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How Earthworms, The Animals that Save Our Planet

January 6th, 2014 No comments

EarthWorms are Nature’s defenders

Worms=Wonderful Organisms Remedy My Soil!

3000+ species of them

TEDxJohannesburg – Hennie Eksteen – 11/15/09

Hennie Eksteen’s amazed us with “How Earthworms Save the World”.
Most people know about the importance of earthworms for soil fertility but how many know about their more important role as soil de-contaminators? Hennie explained how earthworms can be used in organic waste management, water purification and reclaiming land after mining and oil spills.
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Sun Gazing – In the begining

July 15th, 2013 No comments


This post is for now a placeholder, I will write more about sun gazing here.

I will start to document my sun gazing with a daily blog article, an online log. I might include a photo of the sun from that day. And any other thoughts that come to mind, also any experiences I have.

 

To start with, I am new to sun gazing, but not enitrely. I have known of the benefits of ‘sunning’ for vision, where you close your eyes and look at the sun and move your head. It warms up the eyes nicely and is relaxing, it also has improved my vision. I fell out of that practice a year ago and now I’d like to get back into it in the form of sun gazing.

more will be added to this post later.

Back to Eden

December 13th, 2012 No comments

This docmentary is well done, inspirational and very educational (i.e. empowering)  making it one of the best documentaries I’ve watched.

Watch it to learn about the “one” simple trick (well, it’s not a trick, it is what Nature does every day) that can transform gardening and farming from a challenging task to total bliss and lots of bounty.

Produced & Directed by: Dana Richardson & Sarah Zentz

Executive Producer: Michael Barrett

After years of back-breaking toil in ground ravaged by the effects of
man-made growing systems, Paul Gautschi has discovered a taste of what
God intended for mankind in the garden of Eden. Some of the vital issues
facing agriculture today include soil preparation, fertilization,
irrigation, weed control, pest control, crop rotation, and PH issues.
None of these issues exist in the unaltered state of nature or in Paul’s
gardens and orchards.

“Back to Eden” invites you to take a walk with Paul as he teaches you
sustainable organic growing methods that are capable of being
implemented in diverse climates around the world.

Learn more: backtoedenfilm.com

this article can also be found here

Cancer Explained by Kelley Eidem

December 13th, 2011 No comments

Kelley Eidem, author The Doctor Who Cures Cancer

Hi,

I wrote this about one o’clock last night and posted it on Facebook. The feedback has been tremendous. Please share it far and wide. Here is what I wrote that everyone is so thrilled about…

When we want to cure a cancer we should look at the lynch pins of what cancer needs to function. First, is an unbalanced pH, either too acidic or too alkaline. In either of those cases cancer is always a possibility along with other illnesses as well. (Yes, being too alkaline also promotes cancer and other diseases.)

The second lynch pin is fibrin. Cancer cells are covered with fibrin. There is about 15 times as much fibrin around then as compared to other cells. So why is fibrin so important? Let me count the ways.

Fibrin’s stickiness mucks up the ability of the immune system to reach the cancer cells. Fibrin provides the support structure for the cancer cell’s feeding tubes. Fibrin protects the feeding tubes with its stickiness.

So what happens if the fibrin is washed away? The cancer cells are exposed. The feeding tubes are exposed and without supporting structure.

As is taught in anatomy and physiology classes from day one: Structure determines function. The feeding tubes need the fibrin support to function properly, i.e., to feed the cancer cell. Since the cancer cell isn’t being fed properly the cancer cells withers and dies.

So how do you get rid of fibrin? There are many things that will do that. Hot peppers, ginger and garlic are three of them. The hotter the pepper, the better. Modified citrus pectin, and proteolytic (systemic) enzymes are two more. Probably any volatile oil from spices will have a positive effect. Because volatile oils are…well…volatile the most potent herbs and spices would be those that are freshly grated or ‘bruised. So for instance a fresh mint leaf that is freshly rubbed will release the oils. Within several minutes most of the active oil from any spice will dissipate.

Do those two things: balance the pH and melt away the fibrin, and the cancer has no leg to stand on.

It’s not hard and cancer need not be scary. As you can see cancer is weak and vulnerable once you know the keys to success. You don’t have to run here and there wondering will this work, will that work? All you need to know is whether the agent has the properties to melt fibrin.

To make it real simple, remember when you ate a hot spicy food like a pepper or horseradish or wasabi and it made your nose run. The runny nose is partly fibrin. From your own experience of that runny nose you can see how overpowering the volatile oils are and how utterly defeated the fibrin is compared to it.

The fibrin in cancer is no different. It’s a weakling. You simply melt away the ‘snot’ and the cancer cell shrinks up and dies. So now you can see why cancer can be wiped out rather quickly if you use the right tools. There is no need for stupid things like surgery, chemo or radiation.

There is no need for a biopsy either. Who cares about satisfying the doctor’s curiousity? If cancer is suspected, do the things that wipe it out, and then go on your merry way. You don’t have to miss a school play, or any other activity you would have otherwise engaged in.

Remember, when people are first diagnosed with cancer, the usually just have some troublesome pain or a bump of some kind. It’s seldom killer pain that brings them to the doctor. It’s only after treatment starts that things go so badly and people are too sick to participate in their normal life. Well you can skip all that bad stuff. Wipe out the ‘snot” and you’re 90% there.

I hope each of you will hit the reshare link because what is laid out here in this one sharing could end most cancer for
you, your family, your relatives, and all your friends.

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Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever?

December 27th, 2010 3 comments

Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever?
by: Stephen Sinatra, M.D., F.A.C.C.

Throughout practically all of history, we humans have walked barefoot and slept on the ground, largely oblivious to the fact that the gentle surface energies of the Earth harmonize and stabilize the body’s fundamental biological rhythms and keep inflammation at bay.

In our contemporary Western world, the widespread use of insulative rubber or plastic soled shoes has disconnected us from these nurturing energies and, of course, we no longer sleep on the ground as we did in times past.

New research, which I am proud to be involved in, indicates that this physical disconnect from the Earth creates abnormalities in the physiology and contributes to the chronic inflammation, pain, fatigue, stress, and poor sleep that are so rampant in our modern society.

Along with the research has emerged an amazingly simple remedy for many health problems, including the chronic inflammation regarded as the cause of most common modern diseases, including cardiovascular disease.  The remedy is something right beneath our feet – the Earth itself!

The Greatest Health Discovery in My Career
During my nearly forty years as a practicing cardiologist, I have encountered and used many wonderful natural treatments and seen first-hand astounding lifesaving technological advances. The greatest health discovery of my career, however, is something totally different and more natural than anything I could ever have imagined.

This discovery is called Earthing and it means reconnecting the human body to the Earth’s natural and subtle electric frequencies that few people even know exist. The surface of the planet, science tells us, brims with health-sustaining energy, but until recently the extraordinary benefits that it offers were basically unknown.

Connecting the human body to this natural resource is utterly simple – just go barefoot outdoors. If you have ever walked along the beach near the surf, or on a grassy field wet with morning dew, you may have felt the energy in the form of gentle tingling or warmth in your feet and legs.  You can also connect to this energy by sleeping, working, sitting, or resting on specially designed and inexpensive conductive sheets, bands, or mats that transfer the energy via a wire into your home and office.

These unique devices often relieve common health and pain problems. Recovery from surgery, injury, and extreme athletic performance is accelerated. People report sleeping better with more energy during the day.  They feel better.  For more than ten years, thousands of people around the world – men, women, children, and athletes – have incorporated Earthing into their daily routines. The results have been documented and they are extraordinary.

This surprising yet totally intuitive subject is the focus of a new book that I have had the privilege to co-author.  It is called Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever? (Basic Health Publications, 2010).  In the book, my co-authors and I present research and observations collected during more than 12 years that strongly suggest that the biggest anti-inflammatory on the planet is – get this! – the very planet itself. Basically, we live on top of a global treatment table!

A Missing Link to Health?
The research also suggests that direct physical contact with the Earth reconnects you to the natural electric signal from the Earth governing all living organisms dwelling upon it. The signal restores your body’s natural internal bioelectrical stability and rhythms, which in turn promote normal functioning of body systems, including the cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, and immune systems.

It shifts the nervous system from stress-dominated functioning to one of calmness.  By reconnecting, you enable your body to return to its normal evolutionary electrical state, better able to self-regulate and self-heal.

The Earth’s surface energy takes the form of a virtually unlimited reservoir of free electrons, subatomic particles. When “uploaded” into your body as a result of direct physical contact with the ground, these electrons appear to quell the rampage of destructive free radicals at the basis of chronic pain and inflammation.

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Grounding / Earthing Commentaries

December 3rd, 2010 2 comments

Below you will find commentaries relating to human earthing and grounding

  1. Gaetan Chevalier, Ph.D., The Earth’s Electrical Surface Potential A summary of present understanding | View
  2. James Oschman, Ph.D., Can Electrons Act as Antioxidants? A Review and Commentary | View
  3. James Oschman, Ph.D., Charge transfer in the living matrix | View
  4. James Oschman, Ph.D., Perspective: Assume a spherical cow: The role of free or mobile electrons in bodywork, energetic and movement therapies | View
  5. Stephen Sinatra, MD, FACC, FACN, CNS | View

If any of these documents or links are missing/broken please contact me I have copies.

Grounding / Earthing, Diet and Holistic Health

December 2nd, 2010 2 comments

GroundingHow I learned of grounding:

I always had a connection (felt connected) to nature and our planet, once this connection was compromised I experienced dis-ease. I know this from personal experience.

In my quest to reverse my male pattern baldness and decaying teeth I  researched many diets and theories, trying to figure out what the right thing to eat was, more accurately what my body evolved to eat.

I learned of great concepts such as paleolithic dieting and metabolic typing. Dr. Weston Price, like many others, also figured it was all in the diet, that natives and uncivilized people had great teeth (and hair) due to their diet.

One morning as I continued to research the correct genetic type of foods for me, I had a very basic organic idea surface in my mind,  “it’s not all in the diet”. While diet is a major factor of the body’s health, I believe looking at diets, supplements and chemicals only for an answer misses 1/2 the reality.

Yes the paleolithic humans ate differently, yes the uncivilized white-teethed tribes ate differently. Some ate raw foods, some ate a vegetarian diet of roots and fruits, some drank raw milk, others ate mostly sea food or meat. Finding commonalities in these diets has been the obsession of many researchers and remains an interest of mine; the same with metabolic typing. One convincing answer that explains why different diets had similar results in natives is that these people ate what was right for their metabolic type.

Keeping that in mind, I sifted through facts and theories on ancient and uncivilized diets, then I noticed something that was even more in common between these ancient people, besides how different their diets were than the typical SAD (Standard American Diet). they all were barefoot (or used thin leather sandals), sat on rocks or the ground, climbed trees, swam, and got a lot of sunshine. These people were more “grounded” than us today. I cannot comment on their spirituality, life habits, culture, mind-set, or rituals but I know they were grounded, got a lot of sun and plenty of functional physical activity.

I theorize that it was not just the diet that made our ancestors healthy, it also must have been their lifestyle: especially grounding activities, functional paleo-type physical activity, and plenty of sunshine. This is not to discount diet, diet is a huge part of health, but not the answer-to-all solution to a holistic whole health.

Recently I came across a book that got many 5 star reviews on Amazon. Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever? today has 30 5-star reviews, 2 4-star reviews and 1 1-star review. The 1-star review does not dispute the concept of earthing rather was given because the book felt like an infomercial.

I am not concerned with the book or the products that the book mentions. Earthing is as basic as breathing, no one should have to pay for it. When we sit on the grass, walk barefoot on the beach, or swim in the ocean, we all feel great. According to the “grounding” theory we feel great because we become grounded to the earth, the planet, as our ancestors always were.

Watch this 9 min clip, where David wolfe talks about “grounding” and how it fights inflammation, skin conditions, free radicals, and much more..  In this clip they talk about deficiency in charges, tumors, inflammation, ovarian cysts, show skin conductivity changes, images of blood sample changes are also shown and something called the “sarcadian rythm” is mentioned:

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Animal Emotion

August 15th, 2010 No comments

Even wild predator animals have emotions,

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The photo above was taken by a forum member Richard also knows as “rbsandor”.

He said:

These brothers exhibited a bit of familial love upon greeting each other. D700 and 200-400 lens.

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it was a  treat to actually see the adult lions doing something. The vast majority of their time seems to be spent lying around. This greeting lasted only a few seconds. The male who walked up to his brother, walked away, and layed down with his back to us.

Source: http://nikongear.com/smf/index.php?topic=27520.0

The Use of Heloptherapy and Sun Light Therapy In Ancient Greece and Egypt

May 7th, 2010 No comments

These clips show information about the use of sun light in ancient medicine. Very interesting! I highly suggest you watch these.

Recent findings in the field of human photobiology reinforce the knowledge of ancient cultures.

This lecture takes you on a journey through the ages, always with a close look upon the relationship between man and sunlight, closing with the up-to-date recommendations how to meet the healing light for cure and prevention.

Presented by Alexander Wunsch, Germany. Alexander Wunsch is an expert in vibrational medicine and photobiology. In his private medical practice in Heidelberg, Germany, he uses the Spectro-Chrome method in combination with electromagnetic fields, body sound application, Cranio-Sacral bodywork and Lüscher Color Diagnostic. He does research in the field of light effects on cellular levels and developed a number of devices for vibrational medicine, chromotherapy and electromagnetic environment testing. Alexander Wunsch holds a lectureship for “Health and Light” at the University of Technology, Business and Design in Wismar, Germany

Produced by Selim Özkan, Berlin

Summer, The (Lawn Chemicals) Allergy Season

April 19th, 2010 No comments

sneeze2Many may sneeze here and there during the spring and summer seasons due to pollen, dust, and other particles in the air. Sneezing is our body’s natural response for protecting itself against harmful particles in the air. Most blame the plants and nature on their allergic reaction. In this article I hope to share one often overlooked allergen, that is not only sneeze-inducing but also potentially hazardous to health.

I am sensitive to the smell of chemicals, especially those sprayed on yards and lawns. When I visit a home improvement store, I literally cannot walk down the isle where pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers are shelved. If I find myself in close proximity, the smell disgusts me and can even make me feel sick, not to mention I start to sneeze.

The harmful and annoying effects of these chemicals seems to often be missing in the mainstream awareness. I rarely hear talk about lawn chemicals and that throat burning chemical smell unique to these chemicals, how they are over used, abused, and often confused with the notion of a healthy lawn.

As I drove to work this morning, I could see chemical spraying vehicles from a local company proudly proclaiming “true green”. A sobering and sad reminder that summer is here. Don’t get me wrong, I adore summer. I loath the chemicals used in the summer.

I got to work, parked my car next to a lawn that was reeking with the chemical smell. As I exited my vehicle heading to my work place I sneezed.

Everybody wants that truly green lawn, right? Wrong, I don’t. I never use chemicals on my lawn, it is not the greenest, nor the prettiest, but that is not my concern. I value safety and doing no harm to others and nature more than a green lawn. My lawn is not polluting your air, making you sneeze or poisoning your air.

When you use chemicals on your lawn here is what you are doing: You are paying factories to make synthetic poisonous chemicals, tons and tons of them (due to consumer demand). You then pay them to package these in plastic containers (plastic waste), ship them all over the US (green house gases due to transportation). You follow that by doing your consumer duty, you grab the chemicals and spray them over your land. If you want better results, you pay a little more, and you get a vehicles assuring you “true green lawns”, this vehicles is one super pray bottle, it is filled with chemicals that should they be dumped in a pond would kill all the fish. You watch as they proudly spray that poison over your grass, you think it’s a small price to pay for the result, my beautiful green lawn is just around the corner. You also may believe the lie that your grass is safe to touch, lay down on, walk barefoot on, within 3 days or a week.

Once these chemicals have been manufactured in the factory (thanks to consumer demand) they are here to stay. When these are sprayed on your grass, so much of this chemical vapor goes into the air, on your trees, on your house siding, into your windows; the air blows this chemical residue on to your neighbors property, onto their vegetable garden, and into their open windows. The chemicals on the grass or in the soil don’t stay there either; sooner or later rain will push these chemicals down into the soil and eventually into ground water, it will pollute the soil for many years and ground water for decades. If you live close to a lake or marsh rain will wash off the chemicals into the lakes drastically effecting the ecosystem, killing fish increasing algae and effecting those who eat the fish and swim in the lake.

One often missed point, is that once you cut the grass, as the mower chops the glass and shakes it violently, these chemicals are released into the air again. Ultimately, the use of these chemicals and the impact they have on nature contributes to weakening people’s immune systems and causing cancer.

If you have children, seriously reconsider chemicals in your yard and lawn. Grass is very attractive, don’t turn it into a poisonous trap for your kids.

Respect your neighbors, you most likely do not throw trash into your neighbors house, yet you are ‘ok’ allowing the release of poison into the air that gets, not only inside your house but, into your neighbors house. If your neighbor is me, you may hear me sneezing as I smell this nasty chemical odor.

In the past I used to curse at these lawns when I sneezed, rather than thinking or expecting a ‘bless you’ I’d utter a curse. I’d blame the lawn, the property owner or ignorance. Today as the summer nears and the chemicals are again unleashed, I sneezed, I did not curse this time; I said “bless you” to the lawn.

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Humans Create “Life”, Almost

September 6th, 2009 No comments

bacteria2I always wondered if within my life time we, humans, would be able to make ‘living’ things. By living I mean ‘life’ in the traditional sense. I am not referring to artificial intelligence (AI), robots, learning computers, virtual living beings, viruses, etc. Interestingly, based on a news article titled ‘Artificial life is only months away‘ it seems we are getting closer.

Is this scary or exciting? Maybe it’s both, it is certainly sci-fi material. We may use this technology to benefit the medical field, or we could create, or engineer, bacteria that is efficient at producing natural gas or other usable fuels. We also, better be careful not to create super killer, out of control, multiplying, toxic-creating species.

This ‘man-made’ life is not entirely made out of scratch. The method being used works by transplanting DNA into bacteria cells, thus rebooting the bacteria cells with this new DNA and transforming the bacteria into a totally new species.

The DNA, or synthetic genome, hold the entire genetic code for the new species, and this synthetic genome is made entirely from scratch by scientists.

Real Life-Creation?

I can’t help but wonder, should we manage to transform bacteria into a different ‘new’ bacteria, even into an entirely new species of bacteria, are we really creating life or merely genetically reprogramming existing life. Does a living organism live by its DNA code alone, or are there other aspects at play?

While we can engineer the DNA out of scratch, it’s pretty much useless until we successfully place it into an already-living bacteria. We are actually reprogramming or rebooting the bacteria cell, that is already alive.

The question left unanswered is, are we able to make the bacteria cell itself out of scratch?  So far the answer is no.

I can’t help but wonder, what makes a bacteria cell alive?

Dr Venter, who has been chasing his goal for a decade, is already working on projects to use synthetic biology to create bacteria that transform coal into cleaner natural gas, and algae that soak up carbon dioxide and turn it into hydrocarbon fuels. Other potential applications include new ways of manufacturing medicines and vaccines.

Artificial life will be created within four months, a controversial scientist has predicted. Craig Venter, who led a private project to sequence the human genome, told The Times that his team had cleared a critical hurdle to creating man-made organisms in a laboratory.

“Assuming we don’t make any errors, I think it should work and we should have the first synthetic species by the end of the year,” he said.

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