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Hello Fall!

Hello all and hello fall! I am really getting outside of my comfort zone here and this is my first post done from my cell phone! I’m so modern! Haha but I figure if I may post more often if I can figure out how to post from my phone :)!

This is an important time of year to spread awareness of the severity of Vitamin D deficiency (and not just in Maine/New England; this is becoming a problem in more southern regions too (too much indoor time)!

Maine has some of the highest cancer rates and I am shocked that more providers have not considered the connection/that there are not more studies looking at the relationship between vitamin D and cancer rates (as Maine has some of the lowest vitamin D rates and the highest cancer rates). If there’s one thing I’m an expert on its disease PREVENTION! And vitamin D is a huge part of that.

In Maine (and New England) the sun’s rays (even in summer) are not at the proper angle to synthesize sufficient quantities of vitamin D. Supplementation is a must in Maine and other northern latitudes.

Even if kids/people are drinking vitamin D fortified milk, I typically still recommend supplementing. The classic 50,000IU once weekly prescription doesn’t make much sense to me; a robust DAILY supplement with occasional booster dosing is more effective in my clinical experience. Vitamin D is crucial in strengthening immune health.

Your immune system isn’t just there to keep you from getting sick. Neurologic and psychological health are DIRECTLY related to immune function. Vitamin D is also important in connective tissue function and required for calcium absorption. Vitamin D is CRUCIAL in decreasing inflammation (and inflammation plays a role in every disease!).

Want to hear something crazy?

When I did my doctoral education and training to become a nurse practitioner in St. Louis, Missouri, the local labs referenced a “NORMAL” Vitamin D level as 30-100. In Maine, several major labs list the “NORMAL” reference value as 25-50!!

THIS WAS SO SHOCKING TO ME!

Do you know why this is? Because Mainers are so Vitamin D deficient, it is just considered a normal finding to be depleted. Labs often create “Normal” ranges based on population data. So if an entire population has a problem (hello high blood sugar, and deficiencies in magnesium and vitamin D); it might get entirely overlooked!!!!

To make it worse, ADEQUATE supplementation is often overlooked! If you want to speed healing time, decrease joint/arthritis pain, avoid colds/boost immune function, prevent osteoporosis, prevent fatigue/depression for yourself/your children/family, optimizing your Vitamin D level is crucial!

Talk to your practitioner about Vitamin D today! Also, be empowered to question the “normal” lab values (and this goes beyond Vitamin D levels!). I was taught by physicians/practitioners that Vitamin D levels above 60 or even above 80 are required to combat many issues directly related to Vitamin D deficiency.

Ok so that’s the PSA of the day! Now to share some pictures of the beautiful transition from summer to fall!

Our sunflowers are falling for fall!! :)

Post swim! Swam twice (well at least dunked under!) this week without a wetsuit! But water is definitely starting to cool down!

Dorian waves (we only watched! Big waves!!)

This last pic is from late summer and I just love it; we went to the beach so much this summer and even though it was a busy/pretty intense summer there was also a lot of THIS💙!! Farewell to summer and hello to fall!! Thanks for visiting!!!

Wholeheartedly,

Evelyn

Early November in Spy Garden

Large mushroom (some type of hen of the woods?)

Large mushroom (white hen of the woods?)

Vertebra

Deer vertebra

Nasturtium

Nasturtium

Bulletin Board

Bulletin Board

Mum

Mum

Roselle (the ingredient in

Roselle (the ingredient in “zinger” tea); has a zesty cranberry flavor

Celosia

Celosia; left out in the rain and sun and turning brown…(if kept in a cool, dark place they will keep their color)

The other side (whoops, didn't mean to leave it out in the rain but oh well we can still save the seeds)

The other side (whoops, didn’t mean to leave it out in the rain but oh well we can still save the seeds)

Lion's Tail/Wild Dagga

Lion’s Tail/Wild Dagga

Kohlrabi

Kohlrabi leaf

Celosia

Celosia

In the loofah vine gourd flowers

In the loofah vine gourd flowers

Banana trees

Banana trees

Dexie checking out the big mushroom: it's the size of a bird bath!

Dexie checking out the big mushroom: it’s the size of a bird bath!

Close-up

Close-up

Mushroom in the woods

Mushroom in the woods

So cool!

So cool!

Sunset

Sunset

Hair selfie

Hair selfie

Woods at dusk

Woods at dusk

Lots of little turkey tail mushrooms

Lots of little turkey tail mushrooms

Love the woods!

Love the woods!

One more photo of the big mushroom!

One more photo of the big mushroom!

And it is hard to resist taking a bunch of pictures of this photogenic plant!

And it is hard to resist taking a bunch of pictures of this photogenic plant!

This will be ripening on the countertop tomorrow: first frost of Spy Garden expected tonight!

This will be ripening on the countertop tomorrow: first frost of Spy Garden expected tonight!

Very spiky

Very spiky

See the bee?

See the bee?

Yellow butterfly

Yellow butterfly

Dexie looking in the window

Dexie looking in

Fallen branch off the snake tree

Fallen branch off the snake tree

Ssssss (haven't seen the snakes in awhile; they are probably already hibernating)

Ssssss (haven’t seen the snakes in awhile; they are probably already hibernating)

Blue Sky

Blue Sky

Fall forest

Fall forest

A quick still life painting tempera on copy paper (filter applied to a photo of it)

A quick still life painting tempera on copy paper (filter applied to a photo of it)

And a few fall pics of yore…

Kale (2012)

Kale (2012)

Little white moth/butterfly

Little white moth/butterfly

Leaves

Leaves

Hedgeapples

Hedgeapples

Artichoke Plant (2012)

Artichoke Plant (2012)

Fall is the best!

Mid-October in Spy Garden 2015

I heart fall

I heart fall

Lion's Tail

Lion’s Tail

Persimmon

Persimmon

Yum!

Yum!

A violet woolflower

A violet woolflower

Different types of celosia

Different types of celosia

Bumblebee on (what looks like) brain coral!

Bumblebee on (what looks like) brain coral!

Dexie (watching a turkey vulture)

Dexie (watching a turkey vulture)

Red leaves

Red leaves

Dexie

Dexie in the woods

Turkey Tails
Turkey Tails
Woods

Woods

Yellow

Yellow

Looks like legs walking

Looks like legs walking

Red leaf

Red leaf

Stone Bridge

Stone Bridge

Long fall shadows

Long fall shadows

Homes (for Woodpeckers?)

Homes (for woodpeckers?)

Little cedar tree

Little cedar tree

"Kitty Pizza" (the cat at Baby's school)

“Kitty Pizza” (the cat at Baby’s school)

Kohlrabi

Kohlrabi

Tomato

Tomato

Copperhead Skin

Copperhead Skin

Fall Echinacea (facing north)

Fall Echinacea (facing north)

Facing south

Facing south

Fall in Spy Garden

Fall in Spy Garden

Tall dead tree

Tall dead tree

Celosia Bouquet

Celosia Bouquet

Dexie cleaning up the sunflower stalks

Dexie cleaning up the sunflower stalks

Dill, mums, celosia

Dill, mums, celosia: jewel tones!