• About food

    • I dont eat meat… i think its causing problems

      Q: I became a non-meat eater about 2 years ago. since then I’ve devloped spide viens and sleep a lot. i was wondering if it is because im not getting the right foods or what… if so what can i do to get rid of the viens and wake up more. also i need to […]

  • Acupuncture

    • Acupuncture - Using the needles

      Acupuncture – Using the needles

      It is essential to learn to insert the needles skilfully. This takes a little practice; the technique is best learned by trying it out on oneself! (The forearm and side of the thigh are convenient sites to use.) The secret is to penetrate the skin QUICKLY, without hesitating (intradermal needling is generally painful). Seirin needles […]

  • Ancient

    • Melencolia I, by Albrecht Durer

      Melencolia I, by Albrecht Durer

      Detail and Annotation of Symbology The winged feminine figure in Durer’s Melencolia I is generally accepted as being the embodiment of Human Reason, with perhaps no little connection with the Greek goddess Athene. Reason’s face is in shadow, except for her eyes, which are fixed forward, not on the page she is inscribing. This it […]

  • Astrology

    • The Winds of Autumn

      We are alive at an incredible moment in history, yet one in which carrying unbearable weight and enduring deafening pressures also seem to be facts of existence. September’s transition into Autumn promises several major opportunities for laying down heavy loads and changing paths, if that’s what you really want to do. While we can un-burden […]

  • Beverages

    • Spirulina Smoothie

      This is a little sweet because of the fruit but makes a wonderful breakfast drink. Smoothie: 1 Banana ½ Papaya 1 Tbsp Spirulina 1½ Cup Unsweetened rice, soy or grain milk ¼ tsp Cinnamon Put everything in a blender and blend on high until smooth. Also try adding your favorite berries, frozen or fresh!

  • Botany

    • The Constituents of Medicinal Plants

      The Constituents of Medicinal Plants

      An Introduction to the Chemistry and Therapeutics of Medicinal Plants by Andrew Pengelly Andrew Pengelly has produced a neat little book on the Constituents of Medicinal Plants. This publication fills a niche, because with the possible exception of Terry Willard’s Textbook of Advanced Herbology, (actually not that Advanced) there is nothing else available specifically on this […]

  • Earth secrets

    • Spring comes to the planet Uranus

      Spring comes to the planet Uranus

      Astronomers had assumed for decades that the planet Uranus was featureless. But closer study has revealed that it’s a dynamic world with changing seasons. When the Voyager 2 spacecraft visited Uranus in 1986, it saw a beautiful, but almost featureless planet. Then, in 1994, astronomer Heidi Hammel of the Space Sciences Research Institute happened to […]

  • Gardening

    • Saving Seeds – Produce plants for seeds

      To produce plants for seeds resembling the parent plants, pollination must occur only within that particular variety. Since self-pollinated types do not generally cross, isolation is not necessary unless absolute purity of a strain is desired. . Cross-pollinated varieties have the potential to cross (exchange pollen) with another variety of the same species. If two […]

  • Gym Shorts

    • Exercising after surgery

      I usually do a combination weight training and cardio workout every other day. But I just had surgery to remove my appendix. How soon can I go back to working out, and what should I do to get back up to speed? Your doctor is the best person to advise you on when it is […]

  • Health Conditions

    • Exercising When Injured

      Last week I slipped on ice and landed on my back on concrete steps. I was taken to the emergency room on a back board. Luckily, I didn’t break anything, but my lower back and left kidney are badly bruised and my muscles hurt a lot. After the soreness is mostly gone, what would you […]

  • Healthy Life

    • Veggie Pregnancy – Helping the child in the womb

      The reason a lot of people choose to become vegetarian is because of a developing awareness of the existence of others and their intrinsic value. Naturally during pregnancy this concern to reduce the suffering of others is placed on the growing child within the mother’s body. Don’t let anybody delude you into thinking that being […]

  • Herbs and Botanical Extracts

    • LEMON BALM, MELISSA OFFICINALIS, MELISSA.

      Parts Used: Stems, leaves and flowers. Function: The active compounds in lemon balm prevent the attachment of the Grave’s disease antibodies to the thyroid cells. It also blocks thyroid stimulating hormone from further stimulating the thyroid. Lemon balm also contains constituents that have a relaxing and gas relieving effect on the body. Uses: * Traditionally […]

  • Life and Nature

    • Where is the safest place in a lightning storm?

      “I am an avid fly fisherman and frequently find myself on the river in a raft during lightning storms. We always have a debate at these times on where we are safest . . . pulling into shore or staying on the water. . . Since I have heard one is safe in a car […]

  • Lifestyle

    • Get the Booby Traps Out of Your Home or Office

      Injuries happen, usually because people are not prepared for the unexpected. Yet, with a little common sense and a few precautions, many can be avoided. Here are some simple suggestions to help you avoid injury both at home and on the job: Install smoke detectors. Keep a fire extinguisher handy near the kitchen. Establish escape […]

  • Medical Folklore

    • Chinese Medicine

      Chinese medical traditions developed from 2852 B.C. to 220 A.D. The Chinese believed in a world spirit, the Tao, and a cosmic balance between two opposing forces, the Yin and the Yang. The dichotomy of yin and yang was seen everywhere in the Chinese world — female was yin, male was yang; darkness was yin, […]

  • Moms and kids

    • Washing your wounds

      Can salt water heal a wound any faster than fresh water? When my son cut his finger at the beach last month, he remarked several days later that the sore felt and looked better much faster than he expected. Washing your wounds No, salt water doesn’t heal a wound any faster than fresh water does. […]

  • Mystic and Mysteries

    • The Real Jesus

      When I read the Bible, I understand the big picture. This is because I am willing to look closely at the details and interpret them with a twenty-first century mindset, not a 2000- to 4000-year-old one. The multitude of angels, lights, fire, clouds, and pillars from heaven that the authors thought so important to write […]

  • Natural Food

    • Cooking With Herbs: Basil

      Basil is an especially easy annual herb plant to grow. Look for seed to sow in the vegetable garden or perennial bed next spring. Although it does not reseed in my yard it’s worth the effort to purchase seed every year. There are oodles of varieties available. In a copy of Shepherd’s 2012 Garden Seed […]

  • Natural Lifestyle

    • Vegetarianism Around The Globe: Chile

      The native Mapuche Indian civilization as well as other smaller Indian tribes like the Aymara, Atacameno, Cuncos, Chonos and Quechua Indians have existed in this land known as Chile for thousands of years. In the moonlight, billowy smoke could be seen from the Mapuche Indian campsite. Everyone was tired and fast asleep. Deep into the […]

  • Natural Remedies

    • Natural methods to calm nerves

      Anxiety and nervous tension are part of our life everyday. The stress caused by nerves can lead to the occurrence of heart disease, hypertension, depression and stroke. Although there are numerous medicines/chemicals on the market designed to decrease anxiety, substances that may require a medical prescription, many people prefer to opt for natural therapies to […]

  • Raw Food

    • Cream of Spelt

      Ingredients: 1/2 cup spelt 1 1/4 cups filtered water 1/4 teaspoon sea salt 1/2 cup silken tofu 2 tablespoons Brazil nuts 1/4 fresh pineapple, diced 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup 2 tablespoons protein powder 1. Bring spelt and salted water to a boil. cover and cook over low heat until tender, about 1 1/4 hours. […]

  • Recipes

    • Fire Roasted Tomato and Chipotle Salsa

      Fire Roasted Tomato and Chipotle Salsa

      Yield: about 1 quart Heat Level: 4 or 5 out of 10 possible Ingredients: 1/2 onion 6 cloves garlic 1 T extra virgin olive oil 2 lbs Roma tomatoes (about 15) 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 8 Chipotles en Adobo plus 2 T adobo sauce (or 1/2 of a 7 ounce can) 1/4 cup […]

  • Science

    • Early living humans in Europe - Neandertals and Cro Magnons

      Early living humans in Europe – Neandertals and Cro Magnons

      Scientists believe there were once two types of early living humans in Europe, Neandertals and Cro Magnons. They believe we’re descended from Cro Magnons, while, about 30,000 years ago, Neandertals disappeared. Still, scientists wonder did Neandertals pass on any of their genes by mating with our ancestors? John Relethford: I think that they formed a small portion […]

  • Vitamins and Supplements

    • VITAMIN B12 – CYANOCOBALAMIN

      Function Used by the body to produce red blood cells, helps to absorb food, helps the body to build protein, helps in the metabolism of fats and carbohydrates. Vitamin B12 also helps to protect and enhance the nervous system.) Natural Sources Brewers yeast, dairy products, soy products, alfalfa and seaweed – kelp, dulse, kombu, nori. […]

  • Walking Tips

    • Pace for the vertically challenged

      Setting a pace with a taller (or shorter) partner This has driven me crazy for years. A walking speed of 4 miles per hour is considered a great workout speed for most walkers. But, at 4 miles per hour on our treadmill, my husband is taking a nice slow stride, while at the same speed I’m […]

  • Weight Loss & Fitness

    • Walk Away Arthritis

      Everybody into the pool! When you have arthritis, warm water exercise can encourage your stiff joints to become more flexible, while relaxing your tight muscles. The buoyancy of the water supports your joints. Yet water is also resistant: Pushing against it as you move through it helps you build strength. “And water walking is a […]

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