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*This is such a detailed description of life at Spiritual eco communities like Standing Rock, that I just had to re-post it.

In only a few months, a small encampment of a few Lakota people dedicated to protecting the Missouri River from the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) became the center of international attention, swelled to house up to 14,000 people at its peak in early December 2016, and was supported entirely by volunteers and countless donations of both money and goods.

Many people from around the US and beyond traveled to North Dakota to support this fight for indigenous sovereignty, treaty rights, and environmental justice. Residents of the resistance camps existed within a capitalism-free zone, where nothing was for sale and everything from delicious meals to winter camping gear to expert medical care was available for free.

I first visited Standing Rock in early November 2016, and returned to spend five weeks in late December and January volunteering as a white ally to the indigenous “Water Protectors.” I spent my days splitting firewood, cooking meals, installing woodstoves, doing small carpentry projects, shoveling snow, sharpening chainsaws, doing dishes, and—on one rare occasion—livestreaming footage of police violence from the frontlines. During both visits I lived at Oceti Sakowin Camp, the largest of the three Water Protector camps and the location closest to the front lines of the fight against the pipeline. Oceti Sakowin is made up of many smaller camps organized by tribal group and other themes, and I quickly found a home at Two Spirit Nation, a community of two-spirit, queer, and transgender Water Protectors from many different indigenous nations, as well as their non-indigenous allies.

Most of my observations here will center on the deep winter weeks at Oceti Sakowin Camp, when nighttime temperatures regularly hit -25 degrees Fahrenheit, daytime temperatures sometimes failed to creep above zero, and cold winds whipped the open plain. The gift economies of direct action camps and festivals are easier to fathom in warm months, but during this period we all depended on the gift economy for our daily survival in a very real way. It’s notable that as of my departure in late January, not one person had died at the camps—compare this to large urban centers in cold states that see regular deaths from hypothermia among the houseless population under similar conditions.

Lin Migiziikwe Gokee-Rindal, an Anishinaabe Water Protector, was impressed with the collaborative culture at the camps. She reflects that she was “touched and inspired by the ways in which the people showed up for each other and how people in close proximity quickly became family. In harsh conditions and under extreme circumstances, a culture of mutual aid and a framework of traditional Lakota values…led to a thriving and close-knit community.”

What did this gift economy provide for us?

Housing. The winterized camp consisted of many army tents, wall tents, tipis, yurts, and a few tiny houses and RVs. Nearly all were heated with woodstoves, sometimes supplemented with small propane heaters. Most people slept on cots padded with several sleeping pads. You had to know someone at camp to get housing easily, but in an emergency you could spend one night in the warming tent maintained 24 hours a day near the Medic station. Arctic sleeping bags and endless piles of blankets were readily available for free if you hadn’t been able to bring your own. Residents in each structure took turns stoking the woodstove throughout the night.

Food. Some camps had their own kitchens that would cook two or three meals a day, but there were also several public kitchens in the camp that would feed anyone who walked in their doors looking for food. All the kitchens were staffed entirely by volunteers and stocked with donated ingredients. Meat is a staple of the Lakota diet, and I ate many meals of deer, buffalo, and elk meat donated by local hunters and ranchers. Sometimes we’d get a chance to eat Indian Frybread Tacos and other local specialties. At Two Spirit Nation, we had two sizable tents full of canned goods, granola bars, butter and cheese, pasta and crackers, tea and hot cocoa, meat and fish, and endless boxes of winter squash and root vegetables. Much of it was from organic farmers from Maine to Oregon, who had donated their extra crops to support the cause. Even in late January we still had enough food to feed our 15-person camp for another few months…or at least until the first real thaw, when all the frozen meat and produce would go bad.

Water. When it never gets above freezing, liquid water becomes a commodity. A heated water truck would make the rounds of camp most days, and small groups with access to a car would fill up five-gallon jugs offsite. The trick was keeping them unfrozen, so we usually kept them in the living spaces, which we heated around the clock with woodstoves. Melted snow was used only for dishwater, since persistent rumors circulated about harmful chemicals being sprayed in the atmosphere over our camps (as of this writing, there is no reliable scientific evidence to support this).

Sanitation. Oceti Sakowin Camp boasted two composting toilet tents. Each large army tent contained 15 stalls, with two attendants supervising them 24 hours a day. The attendants kept the tent heated with a woodstove, and changed the compost bags when the bucket in a stall got close to being full of sawdust, toilet paper, and human waste. One side of each tent was reserved for “Moon Stalls” where tampons, pads, and baby wipes were always available in each stall. The toilet system was one of the most organized parts of the camp, although exactly where our compost was going to go after it left camp in those nice biodegradable bags remained somewhat mysterious.

Security and Fire Response. An indigenous security team equipped with two-way radios monitored the two gates of camp 24 hours a day, and did patrols around camp. A second Women’s Security team was formed in response to several assaults at the camp, and maintained a safe housing space for women and two-spirit people. Three or four times during my stay, we woke in the middle of the night to people yelling “FIRE!” and rushed to the scene of a blazing tipi or shack, probably set afire by poor woodstove management. While these fires were too far along for our small fire extinguishers to make a difference, there was usually a person in full firefighter gear present who could probably have rescued anyone stuck inside. While the victims of these fires generally lost everything, they could easily get a new set of winter clothes and a new arctic sleeping bag from the donations available in camp.

Medical Care. The Medic Wellness Area boasted winterized yurts and tipis for doctors and street medics, herbalists, bodyworkers and acupuncturists, midwives, and mental health workers. All these services were available at no charge. A licensed doctor was usually on duty in the medical yurt, and there were free-for-the-taking stations for herbal tea, fire cider, basic medical supplies, hygiene items, and condoms. At the time when I departed, three healthy babies had been delivered at camp, and the medics had handled countless front-line injuries from rubber bullets, chemical weapons, concussion grenades, and water cannons.

Fuel and Firewood. Firewood was consistently the most sought-after commodity in camp. Somehow regular deliveries of whole logs consistently showed up, and each camp would send a few people with a chainsaw and truck or sled to get wood for the day. The general rule was to cut enough wood for your camp, and then cut some more and leave it for people who didn’t have a chainsaw. We all split the wood back at camp, and took turns stocking all the heated structures for the day. Every Saturday a propane truck arrived and filled our empty canisters with fuel for cooking and heating. I suspect these deliveries were paid for out of larger donation funds administered by Oceti Sakowin Camp or the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

Winter Gear. Endless bags of donated clothing and bedding arrived at Standing Rock during October, November, and December. Much of it was unsuitable for arctic conditions, but there was enough high-quality gear to outfit the winter crew of Water Protectors (about 600 people) several times over. Anyone could visit the donation tents at any time and take anything they wanted.

Tools. Each smaller camp had an assortment of tools, and there was also a large construction building that would loan out any power tool you could think of as long as you left your ID with them as collateral. They provided everything from electric drills to ladders to chainsaws to a sewing machine. They also had 2x4s, particle board, and screws that you could ask for, and they’d give you what you needed if you could show them a sensible construction plan and materials list.

Spiritual Leadership and Ceremony. There were a few heated gathering spaces of different sizes that hosted everything from daily prayer circles to a huge Christmas Eve dinner with traditional singing and drumming. There were also several sweat lodges that any indigenous spiritual leader could use for the traditional Lakota Inipi ceremony of prayer, healing, and purification.

Use Your Imagination… The abundance of physical donations led to a lot of things being creatively repurposed. My buddy and I cut up donated sweatshirts to make crocheted rugs for the living spaces, and unraveled donated sweaters to produce yarn to knit extra-warm wool underwear. I pulled from the scrap pile outside the construction building to build shelves in our living space, and countless donated blankets were used to seal out the draught in winterized tipis. Whatever you needed, there was probably a way to make it with the tools and materials available at camp.

The gift economy at Standing Rock manifested itself according to the principles of indigenous culture. The Lakota people name generosity and compassion as two of their core values, and I saw those values in action every day. Much of the system depended on each group taking just enough for their own short-term needs, and leaving the rest for others. At home my instinct is to stockpile what I need for my own survival (two years’ supply of dry firewood, etc.), but that sort of strategy has its roots in the questionable idea that individual survival is possible without collective survival. In the capitalist economy of mainstream culture, it’s common for one household to thrive while an adjacent one is struggling to meet its basic needs. Houseless people freeze to death huddled next to spacious and luxuriously heated buildings inhabited by more “successful” folks.

In contrast, at Standing Rock we defined success as our collective survival. Therefore we took just the firewood that we needed, checked on the elders every day, brought food and coffee from our kitchen to the compost toilet attendants, and helped anyone who asked us for assistance. This culture of abundance seemed logical and easy in a situation where our needs for survival were simple and a steady flow of money and donated goods was pouring in all the time. I couldn’t help but wonder what it would take to create a steady-state gift economy, which could exist without these flows from the outside capitalist world.

When I finally left Standing Rock my friend and I stopped at a co-op food store in Minneapolis to obtain some much-dreamed-of fresh vegetables to munch on. It was such a shock to be asked to pay for food again. It made me wonder what it would take for our larger society to turn its ship around and set a course for a more generous and compassionate form of economy. It seems that these values arise in us spontaneously when a natural disaster hits and we are suddenly in a survival situation, such as Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans or Hurricane Sandy in New York City. The rest of the time, our whole economy depends on a me-first, get-ahead value system based on competition and survival of the fittest (or, in a rigged system like ours, the most privileged). When luxuries and conveniences become symbols of status, we tend to become self-serving.

When people become passionate enough about collective survival, luxuries and conveniences lose their appeal. How can we help each other prioritize our collective well-being? How can we encourage ourselves to expand our definition of “the collective” to include the Lakota concept of “all my relations”: the four-leggeds, the winged ones, the stone people, the star people? When we listen to the prayers of indigenous people and orient our values in this ancient way, the path to a truly sustainable gift economy can unfold before us.

For further reading on pre-colonization economic history and gift economy theory, see The Indigenous People’s History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Sacred Economics by Charles Eisenstein.

Murphy Robinson is a wilderness guide, hunting instructor, and founder of Mountainsong Expeditions in Vermont. She lives in a Tiny House on a community organic farm in the mountains. You can contact her through her website, www.mountainsongexpeditions.com.

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Legal Notes

Posted: March 25, 2017 in CAUSES, Secrets, TRUTH / Occupy

Everyone at one time or another has a run in with “the law”.

 

*DISCLAIMER: We are not certified or accredited with any formal legal training and are not liable for anyone’s action which may or may not be cited in connection with this blog.

 

We were recently educated by legal representation during the abusive legal procedures being conducted against clean water/energy activists. As we continue to evolve, links and other notes will be added below.

Most situations begin with a minor invasion of privacy resulting in a request to relocate your presence.

Be prepared and have your legality papers in hand before placing yourself at risk. When entering questionable scenario’s begin documenting, filming, recording and or have witnesses.

IF you are served legal notice of violating a law and given the choice to rectify then do so. Regroup and make sure your case defense is solid with the filed violations.

IF you are requested to be searched and possibly seized or arrested, inform witnesses to film and repeatedly inform the officers that you DENY their request. Repeat that you do NOT give search permission and that they have less than 30 minutes to release you without a warrant.

IF a search assistant (such as a Canine or digital meter device) is used speak loudly to the camera that you do not give permission for them to be used. IF the officers continue, they can say any far fetched sign from the assistants has given them probable cause to continue a detailed search.

 

IF the violations by the peace officers continue and you are cited, fined or arrested, you will now need to know all about jurisdiction and the Abatement of Common Law.

The best guide to proceed in such a legal battle can be found here:

http://freedom-school.com/travel/abatement-at-common-law.html

Greetings,

This winter I began researching and comparing dental prices in the East Texas area. I had hoped to find out more about insurance options and figured that the clinics would be forced to push ObamaCare propaganda upon me, however, that has not been the case.

Here is what I have found so far.

Free Dental Health Clinic

 

Dentist Info (NE Texas)

Dentistry from the Heart FREE CLINIC

1st Weekend in Feb.

Smith Dental Tyler.com

 

BETHESDA CLINIC  903.596.8353 x103

info & DWemp @bethesdaClinic.org

Exam – $40 4 weeks delayed appointments

Canal – TBD after exam. Mine was $420 + $75 filling

emailed 1/25 (informed that all communication is only done in person)

1/26 – Visited and passed initial screening. Scheduled for March 3 xray exam for $40.

3/3 – Exam was well done with full explanations and exact pricing. Two month delay for next appointment but the savings are worth it. Cleanings are $40. Fillings are $25-60 depending on how many layers. They give referrals for reduced rate oral surgeries like removing wisdom teeth.

I was referred to oral surgeon, Dr. Parks. Their exam is $65 plus another $120 for Xrays even though you are already consulted and referred to them by an approved partner. The extraction will then cost up to $375.

 

Summer 2016 – I got 6 teeth filled.

August – my top wisdom tooth pressed my rear molar out and the pain was too intense to wait to remove the wisdom tooth so I had the molar pulled out.

 

September – scheduling to have my lower wisdom tooth extracted ASAP to prevent repeat pain.

 

http://www.freedentalcare.us/li/Bethesda_Health_Clinic_-_Tyler_Faith_Based_Health_Clinic

http://www.kltv.com/story/2812168/low-cost-dental-care-for-working-adults

http://www.kltv.com/story/12185490/free-dental-clinic-for-east-texans-in-need

 

HAWKINS DENTAL.com – 903.769.1606

EastTexasDDS@yahoo.com – Dr. Rosson

Exam – $90

Normal Extraction – $200

Wisdom Extraction – $

Canal – $600

Crown – $900

Openings –  weekly

What Insurance options accepted? NA

Payments – NO

 

 

VAN Cornerstone Dental –  903.963.8681 Ben Bunt

Exam – $?

Wisdom Extraction – $200+

Canal – $715+

Crown – NA

Openings –  weekly

What Insurance options are accepted? NA

Payments – NA

 

 

Aspen Dental  (Website not working 1/8?)

4164 South Broadway – Tyler – (903) 705-7574

Free first exam and Xray for new patients

25% off coupon on website for service

https://www.aspendental.com/dentist/tyler-tx-75701-8719/pricing-and-offers?gclid=CPSrm9boyskCFYNBfgodCn4BmA&gclsrc=aw.ds

Exam – $NA

Wisdom Extraction – $NA

Canal – $NA

Crown – $NA

Openings -NA

What Insurance options are accepted?NA

Payments – ?NA

emailed – website troubles 1/8

 

 

 

Gentle Dental Care

gerberdental@suddenlinkmail.com

3800 Southpark Drive, Suite B – Tyler – (903) 525-6712

http://www.dentisttylertexas.com

Xrays – $1 new patient exam and Xrays ($175 value)

root canal: $TBD after visit

crown: $TBD

emailed – 1/8 (no reply)

called 12/22 – didn’t give any helpful pricing info

 

Primary Care Clinic

Tyler – 903-533-7400

Services: Rx Help, Sick/Well Visits, Vaccines/Shots, Diabetes, Women’s Health, Physicals, Men’s Health, Dental

 

See more at: http://freeclinicdirectory.org/texas_care/smith_tx_county.html#sthash.pgchOvk0.dpuf

Exam – $NA

Wisdom Extraction – $NA

Canal – $NA

Crown – $NA

Openings -NA

What Insurance options are accepted? NA

Payments – ?NA

 

Wellness Point Family Health Gilmer – (903) 758-2610

602 Titus St. Suite 130 – Gilmer

Tuesday and Wednesday: 8am – 5pm

Friday: 8am – 12pm

If you are uninsured or unable to pay for health care but cannot afford insurance or simply don’t know what programs you qualify for, please call today, and Wellness Point will answer your questions and walk you through choosing a program that best suits your needs.

http://www.freedentalcare.us/li/tx_75644_wellness-pointe-family-health-gilmer

 

Longview Wellness Center

1107 E. Marshall Ave.

 

 

Life

Posted: April 20, 2015 in CAUSES, GREEN, Secrets, Table Of Contents, TRUTH / Occupy

 LIFE

This is a preview of the full length book “LIFE” by author, Tim Frentz. Available for only $9.99 by transferring payment to via paypal  to tfrentz@hotmail.com or email for directions on other payment options.

*Here is a sneak peak at some of the knowledge shared in LIFE… Some details like account id’s or passwords are left out for our paid subscription members who have purchased a copy of our eBook. Live well with the help below!

 

CHAPTER 1: HELP it

 

 

CHAPTER 2:  SIMPLIFY it

 

CHAPTER 3: MAKE it

 

CHAPTER 4: STRETCH it

How’s to Use Technology Efficiently?

We are most often asked, “What TV/Internet/Phone SERVICE cost the lowest”?

Answer 1: The introductory rates for new customers transferring from a competitor are the best in most cases. This is followed by customer retention offers. These usually involve a bundling package with Phone, TV and internet all together.

IF you are in an area with multiple options, you want to call your current provider and tell them about their competitors offer and most of them are authorized to match the offer by switching you to the customer retention plan. IF not, then you switch your service and once the introductory rate expires, you go through the process again. IF you have three competing services available then you are able to continue the cycle by going in rotation. Some companies will not offer an introductory rate until you have been away for more then 365 days. With only 2 providers, you may need to go without service a day or 2 for the 1 year requirement to expire.

Each provider is constantly changing their “new subscriber plans” in order to steal business away form their competition. These deals are not as good circa 2014 as they were in the past because the government has allowed far too many large corporations to merge.  (click to view details)

In 2014, a merger between Comcast and TimeWarner is nearing approval  as well as a vote on the internet neutrality law. The neutrality law could allow Comcast full approval to regulate and censor the internet like it is in China!!!

We update the details of these offers in this chapter as they change.

Answer 2: Mobile Phone services are often not included with the other services. IF this is the case, you want to make sure you get the maximum amount of phone lines and bundle your plan together with friends you trust and split the bill. This saves you hundreds of dollars a month!

Answer 3: DO NOT SUBSCRIBE TO TV service. Everything on TV is available through the internet.

You want to get a mid speed service and connect your computer to your TV. Between tv streaming services like wiziwig and full media control systems like XMBC.org, you will find everything you desire. There are a few exceptions with HD streaming and the occasional freeze frame, but don’t complain for saving over a $1000 a year.

 

Audiobook Sources
The non-commercial, nonprofit and ad-free project called LibriVox is on a mission to “make all books in the public domain available, for free, in audio format on the Internet.” They are fulfilling this dream by scouring the virtual stacks for public domain books, which are then read and recorded by a fleet of volunteers. If you love this and have a knack for reading, you can also volunteer to record books for the organization. See the nearly 6,000 titles available here.

 

A new language
Looking to learn French? Need to brush up on your Urdu, Czech or Icelandic? The ever-helpful Brits at the BBC World Service offer free online language lessons. They provide essential phrases in 40 different languages; and for Greek, Spanish, French, Chinese, Italian, German, and Portuguese, they give complete courses and phrases, audio and video, vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, activities and tests.

 

MOBILE PHONE OPTIONS

TracFone.com has 180 minutes; 180 texts; 180mb data for $21 (fees included) for 3 months. If you use more you can get 750mb for $20 and an additional 180 minutes approximately for an additional couple of dollars a month! Hopefully you are in a good coverage area for them. The average user can make do with this by using wifi apps as much as possible for additional voice calls and most of their data needs.

 

FREEBIES!

There are a lot of freebies out there. You just need to know where to look. The free listings under Craigslist are on my daily bookmarks and alerts.

 

Educate Yourself
7 places where you can get a free online education include honorable institutions as MIT, Harvard, Stanford and Yale.

 

Free eBooks
Project Gutenberg was founded in 1971 and is the oldest digital library. As of March 2012, it had more than 42,000 titles in its collection. Most of the items in the collection are the full texts of public domain books and they are all available to anyone for free. The most popular titles at the site are classics like Victor Hugo’s “Les Miserables” and “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde. Downloads are available in a number of formats, including Kindle, EPUB and Plucker; they can also be read directly online.

 

Free Road-trip Vehicle

Auto Driveaway matches drivers with cars that need to be delivered to another state. You pay a refundable deposit and the cost of gas, and drive someone else’s car to the location where they need it.

 

Free Food

Swap your garden goods at farmers markets with others to get those items you are tempted to go buy at a grocery store.

If you really want something that you struggle to grow yourself, consider a food bank. There are always food banks in churches or community centers every few miles. If you are in debt and making every effort to budget your expenses the best you can then these food banks are for you. Don’t be embarrassed to go ask for food. A bunch of the fresh food spoils and goes to waste at food banks because not enough people collect it. Think of it like you are saving food from going to waste.

You can save hundreds of dollars a month to put towards your debts. Show up an hour early or stay an hour late and volunteer so you feel better about it. Now take that extra money and put some towards expanding your garden and put even more towards your debts.

 

Use mykidseatfree.com for a state-by-state search of restaurants that want to feed your children for free.

FreeBirthdayTreats.com shares a list of birthday specials. It is constantly changing so visit the website for the most current info please.

Here are a few others to check out;

SheSpeaks.com (samples)

General Mills (pssst.generalmills.com)
Kraft (kraftfirsttaste.com)
StartSampling.com
AllYou.com

 

Free Seeds

Join and post to seed swap forums. Here is the most used one I know. http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/exchind

Connect with farmers at the local outdoor markets and produce stands and form a local seed exchange. I encourage you to learn all about seeds at SeedLibraries.org and SeedMatters.org.

 

Free Fresh fruit
For a “pick your own” experience without paying for it at a farm (although we support that, too), there’s an app called Find Fruit. With an interactive database that includes the location of thousands of fruit trees on public land nationwide on a standard Google Map.

 

 

 

 

 


 

CHAPTER 5: SPEND it

BANK THEFT

From time to time, you will discover that a bank itself, will perform a shady act of business with their account holders. It is not lawfully an act of theft but to you and I it sure is.

I try to tell everyone around me about the benefits of doing business with your local community credit union. They are there to prevent all the shady acts being done by the big corporate banks. The credit unions give you ownership shares and dividends on their earnings instead of trying to sneak them out of your accounts and passing them into public trading stock holders wallets. SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL CREDIT UNION and GET YOUR MONEY OUT OF BIG BANKS PLEASE!!!

 

One example happened when Wells Fargo purchased Wachovia Bank. From 2008-2011, Wells Fargo changed account limit fees and interest rates on Wachovia customers to force them out of high interest yielding Wachovia accounts grandfathered to them as part of the merger deal. My very own FREE 5% savings account was affected. The account allowed a maximum deposit of $100 per month to earn 5%. The first move by Wells Fargo was to change the account numbers to match Wells Fargo’s “SYSTEM”. The second move was to then change the interest rate to .05% and start charging fees. They could now do this because the account # had been changed and the original Wachovia account no longer existed. The third move was to suspiciously have a security leak causing a fraud theft on the account. In order to recover the stolen funds, I had to formally close the account for good and transfer it to an account that cost me $4.95 a month just so I could get my credit back. This removed the last of any proof the account was still active in case of a future class action settlement against them. I lost hundreds of dollars in savings thanks to this action.

 

Another example is Capital One bank in 2013-2014. I had an account that cost $4.95/month if my average balance was below a certain amount. I never logged into it because I just used it for savings and an auto payment for a Capital One credit card. I had email alerts set for minimum balance and it never sent the emails. One day I got notice in the snail mail that the account has been charged off and another notice that my credit card payment was returned. I didn’t even get a notice for insufficient fund fees being charged to my account. When I logged in and looked at the history, my access to records only went back 12 months but all 12 months had been changed and my balances had been altered to reflect a $8.95 monthly fee deduction. Capital one had stolen at least $59.40 from me and I had no idea. Who in their right mind is paying $8.95 a month for checking account??? I then also had $35 overdraft over the limit fee and another $35 insufficient fund fee and then had to pay $121.35 to their collection agency. I also had auto deposits for my book sales going into the account which they applied towards the negative balance and kept from me.

It took me a month and half and two complaints on file with the FTC and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (consumerFinance.gov) to eventually get 12 months of $4.95/month over charges returned rounded up to $60.

 

CREDIT CARD DEALS

These are always changing with the rapid decrease in the credit economy. We don’t condone credit card use, but if you must, take advantage of the offers and then pay it off and close the account at the end of the introductory offers.
There were no super awesome specials at time of publishing so tell us if you find a good one and we will consider adding it to the next updated version. Here are some expired offers from the past.
BEST BUY: FREE UNLIMITED Companion FLYING for 12 MONTHS!!!!

 

CHAPTER 6: LIVE it

 

HOME REMEDIES

We do not approve of spending money at stores on products we can make simply ourselves. This chapter is dedicated to all of the many solutions that surround you right now as you read this.

 

PEST CONTROL

Make a simple nat, fly, fruit no see-um catcher by simply cutting a bottle in half and turning the top upside down with some water and nectar or food substance below it. Flies are not good at finding their way back out of a bottle lid hole.

fly-trap-31-213x300

 

FOOD related

 

Garden, Garden & Garden some more!!!
Starting a garden is one of the smartest moves you can make at home. 90% of the food now found in a name brand market are full of chemicals and packaged with earth poisoning packaging. Even organic health food store’s can not tell you exactly what is in their food.

If you are starting a garden on a budget, see How to get free seeds for your first garden. Soil should be built up by adding compost and other nutrients during the dormant season. Find your local dairy farmer and go purchase directly from them after discussing their use of growth hormones and feed stock.

 

Fresh fruit
For a “pick your own” experience without paying for it at a farm (although we support that, too), there’s an app called Find Fruit. With an interactive database that includes the location of thousands of fruit trees on public land nationwide on a standard Google Map.

 

Keep rice wrapped in a paper towel, within your zip locked bags of produce to slow down aging.

 

Grow Kenaf in your house. It absorbs carbon dioxide faster per plant than any other plant/tree on the planet. It is edible and can be used for everything that hemp can be used for without concerned looks by visitors. (Even though growing non marijuana medicine budding hemp strains is completely legal anyway.)

 

Trees
The Arbor Day foundation is the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees. For $10, you receive a six-month membership that includes a number of goodies, along with 10 free trees. You can mix and match which trees you want, or get a set, like the flowering tree package which includes two white flowering dogwoods, two flowering crabapples, two Washington hawthorns, two Eastern redbuds, and two golden rain trees. Visit the Arbor Day Foundation for the deal.

 

Soup stock
Keep a “scraps container” in the FREEZER and every time you have vegetable peels, onion skins, leek tops, herb stems, garlic ends and any other part of a vegetable that would otherwise go to waste, stick it in the container. When you have enough, sauté it all in olive oil in a deep pot for five minutes, add water, bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer for an hour and add salt and pepper. For other ideas to put your kitchen scraps to work, see 20 uses for leftover fruit and vegetable peels.

 

 

 

HEALTH CARE

Improve tooth enamel and other dental health by swishing sunflower, sesame and coconut oil around in your mouth for 20 minutes every other day. Read: http://www.foodmatters.tv/articles-1/oil-pulling-the-habit-that-can-transform-your-health

 

WHAT NATURAL TREATMENTS are available for Shingles?

Shingles is a reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus(VZV), also known as the chicken pox virus. Once a bout of chicken pox has passed, the virus remains dormant in nerves in the spinal cord.

As a result of compromised immunity due to increased stress levels, illness, older age, injury or immune-suppressing drugs, the residual virus can re-emerge and follow nerve pathways to the surface of the skin, where painful blisters with burning and itching occur.

Apple cider vinegar compresses prove to be a useful shingles treatment for many. Mix a 1:1 up to a 1:4 ratio of water to vinegar. Soak a smooth cotton cloth in the solution and apply to the blisters and pain-affected areas several times daily.

Zinc and vitamin E salve is another option. By combining OTC zinc ointment with a capsule or two of natural vitamin E (not synthetic DL-tocopherol) and a tablespoon of high quality aloe vera juice, this effective pain-relieving salve can be applied to the affected areas with good results.

Studies have shown regular use of capsaicin creams help with postherpetic neuralgia, the residual nerve pain many suffer from after a shingles outbreak clears up. These are readily available in health food stores and drug stores and can be purchased online.
There is a vast range of other proven and folk remedy options for shingles.

 

Acupuncture treatments, homeopathic remedies, flower essences, and essential oils. Herbs believed to be useful for the condition are licorice root (deglycyrrhized should be used), St. John’s wort, reishi mushroom, garlic, propolis, echinacea, passion flower, and lemon balm. Their effects range from anti-viral to immune modulating and from to anti-inflammatory to pain and anxiety reducing.
What else can be done?

While the above natural shingles treatments help millions, the real key to controlling shingles outbreaks lies within the immune system. Strengthening and modulation of a person’s immunity may prevent the reactivation of the virus,and thus prevent the painful episodes of blistering and nerve pain.

Below are some nutritionally-based options to consider:

Shingles is sometimes called herpes-zoster, highlighting its relation to other herpes-based viruses. Studies have shown that taking 1000 mg of l-lysine (an amino acid) three times per day has proven effective in interrupting the replication of the virus by competing with its need for the amino acid l-arginine. Therefore, it’s also important to avoid arginine rich foods such as nuts and seeds, chocolate, red wine, tea, coffee, beer, gelatin, and more. Maintaining a low-arginine diet for an extended period of time will support other anti-shingles efforts.

Proteolytic enzymes, which mean literally protein-digesting, have a proven history of effective anti-viral and anti-inflammatory usage. Cautions include not taking them with other blood-thinning medications and only using very high-quality products, often available only through natural health practitioners.

Vitamins A, B, C, D, and E all have long-standing overall health and immunity-enhancing benefits.

 

In 7 things you can make instead of buying, see how to make cleaning supplies, craft items and cosmetics, to name just a few of the free-ish things you can put together.

 

Duct Tape It!
The variety of things you can craft is limited only by your imagination. A scroll through 20 clever uses for duct tape may inspire you to create a variety of items.

 

CHAPTER 7: SHARE it

 

*Nearly 100 home remedies are listed in the full edition of the book. Just msg tfrentz@hotmail.com to purchase your $9.99 copy today.

 

 

Tim Frentz

Author

Helping Hands” Comics

“Helping Hands Yogi”

“Life’s Little Secrets”

 

 

 

 

Timothy Jon Frentz (T) is a practitioner of Ashtanga & Iyengar Yoga who records his spiritual journey in the new age work “the Helping Hands Yogi” and a comic book series called “HELPING HANDS” Comics. His spirit was reborn in Grand Island, Nebraska USA in 1977. His autobiography will first be published in 2015, ten years after he was inspired by his Guru to leave home and give himself to causes in urgent need.

T describes how his experiences inspired him to sell his possessions and hit the road. Several times in his life, Frentz was robed of resources but instead of relying on a flawed legal system to recover his loses, T accepted the loses as a lesson from God who was faithfully guiding the course of his current life.

T’s writings document his early life in central Nebraska, college days at University of Nebraska, visits to spiritual communities, meetings with various saints, training of disciple volunteers, building of the Helping Hands Network, his time helping causes in need and finally his steps to become a new age yogi.

T’s spiritual experiences fit into two general categories: the yogin type which focus on the experience of enlightenment and the traditional tribal type which focus on defending the earth through natural living.

T teaches a new age form of meditation called, “Creative Meditation”. This is achieved through combining meditational practice with the act of artistic expression and creation. T is known for his wood sculpturing and other jewelry art which is largely created during prayer.

T continues publishing books & comics, teaching yogi & fitness, and enjoys telling his stories when asked. His foundation, “The Helping Hands Network” is growing daily in the United States and continues to connect causes in need with thousands of resources through http://netvibes.com/HelpingHandsNet

T can be reached at:
tfrentz@hotmail.com
Facebook/HelpingHandsNetwork

 

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IMG_20130425_101349  Tim Frentz is an author, artist, spirit guide, philanthropist, business consultant, fitness trainer, yoga teacher and adventurer.

  T’s writings document his visits to spiritual communities, his meetings with various saints, his training of disciple volunteers, his building of the Helping Hands Network, his time helping causes in need and finally his steps to become a new age yogi.

Helping Hands” Comics     –    “Helping Hands Yogi”    –    “Life’s Little Secrets”

 

MUST READ expose on the real KOCH Brothers Industry

 

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/inside-the-koch-brothers-toxic-empire-20140924

 

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/09/30/1333457/-Kochs-brothers-freak-out-in-response-to-Rolling-Stone-expose?detail=email

USE and SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL Community CREDIT UNION  

(Gain back control of the country from the banks by moving your accounts TODAY please!!!)

COMPLAIN HERE:

https://help.consumerfinance.gov/app/bankaccountorservice/ask

https://www.federalreserveconsumerhelp.gov/complaint/formcomplaint.cfm?

 

First this:
http://www.businessinsider.com/capital-one-has-to-pay-out-210-million-in-the-first-ever-consumer-financial-protection-bureau-case-2012-7

 

NOW:

Anyone have a scoop on Cap1 shady practices on the Personal Banking side?

IS there a joint action being organized right now????

We have been reading a lot of complaints that they raised their accounts monthly fees from $4.95 to a staggering $8.95 with no internal online messaging notices.

I personally was affected because we do not use snail mail and there were no email alerts sent out or apparent internal messages.

We had an account for our Texas division emergency fund and auto pay of a credit account with Cap1. I have min balance alerts sent to me for all our company accounts. A few weeks ago I got a notice that the account was charged off and the credit card past due!!!

I got NO notices. No email alerts. I looked over the account and noticed we had been charged $8.95 a month for the past 18 MONTHS and maybe more (I can’t go back further) THEY had to have back charged and changed the records or something because there is no way I would have not noticed and shut off the account sometime between now and then.

Now instead of having an additional $72 ($4 fee increase over 18 months) that should be in the account, we are being charged off for owing them $123….  wtf

BEST HEALTH FOODS

 

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

 

WaterCress – Packs the most vital 17 human body nutrients into one source. http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2014/13_0390.htm

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 RealMilk.com.

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 http://www.eatwild.com or http://www.localharvest.org.

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!

http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2014/13_0390.htm

Superfoods

 

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.

Tip:
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.

Tip:
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.

Tip:
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.

Tips:
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.

Tip:
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.

Tips:
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.

Tip:
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.

Tips:
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.

Tips:
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.

Tip:
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.

Tips:
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.

Tip:
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.

The list below (from http://lifehackery.com/2008/07/22/home-4/) is the best organized I have found so I am including it. As I find more, they will be added below.

 

Baking soda is a chemical compound that appears as a fine powder. It releases bubbles of carbon dioxide when it interacts with an acid and a liquid. It’s most commonly used in baking, where it acts as a leavening agent. The following are 75 other uses for baking soda aside from making muffins soft and fluffy.

Health Uses

1. Use it as an antacid.

2. Use it as underarm deodorant by applying it with a powder puff.

 

deodorant

3. Mix half a teaspoon with peroxide paste and use it as toothpaste.

4. Use it as a face and body scrub.

5. Add a cup to bathwater to soften your skin.

6. Relieve skin itch from insect bites and pain from sunburn.

7. Remove strong odors from your hands by rubbing them with baking soda and water.

8. Put two tablespoons in your baby’s bathwater to help relieve diaper rash.

9. Apply it on rashes, insect bites, and poison ivy irritations.

10. Take a baking soda bath to relieve skin irritations.

11. Heartburn? Take a teaspoon of baking soda mixed with one-half glass of water.

12. Freshen your mouth by gargling half a teaspoon of baking soda mixed water.

gargling

13. Relieve canker sore pain by using it as mouthwash.

14. Use it to relieve bee stings.

15. Use it to relieve windburns.

16. Apply it on jellyfish sting to draw out the venom.

17. Unblock stuffy nose by adding a teaspoon of baking soda to your vaporizer.

In the Home

flower vase

18. Keep cut flowers fresh longer by adding a teaspoon to the water in the vase.

19. Put out small fires on rugs, upholstery, clothing, and wood.

20. Put an open container of baking soda in the fridge to absorb the odors.

21. Sprinkle it on your ashtrays to reduce bad odor and prevent smoldering.

22. Sprinkle it on your slippers, boots, shoes, and socks to eliminate foul odor.

23. Turn baking soda into modeling clay by combining it with one and 1/4 cups of water and one cup of cornstarch.

24. After feeding your baby, wipe his shirt with a moist cloth sprinkled with baking soda to remove the odor.

25. Wipe your windshield with it to repel rain.

26. Improve the smell of dishrags by soaking them in baking soda and water.

27. Suck it in with your vacuum cleaner to remove the odor.

28. Freshen the air by mixing baking soda with your favorite perfumed bath salts. Put the mixture in small sachet bags.

29. Restore stiff brushes by boiling them in a solution of 1/2 gallon of water, 1/4 cup of vinegar, and a cup of baking soda.

30. Put it under sinks and along basement windows to repel cockroaches and ants.

31. Scatter baking soda around flowerbeds to prevent rabbits from eating your veggies.

32. Sweeten your tomatoes by sprinkling baking soda on the soil around your tomato plants.

33. Sprinkle it onto your cat’s litter box to absorb the bad odor.

34. Sprinkle it on your pet’s comb or brush to deodorize their fur and skin.

In Cooking

35. Use it as a substitute for baking powder by mixing with it with cream of tartar or vinegar.

36. Wash fruits and vegetables with it.

washing vegetables

37. When boiling a chicken, add a teaspoon of baking soda to the water. Feathers will come off easier, and the flesh will be clean and white.

38. Soak dried beans to a baking soda solution to make them more digestible.

39. Remove the distinctive taste of wild game by soaking it in a baking soda solution.

40. Make a sports drink by mixing it with boiled water, salt, and Kool-Aid.

41. Remove the fishy smell from your fillets by soaking the raw fish in a baking soda solution for an hour inside the fridge.

42. Make fluffier omelets by adding half a teaspoon of baking soda for every three eggs used.

omelet

43. Reduce the acid content of your tomato-based recipes by sprinkling them with a pinch of baking soda.

Cleaning Purposes

44. Add a cup to the toilet, leave it for an hour, and then flush. It will clean the toilet and absorb the odor.

flushing toilet

45. Use it to scrub sinks, showers, plastic and porcelain tubs

46. Spray it on walls, mirrors, and countertops.

47. Add a spoonful to your dishwasher to make scrubbing dishes easier.

48. Remove grease from pots and pans.

49. Dry clean carpets and upholstered furniture by sprinkling baking soda over the fabric and gently brushing it. Leave it for an hour or overnight, then vacuum.

50. Boost your laundry detergent’s cleaning power by sprinkling a handful on dirty clothes.

51. Combine it with water to make a paste for polishing stainless steel and chrome.

52. Remove scratches and crayon marks from vinyl floors and walls.

53. Clean your shoes with it.

cleaning shoes

54. Clean garbage cans with it.

55. Use it to wash diapers.

56. Clean the fridge with it.

57. Soak brushes and combs in a baking soda solution.

58. Mix it with water to wash food and drink containers.

59. Put three tablespoons of baking soda to a quart of warm water, then use the mixture to wash marble-topped furniture.

60. Absorb it with a damp sponge, then clean Formica countertops with the sponge.

61. Use it to get rid of stale odors from cooling containers and thermos bottles.

62. Run your coffee maker with a baking soda solution, then rinse.

63. Combine with hot water to clean baby bottles.

64. Sprinkle it on barbecue grills, then rinse it off.

65. Scatter it on your greasy garage floor, scrub the floor, and rinse.

66. Remove burned-on food from a pan by soaking it in a baking soda solution for 10 minutes before washing.

67. Clean your ashtrays with a baking soda solution.

68. Keep your drains clean by putting four tablespoons of baking soda in them each week. Flush it down with hot water.

69. Clean your shower curtains by soaking them in baking soda and water.

70. Put it on a small brush to rub canvas handbags clean.

71. Use it to remove melted plastic bread wrapper from a toaster. Sprinkle baking soda on a damp rug, then use the rug to clean the toaster.

72. Use it to clean your retainers and dentures.

cleaning dentures

73. Make a thick paste of baking soda and water, and used it to scrub enameled cast iron and stainless steel.

74. Mix four tablespoons of baking soda with a quart of warm water, and use it to clean the inside part of an oven.

75. Use it to unclog gas stoves.

The most amazing thing about baking soda is that it’s very cheap. You can do all these things for a very small cost. Baking soda is truly a miracle product, whether it’s used for baking or not.

Software is constantly changing. Problematic virus’ and bugs are always circling your daily computer actions through social networks. To prevent problems from attacking your computer you must have the right defensive tools in place and if you do encounter problems, you must have the right tools to treat them.

Here is my most current list with PC links provided. You will have to change the search if you want the MAC files. IF you find my work helpful, please donate a couple dollars to our Helping Hands Causes by PayPal paid to user id: tfrentz@hotmail.com

1.) Use google chrome for your browser with the free “adblocker” plugin

https://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/browser/

This will remove 99% of the ads the common internet browser encounters

 

2.) Peer Blocker

http://download.cnet.com/PeerBlock/3640-10435_4-75328692-2.html

This program protects your privacy from internet service provider employees snooping at your browsing activity. It runs algorithms that bounce your IP addresses around to make them harder to track. There are some bugs so you may need to install the previous program by the same PhoenixLabs.org group called Peer Guardian. The Net Neutrality Movement is fighting for your right to share digital content that is either public property or you have rights to. A large portion of people involved in the digital content industry would prefer to find a way to control these transfers but until the answer is implemented, most of them are trying to crush everyone fighting for the rights of the people. Follow:

#NetNeutrality on Twitter

SaveTheInternet.com

OpenInternet.gov

PhoenixLabs.org (PeerBlocker creators)

Robb Topolski (Case study vs. Comcast found in http://barbershoppunk.com/ documentary)
office: topolski@newamerica.net
Chief Technologist,
Open Technology Initiative @ New America Foundation
202-596-3426 (desk)   202-986-3696 (fax)
1899 L. St NW #400, Washington DC  20036
personal messages to: robb@funchords.com
Southeastern Mass 508-258-9284

 

3.) BitTorrent

http://download.cnet.com/BitTorrent/3000-2196_4-10211384.html?tag=mncol;1

A lot of the tools you need can be found with the help of fellow computer geeks sharing them through networks as torrent files for quicker user to user (peer to peer) transferring.

BitTorrent is my favorite program to use for this. Once you install the program you then put what ever you are looking for into a search engine like startpage.com and add the word “torrent” at the end. I recommend looking for sources within thePirateBay.com portal.

 

4.) SpyBot Search & Destroy

http://download.cnet.com/Spybot-Search-Destroy/3000-8022_4-10122137.html?tag=mncol;1

IF you are experiencing any activity out of the usual or error alerts, chances are that you somehow clicked on something bad. Use this program to help find the problems and remove them.

 

5.) Windows Washer

http://thepiratebay.sx/torrent/4114138/Windows_Washer_2008[CRACKED][DemonoidFan]

You may encounter error messages mentioning “cache” or memory problems. A lot of us forget to clear browser cache or don’t have settings set to limit how much data remains in our temp files and such. It is also important to consider what passwords and auto-fill data you allow to remain on website forms. Even if you never let someone else use your computer and it is locked up in a safe when you are not around, it is still a good idea to not store delicate passwords. This program will make sure all of these problems are taken care of.

 

6.) AVG FREE Anti-Virus

http://download.cnet.com/AVG-AntiVirus-Free-2014/3000-2239_4-10320142.html?tag=mncol;1

I have never read of any complaints nor have I ever had any problems with this anti virus program. Don’t spend money on one that tries to charge you renewal fees every few months.

 

7.) WinZip

http://thepiratebay.sx/torrent/8786565/WinZip_Pro_17.5_Build_10562_(32_-_64_bit)_[ChingLiu]

Use this program to secure any private files by locking them with a password.

 

8.) VLC Media Player

http://download.cnet.com/VLC-Media-Player/3000-13632_4-10267151.html?tag=mncol;2

Sometimes you will find files that do not play in Windows Media player or their audio is set very low. This program usually fixes these files.

 

9.) File Shredder

http://download.cnet.com/File-Shredder/3000-2144_4-10662831.html

Use this program when you want to make sure a private file is completely gone before handing over a hard drive or entire computer to some one you don’t trust etc.

 

10.) Drive Defragmentor

Search under Admin Tools options

Schedule this System task to run every week to keep your drive in peek condition

 

11.) Tweet Deck

http://download.cnet.com/TweetDeck/3000-12941_4-10914083.html?tag=mncol;1

This program allows you to keep tabs on the latest news events using twitter just like you would use a stock ticker to follow our bogus economy stock market and fake federal reserve financial system.

 

12.)PDA Net

http://pdanet.co/

In case you do not use TMobile which allows free tethering and hot spot hosting, this program allows you to use your phone to push data through your computer with only a yearly $15 renewal donation. Hope you did not foolishly let your old unlimited data plan slip away with your last phone upgrade and contract renewal?

 

WHAT OTHER PROGRAMS WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE ON OUR LIST?

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TECH NOTES

(as I deal with problems from my readers I will post helpful notes here)

PROBLEM: Wireless Config Not working due to Microsoft Zero

SOLUTION:

This behavior occurs for several reasons. Some computer and hardware manufacturers provide their own configuration software that replaces the Wireless Zero Configuration service that is provided in Windows. In that case, you must use the software that is provided by the manufacturer to configure your wireless network. If you want to use the Wireless Network Setup Wizard or the View Available Wireless Networks feature to configure your wireless device, see the documentation that came with your computer or with your wireless network card. Use this documentation to determine whether you can use the Wireless Zero Configuration service to configure your wireless network. Sometimes, you cannot use the Windows functionality.

If your computer or your wireless network adapter did not come with its own wireless network software, follow these steps:
Click Start, click Run, type ncpa.cpl, and then click OK.
Click Network Connections.
In Network Connections, click to select your wireless connection, and then click Change settings of this connection.
On the Wireless Networks tab, click to select the Use Windows to configure my wireless network settings check box.

To start the Wireless Zero Configuration service, follow these steps:
Click Start, click Run, type %SystemRoot%\system32\services.msc /s, and then click OK.
Double-click Wireless Zero Configuration.
In the Startup type list, click Automatic, and then click Apply.
In the Service status area, click Start, and then click OK.