Monthly Archives: May 2013

The healing effects of lemon balm – Top 5

lemon balm Lemon balm (Melissa Officinalis) has been used throughout the world since ancient times. It’s thought to have originated in Ephesian today known as Turkey. It wasn’t until medieval times that popularity increased around Europe. This was due to Benedictine missionaries who recognised its beneficial effects. By the 18th century lemon balm had crossed the Atlantic and was used throughout the Americas.

Top Uses?

  1. Anti Viral & Anti Bacterial Properties:  

European studies have proven the anti-viral effectiveness of lemon balm specifically in shortening the healing time of herpes cold sores and outbreak of shingles.

  1. Immune system booster

Lemon balm works great as an all round immune system booster. The high selenium content in the plant assists with its ability to regulate thyroid function and helps raise antioxidant levels, promoting immune system health.

  1. Nervous System

In one study of healthy volunteers, a daily dose of 600 mgs of lemon balm for a week improved mood, and boosted both calmness and alertness. Many people that suffer from problems in this area benefit from drinking a daily tea made from the plant.

  1. Anxiety

This herb has a gentle and relaxing affect on the nervous system and can be used for long-term anxiety problems as well as stress-related illnesses and to help lower blood pressure.

  1. Blood Pressure

Lemon balm may help you to relax; this in turn can reduce blood pressure levels caused by stress. The University of Maryland Medical Center lists lemon balm as a potential anti-anxiety agent, used to promote sleep and reduce stress. Lemon balm may be combined with other calming herbs, such as valerian or catnip, for better results. However, clinical studies verifying the herb’s benefits are lacking.

How to take lemon balm?

One of the best ways to take lemon balm is to brew the fresh leaves into a simple tea by simmering them in a pan of water for a few minuets allowing enough time for the plant to infuse. Lemon balm is also available as a liquid extract from most health stores. So next time your feeling a little stressed make your self a quick cuppa and let the worries slip away!

BBC Reporting that Iodine deficiency ‘May lower a Childs IQ’

iodine_full_1341589909I’m sure a lot of you will have heard the latest report from government scientists linking iodine deficiency with low IQ in children. Instead of offering safe ways of consuming iodine rich foods the suggestion is to fortify our bread and other foods with toxic iodized salt. Iodized salt does not provide an adequate or beneficial source of iodine for several reasons. First, there are many unhealthy chemical processes involved in the creation of iodized salt. Second, people are working to lower their overall salt consumption in an attempt to eliminate high blood pressure. The iodine added to table salt evaporates in a matter of days when it is exposed to air.

Here’s what the BBC had to say:

“It’s milking time in north summerset, farmers have known for years that adding iodine to the feed make for healthy cattle, but it’s not only good for cows. New evidence shows that if mothers are not consuming enough dairy products or other food that contain the mineral their children’s health can suffer. Hundreds of mothers were tested for iodine levels during pregnancy, they found around two thirds of mothers tested had levels of iodine that were lower than recommended buy the world health organization and those mothers were more likely to have a child with a lower IQ

58% More likely to have a child in the lowest quarter of IQs

Iodine is also in a certain type of salt which isn’t widely available, so the team of scientists are calling on the government to consider adding it to bread.

I think it would be quite easy to recommend that when ever salt is added say to bread, or any product made that it should be iodine salt. It’s a very low dose of iodine but you just need a low dose to raise your levels above that severe deficiency

The department of health say a healthy balanced diet including dairy products should provide women with enough nutrients and there are currently no plans to fortify food with iodine.” BBC NEWS REPORT

In the UK until the early 1980s producers of bread and baked good had been using Iodine as a dough conditioner for generations.  At the time one slice of bread could contain the U.S recommended daily allowance. Unfortunately in 1981 the government instructed bakers to stop using iodine, mistakenly believing that the quantities being consumed could have a detrimental effect on human health and replaced it instead with a very toxic counterpart known as Bromine. Not only is bromine very toxic once consumed, when used it interferes and competes with iodine utilization within the body.

Once this regular source of iodine was removed from our diets it opened the water gates for a sever increase in iodine related diseases, during the past 30 years there have been dramatic increases in thyroid disorders, hypothyroidism and thyroid cancer all of which are thought to be linked back to the removal of natural iodine from bread.

How to increase your iodine naturally?

So we know Iodine is naturally occurring in a surprisingly large amount of foods that we consider to be part of a standard or staple diet here in the western world. Some great sources of natural iodine include eggs, tuna, cod, beans, turkey breast, shrimp, milk, potatoes.

In your entire life time your body will need less than a tea spoon of iodine to ensure good health, but here in lies the problem. Your body lacks the ability to store iodine meaning you must make consume a little every day to stay in tip top condition.

Beware: Too much iodine can be bad for you.

Over consumption of iodine can be toxic and just as damaging as a deficiency. As little as 1000 micrograms of Iodine in a day causes irritations like burning of the mouth and throat, nausea, vomiting, stomach ache, and even coma. Like under-consumption, too much iodine prevents proper production of thyroid hormones leading to goiter.

 

Mono Meals – Is eating one type of food per meal a healthy alternative?

MONOMEALSOver the last few months I have noticed this subject popping up more and more often. The concept involves looking at how animals in nature eat food and attempting to replicate their behaviour. When observing animals eat you will notice that they will find a meal, eat there fill of that current food stuff and then move on. It’s this act of eating just one thing at a time that many people are now attempting to fit into their diet plans. But how healthy is this for our bodies?

Well, you are right in thinking that a healthy diet needs to include plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds this is to ensure we get the full spectrum of vitamins and minerals needed by out bodies, but having a varied diet dose not have to mean that every meal has to include a wide range of foods. Variety can work just as well on a daily or even weekly basis.

The Essence Gospel of peace
‘For I tell you truly, if you mix together all sorts of food in your body, then the peace of your body will cease, and endless war will rage in you.’

Benefits of eating mono

  1. Ease of digestion; when eating an average western style meal it is quite common to end up with 4 plus items of food in each mouthful we consume.  All these foods break down differently and take different amounts of time to be absorbed by our bodies.
  1. Be sure what foods your body doesn’t agree with; its very hard to work out what specific foods we have allergies to, when you eat one meal at a time it become very easy to tell what your body likes and what it doesn’t.
  1. Quality Control; When you have hundreds of options each meal time its hard to find out what we actually like. Soon after starting your mono diet you will realize that a lot of the foods that you have eaten day in day out for years are not very tasty when eaten on their own as part of a mono diet. Soon you will naturally pick the very best foods that you feel will serve you body best at the time.
  1. Learn when you are really feeling full; When only eating one item of fruit or vegetables per meal you learn to read your bodies natural signals that your becoming full. This is hard to do when you eat many things in one meal as each taste and flavour confuses the body, not allowing you to feel full until you have eaten more than you need.

It’s very important to note that the whole concept of eating mono meals is centered around consuming largely raw vegetarian food. These ideas do not translate into western style food. Eating just big macs one day and kfc the next really is going to do nothing but put you in hospital fast.

Eco homes living the good life

Lammas is a new community of 9 families in Pembrokeshire in Wales which is taking advantage of radical new legislation that allows low impact sustainable community’s to build eco small holding on open country side.

Using the latest innovations in environmental design, green technology and permiculture this community is completely independent of all its main services fuel, water electricity and food on the site. Every family grows their own food to some extent but “Jane Wells” is probably the most productive with her two Polly tunnels.

So we have been eating sweet corn from here that’s nearly over now, loads and loads of strawberries they have done really well. Marrows & pumpkins, beans and peas so on.”

“My potatoes one first prize at the show in the village, they have a yearly show and I thought we may as well enter but it was a very nice surprise to actually win. This is out Polly tunnel it gets very humid in here kind of like being in a warm cloud but it has meant we get start getting edible produce much earlier on in the year than we could before”

The volunteer weeks are run by poppy Lambush and her husband Paul. Paul is one of the founding members of the Lammas community

“This is out plot, it extends about three quarters of this field. It’s basically considered very poor agricultural land. But this is what is so important about what we are trying to do. We want to take land that has no conventional use and show people how easily that can be converted and used to feed and house people.

The guy who farmed these fields before the lammas community used to make around £2500 a year through the sales of lamb. With in the next 5 years we aim to be producing £95000 worth of fresh produce a year. Enough to keep 9 families living comfortably off this one small holding, this proves the amazing bio diversity of our landscape and the fact that through correct management food shortages should not be a problem anywhere on the planet. This is the key difference between agriculture and permiculture.

The Welsh assembly is one of the few governments in the world to have made a legal commitment to sustainability. As a result of this commitment pembrokeshire country county council adopted something called policy 52 in 2006 which was intended to provide for eco small holdings and protected open countryside on the basis that they make a positive environmental social and economic contribution. Paul initially formulated his proposals for the lammas project in direct response to this policy. But still the council didn’t make his life easy. Three years, two rejections and thousands of planning applications later the Lammas project was finally given the green light to go ahead in the summer of 2009.

EXPOSED: Angelina Jolie part of a clever corporate scheme to protect billions in BRCA gene patents, influence Supreme Court decision

(NaturalNews) Angelina Jolie’s announcement of undergoing a double mastectomy (surgically removing both breasts) even though she had no breast cancer is not the innocent, spontaneous, “heroic choice” that has been portrayed in the mainstream media. Natural News has learned it all coincides with a well-timed for-profit corporate P.R. campaign that has been planned for months and just happens to coincide with the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court decision on the viability of the BRCA1 patent.

This is the investigation the mainstream media refuses to touch. Here, I explain the corporate financial ties, investors, mergers, human gene patents, lawsuits, medical fear mongering and the trillions of dollars that are at stake here. If you pull back the curtain on this one, you find far more than an innocent looking woman exercising a “choice.” This is about protecting trillions in profits through the deployment of carefully-crafted public relations campaigns designed to manipulate the public opinion of women.

The signs were all there from the beginning of the scheme: Angelina Jolie’s highly polished and obviously corporate-written op-ed piece at the New York Times, the carefully-crafted talking points invoking “choice” as a politically-charged keyword, and the obvious coaching of even her husband Brad Pitt who carefully describes the entire experience using words like “stronger” and “pride” and “family.”

But the smoking gun is the fact that Angelina Jolie’s seemingly spontaneous announcement magically appeared on the cover of People Magazine this week — a magazine that is usually finalized for publication three weeks before it appears on newsstands. That cover, not surprisingly, uses the same language found in the NYT op-ed piece: “HER BRAVE CHOICE” and “This was the right thing to do.” The flowery, pro-choice language is not a coincidence.

What this proves is that Angelina’s Jolie’s announcement was a well-planned corporate P.R. campaign with carefully-crafted messages designed to influence public opinion. But what could Jolie be seeking to influence?

…how about trillions of dollars in corporate profits?

Upcoming U.S. Supreme Court decision to rule on patent viability for BRCA1 gene

Angelina Jolie’s announcement and all its carefully-crafted language had four notable immediate impacts:

1) It caused women everywhere to be terrified of breast cancer through the publishing of false statistics that drove fear into the hearts of anyone with breasts. (See below for explanation.)

2) It caused women to rush out and seek BRCA1 gene testing procedures. These tests just happen to be patented by a for-profit corporation called “Myriad Genetics.” Because of this patent, BRCA1 tests can cost $3,000 – $4,000 each. The testing alone is a multi-billion-dollar market, but only if the patent is upheld in an upcoming Supreme Court decision (see below).

3) It caused the stock price of Myriad Genetics (MYGN) to skyrocket to a 52-week high. “Myriad’s stock closed up 3% Tuesday, following the publication of the New York Times op-ed,” wrote Marketwatch.com.

4) It drove public opinion to influence the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court decision to rule in favor of corporate ownership of human genes (see more below).

Women all over the world are being duped into supporting Angeline Jolie, having no idea that what she’s really doing is selling out women to the for-profit cancer industry. But to fully understand what’s happening, you have to dig deeper…

Myriad Genetics sees stock price skyrocket thanks to Jolie, and Obamacare will funnel billions their way

“Salt Lake City-based Myriad Genetics (MYGN) holds the patent on the test that determined the actress had an 87% chance of developing breast cancer, as well as the genes themselves,” wrote MarketWatch.com.

And that’s only the beginning. If the U.S. Supreme Court can be influenced to uphold Myriad’s patent, it could mean a trillion-dollar industry over just the next few years. Even more, Myriad Genetics is reportedly “ripe for mergers” according to the financial press, because it’s part of the super-hot human genome industry.

“The world’s largest maker of DNA testing and analysis tools, Life Technologies Corp. said that it is set to be acquired by Thermo Fisher Scientific for a record $13.6 billion,” writes MarketWatch.com. “A race that kicked into high gear more than 26 years ago is heating up, with foreign governments and corporations joining the U.S. in funding the quest to map all the human genomes. And even as the recent flurry of mergers and acquisitions in the genomics space has spurred returns, investors still have opportunities to profit from this multibillion-dollar industry.”

The higher Myriad’s stock price goes, the more profitable a merger becomes for its current owners. So Jolie’s P.R. stunt just happened to generate unknown millions of dollars in value for the very people who claim a patent monopoly over the breast cancer genes residing in the bodies of women. Coincidence? Hardly.

Obamacare mandates taxpayers pay for BRCA gene testing: yet another government handout to wealthy corporations

But here’s what’s even more crooked about all this: You know how Obama likes to talk “free market” but actually engages in so-called “crony capitalism” by handing out money to all his corporate buddies, Wall Street insiders and deep-pocketed campaign donors? Part of Obamacare — the “Affordable Care Act” — mandates that taxpayers pay for BRCA1 genetic testing!

Myriad Genetics, in other words, stands to receive a full-scale windfall of profits mandated by government and pushed into mainstream consciousness through a campaign of “medical terror” fronted by Angelina Jolie and the New York Times. Are you starting to see how this all fits together yet?

This is all one big coordinated corporate sellout of women, and it’s all being hidden by playing the “women’s power” card and using “choice” language to more easily manipulate women. Angelina Jolie, remember, is a key spokesperson for the United Nations, an organization already caught engaged in child sex slavery and drug running. Although Jolie obviously isn’t engage in that sort of behavior, her job is to covertly influence American women into supporting a carefully-planned, plotted and executed corporate profit campaign that turns women’s bodies into profits.

Here’s why the Supreme Court decision puts trillions of dollars at stake…

Details on the upcoming Supreme Court decision

The ACLU and the Public Patent Foundation filed a lawsuit in 2009, challenging the corporate ownership of human genes. Anyone who believes in women’s rights, human rights, civil rights or even the right to eat non-GMO foods should immediately agree that corporations should NOT be able to patent human genes and then use those patents to rake in billions of dollars in profits while stifling scientific research into those genes.

A question to all women reading this: Do you believe a corporation in Utah owns your body? If not, you should be opposed to corporate ownership of human genes. It also means you should oppose Angelina Jolie’s P.R. campaign because although she’s running a brilliant public relations campaign, behind the scenes her actions are feeding potentially trillions of dollars of profits directly into the for-profit human gene patenting industry that denies human beings ownership over their own genetic code.

The ACLU explains the basics of its lawsuit against Myriad Genetics as follows:

On May 12, 2009, the ACLU and the Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT) filed a lawsuit charging that patents on two human genes associated with breast and ovarian cancer, BRCA1 and BRCA2, are unconstitutional and invalid. On November 30, 2012, the Supreme Court agreed to hear argument on the patentability of human genes. The ACLU argued the case before the U.S. Supreme Court on April 15, 2013. We expect a decision this summer.

On behalf of researchers, genetic counselors, women patients, cancer survivors, breast cancer and women’s health groups, and scientific associations representing 150,000 geneticists, pathologists, and laboratory professionals, we have argued that human genes cannot be patented because they are classic products of nature. The suit charges that the gene patents violate the First Amendment and stifle diagnostic testing and research that could lead to cures and that they limit women’s options regarding their medical care.

Got that? If the Supreme Court rules against Myriad Genetics, it will cause a multi-billion-dollar breast cancer genetic testing industry to collapse virtually overnight. This means a huge loss for not just Myriad, but also many other human gene corporations that wish to exploit the human body — including the bodies of women — for monopolistic profits. (All patents are government-granted monopolies.) Ultimately, trillions of dollars in corporate gene patents are at stake here.

Patenting human genes is huge business

Today, about 20 percent of your genes are already patented by corporations and universities. As the ACLU explains, “A gene patent holder has the right to prevent anyone from studying, testing or even looking at a gene. As a result, scientific research and genetic testing has been delayed, limited or even shut down due to concerns about gene patents.”

This means that when corporations own patents on human genes, it stifles scientific research while granting that corporation a monopoly over the “intellectual property” encoded in your own DNA! (How criminal is that? You decide…)

What this means is that if the Supreme Court rules against Myriad, it would set a precedent that would dismantle the entire human gene patenting industry, affecting trillions of dollars in future profits.

This, I believe, is the real reason behind Angelina Jolie’s announcement. It seems designed to invoke women’s emotional reactions and create a groundswell of support for corporate-owned genes, thereby handing these corporations a Supreme Court precedent that will ensure trillions in future profits. It’s a for-profit PR stunt that tries to trick women into supporting a corporate system of patents and monopolies that claims, right now, to own portions of the bodies of every woman living today.

While most media outlets have no clue about the patent issues at stake here, the Detroit Free Press took notice, saying:

“The Hollywood star’s decision to get tested for a breast cancer gene mutation, undergo a double mastectomy and then write about it calls attention to a case now pending before the court. The justices have just weeks to decide if Myriad Genetics’ patent on the two genes that can identify an increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer is legal. Critics complain that the company’s monopoly leaves them as the sole source of the $4,000 tests needed to determine each woman’s risk.”

Lying with statistics: Jolie’s 87% risk exaggeration

There’s more to this story than just the patents on BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. Angelina Jolie is also using blatantly misleading statistics to terrify women into thinking their breasts might kill them.

In the NYT op-ed piece, Jolie claims her doctor told her she has an “87% risk” of developing breast cancer. But what she didn’t tell you is that this number doesn’t apply to the entire population: it’s actually old data derived almost exclusively from families that were previously documented to have very high risks of breast cancer to begin with.

A study published on the National Human Genome Research Institute website and conducted by scientists from the National Institutes of Health reveals that breast cancer risks associated with BRCA1 genes are significantly lower than what’s being hyped up by Jolie and the mainstream media.

In fact, in a large room of 600 women, only ONE will likely have a BRCA mutation in her genetic code. The actual incidence is 0.125 to 0.25 out of 100 women, or 1 in 400 to 1 in 800. I used 600 as the average of 400 and 800.

And out of that 1 in 600 women who has the mutation, her risk of breast cancer is only 56 percent, not 78 percent as claimed by Jolie. But 13 percent of women without the BRCA mutation get breast cancer anyway, according to this scientific research, so the increased risk is just 43 out of 100 women.

So what we’re really talking about here is 1 in 600 women having a BRCA gene mutation, then less than half of those getting cancer because of it. In other words, only about 1 in 1200 women will be affected by this.

Yet thanks to people like Jolie and the fear-mongering mainstream media, women all across the nation have been terrified into believing their breasts might kill them and the best way to handle the problem is to cut them off!

This, my friends, is the essence of doomsday fear mongering. This issue affects less than one-tenth of one percent of women but is being riled up into a nationwide fear campaign that just happens to feed profits into the for-profit cancer diagnosis and treatment industry, not to mention the monopolistic human gene patenting cartels.

That’s the real story of what’s happening here. Don’t expect to read this in the New York Times.

Corporate media refuses to mention real prevention and treatment options

As part of the breast cancer fear mongering and treatment scam now being run across the mainstream media, nearly all media sources are prohibiting any mention of holistic or natural options for treatment or prevention.

Sure, the media talks about “options,” but all those options just happen to lead back to the for-profit cancer industry. As an example, read this story by ABC News, part of the lying mainstream media that misinforms women and pushes a corporate agenda:

If you do test positive for BRCA, you have options, and you don’t necessarily have to go the Jolie route. Some women choose not to have surgery. Instead, they increase cancer surveillance with imaging tests. These include regular mammograms to test for breast cancer, and regular pelvic sonograms and blood-tests to watch for ovarian cancer.

Nowhere in this article does ABC News mention ways to suppress the BRCA1 gene by, for example, eating raw cruciferous vegetables containing Indole-3-Carbinol (I3C), a potent anti-cancer nutrient that halts breast cancer in its tracks. Nowhere does ABC News mention vitamin D which prevents nearly 4 out of 5 cancers of all types, including breast cancer.

Nope, the “options” being pushed by mainstream media are nothing more than mammograms, surgery, radiation and chemotherapy — all owned and run by the for-profit cancer industry that feeds on women and exploits their bodies for profit.

Nor is their any discussion of the total scam of the “pink ribbons” cancer cure industry which is primarily focused on giving women cancer through “free mammograms.” As any scientist or physicist already knows, mammograms cause cancer because they emit ionizing radiation directly into the breast and heart tissues. Get enough mammograms done and sooner or later they will detect breast cancer because they caused it! To date, 1.3 million women have been harmed by mammography.

Thanks, Angelina, for keeping the wool pulled over the eyes of women everywhere while selling out to for-profit, monopolistic, corporate interests that incessantly seek to exploit women for profit.

Natural insecticides – The how too home made guide

220px-Acyrthosiphon_pisum_(pea_aphid)-PLoSI’m sure a lot of you are aware that Monsantos now world famous weed killer known as ‘Round-up’ its a awful toxic mixture which seems to have been made with a intention to to harm  the environment and animals throughout the word. But what are the other options open to the discerning organic gardener who just wants to keep those pesky bugs in check?

Homemade All-Purpose Insecticide Spray

The Ingredients

  • 15 cloves garlic
  • 1 onion
  • 3 cayenne peppers (or 3 jalapeno peppers or 1 tablespoon cayenne powder)
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid castile soap (fragrance free)
  • 4 cups warm water

Method

1. In a blender combine the water, garlic, onion, and peppers and puree.

2. Pour the mixture into a glass jar, secure the lid, and steep for 6-24 hours on the counter.

3. Strain through a cheesecloth, then add the liquid castile soap and mix well.

4. Load the mixture into a spray bottle and you’re good to go.

To Use

I love this recipe! Try it on a host of pests in your garden and feel free to adjust it as needed with other insect repellent herbs. Spray the tops and bottoms of the leaves, throughly coating them. Store this mixture in the fridge and if it is strained well, it should keep for at least 1-2 months.

Note: Be sure to test a patch prior to spraying the entire plant. Take care not to get this on your skin or in your eyes, the cayenne pepper will burn.

Basic Insecticidal Soap

  • 1 1/2 teaspoon any type of liquid soap (i.e. castile, dish washing soap, ivory, etc.)
  • 1 quart water

Method

1. Combine all ingredient in a spray bottle.

To Use

Set the spray bottle nozzle to stream and spray infested areas of the foliage. This insecticidal soap works great against some of the most common garden pests such as: aphids, earworms, borers, mites, whiteflies, maggots, moths, and beetles. Note: By adding 1/4 cup of isopropyl alcohol to the above recipe you can create a very mild but effective insecticidal soap that treats scale insects. The alcohol works against the scale’s shell.

  • Spider Mite Spray
  • The Ingredients
  • 1/8 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/4 gallon of water

Method

1. In a bucket combine all of the ingredients and mix completely.

2. Load into a spray bottle.

To Use

Spray this homemade Spider Mite Spray anywhere spider mites are living or crawling. The mixture should rid your garden of all types of mites.

(Source)
http://frugallysustainable.com/2012/03/in-the-garden-how-to-make-your-own-homemade-organic-insecticides-and-pesticides/