All Posts for July 2014

Summer Reading: Fact & Fiction

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Note: This review is under FACTS…not exactly beach book reading, but helpful! These are two books on Candida albicans, also known as yeast infection.

In the late 1970s I co-owned a health food store with my first husband. I read health books voraciously, eager to learn as much as possible because I wanted to give intelligent answers to customers. One book I remember vividly was by William Crook and he wrote about candida yeast (Candida albicans). Fortunately, his books on yeast have been completely updated and reissued by Square One Publishers with the help of Carolyn Dean, MD, ND and Dr. Crook’s daughter, Elizabeth Crook and also Majorie Hurt Jones, R.N, who supplies the recipes in the cookbook.

The two books, The Yeast Connection and Women’s Health and The Yeast Connection Cookbook are a “stunning couple,” providing information on a topic that not many people talk about, but is still an important health issue. Because of the proliferation of antibiotics, too much sugar in our diets, birth control pills, etc. many of us have yeast running wild, creating or exacerbating many kinds of health problems (especially for women) that seem unrelated, such a PMS, painful intercourse, numbness, acne and of course, recurrent vaginal yeast infections.

In Part I Dr. Crook explores the question: Are Your Problems Yeast Connected? This is followed by a questionnaire and an explanation of why women seem to be more affected than men, especially in the area of headaches, depression, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and hypothyroidism. However, there are several areas that seem to affect both men and women: food sensitivities and food allergies, asthma and allergies, and sinusitis.  Chapter 5 gives the readers steps to take to regain their health and the last chapter deals with the connection between yeast infections and weight gain.

This first book I recommend to anyone who suspects or has been diagnosed with yeast issues. Once diagnosed, the Yeast Connection Cookbook will be on your reading list. The book starts with an explanation of the yeast connection to diet, reiterating some of what is in the first book, but not as comprehensive. However, in this book, Dr.Crook now refers to the yeast issue as CRC (Candida-Related Complex).

And since so many symptoms are related to allergies, especially food allergies, this cookbook deals with food allergies in great detail, with recipes that almost any allergic person will find useful. The recipe section is created by Majorie Hurt Jones, RN and is preceded by Dr. Crook’s discussion of food allergies, the rotation diet and how to get started, so when the recipe section appears on page 113, the reader is ready to tackle the menus and dishes.

With more than 225 recipes, as well as tiny drawings to accentuate an ingredient, there is a recipe for every meal and every allergy problem. In fact, this cookbook can be a book to anyone with food allergies, even if there is no sign of a yeast infection. The recipe section is basically a Bible for the food allergic person, from breakfasts to dinners with salads, main dishes and desserts all kitchen tested, as well as food substitutions for eggs, milk, and other food triggers. There are also gluten-free recipes for the person with celiac or gluten sensitivities….very comprehensive!

I made the blueberry sauce and used it to make filing for cookies. Here is the recipe:

Blueberry Sauce

Note from recipe author Jones: “Top you pancakes and waffles with this warm sauce. I make it when I have guests or more family to help eat it.”

2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
1 cup pureéd sweet fruit—pears, pineapple, seedless grapes OR fresh-pressed apple cider
1 tablespoon starch—arrowroot, tapioca, potato or kudzu
2 tablespoons cool water
1/8 teaspoon unbuffered, corn free vitamin C crystals*, or to taste (I think this can be omitted if not available, because the crystals replace baking powder for allergic people and I don’t think this recipe requires baking powder. I think it may be included because it adds flavor and nutrition. See below. es)

In a saucepan, combine the blueberries with fruit pureé of your choice.  Simmer 10-15 minutes. Dissolve the starch in the cool water. Stir it into the blueberries. Cook over medium heat just until the sauce boils again. Boil one minute; remove it from the heat. Stir in the vitamin C crystals.

*Vitamin C powder can replace baking powder in many recipes that require a leavening agent. You can add vitamin C in powder form, also referred to as ascorbic acid powder, to baking recipes or sprinkle it on food to increase the nutrient content. People with a food sensitivity to corn may also benefit from substituting vitamin C powder for baking powder because it contains cornstarch.

Both books are published by Square One Publishing. The Yeast Connection and Women’s Health costs $15.95 and contains 269 pages. The Yeast Connection Cookbook costs $15.95 and has 379 pages. Elizabeth Cook, Dr.Crook’s daughter, works on behalf of women’s health issues as a consultant and volunteers at an integrative health care center in Nashville, Tennessee. Her website is:

Fracking Info from Breast Cancer Action

Sunday, July 27th, 2014

Breast Cancer Action, an organization in San Francisco, sent me an important e-message about the dangers of fracking for natural gas. They asked for readers to send their own comments to the EPA. Below is my letter to them as well as the link for you to send your own comments, if you wish. If you go to, you will also see a letter already written that you can send. Either way, please let your voices be heard!

Dear Environmental Protection Agency:

My friend Barb lives on a road where fracking trucks now add noise pollution to her once pristine area of country living. That alone is a problem, but the larger problems of increased drug use (19 children in the local high school overdosed), prostitution (she picked up a young girl who had been dropped off by a fracking worker on a lonely road near my friend’s house) is a direct result of fracking.

That said, the dangers of fracking itself are a major environmental concern, especially in the area of (radioactive) contaminated water sources, disposal of fracking waste water linked to earthquakes, a rise in air pollution, the noise from drilling and trucking in rural area, and the lack of long-term studies to show these increasing health and environmental problems.

Please put a moratorium on fracking until long term studies on its impact on the environment and our health can be identified and addressed.

Sincerely, Ellen Sue Jacobson

Use this link to make your own submission:!submitComment;D=EPA-HQ-OPPT-2011-1019-0001

Or feel free to use this letter from Breast Cancer Action:
Follow these simple steps to make your voice heard at the EPA regarding disclosure of fracking chemicals:

  1. Follow this link to the EPA’s announcement on the Federal Register
  2. Click the green button that reads “Submit a Formal Comment”
  3. Once you are on this page you can either simply write your comments into the text box  in the middle of the page, or you write your own letter, save it as a pdf, and upload it.
  4. You can include the below message in your comments, either in whole or parts – feel free to add your own thoughts and perspective!
  5. Click the blue button at the bottom of the page to preview and confirm your comments.
  6. Congratulations – the EPA received your message! Please share this action page with 5 friends, and encourage them to submit comments, too.

Dear Mr. Seltzer,

I’m writing with regard to the EPA’s Hydraulic Fracturing Chemicals and Mixtures Advance Notice Of Proposed Rulemaking Docket ID EPA-HQ-OPPT-2011-1019

Over half of women diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States have no known risk factors. With family history accounting for only 5 to 10 percent of breast cancer diagnoses, a large and growing body of research indicates that toxic chemicals may increase our risk of developing the disease.  This mounting evidence from experimental, body burden and ecological research indicates that there is a connection between environmental factors and breast cancer.

The practice of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” is a growing source of air pollution and water contamination via the chemical substances and mixtures that are used to extract oil and gas from deep within the earth. We know that hundreds of chemicals are commonly used in the practice of drilling and fracking for oil and gas across the country, and of these, dozens are known or suspected carcinogens or endocrine-disrupting chemicals.

The EPA must require that fracking companies report comprehensive information about all of the chemical substances and mixtures that are used in process of fracking, and this information must also be disclosed in a timely manner and an accessible format so that researchers and the public can fully assess and understand full scope of risks and impacts that the fracking industry poses to public health.  Nothing less than strong reporting and disclosure requirements will suffice – the public must have access to comprehensive information on what chemicals are already, or could potentially, pollute the air we breathe and contaminate the water we drink.

Fracking is a public health concern for everyone, because the growing fracking industry is capable of poisoning and polluting the basic necessities of life: our air and water. Thank you for opening period of public comment on chemicals and mixtures used in the fracking process, and thank you in advance for your consideration of my comments on this matter.


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