Friday, April 29, 2011

Mike Adam's Rant on Obama's Fake Birth Certificate

Mike Adams is starting to sound like me or I'm starting to sound like Mike Adams.  Read my post from April 27th (FDA Raid on Natural Health Products Company) and then click on the link and read the following article.  The article is very entertaining and sadly it is very true.

Obama birth certificate is just as authentic as the money supply, the food supply and Obamacare

Eliminate the Guest Bedroom and Save Money

How many people have a guest bedroom and rarely use it? If you have guests on a monthly basis, the guest bedroom is worth keeping, otherwise, if you are like me, you have guests once a year or less. Last year I changed all that.  My guest bedroom had a twin bed, night stand, and television.  I took the bed out of the guest room. The bed is now in the living room converted to a day bed. I know, I know. Not the best place but fine. I took the two rarely used winged-backed chairs from the living room and put them in the guest bedroom. In between these two chairs, I put a rarely used small round table (36" diameter) that was also from the living room. I then took a bookcase that was in the family room with books I use frequently for research and put it in the guest room.  I put my laptop on the round table and printer on the nightstand. The bedroom closet I use for office supplies. Voila! I have an office without spending a cent. Instead of sitting at the kitchen table and having to put my laptop away every day, I now have a quiet area to work. In addition, my daughter and I can use the room to watch movies on the weekend.  That TV is not hooked up to cable or have an antenna.  While I'm working, I do not want to be temped to turn on the television.  Do I treat my guests well or what? Where will my infrequent guests sleep now? Options include on the day bed, in my daughters room (she can use the day bed) or in the guest room on an inflatable mattress if they want more privacy.

So if you have an infrequently used guest room, exercise room, or office for that matter, I challenge you to convert to a space you will use. Other options for the extra room also include a peaceful sanctuary for quiet time, meditation, yoga or reading. Just make sure it will be a room you will use frequently, otherwise you are back to square one. Do you have rooms not utilized at all? If the answer is yes, it might be time to sell that big house and buy a smaller one. You will not only save money buying a smaller house but also on cleaning time, property taxes, and utility bills.

What have you done with your spare bedroom?  I'd love to read your comments. :)





Thursday, April 28, 2011

Gardening Update





On a lighter note today, my garden is coming along fine. I took a few photos from different angles. The method of gardening we use is called square foot gardening.  With the help of my daughter, we pulled up grass in an area approximately 5 feet by 12 feet, put down wire (to prevent voles from eating the roots of my plants), and put down a weed barrier.  Then we put together the square foot garden and placed it over the wire and weed barrier, placed pavers and bark around the garden, added soil, planted seeds and made signs.  It took quite a probably 40 hours of work between the two of us but it is great to be done and looks good.  The smaller garden already has strawberry plants in it.  They didn't do so well last year.  They are everbearing strawberries.  Since I planted them last year, I'm hoping this year will be much better.  I'm also adding a couple of June bearing and two more everbearing.  We also added yellow onions and beets in the small garden and will be adding one or two marigold flowers.  is In the larger garden, we planted peas (3 squares), lettuce (2 squares), spinach, green onions (transplants), arugula, kale, mustard greens, swiss chard, chives (transplants), carrots,  and turnips.  When the peas are done, they will be replaced with tomatoes and maybe one watermelon.  We will add basil and parsley when it gets warmer.  Corn will be planted after the arugula.  Peppers will be planted after the lettuce.  Green bush beans will be planted after the mustard greens, swiss chard, and spinach are harvested.  The green onions, turnips, carrots, and chives will take up most of the season so no replacements.

As I mentioned before, I also have additional basil growing inside and will have additional tomato plants growing in pots and in the ground where I have drips for shrubs long gone.  And then there is the small green house which is housing more lettuce, kale, parsley, and arugula plus broccoli and cabbage.  I did this because the green house is in partial shade and the lettuce didn't do so in the heat last summer plus I'd like to have greens as long as possible into the fall. 

Remember, if you need gardening supplies or books on square foot and container gardening, click on SHOP at the top of the page.  The items are from Amazon.  You pay the same price.  I just did the work for you.  Have a good day and start a garden because food prices are expected to go up significantly this year.  :)

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

FDA Raids Natural Health Products Company

Apparently a producer of natural health products may be shut down. See link below for full story.  It is always amazing to me that over 100,000 people each year in this country die from prescription drugs that the FDA approved, many with little testing, yet if people with serious chronic diseases find relief outside of the conventional medical community, the FDA wants them closed.  In my opinion, it's all about money, power, and control.  How can the pharmaceutical companies and medical doctors make money and control people's minds if everyone switched to natural supplements and alternative health practitioners?  The FDA is running scared because more and more people are turning to alternative health care. 

There is legislature in many states currently to abolish holistic and natural health care practitioners.  If these laws pass, alternative health care practitioners will have to become medical doctors, registered nurses, or registered dietitians and go to an approved college in order to practice.  I could have chosen one of these routes but I didn't because I don't believe in surgery or prescription drugs or the USDA food pyramid.  I know there are truly some quacks out there offering people a cure in a bottle and they should be shut down.  However, most alternative health practitioners, like me, truly want to help clients by using natural methods including nutrition, exercise, and natural supplements.  If you could prevent surgery, and the expense and side affects of prescription drugs, wouldn't you? 

The FDA, Big Pharma, and the government prefer you work your boring job (if you are lucky enough to have one), take your Prozac (or whatever mind altering drug of your choice you need to deal with your boring job the government helped create), eat fast foods (with GMOs and chemicals so you can get ill and require Rx drugs), watch Rx commercials so you can ask your doctor for the latest risky brand name drug to make Big Pharma rich (Americans spent over $300 billion  on prescription drugs in 2010) and you sicker, watch American Idol or Dancing with the Stars (watching television puts your mind in a state of numbness so that others can control you), and go shopping (to buy crap you don't need because you need a quick fix from your depressing life you have no control over). 

So don't worry, the government is taking care of you.  They are very giving.  They gave you food with GMOs (thanks to Monsanto) and are making sure you and your children are part of a big lab experiment by not labeling the food that has GMOS.  They have given you added hormones to your milk, cheese, and products made from milk or cheese, all at a reduced cost then if you bought these products without hormones.  These hormones, produced by Monsanto, increase your risk of reproductive cancers.  Yeah, that's free, too.  Then due to the pocket lining of Congress by Monsanto, manufacturers of hormone-free milk get to add to their labels a comment that says there is no significant difference between milk products made with hormones or without hormones.  Monsanto knows the truth but money is more important then the your health.  The government has given you national debt that your grandchildren's children will be paying for in taxes while the bankers continue to give themselves large bonuses while defrauding YOU.  Yes, these bankers are laughing at us because they are too big too fail but you are not.  The government is giving you a false sense of security at the airport by taking away your 4th Amendment rights and giving you the choice of either being radiated or sexually assaulted.  And guess what?  You get to pay for the TSA.  But let's not forget the Patriot Act.  The government can spy on any citizen either while on email, the telephone, or the Internet.  The Patriot Act also allows the government to search your home without a warrant, should they think for any reason (I'm sure they could come up with one) you are a threat to national security.  Do you feel safer?  Like I said, don't worry.  Go grab some chicken nuggets and a diet coke and go watch American Idol.  Diet coke has aspartame (another chemical produced by Monsanto) which kills the neurons in your brain.  But don't worry, since the government is taking care of you, you don't need all those brain cells.  :)              


Sources:
Armed agents invade Maxam Nutraceutics and steal natural health products in shocking FDA raid
http://www.naturalnews.com/032201_pesticides_birth_defects.html
http://www.naturalnews.com/032200_prescription_drugs_billions.html

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

4 High Risk Places for Infection

The highest risk place to get an infection, and not just any infection but superbugs, is hospitals.  If you can avoid hospitals, you should.  I had a friend go into a hospital for a knee replacement and almost lost his leg to MRSA.  MRSA is a superbug that has resistance to most antibiotics.  CKRP is a new superbug going around nursing homes and hospitals in some areas of the country that resists all antibiotics.  For more information on the danger of hospitals, click on the following link:  Patients who enter hospitals are at high risk of potentially deadly infections or medical mistakes.

Another high risk place to get an infection is from the office equipment in your company's office.  Think of copier and fax machines.  Many employees touch them every day.  Does anyone clean them?  If possible, you should have your own personal copier and fax in your office.  Or wash your hands after frequenting community office equipment.  What about the coffee area?  How many people touch the coffee pot to pour themselves a cup of coffee?  Do you trust everyone in your office to wash their hands after frequenting the restroom?  This is why colds and the flu spread rapidly in an office.

The grocery store is another high risk area.  I'm sure not many people think of the grocery store especially at checkout.  Most of the time, two people touch all your food.  One clerk rings up your order and another clerk bags your food.  Plus, there's the exchange of money if you use cash.  I'd rather use my credit card because most stores now let you swipe it yourself.  Then you go home and touch all the food to put it away.  Try to make sure these clerks are not sick before you walk up to a register.  And always wash your hands after putting your food away.

And finally the kitchen sink.  Most people don't think the kitchen sink would rank on top but it does.  Some say it has more bacteria than your toilet.  What a pleasant thought.  You wash dishes in the kitchen sink but you also throw pieces of meat, egg shells, and uneaten food in your sink, especially if you have a garbage disposal.  At least once per week, you should scrub it with vinegar and baking soda to keep it clean.


Image: renjith krishnan / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

 

Monday, April 25, 2011

Wheat-Free Blueberry Pancakes

These are the best tasting blueberry pancakes.  The have no wheat and are very easy to make.

Prep Time: 5-10 minutes
Total Time: 20-25 minutes
Servings: 6 (2, 6 inch diameter pancakes per serving)
Calories: 230 calories per serving (does not include toppings)

Ingredients:

1 cup of barley flour
1 cup of oat flour
1 tablespoon of baking powder
1 tablespoons of vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 tablespoon of honey or brown rice syrup
2 teaspoons of vanilla
1 1/2 cups of soy milk (may use rice or almond)
1 cup of fresh or frozen blueberries

Preheat grill to approximately 250-275 degrees

Add all ingredients except blueberries to a medium sized bowl and whisk together until all lumps are gone.

When grill is ready, using a pancake ladle, add pancake mix to grill.  Add blueberries by hand on top of each pancake depending on preference.  Pancakes are ready to turn when bubbles form on top of them.    Add toppings of your choice but please use real maple syrup, not syrup made from high fructose corn syrup, caramel coloring, artificial sweeteners, or other dyes and additives used in fake syrups.  Your taste buds and body will thank you.    

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Friday, April 22, 2011

Vegetarian Split Pea Soup with Curry

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 50 to 60 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients:

1 tablespoons of unsalted butter (or Earth Balance if you are vegan)
1 cup of chopped onion

1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
12 ounces of dried green and/or yellow split peas
5 cups of vegetable broth or water (you can add 1 tsp of garlic powder, 1/2 tsp of turmeric, 1/2 tsp of sea salt, and/or 1/2 can of tomato sauce if using water)
1 tablespoon of curry powder. If you don't have curry powder then add 1 tsp of turmeric, 1/2 tsp of cumin, and a dash each (optional) of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger powder, coriander, paprika, garlic powder, and/or ginger powder. 
freshly ground black pepper to taste

Place butter into a 4-to-6 quart saucepan over medium heat.  Once butter is melted, add the onion and a generous pinch of salt and sweat for 2-3 minutes.  Add garlic and continue to sweat for 1-2 minutes.  Do not let onions or garlic brown.

Add the peas, broth, and curry powder.  Increase to high and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until the peas are tender, approximately 45-50 minutes.  Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.  Remove from stove.  Using a stick blender, puree the soup (carefully).

This soup is great alone or with your favorite sandwich. 

Recipe was adopted from Alton Brown, Food Network Chef

Friday, April 8, 2011

Healing Foods Database

Here is a great database created by Mike Adams, The Health Ranger (Natural News).  The database contains a list of common health conditions and a list of foods, herbs, vitamins, and other supplements that may help those conditions.

Healing foods reference database

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Multiple Chemical Sensitvities (MCS)


What is MCS?

MCS is a disorder in which a person develops symptoms from exposure to chemicals in the environment. With each incidence of exposure, lower levels of the chemical will trigger a reaction and the person becomes increasingly vulnerable to reactions triggered by other chemicals. Medical experts disagree on the cause of the syndrome, and as to whether MCS is a clinically recognized illness.

How are the causes of MCS?

MCS either begins with one high-dose exposure to a chemical or long-term exposure to a low level of a chemical. Chemicals most often connected with MCS include formaldehyde; pesticides; solvents; petrochemical fuels such as diesel, gasoline, and kerosene, waxes, detergents, cleaning products, latex, tobacco smoke, perfumes, fragrances, artificial colors and flavors, and preservatives. People who develop MCS frequently exposed to chemicals in one of the following situations: on the job as an industrial worker; residing or working in a poorly ventilated building; or living in conditions of high air or water pollution.

Chemical exposure is often a result of indoor air pollution. Many buildings that are tightly sealed for energy conservation do a good job of keeping pollutants in the building. Newly constructed commercial or residential buildings, that have not degassed, are especially troublesome. Airborne environmental chemicals such as formaldehyde from the furniture, carpet glues, and latex caulking may be high leading to MCS. That new car smell is nothing but toxic chemical. As long as the “new” smell is around, so are high levels of chemicals.

How is MCS diagnosed by a physician?

MCS is difficult to diagnose. As a result, estimates vary as to what percentage of the population develops MCS. Most MCS patients are female, median age of 40 years old, and most experienced symptoms before they were 30 years old. There are also a large percentage, of Persian Gulf War veterans, who have reported symptoms of chemical sensitivity since their return from the Gulf in the early 1990s.

MCS is a modern day disorder, becoming more prevalent as more human-made chemicals are introduced into the environment in greater quantities. It is especially difficult to diagnose because it presents no consistent or measurable set of symptoms and has no single diagnostic test or marker. A new specialty of medicine has evolving to address MCS and related illnesses: occupational and environmental medicine. A good physician looking for MCS will take a complete patient history and try to identify chemical exposures.

What are the symptoms of MCS?

The symptoms of MCS vary from person to person. Symptoms primarily affect the respiratory and nervous systems and may include the following commonly reported; headache, fatigue, weakness, difficulty concentrating, short-term memory loss, dizziness, irritability, depression, itching, numbness, burning sensation, congestion, sore throat, hoarseness, shortness of breath, cough, and stomach pains. One commonly reported symptom of MCS is a heightened sensitivity to odors, including a stronger emotional reaction to them.

What are the Treatments for MCS?


Once MCS sets in, sensitivity can continue to increase and a person's health can continue to deteriorate. Strictly avoiding exposure to triggering chemicals is probably the single most important suggestion.

Some doctors recommend antihistamines, analgesics, and other medications to combat the symptoms. However, the most effective treatment is to avoid those chemicals, which trigger the symptoms. This becomes increasingly difficult as the number of offending chemicals increases, and people with MCS often remain at home where they are able to control the chemicals in their environment therefore isolating themselves.

Some people with MCS may find relief with detoxification programs of diet, exercise, and sweating. Others support their health with nutritional regimens and immunotherapy vaccines. Some undergo food-allergy testing and testing for accumulated pesticides in the body to learn more about their condition and what chemicals to avoid. Homeopathy, acupuncture, and chelation of heavy metals may give added support to any treatment program for MCS patients. Botanical medicine can help to support the liver and other involved organs.

Here are some common household items that contain toxic chemicals:


 Paint with VOCs (volatile organic compounds). Zero or low VOC paint is more expensive but worth the price for your health.

 Synthetic carpet.  Synthetic carpet contains many toxins and hazardous chemicals at nearly every step of the manufacturing process. Most carpets are constructed from fibers derived from petroleum. They are bonded to their backings with either natural or synthetic latex and then they are treated with pesticides, bleaches, dyes, stain protectants, and anti-static solutions. Add to this mixture anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agents, as well as chemical baths containing substances like chlorine, bromine, and phosphorous to render the carpet non-flammable. When cleaning carpets, avoid strong and toxic cleaning agents. Use enzymatic products made to remove pet stains and odors from carpets, such as Nature's Miracle. It can be used in carpet cleaners and do a good job of keeping them clean and fresh. Hardwood flooring and carpets with natural fibers is preferable to synthetic carpets. If you just moved into a house with synthetic carpet, clean it and vacuum daily for the first couple of months. See http://www.purelypets.com/healthalert/carpetofchemicals.htm for more information.

 BPA, PVC and Phthalates are chemicals found in plastics. All three chemicals are extremely dangerous to our health and most dangerous of all to unborn babies, infants and children. They are all what are known as endocrine disruptors. They can upset normal hormonal balance in our bodies, stimulate the growth and development of cancers (breast, uterine, prostate), impair fertility, and disrupt pregnancy. They can be found in plastic food packaging, plastic food storage containers, plastic water bottles, canned foods, toys, cooking implements and kitchen appliances like coffee makers. These chemicals migrate out of the plastic and into the food and liquids we consume. There are other sicknesses associated with these chemicals, including heart disease and behavioral problems in children. They may be in the plastic of the bottle containing the organic shampoo you bought last week and even in your child’s dental sealant. See http://www.badplastics.com/ for more information.

 Laundry detergent – the typical laundry detergent is loaded with many synthetic chemicals including petroleum and phosphates. Use one that is biodegradable and exempt of toxic chemicals like Seventh Generation or Enviro-Rite. See http://www.sixwise.com/ for more information.

 Pesticides - Products that have been formulated to kill bugs, weeds, fungus, rodents, and other pests are not only deadly for their intended victims, but they can also harm many other living organisms that come into contact with them, including humans and pets. Use alternative ways to handle unwanted plants and pests, such as natural grade diatomaceous earth to get rid of bugs, pulling weeds out by hand, and using covers in gardens to ward off insects.

 Herbicides – same as pesticides. Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is higher among farmers who used chemical herbicides. Use organic herbicides.  I have a friend who grew up on a farm and was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's when he was only 37.

 Fabric softener – contains a laundry list of chemical including petrochemicals that are known to cause cancer and brain damage. You can (1) add a quarter cup of baking soda to wash cycle to soften fabric, (2) add a quarter cup of white vinegar to rinse to soften fabric and eliminate cling, or (3) check out your local health food store for a natural fabric softener that uses a natural base like soy instead of chemicals. See The Toxic Danger of Fabric Softener and Dryer Sheets for more information.

Other Resource:

Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine (2008). Multiple chemical sensitivity. Retrieved May 23, 2010 from
http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Multiple+Chemical+Sensibility


Image: Danilo Rizzuti / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

EPA to Raise Limits for Radiation Exposure

If we don't monitor the radiation, then we can't say it is at dangerous levels.  It's bad enough that the government has robbed us blind of our money by subsidizing the fraudsters in the banking industry with our tax dollars but now they are going to lie to us about what is considered safe levels of radiation.  Unfortunately, only this time the lying is far worse since it affects our health.  Mike Adams at Natural News says it best.  While we sit back drinking diet soda (destroying our brain neurons) and watching "Ow, My Balls!" (I can honestly say I have no idea what show this is since I do not waste my money subscribing to cable TV), the government has planned our future.  We don't need to make a decision anymore as the government makes all decisions for us.  What to wear, eat, drink, watch, read, and do.  We need to wake up and take back our country.  For the full article click on the following link:     

EPA to raise limits for radiation exposure while Canada turns off fallout detectors