Dumbing-Down Society Part 3: How to Reverse its Effects

Another great article:

Dumbing-Down Society Part 3: How to Reverse its Effects

Jul 24th, 2010 | By Vigilant | Category: Vigilant Reports
The first two parts of this series describes the negative effects that some commonly consumed chemicals have on the body and brain. This third and final part looks at some natural ways to keep the brain healthy and provides tips to rid the body of dangerous substances. In other words, how to fight back against the dumbing down of society!
Parts I and II of this series of articles identified some toxic substances found in common foods and medicines and described some of their effects on the human brain. The main culprits discussed were aspartame, mercury, fluoride and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). Whether these substances disturb the nervous system, decrease cognitive function, impair judgment, or affect the memory, the net result is the general dumbing down of society.

All is not doom and gloom, however. Nature, with its wonderful tendency to restore equilibrium, provides us humans the cure to almost any affliction we might develop. Ancient healers even believed that nature helped humans discover the cure to their illnesses in subtle and mysterious ways:

The bottom line:

In Conclusion

This article examines the ways to avoid harmful substances in everyday products and looks at a handful of all-natural ways to free the body from their poisonous grasp. In addition to providing us the necessary nutrients used by the body to evacuate toxins, the natural substances described in this article also help maintain general heath. Regularly consuming cilantro, garlic, turmeric and Omega-3 boosts the immune system, improves rational thinking and increases memory. The amazing properties of those simple ingredients are only now being (slowly) documented by science, but they have been used by cultures worldwide for centuries.
We are conditioned to treat ailments caused by artificial products with other artificial products, that, in turn, can cause other ailments. It is only by breaking this vicious circle that we can reclaim ownership of our brains and reach our fullest potential. So, today’s a new day: Put down the cheeseburger-flavored Doritos … and change your life.

Not mentioned in the conclusion is Chlorella.  From the article:

Chlorella: Cilantro’s Side-Kick

In addition to repairing and activating the body’s detoxification functions, chlorella is known to bind to all known toxic metals and environmental toxins and facilitate their evacuation. This makes chlorella cilantro’s perfect sidekick.

I just looked up Chlorella on Wiki and it states “Chlorella actually loses most of its nutritional value when altered or processed in any way.”
So what do we do?
And I just don't understand why our CILANTRO is not growing well at all.
We tried several types of seeds, they sprouted fine, but in the greenhouse they got mites and when we transplanted out  they died.  I've put seeds out directly too – nothing.  A few years ago I had so much cilantro at my old place, I didn't know what to do with it anymore.  I actually forgot about planting more the last few months.
Have to try again.

V.A. Easing Rules for Users of Medical Marijuana

It's about time the VA gets real and allows patients to use pain medication WITHOUT serious side effects.

V.A. Easing Rules for Users of Medical Marijuana

Tony Demin for The New York Times -- David Fox, an Army veteran, at home in Montana. He uses medical marijuana to help quiet the pain from neuropathy.

Published: July 23, 2010
DENVER — The Department of Veterans Affairs will formally allow patients treated at its hospitals and clinics to use medical marijuana in states where it is legal, a policy clarification that veterans have sought for several years.
A department directive, expected to take effect next week, resolves the conflict in veterans facilities between federal law, which outlaws marijuana, and the 14 states that allow medicinal use of the drug, effectively deferring to the states.
The policy will not permit department doctors to prescribe marijuana. But it will address the concern of many patients who use the drug that they could lose access to their prescription pain medication if caught.
Continue reading “V.A. Easing Rules for Users of Medical Marijuana”

Cattail uses and recipes

Found this interesting page on how to harvest cattails and recipes:

Cattails (Typha species)
The cattail is one of the most important and common wild foods, with a variety of uses at different times of the year. Whatever you call it, a stand of cattails is as close as you'll get to finding a wild supermarket.

One of the new shoots broke off yesterday during transplanting and it really does taste good.  I think we'll expand our garden cattail pond or have several.  They'll make a nice fence, provide shade and a wind break and grow really fast.

The new veggie cattail bee pond

Is there a word for tiny ponds, like pondlet?

I got to work right away yesterday and built the little cattail pond.  The hardest part was moving a bunch of sheet rock and backer board so I could get to the bentonite in the garage.

Here you can see how the bentonite clay shrank over night where it dried.   The pic was taken a little after noon and it's been partially cloudy today and not very windy.  Once there are more cattails in the water, we'll have less evaporation, but the plants will use more water.   The 5 g bucket was almost dry after a few days without refills.

I saw ONE bee.  Continue reading “The new veggie cattail bee pond”

Attracting bees with cattails to pollinate your veggies

We got some cattails from a friend a few weeks ago and they are supposed to filter our gray water.   However, we haven't gotten around to waterproofing yet and the cattails have been sitting in a bucket by the house.  We noticed the MANY bees in the bucket and I've been waiting to add water until dusk, after the bees have left.
The peppers, melons and squash in our garden beds are finally flowering, but how are they going to get pollinated?
Since our beds are caged to prevent mice and squirrels from eating everything, the insects can't get in.  We used mosquito screen for most cages since that's what we had.   We often take the covers off the beds, but by the time we get up it's hot and the insects are gone.
Incredibly, it took me until this morning to realize that we should move the cattails into the garden.

We decided to move the bucket during the day when all the bees are there so that they'll move WITH the bucket.  That did NOT work out as planned and they're still swarming where the bucket used to be. Continue reading “Attracting bees with cattails to pollinate your veggies”

Dumbing Down Society Pt 2: Mercury in Foods and Vaccines

I had no idea that HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) contains mercury.
We've been avoiding foods with HFCS for about the last year.
My sister has mercury poisoning and that's most likely why she has trouble remembering.  They detected the mercury poisoning by having her resist to pressure on her arm while holding bottles with various metals.  She had no strength in her arm when holding the mercury bottle.  I have no idea WHY that works, but they confirmed the mercury poisoning through a lab test.
She thinks the mercury leaked from her dental fillings, but who knows.  Since the mercury ends up in the BRAIN, it's very hard to get rid of, but she's taking some algae stuff and hopefully it'll help.
I can understand that people get accidentally pois0ned, but to knowingly poison the entire populations through vaccines and foods is an atrocity.
Another MUST READ article at Vigilant Citizen:

Dumbing Down Society Pt 2: Mercury in Foods and Vaccines
Jul 9th, 2010 | By Vigilant | Category: Vigilant Reports
Even though mercury is known to degenerate brain neurons and disrupt the central nervous system, it is still found in processed foods and mandatory vaccines. In this second part of the series examining the intentional dumbing-down of society, this article will discuss the presence of mercury in common foods and vaccines.

The first article in this series – Dumbing Down Society Pt 1: Foods, Beverages and Meds – looked at the effects of aspartame, fluoride and prescription pills on the human brain. These substances all cause a decrease of cognitive power which, on a large scale, leads to a dumbing down of the population that is ingesting them. This second article focuses on another toxic product found in everyday foods and mandatory vaccines: mercury.
Mercury is a heavy metal naturally found in the environment. However, it is not suitable for human consumption, as it is extremely harmful to the human body, especially the brain. While some people say that anything can be consumed in moderation, many experts agree that no amount of mercury is safe for the human body. Despite this and the many studies concerning the negative effects of  mercury, the heavy metal is continually added to mandatory vaccines and processed foods.

Please DO read the entire article.  I'm so glad we're started to grow our own food.

Miracle tree: Moringa – drumstick

We planted several Moringa seeds last winter and two sprouted.   Both did not look good most of the winter and one finally died.  Of course we had them in the greenhouse, they had mites a couple times and it was touch and go.
A few weeks ago we finally put the survivor outside and it started to grow.   It's in one of the veggie beds now and unfortunately we can't plant it in the ground because it would freeze.

We planted a bunch more seeds, but NONE sprouted.  We would love to have several Moringas, keep them in large pots and overwinter them in the greenhouse.  And I'd like to plant a large Moringa in the ground in a sheltered corner, maybe it would grow back in spring.

Here is an interesting article about Moringas: Continue reading “Miracle tree: Moringa – drumstick”

Tomatoes, salads, peppers, mice and snake

It’s been another very busy week.  Many clouds, but no rain.  And hot.
We harvested our first little Riesentraube tomatoes, the Al Kuffas are delicious and the salad is doing great.

Salad and tomatoes from the garden

On the down side, the mice are eating all our squash and zucchini along the fence and in the 3 sisters bed.  They also ate all the beans.  So it’s really only 1 sister now – the corn is looking good.
The ants are ferociously devouring  dead mice in the traps as well as the glued-on nuts.  I don’t usually consider ants in the garden much of a pest.  It’s xenical orlisat fascinating how they slice up and then carry dead insect parts and “stuff” away.
Fortunately, we have some squash, zucchini, melons and cucumbers in the caged beds.  The peppers in the last bed aren’t growing at all. We planted them out over 2 weeks ago and they’re doing nothing.
I did a bit of reading yesterday and apparently we’re not the only ones having trouble with our peppers: bell peppers not growing
The earlier peppers are really slow to get going too. A couple of the “hot peppers” from last year’s Henry Fields order have little peppers now and several plants have been flowering (including the heirloom Black Hungarian), but the plants are still so SMALL.
7/2/10 – the pepper is now almost as big as the plant

Maybe they’ll finally get going now that it’s WARM at night, 81 was the low last night.   Up until a week or so ago it got down to the 60s.  Or maybe they’re not growing because it is too hot during the day.
I spread some coffee grounds in the beds last week and we have a few more months in our growing season.  Hopefully we won’t get an early October freeze like last year.
I’ll update at the tomato blog about the Al Kuffa and Riesentraube first tastes.  The Violet Jasper and Mini Orange are thriving and have many baby tomatoes and flowers.
Just the other day a neighbor remarked that he hadn’t seen or heard any rattlers yet this summer.
I totally missed the snake too yesterday evening when I walked to the garden.   Jose noticed it stretched out in the middle of the driveway, apparently snoozing.   I was lucky I didn’t step on it.
Picture taken with flash, it was already dark

It’s not a good day when you have to kill, but they DO bite and we’re not up to the $17k helicopter ride to the hospital.
I’d prefer the snakes eating the mice and us eating the squash, but somehow it just doesn’t work like that.


6/29/10: It's raining somewhere

We’ve been hoping for rain, but no such luck.  We dream about living “on top” where it rains a LOT more.

And we’ve been incredibly busy with our garden and countless plants and veggies.  I forgot to post the link to our new blog with lots of updates:

High Desert Permaculture