I was very excited after watching the Peaceful Valley / GrowOrganic.com video about Goji Berries and I spent MANY hours getting my order together. About a week ago I was ready to order:
After a great deal of frustration I realized that the berries featured in the ad are actually NOT featured at all and the 20% off coupon did not apply to them.
I then did some research and decided to order 20 or 30 Goji berries elsewhere and I also deleted the grapes and black berries. So finally I was trying to order and there’s NOTHING I can do to get them to NOT charge me $24 for shipping in TWO boxes.
This is so incredibly frustrating. I checked the box to ship all items whenever the backordered stuff comes in, countless times I have to check this box and that box and no matter WHAT I do, at the last page they want to charge me for TWO boxes. I finally deleted the back ordered strawberries, but I’m still looking at $24 in shipping for TWO packages.
And what kindof crappy offer is that $12 shipping anyway? They used to have worthwhile specials. I’ve had enough of PV wasting my time. It should be FUN to get ready for spring gardening. How disappointing.
I haven’t gotten a flu shot EVER and I haven’t gotten any other shots other than tetanus once every 15 years or so in 35+ years. I also haven’t had the flu in at least 15 years — unlike many people who get the flu vaccine and then get sick.
Dr. Mercola wrote at Pregnant Nurse Fired for Refusing Flu Shot:
Nurse Fired by Placing Baby’s Safety First…
… The nurse, Dreonna Breton, who has already had two miscarriages, told her employer she did not want to get a flu shot this year due to the potential risks to her baby, noting the lack of vaccine safety studies done in pregnant women. She submitted letters from both her obstetrician and primary care doctor in support of her decision, and offered to wear a mask throughout the flu season.
Personnel exempted from the flu vaccine due to religious reasons typically wear masks, and it’s an effective way to protect both yourself and your patients not only from influenza but other flu-like respiratory infections as well.
Her employer disagreed, however, and told her she’d be fired as of December 17 if she didn’t get vaccinated before then. A spokesman for Horizons Healthcare Services told CNN that “it’s unconscionable for a health care worker not to be immunized.”
This responsible pregnant mother did her research, and subsequently rejected a pharma product. The hospital administration at Horizons Healthcare Services fired her for this. If you would like to express your unhappiness with the hospital, as well as your commitment to not going there and telling others not to as well, we encourage you to do so. ….
I called Horizons and the operator also got her flu shot. When I asked why, she offered to take my info down and promised that somebody would get back to me. I’ll update if that happens, which is unlikely.
Here are Dr. Mercola’s recommendation on flu prevention and staying healthy: Continue reading
A long time ago I read an article about this gadget that is supposed to detect pesticides and I thought it sure would be cool to have one. However, we don’t have an iPhone.
From https://mylapka.com/pem: Continue reading
I’m thinking about replacing the perlite with rice hulls and peat moss with coco coir.
Another very interesting Mercola article:
How Grazing Cows Can Save the Planet, and Other Surprising Ways of Healing the Earth
Dr. Mercola interviewed Judith Schwartz:
… Basically, when grazing animals graze, they’re nibbling on the grasses in a way that exposes their growth points to sunlight and stimulates growth… Their trampling [of the land also] did several things: it breaks any capped earth so that the soil is aerated. It presses in seeds [giving them] a chance to germinate, so you have a greater diversity of plants. [Grazing herds] also press down dying and decaying grasses, so that they can be better acted upon by microorganisms in the soil. It keeps the decaying process going. Their waste also fertilizes the soil.”
Biological Farming Solves Many Pressing Problems
My first passion and career was being a physician, then an Internet educator, and now I’m moving into high-performance biological agriculture because I really believe it’s the next step in our evolution. We must shift the way we produce food because the current system is unsustainable. And while this information really is ancient, it’s not widely discussed. There’s only a small segment of the population that even understands this natural system, and the potential it has for radically transforming the way we feed the masses AND protect the environment at the same time.
I thoroughly agree with the recommendation to get involved personally, because it’s so exciting. For me, it’s become a rather addictive hobby. Once you integrate biological farming principles, you can get plant performances that are 200-400 percent greater than what you would typically get from a plant! What’s more, not only does it improve the quantity, it also improves the quality of the food you’re growing. These facts should really be at the forefront of everybody’s mind when they think about farming, as it’s the solution to so many pressing problems. …
We hope to get chickens by spring and we’ll see how that goes.
We’ll definitely do some papercrete this spring, although probably not for ceiling insulation in our addition because it is too heavy. However, here are some GREAT ideas:
From The Papercrete Potter:
We’ll make some pots:
Now that we got the neighbor lot we have so much more room to play and with the help of WWOOFers, we’ll be able to make time for some of these fun projects.
Home schooled and obviously influenced by his parents instead of corporation funded public schools, this kid rocks:
Dr. Mercola recently wrote an enlightening article about the bio tech industry influence on kids:
Is Monsanto Using 4-H to Brainwash Your Children About GMOs?
Why am I not surprised …
I recently watched “Food Matters” while I planted some more lettuce seeds and I was very inspired:
It’s free to watch until Tuesday.
Right now I’m looking at juicers and I’m having a tough time deciding which juicer we should get ourselves for Christmas. Many people like the VitaMix, but Food Matters recommends the Hurom and many reviewers on Amazon complain about the complete lack of customer service and NO replacement parts by Hurom. So I just sent an email inquiring about that to Food Matters.
Also, I’m totally overwhelmed by the many different Vita-Mix models. It seems that some also grind dry food, which would be a very nice feature to have since we grow sorghum and other grains. I suppose you can’t do that with the Hurom.
And now I looked at the Nutri Bullet and it sure is a lot cheaper. But the new 900 model doesn’t have a milling blade and it seems they don’t offer it as accessory. Strange. They have such a good deal at Kohl’s, I’m considering ordering it.
UPDATE: Food Matters is on Netflix and I also enjoyed watching Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.
I stopped buying supermarket eggs when I learned that even organic and free range eggs don’t come from happy chickens and that free ranging means that a chicken could go outside 15 minutes per day.
From How drugs pumped into supermarket chickens pose a terrifying threat to our health
Every second of every day, somewhere in the world the same scene unfolds.
A batch of several hundred eggs, precisely arranged in uniform rows, moves along a conveyor belt, coming to a halt beneath a machine linked to a jumble of tubes.
Once in position, the machine robotically lowers itself and then simultaneously punctures each egg with a rack of hypodermic needles.
Danger: Drugs being pumped into supermarket chickens are posing a threat to our health
Through these needles, a mix of vaccines and antibiotics is injected into the egg — and so into the unborn chick inside, which three days later will hatch out. If the scene sounds like something from a science-fiction film, then that is hardly a surprise. Today, large-scale poultry production has precious little to do with green fields and ruddy-cheeked farmers.
Every year, more than 40 billion chickens are slaughtered worldwide for meat, the vast majority of them intensively factory-farmed. The bottom line is profit. All that matters is the volume in which these animals, bred to hit their genetically-modified slaughter weights within 35 days of hatching, can be churned out.
… Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2388444/How-drugs-pumped-supermarket-chickens-pose-terrifying-threat-health.html#ixzz2l9gysAqL
I was surprised to read this because European countries generally have much better food safety and animal protection laws.
So I just signed the Consumers Union petition: Continue reading
Check out these cool gardens.
Lowarth Helygen (The Lost Gardens of Heligan), near Mevagissey in Cornwall, UK, with two mud sculptures, a small “jungle”, the last remaining pineapple pit in Europe and a series of lakes, created between 1777 and the early 20th century. Fell into disrepair after the First World War, and restored only in the 1990s.
The Giant’s Head of Heligan:
House Patrocinio, by Rebelo De Andrade in Lisbon, Portugal with 4,500 plants from 25 different varieties:
A Plastic Bottle Vertical Garden by the Lar Doce Rar (means Home Sweet Home) project (Rosenbaum Design and Luciano Huck), Brazil:
Many more pictures.