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A featured member once more!
Posted On 03/23/2018 20:47:42

Gosh, I feel so special... I'd like to thank the Academy for this amazing award... No wait, that was last week...

But seriously folks, I must simply thank each and every one of you who sent a comment, but I just don't have the gas money to come to each of your houses individually... or the air fare...

But seriously again, I wish I could write to everyone who wrote to me, but I haven't enough pens...

But seriously again, for sure this time, I would like to thank each and every one of you for coming by and sending me a message... thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you...

But really seriously again for sure this time I mean it!... I forgot what I was gonna say...

And it's FRIDAY so I hope everyone has a great weekend!  I know I'm gonna try... now I gotta get goin'... gotta build a new shelf for this award, maybe out of mahogany or... what?...  There's not a physical award?!... well, darn it... 

Well, Merry Christmas everyone!  I... what?... it's MARCH?!?!  Oh for goodness sake!!!  Best wishes everyone!!!

Peace, Love & Barbeque Sauce,


Health Tip: Acid Reflux - 3 Home Remedies
Posted On 10/09/2014 15:49:10

I wonder how many of you remember these?...


Acid reflux is a common medical condition in which digestive acids rise from the stomach into the esophagus. This causes the esophagus (the passage between the pharynx and the stomach) to become irritated, resulting in a burning sensation which, in the most acute cases, can last for up to 48 hours.

While acid reflux is rarely a serious issue, it is always an unpleasant one and can ruin the lives of people who suffer from chronic cases. In fact, drugs for acid reflux are a billion-dollar industry in the United States alone. However, these drugs are almost always created from unnatural ingredients and often create more problems than they fix in the long term. Fortunately, nature has provided us with several natural remedies for acid reflux that can treat the condition far more naturally, and gently, than Big Pharma's offerings.

Baking soda - It is hard to find a food product more versatile than baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate. This soluble white compound, which was used as far back as Ancient Egypt, makes an effective deodorant, toothpaste, facial cleaner and even laundry detergent. However, baking soda is also highly effective at treating acid reflux, since its alkaline nature can neutralize excess stomach acid in no time.

To use baking soda for this purpose, dissolve a teaspoon of it into a cup of warm water and drink the mixture slowly. Be prepared for some burping, since adding baking soda to water releases carbon dioxide, causing an impressive fizz.

Apple cider vinegar - It might seem strange to recommend a highly acidic product like apple cider vinegar to treat a condition marked by excess stomach acid, but it really does work. One theory is that the acetic acid in the vinegar reduces stomach acidity (i.e. increases its pH), since acetic acid is much weaker than hydrochloric acid. Another theory is that acetic acid can buffer and maintain stomach acid at a pH level of around 3.0, which is strong enough to continue digesting food, but too mild to aggravate the esophagus.

Interested in using apple cider vinegar to treat acid reflux? Mix two or three teaspoons of it into a cup of warm water and drink it. Some people report that drinking this mixture before a heavy meal can actually prevent acid reflux from occurring afterwards.

Ginger root - The gastrointestinal benefits of ginger root have been known for centuries, and it remains one of the most popular and well known remedies for treating stomach-related conditions such as nausea, indigestion and morning sickness. We now understand that this is because ginger contains compounds similar to the enzymes found in our digestive tracts. However, due to its ability to lessen stomach acid, ginger is also ideal for treating acid reflux.

Although ginger can be consumed "as is," most people prefer to consume it as a tea. To do so, soak the root (or mix ginger powder) into a cup of hot water and drink it once it has cooled. The ginger will reduce the existing acid build-up and also stimulate our digestive enzymes, thereby preventing future build-ups as well.

notice to all friends
Posted On 09/22/2014 14:26:36

have pinched nerve in neck, between 2 discs. very painful. difficult to type - and walk, sleep, work, and exist. be off here for a while. best wishes to all.

Health Tip: Natural Antibiotics
Posted On 09/17/2014 15:20:20


Longtime readers of Natural News know that, because of massive over-prescribing by the modern healthcare industry, today's crop of antibiotics are becoming less and less effective. Another culprit: The increased use of antibiotics in factory-farm animals.

"It is not difficult to make microbes resistant to penicillin in the laboratory by exposing them to concentrations not sufficient to kill them," warned Alexander Fleming, the creator of the first antibiotic, penicillin, back in 1945 when he received his Nobel Prize for medicine. "There is the danger that the ignorant man may easily underdose himself and by exposing his microbes to non-lethal quantities of the drug make them resistant."

And while bacteria have been a part of "life" on Earth for humans since the dawn of time, constant exposure to antibiotics -- which kill even "good" bacteria -- is responsible for the rise of superbugs that are resistant to an increasing number antibiotic drugs.

With that in mind, and before you find yourself in dire need of something that will kill the superbugs, here are 10 herbs and foods that will do the job naturally:

-- Honey: In a recently released study, researchers from the Salve Regina University in Newport, Rode Island, reaffirmed that raw honey is one of the best natural antibiotics you can have.

Lead author Susan M. Meschwitz, Ph.D., presented the findings at the 247th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society.

"The unique property of honey lies in its ability to fight infection on multiple levels, making it more difficult for bacteria to develop resistance," she said.

Honey uses a combination of weapons including polyphenols, hydrogen peroxide and an osmotic effect. Honey is practically an ambidextrous fighter, using multiple modalities to kill bacteria.

-- Colloidal silver: As noted by Gregory A. Gore, in his book, Defeat Cancer:

Silver was used 1,200 years ago by Egyptians, Romans, Greeks, sailors, and then by the pioneers who populated our country. They used it for various illnesses and to keep their foods and liquids from spoiling. Prior to 1938, before antibiotics, colloidal silver was used by doctors as their main substance to fight bacteria in a more natural way than through the antibiotics they use today. Antibiotics can harm our kidneys and liver functions. Colloidal silver promotes healing.

-- Pascalite: This is a type of bentonite clay found only in the mountains of Wyoming. It possesses remarkable healing powers. When it is used topically, it is known for its ability to draw infections from wounds in a matter of hours or days, thereby bringing about total recovery. The first recorded use of Pascalite was in the early 1930s when a trapper named Emile Pascal set his traps near a cold, clear mountain lake, where he had noticed a large number of animal tracks; after getting some of it on his chapped hands, he noticed some time later that it appeared to help them. So he continued to experiment with the substance and found that it had a number of topical uses, including for burns, minor wounds and infections.

-- Turmeric: This herb has been used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine for many thousands of years to treat a wide range of infections. The antibacterial and anti-inflammatory qualities have been known to be highly effective in the treatment of bacterial infections. It can also be used topically for MRSA and additional lesions of the skin.

-- Oil of Oregano: This is an essential oil known best for its bacteria-killing abilities, as well as controlling staph infections like MRSA. It contains antioxidant, antiseptic, antiviral, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antiparasitic and pain-relieving properties. In 2001, Science Daily reported on a Georgetown University study which found that oregano oil's germ-killing properties were nearly as effective as most antibiotics.

-- Tea tree oil: This is also a very potent and essential oil that has been shown to be effective in killing antibiotic-resistant MRSA on the skin. One important note: Therapeutic-grade tea tree oil must be used undiluted if it is to be used for this purpose.

-- Olive leaf extract: This substance has been used for a number of centuries to battle bacterial infections and is now currently being used as well to fight MRSA infections in some European hospitals. It provides immune system support while fighting antibiotic-resistant infections.

-- Garlic: This tasteful seasoning veggie has been used for medicinal purposes around the world for thousands of years. It was even used in the 1700s to ward off the plague. It possesses very potent antibiotic, antiviral and antifungal properties.

-- Echinacea: This compound has been used to treat aging and a wide variety of infections for centuries. It was traditionally used to treat open wounds, as well as blood poisoning, diphtheria and other bacteria-related illnesses. Today, it is used mostly to treat colds and flu.

-- Goldenseal: This is one of the most popular herbs sold on the American market and has recently gained a reputation as an herbal antibiotic and immune system enhancer. American Indians used goldenseal as a medication for inflammatory internal conditions such as respiratory, digestive and genitourinary tract inflammation induced by allergy or infection, according to Herbwisdom.com.

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Health Tip: Curbing a Sweet Tooth
Posted On 09/08/2014 12:59:39


Consuming large amounts of sweets can wreak all sorts of havoc on a body. Of course, there is the obesity issue, in which sweets can contribute to a weight problem. The effects of sugar can also cause health problems, such as throwing the body's system for sugar regulation out of whack or making a person more susceptible to cavities. Eating a great deal of sugary foods also makes the body crave more of the same so that it is hard to cut the sugar habit. However, the below spices and herbs can help satisfy a sugar craving with no harmful side effects.

Fenugreek - Though less well-known than some other spices, fenugreek is one that anyone with a sweet tooth should be aware of. With its pleasant aroma of burnt maple sugar and delicious maple taste, fenugreek is the perfect way to please a sugar craving. It has also been shown to help lower blood sugar levels in those people who use it with regularity.

Cinnamon - Often used in dishes around the world, cinnamon is a highly popular spice that can help stop a sugar craving in its track. While the spice already has a slightly sweet taste that can satisfy a sugar craving, it also has other important health benefits. A benefit that is particularly helpful for those who crave sugar is cinnamon's ability to reduce the glycemic level of the foods that it is eaten with. This can be welcome news for diabetics.

Nutmeg - Though especially popular during the fall when it is often paired with pumpkin pie, nutmeg has lots of great benefits. In addition to its ability to help bring back comforting memories, nutmeg also helps naturally boost the serotonin levels in the body. This can help keep carb cravings in check.

Cardamom - Light and slightly sweet, cardamom is a popular herb, and for good reason. Some people think the spice resembles a spicier version of cinnamon, and it has a vanilla-lemon aroma that makes it truly unique. It is a highly versatile herb and can be added to yogurts, smoothies, puddings and oatmeal.

Ginger - Though ginger has a strong taste that is not at all sweet, it is famed for helping to curb a sweet tooth. It is spicy with strong undertones of sweetness that make it the perfect spice to pair with other spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom, making it the perfect spice to bake with. Using ginger not only helps stop sugar cravings but can also help soothe the stomach.

Using the above spices and herbs in cooking and at the table can help curb a sweet tooth naturally.

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Health Tip: Healing Herbs & Spices
Posted On 08/28/2014 14:35:43


Spices are widely used for increased health and well-being. Young adults, the elderly and anyone who is looking to find a healthier way of living can benefit from using spices when they cook meals. Just adding a few tasty spices to a meal is all that it takes. For those who are not likely to cook, or even learn, this information can still be helpful, as they can give suggestions to others in the home who are more likely to cook.


For anyone who needs a liver, colon, kidney or lymph detoxification for their body, spices are the way to go! The world around us is filled with toxins, pollution and bacteria that are harmful. Everyone needs help in battling the environmental issues which are constantly harming others; especially those who are more sensitive, have illnesses or are aging. And so many people take man-made medications on a daily basis. Why not attempt to balance the unnatural and the natural to obtain optimum health and well-being?


  • Turmeric - A powerful antioxidant that should be combined with pepper in order to be most effective. Antioxidants help the body regenerate itself after a toxic overload.

  • Nutmeg - This widely used spice comes from the evergreen tree and is used to make eggnog during the holiday season. It can help increase circulation as well as get rid of unhealthy, toxic cells in the body.

  • Peppercorn - Anything spicy helps increase the body's metabolism and circulation, including peppercorn. It's also used as a disinfecting agent for minor scrapes and cuts.

  • Ginger - Ginger is great for pain as well as digestive problems such as nausea. Nutrients from food are more easily absorbed when ginger is added to the recipe.

  • Red Clover - Used for PMS, menopausal problems and cleansing the blood. It has been said to create a feeling of relaxation to promote good sleep.

  • Garlic - Garlic is widely used to prevent colds, flu and pneumonia during the winter months, as it's an immune-stimulating agent. Garlic can lowers cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar. It can be used for much more, so do thorough research if you've been diagnosed with a disease or other illness.

  • Rosemary - This spice helps get the blood flowing and stimulates and cleanses the nervous system, which is comprised of the brain and spinal cord and is the most important system in the body.

  • Parsley - Parsley assists the body in its natural cleansing process because of its high levels of chlorophyll. Parsley may help with arthritis pain and cardiovascular disease because it contains alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid.

  • Thyme - Thyme is a mint that contains calcium, iron and manganese, which work as antiseptic and antibacterial agents. It helps relieve respiratory troubles.

  • Cloves - If you have a toothache, be sure to add cloves to your food. This spice can also help with digestion and other pain in the body.

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Health Tip: Health Benefits of Ginger
Posted On 08/20/2014 12:26:58


Ginger is an herb that is often used to season foods. It is popularly used in Asian cooking, as well as in stir fries. The root of the ginger plant is firm, pungent and spicy. The color of ginger root can vary from yellow or white to red. The time it is harvested determines whether it has a thick or thin skin.

In addition to being prized for the unique and desirable flavor it adds to foods, ginger has been used for thousands of years as a health remedy for various ailments. For more than 2,000 years, the Chinese have been using this popular root plant as a cure for upset stomach and nausea as well as to aid in digestion and diarrhea. Here are five amazing ways that ginger can help improve a person's health.

1. Combat complications from diabetes

Ginger might help protect the nerves of a person who suffers from diabetes as well as lower their fat levels. Another important way ginger could help diabetics is by significantly reducing the levels of serum glucose, as well as proteinuria, thirst and enuresis. This was the result according to researchers who tested rats that were chemically induced with diabetes. The rats that showed these improvements were given 500 mg of raw ginger. In addition, Laurie Steelsmith, a licensed doctor of naturopathy, notes that ginger can help thin the blood, lower blood pressure, increase circulation and lower cholesterol. 

2. Ease pain and inflammation

Ginger has been shown to ease muscle pain, as well as back pain. In addition, it has been shown to reduce inflammation. Women have been able to find relief from menstrual pain. Relief from the pain of migraines has also been experienced.

3. Helps relieve nausea and motion sickness

Using ginger to help relieve the symptoms of nausea has been popular for thousands of years. These properties in ginger are the reason why modern-day people drink ginger ale when they are feeling nauseous. Ginger also helps relieve both sea sickness and motion sickness. A study in which pregnant women were given either a ginger drink or a placebo found that many of those women who were given the ginger drink experienced relief from their symptoms.

4. Relieves cold and flu symptoms

Many people who practice Chinese medicine prescribe ginger to their patients who suffer from colds or the flu. It acts as a antihistamine as well as a decongestant.

5. Helps relieve arthritis symptoms

The results of a study published in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage showed that patients who suffer with painful arthritis in their knees had much less pain and loss of movement when they took ginger than those patients who were given a placebo.

In addition to being added to foods, ginger tea or ginger capsules can be consumed to take advantage of the benefits of this plant. 

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And then it was August...
Posted On 08/07/2014 13:01:15

Yes, August at last... where does the time go?  We should ask The Doctor.  Doctor Who?  EXACTLY!!!  Yes, he comes back this month -- Doctor Who's new season premieres August 23rd on BBC America (well, here in the states... I sometimes forget the internet reaches everywhere)

For the uninitiated, Doctor Who is a British television show which just celebrated its 50th anniversary last November!  It is about a time-traveling alien named The Doctor (he has a real name, but it's apparently a secret), who travels through space and time in his time machine, called a TARDIS.  He takes different companions along with him, usually earth people -- and very nearly always British earth people!! -- I'd go if he asked me!

And the main reason it's been able to stay on the air all this time is, when the first actor to play The Doctor had to retire (after 3 years on the show, his health had begun to fail -- he was 60 or 61 when he left) some BRILLIANT writer suggested that, since he's an alien (a Time Lord, to be precise) when mortally wounded, they regenerate, healing their body but transforming completely into another form (or another actor, of course).  Twelve actors have played The Doctor in the series so far, with Number 12 (Peter Capaldi) beginning his run on the 23rd!

Okay, I'll stop now.  Just excited to have the show coming back on, and anxious to see just where the new guy takes it.

This concludes our report on Doctor Who.  Perhaps next month I'll talk about something else... maybe.  (But don't hold your breath!)

Peace, Love and Time-Travel,


It's July Already?!
Posted On 07/17/2014 12:59:14

...and August isn't too far off!  But at least the rain has stopped (well, once a week now) and as of last Tuesday, the temps have fallen into the upper 70's!!!  *ahhhhhhhhh*  Had a customer in yesterday commenting on how this used to be our summers here, and how glad she was to have an "old-fashioned summer" for once.  While the past few years have been extreme (upper 90's most of July & August), I don't actually remember summers being that cool.

In other news... well, actually there isn't any.  Same conditions as last time, although the yard is finally under control.  The riding mower was in the shop for 3 weeks, so the grass got a little wild... but it's back to normal now. 

But I am looking forward to August -- because on August 23rd DOCTOR WHO returns!!  My **FAVORITE** show of all time is coming back for another season, with new lead actor Peter Capaldi... should be interesting to see what he does with it.  He's number 12, for those who don't know. 

I guess that's all for now. 

Peace, Love and Grape Soda, 


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