Archive for ‘Natural Health’

February 6, 2014

The Differences Between a Common Cold, Flu and Allergies

There are many subsets and variables of viral infections that play havoc with our system. The virus strains have an ability to adapt and evolve, which means that a vaccine cannot be made for the common cold.

A flu vaccine is produced using the influenza virus that causes the flu. Flu strains are predicted every year because the virus adapts and evolves into different strains and needs to be reformulated for the yearly vaccine. Getting a vaccine is not a guaranteed treatment prevention program. The vaccine is incubated in eggs, so avoid if an egg allergy is present.

Antibiotics only treat bacteria infections, not viruses or viral infections. Overuse abuse of antibiotics is leading to the production of “super-flu” strains, which is a major threat. Proper identification of whether you have a virus or bacterial infection is important for correct treatment.

Germs are spread by coughing, sneezing or hand to hand contact in close proximity and can live on surfaces for long periods of time waiting to be picked up. Frequent hand washing can cut risk along with breaking habits like touching your face a lot and biting your nails.
Read blog on DIY natural cleaning products that will kill 100% of germs – http://earthelixir.ca/2012/01/05/diy-natural-cleaning-products/

Invading forces trigger symptoms, which is the way our immune system fights off the germs. Mucus production traps infection, coughing and sneezing tries to expel them, and fever triggers healing mechanisms. Immunity plays a big role in our susceptibility and determines how well we fight off these foreign invaders. Everyone’s immune system is different and varies as much as the virus. Some people have autoimmune disorders and are more prone to getting sick, and others are just surrounded by lots of at risk groups like children. Children will typically get up to 9 colds a year and adults get 1-3; any more than this is a sign that your immune system needs extra help.

Strengthening the immune system requires all around proper nutrition, good quality sleep, sufficient exercise and successful stress management strategies.
Allergies will erode immunity and lead to autoimmune disorders, a myriad of other illnesses and possibly death, so it is important to eliminate allergens. The hard part is finding out what you are allergic to and then trying to stay away from it.

Both the cold and flu virus are more prominent in the winter time, or when people spend more time indoors with each other and is typically not a “season.” It was first thought that allergies were caused by nature, but it didn’t explain why people suffer from allergies in the winter time. Allergy season is typically spring and fall, but depends on specific allergens. Anyone can be allergic to anything, but it is all a sign the immune system and the body needs a boost. Listen to what your body is trying to tell you. Take time out to take extra care of yourself.

If a cold lasts longer than a week to ten days it is probably a bacterial infection like strep. If it lasts longer than a month it is more likely allergies.

SYMPTOMS

Common Cold
Caused by corona virus, adenovirus and subset variants

Upper respiratory
Runny nose, congestion, sore throat
Sometimes low grade fever
If a cold lasts longer than a week to ten days it is probably a bacteria infection like strep

Flu
Caused by influenza virus and subsets

More body aches, joint pain
Digestive disturbances especially in children diarrhea, vomiting
More lower respiratory ailments
Lung infections
Coughing, breathing problems, hacking
May lead to pneumonia and possibly death
Lasts longer

Allergies
If symptoms last any longer than a month then it is more likely allergies
Allergies present more itchy throat and eyes, sinus issues, congested or runny nose,
sometimes coughing

Essential oils like eucalyptus, tea tree, and other tree oils have typically been used to treat colds and kill germs that are even airborne. Herbs and essential oils work on so many levels that germs can’t easily adapt, and are still the best treatment and prevention.

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Article about how overuse and abuse of antibiotics is leading to superbugs

http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/bacteria-getting-upper-hand-in-antibiotics-arms-race-1.2555750

January 15, 2014

Winter Season in the Five Elements and Essential Oils

The Winter season is associated with the water element due to the abundance of water that falls in winter time that turns to snow and ice.  
The organ systems grouped in this season are the kidneys and bladder, which make up the urinary system wetlands.

The gland in this category are the adrenals, which sit on top of the kidneys on each side of the body. The adrenal glands secrete the hormone adrenaline, which is a necessary energy boost for the flight or fight body response when a threat is encountered.
The hypothalamus in the brain receives a danger warning or an event triggers stress and the effects on the body are instantaneous.

This reaction sends a chemical messenger which causes the hormone adrenaline, secreted by the adrenal medulla to release.
The eye pupils dilate, colour drains from the face as dry mouth and sweating begin.
The blood supply is cut off to organs like the stomach, which shuts down digestion functioning, and surface blood vessels constrict limiting blood supply. Muscle activity increases with heart and pulse rates so that it prepares the body to physically deal with danger or run away.

Sometimes the reaction is not to stay and fight or flee, but the body response becomes trapped in a frozen state of fear, which induces a paralysis that is incapacitating. Adrenaline is also produced in times of psychological stress, and if the production continues over long periods it has adverse effects on the body. If the body remains in a stressed state of being overexcited and remaining under pressure it causes stress related conditions like high blood pressure.

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The destructive emotion in the winter cycle is fear, which is a hard wired survival mechanism, but draining if it is engaged constantly. There are short term threats that engage our flight-fight-or freeze mechanisms, but long term stress, chronic fears and phobias puts strain on the body. The real and imagined dangers must be divided and applied to what constitutes a true threat. Fear is important to establish boundaries in order to learn what is good and bad, but rationality must meet clear perception and awareness.  

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The human time frame of winter is gestation and giving birth to babies, ideas and projects.  In the destructive winter water element stuck adults who act like babies are less cute than their tiny counterparts. They present a paranoid, fearful attitude and don’t know how to relax. They are unable to see how they affect others, because it is all about them and their needs. People in this rhythm need to feel nurtured and taken care of, even though they may be afraid of commitment and the future. Demanding special attention leads to a narcissistic expectancy, arrogance and a feeling of entitlement. They may play the victim to get their way and will do almost anything to attract the special attention they crave, even if it’s negative attention.

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It takes the constructive emotion of courage to overcome fear and paranoia. If wise discerning caution turns to excessive irrational fear, love and courage will counter it. Love is always the answer. Love will help to muster the courage to defeat fears that keep you stuck and stagnating. Use wise discerning caution instead of fear to establish boundaries and stay away from people that drain your resources. Gather your own resources and do your own groundwork. Rejuvenate and embrace down-time, and learn how to relax in the moment. This season is about beginnings so spread the seeds of your ideas and nurture dreams. Overcoming fears means recognizing and analyzing the reasons for your fears. Embrace whatever it is that scares you instead of denying, running away or avoiding, which will only amplify the fear. Fears need the light of day shone brightly at it in order to be examined, faced and dissolved.
Behaviour modification will help phobias to fears such as heights, spiders and snakes, showing anyone can overcome anything if they are willing to put in the work and have the courage to make a change to be free from fear.

ESSENTIAL OILS THAT HELP TREAT FEAR:
Juniper, Carrot Seed, Grapefruit, Goldenrod, Yarrow, Spruce, Pine

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“Fear can stop you loving, love can stop your fear,
fear can stop you loving, but it’s not always that clear.” ~
Morcheeba – “Fear and Love” Lyrics:

We always have a choice
Or at least I think we do
We can always use our voice
I thought this to be true
We can live in fear
Extend ourselves to love
Or we can fall below
Or lift ourselves above

Fear can stop you loving
Love can stop your fear
Fear can stop you loving
But it’s not always that clear

I always try so hard
To share myself around
But now I’m closing up again
Drilling through the ground

Fear can stop you loving
Love can stop your fear
Fear can stop you loving
But it’s not always that clear I’d love to give myself away

But I find it hard to trust
I’ve got no map to find my way
Amongst these clouds of dust
Fear can stop you loving Love can stop your fear
Fear can stop you loving Love can stop your fear

“Fear And Love” was written
by Paul Godfrey, Ross Godfrey, Skye Edwards. Morcheeba – Fear And
Love Lyrics

December 3, 2013

DIY Natural Teeth Whitening Mouth Wash Recipe and Money Saving Dental Tips

When I moved awhile ago I had to change dentists.

When he looked at my teeth he exclaimed “You don’t have any cavities!” and asked how I was doing this. There is no secret really. I add essential oils to my natural teeth whitening mouthwash. I floss, brush after almost every meal, and I don’t use fluoride.

I always say no to the fluoride treatment at the dentist, and I always find it interesting what each dental hygienist will say about fluoride. Some say adults don’t need it, but I think if a child swallowed fluoride by accident they could possibly die over it. Why give something so poisonous? Hydrogen peroxide is safe and effective, and it whitens your teeth as a bonus. There is fluoride in municipal water systems, but why are we swallowing it when at the dentist you spit it out? Even the toothpaste with fluoride gets spit out unless some gets inadvertently swallowed, which can be harmful. No one should be ingesting fluoride and everyone should petition to remove it from the water system.

There is also no need to do x-rays every six months, which my dentist made me do growing up. All that needless x-ray exposure as a kid, it is criminal. Tooth decay doesn’t happen that fast. My dentist now said I had deep craters in my upper back teeth and he advised filling them to prevent cavities in the future because it is really hard to reach, so I did do that, WITHOUT needles. I have seen needle free dentistry anyway now, which is the way it should be. Porcelain fillings are a better choice than mercury, which they really shouldn’t be using because of toxicity.

I asked the dentist what percentage of hydrogen peroxide he used in his teeth whitening service and he said ten percent. It is very irritating to gums at that strength and that’s why they use trays to avoid contact with gums and only touch the teeth. I said I use 3% in a mouth wash formula, because it is less irritating at that strength and it is effective.

The dentist keeps saying to me that my knowledge is going to put him out of business. I don’t know about that, but here are some simple, natural, inexpensive, practical things to do for preventative dental health care.

Clove essential oil is invaluable to have on hand for good dental health and to treat any dental, gum
pain and discomfort.  Clove oil is best known for its pain-relieving eugenol constituent used to treat toothaches, sore
gums, mouth infections, and bad breath. Read more about clove oil – http://earthelixir.ca/2012/05/29/clove-essential-oil/

Hydrogen peroxide has many uses and it is a secret ingredient in many cleaning products and detergents. Hydrogen peroxide is made up of water and oxygen with the chemical symbol being (H202). Anytime you see the word “oxy” chances are hydrogen peroxide is the magical ingredient. I use hydrogen peroxide for teeth whitening mouth wash, to disinfect cuts, clean produce, my toothbrush, earbuds, and all around general cleaning. Use it in the laundry to whiten and remove stains. It is really good at getting out tea and coffee stains on a white shirt. I put it in a spray bottle.
Buy food grade hydrogen peroxide that you dilute yourself from a health food store or seed sprouting garden store. The kind you buy in the drugstore to disinfect cuts is already diluted and contains binders, it isn’t food grade. Be very careful diluting it yourself, at full strength it can burn off warts. If any gets splashed on skin it will turn the skin white and burn until you wash it off. Be extra careful not to splash in eyes, wear glasses while diluting it.

Natural Teeth Whitening Mouth Wash Recipe

In a 100 ml bottle/ 1 drop of essential oil
Any size bottle will do
Use these measurements as a guide
Dilute hydrogen peroxide to 3% distilled water must be used to ensure no other mineral interactions.
hydrogen peroxide diluted with distilled water 1:11 (read diluting instructions on the bottle.)
Hydrogen peroxide has to be food grade for oral use.

Add 1-2 drops of essential oils.
I use peppermint or spearmint in the summer, because it is cooling, and cinnamon and clove in the winter, because it is warming.
Fennel and anise essential oil give a liquorice flavour.
Use essential oils with baking soda or hydrogen peroxide to make toothpaste for dental care. The essential oils not only add flavour to make it taste better, it adds antibacterial disinfectant germ fighting action and freshens breath.

Swish mouthwash around in mouth and rinse with water afterwards.
This mouthwash rinse also whitens teeth naturally along with its germ fighting action.
The more you use it and the more contact it has with your teeth the more action it will have.

An ancient Indian therapy: Oil pulling with coconut oil is good too if you don’t like to floss very much.

I am going to try turmeric spice mixed in a paste for teeth whitening too. It is ironic it stains everything else so use hydrogen peroxide or baking soda to clean sinks, toothbrush or hands if it gets stained.

Diet is also important and the worst thing for teeth is soda pop drinks and carbonated beverages. These drinks actually leach calcium from teeth and bones. A natural diet is recommended.

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December 2, 2013

Herbs for Hair Loss

Typically more men lose their hair, but it does affect some women although usually it is less severe. Although male pattern baldness is considered a genetic condition there are some herbs that are beneficial. These types of herbs work by preventing the conversion of the male sex hormone testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which is a hormone that kills off hair follicles. The DHT hormone is a substance that also plays a roll in prostate enlargement in men. There seems to be a correlation with the kidney bladder prostate system and male hair loss so it would be beneficial to take herbs as a preventative method.
Synthetic testosterone is different than herbal versions and I would never recommend that kind of juicing to anyone.

Nutrition also plays a role and mineral deficiency is a prominent factor.
Nutrition is always important and it would be beneficial to add kelp, bladder wrack sea weeds in the diet or add beneficial supplementation like liquid trace minerals, liquid iodine.

Herbs for Hair Loss Prevention

Saw palmetto (Serenoa repens)
This herb prevents the conversion of the hormone testosterone to DHT. It is a number one choice to take for treatment and prevention of benign prostate enlargement.

Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
Licorice also prevents the conversion of testoterone to DHT. Use either internal in a formula or external in a shampoo in a tea or tincture form.

Horsetail ( Equisetum spp.)
Horsetail contains silica which is important for hair and nail health and has other nutrients like silicon and selenium.

It is also beneficial to rub the scalp in small circular motions to increase blood flow circulation and stimulate the hair follicles with or without essential oils and carrier oils. Essential oils may also be added to shampoo.

Essential oils for Hair Loss:
Cedar wood
Clary sage
Sage
Cypress
Rosemary
Marjarom
Spike lavender
Niaouli nerolidol

Carrier Oils
Coconut
Jojoba
Black currant oil
Borage oil

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November 8, 2013

Autumn, the Chinese Five Elements and Essential oils that Help Grief

The Chinese Five Elements in Traditional Chinese Medicine relates to the rhythms of nature and reflects natural cycles. Seasons, elements, colours, sounds, organs, glands and emotions fall into five categories. It is the basis of all natural health practices and many medical, philosophical and artistic themes fit into it.

The autumn season in the five elements is related to the metal element because of its enduring qualities.

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The constructive emotion for the rhythm of autumn is being reflective and pondering on the past, which is necessary for learning lessons and figuring things out.
The destructive emotion of autumn is overbearing grief and sadness.
The sound that relieves the stress of grief and sadness is crying.
Being reflective for too long in the past can lead to grief and sadness.
The trees in autumn change brilliant colours before shedding their leaves like a parade of tears that fall celebrating what once was.

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“There is a sacredness in tears. They are not a mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.”~Washington Irving

Crying flushes unhealthy bacteria out of the body and strengthens the immune system while relieving stress. It is healthier to embrace the motion of emotions. To be moved profoundly and to feel the depths of our own well is to be quenched.

It is a natural process to mourn for lost loved ones, it is a measurement of love. It reminds us what really matters, and what is important to us. There is no right way or wrong way to grieve, but being reflective too long on the past and pining away upsets a balanced life. It is stress relieving to grieve, but when it interferes with life it becomes destructive.

To manage grief one must look at the bigger picture beyond the cycle of rebirth and death, and an acceptance mixed with deeper understanding must be reached. Find gratitude and a sense of meaning by embracing the whole picture. One must rise and fall with the cycle of seasons, especially upon completion.
Bringing yourself back into the present moment helps to overcome grief, but only after it has been sifted through and cherished. Being sad upon reflection provides an honest look at ourselves and others. A kind understanding is helpful to gain insights in order to grow.

Be reflective without falling in to a perpetual grief pattern by learning to accept change. Let go of the past that does not serve you any purpose anymore. Live in the present moment and savour all the aspects of life. Learn to adapt to change and harness the hard lessons of letting go. Use wisdom to filter the good and bad, learn from it, make peace and move on. Dealing with death and the little deaths that happen ironically reminds us to appreciate life.

The organs systems that are impacted are the lungs and large intestine, which is part of the respiratory and digestive system.
Remember to breathe and eat healthy during tough times.

Essential oils to help alleviate grief:
Good partner combinations
basil and bergamot, frankincense and neroli, marjoram and lavender, eucalyptus and mandarin

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October 17, 2013

Sunroot or Sunchoke is a Nutritious Medicinal Root Vegetable

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Sunchokes Helianthus tuberosus L.are also called Jerusalem artichokes, but it has no relationship to Jerusalem and it is not an artichoke. The better known common names for this yellow flower are sunroot, sunchoke and earth apple.
Sunchoke is the modern common name used to avoid confusion with artichokes for cooking purposes, but it does have a mild artichoke flavour.

Sunchoke is a very tall prolific perennial plant that is native to North America, and has a long history of being used by Native Americans as a root vegetable. The sunchoke flowers belong to the same family as sunflowers, and the flowers follow the sun like sunflowers do. They like to grow wild and they need lots of space, because it likes to multiply. The stalks and leaves are rough and hairy. The roots are starchy tubers that look a little like ginger rhizomes, and are edible like a potato.

It was a popular plant to use to hide the outhouse or to put in front of other unsightly eyesores, as it creates a thick, tall hedge that requires no maintenance, unless overpopulation is an issue. Perhaps there is a warning in there somewhere among the yellow flowers.

Sunchoke is becoming popular food for thought again, but when consuming lots of sun chokes it may cause digestion disturbance in the form of …um… gaseous upset. It has earned the nickname “fartichokes.” Eat a little and see how well your digestion system tolerates it.

The edible tuber roots have a high inulin content, which is a type of soluble fibre. Inulin is a carbohydrate with sweet polysaccharides that is safe for diabetics, and it is pre-biotic. Containing the Pre-biotic (FOS) Fructo-Oligio-Saccharide means that it promotes healthy bacteria, which is beneficial for feeding healthy flora in the digestion system. It balances yeast and has a positive impact on overall health. It breaks down into fructose in the gut, but might be hard to digest for some people, and may cause cramping, bloating and excessive wind, especially when consumed in a large quantities. It relieves constipation.

It is best to wait until the first or second frost to harvest, and they are dug up until springtime, weather permitting of course, or buy them where you get fresh produce. Some people prefer the springtime to dig them up. They are available year round, but peak season is October-March.
It is also best to dead head the flowers if the roots are going to get dug up and eaten, they will grow bigger.
Store up to one to three weeks raw, but once cooked eat right away. Some people say they are better stored in the fridge for a week before eating.
They are a good source of iron, potassium, phosphorus, vitamin C, FOS and of course fibre, Inulin. It improves calcium absorption, lowers cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Sunchokes are good medicinal food, but eat sparingly at first.

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WAYS TO PREPARE SUNCHOKES

Sunchokes will oxidize like a potato so dip them in water with lemon juice or keep them in water until ready to use, because they will turn brown. Do not cook in aluminum or iron pans.
The skins are edible like ginger skin is, and when cooking it is best to leave the skins on and remove peels later if desired. Wash, scrub and remove rootlets or strings if any are present before cooking. Goes well with mint, onion, garlic, chives, thyme, cumin, black cumin, pepper, turmeric, rosemary, lemon citrus, lemon verbena, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg.

RAW
Eat Sunchokes raw topped on a salad or mixed in salsa, grated or thinly sliced and tastes like jicama. Try small amounts at first to see if your digestion can handle it this way. They can also be added to juicing recipes.
I wonder what it would be like thinly sliced and pickled like ginger.

STEAMED
Sun chokes are better steamed and not boiled, which will make them mushy. It does make good puréed soup mixed with nut or coconut milk.

SAUTÉ or STIR-FRY
They make a great water chestnut stir-fry substitute, they have a similar texture and taste.

BAKED
Oven bake them brushed with oil and herbal seasonings and bake for 20-40 minutes at 375 degrees.
Bake with sweet potatoes and other root vegetables to make root chips.
I wonder what they would taste like flavoured and then put in the dehydrator and dehydrated overnight.

Food and Cooking (2004 edition), page 307, Harold McGee indicates that the flatulent effects of Sunchoke roots are due to complex fructose-based carbohydrates that are not digestible by humans.

Long, slow cooking allows enzymes present in the fresh tuber to convert these to fructose over time.

McGee recommends 12-24 hours at 200 F / 93 C.
The result will be soft and sweet, akin to a vegetable aspic.

Note that the ogliosacharrides in beans are a different class than the inulin in Sunchokes, and the digestive supplement Beano is not effective with sunchoke.

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http://cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/34060/what-cooking-methods-prevent-the-gaseous-side-effect-of-sunchokes

September 22, 2013

Equinox, Solstice, Essential oils and the Five Elements

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In the Chinese Five elements the cycle of equinox and solstice rules the earth element, because it marks the times of transition in between the changing seasons. The transition time lasts two weeks before, and two weeks after the solstice or equinox. This is a separate time period that when calculated together makes up a season of its own. The change of season and transition times may leave us susceptible to getting colds and feeling rundown. Extra nutrition and rest help us through these tough transitional times.
Two weeks before the autumn equinox is when school is back and projects and routines rule. People start referring to it as the end of summer, and the change of season is upon us.
Any transition requires extra nourishment and rest. Taking care of yourself first will help, especially when you are taking care of others. It is like when you are flying in a plane, and the oxygen mask drops and you have to put on your own mask first before you help others who need assistance with their masks.

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In the Chinese Five elements the destructive emotion is worry, while the constructive emotion is compassion. Compassion can involve legitimate concern, but when concern becomes overwhelming it can turn into mindless worry. Worry usually involves things that are beyond our control.
Stay compassionate instead of worrying and becoming apathetic by knowing your boundaries and limits. Avoid playing the morbid martyr by loving yourself and others unconditionally. It is important to stay grounded during times of transition. There are legitimate concerns and need to plan for the future, but don’t get overwhelmed by things out of your control. Bring yourself back to the present moment. Concentrate on being in the eye of the hurricane, the centre of the wheel in the tornado. Finding order within yourself while chaos is all around you takes quite a balancing act.
The sound that relieves the stress of worry is singing.
Singing alleviates worry and listening to music and dancing of course realigns us with our joy. Let the music speak for itself … don’t worry about a thing because every little thing is going to be alright, and don’t worry be happy.

If you tend to worry too much make a special time period to focus on worries. Take at least fifteen minutes to write down and sort your worries in categories of what you can control and what you can’t. Problem solve by writing down solutions, goals and take whatever steps necessary to alleviate worries.


The organ systems involved are the stomach, spleen.

The spleen organ is considered the nurse of the body because it works with the immune system and makes antibodies, which are proteins that bind to foreign particles so that white blood cells can destroy it. It is one of the main filters of blood and plays a major part in removing harmful bacteria and abnormal cells, and makes new blood cells.
During times of transition it is important to get extra rest and nutrition to help build immunity and soothe away stomach worry

Essential oils to help alleviate worry:
Ginger and peppermint, coriander and lime, cinnamon and clove, palmarosa and orange

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September 16, 2013

The Amazing History of the Tobacco Plant

When I wild-crafted plants with shamans, they would give an offering of tobacco leaves and spread some in a circle around the plant that was being harvested. The grandmother of the plant, which was the tallest or oldest plant of the bunch, is always left alone to continue, and a smaller outer piece or plant cutting would be taken. The tobacco that was spread around the plant would act as a natural pesticide to help protect the plant from invaders, while being in a depleted state after harvesting. Nicotine is a powerful neurotoxin to insects, and tobacco is a member of the potent nightshade family. Burning tobacco was used to keep bugs away. I’ve used tobacco as a very effective insecticide for the garden, and I occasionally mixed it with water, although I would use the pure plant and not the cigarette tobacco you buy in the store.

Tobacco in the plant world is used as a very effective pesticide. There really are no medicinal properties in tobacco as we now know it, but it was touted as a cure all for everything throughout the ages. It was probably more medicinal in its undried green form, because the fresh juice was used as a wound healer, and it was also used as a snuff for anesthetic purposes. It would often be mixed together with other herbs. It is known as a sacred herb in Native cultures, and is used in ceremonies and rituals.

In small doses Tobacco stimulates the brain and nervous system, but in larger doses it acts as a depressant. Nicotine increases heart rate and blood pressure, so it is considered a stimulant and not a relaxant. It is the oral fixation and the habitual fulfillment that makes it seem relaxing, it is the worlds most popular placebo. It is the nicotine that makes tobacco addictive passing through every organ in the body and in the bloodstream, and has even been found in breast milk. The level of nicotine in cigarettes is on the rise.

Now most smokers do not even know what the tobacco plant looks like. There are over 60 species of tobacco and other than Australia most are found in the Americas.
Most Canadian cigarettes are made with Virginia tobacco, but there are many varieties of tobacco.

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Virginia Gold Tobacco
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Store bought cigarettes now contain many additives that are toxic, like added accelerants to make the cigarette burn faster. Years ago cigarettes would extinguish by themselves if you stopped smoking it for a period of time, which was good because a lot of people seem to fall asleep on the couch with a lit cigarette and end up burning down the house. Imagine how many fires would be prevented if cigarette companies just took the accelerants out and they leave them in just to earn more profits. The accelerants also make the cigarette burn hotter so that it penetrates your lungs more. Notice that cigars don’t keep burning, but will go out if you stop smoking it for a while, depending on what artificial additives it has.

There are so many additives it is not considered so natural anymore. These are a few of the 4,000 other ingredients in it other than tobacco. When they are burned they create 200 more lung damaging compounds. If you were to inject the same ingredients in one cigarette into the bloodstream it would possibly be fatal.

Ammonia: Household cleaner
Arsenic: Used in rat poisons
Benzene: Used in making dyes, synthetic rubber
Butane: Gas; used in lighter fluid
Carbon monoxide: Poisonous gas
Cadmium: Used in batteries
Cyanide: Deadly poison
DDT: A banned insecticide
Ethyl Furoate: Causes liver damage in animals
Lead: Poisonous in high doses
Formaldehyde: Used to preserve dead specimens
Methoprene: Insecticide
Megastigmatrienone: Chemical naturally found in grapefruit juice
Maltitol: Sweetener for diabetics
Napthalene: Ingredient in mothballs
Methyl isocyanate: Its accidental release killed 2000 people in Bhopal, India in 1984
Polonium: Cancer-causing radioactive element
Urea: component of urine used to flavour cigarettes
These are harmful and even fatal in the following ways:
Fungicides and pesticides — Cause many types of cancers and birth defects.
Cadmium — Linked to lung and prostate cancer.
Benzene — Linked to leukemia.
Formaldehyde — Linked to lung cancer.
Nickel — Causes increased susceptibility to lung infections.

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The filters give people a false sense that the smoke is being filtered and it is less harmful. The marketing of ‘lite’ cigarettes also gave people a false sense that they were making a healthier choice. ‘Lite’ is puffed up with CO2, but this makes people draw harder on it so they receive the same amount as a regular cigarette. There are also air holes in the filters, but they get covered with lips and fingers anyway. Now ads are being forced to show the truth of what really happens to your body when you smoke cigarettes, and even this does not deter people.

Getting a real ingredient list was very difficult for a long time, because smoking was so glamorized by the media and movie stars even Ronald Reagan, the former American president endorsed them when he was an actor.

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The amount of money he earned by making tobacco “cool” is unknown.

Tobacco, Nicotiana has killed more people than any other herb yet remains not only legal, but socially acceptable, while other medicinal smoking herbs are illegal and not socially acceptable.
Tobacco use related deaths are the most avoidable preventable death in the world.
Older smokers lose more grey matter and cognitive function than people who don’t smoke. Smokers are also more prone to illness, and may have to get their throat scraped out besides having other smoking related health problems.

Don’t let cigarette companies profit from your suffering or your loved ones deaths. If you are looking to quit smoking there are many natural ways and herbs that can help and break free from the habit.

Lobelia has very similar receptors to nicotine that quench that nicotine craving, and makes smoking taste bad if you are taking it. Lobelia works on the dopamine and nicotine receptors in the brain and helps with withdrawal symptoms.

Here is further reading on natural ways to stop smoking and heal your lung tissue.

http://omtimes.com/2013/01/natural-ways-to-stop-smoking-heal-lung-tissue/

The effects of smoking on the skin, smokers face became a coined medical term in 1985, because the negative effects on the skin were that noticeable.
Can you pick the smoker in these twins?

http://www.vantagewire.com/2013/10/twins-can-you-pick-the-smoker/

http://www.ehow.com/about_5374951_effects-smoking-skin.html

http://www.quitsmokingsupport.com/whatsinit.htm

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1079499/

http://listverse.com/2009/01/11/30-fascinating-cigarette-smoking-facts/

Addictions bring suffering and death- Buddha

September 13, 2013

13 the Natural Order of Time in the Mayan Calendar

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Why does the number thirteen have such a negative superstitious connotation to it in todays society? Some societies and cultures see the number 13 as being lucky and having special significance.

Anyone who has studied the Mayan calendar has seen the recurring numbers 13 and 20.

The number13 is a very important time keeping natural number in The Maya culture.

The Mayan calendar consists of three main calendars that interlock like gear cogs in a wheel that spin different ways.

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HAAB
The Haab the civil calendar is the solar or sun calendar of 365 days in a year.
18 months of 20 days each for this cycle.

TZOLKIN
The divine calendar also known as the sacred round that means division of days to keep track of time to perform ceremonies and celebrations.
Each day is numbered 1-13 and then repeated. The cycle runs
260-day calendar of 20 periods of 13 days.
The day is also given a name or glyph for 20 days.
The Mayan counting system is done by 20’s instead of our 10 counting system.

THE LONG COUNT
The long count is used to track longer periods of time that is why it is called the universal cycle.
Each sun cycle has 2,880, 000 about 7758 solar days.

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There are 13 tones and 20 glyphs in the Mayan Calendar, each number tone has a meaning and description for the day. The glyphs in the cycle of 20 days have names for each day. Find out what your Mayan name is in the Mayan dreamspell calendar with your free Mayan reading.

http://www.astrodreamadvisor.com/free_mayan_readings.html

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A piece of the Mayan Calendar in Coba ruins Mexico, Yucatan peninsula.

The Lunar calendar cycle of the moon is 13 full moons or moon cycles a year, so there should be 13 months instead of twelve months.That is why there is always a blue moon, or two moons in a month in the gregorian or Julian calendar year, which is the current ‘modern’ calendar system.

13 times 28 days in a month = equals 364, + plus one day celebrated out of time = equals 365 days in a year. The moon cycle which is 13 moons of 28 days matches the cycle of the tides. This is the natural time of a women’s cycle and it is a more accurate way to keep time than current calendar systems.

There are more calendars that track the cycle of Venus and Sirius that have survived but who knows what was destroyed during the bloody conquests from Conquistadors. Only three Maya codex books or codices have survived the intentional decimation.
If this is what has survived then the pattern may have been that they had a calendar for each of the stars and planets in our solar system. The oldest known astronomical observatory is in Chichen Itza Mexico on the Yucatan peninsula.

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Other times the number thirteen appears in Mayan time keeping is
13 times 4 = equals 52 weeks in a year.
This is celebrated by having four men on top of a pole swing upside down on a rope circling 13 times symbolizing offerings for the year.

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I took this picture in Mexico, near Tulum Mayan ruins of The ‘Voladores de Papantla’ who are Totonac Indians who performed this act. The voladores rite is a traditional act of worship performed to the haunting sounds of drums and a flute. This is one of the first sights seen by invading foreigners.

The numbers 13 and 20 show up a lot in the Mayan calendar, and their time keeping vibration is 13:20.

The Mayan calendar is a more accurate time keeping system than the current Gregorian or Julian calendar. Some cultures and beliefs fear the number 13 and consider it unlucky, especially on Friday the 13th, but for the Maya people it is a number that signifies the natural order of the universe.

http://www.lawoftime.org/home.html

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September 13, 2013

The Dark History and Dangers of Coca-cola

Coca-cola the popular beverage drink used to be made with cocaine, which was considered a medicinal ingredient at the time. The cocaine was taken out around the turn of the century in 1903, but is still made up of decocanized coca leaves, which is the same plant that produces the illegal drug cocaine and is now referred to as coca extract. Other ingredients used to include the kola nut, a plant which has lots of caffeine and is where the name cola comes from for these popular types of drinks because it was used as a base. The Company claims they don’t use kola nut now, or can’t verify it because it claims it wants to keep the recipe secret, but there is still caffeine in Coke.
It also contains loads of sugar, which is high fructose corn syrup now and includes artificial sweeteners like aspartame, which have been linked to negative health effects. It now consists of phosphoric acid, high fructose corn syrup, caramel colour and other unknown ingredients may include pesticides.

Coca leaves are a native plant to Peru where the leaves are chewed medicinally or taken in a tea to relieve altitude sickness. The leaves have to be chemically altered to get cocaine the illegal drug stimulant. The coca leaves get shipped to an American company Stepan to be “treated” and the decocanized residue is sold to Coca-cola, but what does this company do with the cocaine part they take out? It used to go to the medical industry, which at one point considered it medicine, but where does the coke end up now?

There are many reasons to NOT drink Coke. It robs the bones of minerals and causes bone loss. A link has clearly been shown that it affects women more and causes oesteoarthritis. The acidity causes tooth decay and other health problems.
Read more about the negative consequences of drinking a coke. http://www.collective-evolution.com/2013/09/22/what-happens-to-our-body-after-drinking-coca-cola/

The alleged pesticide use by this company in other countries like India have contaminated environments, the drink itself, and has led to water shortages, stealing much needed water from farmers. Coca-cola has had questionable labour practices including suppression of trade unions, monopolistic business practices, violation of intellectual property rights, poor environmental track record, and questionable marketing. The long, dark and controversial history of The Coca-cola company has been tied to Nazism, Eugenics, laundering and bribery and is too extensive to list, but further reading can be found here.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criticism_of_Coca-Cola

http://killercoke.org/

Coca-cola also funnelled money through the Grocery Manufacturing Association GMA to block initiatives for GMO labelling. Other brand names owned by the Coca-cola company are Powerade, Vitamin, Simply orange, Odwalla, Zico coconut water, Honest tea. There is a campaign to boycott Coke and these brands due to their secretive funding and anti GMO labelling stance. It’s very clear this company uses GMO’s and is doing everything they can to not let the consumer know.
Please join, share, sign the petition and boycott http://www.cokeboycott.com

Other questionable and controversial ingredients in coca cola-

http://myscienceacademy.org/2013/08/15/10-controversial-ingredients-found-in-coca-cola/

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/foodanddrinknews/9355754/Call-to-ban-cola-ingredient-linked-to-cancer.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coca-Cola_formula

The Coca-cola Santa Claus image of a bearded guy with a red and white furry suit that is now the popular representation of Santa comes from an image of a Siberian shaman.

http://www.dosenation.com/listing.php?id=5514

http://www.shamanswell.org/shaman/siberian-shamanism-origins-santa-claus-reindeer-pine-trees-and-mushrooms

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Other Coke subliminal ad messages were more overt. This Coke advertisement “Feel the Curves” was made in 1995 and Coke had to recall the ad costing them over 200, 000 dollars because the shadow shapes on the ice cubes contained images of oral sex. Subliminal advertisement is now less overt than this blatant attempt, but it was a popular technique to airbrush sex and death wish images in silhouette shapes onto ice cubes and various other places in the ad, like how images were shadowed on the musculature of the body in the popular Levi’s jeans ads in the 80’s State of Mind.

Ultimately the choice is up to you, but buyer beware of what comes along with your purchase.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/coca-cola-apologizes-for-offensive-bottle-cap-message-1.1861022

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The Dangers of Aspartame

http://aspartame.mercola.com/

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