Thursday, February 28, 2013

Support A GMO Free New York, USA

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Welcome to GMO Free NY! 

 

Our Mission: Mandatory labeling of GMO foods in NYS!

 
If we are what we eat, let us know what we're eating!

GMO Free NY is a grassroots campaign working in conjunction with allies in the nationwide Coalition of States for GMO Labeling to get a mandatory GMO labeling law passed in New York State in 2013.
 
We're not here to tell you about the controversies surrounding GMOs — the human health and environmental risks, the decreased crop yields and increased pesticide/herbicide use farmers are experiencing, the patenting of seeds — there are plenty of other web sites already doing an excellent job of this.
 
We're here because we want to put an end to the secrecy about the presence of GMO ingredients in our food. Because we want to stop being unwitting guinea pigs for the biotech industry. Because the FDA is still turning a deaf ear to the majority of Americans who say they want GMOs labeled. Because we deserve the right to make informed choices when we go food shopping!

We deserve to have the right to know!
It's time to label GMOs!
Click here to find out how to tell your NYS Legislators!

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FOOD FIGHT - The Hood Says No to Processed Food



Published on Feb 26, 2013


Food Fight is the story of a kid who lives in a world where the food at the local corner store is killing his neighborhood -- literally.

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We ALL need to be food fighters! That means fighting for food justice across America, and especially in the inner cities where the availability of healthy food is limited (by design).

I can confirm there is an agenda in America right now to keep inner city people diseased, dumbed-down, cognitively impaired and nutritionally deficient. The vector of attack is the food supply and vaccines. The motivation behind this is to make sure people can be easily dominated by the system (corporate fascism conspiring with government). The food is poison, and it kills orders of magnitude more people than guns, or auto accidents or anything else, including pharmaceutical medicine.

There is an epidemic of degenerative disease that's being thrust upon inner city citizens in an almost genocidal stealth attack. This is the thing we need to wake up and recognize if we hope to stand against the "industry of death" that manufactures the food.

I am a food fighter and always will be. The creators of this
video are food fighters. Ultimately, we are all spiritual warriors because what we're fighting for is more than mere substance; we are fighting for the soul of humanity.

Will you join us in this fight?

If so, help spread the word on this amazing video.

Lyrics:

That's what the streets them say.
That's what police them say.
That's what the Babylon say.
Put cola upon lips
and get popped the same way now.
That's what The Pentagon say.
That's what the generals say.
That's what the empire say.
Put death down your throat,
you get dropped the same way.

There's a war going on inside,
no man is safe from:
DDTs, PCBs,
every corner in the hood got a KFC
or McD's. It's crack speed like RED
Bull-ish they pulpit -- so caffeine,
Kit Kat like a click-clack holes in your genes
Cuz everything at market ain't all what it seems.
Little Debbie bussing biscuits at sugar-high fiends.
Ain't nothing but a G thing --
GMO, MSG, genocide of street gangs.
Aspartame or street cane.
Monsanto is Rambo.
Round Up with ammo.
Who would have known you can die from a diet
Diabetes and the -itis from the dairy and the dose
of the high fructose
cuz your ribs too close
so you might start a riot.
Might be a FOOD FIGHTER!
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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Have Faith - A Poem by M.N. Hopkins



Have Faith

An Angel Fell.

An Angel fell into a dark abyss.

A Human stood at the edge of Darkness and Light with clear seeing eyes and said,

"Have faith"

The Angel fell deeper and deeper into the darkness.

Again, the Human said,

"Have faith"

The Angel continued to fall.

Deeper and deeper, closer to the imaginary point of no return.

Once again,  said the Human,

"Have faith"

The Angel paused and looked up toward the Human and said,

"So, it will be"

The Angel began his flight upward and outward of this temporary darkness.

Back to His rightful Home within the Realm of Light.

M.N. Hopkins


Note:  Written last night and this morning and published for the first time today on my blog.  I hope that you get it or at best, enjoy the feeling it can invoke.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Bill Gates & Vaccine Programs - Vulnerable Vaccine Injured Sick Kids Dumped Out of Sight to Die Reported

Mr. Final Solution has spoken.

Bill Gates & Vaccine Programmes – Dump The “Mistakes” – Vulnerable Vaccine Injured Sick Kids Dumped Out of Sight to Die


Child Health safety,   26  February  2013


The following is from an extensive article by journalist Christina England which you can read in full here: Bill Gates Continues ‘God’s Work’, Third World Vaccine Workers Shot Dead
Feb 26th, 2013 | By Christina England
It appears that Mr. Gates will go to any lengths to vaccinate the world, even if the world makes it very clear that they do not want his vaccines. Rather than vaccinating more children, if he was such a humanitarian, why has he allowed vulnerable, sick children to be dumped in the middle of nowhere to die? Surely the world would applaud him far more loudly if he spent his millions making sure that any vaccine casualties were sufficiently cared for.

……. whether Gates believes he is doing ‘God’s work’ or not, dumping severely vaccine damaged children in a remote village in Africa without a doctor on site is almost certainly not God’s work and this is exactly what Gates has allowed to happen to the children adversely affected by the MenAfriVac Meningitis A vaccine.

Over the last few months I have written four articles covering recent events in Chad, Northern Africa, where 106 children became ill after receiving the meningitis vaccine, 40 of which were left paralyzed and suffering from convulsions. [6,7,8,9]

This week, VacTruth received word from a Chadian contact that said:
Last night the Chadian minister of health evacuated all children paralyzed from MenAfriVac meningitis A vaccine, including very ill children, to Faya. I have just spoken to one person, who told me that seven girls and a boy are seriously ill with convulsions.

Please, help us. This forced evacuation of very ill and paralyzed children on a military plane, to a destination where there is not even basic medical personnel and equipment, is deliberately sending vulnerable children to a place where they are likely to die.”
Faya is a small town surrounded by desert at least 100 miles away from the children’s home village of Gouro. This is extremely worrying, especially after VacTruth received several medical records confirming that these children did indeed suffer vaccine injuries.
This approach is one way to make sure vaccine adverse reactions go under reported.

Source:

Child Health Safety

Bill Gates Admits Vaccines Are Used for Human Depopulation



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Monday, February 25, 2013

Seafood Freakshow: 59% Of Tuna Mislabeled, Fake Tuna Linked to ‘Anal Oil Leakage’ by Anthony Gucciardi


Oceana also offers a graphical breakdown:
Oceania Report Graphics


Seafood Freakshow: 59% Of Tuna Mislabeled, Fake Tuna Linked to ‘Anal Oil Leakage’



by Anthony Gucciardi
Natural Society,   25  February  2013
Do you enjoy the taste of tuna? If you answered yes to that question, there’s a very large chance that you actually enjoy the taste of many bizarre and exotic imposter ‘fake tuna’ fish types that have been peddled and mislabeled by the seafood industry and restaurants alike — even a ‘snake mackerel’ fish linked to side effects like anal oil leakage.

The new genetic testing campaign kickstarted and funded by the nonprofit organization known as Oceana, a group whose mission statement involves protecting the world’s oceans, reveals that 59% of tuna is not only mislabeled but is almost entirely compromised of a fish once banned by the FDA. Sushi restaurants were the worst offenders by far, but the tests spanned throughout restaurants and grocery stores alike. Altogether, the findings oust over half of tuna fish as fraudulent.
As you can see for yourself in the report by Oceana, the numerical breakdown of tuna fraud (especially ‘white tuna’) paints a picture of just how far companies will go to deliver rubbish products and deceive the consumer:

  • Between restaurants and grocery stories in the US alike, 59% overall of the tuna tested was definitely not tuna as found by genetic testing.
  • Sushi restaurants had the worst record, with every single restaurant’s ‘tuna’ tested in major cities like DC, Chicago, Austin, and New York City coming back as fraudulent.
  • A whopping 84% of ‘white tuna’ was actually escolar, the snake mackerel fish that causes oily anal leakage and was banned by the FDA until 1992. It is still banned in Japan, Italy, and requires warning labels regarding the leaky discharge in Canada, Sweden, and Denmark.

Rampant Food Mystery Ingredients  From Fake Tuna to Horsemeat

The blatant lack of knowledge regarding the actual ingredients in so-called ‘tuna’ products is reminiscent of recent food ingredient disasters such as the Burger King horsemeat incident, in which Burger King was forced to admit that consumers had been eating either horse or donkey meat in their juicy Whoppers for who knows how long. An admission that not only grossed a lot of people out and emotionally touched a lot of horse lovers, but brought up a great consideration: we really don’t even know what we’re putting into our mouths.

We’ve even seen rampant food fraud in the seafood industry before, with food geneticists revealing a large percentage of the entire market is actually filled with mislabeled fish. Oftentimes, it becomes an even greater concern when entering into the realm of health. Many ‘wild-caught’ fish varieties are scams and are actually heavily processed, with the FDA inspecting only around 2% of seafood imports.
We know there exists a number of serious additives that lurk in our food supply like MSG and various neurotoxic food coloring ingredients, but the fact of the matter is it even comes down to the very food product itself. Many of you probably do not consumer tuna for a number of reasons, such as the likelihood that it was harvested from Fukushima-touched Pacific waters, or perhaps because it contains mercury or was taken from the oil-plagued Gulf of Mexico. Regardless of the reason, I am sure you see the validity in highlighting this information for consumers.

When we can’t even be sure what we’re eating, even down to the very base product itself, we have a very serious problem for consumers. A problem that I don’t think producers seem to care about given that this fraud is so prevalent — and it is undoubtedly a culinary fraud that expands far beyond the seafood industry.

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Sorry Charlie
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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Scorecard: How Many Rights Have Americans REALLY Lost?

 
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Scorecard: How Many Rights Have Americans REALLY Lost?

How Many Constitutional Freedoms Do We Still Have?

Global Reaserch Canada,   21  February 2013

Preface: While a lot of people talk about the loss of our Constitutional liberties, people usually speak in a vague, generalized manner … or focus on only one issue and ignore the rest.
This post explains the liberties guaranteed in the Bill of Rights – the first 10 amendments to the United States Constitution – and provides a scorecard on the extent of the loss of each right.

First Amendment

The 1st Amendment protects speech, religion, assembly and the press:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
However, the government is arresting those speaking out … and violently crushing peaceful assemblies which attempt to petition the government for redress.

A federal judge found that the law allowing indefinite detention of Americans without due process has a“chilling effect” on free speech. And see this and this.

The threat of being labeled a terrorist for exercising our First Amendment rights certainly violates the First Amendment.   The government is using laws to crush dissent, and it’s gotten so bad that even U.S. Supreme Court justices are saying that we are descending into tyranny.

For example, the following actions may get an American citizen living on U.S. soil labeled as a “suspected terrorist” today:

And holding the following beliefs may also be considered grounds for suspected terrorism:
Of course, Muslims are more or less subject to a separate system of justice in America.

And 1st Amendment rights are especially chilled when power has become so concentrated that the same agency which spies on all Americans also decides who should be assassinated.

To read the rest of this lengthy blog article, please click on the link provided below:

Global Research Canada

Or visit the Washington's Blog:

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/


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Saturday, February 23, 2013

High Fructose Corn Syrup Leads to Obesity and Liver Damage by Elizabeth Renter

High Fructose Corn Syrup Leads to Obesity and Liver Damage


by Elizabeth Renter

Natural Society,   23  February  2013


Experts agree – sugar truly is a health destroyer. And whether it’s real sugar or sugar in the form of high-fructose corn syrup, negative health effects will surely pop up with over-consumption. But some research does indeed pinpoint HFCS specifically for causing a concerning amount of damage. Two studies coming to these conclusions found evidence showing that HFCS promotes obesity and causes damage to the liver.
One study, conducted by Duke University researchers, found that HFCS leads to scarring of the liver, similar to liver disease. Some research has said that HFCS scars the liver as bad as excessive alcohol consumption. Other research also found that it worsens the condition of those with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

Researchers looked at more than 400 patients with NAFLD and asked them questions about their HFCS consumption, specifically in beverages sweetened with the sweet stuff (like sodas). Those who consumed the greatest amount of HFCS had the most severe scarring of their livers.

In another study, researchers found the link between HFCS and obesity was more pronounced than that of sucrose and obesity. The experiment was done on rats, one group of which was fed a solution of sugar and another with HFCS. The group fed HFCS gained “significantly” more weight than the others. Then, they monitored changes in rats who ate rat chow compared with those who supplemented their rat chow with a HFCS solution—those with the HFCS gained about 48% more weight than those without.

“Some people have claimed that high-fructose corn syrup is no different than other sweeteners when it comes to weight gain and obesity, but our results make it clear that this just isn’t true, ” researcher Bart Hoebel said.
Further, the rats that ate HFCS showed the telltale signs of metabolic syndrome (a precursor to heart disease). These signs included higher fat deposition in the abdomen and a drop in triglycerides.

HFCS is so prominent in the food supply that Americans are consuming 35 pounds of the sweetener on average each year. To avoid it is simple—avoid processed foods. Spend the majority of your time and money in the produce aisle and shop at natural food markets. This is where you will find the foods that are made naturally, with sun and dirt (especially those that are organic). Finally, if you haven’t already—ditch the soda habit.

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Friday, February 22, 2013

A Vision of Hope Revisited - A Dream of Tomorrow Enfolding Today

 

A Vision of Hope - Revisited

Now, I will share a personal insight with all who will listen.  One day at a time of down heartedness, I thought of our current world situation and what would become of me and also what would become of Humankind in the years ahead.

I saw myself in my minds eye as one of many extended both long back into time and long forward into the future.  It all began with a dream of freedom countless centuries ago.  After the dream had begun, each added to the strength of the dream by adding their contributions and energy to human community thus keeping the dream alive.  All knew and understood their part in this joint creation of Man that involved many over a very long period of time.

I saw humanity as individuals all connected to this dream that appeard as a wave in the sea.  The wave was rolling through time, growing in intensity and height as each contributed their part to this movement toward freedom.  After some time the wave grew to such an intensity it had Tsunami strength.  Each individual through time had played their part and added to the collective energy of the dream until it had become an unstoppable force of nature aided by Man.  So many had sacrificed so much along the way to unleach such a powerful force of longing into our world.

At a point in my vision all down heartedness disappeared and I knew with that calm certainty that I feel at times that even if our present day Servers of the Good and I could no longer add our contributions of energy to this dream of Man that others would continue until the dream has been realized in time.  The wave was rolling with such an intensity that I knew without doubt it was now unstoppable and had already done the work of the transformation of human community to that of love and reason.  I knew without a doubt that Man would once again live in his former glory and in freedom in the future.

This event occured not due to the efforts of Aliens, Advanced Beings, or Ascended Masters but due to the hard work and sacrifice of countless humans who have held this dream of freedom dear and close to their hearts.  It is our dream and our prize.

So be at peace and be assured that no one, nowhere can possibly put an end to this collective dream of Mankind.  Be not deceived and know deep within yourselves that your efforts were a loving gift to future generations.  A gift of freedom given freely that will one day be appreciated and cherished and will live within the human heart.

Note:

To those who will, feel these words as you read the above text and see and feel in your own unique way and come to your own realization as to the truth of these words.  Calm your mind before reading or join with me in your minds eye and view the wave as it rolls to completion.  Express yourself in art or music or just feel the calmness and certainty of being.


Note #2:

I decided to re-release this post from 2010 after being on the Net a few hours today and reading all the doom & gloom.

Support Mississippi Parents For Vaccine Rights

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MS parents do not have the legal right to select, delay, or opt-out of vaccines unless they homeschool. There are 48 states that DO allow that right. We want to be the 49th.

We are a group of loving parents who are pushing for the right to make vaccine decisions for our own children without losing their right to an education.

We are not "anti-vaccine"; we are "pro informed consent" and "pro parental rights" to choose what medical procedures our children undergo and when.

Some of us have children who are fully vaccinated, others choose selective and/or delay vaccinat...ions, while others have declined all vaccinations for their children. ALL of our decisions have been made in the best interest of our children.

We support the right of parents to choose their child's medical care, without being forced or coerced into accepting vaccinations in order to attend day care or public or private schools.






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India’s Rice Revolution: India’s Poorest State Grows World Record Amounts of Rice – with no GM, no Herbicide by John Vidal

Sumant Kumar photographed in Darveshpura, Bihar, India. Photograph: Chiara Goia for Observer Food Monthly

India’s Rice Revolution: India’s Poorest State Grows World Record Amounts of Rice – with no GM, no Herbicide


by John Vidal for the Guardian, UK

Health Impact News Daily,  22  February 2013


Excerpts:

Sumant Kumar was overjoyed when he harvested his rice last year. There had been good rains in his village of Darveshpura in north-east India and he knew he could improve on the four or five tonnes per hectare that he usually managed. But every stalk he cut on his paddy field near the bank of the Sakri river seemed to weigh heavier than usual, every grain of rice was bigger and when his crop was weighed on the old village scales, even Kumar was shocked.

This was not six or even 10 or 20 tonnes. Kumar, a shy young farmer in Nalanda district of India’s poorest state Bihar, had – using only farmyard manure and without any herbicides – grown an astonishing 22.4 tonnes of rice on one hectare of land. This was a world record and with rice the staple food of more than half the world’s population of seven billion, big news.

It beat not just the 19.4 tonnes achieved by the “father of rice”, the Chinese agricultural scientist Yuan Longping, but the World Bank-funded scientists at the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines, and anything achieved by the biggest European and American seed and GM companies. And it was not just Sumant Kumar. Krishna, Nitish, Sanjay and Bijay, his friends and rivals in Darveshpura, all recorded over 17 tonnes, and many others in the villages around claimed to have more than doubled their usual yields.

But the Bihar state agricultural universities didn’t believe them at first, while India’s leading rice scientists muttered about freak results. The Nalanda farmers were accused of cheating. Only when the state’s head of agriculture, a rice farmer himself, came to the village with his own men and personally verified Sumant’s crop, was the record confirmed.

Shortly after Ravindra Kumar, a small farmer from a nearby Bihari village, broke the Indian record for growing wheat. Darveshpura became known as India’s “miracle village”, Nalanda became famous and teams of scientists, development groups, farmers, civil servants and politicians all descended to discover its secret.

What happened in Darveshpura has divided scientists and is exciting governments and development experts. Tests on the soil show it is particularly rich in silicon but the reason for the “super yields” is entirely down to a method of growing crops called System of Root Intensification (SRI). It has dramatically increased yields with wheat, potatoes, sugar cane, yams, tomatoes, garlic, aubergine and many other crops and is being hailed as one of the most significant developments of the past 50 years for the world’s 500 million small-scale farmers and the two billion people who depend on them.

 

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Oregano Healing & Health Benefits: Growing Your Own Medicine by Elizabeth Renter

 

Source:    http://articlesofhealth.blogspot.se/2012/07/alkalizing-health-benefits-of-oregano.html

Oregano Benefits: Growing Your Own Medicine


by Elizabeth Renter

Natural Society   20 February 2013

An herb whose name means “mountain joy”, oregano is a savored spice widely used in Italian, Mediterranean, and Mexican dishes. But few know just how healthy this herb can be. As with many flavorful kitchen herbs, when you cook with oregano, you are getting far more than a flavorful punch—you’re also receiving a range of health and healing benefits. And if you wanted to experience oregano benefits by growing oregano yourself, you’ll be happy to know that raising this herb from a seed is fun and easy.

A woody herb related to marjoram and even called “wild marjoram” in some parts of Europe, oregano is native to Northern Europe and popular in Mediterranean dishes. It’s important to note that we aren’t talking about a related herb called Mexican Oregano here, though that’s a tasty one too. This variety (Origanum vulgare) wasn’t brought to the west until the 20th century.

Oregano History

Historically, oregano wasn’t only recognized for its flavor, but was said to be a symbol of joy and happiness. Brides and grooms of ancient Greece and Rome would wear laurels of oregano on their heads in celebration of their nuptials. Carried in satchels, it was said to attract luck, health, and positive feelings. Used as a charm, it was planted around homes to protect them from outside forces.

Medicinally, it’s similarly been used for centuries. In traditional Chinese medicine and European folk medicine, it’s been useful to treat and prevent a variety of ailments—ailments it can still successfully treat today.

Healing Properties – Oregano Benefits

Oregano is packed with nutrition. It’s said to be a rich source of vitamin K (important in blood and bone health) and manganese (a trace mineral important in bone, blood, and hormonal health). It’s a good source of fiber for the amount used, and is loaded with antioxidants.

Like it’s cousins of the mint family (thyme, rosemary), oregano contains phytonutrients like thymol and rosmarinic acid. These are potent antioxidants that protect the cells from oxidative stress. Per weight, oregano has been shown to have antioxidant activity 42 times more potent than apples and even 4 times more potent than blueberries.

It also has antibacterial properties. Oils in oregano like thymol and carvacrol inhibit the growth of bacteria including staphylococcus aureus. A study from Mexico found oregano to be more successful at treating the bacterial infection Giaria lamblia than the antibiotic most commonly prescribed for the ailment. It may also combat bacteria like that of E.Coli and salmonella (food-borne pathogens).

Here are some other specific benefits of oregano and oregano oil uses. It can be used for:
  • Weight Loss – A study involved feeding mice a high fat diet to induce obesity. But, the mice who were also given oregano oil saw a smaller weight gain than those who weren’t. The converted amount of oregano oil human would need to take daily to see the same results is 3-4 capsules.
  • Promoting the Digestive System - Research published in the prominent journal Experimental and Toxicologic Pathology, showcases how oregano oil can benefit a number of systems within the human body. Finding that the oil could help negate the effects of induced colitis in rats, the information suggests that this oil could be highly beneficial to maintaining and improving colon and liver health.
  • Sinus Infection Treatment - Simply ingesting or steaming and inhaling oregano oil (with eyes closed) could be a great natural sinus infection remedy.
  • Toothache – Oregano oil can also be combined with other healing agents for a toothache if it is the result of an abscess or another infection. Start with several drops of oregano oil under the tongue, and hold for a few minutes. Afterwards, swish around colloidal silver as many times as once per hour. After a few hours, ingest additional colloidal silver, but not more than a total of  8 ounces in one day. In between the colloidal silver swishes, rinse with warm salt water and rub more oregano oil into your gums.

 

Other Oregano Health Benefits Include:

  • Anti-bacterial
  • Antioxidant
  • Anti-fungal
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-histamine (to aid in allergy treatment)
  • Soothes skin ailments
  • Fights respiratory illness
  • Treats lung and sinus congestion
  • Soothes muscle aches and pains
  • Lessens menstrual cramps
  • Soothes upset stomach
  • Immune booster

 

Growing Oregano – Experiencing Oregano Benefits the Fun Way

Like growing rosemary, growing oregano is a simple process for a beginner-herbalist. You can plant it directly in the ground, but it can spread significantly. Many people use it for ground-cover for this reason. If you don’t want oregano to take over your herb garden, consider putting it in a pot instead. Choose a pot that is at least 10 inches and has holes in the bottom for drainage.

Oregano loves the sun, but if you live in a hot area (Zone 7 and south), you’ll want to put it somewhere that it can get a little afternoon shade on the hottest summer days. Water only as needed and don’t worry about fertilizing oregano. It isn’t too picky when it comes to soil nutrients.

To harvest oregano, wait until the plant is about 4 inches high, cutting the stems all the way down to the ground as needed. This will encourage more growth. To strip the woody stems of the valuable leaves, hold it by the top and run your fingers down the stem, knocking the little, slightly-fuzzy leaves off as you go.
And that’s basically it! Growing oregano is as easy as planting the seeds in a pot able to drain, exposing it to sun and afternoon shade, and watering occasionally.

Using Oregano

Perhaps the easiest way to experience oregano’s benefits is by cooking with it. Use it in Italian or Mexican dishes, soups, and casseroles. But when you don’t want to eat a meal to get your oregano benefits, make a quick tea. Simply use 2 tablespoons of fresh oregano. Bring 2 cups of water to boil, add the oregano, and let steep for 5 minutes or so.

Finally, if you really want to get crafty and have medicinal oregano on hand at any time, make your own oregano oil. This isn’t like an oregano essential oil, but will give you the benefits of the oils in a slightly diluted form. Oregano oil benefits can be very powerful.

 

How to Make Your Own Oregano Oil

  1. Gather a cup of fresh oregano and place in it a plastic bag.
  2. Using a kitchen mallet or rolling pin, crush the oregano to release its natural oils.
  3. In the meantime, warm one cup of carrier oil (olive or grapeseed work well) on the stove. Do not overheat the oil.
  4. When it is warm, add it to the oregano leaves and massage.
  5. Pour the mixture into a clean jar and tighten the lid. Put the jar somewhere clean and dry (a window sill works great) and leave it for 2 weeks.
  6. After two weeks, strain off the leaves and your oregano oil is ready to go. Use it directly on your skin, or take it internally. You can adjust the amount of oil you make, just be sure to use a 1:1 ratio of plant to oil.
Oregano is a flavorful and powerful herb to have in your home arsenal. In addition to providing a wealth of healing benefits, you may find–like the ancients– the herb just brings you joy. Experience oregano benefits today.

Additional Sources:

NutritionData.Self
BonniePlants
Gardening.About
HerbalLegacy
MorethanMundane
Times of India
GlobalHealingCenter
NaturalNews.com/024627

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Boost Cinnamon Intake to Ward off Alzheimer’s Disease by Elizabeth Renter

Source:    http://www.rebellesociety.com/2012/11/30/benefits-of-cinnamon/health-benefits-of-cinnamon-2/

Boost Cinnamon Intake to Ward off Alzheimer’s Disease


by Elizabeth Renter

It’s good on apples and sprinkled on toast; it’s used in a variety of recipes for its sweet and subtly spicy flavor. But, it’s far more than a kitchen spice—it’s a natural healer and may even be able to help prevent and reverse Alzheimer’s disease. What we’re talking about is cinnamon.

Cinnamon is the inner bark of a tropical evergreen tree native to India. It is grown in southeast Asia and has been treasured around the globe for thousands of years. In Egypt it was priced as a medicine and flavoring agent. In Ancient Rome it was more valuable than silver. Now, science is discovering just how valuable this under-appreciated spice truly is.

According to recent research from Tel Aviv University, cinnamon bark can inhibit the compounds found in the plaque formations of Alzheimer’s patient’s’ brains. These filaments are actually “disassembled and eliminated” when cinnamon is taken with food or as a supplement.

And this isn’t the first study to look at cinnamon’s effects on the brain. Two studies at Wheeling Jesuit University found that the scent and flavor of cinnamon affected attention, memory, and other intellectual qualities nearly instantly.

The studies used cinnamon gum (though cinnamon itself is the best source of cinnamon scent and flavor). When tested against other scents (including jasmine, peppermint, and cherry), only cinnamon was shown to boost memory scores.

According to NaturalNews, “cinnamon extract resolved AD associate reduced longevity, helped recover locomotion defects and completely abolished tetrameric species of plaque in the brain.”

Interestingly, many studies on the benefits of cinnamon are done using simply grocery-store spice-rack varieties. You don’t need a high dollar version of the spice to make it worthwhile. Add some to your daily meals or beverages.

Around 1,000 mg is suggested as the optimal amount for positive effects on blood sugar and health, though numerous studies have used anywhere from 1-6 grams on real people.

To learn more about what this amazing spice has to offer, check out the other health benefits of cinnamon.

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Natural Society