Welcome to the new Lived Learning: Alive and Well. Lived Learning: Alive and Well is a site dedicated to all of nature, facing the challenges of daily living in a toxic world.

Lived Learning: Alive and Well is based largely on the experiences of Nancy Peden, in battling severe environmental illness and finding many miraculous aides, that this site will share with YOU and that you, as co-researchers may share with us. Comments and guest posts are welcomed.
When I graduated summa cum laude in horticulture and agriculture, with several minors, including botany back in the 1980's I often wondered HOW WOULD WE EVER RESEARCH HUMAN NUTRITION, as we and our circumstances are each so unique. But today, thanks to many, many folks who, like me, who have fought traditional medicine to save our lives, the research amazingly goes forward.

 I fell in love originally with plants as I learned photosynthesis and how plants simply, with a few conditions, absorb the sun and grow. Now at 66, I fall more deeply in love with both nature and her humans as we all simply absorb and exchange electrons of light.  (And by the way, more and more you will find the National Institute of Health, the National Insitute of Mental Health and The National Center for Biotechnology Information (aka Pubmed or NCBI) many of the recommendations you will find here.)
Because much of this is qualitative,  empirical and anecdotal research (though quantitative is not excluded), that is research based on lived experience of patients like me, I fall back into many of the tenets learned using the concepts of co-operative inquiry proposed by John Heron and with his collaborator, Peter Reason, co-creating the Participatory Paradigm theory and practices. 
In a nutshell, Doing Co-operative Inquiry means we are all peers, even if one peer does facilitate at times.
This method of research also assumes, and it should apply to professionals, several concepts, even when quantitative research is also used:
1. All are researchers, able to inquire into the issue at hand, the thesis, being pursued.

2. All are subjects. Simply put, we are all humans living an experience of illness and wellness.

3.Outcomes are validated via many ways, but mostly in the sharing of experience and/or practices.

4. The ontology (i.e., what can be known) of this form of research, says life is ultimately an unknowable mystery.

5. The epistemology (how we know what we know) of this method, is simple. We, via lived experience, know through our senses, feelings and thoughts. Thus knowledge is not created but knowing is experienced, though, indeed knowledge does seem to be created that can be tried by others. 
6. The method is using the epistemology and possibly recording outcomes, depending on what the team decides.
I feel that Heron's Cooperative Inquiry is especially well suited to what is actually occurring in what I call The Personal Wellness Revolution. We are reclaiming our health. We inquire individually and similarly, using many forms of science, including sacred science, known now often as epigenetics (see Bruce Lipton especially, a biologist, on epigenetics). 
We collaborate and we share our outcomes and we work within a transpersonal, electric, mysterious universe which these authors in the early days called the participatory paradigm. Today, all over the web, you will hear us advise each other "to start low and go slow" and you will find most of us pray because we know prayer works in healing.
Heron worked a lot in medicine. You may enjoy Heron's many papers here. Reason took the work into the business world at the University of Bath in the UK.
Again our method is the act of learning, separately and together, and sharing outcomes for the benefit of all. In epigenetics, we say no to one size fits all, that we are each unique and individual. Participatory research would say we are each unique while embedded in a mysterious unfathomable universe, always connected. How we treat it and ourselves literally matters.
I intend that Lived Learning: Alive and Well is a sacred form of co-operative research.
Together, we heal, in all areas, body, mind, and spirit. By reviewing the offerings of this site YOU are a participant, a researcher and your feedback is welcomed.
YOUR participation is actively sought. I hope you will find many of wondrous resources to purchase here . YOUR support of this site will be of great service to me and intends to serve you and yours. Please comment, controvert (playing Devil's advocate is a part of validity process in CI), buy from here and help me grow my business to help all.  
Welcome, bless you and may you be well. This blog will be redeveloping; I am here to serve and support you on your journey of living life fully.

Sleep Non Toxic

Has it occurred to you that every night we sleep on GMO sheets and bedding? Here I am dreaming of some of the products I might choose, soon. All organic bedding. There is more I will post in the future but for now I hope this is of interest. Click on the crib sheet, especially to enter Amazon and look for more organic bedding for your wee precious ones.

CHOCOLATE toothpaste?!

I have been blessed to live in most places without fluoridated water for a long time. Fluoridation has long been controversial. I suggest you look up some of its effects long term. Here is a site completely devoted to anti-fluoride: http://fluoridealert.org/studies/acute03/

As anyone who has read About Me on this blog, you know that I have MTHFRc677t, which causes heart disease, cancer, and mental illnesses. And I have some bad tooth decay I am working on probably from fungi in my mouth. My dear old Monterey dentist, Constance Newton, who though not a biological dentist, suggested I try a chocolate toothpaste that uses a product, which I believe contains theobromine, from the cocoa bean instead of fluoride. This toothpaste is Theodent Luxury Toothpaste. I will let Dr. Mercola explain how it can help re-mineralize and help decay though if you google it you will find many pages touting theobromine over fluoride. From Mercola: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/11/19/chocolate-vs-fluoride-toothpaste.aspx

"Oil pulling" for remineralization and cleaning of teeth is an ancient method in which you melt coconut oil and swish it in your mouth for several minutes each morning. It works wonderfully but I find it hard to do first thing in the a.m.

Amazon carries many re-mineralizing products. I chose all non-GMO to share with you as even some of the major brands are now getting into the act.

Personally, after my chocolate toothpaste I use also MAF Active Toothpaste with coconut oil and zeolite. As I do not sell this and it is hard to get, please email me for information. As one world respected epigeneticist claims, McGAF will be our replacement for antibiotics. As I do not sell it, I will let you do some research. Here is Sterling Hill's current list: http://gcmafblogspot.weebly.com/blog/published-medical-journals

As for toothbrushes, I use a pretty wonderful Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean Sonic Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush.

Yes, it was expensive. It is excellent for travel.

MTHFR and the biotoxins that caused it have been very hard on my teeth but I am restoring a tooth I was told would need pulling. Fingers crossed.

I hope some of this helps any of you who want to stay away from the dentist as I do. All the strict diet and supplements I need to stay alive have really changed my life. Traditional medicine damaged me and almost put me in the ground. I am deeply grateful for all I have had to do and that I am still alive to share it with you.



Getting Super Better Playing Super Better: Jane McGonigal, Quester Extrodinaire

 When I returned to college at 50, much of it online, I began reading and researching web pioneers as I was using conferencing and learning to build websites.

One of the names I kept hearing about was Jane McGonigal. But she was a gamer, something I was definitely NOT interested in. So I let her slip by.

When I was first diagnosed with MTHFRc677t and became legally disabled, I began reading everything I could on all the difficulties of a severe disease. I found that stress plays a major role. I believe I caught Jane doing a TED talk during that time so I bought and read and played as best I could, Super Better.

Her book, a delight, was probably her dissertation. It is done in the style I prefer and many of the doctors I review here cannot or will not afford. The book is full of citations for all her claims that gaming develops strengths and resiliencies especially when we have allies helping us in our quest. And unlike many of these professionals, her book has a great index, so you can look up any part at any time. I now see she wrote an earlier book: Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World

While I hesitate to recommend her to some of the dear folks I know, who are very very ill, I do. We all need allies; we all can be amazingly resilient and we all have undiscovered strengths. The main tenet of this blog is that TOGETHER, WE HEAL. Treating illness is not for sissies btw. If you watch almost any of Jane's TED's talks, you will hear how she created Super Better after a very serious illness.

You would think a book on gaming is all about sitting alone in your room playing computer games but the way Jane recommends is just the opposite. She places gangs of kids, actually huge gangs, I think they have done thousands, together in a room playing together. What researchers found was that empathy and social skills INCREASED. This is all well researched and documented. Players learned to help each other even while competing.

And games, quests, like how Jane worked with her own illness, do not need to be computer driven. Jane claims having a gaming attitude towards life can add ten years to your life. So no matter what the challenge is, I suggest you check Jane McGonigal out. Read her and watch her videos. I have had a hard time getting one to upload for you to enjoy. So I will suggest you search her on TED and go to her own site here. Enjoy a new attitude that just may change your life.

I have also attached a good smattering of TED talks below here as none would post on this page. You will find Jane's talk near the end. Enjoy this brilliant woman! Game on, Ally!


The Body Shop: IODINE

I thought I would just name this post IODINE because so many in the wellness community know about it and a lot more do not. There are one in expensive supplement, Lugol's Iodine and two good inexpensive reads on the subject: The Iodine Crisis: What You Don't Know About Iodine Can Wreck Your Life by journalist Lynn Farrow and the other by David Brownstein, M.D, Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can't Live Without It.


We who have been "floxed", that is damaged by fluoroqine antibiotics, also use iodine now for fluoiquine toxicity. Fluoriquinones include Ciprofloxacin (aka Cipro), gemifloxacin, levofloxacin (aka Levaquin), moxifloxacin, norfloxacin, and ofloxacin and can cause serious disability. There are 8, yes 8 groups on Facebook regarding this disabling iatrogenic disease. I mention it here because one group is called Iodine for Fluoroquine Toxcitiy.

An aside: while I hear that Wikipedia has basically been high jacked by the right, I also don't use it because it discounts many diseases many of us feel and been tested to have and one is the seriousness of fluoriquinone toxicity. If you look it up on Wikipedia you will find that the outcome is said to be simply this: disability. Well, I don't know about you but that enrages me as I know many who have been severely disabled by these drugs as they are usually a "first line of defense" in medicine and so common. I wear a medic alert bracelet for my MTHFR 677 disability. Though I do not know what part of my own health is related to fluoriquones I have been treated with Cipro and Levaquin several times so for this and for my thyroid I take Iodine. Others wear bracelets, and I may become one, that say NO FLUOROQUINES.

I will leave this section now and get onto the books and of course the product because as Lynn Farrow says this is NOT your skull and cross boss tincture of iodine from childhood boo boss. This is serious medicine and to do it well both Brownstein and Farrow will teach you that you need an Iodine Loading Test, which I so far have not done.

The Iodine Crisis: What You Don't Know About Iodine Can Wreck Your Life Farrow's book is an easy, astonishing read with a ton of resources especially for breast cancer, for which she and others use iodine for as well as MANY illnesses such as low thyroid.

Short news from the book. Though many of us are now gluten free and do not eat bread, many still do. According to Farrow, up until 1970, iodine was the ingredient used to make bread rise better. In 1970, iodine became replaced by BROMIDE, a fire retardant! That is why you will see today non-bromated bread and flour in better bakeries. As a culture we went from eating a lot of iodine, we get a little in iodized salt, but a lot of folks even limit that (in my view, they should be using pink salt, full of minerals. I will let you research the benefits of pink salt; my bet is it has some iodine in it. Purity is important so I use the one from the SF Salt Company and have called them about their sources). Farrow, from her breast cancer experience and the experience of others has developed many online resources for breast cancer patients online. If I remember correctly, one woman even cured her tumor with iodine. Bottom line, I believe this is a REALLY IMPORTANT BOOK. So far my thyroid has been a little low and so I upped my dose. I plan to have my thyroid tested very soon as well as to consult a functional doctor to possibly get an "iodine loading level".

Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can't Live Without It. Dr. Brownstein does an excellent more in depth review of iodine, including explaining iodine loading testing. He also relates it to genetic damage and the suppression of glutathione, the queen of antioxidants and key to my disease MTHFR677. I must re-read him. He is sitting right here beside me as I write so he will go with me to my doc soon.