, 2015

Chicken Broth

or chicken stock. The terms are used interchangeably. Some call, what is made from bones, stock; and what is made from meat, broth. And then there are those that refer to broth as a seasoned stock. The way I see it is if it’s made in a stock pot, it’s stock. But for some reason I keep calling it, broth. So I’ll call it broth, that way each word gets a notable mention. Broth that is made in a stock pot.


Some parts of the chicken are better for making a gelatinous broth than others, chicken feet being one of them. So I use chicken feet, partly because it’s cheap. I have also used leftover bones with success too.


One thing I’ve learned is that you’ll get better body if you simmer with the lid off, which makes sense when you understand that water evaporates and if you have the lid on, most evaporates back into the pot. Simmering with the lid off will also save on time. Do we really need to simmer 12 hours?


Many recipes call for vinegar. I think it’s an ingredient only recently added in the last decade. If you look through old recipe books vinegar isn’t used so I was curious as to what its purpose was. I think the idea stemmed from the egg-shell vinegar experiment, that if you put an egg in a bowl of vinegar, the vinegar will strip the egg of its shell and so with that idea, maybe someone figured that if you soak the bones in water with a couple tablespoons of vinegar that it would help speed the leaching of minerals from the bone.


So I’m going to experiment with my next batch and soak a bone in vinegar for a day to see if it will soften. Other than that I have no idea how else to measure the speed and amount of minerals being pulled from the bone but for now I use it to clean the chicken feet from any impurities and bless myself when I see a clear-like gelatin.