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Saturday, April 28, 2012

My Happy Garden

Years ago, now about 25 or more, I started a Green Living program.  Since that time hundreds of others have decided its okay to use the leaflady's terminology.  Not sure that I mind this, but I am from a time when courtesy dictated at least asking first.

I have noticed too that a few of my original garden recipes have appeared here and there without proper attribution. I am sorry to say that today people take this sort of thing for granted.  I think getting information to people is good but in what context and at what price?

If you are interested in getting away from toxic garden sprays then My Happy Garden is for you.  If you're needing a nudge to get a garden going no matter how small the space, then My Medicine Garden is for you.

I do have a few of the original artsy copies of the individual books but now, thanks to digital publishing the two are combined, along with a Garden Notes section for you to keep a mini journal on your progress.

Find it all here in The Garden Series.


May 04, 2008
Horticulturists note, too, that "good" bugs can eat up harmful organisms to improve a garden's health. Plus, scores of other non-animal but all-natural materials -- from alfalfa to zinc sulfate -- are often used to invigorate plants.
Mar 26, 2009
I'm getting ready to start my garden up here at about 2700 feet above sea level. I'll be adding new soil to my raised beds and spading in some new peat moss in about another week when this cold snap has finally passed over ...

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2010 HERB DAY - SATURDAY 1 MAY. HerbDay Moves to Spring Date = Requests from herb lovers all over the country, HerbDay will officially be celebrated on the first Saturday in May going forward, starting with Saturday, ...
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Jun 01, 2008
The Importance of Non-Toxic Garden and Household Products. For a number of years I imported a naturally non-toxic plant based cleaner from Canada. For some reason the owner of the company became quite negative a ...
May 08, 2010
Who Seeds Your Garden. 11000 of the seed patents are owned by Monsanto. They now have an estimated 85-90% of the seed market in the US. Corporations Move in on Your Garden · Read More. Posted by herbalYODA at ...

Better Heart Health with Proper Thyroid Testing

Reading this pleases me because I have for decades raised this issue with clients who are being improperly counseled by their health providers about critical health concerns. 

In one case the person's did not get her doctor's attention until the TSH   result was pushing 10. And not only had this been over the current high range of 3.0 for years, they kept pushing statin drugs because her cholesterol level kept going up and they ignored the patients requests for proper testing.

I see it getting worse as there is more exposure to fluoride in water, food, and drugs, but also with more exposure to electromagenetic fields, more microwaved food, and increased mobile use.

More ‘aggressive’ thyroid management may help reduce risk of heart disease

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Jul 03, 2010
Larry Frieders, the compounder, THYROID MADNESS DEFINITION: 1.Treating hypothyroid patients solely with T4-only meds (synthroid) 2.Dosing solely by the TSH and the total T4, or using the outdated "Thyroid Panel" 3.
Jul 22, 2008
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) Jul 21 - Environmental exposure to organochlorine compounds affects thyroid function in preschool children, according to a report from Spain in the July issue of Occupational and Environmental ...
Jun 13, 2009
"The thyroid, located in the neck, is a kind of master gland, secreting hormones that affect metabolism. Doctors usually check its activity by an indirect measure -- looking at levels of TSH, or thyroid stimulating hormone." ...
Mar 05, 2011
PURPOSE: In the present study we investigated the possible histopathological effects of pulse modulated Radiofrequency (RF) fields on the thyroid gland using light microscopy, electron microscopy and immunohistochemical ...

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Heart disease: Low Priority

Not too many days ago I wrote an article for my column on Health & Politics at Sinclair News.  I had been waiting for the results of Andrew Breitbart's autopsy because an earlier commenter claimed that no one dies at age 43 from heart disease.

Certainly this is well known to be untrue.

Drugs cause problems, and now it seems that my concern over lack of training in the last decade or so for doctors and specialists has found support.

You can learn a lot more about prevention from material posted on my website to help you and perhaps some of these doctors in training learn more about this most important sector of health care.

The 2012 edition of my 2005 book, Blood Pressure Care Naturally, is now available.  This little book, the first in my Road To Health Natural Care Series, has been useful to hundreds, patients and providers alike.

One of the key areas is the section on vitamins and minerals.  This point is more pronounced today coming from a new scientific study on magnesium proving it work for hypertension.  These reports always encourage me because I know that at least some one is side stepping the propaganda you read all the time in mainstream media about how you must not take vitamins and minerals or other supplements.  And yes, even AARP promotes this non sense too.

The real proof is that when you become your own best health advocate you will be healthier and you will be better able to question that authority with MD or DO or NP etc following their name.
Tue, Apr 24 2012  Prevention a low priority in heart docs' training
By Kerry Grens
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new survey of training programs for future cardiologists suggests that only a fraction are getting the minimum level of education in heart disease prevention that professional guidelines recommend.
"Prevention and management of risk factors (for heart disease) is not an emphasized -- and almost neglected -- portion of the curriculum," said Dr. Quinn Pack, the lead author of the study. "We don't know how it affects (doctors') knowledge."
To become a cardiologist, physicians who have trained in internal medicine go through a cardiology fellowship lasting several years.
In 2008, leading organizations including the American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF), American Heart Association and American College of Physicians published recommendations that cardiologists in training get at least a month's worth of experience in settings devoted to prevention.
These could include clinics specializing in cardiac rehabilitation after a heart attack, diabetes treatment, weight loss, smoking cessation and other related topics.
Accreditation criteria for graduate medical training programs also require cardiology fellows to have training and experience in prevention-related issues.
Pack, who is a preventive cardiology fellow at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, said he had noticed that some of the fellowship programs where he had applied seemed to emphasize prevention more than others.
To find out whether the fellowships are adhering to the training guidelines, Pack and his colleagues sent a survey to the directors and chief fellows of about 200 programs.
Less than a third responded, and among those who did, 24 percent of their programs met the guidelines for training in prevention.
Another 24 percent had no part of the curriculum formally dedicated to prevention.
While some prevention topics -- such as the use of heart medications -- were nearly always part of a formal lecture to fellows, other topics were overlooked.
The doctors who responded to the survey reported that nutrition, obesity, smoking cessation and managing chronic diseases each earned a place in a formal lecture less than half the time.
Dr. Roger Blumenthal, a professor at Johns Hopkins University who chaired the task force that wrote the ACCF training guidelines, said it was "very disappointing" that only a quarter of the programs set aside time in their fellowships for a rotation in prevention.
"What we would hope is that they're applying the basic preventive cardiology principles for the rest of their cardiology time," he told Reuters Health.
Pack said that in general the training recommendations have more of an emphasis on diagnosis and the management of acute heart conditions, and that fellows end up spending more time learning how to read stress tests and insert stents, for example.
Not only are these skills more technical than, say, helping people quit smoking, they can also earn doctors more money, Pack said.
"There tends to be more focus on the reimbursable procedures," Pack told Reuters Health, "as opposed to the things that, in my opinion, make a real difference to patients -- the medications, the diet, the smoking cessation and lifestyle changes."
Pack's study did not measure whether doctors whose fellowships followed the training recommendations were more knowledgeable in prevention than doctors who didn't get a dedicated prevention rotation.
The survey respondents often said that a lack of time to devote to prevention training was the biggest obstacle to meeting the guidelines.
Another problem was a lack of faculty members with expertise in prevention. Twenty fellowship programs had no faculty who specialized in the subject.
Blumenthal said the lesson learned from Pack's study is that program directors need to make sure their fellows properly understand all the fine points of prevention in cardiology.
Pack said getting prevention experts on staff and reconfiguring the fellowship program to include time for prevention could help programs meet the training recommendations.
"There's time," he said. "It's just given to other priorities."
SOURCE: The American Journal of Cardiology, online April 4, 2012.


Feb 03, 2012
Preventing heart disease requires much more than simply screening for high cholesterol in the blood. "Although this approach has been useful, it fails to identify almost one-half of the 1.3 million individuals who develop MI ...
Sep 13, 2011
A group of people with heart failure was studied to see how well they responded to COQ10 and other antioxidants. Patients had a 40% or lower ejection rate and had been diagnosed for at least six months. Daily dose of ...
Apr 19, 2010
People who drank more than one diet soda each day developed the same risks for heart disease as those who downed sugary regular soda, a large but inconclusive study found. The results surprised the researchers who ...
Feb 02, 2011
Cordless Phones, like WIFI, Boost Heart Risk. Cordless Phone EMFs Trigger Heart Rhythm Abnormalities. By Erik Goldman / Editor in Chief - Vol. 11, No. 4. Winter, 2010. The controversy continues over the possibility that ...

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Give it up for Earth Day and Your Health

April 22, 2012 - Earth Day: A day without wireless

Wireless devices damage the environment in many different ways.

Wireless devices are energy hogs. For instance, it takes three times as much energy to make a simple phone call on a cellphone compared to a landline ( Wireless internet access requires far more energy than fiber optic internet access. Fiber optic internet access to the premises is the state-of-the-art gold standard in broadband. Used with hardwired modems, it is the most energy efficient, highest speed, highest capacity, and most reliable option for broadband. Furthermore, it is safe and secure.
Use of energy-wasting wireless devices, therefore, accelerates the environmental damage caused by mountaintop removal coal mining (, tar sands oil extraction (, and fracking ( because of their higher demand for electricity production.
As if this were not bad enough, the pulsed modulated microwave radiation utilized by wireless devices to communicate interferes with the navigational abilities of bees, birds, bats, and a variety of other creatures ( One study linked nest proximity to cell phone antennas to significantly poorer reproductive success for white storks, including incomplete nest construction, absence of chicks, and increased chick death ( Laboratory studies show it causes various developmental abnormalities and decreases fertility, suggesting other species likely experience decreased reproductive success (
It’s not just the rest of the planet that regrets the human love affair with wireless. Many humans are experiencing health problems from exposure to the pulsed modulated microwave radiation utilized by cellphones, WiFi, baby monitors, and utility smart meters (a.k.a. AMR or transmitting meters) etc.
Many humans experience dizziness, heart arrhythmias, headaches, poor sleep, low energy, inability to concentrate, short-term memory problems, facial flushing and skin rash when exposed to radiation from wireless devices ( . These are just a few of the symptoms of radiofrequency sickness ( Radiofrequency sickness develops when people are over-exposed to radiofrequency radiation, which includes the pulsed modulated microwave radiation inherent in wireless devices.
Exposure to radiofrequency radiation has also been linked to an increased risk for cancer, including lymphoma, leukemia, brain tumor (cellphones), melanoma, parotid gland tumors, and breast cancer ( In fact, in spite of incredible industry pressure, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) of the World Health Organization (WHO) recently classified radiofrequency radiation as a class 2B possible human carcinogen ( Had the IARC panel been allowed to consider all the evidence, Dr. Franz Adlkofer, former executive director of the VERUM Foundation for Behavior and Environment stated that, “the classification likely would have changed from ‘possibly’ carcinogenic to ‘probably.’”, in an October 2011 presentation at the Harvard Law School (
The use of wireless devices has increased markedly in recent years and so have the resultant radiation exposures. The pulsed modulated microwave signal utilized by wireless devices is extremely biologically active, intrinsically unnatural, and not regulated to prevent biological effects ( These ubiquitous consumer devices have never been safety tested for animals or humans and no post-market surveillance is in place.
Show respect for the Earth. Take Earth Day to turn off your wireless devices to save energy and out of consideration for animals, plants, and fellow humans.

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Nutrients for AntiAging

Life Extension provides this article about a nutrient mix of 30 ingredients proven in studies to have effective anti aging and overall health benefits.

Ginger root extract, ginseng, and the mineral selenium meet the criteria in all five categories: Oxidant stress, Inflammation, Mitochondrial function, Insulin resistance, and Membrane integrity.  

This article appears in the May 2012 issue.