Can onions help your cold/flu bug?…. It did ours!

For those who are suffering from colds and flus you might want to pay attention!  Several months ago our family was suffering the typical cold/allergy bug that was being passed around, all except one family member.  When I asked the child in question what she was doing differently that she wasn’t suffering at all like we were she told me that she had read somewhere to put an onion in your room and it will keep the virus away.  Well!!!!, since I had been suffering for a week and had massive fluid in my ears that was keeping me from hearing and talking I thought I would give it a try.  A few days later I too was feeling better! :)

I have since kept an onion in my room and have placed them in other areas when the virus starts picking up at work and so far we have avoided any further problems.  I had also read that putting onions on your feet at night will help pull toxins from the body.  I have not tried that option but may do so in the future.  I have passed the word along to several of my skeptical coworkers which some have later told me that it did help!

One of the first questions I get is will my house smell like onions, well for me being able to breathe as opposed to my house smelling like onions is a simple answer!  However, each person is different.  For the record though, I don’t believe it does since the onion is absorbing the bacteria in the air.  Once the onion changes colors, get rid of it and replace it with a new one if the bug season is still in effect. All you do is take a white onion cut it in half and put it in the rooms that you spend the most time but most definitely in your bedroom.  That is all!

REMEMBER: DO NOT USE THE ONION THAT YOU PUT OUT IN YOUR HOUSE IN YOUR COOKING! THROW IT AWAY AND GET A FRESH ONE!

Now; snopes.com will tell you that this does not work.  However, I will tell you that it did help myself and some of my family members as well as some of my coworkers.  I have even talked to a few people who have confirmed that this does work. I will include some resources so you can decide for yourself.

Sites that claim it does work or can at least help:
http://urbanlegendsonline.com/onions-absorb-flu-virus-and-common-cold-bacteria/ (this site also discusses onions in potato salad being the problem and not mayonnaise
http://www.no-dig-vegetablegarden.com/onions-can-flu-virus-be-absorbed-in-onions.html
http://healthybliss.net/healing-power-of-onions-can-onions-absorb-bacteria-viruses-and-flu/
http://www.thereadystore.com/multipurposing/5166/12-onion-uses-cry-for-joy/
http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/onions.html
http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/onion-flu-remedy/

Sites claiming it doesn’t work:
http://www.snopes.com/medical/swineflu/onion.asp
http://urbanlegends.about.com/od/medical/a/swine_flu_facts_onions_and_flu.htm
http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2013/01/21/will-onions-keep-kids-healthy/

If you have had experience with using the onion cure, please comment below!

Maca

After a friend of mine shared an article about maca I wanted to share our experience:

 

One of my daughters had problems with extremely long menstrual cycles, the longest lasting over 5 months with little stop in bleeding. We looked around for different remedies, originally starting with estrogen-based treatments like evening-primrose oil and soy women’s health pills. Then a lady at our local health food store told us about how a woman’s cycle starts and stops. It seems the menstrual cycle starts with a drop in progesterone in the body, and possibly boosting the estrogen. At the end of a normal 6-8 day cycle, the progesterone levels should boost themselves, and the estrogen/progesterone levels should balance themselves out, effectively shutting off the bleeding.

In our case however, it seems the progesterone levels would not come up by itself, and she was also passing large amounts of tissue regularly, from what seemed to be excess lining in the uterus. The estrogen treatments were only making it worse, and the bleeding heavier. The bleeding was so heavy that at one point she fainted from iron deficiency. After putting her on regular doses of iron, we realized we needed to do something different, and we came back to the health food store.

A friend of ours had told us about trying progesterone cream made from yams. We originally had tried “progesterone plus” drops from Young Living Essential Oils, with seemingly no success. Our next choice was At Last Naturals “Wild Yam Cream,” also seemingly with no success. That was, until yet another consultation with the health food store, where they suggested trying Maca Root. The brand we purchased was Now, in capsules of 500 mg. She started taking 2 capsules daily, along with about a teaspoon of cream rubbed into the soft parts of her body, rotating different areas.
Lo and and behold, after about three days she stopped bleeding!

The first time this happened, we hadn’t really known what had caused her to stop, so the second time she started her cycle, she went on for a little while until we tried the combination again. It seems the extra progesterone and the maca root together would cause the body to regulate its hormones. The next few times she started her cycle, she took the combination after 6-7 days of bleeding, and her  body started regulating and stopping her cycles itself, without the aid of this treatment.

This in all took about two years of experimentation to finally achieve this results, so we were understandably relieved when she finally stopped bleeding for longer than the duration of a normal cycle.

After about 5 months of normal cycles, she started bleeding for more than 1 week each month, so she started taking the maca root/progesterone cream combination a couple times to get everything regulated again.

We don’t really have a set cause or solution to permanently fix the hormone levels in her body at this moment. There are a lot of factors that affect a woman’s hormones, too many to talk about here, and we haven’t done intensive research anyway. Perhaps you can’t specifically pin down the hormone disruptions; perhaps you can. In any case, this remedy has worked for a couple people, and, it’s a lot better solution than birth control, which is what the OB/GYN wanted to put her on if her cycles didn’t start regulating again.

Here are the links for the cream and maca we used, we haven’t tried other brands or varied the dosages a whole lot…..

Maca Root:

*Note: we have not tried the “Raw” Maca root by Now, only the regular capsules.

http://tinyurl.com/lgpp5o6

Progesterone Cream:

http://tinyurl.com/nn3rv78

Hope that helps you all!!!

On a side note, if anyone’s interested in immune health, we’ve found that Source Naturals make a really good product called “Wellness Formula.”

http://www.sourcenaturals.com/products/GP1345/

Personally, we don’t take it every day, just when we start feeling like we’re getting a cold or the flu. The length of “sick days” is shortened considerably, and in some cases it never becomes severe. The amount of ingredients and the strong dosages recommended together are probably what makes this product really work. You should check it out!

*We do not receive any compensation for specific recommended products,
except your appreciation :) *

What is earthing/grounding?

I read an article a while back that had me intrigued to learn more.  It is the subject of earthing or grounding.  In essence, the concept is that you spend some time outdoors walking barefoot, sitting in the grass or spend some time working with the ground.  In this age of technology we no longer spend time outdoors except on a need only basis, and even then, how much is of it is without footwear or gardening gloves?  I have to admit that I no longer spend time outside enjoying the weather, I am outside long enough to get in my vehicle or enter a building.   Walking barefoot was a pastime of my childhood.

Here is an article by Dr. Mercola on his thoughts of earthing/grounding

By Dr. Mercola

Do you notice you feel better when you walk barefoot on the Earth? Recent research has explained why this happens.

Your immune system functions optimally when your body has an adequate supply of electrons, which are easily and naturally obtained by barefoot contact with the Earth.

Research indicates that electrons from the Earth have antioxidant effects that can protect your body from inflammation and its many well-documented health consequences. For most of our evolutionary history, humans have had continuous contact with the Earth.

It is only recently that substances such as asphalt, wood, rugs, and plastics have separated us from this contact.

It is known that the Earth maintains a negative electrical potential on its surface. When you are in direct contact with the ground (walking, sitting, or laying down on the earth’s surface) the earth’s electrons are conducted to your body, bringing it to the same electrical potential as the earth. Living in direct contact with the earth grounds your body, inducing favorable physiological and electrophysiological changes that promote optimum health.

There is an emerging science documenting how conductive contact with the Earth, which has is also known as Earthing or grounding, is highly beneficial to your health and completely safe. Earthing appears to minimize the consequences of exposure to potentially disruptive fields like “electromagnetic pollution” or “dirty electricity.”

Some of the recent evidence supporting this approach involves multiple studies documenting Earthing’s improvement in blood viscosity, heart rate variability, inflammation, cortisol dynamics, sleep, autonomic nervous system (ANS) balance, and reduced effects of stress.

The Ultimate Antioxidant and Anti-Inflammatory

Grounding or Earthing is defined as placing one’s bare feet on the ground whether it be dirt, grass, sand or concrete (especially when humid or wet). When you ground to the electron-enriched earth, an improved balance of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system occurs.

The Earth is a natural source of electrons and subtle electrical fields, which are essential for proper functioning of immune systems, circulation, synchronization of biorhythms and other physiological processes and may actually be the most effective, essential, least expensive, and easiest to attain antioxidant.

Modern science has thoroughly documented the connection between inflammation and all of the chronic diseases, including the diseases of aging and the aging process itself. It is important to understand that inflammation is a condition that can be reduced or prevented by grounding your body to the Earth, the way virtually all of your ancestors have done for hundreds if not thousands of generations.

How the Modern Running Shoe May be Destroying Your Health

Materials such as metals are electrical conductors. They contain free or mobile electrons that can carry electrical energy from place to place.

Your body is somewhat conductive because it contains a large number of charged ions (called electrolytes) dissolved in water. Your blood and other body fluids are therefore good conductors. Free or mobile electrons can also move about within your body

Other materials, called insulators, have very few free or mobile electrons. Plastic and rubber are good insulators and are used to cover electrical wires to keep the conductors from touching each other and from touching your skin, which could otherwise give you a shock.

Traditionally shoes were made of leather, which actually conducts electrons and therefore maintains a conductive contact between the Earth and your feet. However modern day rubber and plastics are electrical insulators and therefore block the beneficial flow of electrons from the Earth to your body.

How the Different Types of Electricity Impact Grounding

There are three different forms of electricity:

  1. Direct current (DC) electricity
  2. Alternating current (AC) electricity, and
  3. Static electricity

All of these forms of electricity are present in the environment and can affect the way you feel.

Direct Current, consider an ordinary flashlight with two type D batteries. When the light is switched on, a current created by chemical reactions in the batteries causes electrons to flow to the bulb, which converts the electrical energy into light. The electric field travels to the bulb virtually instantaneously, while the electrons move slowly – about three inches per hour.

Alternating Current or AC is the type of electricity that is delivered to homes and businesses. Alternating current is produced by electric generators and is distributed throughout a community via wires that are overhead or buried under the ground.

In contrast to direct current electricity, the actual flow of electrons in an alternating current circuit is virtually zero, as the electrons mainly go back and forth (60 times per second in North America and 50 times in Europe) without actually progressing along the wire. Therefore, for an AC current in a typical lamp cord, the electrons do not actually “flow.” Instead they vibrate back and forth by a distance of about a hundred-thousandth of an inch.

This means that the electrons in your household wiring are probably the same ones present when your house was built. In contrast to direct current, the electrons excited by a generator do not flow to your home and then return to the generator after delivering energy to your lights or appliances. The electrical energy flows at about the speed of light; the electrons only vibrate back and forth.

This point is important because of confusion about the subject from statements such as this: “Every time an electron leaves a power plant to create electricity for our homes, schools and offices it must return to create more electricity – fundamental law of physics.” This statement is completely incorrect.

There is absolutely no fundamental law of physics that requires the electron sent out from an alternating current generator to return to the generator to create more electricity.

It has also been asserted that power companies have begun using the Earth as one part of the alternating current circuit to save on the expense of wire needed to meet increasing demands for electricity. Again, this statement is completely inaccurate and misleading. It is a statement that leads some to believe that walking barefoot or using grounding devices will connect people to the electrical distribution system and thereby electrify their bodies with alternating current electricity.

In fact, the U.S. National Electrical Code does not permit connecting an electrical system directly to the Earth. In other words the Earth does not carry a return current back to the generator. Instead electrical systems are grounded to protect from lightening and other extraordinary events.

How Your Home Electrical Connections Can Zap Your Health

The wiring in homes and buildings and the power distribution system acts as an antenna that can transmit and receive both natural and man-made electromagnetic fields. Many technologies add significantly to our electromagnetic environment: cell phone towers, Wi-Fi, wireless routers, satellite TV and cordless telephones. And a variety of devices introduce spikes or transients that distort the 60 cycle electric field in the wiring, particularly when appliances are switched on or off.

Here are some common examples:

Ballasts used in fluorescent lighting High-efficiency lighting such as CFL (Compact-Fluorescent) bulbs
Computer hard drives Electric heaters
Hair dryers Refrigerators and air conditioners
Vacuum cleaners  

 

To illustrate this phenomenon, we will use the example of your neighbor’s refrigerator or air conditioner switching on or off. This produces a sudden electrical “spike” that travels through the power lines to your household electrical system. A signal is also radiated into the atmosphere because the wiring acts as an antenna. Taken together the various signals and distortions to the alternating current field create what some people refer to as “dirty electricity.” Attempts have been made to link these phenomena to a variety of health effects. There has been considerable debate about this issue.

Some people appear to be very sensitive to electromagnetic fields and can become sick from exposure to them, whereas others are not sensitive. Some have advocated the use of filters to remove the so-called “dirty electricity” flowing through home wiring. The problem is that alternating electric fields are present everywhere in the environment – they are radiated from wires, even when no current is flowing through them.

It is therefore impossible for a filter to prevent exposure to electrical fields and the noise produced by appliances, as described above.

In a 2010 review, Frank De Vocht of the University of Manchester’s Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health in the UK found only seven published studies supporting the claim that dirty electricity is a biologically active component of standard electromagnetic pollution. Each study had significant methodological flaws in its experimental design, assessment of exposure, and statistical analysis. De Vocht concluded that the flaws in the studies prevented a valid assessment of any causal links between exposure and adverse effects. Moreover, a few studies suggesting health benefits for using the filters were uncontrolled experiments involving only a few subjects.

You Can Actually Measure How Grounding Yourself Reduces Your Voltage

A Body Voltage Meter can determine how much electricity is being induced on you when you are lying in bed or sitting in a chair, and how much the electric charge is reduced by grounding.

Body Voltage Meter

A meter of this kind is shown above. A number of inexpensive meters like this are available from Radio Shack and other sources. One of the terminals of the meter is touched with your finger, while the other terminal connects to a wire (Earthing wire) that connects to a rod in the Earth or to a good ground in the electrical system. It is important that the body voltage meter have the capability to measure the AC electrical potential between your skin and the surface of the Earth.

Electrical Outlet

Just because an electrical outlet has a third plug does not necessarily mean that it was properly installed. The only way to know for certain would be to check it. The device shown here, called a circuit checker, can determine if the grounding terminal of an electrical outlet is properly grounded and can therefore be used with personal grounding systems or with the Body Voltage Meter described above.

The cord going to the lamp next to your bed is radiating an alternating electric field even when the lamp is turned off. Research has shown that walking barefoot on the Earth or connecting to the Earth with an Earthing system actually stabilizes the internal electrical milieu of your body and is therefore beneficial.

Until large-scale studies and mechanistic investigations are completed, many scientists and many electric utilities have suggested that those who use electrical appliances practice “prudent avoidance” meaning that they should minimize their exposure to sources of electric power until the scientific evidence is more definitive.

In the context of “prudent avoidance,” some proponents of Earthing systems have emphasized the fact that Earthing greatly reduces your exposure to fields from electrical wiring, using evidence provided by the body voltage meter as shown above. While this is probably correct, reducing exposure to power frequency fields (including dirty electromagnetic fields) is definitely not the most important consequence of Earthing. Far more significant for health is the ability of Earthing systems to deliver antioxidant electrons that stabilize the operation of the immune system and other physiological processes in the body.

The Health Benefits of Grounding

The most important health consequence of Earthing is providing your body abundant electrons from the Earth. The scientific research and hypotheses related to Earthing point to a major impact on the inflammatory process as a result of this electron transfer.

Your body has evolved a means to kill bacteria using reactive oxygen species (ROS) that are delivered to a site of injury by white blood cells. Although very effective at this task, ROS are also very reactive biochemically and can damage healthy tissues. ROS are usually positively charged molecules that need to be neutralized immediately to prevent them from diffusing into healthy tissues.

That is one of the major reasons why your body needs an abundant supply of negative charges. Food based antioxidants like astaxanthin are helpful but a regular supply of electrons from the earth can supply them as well.

Nature has solved this problem by providing conductive systems within your body that deliver electrons from your feet to all parts of your body. This has been the natural arrangement throughout most of human history. Negative charges have always been available, thanks to the Earth, to prevent the inflammatory process from damaging healthy tissues.

All of this changed when we began to wear shoes with rubber and plastic soles, and no longer slept in direct contact with the Earth. A variety of measures of physiological stress show that the person who is grounded is less stressed and more relaxed. These measures demonstrate a shift from sympathetic to parasympathetic activation, reduction in muscle tension, and increased heart rate variability.

Regardless whether or not grounding reduces exposure to environmental fields, these studies firmly demonstrate that Earthing does not stress the body; in fact, Earthing reduces every measure of stress used in studies.

Concerns about Earthing

When I first became aware of Earthing in 2005, I was initially fascinated with the concept. But after reviewing it with some of my mentors in energy medicine there was a concern that Earthing may actually increase your exposure to so-called “electromagnetic pollution” or “dirty electricity.”

However, more careful analysis revealed that Earthing actually decreases your exposure to these potentially disruptive fields. To understand why this is so, it is crucial to look at the basic biophysics of electricity and magnetism.

Most of the confusion about this topic is due in part to the fact that research on Earthing the human body is opening up new perspectives, and requires a fresh examination of the basics of electricity and magnetism as applied to physiology and medicine. Another source of confusion arises from a belief that the unnatural frequencies referred to as “electromagnetic pollution” and “dirty electricity” flow through the wiring of homes and can be removed with filters. The reality is that these signals are present virtually everywhere in our environment as electromagnetic radiations, and cannot be completely removed with filters in the wiring.

Earthing actually decreases your exposure to these potentially disruptive electromagnetic fields, but we again emphasize that this is not the most important effect of Earthing

Grounding May Be the Missing Link to Getting Healthy

Earthing may be one of the most important overlooked factors in public health. When grounding is restored, many people report significant improvement in a wide range of ailments, including chronic fatigue.

These changes are rapid and often occur within 30 minutes.

To date all of the individuals who reported that they had inflammatory issues have benefited from Earthing. This includes people with various severe autoimmune diseases. Note that we do not assert that Earthing is a “treatment” or a “cure” for any disease or disorder. Instead, it can be said without any equivocation that the human body evolved in contact with the Earth and needs to maintain this natural contact in order to function properly.

When you provide your body a constant source of free electrons, through diet or grounding you help to radically reduce inflammation which is widely acknowledged as one of the primary factors contributing to premature aging and chronic disease.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/11/04/why-does-walking-barefoot-on-the-earth-make-you-feel-better.aspx

http://www.heartmdinstitute.com/health-topics/alternative-medicine/grounding-earthing

http://www.heartmdinstitute.com/health-topics/alternative-medicine/grounding-earthing/72-grounding-part

http://earthinginstitute.net/about-us/

http://wellnessmama.com/5600/earthing-sleep/

Whatever your thoughts on the subject, I always recommend that you research and study for yourself.  With the warmer season coming to a close I recommend going outside and enjoying your backyard even if it is to get some sunshine which is beneficial for Vitamin D loss.

Canning Pickles

PICKLEREVISED

So just last week we picked up some cucumbers from friends—as well as using some of our own (a bunch, as you can see) and as pickles are a favorite in our house, we decided to make them. This process was made fairly easy by a pickle seasoning mix, the only hard part was cutting up the some 30-40 cucumbers. I think all of our jars sealed, hopefully we won’t find out differently later ;) Canning is fun and breezy for the most part, it just takes a significant amount of time peeling, cutting and cooking.

Our pickles turned out tasting pretty familiar, except not as crunchy as store-bought. Does anyone have any ideas on keeping pickles crunchy? What is your experience with canning? What about different things to can?

Avoid BT Cotton in feminie products, diapers, wound dressings, etc

Disclaimer: while this seems it might only apply to women, I am sharing this because the GE Cotton (BT Cotton) is also in toilet paper, band-aids, DIAPERS, toilet paper, and the list goes on.  It is known that this particular GMO cotton can cause health problems AND cancer in the people who use them and they still refuse to take it off the market:

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 BT Cotton links:

http://www.i-sis.org.uk/Monsanto.php

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bt_cotton

Inform the women in your life that menstrual, band-aids, as well as diapers products contain GE Cotton known as BT COTTON. Slowly absorbing into their bodies, the pesticides and cells used to create this mutant is stripping their fertility and causing havoc on their body to one day cancer. The best information to share with all women today is that feminine products today are made with BT Cotton (Genetic Mutants or genetically altered to replicate cells with Round-up; an extremely toxic chemical Glyphosate), Rayon, Wood Pulp, and OIL. This chemical cocktail chemicals are known to affect endocrine, digestive, and death. Story at-a-glance (Emphasis ADDED) When chemicals come in contact with your skin, they are absorbed straight into your bloodstream without filtering of any kind, going directly to your delicate organs Feminine hygiene products such as tampons and sanitary pads are an oft-ignored source of a variety of potentially toxic ingredients, including genetically modified organisms and pesticides Manufacturers of tampons and sanitary pads are not required to disclose the ingredients used in their products One conventional sanitary pad contains the equivalent of about four plastic bags A number of plasticizing chemicals have been linked to endocrine disruption and disease processes associated with heart disease and cancer. Conventional tampons and pads may also contain dioxins, synthetic fibers and petrochemical additives Tampons can react with bacteria in your body to create the ideal environment for bacteria to flourish, triggering potentially fatal toxic shock syndrome (TSS)

http://www.naturallysavvy.com/andrea-donsky-co-founder-of-naturallysavvycom/a-tampon-experiment-a-picture-tells-the-tale http://www.theholykale.com/2012/04/toxic-tampons/ GMO COTTON BACTERIA IN TAMPONS, TOILET PAPER, DIAPERS, ETC. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCAApI3hEMk http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/05/22/feminine-hygiene-products.aspx Naturally Savvy Sets Fire to Sanitary Pads This video is shocking! We NEED to know what is in the products that we use, inside and outside of our bodies. Thank you for this! I have signed your petition and shared it on my facebook page. Keep up the good work! http://youtu.be/4vwQpe3CCH4 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glyphosate Glyphosate has also been shown to inhibit other plant enzymes,[17][18] and also has been found to affect animal enzymes.[19] Glyphosate is absorbed through foliage. Because of this mode of action, it is only effective on actively growing plants; it is not effective in preventing seeds from germinating.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bt_cotton#Genetic_modification Glyphosate is marketed in the United States and worldwide by many agrochemical companies in different solution strengths under many tradenames: Accord, Aquaneat, Aquamaster, Bronco, Buccaneer, Campain, Clearout 41 Plus, Clear-up, Expedite, Fallow Master, Genesis Extra I, Glyfos Induce, Glypro, GlyStar Induce, GlyphoMax Induce, Honcho, JuryR, Landmaster, MirageR, Pondmaster, Protocol, Prosecutor, Ranger, Rascal, Rattler, Razor Pro, Rodeo, Roundup, I, Roundup Pro Concentrate, Roundup UltraMax, Roundup WeatherMax, Silhouette, Touchdown IQ.[27][28][29][30] Manufacturers include Bayer, Dow AgroSciences, Du Pont, Cenex/Land O’Lakes, Helena, Monsanto, Platte, Riverside/Terra, and Zeneca.[30] Genetic damage A 2009 study on mice has found that a single intraperitoneal injection of Roundup in concentration of 25 mg/kg caused chromosomal aberrations and induction of the micronuclei.

ALSO KNOW THAT THESE STUDIES WHEN FUNDED BY THE PRODUCER, WILL ONLY CREATE THE RESPONSE THE PRODUCER WANTS OR THE STUDY AND OR RESULTS ARE TRASHED, BURIED, OR HIDDEN.

False advertising The New York Times reported that in 1996, “Dennis C. Vacco, the Attorney General of New York, ordered the company to pull ads that said Roundup was “safer than table salt” and “practically nontoxic” to mammals, birds and fish. The company withdrew the spots, but also said that the phrase in question was permissible under E.P.A. guidelines.”[114] On Fri Jan 20, 2007, Monsanto was convicted in France of false advertising of Roundup for presenting it as biodegradable, and claiming it left the soil clean after use. Environmental and consumer rights campaigners brought the case in 2001 on the basis that glyphosate, Roundup’s main ingredient, is classed as “dangerous for the environment” and “toxic for aquatic organisms” by the European Union.[115] Monsanto appealed and the court upheld the verdict; Monsanto appealed again to the French Supreme Court, and in 2009 it also upheld the verdict.[116] Scientific fraud On two occasions, the United States EPA has caught scientists deliberately falsifying test results at research laboratories hired by Monsanto to study glyphosate.[117] The first incident involved Industrial Biotest Laboratories (IBT). The United States Justice Department closed the laboratory in 1978, and its leadership was found guilty in 1983 of charges of falsifying statements, falsifying scientific data submitted to the government, and mail fraud.[118] In 1991, Don Craven, the owner of Craven Laboratories and three employees were indicted on 20 felony counts. Craven, along with fourteen employees were found guilty of similar crimes.[119] Monsanto has stated the Craven Labs investigation was started by the EPA after a pesticide industry task force discovered irregularities, that the studies have been repeated, and that Roundup’s EPA certification does not now use any studies from Craven Labs or IBT.[117] Some micro-organisms have a version of 5-enolpyruvoyl-shikimate-3-phosphate synthetase (EPSPS) that is resistant to glyphosate inhibition. The version used in the initial round of genetically modified crops was isolated from Agrobacterium strain CP4 (CP4 EPSPS) that was resistant to glyphosate.[122][123] This CP4 EPSPS gene was cloned and transfected into soybeans. http://www.google.com/patents/US3799758 http://shine.yahoo.com/healthy-living/stick-a-plug-in-it-organic-tampons-are-the-new-black-1249945.html

In fact, the USDA reports that US cotton farmers dump approximately 55 million pounds of pesticides into the cotton fields. Insert cancer, endometriosis, nerve system damage and immune system suppression here. This doesn’t mean you have to revert to cloth diapers, honey. But you should be careful next time you go to snag the first box of tampons at the grocery store. Tampons That Are Kind To Your Body. Go for organic cotton tampons instead. Rayon-free tampons reduce the risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS), and the organic versions will decrease the risk of direct exposure from chemical pesticides and fertilizers used on traditional cotton. HBD Recommendations Seventh Generation Chlorine-Free Organic Tampons. Offering the same support, protection and comfort of traditional tampons, the leader in healthy home and lifestyle has earned their tampons the certified-organic stamp by Quality Assurance International (QAI). They are whitened without chemicals, contain no rayon, and easily fit into your purse unnoticed. 20 tampons, $5.99-$6.99.www.seventhgeneration.com Natracare Certified Organic All-Cotton Tampons. Natracare covers the gamut with chemical, dioxin, and additive-free products for women and new mothers. Their organic and all-natural line of tampons are biodegradable, and come in an applicator or non-applicator option.20 tampons, $3.99-$7.49. www.natracare.com Organic Essentials Organic 100-Percent Cotton Tampons. Yes, you can even support the local organic farmers when you’re surfing the crimson tide. Made from cotton grown on a small farm in the high plains of Texas, Organic Essentials’ tampons are 100-percent organic, non-GMO, with no synthetic chemicals, perfumes, pesticides, fungicides, herbicides or harmful bleaches. The box may look a bit outdated (think 70s hippie) but the goods inside are as new millennium as you can get. 16 tampons, $7.50.www.dwellsmart.com You will have to trek to a nearby specialty drugstore, natural food store or upscale supermarket, but your special flower will thank you later. From synthetic fibres to lethal dioxins, some sanitary products are a lot less innocent than those glossy television ads would have women believe. http://www.theecologist.org/green_green_living/behind_the_label/268961/behind_the_labeltampons.html http://mommyfootprint.com/genetically-modified-tampons/

Naturally Savvy sets Always Infinity and Natracare 100% organic cotton pads on fire. See what happens when they are compared side-by-side. You won’t believe it! Then, please sign our petition to ask Procter and Gamble to fully disclose the ingredients on their sanitary pads and tampons at http://www.naturallysavvy.com/pgpetition http://www.naturallysavvy.com/health-wellness/why-are-tampons-classified-as-medical-devices

Story at-a-glance (Emphasis ADDED) When chemicals come in contact with your skin, they are absorbed straight into your bloodstream without filtering of any kind, going directly to your delicate organs Feminine hygiene products such as tampons and sanitary pads are an oft-ignored source of a variety of potentially toxic ingredients, including genetically modified organisms and pesticides Manufacturers of tampons and sanitary pads are not required to disclose the ingredients used in their products One conventional sanitary pad contains the equivalent of about four plastic bags A number of plasticizing chemicals have been linked to endocrine disruption and disease processes associated with heart disease and cancer. Conventional tampons and pads may also contain dioxins, synthetic fibers and petrochemical additives Tampons can react with bacteria in your body to create the ideal environment for bacteria to flourish, triggering potentially fatal toxic shock syndrome (TSS) Um. Holy…wow. Has anyone else ever had this happen before? I just found a MOLDY TAMPON in a brand new box of Kotex Tampons. Yeah, you read that right – moldy. Straight out of the box, in it’s sealed little packaging … moldy. Bad moldy. See for yourself! Can you even BELIEVE THAT??? I am horrified! And to think, if I hadn’t accidentally popped half the tampon out of the applicator while I was getting it out of the packaging, I would have NEVER KNOWN. I am freaked right out! Makes you wonder how many times things like this happen to tampons and we don’t have a clue. Needless to say, Kotex is about to get an earful. UGGGHHHHH! So freaking gross! “Thanks for contacting us about your experience with KOTEX® SECURITY® tampons. We are very sorry that you were disappointed with your recent purchase of our product. We understand how distressing it can be to find mold on a product that is used for personal hygiene and apologize for your concern. In instances where it has been found, we conducted tests on the product involved and have found the mold to be a common environmental species that carries no health risk. The vegetative mold is similar in nature to mold on vegetables or in baked goods. You can be confident that we are diligently reviewing our manufacturing process to ensure this problem does not recur. Because our customers and their well-being are very important to us, we want to assure you that the quality and safety of our products are our top priorities. We apply very rigorous procedures to our products to ensure that they are safe for their intended use. With the hope that you will continue to use SECURITY tampons with confidence, we are sending you some coupons through the mail for your use on future purchases. Betty Consumer Services, Kimberly-Clark Corp. Lead the world in essentials for a better life.” http://www.parrforthecourse.com/2012/03/tale-of-moldy-tampon.html

Gluten Free/Dairy Free Peanut Butter Banana Shake

So today I bring you a recipe. It’s not really an herb recipe, but nonetheless made with natural ingredients.

It’s a interesting smoothie/shake, whatever drink genre you prefer. It has a unique blend of cold, creamy and thick. The texture is something like soft soft serve ice cream. If you use frozen bananas, it will probably really taste like ice cream. However, unless you have a food processor or a really  powerful blender, I don’t recommend blending frozen banana. Believe me, I’ve tried.

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See that beautiful creaminess? Yum.

Today I used two bananas for extra sweetness, but you can just use one————(or not :D)

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BUT (if using one banana) add more peanut butter (for all you PB lovers out there ;). I use chunky natural peanut butter, but most any peanut butter will do. If you do use processed peanut butter, I’d recommend less almond milk.

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Now remember, when making this, it is imperative to use a high speed to keep the blender from stopping. I know, the blender sounds terrible and cringe-worthy, but it really is better. I generally use liquefy.

 

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Also, for sweetening purposes, I use agave nectar plus stevia. However, you can use any you’d like, such as honey, yacon syrup, coconut sugar etc. I use agave to give it a warm flavor, which helps the bananas and PB taste more sweet.

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So now that you have been properly informed, the recipe!

Ingredients:

2 bananas, halved

1/2 cup almond milk (use more as desired)

1-2 cups ice (depending on how thick you like it)

1 tbsp agave nectar

2 packets stevia

1/2 cup natural peanut butter (or more ;)

Directions:

Place banana halves in blender, along with almond milk. Blend on high until creamy. Add peanut butter, blending slowly. If the blender starts to slow, add more almond milk a little at a time. Once the mixture is creamy, stop the blender and put in desired amount of ice. Once thick, add both sweeteners (agave and stevia). Blend again.

Then taste. (This part is absolutely necessary)

If it needs more sweetener, go ahead, then blend again.

Pour into glass and inhale.

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Delicious.

 

 

 

Pallet Planters and Gardening

My hardworking daughter was so kind to put together some pallets to start the garden I wanted to do this summer! We were too late to use seedlings so had to go with plants that had already been started. My daughter did the research and put these together and so far things are going well.  These are the latest photos and have been growing for a couple of weeks.

One problem we ran into though is if you want soil that is NOT GMO tainted, you will have to research what is available in your area.  It might be more costly but definitely well worth it.  The soil we used is Miracle Gro which is owned by Monsanto!…..

 

The plants in the bottom row is from our cilantro “patch”.  These are in the ground and not in pallets. The taller plants are ones that regrew from last year! :)  

When we tried our hand at gardening a few years ago, we had more weeds and not enough plants.  This year I wanted to try gardening on a smaller scale just to see how it would turn out.