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Here are the basics of the CARES Emergency Relief Act

I am receiving tons of messages asking for help blazing a trail through the relief programs so this blog will continue to be updated every time I answer a new question.

How Covid 19 has Affected me?
I started the year with high hopes. We had a medium size build and January was normal but then in Feb. my partner panicked from the virus and he choose to withhold my pay. I can’t blame him. The world is a survival of the fittest society more than ever now.
Basically I’m seeing this everywhere I look because people have panicked and they don’t know which way we are going to go from day to day.

For the same reason, I had two deals scheduled that have postponed their remodels and no one is showing any interest in scheduling free remodel consults.
My publishing and art orders are way down. And we have not had any donations to the foundation. We dare not even ask for funding over $100 until this is resolved.

Our shop sales decreased week to week and now there is a Mandatory Lock down so there will be no sales income until that is lifted.The STAY AT HOME ORDER was just activated for our counties and all the major city counties initiated this or are initiating it shortly. FOOD or work related travel only.

One positive out of this is that my computer consults are increasing. I am preparing a few advertisements to make up for the remodeling shortage.

I am also having more time to focus on my self care, wellness, gardening, art creation, house/vehicle chores and writing etc.


Here are the answers to the CARES ACT and stimulus questions. Keep asking and I will keep updating.

$600 plus your states weekly unemployment amount

Section 2102 (II) Explains:
Covered Individuals INCLUDE:
(II) is self-employed, is seeking part-time employment, does not have sufficient work history, or otherwise would not qualify for regular unemployment or extended benefits under State or Federal law or pandemic emergency unemployment compensation under section 2107 and meets the requirements of subclause (I)


DISASTER UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE program (File with your state office)
Everyone gets at least 13 weeks, along with the extra $600 payment.
Self-employed workers will also be eligible for the additional $600 weekly benefit provided by the federal government.

FAMILY CARE STIMULUS (File your taxes today!)
$1200 ea. plus $500 per kid deposits are being processed and deposited within 3-4 weeks for those who have filed taxes or file ASAP.

Section 4023: Interest FREE / Penalty FREE Loan Forbearance of Residential Mortgage
Mortgage payments and thus existing rent payments are to be suspended for 30 days and can be extended up to 2 additional 30 day periods interest & penalty free. The borrower just needs to write their loan officer and explain Covid19 has put their tennants or selves out of work and into a financial hardship. LOAN HOLDERS MUST CALL and request the 30 day extension prior to the 30 day expiration OF EACH FORBEARANCE PERIOD. Loans are simply extended as if this forbearance period never existed.

FOR LOAN HOLDERS: IF your loan officer gives you any trouble, get it in writing from an email with them and then I can help you get it higher up the ladder for approval.

Eviction efforts are outlawed as explained in 4023 (d) until the forbearance expires.

*In addition, most of the utility and phone companies have informed customers that their payments can be suspended without disruption of service, fee’s and interest.

IF you have children, you just declare that you have to stay home to home school and provide daycare and this protects you by law from loan payments, rent and from being fired from employment. There are plenty of other reasons COVID19 has caused us economic hardship so the eligibility requirements are extremely vague.

What ever your situation is out there, please stay safe and blessings of health to everyone out there!


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During the summer of 2011, I was traveling in a camper van following calls for help. I was focusing on writing a book to document the evolution of our Helping Hands Network ( when I took a break and started a conversation with my camping neighbor about documentaries. My new friend Erin, was very passionate about The Cove and just deserving with the current Tsunami damage surrounding Japan. Not to mention, she was of Japanese descent.

In our conversation I found myself thinking about recent conversations with another friend who worked in a production studio focused on documentaries and within the coming hours I had begun writing this article to organize all the best doc films in a handy reference. I have also included a few films based on real people and events because of their amazing contributions to a society that refuses to promote documentary films on the same level as those brain cell killing blockbuster films.

It was a great break from my serious writing, but now back to work. I hope you all enjoy the wonderful information I have compiled in the write up. Peace and love ~ tf





I practice the traditional ways of my ancestors for most of modern living needs. I mostly only eat what I can grow or obtain for myself. I try to use only hand made, natural, organic items in regards to materialistic industry. I focus on harnessing renewable energy as much as possible and I control the amount of needs by following minimal waste practices. I believe if someone wants to risk mercury poisoning by eating a dolphin or whale, then they should have to go hunt it for themselves and practice the ways of our native elders when it comes to using every piece responsibly. Using large nets to cowardly trap thousands of pounds of dolphins is not acceptable. And what about age selection? There should be a limit on size/age to allow for population balance.

Sometimes,  I just wish T-Rex was back in action to keep the human population in balance and remind us how to respect the species we hunt!

Mercury is the most toxic non-radioactive element in the world and it is released when coal is burned. There is no such thing as clean coal. Mercury falls to the ground and is distributed to streams, rivers and lakes and to the oceans where it is consumed by bacteria and becomes methyl-mercury, an organic form that is then easily absorbed by plankton and zooplankton. Mercury is an immortal element; there is no way to get rid of it once it is released in the environment. Once heavy metals and POP’s (persistent organic pollutants like PCB’s or pesticides) are digested they are very difficult to get rid of and they bio-accumulate in all organisms.

As a general rule, every step up on the food chain these toxins are found, they are magnified about 10 times. The result is that at the top of the food chain, apex ocean predators such as dolphins and swordfish have about a million times more pollutants in them than the water surrounding them. When you consume a pound of swordfish you are consuming the equivalent of a million pounds of floating plankton absorbing toxins. Mercury has a half-life in the human body of about 70-90 days but while it is in the human brain it is destroying neurons vital for sensory perception, memory and motor skills. Advanced stages of mercury poisoning in humans look remarkably similar to mental retardation, cerebral palsy or dementia in adults.



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It’s a phenomenon with a name — Colony Collapse Disorder — but no explanation or solution exists. This documentary details the economic, political and ecological consequences of a dwindling world honeybee population. It also lends a personal perspective to the problem by tagging along with a pair of commercial beekeepers as they struggle to keep their bees hearty enough to fulfill their pollination contracts.



EarthLingsEARTHLINGS is a 2005 American documentary film about humankind’s total dependence on animals for economic purposes.  Presented in five chapters (pets, food, clothing, entertainment and scientific research) the film is narrated by Joaquin Phoenix, featuring music by Moby, and was written, produced and directed by Shaun Monson.







2015 – VIRUNGA

Produced by Leonardo Dicaprio to show the world the destruction of the Congo and the shrinking land of the Gorillas.












Communes are a great place to establish free thinking but many encounter leadership hurdles over time. Sometimes rule making and breaking gets carried away. Some communes have more focus on spiritual preaching and less on sustainable living.

I travel the world looking for the healthiest of communities which can be more appropriately titled as EcoVillages. I have written about those in my past and many more will be shared with my readers in my current book in progress.

In 1968, Elsa and Richard Marley founded an alternative-living community in the remote Northern California wilderness with the motto “Free Land for Free People.” This film tells the story of that intended utopia. Through archival footage and interviews with former residents, director Jonathan Berman explores the problems and realities of communal living and the evolution of a community that endured FBI harassment, cult leadership and more.



Inside look at the world’s EcoVillages. One of my life’s primary objectives is to live, review and contribute to EcoVillage life.  They are the ideal utopian society where commerce is replaced with barter and sharing.

Sustainable living practices are the focus, taking renewable energy and sharecrop farming to provide the freedom for our inner artistic souls to blossom!

The variety of situations and voices in A New We inspires hope for the future of humanity and all life on the planet. The lives shown here are more motivated by imagination, vision, respect and cooperation than by economic forces and social expectations. In these 10 communities, the creative solutions to many social, environmental and economic challenges exemplify the nearly infinite capacity for human-, community- and self-development.

It’s a film that enlightens, encourages and spreads hope – for a new world and A New We.



Renegade architect Michael Reynolds and his green disciples have devoted their time to advancing the art of “Earthship Biotecture” – passive, solar, off-the-grid, sustainable housing.








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Increasingly, Big Coal is spelling big trouble for Appalachian communities whose members have worked the mines for generations. This documentary reveals why with its explanation of the effects of mountaintop-removal mining on the region. Miners, coal company officials and area residents weigh in on the high price of “cheap energy” — especially when it involves blowing off mountain summits to expose seams. Journalist Michael Shnayerson narrates.




~70% of fracking chemical poisons are not biodegradeable and are left in the ground mixing with drinking water supplies.

~80,000lbs. of chemicals are used to first frack each gas well.

~200 millions gallons of water is used per year per natural gas well.

~100+ water hauling trailers are delivered per well per year.

~Loopholes in the 2005 energy bill relieve Gas companies from the EPA’s Clean Water Act regulation!!!!!!!!

“The largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history has swept across the United States. The Halliburton-developed drilling technology of “fracking” or hydraulic fracturing has unlocked a “Saudia Arabia of natural gas” just beneath us. But is fracking safe? When filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarks on a cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets, lies and contamination. A recently drilled nearby Pennsylvania town reports that residents are able to light their drinking water on fire. This is just one of the many absurd and astonishing revelations of a new country called GASLAND. Part verite travelogue, part expose, part mystery, part bluegrass banjo meltdown, part showdown.”

GASLAND will be broadcast on HBO through 2012.



Read my comments on GasLand. TBoone Pickens had better come to the defense of the environment and make sure all these companies are drilling safely and respecting the water for the people living in the area. How many earth quake tremors do they need to endure before waking up!?

I am part owner of a natural gas fueling station in Northeast Nebraska ( ) and I am withholding out natural gas committment until these procedures are rectified and included under EPA regulations!!

An unsettling wake-up call to all Americans, this documentary dissects the country’s dependence on foreign pipelines, exposes rich oil companies’ devious dealings, and explores alternative fuels as a viable solution to our global energy crisis. Narrated by actor Peter Gallagher, the film includes interviews with government officials, scientific experts, academics and politicians from both sides of the aisle.



Starting in 2006, I have been volunteering with several renewable energy groups. I educated myself on making biodiesel, building wind turbines, and installation of several other related green products.

I drive a green van, fitted with a hydrogen generator and solar panel power station. I consulted and invested in the foundation of the Nebraska Green Fuels Cooperative with 10 Midwest leaders. (

I am a leading activist in the GREEN FUEL cause so this film is on my DVD pack that you get with any purchase from our Helping Hands Foundation eBay store!

Q: Why is the area that makes gasoline in Louisiana called “Cancer Alley?”
A: There are 150 petro-chemical facilities within 100 miles. The “fallout” (term from the EPA) from these facilities is a toxic cocktail of airborne chemicals that affects food, water and soil. Each refinery puts out hundreds of thousands of pounds of toxic chemicals. There are many studies showing links between these chemicals and the exceedingly high levels of cancer in Louisiana.

Q: What are the only three ways to dispose of the toxic waste produced by oil refineries?
A: Burn it, dump it on land, dump it in water.

Q: What is the difference in fuel economy between diesel and gasoline vehicles?
A: Diesel has better fuel economy by about 30%; avg. 24mpg for gasoline vehicles compared with avg. 45mpg for diesel.


Who Killed the Electric Car (Revenge of the Electric Car coming soon!!!)

With my first book publishing pay check, I am going to go shopping for an electric vehicle. The #1 disappointment I have with my life is that I do not drive an electric vehicle charged by my solar power grid yet.

I ride my bike as much as I can but for daily driving with heavy load requirements, an electric vehicle and an efficient car pool schedule is the ultimate goal.

Currently in wide DVD release, Paine’s film investigates the events leading to the quiet destruction of thousands of new, radically efficient electric vehicles. Through interviews and narrative, the film paints a picture of an industrial culture whose aversion to change and reliance on oil may be deeper then its ability to embrace ready solutions.



Documentarian Tom Jackson turns his lens on some inconvenient truths about energy titan Exxon Mobil and its effect on climate change. Spotlighting the company’s efforts to fund skewed media campaigns and support global-warming skeptics, Jackson builds his case in interviews with leading writers and scientists in the field of climatology. The film also explains the science behind global warming, as well as offering up some solutions to the crisis.




Some of the facts are not disputed fairly by the opposing data so it was destined to be rediculed. But the core facts regarding the increase in average world surface temperature and ocean temperature of our Earth are undisputable. Nearly all our worlds coral reefs are bleached clean from the combintion of sea life depletion and increased water temperatures.

From director Davis Guggenheim, An Inconvenient Truth is a passionate and inspirational look at former Vice President Al Gore’s fervent crusade to halt global warming’s deadly progress by exposing the myths and misconceptions that surround it. In this intimate portrait of Gore and his “traveling global warming show,” Gore comes across as never before in the media – funny, engaging, open and intent on alerting citizens to this “planetary emergency” before it’s too late.

Interspersed with the bracing facts and future predictions is the story of Gore’s personal journey: from an idealistic college student who first saw a massive environmental crisis looming; to a young Senator facing a harrowing family tragedy that altered his perspective; to the man who almost became President but instead returned to the most important cause of his life. With an emphasis on hope, An Inconvenient Truth ultimately shows us that global warming is no longer a political issue but rather, the biggest moral challenge facing our civilization today.

After having its U.S. debut at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and international premiere at Cannes, An Inconvenient Truth opened to rave reviews and enthusiastic audiences everywhere. A smash hit, the film went on to win Academy Awards® for Best Documentary feature and Best Song. It also became a global phenomenon, one of the highest grossing documentaries of all time with a worldwide audience estimated at 5 million people.



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Stunning cinematography and lilting music highlight this exploration of our compulsion to connect with the ocean. Surfers, scientists and those who make their living from the sea discuss why the ocean is vital to our survival and well-being. Pollution, overpopulation and other environmental concerns are examined, as is the spiritual renewal that results from living in touch with the beauty and strength of the ocean.



before_the_flood_(2016_documentary_film)_posterNational Geographic special on climate control with Leonardo Dicaprio.





MINIMALISM  (on Netflix)

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THIS IS WHY I DO NOT PURCHASE/EAT MEAT from sources I do not research!

Learn the shocking truth behind factory farms — gigantic breeding grounds for meat and poultry — in this documentary that details how the practice wreaks havoc on the environment and on consumers’ health. Through disturbing footage and interviews with experts, director Don McCorkell paints a disturbing portrait of a food system that uses hormones, antibiotics and arsenic to increase its output with little regard for the damage it causes.



I come from a long history or Midwest farmers and my family is one of the last surviving small farm owners in Nebraska. Most of the farm land has been purchased by one of the big corporations.

There are a lot of small farm homes left on the land but the crop fields are mostly farmed under contract on behalf of the corporations. Companies like Monsanto have secured politicians and new laws allowing genetic enhanced seeds to be required for most crops. This means that few 2nd generation seeds will germinate forcing the farmers to purchase new seeds every season!

Those of us who have survived this long, dodging home invasions and forced farm practices, are now being regulated by the latest S510 law. Less then 1% of the USA farmers will escape the newest regulations unscathed and the last of us will surely be forced to sell out or retreat to EcoVillages. My EcoVillages are protected by our rights to bear arms and we grow and trade our food amongst ourselves, all while respecting the borders of our s510 regulatory goones.

In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government’s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation’s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, herbicide-resistant soybean seeds, even tomatoes that won’t go bad, but we also have new strains of E. coli—the harmful bacteria that causes illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually. We are riddled with widespread obesity, particularly among children, and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults.

Featuring interviews with such experts as Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto) along with forward thinking social entrepreneurs like Stonyfield’s Gary Hirshberg and Polyface Farms’ Joel Salatin, Food, Inc. reveals surprising—and often shocking truths—about what we eat, how it’s produced, who we have become as a nation and where we are going from here.



A true fight for food freedom. John Peterson leads a CSA movement that crosses into the realm of an EcoVillage. A pinnacle role model for true wellness and healthy living in todays fucked up world. I plan to visit this CSA north of Rockford IL and volunteer there in 2012.

The epic tale of a maverick Midwestern farmer. An outcast in his community, Farmer John bravely stands amidst a failing economy, vicious rumors, and violence. By melding the traditions of family farming with the power of art and free expression, this powerful story of transformation and renewal heralds a resurrection of farming in America.

The film is a haunting odyssey, capturing what it means to be different in rural America.

Director Taggart Siegel Collective Eye made the film in a most unusual way – shooting farmer John Peterson over 25-years of their evolving friendship, and using multiple media, from 8 mm home movies shot on the farm in the 50’s and 60’s to modern video — allowing him to capture his alternately humorous, heartbreaking and spirited life with raw drama and intimacy.

With the death of his father during the late 60s, a teenaged John takes over the traditional family farm, slowly turning it into an experiment of art and agriculture, making it a haven for hippies, radicals and artists. The Real Dirt on Farmer John charts the end of this idealistic era as the farm debt crisis of the 80’s brings about the tragic collapse of the farm.

As the intricate weave of rural America unravels, vicious local rumors turn John into a scapegoat, condemning him as a Satan-worshipping drug-dealer. Threatened with murder, his home burned to the ground, John forsakes his farm and wanders through Mexico, where he is transformed by the soulfulness and pageantry of this ancient land. Mysteriously, his quest leads him back to his hostile homeland.

Defying all odds, he gradually transforms his land into a revolutionary farming community, a cultural mecca, where people work and flourish providing fresh vegetables and herbs to thousands of people every week.

The Peterson family farm has become Angelic Organics, one of the largest Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms in the United States, a beacon of today’s booming organic farming movement.

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The Hemp Revolution

There is just no logical reason why I can not grow hemp for food, industrial and homestead use. I would agree to a compromise and accept a regulated limit on female THC plants that produce smokeable herb buds but there should be no limit on non THC hemp growth!

As my contribution to legalizing Hemp, I have helped build the business that focuses on hand made, smokeables.

Producer-director Anthony Clarke’s documentary explores the hemp plant’s fascinating history and thousands of uses, as well as the economic and cultural forces behind its prohibition. Clarke argues that the hype surrounding hemp, also known as cannabis or marijuana, has overshadowed the plant’s benefits as a source of paper pulp and its uses as a cotton substitute. He comes down hard on chemical and drug companies as well as the U.S. government.


Similar GREAT films include:

Hemp Hemp Hooray

The Hempire Strikes Back

Hemplands: The Complete Story

Leaves of Green

Hempsters: Plant the Seed

Emperor of Hemp: Jack Herer Story



DON’t EVEN GET ME STARTED! The biggest fuck up and slaughter a country could ever directly impose upon its citizens short of the actual act of deploying soldiers into a deadly battlefield. This act of treason by our own government is no different then Hitler’s forces attacking northern German Polish border villages and blaming the Polish in order to get invasion support.

One of the most controversial and provocative films of the year, Fahrenheit 9/11 is Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore’s searing examination of the Bush administration’s actions in the wake of the tragic events of 9/11.

With his characteristic humor and dogged commitment to uncovering the facts, Moore considers the presidency of George W. Bush and where it has led us. He looks at how – and why – Bush and his inner circle avoided pursuing the Saudi connection to 9/11, despite the fact that 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudis and Saudi money had funded Al Qaeda. Fahrenheit 9/11 shows us a nation kept in constant fear by FBI alerts and lulled into accepting a piece of legislation, the USA Patriot Act, that infringes on basic civil rights. It is in this atmosphere of confusion, suspicion and dread that the Bush Administration makes its headlong rush towards war in Iraq and Fahrenheit 9/11 takes us inside that war to tell the stories we haven’t heard, illustrating the awful human cost to U.S. soldiers and their families.



fahrenheit 119Moore examines the facts on businessman donald trump and his take over of the United States Presidency. See our blog at:




From filmmaker Charles Ferguson comes this sobering, Oscar-winning documentary that presents in comprehensive yet cogent detail the pervasive and deep-rooted corruption that led to the global economic meltdown of 2008. Through unflinching interviews with key financial insiders, politicos, journalists and academics, Ferguson paints a galling portrait of an unfettered financial system run amok — without accountability. Actor Matt Damon narrates.




Ethos, a powerful new documentary hosted by Woody Harrelson, is an investigation into the flaws in our systems, and the mechanisms that work against democracy, our environment and the the common good.

With a stunning depth of research and breadth of analysis, this film dives deep into the inter-connected worlds of Politics, Multi-National Corporations and the Media.

Most of us have wondered at some point how we have arrived at a situation where democracy is touted as having created an equal society when all we see is injustice and corruption.

Politicians openly deceive the public with the support of major corporations and the mainstream media. Wars are waged, the environment is destroyed and inequality is on the rise.

But what is the source of these institutional mechanisms which – when we scratch the surface – are so clearly anti-democratic, so contradictory to the values we hold in common and yet so firmly embedded that they seem beyond discussion?

Ethos opens a Pandora’s box that has it’s roots in the cross-roads where capitalism-meets-democracy, implicates every power-elite puts profit before people and finally offers a solution whereby you – the viewer – can regain control using the one thing they do care about – your cash.


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“Every time history repeats itself the price goes up.”

Surviving Progress presents the story of human advancement as awe-inspiring and double-edged. It reveals the grave risk of running the 21st century’s software — our know-how — on the ancient hardware of our primate brain which hasn’t been upgraded in 50,000 years. With rich imagery and immersive soundtrack, filmmakers Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks launch us on journey to contemplate our evolution from cave-dwellers to space explorers.

Ronald Wright, whose best-seller, “A Short History Of Progress” inspired this film, reveals how civilizations are repeatedly destroyed by “progress traps” — alluring technologies serve immediate needs, but ransom the future. With intersecting stories from a Chinese car-driving club, a Wall Street insider who exposes an out-of-control, environmentally rapacious financial elite, and eco-cops defending a scorched Amazon, the film lays stark evidence before us. In the past, we could use up a region’s resources and move on. But if today’s global civilization collapses from over-consumption, that’s it. We have no back-up planet.

Surviving Progress brings us thinkers who have probed our primate past, our brains, and our societies. Some amplify Wright’s urgent warning, while others have faith that the very progress which has put us in jeopardy is also the key to our salvation. Cosmologist Stephen Hawking looks to homes on other planets. Biologist Craig Venter, whose team decoded the human genome, designs synthetic organisms he hopes will create artificial food and fuel for all.

Distinguished Professor of Environment Vaclav Smil counters that five billion “have-nots” aspire to our affluent lifestyle and, without limits on the energy and resource-consumption of the “haves”, we face certain catastrophe. Others — including primatologist Jane Goodall, author Margaret Atwood, and activists from the Congo, Canada, and USA — place their hope in our ingenuity and moral evolution.

Surviving Progress leaves us with a challenge: To prove that making apes smarter was not an evolutionary dead-end.


The richest in the world hold the power. If you are not connected to the elite or do not succeed in becoming wealthy through a combination of luck, hard work and/or skill then the odds are you will remain just a pawn in the game of life.

I choose to remain a simpleton, a non-materialistic monk; living day to day as if it were my last. Writing, telling stories and creating freedom of expression to make the world a better place. I reach out to help others on a daily basis and find the best way to defeat our oppressing elite, is to simply live in a near zero waste, organic and sustainable EcoVillage where there is no capitalism and our laws are our own.

The rest of you who choose to live in the capitalistic world and live in worry and fear, I wish you the best from my Islands, forest and wilderness paradise.

On the 20-year anniversary of his groundbreaking masterpiece “Roger & Me,” Michael Moore’s “Capitalism: A Love Story” comes home to the issue he’s been examining throughout his career: the disastrous impact of corporate dominance on the everyday lives of Americans. But this time the culprit is much bigger than General Motors, and the crime scene is far wider than Flint, Michigan.





Free medical help for those in the loving community as well as world wide outreach programs focused on laughter to help ease patients pain. This group is one of my most honored idols.

I plan on visiting the Gesundheit Institute of Patch Adams during my next visit to West virginia. I follow their updates and newsletter and would go to some of their outreach programs once I secure a sponsor.





Most of the world power countries provide their citizens with socialized free health care and it works great for far more on average then the capitalist approach in the USA… so why do we put up with putting our loved ones in eternal debt for expensive meds, insurance and treatment???

Michael Moore sets his sights on the plight of the uninsured in this Oscar-nominated documentary that uses Moore’s trademark humor and confrontational style to ask the difficult questions and get to the truth behind the health care crisis. In the world’s richest country, 45 million people have no health insurance, while HMOs grow in size and wealth. Moore also explores the widespread use of antidepressants and their possible link to violence.




I saw this film at SxSW 2010 and it does a great job of documenting how our native ancestors have been portrayed by film. Up until the 1940s we were viewed as innocent, loving people but then public interest declined and the violent side of conflict and the defense of forced genocide became the focus.

I spend about 30 days a year on native reservations with my elders and at leadership peace conferences preserving and teaching the traditional ways. If this topic is close to your heart, you should follow my feeds and come visit an event with me this summer.

For more than a century, the film industry has depicted North American native people in a variety of ways — many of them wildly inaccurate. Recently, however, that’s begun to change. Director Neil Diamond captures both sides of the coin here. Through interviews with a gallery of actors and directors, including Clint Eastwood, this documentary reveals the film industry’s impact on the experiences of native people in the United States and Canada.



This film discusses Human Rights focused on Freedom of Press and Speech. The main message is to inform us all about the facts on internet control. Companies limit our access to information based on who pays them the most to alter how the internet speeds and access work. The above youTube video shows a few minutes of my interview with the director at SxSW 2010. We talked for a long time before and after the film about my ventures and we have stayed in touch since. I also follow Robb Topolski’s blog and his programming work with the Measurement Lab team projects.

Keeping the independent/punk spirit alive, barbershop quartet fan Robb Topolski takes on the nation’s largest cable company, only to find himself at the center of a federal investigation, inspiring a larger story of censorship, individual voice and access.

Is “The Man” controlling the vertical, the horizontal, and the channel you’ll be on?

In a privatized American Internet, is big business “Big Brother” or does the free market protect and serve the needs of the average citizen with its invisible hand? With the simple act of swapping files, barbershop quartet baritone Robb Topolski finds himself at ground zero of a landmark case whose outcome will affect the rights of every American citizen.

Following one man’s personal quest to defend what he believes to be his inalienable rights, BARBERSHOP PUNK examines the critical issues surrounding the future of the American Internet and what it takes to challenge the status quo.

Contemplating the future of the American Internet and the inalienable rights under review, the film features discussions with Ian MacKaye, Damian Kulash of OK Go, Henry Rollins, Janeane Garofalo, EFF’s John Perry Barlow, U.S. Congressman Chip Pickering, Congressman Marsha Blackburn, Free Form DJ Jim Ladd, Clinton White House Press Secretary Mike McCurry, Michelle Combs of the Christian Coalition, Songwriters Guild President Rick Carnes, NARAL’s Ted Miller, lobbyist Jack Burkman, and FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein, among others.



This is one of my favorite films. It does an amazing job to provide links and factual documentation against illegal seizure of your hard earned money for INCOME TAX.

It also gives a clear picture of the history of the Federal Reserve. By the time you are done watching this, you should be buying silver and gold like most of my friends and family!

Acclaimed filmmaker Aaron Russo directs this thorough investigation into the creation of the Federal Reserve and the controversial legislation (or lack thereof) that requires all American citizens to pay income taxes. Through revelatory interviews with key members of Congress, a former IRS Commissioner, tax attorneys, agents from the IRS and FBI, and various authors, Russo demystifies federal income tax and the creation of money.



This documentary peers into the controversial and often dangerous operations of the Al Jazeera news network, an outlet that’s become the most accepted informational resource in the Arab community — even though it often enrages its own people. Egyptian-American filmmaker Jehane Noujaim gains extraordinary access to Al Jazeera journalists and examines the risks they confront on a daily basis by simply doing their jobs.



Honorable Mention: (Many of these influence our artistic expression but have a bit less affect on improving the world and our survival.)


Capturing the true story of the team that almost changed how America defined its national pastime, this documentary chronicles the rise of sports sensations the New York Cosmos, the crown jewel of the North American Soccer League in the 1970s. Backed by TV mogul Steve Ross, the phenomenal Cosmos boasted star players such as Pele and Franz Beckenbauer, whipping U.S. fans into a frenzy with their exploits on and off the field.



I saw this film at SxSW 2010 and it kicked ass. The crew spent a year traveling the world playing pickup soccer games and documenting the cultural impact. They put themselves in harms way several times to get into a game, for the love of it. They bribed their way into a prison game, the girl (Gwendolyn Oxenham) played in a Muslim game where women were not allowed and they almost got evicted from the country and had their tapes taken away; they even played as Jews vs. Muslims in Jerusalem.

After the film I hung out with the crew all night and shared our traveling soccer stories. We even discovered that we had met in passing when Gwen’s UNC team played my girlfriends Husker team.  I am absolutely delighted to see they made it into Netflix’s rotation.

*Two Americans who love soccer but didn’t make it in the pros travel to 25 different countries, where they find people of all backgrounds, races and classes who play the game for the sheer joy of it, regardless of their surroundings or equipment. A pelada, or pick-up game, is spontaneous, serious and fun, and anyone can join in. In exotic locales such as Bolivia, Kenya and Iran, the filmmakers celebrate the camaraderie generated by soccer.



The pioneers of hard rock take the stage — and blow your mind. Led Zeppelin storm Madison Square Garden in this collection of footage taken from their legendary performances at the New York venue in 1973. Adding to the musical power and drama are hallucinatory fantasy sequences meant to illustrate each band member’s mental state. Songs performed in this swirl of sound and vision include “Black Dog,” “Stairway to Heaven” and “Whole Lotta Love.”



Willie Nelson story directed by Billy Bob Thorton



Davis Guggenheim, creator of the Oscar-winning An Inconvenient Truth, directs this fascinating profile of three contemporary guitarists: Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, U2’s The Edge and Jack White of the White Stripes. Each talks about their creative process, technique and influences as cameras follow them to key locations in their own music history. A jam session featuring all three musicians is woven into their discussions.



Inspired by pioneering outdoorsman Yvon Chouinard’s freewheeling 1968 van trip to Patagonia, South America, a band of bliss-seeking surfer-mountaineers sets out — in 2007, by boat — to remake the journey in this adventure documentary. Jeff Johnson and his buddies hug the coast, stopping at the Galapagos Islands and Easter Island before arriving in Patagonia — a region that’s still breathtaking but is now besieged by environmental threats.



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Increasingly, Big Coal is spelling big trouble for Appalachian communities whose members have worked the mines for generations. This documentary reveals why with its explanation of the effects of mountaintop-removal mining on the region. Miners, coal company officials and area residents weigh in on the high price of “cheap energy” — especially when it involves blowing off mountain summits to expose seams. Journalist Michael Shnayerson narrates.



WHAT should you be growing and purchasing from the local farmers markets????


WaterCress – Packs the most vital 17 human body nutrients into one source.

Unpasteurized (raw) grass-fed milk — Raw organic milk from grass-fed cows contains both beneficial fats, bacteria that boost your immune system, and a number of vitamins, minerals and enzymes. Although raw milk availability is limited in the US, depending on where you live, you can locate the source closest to you at

Whey protein — Even if you don’t have access to raw milk, you can use a high-quality whey protein derived from the milk of grass-fed cows to receive much of the same health benefits. Whey protein contains beta-glucans and immunoglobulins, which protect your immune system and support your body’s natural detoxification processes.

Fermented foods — One of the most healthful fermented foods is kefir — an ancient cultured, enzyme-rich food full of friendly microorganisms that balance your “inner ecosystem” and strengthen immunity. Besides kefir, other good fermented foods include natto, kimchee, miso, tempeh, pickles, sauerkraut, and olives.

Raw organic eggs from pastured chickens – Raw, free-range eggs are an inexpensive and amazing source of high-quality nutrients that many people are deficient in, especially high-quality protein and fat. To find free-range pasture farms, try your local health food store, or go to or

Grass-fed beef or organ meats – Grass-fed beef is very high in vitamins A, B12 and E, omega-3 fats, beta carotene, zinc and the potent immune system enhancer CLA (conjugated linoleic acid, a fatty acid). But don’t confuse “organic” with grass-fed, since many organically raised cows are still fed organic corn, which you don’t want. However, most grass-fed cows are raised organically.

Coconut oil — Besides being excellent for your thyroid and your metabolism, coconut oil is rich in lauric acid, which converts in your body to monolaurin – a compound also found in breast milk that strengthens a baby’s immunity. Rub on teeth for 15 minutes to help restore oral health, enamel, gums etc. (sesame and hemp oils are great for oral use as well.)

Its medium chain fatty acids, or triglycerides (MCT’s) also impart a number of health benefits, including raising your body’s metabolism and fighting off pathogens such as viruses, bacteria and fungi. Make sure you choose an organic coconut oil that is unrefined, unbleached, made without heat processing or chemicals, and does not contain GM ingredients.

Berries – Cherries, Blueberries and raspberries rate very high in antioxidant capacity compared to other fruits and vegetables. They are also lower in fructose than many other fruits.

Broccoli – Broccoli contains the highest amount of isothiocyanates, a cancer-fighting compound, of all the crunchy vegetables. Studies have shown that just 10 spears a week (5 servings) can make a difference in your health.

Chlorella –This single-cell freshwater algae acts as an efficient detoxification agent by binding to toxins (most of which promote chronic inflammation), such as mercury, and carrying them out of your system. The chlorophyll in the chlorella helps you process more oxygen, cleanses your blood and promotes the growth and repair of your tissues. (For more information, please see my interview with expert, Ginny Banks.)

Tea – As for beverages, clean pure water is a must for optimal health, but if you want another beverage, a good choice with added health benefits is high quality herbal teas.

Matcha tea is the most nutrient-rich green tea and comes in the form of a stone-ground powder, completely unfermented. The best Matcha comes from Japan and has up to 17 times the antioxidants of wild blueberries, and seven times more than dark chocolate. Tulsi is another tea loaded with antioxidants and other micronutrients that support immune function and heart health. Hemp, kenaf and sage leafs are also full of nutrients.

Krill Oil—Krill oil is the only dietary supplement that makes it to this list, and that’s only because the ideal food source for these essential omega-3 fats has been destroyed by widespread pollution. The dangers of eating fish simply outweigh the benefits due to the toxic mercury levels they now contain, with very few exceptions. Antarctic krill oil is a pure marine oil loaded with powerful antioxidants and omega-3 oils, with NO heavy metal contamination.

*THIS CHART is a rating not a percentage. Read the study to decode the rating system!



TOP 12 Healing Health Foods

As part of a healthy diet, whole foods play a significant role in helping our bodies  function optimally. There are hundreds of extremely nutritious whole foods, but the  dozen on this list do more than contribute healthy nutrients — they help you heal. In fact,  every food on this list boasts multiple healing effects, from fighting cancer to reducing  cholesterol, guarding against heart disease, and more. Eat these super-healing picks and  start feeling pretty super yourself.

1. Cherries

Cherries boast a laundry list of healing powers. For starters, they pack a powerful  nutritional punch for a relatively low calorie count. They’re also packed with substances  that help fight inflammation and cancer. As if that weren’t enough, in lab studies,  quercetin and ellagic acid, two compounds contained in cherries, have been shown to  inhibit the growth of tumors and even cause cancer cells to commit suicide — without  damaging healthy cells. Cherries also have antiviral and antibacterial properties.

Anthocyanin, another compound in cherries, is credited with lowering the uric acid levels  in the blood, thereby reducing a common cause of gout. Researchers believe anthocyanins  may also reduce your risk of colon cancer. Further, these compounds work like a natural  form of ibuprofen, reducing inflammation and curbing pain. Regular consumption may help  lower risk of heart attack and stroke.

In Chinese medicine, cherries are routinely used as a remedy for gout, arthritis, and  rheumatism (as well as anemia, due to their high iron content). Plus they’re delicious.

How much:
Aim for a daily serving while they’re in season locally. And keep a bag of frozen cherries  in your freezer the rest of the year; frozen cherries retain 100 percent of their  nutritional value and make a great addition to smoothies, yogurt, and oatmeal.

Buy organic, since conventionally grown cherries can be high in pesticides.
Make a Cherry Clafoutis.

2. Guavas

Guavas are a small tropical fruit that can be round, oval, or pear-shaped. They’re not all  that common, so they might be hard to find, depending on where you live. But if you can  track them down, it’s more than worth it. Guavas contain more of the cancer-fighting  antioxidant lycopene than any other fruit or vegetable, and nearly 20 percent more than  tomatoes. Our bodies can’t process much of the lycopene in tomatoes until they’re cooked;  the processing helps break down tough cell walls. However, guavas’ cell structure allows  the antioxidant to be absorbed whether the fruit is raw or cooked, and the whole fruit  offers the nutrition without the added sodium of processed tomato products.

Lycopene protects our healthy cells from free radicals that can cause all kinds of damage,  including blocked arteries, joint degeneration, nervous system problems, and even cancer.  Lycopene consumption is associated with significantly lower rates of prostate cancer; in  addition, men with prostate tumors who consumed lycopene supplements showed  significant improvements, such as smaller tumors and decreased malignancy. Lycopene has  also been found to inhibit the growth of breast cancer cells, and research suggests that  this antioxidant may also help protect against coronary heart disease.

This strange-looking little fruit is also packed with vitamin C and other antioxidants.  Serving for serving, guava offers more than 60 percent more potassium than a banana,  which can help protect against heart disease and stroke. In fact, the nutrients found in  guavas have been shown to lower LDL and boost HDL cholesterol, reduce triglycerides,  and lower blood pressure.

How much:
Aim to eat fresh guavas as often as you can when you can find them in stores. They’re not  commonly available in the freezer section; and most guava juices are processed and  sweetened, so they don’t provide the same superior nutrition that the whole, fresh fruit  does. One to two guavas a day is a good goal.

Opt for the red-fleshed variety if you can; both are loaded with antioxidants, but the red  type has more than the white-fleshed apple guava.

3. Beans

Beans are a miracle food. They lower cholesterol, regulate blood sugar and insulin  production, promote digestive health, and protect against cancer. If you think of fiber,  protein, and antioxidants and immediately think whole grains, meat, and fruit, think again  — beans offer all three in a single package.

An assortment of phytochemicals found in beans has been shown to protect cells from  cancerous activity by inhibiting cancer cells from reproducing, slowing tumor growth.  Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health reported that women who consumed  beans at least twice a week were 24 percent less likely to develop breast cancer, and  multiple studies have tied beans to a reduced risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high  blood pressure, and breast and colon cancers.

Beans deliver a whopping amount of antioxidants, which help prevent and fight oxidative  damage. In fact, the USDA’s ranking of foods by antioxidant capacity places three  varieties of beans (red beans, red kidney beans, and pinto beans) in the top four — and  that’s among all food groups. Beans are a great source of dietary fiber, protein, and iron.  They also contain the amino acid tryptophan; foods with high amounts of tryptophan can  help regulate your appetite, aid in sleep, and improve your mood. Many are also rich in  folate, which plays a significant role in heart health. And depending on the type of bean  you choose, you’ll also get decent amounts of potassium, magnesium, vitamin B1 and B2,  and vitamin K. Soybeans are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids.

In Chinese medicine, various types of beans have been used to treat alcoholism, food  poisoning, edema (particularly in the legs), high blood pressure, diarrhea, laryngitis,  kidney stones, rheumatism, and dozens of other conditions.

How much:
Aim for a minimum of two servings of beans per week.

Adzuki and mung beans are among the most easily digested; pinto, kidney, navy, garbanzo,  lima, and black beans are more difficult to digest.

4. Kiwifruit

This tiny, nutrient-dense fruit packs an amazing amount of vitamin C (double the amount  found in oranges), has more fiber than apples, and beats bananas as a high-potassium  food. The unique blend of phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals found in kiwifruit helps  protect against heart disease, stroke, cancer, and respiratory disease. Kiwifruit’s natural  blood-thinning properties work without the side effects of aspirin and support vascular  health by reducing the formation of spontaneous blood clots, lowering LDL cholesterol,  and reducing blood pressure. Multiple studies have shown that kiwifruit not only reduces  oxidative stress and damage to DNA but also prompts damaged cells to repair themselves.

Kiwifruit is often prescribed as part of a dietary regimen to battle cancer and heart  disease, and in Chinese medicine it’s used to accelerate the healing of wounds and sores.

How much:
Aim to eat one to two kiwifruit a day while they’re in season, for the best taste and  nutrition. California-grown kiwifruit are in season from October through May, and New  Zealand kiwifruit are available between April and November.

Kiwifruit contains enzymes that activate once you cut the fruit, causing the flesh to  tenderize. So if you’re making a fruit salad, cut the kiwifruit last.
The riper the kiwifruit, the greater the antioxidant power, so let them ripen before you  dig in.

5. Watercress

Not only is watercress extremely nutritious, it’s about as close as you can get to a  calorie-free food. Calorie for calorie, it provides four times the calcium of 2 percent milk.  Ounce for ounce, it offers as much vitamin C as an orange and more iron than spinach. It’s  packed with vitamin A and has lots of vitamin K, along with multiple antioxidant  carotenoids and protective phytochemicals.

The nutrients in watercress protect against cancer and macular degeneration, help build  the immune system, and support bone health. The iron helps red blood cells carry oxygen  to your body’s tissues for energy. The phytochemicals in watercress battle cancer in three  ways: killing cancer cells, blocking carcinogens, and protecting healthy cells from  carcinogens. They’ve also been shown to help prevent lung and esophageal cancer and can  help lower your risk for other cancers.

In Chinese medicine, watercress is thought to help reduce tumors, improve night vision,  and stimulate bile production (improving digestion and settling intestinal gas). It’s used as  a remedy for jaundice, urinary difficulty, sore throat, mumps, and bad breath.

How much:
Eat watercress daily if you can. In some regions, it’s more widely available during the  spring and summer, when it’s cultivated outdoors. But since it can also be grown  hydroponically in greenhouses, you can find it year-round in many grocery stores and at  your local farmer’s market.

You can cook it, but watercress is better for you when you eat it raw. Tuck it into a  sandwich in place of lettuce.
Toss it with your favorite vegetables and eat it in a salad.
Watercress is great in pesto — just replace the basil with watercress — and soups.
Use watercress as a wonderfully detoxifying ingredient in a juice or smoothie.

6. Spinach

You already knew spinach was good for you, but did you know just how good? Spinach  protects against eye disease and vision loss; it’s good for brain function; it guards against  colon, prostate, and breast cancers; it protects against heart disease, stroke, and  dementia; it lowers blood pressure; it’s anti-inflammatory; and it’s great for bone health.  Spinach has an amazing array of nutrients, including high amounts of vitamin K, calcium,  vitamin A, vitamin C, folate, magnesium, and iron.

A carotenoid found in spinach not only kills prostate cancer cells, it also prevents them  from multiplying. Folate promotes vascular health by lowering homocysteine, an amino acid  that, at high levels, raises the risk of dementia and cardiovascular disease, including heart  disease and stroke. Folate has also been shown to reduce the risk of developing  colorectal, ovarian, and breast cancers and to help stop uncontrolled cell growth, one of  the primary characteristics of all cancers. The vitamin C and beta-carotene in spinach  protect against colon cancer in addition to fighting inflammation, making them key  components of brain health, particularly in older adults.

Spinach is loaded with vitamin K (one cup of cooked spinach provides 1,111 percent of the  recommended daily amount!), which builds strong bones by helping calcium adhere to the  bone. Spinach is also rich in lutein, which protects against age-related macular  degeneration, and it may help prevent heart attacks by keeping artery walls clear of  cholesterol buildup.

How much:
Fresh spinach should be a daily staple in your diet. It’s available in practically every  grocery store, no matter where you live, it’s easy to find year-round, and you’d be hard  pressed to find a more nutritionally sound, versatile green. So do yourself a healthy favor  and aim for a few ounces, raw or lightly steamed, every day.

Add a handful of fresh spinach to your next fruit smoothie. It’ll change the color but not  the taste.
Conventionally grown spinach is susceptible to pesticide residue; stick to organic.

7. Onions

Onions get a bad rap for their effect on the breath, but that’s not the only part of the  body where they pack a wallop. Onions contain potent cancer-fighting enzymes; onion  consumption has been shown to help lower the risk of prostate and esophageal cancers  and has also been linked to reduced mortality from coronary heart disease. Research  suggests that they may help protect against stomach cancer. Onions contain sulfides that  help lower blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as a peptide that may help prevent bone  loss by inhibiting the loss of calcium and other bone minerals.

Onions have super antioxidant power. They contain quercetin, a natural antihistamine that  reduces airway inflammation and helps relieve symptoms of allergies and hay fever.  Onions also boast high levels of vitamin C, which, along with the quercetin, battles cold  and flu symptoms. Onions’ anti-inflammatory properties help fight the pain and swelling  associated with osteo- and rheumatoid arthritis. Onions are also extremely rich in sulfur  and they have antibiotic and antiviral properties, making them excellent for people who  consume a diet high in protein, fat, or sugar, as they help cleanse the arteries and impede  the growth of viruses, yeasts, and other disease-causing agents, which can build up in an  imbalanced diet.

How much:
For all the health benefits onions provide, it would be ideal to eat one a day. However, if  that’s not doable for you, add a few onions to your weekly grocery list and try to eat a  little bit every day. All varieties are extremely good for you, but shallots and yellow  onions lead the pack in antioxidant activity. Raw onions provide the best nutrition, but  they’re still great for you when they’re lightly cooked. And cooking meat at high  temperatures (such as on a grill) with onions can help reduce or counteract carcinogens  produced by the meat.

Onions should be stored at room temperature, but if they bother your eyes when you cut  them, try refrigerating them for an hour beforehand.

8. Carrots

Carrots are a great source of the potent antioxidants known as carotenoids. Diets high in  carotenoids have been tied to a decreased risk in postmenopausal breast cancer as well as  cancers of the bladder, cervix, prostate, colon, larynx, and esophagus. Conversely, diets  low in carotenoids have been associated with chronic disease, including heart disease and  various cancers. Research suggests that just one carrot per day could reduce your risk of  lung cancer by half. Carrots may also reduce your risk of kidney and ovarian cancers. In  addition to fighting cancer, the nutrients in carrots inhibit cardiovascular disease,  stimulate the immune system, promote colon health, and support ear and eye health.

Carrots contain calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, fiber, vitamin C, and an  incredible amount of vitamin A. The alpha-carotene in carrots has shown promise in  inhibiting tumor growth. Carrots also contain the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, which  work together to promote eye health and prevent macular degeneration and cataracts. In  Chinese medicine, carrots are used to treat rheumatism, kidney stones, tumors, indigestion,  diarrhea, night blindness, ear infections, earaches, deafness, skin lesions, urinary tract  infections, coughs, and constipation.

How much:
Eat a serving of carrots each day if you can, and enjoy them year-round. Carrots are good  for you whether they’re raw or lightly cooked; cooking helps break down the tough fiber,  making some of the nutrients more easily absorbed. For the best nutrition, go for whole  carrots that are firm and fresh-looking. Precut baby carrots are made from whole carrots  and, although they’re convenient, they tend to lose important nutrients during processing.

Remove carrot tops before storing them in the fridge, as the tops drain moisture from the  roots and will cause the carrots to wilt.
Buy organic; conventionally grown carrots frequently show high pesticide residues.

9. Cabbage

Cabbage is a powerhouse source of vitamins K and C. Just one cup supplies 91 percent of  the recommended daily amount for vitamin K, 50 percent of vitamin C, good amounts of  fiber, and decent scores of manganese, vitamin B6, folate, and more — and it’ll only cost  you about 33 calories. Calorie for calorie, cabbage offers 11 percent more vitamin C than  oranges.

Cabbage contains high levels of antioxidant sulforaphanes that not only fight free  radicals before they damage DNA but also stimulate enzymes that detoxify carcinogens in  the body. Researchers believe this one-two approach may contribute to the apparent  ability of cruciferous vegetables to reduce the risk of cancer more effectively than any  other plant food group. Numerous studies point to a strong association between diets high  in cruciferous vegetables and a low incidence of lung, colon, breast, ovarian, and bladder  cancers.

Cabbage builds strong bones, dampens allergic reactions, reduces inflammation, and  promotes gastrointestinal health. Cabbage is routinely juiced as a natural remedy for  healing peptic ulcers due to its high glutamine content. It also provides significant  cardiovascular benefit by preventing plaque formation in the blood vessels. In Chinese  medicine, cabbage is used to treat constipation, the common cold, whooping cough,  depression and irritability, and stomach ulcers. When eaten and used as a poultice, as a  dual treatment, cabbage is helpful for healing bedsores, varicose veins, and arthritis.

How much:
The more cabbage you can include in your diet, the better. A study of Polish women found  that those who ate at least four servings of cabbage per week as adolescents were 72  percent less likely to develop breast cancer later in life than their peers who consumed  only one weekly serving or less.

Try raw sauerkraut. It has all the health properties of cabbage, plus some potent  probiotics, which are excellent for digestive health.
Use the whole cabbage; the outer leaves contain a third more calcium than the inner  leaves.
Both are nutritional stars, but red cabbages are far superior to the white variety, with  about seven times more vitamin C and more than four times the polyphenols, which protect  cells from oxidative stress and cancer.

10. Broccoli

You’ll find it difficult to locate another single food source with as much naturally  occurring health-promoting properties as broccoli. A single cup of steamed broccoli  provides more than 200 percent of the RDA for vitamin C (again, more than oranges),  nearly as much of vitamin K, and about half of the daily allowance for vitamin A, along  with plentiful folate, fiber, sulfur, iron, B vitamins, and a whole host of other important  nutrients. Calorie for calorie, broccoli contains about twice the amount of protein as steak  — and a lot more protective phytonutrients.

Broccoli’s phytochemicals fight cancer by neutralizing carcinogens and accelerating their  elimination from the body, in addition to inhibiting tumors caused by chemical  carcinogens. Studies show evidence that these substances help prevent lung and  esophageal cancers and may play a role in lowering the risk of other cancers, including  gastrointestinal cancer.

Phytonutrients called indoles found in broccoli help protect against prostate, gastric, skin,  breast, and cervical cancers. Some research suggests that indoles also protect the  structure of DNA and may reduce the risk of prostate cancer. Extensive studies have  linked broccoli to a 20 percent reduction in heart disease risk. In Chinese medicine,  broccoli is used to treat eye inflammation.

How much:
If you can eat a little broccoli every day, your body will thank you for it. If you can’t  swing it, aim for eating it as regularly as possible. Like many other vegetables, broccoli  provides fantastic nutrition both in its raw form and when it’s properly cooked. Cooking  reduces some of broccoli’s anticancer components, but lightly steaming it will preserve  most of the nutrients. Broccoli is available fresh year-round in most areas, but if you can’t  find it where you live, frozen broccoli is a good substitute.

Steaming or cooking broccoli lightly releases the maximum amount of the antioxidant  sulforaphane.

11. Kale

Kale is highly nutritious, has powerful antioxidant properties, and is anti-inflammatory.  One cup of cooked kale contains an astounding 1,328 percent of the RDA for vitamin K,  192 percent of the RDA for vitamin A, and 89 percent of the RDA for vitamin C. It’s also a  good source of calcium and iron.

Kale is in the same plant family as broccoli and cabbage, and, like its cruciferous cousins,  it contains high levels of the cancer-fighting compound sulforaphane, which guards  against prostate, gastric, skin, and breast cancers by boosting the body’s detoxification  enzymes and fighting free radicals in the body. The indoles in kale have been shown to  protect against breast, cervical, and colon cancers. The vitamin K in kale promotes blood  clotting, protects the heart, and helps build strong bones by anchoring calcium to the  bone. It also has more antioxidant power than spinach, protecting against free-radical  damage. Kale is extra rich in beta-carotene (containing seven times as much as does  broccoli), lutein, and zeaxanthin (ten times the amount in broccoli). In Chinese medicine,  kale is used to help ease lung congestion.

How much:
Like cabbage, the more kale you can eat, the better. A daily serving is ideal. Eat it as much  as you can, as long as you can find it fresh at your local grocery or farmer’s market. In  some areas, it’s available all year; in others, it only makes an appearance during summer  and fall.

Kale’s growing season extends nearly year-round; the only time it’s out of season is  summer, when plenty of other leafy greens are abundant.
Steam or saute kale on its own, or add it to soups and stews. Cooking helps tenderize the  leaves.
Kale is also a great addition when it’s blended in fruit smoothies or juiced with other  vegetables.

12. Dandelion

The same pesky weed known for ruining lawns has a long history of being used as a  healing herb in cultures around the globe. One cup of raw dandelion greens provides 535  percent of the RDA of vitamin K and 112 percent of the RDA for vitamin A. Dandelion  greens are also a good source of vitamin C, calcium, iron, fiber, and potassium. Among all  foods, it’s one of the richest sources of vitamin A; among all green vegetables, it’s one of  the best sources of beta-carotene.

Dandelion has been used for centuries to treat hepatitis, kidney, and liver disorders such  as kidney stones, jaundice, and cirrhosis. It’s routinely prescribed as a natural treatment  for hepatitis C, anemia, and liver detoxification (poor liver function has been linked to  numerous conditions, from indigestion and hepatitis to irritability and depression). As a  natural diuretic, dandelion supports the entire digestive system and increases urine  output, helping flush toxins and excess salt from the kidneys. The naturally occurring  potassium in dandelions helps prevent the loss of potassium that can occur with  pharmaceutical diuretics.

Dandelion promotes digestive health by stimulating bile production, resulting in a gentle  laxative effect. Inulin, a naturally occurring soluble fiber in dandelion, further aids  digestion by feeding the healthy probiotic bacteria in the intestines; it also increases  calcium absorption and has a beneficial effect on blood sugar levels, therefore being  useful in treating diabetes. Both the dandelion leaves and root are used to treat heartburn  and indigestion. The pectin in dandelion relieves constipation and, in combination with  vitamin C, reduces cholesterol. Dandelion is excellent for reducing edema, bloating, and  water retention; it can also help reduce high blood pressure. On top of all that, dandelion  contains multiple antidiarrheal and antibacterial properties.

In Chinese medicine, dandelion is used in combination with other herbs to treat hepatitis  and upper respiratory tract infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia. The sap from the  stem and root is a topical remedy for warts. Imagine — all this from a lowly weed!

How much:
How much dandelion to incorporate into your diet boils down to two factors: availability  and personal preference. Dandelion greens are considered a specialty item in some areas  and therefore can be difficult to find. They also have a pungent taste, and people tend to  love or hate the flavor. If you can find fresh dandelion greens and you enjoy the taste,  make them a regular part of your diet.

Use the root in soups or saute it on its own.
If the raw leaves are too bitter for you, try them lightly steamed or sauteed.

The time to harvest dandelion greens is early in the spring, when they are their youngest  and before they flower. They can be harvested again in late fall as they loose some of  their bitterness after a frost. Look for young dandelions growing in rich, moist soil,  making sure not to forage close to roads (they can accumulate pollution) or from areas  that have been treated with garden chemicals. For a special treat, get out early in spring  and look for the crown, which is the cluster of new buds that sits above the taproot.  These are the tenderest, sweetest parts of the plant.

Young dandelion greens are tender and delicious served raw in salads or sandwiches. If  you use the greens that have been harvested after the plant has flowered, you can  blanche them in water to remove the bitterness; dump the bitter water, and blanche them  again. You will loose a lot of vitamins this way, but there are still plenty of beneficial  nutrients left. Use sautéed or steamed dandelion greens as you would any other greens.  Dandelion root can by ground and used as a substitute for coffee, and dandelion flowers  can be used in recipes and for garnish.

This BLOG will grow as I discover and research individual plants.

POKE-WEED (inkweed, polkgreen)

One of the highest plant holders of Vitamin A for cell growth and cancer defense. Premature stem can be cooked/eaten like asparagus. Leafs are best dried like tabacco and too high in Vitamin A to eat raw. Root needs to be oil or alcohol extracted and used as droplet or a rub/balm. Root has similar hallucinogen effects as certain shrooms.


A very edible plant. Add the leaves to your salad greens. Cook the stem like celery and eat the root like a potato.

So much is wrong with so many places. I have spent months in many eco villages and other communal areas all around this country and here is what I conclude so far…


When choosing a location to live you must consider the quality of the survival basics such as water, food and shelter.


I only trust rain water I collect for drinking. (Everywhere has been over-ran with chemical pollution and do you really think a bottling company cares about your health?) People dump chemicals into their drains plus more chemicals are added to treat those chemicals plus fluoride etc. Even rain water is tainted in large industrial areas with bad air pollution so I avoid those areas as much as I can.


I avoid all processed foods, grow my own veggies and try to only purchase local farm grain, fruit and dairy products.

I limit my use of energy sources and maintain a solar and wind powered battery bank and I bike or use public transport or carpool as much as possible.


Considering the basics of survival when relocating a home base is what it all comes down to and I encourage everyone to examine everything closely.

Location wise….

The northern 2/3 of the US is too cold to promote a physically healthy lifestyle. The northwest (Idaho, Montana, Seattle, Oregon etc.) is a great environmental and artistic rich culture BUT it is very clear as you look around that a majority of those who live there very long become physically sick early in life. These areas are also the main areas for mining and natural gas drilling problems.

The eastern portion of the country is over populated and constantly facing earthquakes and sink holes caused by the removal of oil, gas and burning coal near the surface so I stay away.

The southern 1/4 of the US (excluding coastal and lake side areas) is too hot during summer. Everyone is active from 5-9am and 8-10pm so getting things done outside like gardening and fitness is very limited. You find most people in doors in gyms or doing their own thing being antisocial until the sun starts to set. These areas are mostly over ran with oil wells and rivers are polluted with farmland chemicals. The exposed oil pollution through Louisiana, southern ARK and TX have caused many problems now but one of the most serious is the mutated mosquito which carries very serious diseases and it is not deterred by normal organic repellent solutions. I witnessed many bites while there and they do not go away quickly like a normal itchy mosquito bite.

The Havasu and southwestern desert area is hot and arid and the lake does not have much for recreation unless you have a kayak, jet ski etc. The lake access points are commercialized with parking fees and park entry permits. There are a few free spots but no one really uses them. Most lakes in the southwest are primarily for drinking water so swimming in a lake is not normal. It is funny, but less traveled people here think swimming is ONLY for POOLS.

It makes me compare the area to the area around Phily. Because of the high population, lakes have been sold to resort developers and most of them require day passes to enjoy. One has to hike rivers to find a decent free swimming spot.

In Havasu and the rest of the desert, there is very little shade and camping and hiking for longer then a day is boring because the scenery is all the same. Most people who live there enjoy motorcross and ATV life. Not much wildlife either. There is very little rainfall for water collection and gardening and water bills are similar to what you are use to paying for electricity in up state New York.

There are not very many paved roads so the fracking is hidden from view. There are very few ground wells for water and I do not know of any reports of well owners experiencing poison/gas in their water. I’ve met GasLand director, Josh Fox and follow his research closely.

He has not reported about AZ cases yet that I have found. The aquifer below AZ is so small that any break in the border allowing methane or other gases in will taint a large portion of the water. My conclusion is that I would not move there.


Enough with the negative… let’s talk positive.

California (from Northern LA to Oregon)
This is a Mediterranean climate. Year round food growing. Bountiful fruit. 50-85 degree constant. Plentiful rain and sun. Low cost of living in eco village areas which can be found all over the coast. Canyon areas are less populated and get a bit chilly after dark but it is only a few minute drive to the nearest warm valley. The area is full of Renewable energy, environmentally conscious people, and the fitness minded.
Central Arkansas
Year round growing weather. Not too hot. Fresh water lakes and rivers with mid level mountains and hot springs. Lots of hiking, caving and camping. Bluegrass friendly music and arts lovers. Lots of festivals. A fair level of fitness minded people. A high level of bugs though. Not as liberal so law enforcement is not as relaxed and there are a few DUMB laws not in favor of food stands and such.
Central Colorado
About the same as Arkansas but only the southern part on the east side of the mountain ridges stays warm most of the year an enjoyable outdoor lifestyle. It is very liberal and our human rights are not violated by law enforcement much.


South Carolina to Miami Keys Florida
Caribbean climate. Not as constant as California Mediterranean. More powerful storms but constant growing and rainfall. Fit people. More relaxed politically but not as earth friendly as California.

The Helping Hands network is setup to match causes in need with help anywhere it is needed. When we struggle to find help, I go and live around the causes for months. Sometimes a sponsor provides everything needed and other times people directly connected to the cause provide everything needed. These projects have given me experience living in nearly all the regions of the US.

When not traveling for short term causes I return to previous causes sites to follow up. I currently enjoy the Ojai California (Northeastern LA) area during the winter where I focus on projects related to the return of industrial hemp. I would like to find a project to help in the Caribbean some winter soon hopefully also.

In the spring/summer I enjoy eastern Nebraska where I focus on renewable energy and community gardening causes. Nebraska has a low crime rate and low cost of living while providing 6 months of outdoor growing and moderate weather. There are plenty of lakes, hiking and camping. There are also street festivals every weekend and a large amount of big name concerts. The main negative of being in Nebraska in the summer is the chemical pollution of the air and water by big corporate farming and the increasing presence of pipelines.

In the fall I enjoy camping in the wild between Tyler Texas and Little Rock Arkansas. The area is similar to Nebraska but has even more wildlife to enjoy. It stays warm most of the fall and the law enforcement is usually welcoming to those who camp. The main negatives are the bugs, the support for big oil due to their financing of community needs, and the lack of recycling. Parks and road sides are covered in liter in this region.

If I had a family, I would prefer the Caribbean or Ojai areas but it would ultimately come down to my mates vote and proximity to family.



By Tim Frentz ( Co-Founder)

I just got done watching a few GMO lectures and the constant lack of respect for mother nature upset me so greatly that I immediately began compiling this blog article to address “What questions to ask GMO supporters”.

Setting aside the never ending debate of nature vs. nurture, let me just say playing god and creator in chemistry and biology becomes unacceptable when we start applying changes outside a controlled environment.

Supporting the study and alterations of nature is acceptable within the realm of education but once we start applying these advancements into society we alter the DNA of life. The unaltered recipe has keep our earth alive for eternity but within the last 400 years our scientific duties to preserve life untouched by studying from a-far have been abandoned.

What we consider to be “improving” food and our health is actually destroying the balance of life. Pharmaceuticals and medical operations have altered nature beyond control. Population growth has exploded beyond sustainability causing a ripple effect placing stress on every aspect of life down the chain.

We do not need improved big ag crops because there are more people to feed. We need to restore a natural unaltered life cycle and grow our own food. We do not need life extending/saving procedures and pharmaceuticals. We need to let life takes it course to maintain natures balance and restore the worlds population.

Educate yourself further on the GMO agents:


Lets cut through the minor arguments and get to the end game issue at hand. Most leading supporters of GMO are financed by GMO lab affiliates and pocket politicians who know this is the most effective way to slow down population growth. Placing a birth restraint on families would not pass into law in our democracy and leaves the obvious option of food injection. How do you feel ethically about the population control objective of GMO foods?


How do you respond to the multiple test results showing a direct relation between GMO ingredients and reproductive organ/systems failure? (Bacillus thuringiensis BHT, calcium disodium, hydrogenated oil, modified corn/starch,sugar, syrup and soy lecithin to name a few)

*This is one of the ways the government is using large business to control population. It is the easiest way to keep the US from reaching the problems CHINA has had to deal with. It is less aggressive and more accepting by the citizens then enacted Child birth limits on families.

When addressing a GMO supporter, start your rebuttal by reading off their accomplishments and then ask…

With all your education, how have you not concluded the obvious fact, that ALL the problems you are trying to solve with your work are caused by man made GMO products in the first place? (Our earliest creations created the modern problems for which you are trying to create new solutions. The creator created natural pests to maintain balance of life just as the creator created a predatorial presence to restrain those pests. Remove your unnatural presence from the equation and life will be restored in due time.)
Above all other arguments, how do you defend altering mother nature’s biology?

When supporting arguments cite GOLDEN rice potential to save lives…

1. Co-inventor Potrykus himself admits that the level of Vitamin A in the cooked product is too low to measure results.

2. Increased levels of beta-carotine include Vit A blocking compounds as well.

3. The storage life of nutrients has not been proven and results remain to be published for most all concerns.

4. It is more efficient to grow natural sources of Vitamin A that have been tested safe.

How do you defend GMO use of agents that sterilize pollen resulting in honey bee genocide?

*Studies show Mites and paracites are not a significant cause of the Honey Bee decline! A quick search will show current studies in progress.

How do you defend gene Escape which spreads into neighboring vegitation spiraling beyond control?

How do you support companies that force neighboring growers into using a monopolistic product because largely of this gene escape and their brute force removing organic seeds from our local Coop seed sellers?

*Gene Escape is a primary cause of the death of small farms. Forcing them to sell or face giant legal expenses.

How do you support companies that kill our historic farming culture by using tactics which help them take over small farms, bulldoze their historic buildings and increase their own land holdings?

How do you defend the practice of creating seeds that only germinate when mixed with the same companies fertilizer and insecticide? Yet again supporting in itself the definition of a monopoly.

How do you defend the unethical use of terminator seeds which rob farmers of their natural right to harvest seed?

The increased expense in un-neccessary purchase of seed, additives, treatments and transportation expenses far out weigh your arguement in favor of increased yield profit margins.

How do you defend the use of pesticides that kill natural pest removers like garden snakes, spiders and lady bugs but yet spare the Asian beetle?

GM Maize Starlink is for animal feed. It has been found in human products.
How do you stand behind a technology that has already shown no respect for human consumption safety laws.

How do you defend the use of Antibiotic resistant marker genes which cause alterations with consumer and antibiotic medicines?

Side notes on Processed foods:

*Flame Retardent in Citrus flavored Mountain Dew banned in UK/Japan is Brominated Veggie Oil

BIBLE Retractions:

Isaiah 7:15
He shall eat curds and honey when he knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good.

Proverbs 30:8
Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me

Ecclesiastes 5:10
He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity.

1 Timothy 6:10
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.

Proverbs 22:16
Whoever oppresses the poor to increase his own wealth, or gives to the rich, will only come to poverty

Leviticus 23:22
“And when you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap your field right up to its edge, nor shall you gather the gleanings after your harvest. You shall leave them for the poor and for the sojourner: I am the Lord your God.”

Chisholm Dairy Farm

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Help a Family Dairy Farm Survive Misfortune!

and Rescue 134 Farm Animals!

Chisholm Family Dairy in Nebraska sells fresh milk to local customers. Financial disaster has befallen this farm in the middle of a harsh winter. They, and their animals need your help!

By Nebraska law, customers must travel to a dairy farm to make a direct farm purchase. This  family farm is in the midst of moving to a better location, more convenient for their customers, between the two largest cities in Nebraska, Omaha and Lincoln.

The move required them to build a new barn to house the cows. Being the dead of winter this is essential for their survival. A longtime customer recommended a contractor, who didn’t exactly work out. The Chisholm Family is now left with a huge debt to unpaid subcontractors, the barn is unfinished, and the 32 milking cows, 16 yearlings and 12 baby calves are still on the old farm awaiting the completion of the new barn.

Lots of volunteers have stepped forward to complete the barn. All we need is to raise the funds needed to complete the project and settle the unfortunate debts.

A Local Non-profit Steps in To Help the Family in Crisis

Donations are being taken on behalf of the family by Energy Rescue, a Nebraska based non profit committed to sustainable, green living and support for local farm enterprises.

Our goal is to raise $50,000. This will pay off the bills for work already completed and a loan from a family friend. It will also pay for the remaining supplies and labor needed for the heroic barn raising.

If you’d rather donate by mail, Energy Rescue, Inc. has set up a Private Fund for the Chisholm Family Farm.

Donation Checks can be mailed to:
Chisholm Family Farm
c/o First National Bank
4816 South 24th St, Omaha, NE  68107.
Donations made through this Pledgie Campaign/PayPal go into this bank account.

Online Donations through Pledgie or sent by mail c/o First National Bank are Tax-Deductible.
Donations sent directly to the Chisholm Family are not deductible.

NOTE:  Send a Self Addressed Stamped Envelope with the Amount of your Donation
to Energy Rescue if you’d like a Receipt for Tax Purposes, and mail to the below address:

Energy Rescue, Inc.- Chisholm Campaign c/o Tonya Ward
4826 South 19th Street,
Omaha, NE  68107

You can see more details on these two websites:

Help these dear farmers who are in dire straits!


Alfalfa is used as a diuretic, for kidney conditions, bladder and prostate conditions, asthmaarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, indigestion, and thrombocytopenic purpura.

Alfalfa seeds contain the amino acid L-canavanine. L-canavanine ismetabolized to produce canaline and urea. Canaline seems to bind pyridoxine phosphate, a co-factor in the metabolism of amino acids, potentially decreasing amino acid enzyme activity.

Bilberry is best known for contributing to general eye health, but it does have many other benefits. Bilberry may be beneficial in diabetes, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, cataract, glaucoma, varicose veins, retinopathy, atherosclerosis, diarrhea and night blindness. There have been stories told about World War II RAF pilots taking bilberry to sharpen night vision for various missions.

3. Gingko Biloba

Don’t laugh. Gingko isn’t just for seniors. An herbal extract from the oldest tree known to man, the gingko tree, ginkgo biloba has been double-blind tested many times for its ability to increase the oxygen content to the brain and other bodily tissues.

It has been shown to promote mental clarity and concentration, increase alertness and short-term memory. For you, the athlete, that means you can focus better in the gym and perform better. Combined with another herb, ginger, it may help reduce stress as well.

4. Milk Thistle

Milk thistle’s claim to fame is being a product for liver health. It both prevents and repairs damage to the liver by toxins and chemicals. Besides helping the liver, milk thistle also has been shown to help lowercholesterol levels and reduce the growth of cancer cells in the breast and prostate.

Herbs For Weight Loss 

This is the most popular herbal supplement out there. It has been shown to increase energy and help increase calorie and fat metabolism. It does have more than one purpose though. Green tea may be helpful to improve cognitive performance as well as to treat stomach disorders, vomiting, diarrhea and headaches. Whichever fat burner you are taking right now, chances are, it has green tea in it.

2. Hoodia Gordonii

This is a product that has taken off in the past few years. Hoodia was a product that in Southern Africa was used to treat indigestion and infections. Nowadays it is widely marketed as a natural appetite suppressant to help with a healthy weight loss program.

Dandelion has shown to be a natural diuretic and digestive system aid. Other benefits from this product include removing fatty acids and cholesterol from the bloodstream before they are stored in fat cells, restoring minerals lost when taking a diuretic, and serving as a laxative.

4. Yerba Mate

Originating from Paraguay in South America, yerba mate has been used to increase the metabolism, help regulate LDL cholesterol, and serve as an antioxidant.

(Green Tea) Is The Most Popular Herbal Supplement Out There
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Herbs For Men’s Health 

Saw palmetto was widely believed to be a staple for the Seminole Indians. This is an herb that will help a lot of men because it is good for prostate health. Taking this product in your early 40’s and beyond will go a long way in helping prevent prostate cancer later in life. It is also believed to serve as a potential treatment for male pattern baldness.

2. Yohimbine

This one is known mainly for one reason. It has shown to help treat erectile dysfunction and also treat sexual side effects caused by some antidepressants. Any sexual health product for men on the market more than likely has yohimbine included in the ingredients.

3. Tribulus Terrestris

This is another product for men’s sexual health and to improve libido. It also has shown to increase the male body’s natural testosterone levels which leads to help men both in the bedroom and in the weight room.

4. Pygeum

Pygeum has been shown to alleviate discomfort from an enlarged prostate and it has also been shown to support the health of the testes and the seminal vesicles which produce and house the sperm.

Herbs For Women’s Health 

Women would take this product as a remedy for symptoms of premenstrual tension, menopause, and other gynecological issues. Native Americans used it for these purposes as well as for sore throats, kidney problems, and depression.

2. Dong Quai

Known in some circles as “female ginseng“, dong quai has been shown to help women with estrogen levels, help with menopause, and the Chinese actually used it as an aphrodisiac. Women should avoid this product if they are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. Dong quai has shown to also help increase fertility in both sexes.

3. Raspberry Leaf

Raspberry leaf tea has been used to increase fertility for generations. Pregnant women in China, Europe, and North and South America have all used this herb as a tea for a wide range of female health concerns. When used during pregnancy, raspberry leaves help to relieve morning sickness and improve blood quality thus preventing anemia.

4. Wild Yam Root

Wild yam improves liver and kidney function and can lessen ovarian pain. It is anti-inflammatory, a diuretic, and improves liver function. Wild yam contains diosgenin, which is a precursor to progesterone and was once used to make birth control pills. Today wild yam, valued as an herb, is useful for dysmenorrhea, infertility, menopause, menstrual cramps, and threatened miscarriage.


Peppermint tea

Halifax naturopath Colin Huska recommends drinking peppermint tea to relieve the symptoms of abdominal gas and bloating, and to relieve muscle spasms. It’s also good for nausea (without vomiting) and for heating up the body and making it sweat. If indigestion or heartburn are problems, however, then Dixon recommends avoiding peppermint altogether. Peppermint tea can also be made using fresh herbs from the garden—and it’s one of the easiest herbs to grow.

Ginger tea

Another great digestive aid, ginger can be used to curb nausea, vomiting or upset stomach due to motion sickness. Make fresh ginger tea by simmering a piece of ginger root on the stove for 10 to 15 minutes—add fresh lemon juice and honey when you have a cold for a powerful germ-fighting combination. Beacon also suggests making tea from powdered ginger to ward off a chill.

Chamomile tea

A gentle calming and sedative tea made from flowers, chamomile tea can be helpful for insomnia. It can also be helpful with digestion after a meal. Huska recommends chamomile in cases of cough and bronchitis, when you have a cold or fever, or as a gargle for inflammation of the mouth. Be sure to steep it well to get all the medicinal benefits.

Rooibos tea

High in vitamin C as well as other minerals, rooibos has all sorts of health benefits. An easy drinking tea, it’s largely grown in South Africa and has been touted for itsantioxidant properties—which may in turn help ward off disease and the signs of aging. It has also been shown to help with common skin concerns, such as eczema.

Lemon balm tea

An easy-to-grow plant, lemon balm is helpful for lifting the spirits. “It’s good for the winter blahs,” says Deacon, “and it can help improve concentration.” She adds that lemon balm is safe for children and may help prevent nightmares when consumed before bed. This herb also makes a refreshing iced tea, and can be flavoured with lemon or maple syrup.

Milk thistle and dandelion tea

When consumed as a tea, milk thistle or dandelion are gentle liver cleansers. “They help the liver to regenerate and function at a higher capacity,” says Huska. “They can also assist in the production of bile, which can help with our digestive process.”

Rosehip tea

Rosehips are the fruit of the rose plant and are one of the best plant sources of vitamin C, which is important for the immune system, skin and tissue health and adrenal function. Consider reaching for rosehip tea next time you need a health boost.

Sleep problems and anxiety

* Valerian. Studies have shown that valerian aids sleep, often as well as pharmaceutical sedatives and without being addictive. In a study published in the European Journal of Medical Research, investigators gave 202 insomniacs valerian or a Valium-like tranquilizer. After six weeks, both treatments were equally effective. Research strongly supports that valerian works. It takes a week or more to begin noticing benefit.

* Chamomile. It is a time-honored sedative herb which can be safely used by children and adults alike. Dose: Tea, 1 cup 2-3 x daily; Tincture, 30 drops 3 x daily.

* Lavender. It is a gentle strengthening tonic for the nervous system. A few drops of lavender oil added to a bath before bedtime are recommended for persons with sleep disorders. Additionally, the oil may be used as a compress or massage oil or simply inhaled to alleviate insomnia.

* St. John’s Wort.

Modern scientific studies show that it can help relieve chronic insomnia and mild depression when related to certain brain chemistry imbalances. Because this herb can sensitize the skin to sunlight, if you are taking a full dose, avoid direct skin exposure to bright sunlight.


* Wild lettuce. This plant is a mild sedative and nervine used for restlessness and insomnia.Because of its safety of use and calming effects, wild lettuce is a good children’s remedy.

High blood sugar

Herbs can help restore the regular functioning of the body by providing glands with the necessary nutritional substances. The following foods have strong uses for the pancreas and balancing blood sugar as with diabetes. They apply to either Type I or Type II because herbs as foods, not chemicals, have the “wisdom” to help the whole body and work where it needs help.

* Dandelion leaves and root

They increase the pancreas production in Type I and provide valuable nutrients for the liver and kidneys for Type II.



* Burdock root extracts.They have lowered blood sugar in animal studies. In Europe, the fresh root is used for lowering blood sugar, its inulin content making it particularly suitable for diabetes. It works by filling the intestines with fiber, which prevents the absorption of sugars. Burdock fibers also prevent the absorption of toxic compounds from food.

* Cinnamon. 

It can aid in regulating the activity of insulin, so helping in blood sugar control. The cinnamon powder sold in grocery shelves is often too old to have much if any medicinal value. On the other hand, it is not a good idea to use a therapeutic amount in your cooking and baking. Use high quality, organic cinnamon in supplements and herbal teas to reap the medicinal benefits.

* Stevia. It is a herbal sweetener that has zero calories and a licorice like taste. Stevia can be substituted for sugar in baking, herbal teas, and other drinks. Stevioside, one of the active components of stevia, was shown in studies to lower blood sugar in healthy adults and may be a possible therapeutic herb in the treatment of type 2 diabetes. Choose the natural green leaves instead of the artificially processed white stevia.


There are countless products sold in pharmacies claiming to help with weight loss. Beware that some of them, including herbal laxatives,  might have very harmful side effects. Diet tea, cascara, senna, buckthorn, aloe and rhubarb root can cause cramping, diarrhea, and if overused, could cause your bowels to no longer function without laxative stimulation.

Ephedra, also known as ma huang, in high doses can raise blood pressure, increase heart rate, and over stimulate the central nervous system. The FDA reports more than 800 reports of side effects linked with the use of ephedra, including heart palpitations, seizures, stroke, chest pain, and heart attack. This herb has caused at least two deaths.

Herbal fen-phen (whose main ingredient is ephedra) has not been shown to work in clinical trials, buy its misuse is associated with sever side effects, from heartbeat irregularities to death from heart attack and stroke.

* Cayenne.

 If you don’t detest spicy food, try sprinkling a dash of cayenne on your food. It contains an ingredient called capsaicin that stimulates saliva, stimulates digestion and accelerates your metabolism at a safer level.



Seaweed. A good source of trace minerals such as chromium and iodine, seaweed is a natural thyroid stimulant. It is usually contained in kelp capsules or tablets. If you suspect your weight problem is due to a thyroid problem, or if you currently take any thyroid medication, you should check with a doctor before taking kelp or seaweed.


The following herbs, along with others contain natural antihistamines and anti-inflammatory chemicals that open up constricted bronchial and nasal passages and help to alleviate allergy symptoms.

Stinging nettle

Ginko Biloba

Arthritis and other inflammations
* Curcumin. The yellow pigment in this Indian spice, is an anti-inflammatory. In combination with boswellia, it treats osteoarthritis, according to investigators at India’s Central Drug Research Institute. Use turmeric or yellow curries in cooking.

* Fresh ginger. Make a strong tea with grated fresh ginger, about 1 1\2 cups of water to a tablespoon of ginger. Strain and add to bath water, with 6 drops of rosemary essential oil. Good for sore muscles, fibromyalgia, and arthritis pain.


* Ginseng.

 It  has been used in Chinese medicine for centuries to treat a number of ailments. However, ginseng is best known for its ability to increase stamina and maintain high levels of energy, both physically and mentally. Despite being able to increase energy, ginseng also helps with stress and can lower blood pressure, according to the Chinese Herbs Organization.

* Ginger

* Cinnamon

* Anise

Some stimulant herbs can be harmful and should be used with greater precaution – kola nut, guarana, damiana, dong quai. Avoid using ephedra.

Stomach problems

Teas are the best way to take herbal gastrointestinal remedies according to Jill Stansbury, N.D. (doctor of naturopathy), chair of the botanical medicine department at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Ore, . The warm liquid is easy to digest and allow the remedy direct contact with the stomach and intestinal walls. Herbs in pill form can be hard to digest, and most tinctures contain alcohol, causing them to be absorbed largely in the mouth.

* Peppermint.

 The ability to calm cramping stomach and intestinal muscles makes it a superb treatment according to herbalists. It can be used in cases of heartburn, gas, stomachache and when you’ve had too much food. It also makes peppermint a popular alternative treatment for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), an intestinal disorder that causes abdominal pain, bloating, and irregular bowel movements in about 5 million Americans, most of them women.

* Marshmallow root. It offers plenty of health benefits and fighting inflammations of the digestive tract ( peptic ulcers, hiatus hernias, mouth ulcers, enteritis and colitis) is also among them.

How to use this herb to cure acid influx and heartburn:

* Ginger. It can be used to treat gas, along with its associated bloating and pain. Herbalists now know that ginger works against both nausea and vomiting, making it an excellent preventive against motion and morning sickness. And unlike its pharmaceutical counterparts, ginger doesn’t cause drowsiness.

* Chamomile. 

In Germany where where herbalism has long been considered conventional, chamomile is considered “capable of anything” but in the area of stomach problems it is a superherb. It efficiently relieves flatulence and heartburn.


* Echinacea. It is one of the best known herbs for enhancing the immune system and it is effective against a wide range of bacteria, viruses, and fungi.  It is most effective when taken at the onset of a cold or flu.

A great recipe for a healing tea in case of colds and flu:

* Ginseng. It is an herb that affects the immune control centres of the nervous system, both directly and indirectly through the adrenocortical hormones.  It tones, increases output, and restores equilibrium.

* Myrrh.

 The extract of myrrh has been shown to improve the bacteria killing effect of white blood cells and is effective in fighting all kinds of infections, whether bacterial, viral or fungal.  It is also directly anti-microbial.



Green tea. It’s gained popularity as an immunity booster and weight loss means but you should use it with precaution as some of the substances contained in it irritate the stomach. Don’t drink it on an empty stomach.

* Rooibos tea. It contains lots of vitamins, minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium which boost immunity and also help to build strong bones and teeth.

Monday (April 10)

I woke up to the mountain top birds and sun lit sky light of Jasons yurt. While Jay made breakfast I went out and enjoyed a nice open forest solar shower.

I then drove Jasons backup vehicle down the mountain so it would be there for his sister to drive up later that day.  After my normal morning yoga workout in the sunshine and breakfast I went to meet Seth. He took me out to the hops field to cut trees for a trellis system he was erecting.  I enjoyed cutting them with hand saws and then helping drag them around to the holes they would be placed in. This took most of the day.

After we were done I was invited to the community meeting and dinner. It was great to see them so organized. The meeting was led by a coordinator with a timed agenda and a minute taker by her side. When a subject went over the time aloted there was a vote to adjust the agenda. When community feedback was wanted there was a selection of thumb signals to show levels of tsupport. When someone agreed with what was being said you would snap or shake fingers. The topics for the night included the organizing of a May Day and Beltrane festival and updates to the extended guest policy. After the meeting, Jason gave me a ride back over the Cric house.  I turned on a video about the illegal formation and acceptance of the federal reserve and irs income tax as I drifted to sleep.


Tues. (4/11)

Most days here it is partly cloudy because the warm dry desert air collides with the cool wet air from the ocean rain clouds build up. During this time in spring it will sprinkle at some point most every day.

Today we went out to the field and I used an antique hand drill to put bolts in all the poles. It would rain hard at the end of the day so I switched back to the garden.  The night was just like the others with the exception of a large dumpster find. They brought back a crate of pickle jars, 2 boxes full of 10 pizzas and a box of produce.

Wed. (4/12)

The rain clouds decided to open up to day so most of the day I was running back and forth between writing on the porch and shoveling compost on the garden bed.

I took advantage of the down time to shadow the dairy experts Scott and Aubre to learn about making butter and cheeses.  The night was filled by my normal Cric house routine except I made everyone a nice pasta soup for dinner.


Thur. 4/12

It continued to rain so today was a repeat of yesterday with the exception that tonight there was a social gathering to celebrate passover.  Around 6, about half of the village got carpools to the south side Vic house for the party. The rest didn’t want to walk in the pooring rain.

Once Jason and I got there we helped set up the food. We used blankets around the floor to eat on which had some stressing out about spilling their wine with 10 children running around wild. Somehow no wine was ever spilt though.   The event started with some Jewish members projecting the story of passover on the wall and then we shared matsa dipped in horseradish and a sweet dip made to offset the spice.  After that the hosts led us in some singing and then passed some breaded fish dishes and breaded soup around.

After dinner we helped with the dishes then we said our good byes and I had Jason drop me back off at the Cric house.


Friday 4/13

It was my last day so I offered to help a few random people outside of my Cric group. When I wasn’t working on the gardens I was helping move big redwood lumber planks.

Towards the end of the day I started handing out thank you tokens to those who gave me the most of their time and said my good byes. Jason had an appointment in Santa Rosa so it worked out he could give me a ride to the Farm House cafe.


Sat 4/14

I woke up at 7 and had enough time to get a quickworkout in and breakfast before catching my ride to town. I left my hiking shoes for Jason or Seth since I was done with them and off we went. I had Jason drop me off at the cafe where this adventure all started at.  The Farm House cafe was right across the street from where my friend that invited me actually lived, so it was the perfect spot to have her visit me.


While I waited for her to show up I helped the owner and staff bring in supplies and then ordered breakfast in exchange for loitering there 3 hours. I was only going to be able to mingle with Kai for about 20 minutes before my carpool would arrive. What little time we did have we took advantage of.

As 10:30 came and went my nervousness grew that my carpool would not show up.  Before I got too worked up, here came Ben around the corner. He looked just like the normal nomad, scruffy and full of self expressionist character.  All 3 of us continued in conversation a few minutes until Kai needed to return a phone call. We concluded our good byes and loaded up in B’s van which was crammed full of gear.


Our drive was a long 11 hours but we managed to keep the conversation going between talks about his classical guitar career, travels to Cuba/Venzuela/Spain and the relationships that transpired. It was enjoyable to get time with a 27 yearold that had experienced the world.

His stories about being raised on a sustainable farm with no materialism was especially enlightening.  I really appreciated that he was willing to accept a trade worth exactly the amount of fuel I was costing him ($50) to go out of his way which was 250 miles and 4 hours.  As I approached sin city, one of my best friends, Ryan, sent me his location to be dropped off. About 50 of my dart friends were at Ballys casino.  B and I exchanged blessings and I was on my way for another chapter of adventure in Las Vegas.

Everywhere there was song and celebration: 30,000 Foodstockers fight the mega-quarry

By Meg

Imagine you are walking through a gold, orange and red canopied autumn woodlot. You’ve got a fragrant, steaming mug of cider to ward off the chill, and as you wander, eating and drinking, local buskers serenade you as you make your way through crowds of friends to a stage where your favourite Canadian musicians are playing live. Nice dream, eh?

Sometimes these dreams become reality. On Sunday, Oct. 16th, more than 28,000 people drove (or were bussed) from all over Ontario, through shifting rain and sun, howling winds and chill air, to a woodlot in the middle of Lennox Farms, about 90 minutes north of Toronto.

Their reason for confronting the weather, and the inevitable mud is Foodstock — a culinary adventure with dozens of contributing chefs, and Canadian recording artists and activists on the main stage. More than 40 acoustical bands and individual artists played in the woods along the muddy trails that led from one food station to another.

This was an event in the planning for several months with farmers, activists and even township councillors pitching in to create a fundraising and awareness event in support of the courageous efforts by locals to stop the building of a mega-quarry on prime food-producing farmland. Melancthon Quarry

Chef Michael Stadtländer convinced about 100 chefs from across Ontario and Canada to volunteer their time and food for the cause. As Footstock volunteer co-ordinator David Waters said so succinctly, “you can’t eat gravel.”

The theme was, “think global, eat local” and so the event featured chefs using locally grown food and ingredients to create gastronomic treats for rockin’ Foodstockers to sample. Clearly the food was good — I saw lineups at tents so long it was hard to tell where they began. Despite standing in queue for long stretches, knee-deep in cold squelchy mud, everyone continued to chatter energetically with their neighbours, talking about the politics of food, about what an environmental obscenity the proposed mega-quarry is, about Occupy Toronto, etc.

Along the pathways leading through the woods were buskers and artisans — painters, sculptors, carvers — who were selling their wares, with a percentage going to the Stop the Mega Quarry campaign. I spoke to a local wood carver and asked him how and why he became involved with Foodstock.

“I’m here to stop this, just like we all need to stop this,” says local carver Jim Lethied. “A friend of mine who organized the buskers also connected to some artists, so I jumped on board… I’m going to take a percentage of my sales and hand it over so we can pay for some lawyers.” I asked Jim if he thought it would really come down to that. “I hope not!” he replied, “but they have a too much money invested for them to not do anything and everything to make this quarry happen.”

Lethied lives in Dunedin, about 15 minutes away from the Foodstock site, on the Noisy River. “I can’t think of anything that would piss me off more than to wake up one morning and not have that river running. I would lose it!” He adds, “you have to remember that, for them, this is just about money. It’s a bunch of rich people, highly rich people who want even more money.”

Everyone — from volunteers in the local farming community to speakers like Mohawk activist Danny Beaton, musical artists Ron Sexsmith, Jim Cuddy, Barenaked Ladies members and Sarah Harmer, to the tens of thousands who attended — all passionately expressed how they felt about the proposed quarry and the water and agricultural land it would destroy.

All visitors were treated to the products of agricultural land; we ate potato risotto, wood fired pizza, pancakes with wild berry compote, Hungarian goulash served in a locally grown cabbage leaf bowl, elk stew (I was picking elk out of my teeth for hours), lobster risotto, numerous soups, pastas and veggies, and many more tasty food samples that we dutifully heaped on the bowls, plates and mugs we were required to bring with us to the event.

Of the attending chefs, I can only mention a few: Jamie Kennedy from Jamie Kennedy Kitchens, Albert Ponzo from Le Select Bistro, Carole Ferrari from Locale Café, Fawzi Kotb from Veloute Bistro and Catering, Rob Fraser from Fraser Café (Ottawa), Stefan Czapalay from Culinary Design Solutions in Nova Scotia, and Moe Mathieu from Saskatchewan.

At we left the farmer’s field that served as one of several parking lots, we were astonished by how little garbage and waste were left in the wake of 28,000-plus visitors. Hard-working volunteers definitely kept things in order, but I noticed everyone consciously using recycling bins that were numerous throughout the site.

As the Occupy movement grows, and I see events like Fookstock grow (hopefully it will become an annual event), it strikes me that we — all of us who share in this economy — have been pushed to the wall, and are now fighting back. Regardless of the particular issue, we are all fighting the good fight that builds a more balanced and equitable future for our children and ourselves.

Meg Borthwick is one of the moderators of babble,’s online forum.


For another report with several pictures, see Foodstock draws thousands against mega quarry

To follow the activism against the Melancthon Quarry, see