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General Discussion / A couple of ads
« on: August 25, 2016, 12:39:45 PM »
Hi Everyone,

I decided to place a couple of affiliate ads on the forum to help pay for the costs involved in maintaining the forum.   We do have quite a few visitors who never post, but who do read our past discussions as part of their own health journey.

I tried to pick out a couple of ads that I thought our visitors would enjoy.  There is a kickback to me when a purchase is made (but please don't feel you need to order).


Welcome to the forum  :)

General Discussion / Re: I got bees coming!
« on: August 12, 2016, 11:37:25 AM »

General Discussion / Re: I got bees coming!
« on: August 11, 2016, 12:59:53 PM »
Leanne -  they are honey bees.   I use to do the smoker, wear gloves and a bee suit.  Now I don't do any of that.  It's like they know me.   I hope they think I'm just part of their community.  :)

General Discussion / Re: Carolyn Dean - Magnesium for Heart Arrhythmia
« on: August 11, 2016, 11:10:21 AM »
Bob-   When you talk about "vagus nerve health"  are talking about gut flora? 

General Discussion / Re: I got bees coming!
« on: August 11, 2016, 11:03:16 AM »
Barb-  the life of bees is fascinating.   I took 16 hours of beekeeping classes, although it was all done in the classroom.   I feel that there is still so much more to know.

Wheat Free Recipes / Re: Zoodles
« on: August 10, 2016, 02:20:54 PM »
Wow Barbara. What a sticky job to remove all that honey in your roof!  Glad they saved the bees though.  :)

I just updated my bee thread here:,2209.0.html

General Discussion / Re: I got bees coming!
« on: August 10, 2016, 02:17:21 PM »

BarbinNC wanted to get an update on my bees.  I wish I could tell you that I had a thriving hive, but unfortunately I can't.

I feel like a mother hen.   I probably spend way too much time watching and thinking about my bees.   

When I did my first inspection after about a month, I saw that my bees were in the process of replacing the queen.  I don't know if the queen had died or if she was a weak
queen, but that automatically put my hive behind by about a month.

I've also had invasions from robber bees.  There have been knock-down drag-out wars at the hive.  Since all the bees look alike, there was very little I could do to
protect my hive from the robbers other than to reduce their opening so that the guard bees had less of area to cover.   The bees in my hive however preferred the full
opening.  After the invasion, it was interesting to watch a bunch of bees work together to move the piece of wood I had placed to reduce their entrance.  They are strong!

We did manage to survive the robber bee invasions, but now we're getting wasp invasions.   

And I'm sure the varroa mite will be the next challenge, as that usually comes with robber bee invasions.   I'll be doing an oxalic acid treatment in the fall.

It does look like the new queen is laying eggs, but the hive has not expanded from the 5 frames that I originally purchased.  My goal at this point is just to see
if the hive can survive the winter.

I do love having the bees.   When I check the hive I don't wear gloves or a bee suit.  My bees don't seem to be bothered by me at all, which is sort of fun.  I enjoy
watching the nurse bees, the guard bees, the foragers, the drones, etc.   Everyone has their job, although the drones have it pretty easy.  All they do is just hang out until
they sense a new queen from another hive flying overhead.   They mate with her 150 feet in the air, and immediately afterwards fall back and die in orgasmic bliss.   

That queen will mate with about 50 drones from various hives.  After that, the new queen doesn't fly and leave the hive again (unless they swarm).  She lays about 2000 eggs per day and lives to be about 4 or 5 years old.  The worker bees on the other hand, only live to be about 30 days.

It's interesting.

Wheat Free Recipes / Re: Zoodles
« on: August 10, 2016, 10:49:15 AM »
That sounds delicious Barbara.   And Barb, I will update my bee thread.  I've had a lot of bee drama.

Wheat Free Recipes / Re: Zoodles
« on: August 09, 2016, 01:47:10 PM »
I agree!  Pretty soon I'll have zucchini's coming out of my ears (garden), and I'll need to figure out lots of different ways to use them.   

General Discussion / Re: Thanks for reporting SPAM
« on: August 09, 2016, 01:43:38 PM »
I love how these spammer create multiple accounts and have conversations amongst themselves, as if it were a real topic.  Geez.

Thanks again for reporting the last post.  :)

Wheat Free Recipes / Re: DJ Foodie book - Taking Out The Carbage
« on: August 07, 2016, 03:06:37 PM »
That taco soup looks good!

Wheat Free Recipes / Re: DJ Foodie book - Taking Out The Carbage
« on: August 07, 2016, 09:36:48 AM »
Pretty amazing before and after pics!

General Discussion / Re: Fish Oil
« on: August 07, 2016, 09:33:38 AM »
I just started taking the Metagenics OmegaGenics SPM Active, which is sort of interesting:


How are SPMs different from omega-3 fatty acids?

SPMs are structurally different from EPA and DHA ( omega-3 fatty acids). Although our body can utilize EPA and DHA and other polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) to generate SPMs, there are many enzymatic steps involved in this biological process.2 Sometimes factors such as aging, health status, or a poor diet can interfere with sufficient production of SPMs in the body from polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs).

SPMs are functionally different from EPA and DHA. SPMs have unique pro-resolving properties, whereas EPA and DHA have other health benefits (such as supporting memory, healthy triglyceride and cardiovascular health). Therefore, adding OmegaGenics
SPM Active provides a more targeted and direct support for the resolution of the immune response.

Personal Diaries / Re: I really didn't drop off the earth....
« on: July 28, 2016, 10:00:03 AM »
Lila!  So nice to hear from you.  Sounds like you had a great trip.

Hope you are having a good time in Denver.  It's been pretty hot here.

General Discussion / Re: Probiotics?
« on: July 28, 2016, 09:57:39 AM »
I at one point did a lot of research on kombucha.  Here's an article I wrote on it:

I'm personally a kefir fan, which I make at home.

General Discussion / Re: Thanks for reporting SPAM
« on: July 19, 2016, 06:21:48 PM »

If you see more of those spam recipes, let me know.   I deleted that last one.   They were promoting a site and the responses were spam responses as well.

General Discussion / Re: Wheat Belly Diet Plan
« on: July 14, 2016, 03:08:08 PM »
You might find that raw unfiltered honey helps.  Here's one of our discussions on raw honey:,2217.msg19261.html#msg19261

General Discussion / Re: Type 2 Diabetes easy to cure with right diet
« on: July 14, 2016, 03:04:53 PM »
Those were great results, and a good reminder.

Off Topic Discussions / Re: apples you need to try before you die!
« on: July 14, 2016, 03:02:15 PM »
This reminded me of an article that I read several months ago:

The hunt for a $1 billion apple

People are searching backyards for the rare Tinmouth apple.

I have a huge apple tree in the backyard that literally produces thousands of apples.  It's a little overwhelming.   Luckily I have compost worms that love to eat the bad apples.

I just edited a few posts today, so I thought I'd mention the reason why again.   Just as an FYI, you can also get rid of the code by using the the icon in your posting screen that has the cursor pointer surrounded by brackets.  It's in the row above the smiley faces, on the far right.

General Discussion / Re: Weight wall success stories
« on: July 11, 2016, 10:09:27 AM »
Congratulations Michael!   What a great feeling!

Just got this email in.  ;(

YESTERDAY: The Senate voted 65 to 32 against the American public's Right to Know what's in their food. This is a deep betrayal of America's mothers, our public trust and the growing food movement.

Dear Rita,

Democracy seems simple when they teach us about it in civics class in grade school or even high school. The people of America are supposed to have been born with certain "unalienable rights" are laid down in our Constitution by brave men and women who fought against the abuses of colonial power, a corrupt Parliament and a King who ruled with monopolistic power.

As they say: "Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it." It appears that in Congress, our elected officials are now so corrupt that they believe that can deny us our rights for a simple pile of campaign contributions and they think there's nothing we WILL do about it.

As far I can remember, our nation's Declaration of Independence says clearly:

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men (and Women), deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed."

Nowhere does it say that our individual rights, our personal liberties shall be surrendered by corrupt politicians who craft backroom deals with corporate lobbyists to sanction unfettered profits. This is a bitter pill to swallow in a representative democracy, where 9 out of 10 Americans support Mandatory GMO labeling, not worthless QR Codes that only further hide GMOs at the grocery store!

America was born in liberty, our rights were not won easily and We will not take yesterday's Senate vote in Silence!

With each generation our liberty must be reborn and our rights must be protected.

Last night 65 Senators just voted to kill Vermont's historic GMO labeling bill and - and TONIGHT THEY COULD ARE EXPECTED TO DO IT AGAIN

Now, because of this procedural cloture vote yesterday, which passed by a margin of 65 to 32, there will be less than 30 hours of possible debate on the Senate floor, while Senate leaders Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Pat Roberts (R-KS) are scrambling to round up the votes today so they can pass this corrupt bargain tonight, before they go on vacation once again tomorrow.

That's right, while we're fighting for our basic democratic rights to know if our food has been genetically engineered in a laboratory, your Senators are siding with Monsanto and desperate to rush of for another vacation!

It's time to remind these Senators WHO THEY actually work FOR - America or MONSANTO?

1. CLICK HERE to Send a letter to your Senators to let them know that Monsanto and a tiny cabal of corrupt corporate organic companies like Whole Foods, Stonyfield, Smucker's and White Wave don't represent us! EVERY VOICE COUNTS!

2. TAKE 30 Seconds to call your Senators and let them KNOW, you support MANDATORY GMO Labeling!

Your calls will make a difference!

It is CRITICAL that all of us make calls NOW to our senators urging them to VOTE AGAINST the Monsanto-Stabenow / Roberts corrupt bargain (S. 764) and DEFEND VERMONT's HISTORIC GMO LABELING LAW.

Here is what Your Senators need to hear from us:

They MUST OPPOSE the Monsanto-Stabenow / Roberts corrupt bargain (S. 764) or any proposal that would preempt States' Rights and Maine, Connecticut and Vermont's landmark GMO Labeling bills.
They MUST SUPPORT mandatory on-package labeling that says: "produced with genetic engineering" to institute strong mandatory GMO Labeling nationwide.
Please SHARE this Important message to your Senators far and wide with friends and family today!

Personal Diaries / Re: One day at a time ...
« on: July 07, 2016, 08:07:15 AM »
Iodine does make us smarter -

General Discussion / Re: My Website
« on: July 06, 2016, 06:48:51 AM »
Looks great Bill!   Lot's of great info that is easy to navigate.

Off Topic Discussions / Re: Homemade laundry soap
« on: July 05, 2016, 12:50:38 PM »
Good to know.  Did she say why?

General Discussion / Dr. Hyman on Resistant Starch
« on: June 26, 2016, 08:27:33 AM »
I thought this was a good video on resistant starch:

General Discussion / Re: Toothpaste I really like
« on: June 25, 2016, 10:29:02 PM »
I buy Dr. Bronner's cleaning products, and recently read all the small print that decorates the bottle.  He does sound like he had some mental issues.

General Discussion / Re: Get this book free on epigenetics
« on: June 23, 2016, 05:06:57 PM »
Barb-  It's more about the body's belief system based on it's environment (food, exposures, etc.), and how that changes the way that genes are expressed.

Food Elements / Re: Activated Charcoal
« on: June 23, 2016, 03:30:03 PM »
I have not sure what the purpose would be of the coconut kind.  Maybe that's just branding to set himself apart, since he is the coconut coffee guy.
This is the one I have:

General Discussion / Get this book free on epigenetics
« on: June 23, 2016, 03:25:37 PM »

I've read Bruce Lipton's book on The Biology of Belief and highly recommend it.   It explains how we can control the way our genes are expressed.  Just because something like heart disease may be common in your family, doesn't mean that is your destiny.

The book can now be downloaded for free at this link.  Again, I highly recommend reading it.

General Discussion / Re: Gluten-ous humor
« on: June 21, 2016, 12:37:53 PM »
That guy has some other videos out as well.  Pretty funny.

General Discussion / Re: Losing The Weight For Good
« on: June 20, 2016, 03:42:21 PM »
Good article.   Some people can't lose weight no matter how healthy they eat.

General Discussion / Re: Toothpaste I really like
« on: June 20, 2016, 03:38:37 PM »

Deanna -  Nice!!   :)

Food Elements / Re: Activated Charcoal
« on: June 20, 2016, 03:37:44 PM »
I use activated charcoal.   If I do any kind of detox, I use it to help trap toxins.  It's also good for an upset stomach or gas.   

General Discussion / Re: Sweeteners
« on: June 10, 2016, 05:07:13 PM »
BarbinNC -  Here's an article worth reading on how saccharine messes with your gut microbes, which impacts blood glucose levels:

General Discussion / New GMO apple to hit the market. :(
« on: June 09, 2016, 01:55:21 PM »

The first commercial crop of Arctic Apples—genetically modified (GMO) apples that won’t turn brown when sliced—are about to hit the market.

General Discussion / Re: The MTHFR gene mutation
« on: June 05, 2016, 07:23:21 PM »
Here's a good video on how to do it.   I've been munching on sunflower sprouts all day.  They are so yummy!

Personal Diaries / Re: One day at a time ...
« on: May 31, 2016, 11:22:25 AM »
Congrats on the lower blood glucose!

General Discussion / Re: Sweeteners
« on: May 31, 2016, 11:21:07 AM »
I would disagree on her take on honey ... unless of course it is your typical honey found in the store that is full of high fructose corn syrup.

Raw honey actually has a lot of health benefits, and can be used to control blood glucose levels:

General Discussion / Re: Gardening
« on: May 31, 2016, 11:18:15 AM »
I forgot about Jerry Baker.  Didn't he have a show on PBS at one time?

So sorry.   Have you been tested for h. pylori? 

If it is, you might consider taking mastic gum.


This is a very interesting talk.  Dr. Stephanie Seneff looks at glyphosates (found in RoundUp), and how it is substitutes for the amino acid glycine in protein synthesis, which then of course causes a whole host of issues. 

General Discussion / Re: Acronyms
« on: May 25, 2016, 02:10:17 PM »

General Discussion / Re: So I asked my pharmacist about Iodine...
« on: May 24, 2016, 11:45:32 AM »
Dr. David Brownstein and Dr. G. E. Abraham are iodine experts. 

Here's an interview with Brownstein:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

General Discussion / Re: Norman Borlaug, how many lives saved?
« on: May 23, 2016, 10:09:49 PM »
Dr. Maynard Murray and Charles Walters did a lot of research on plant diseases.   Just like in humans, plant diseases are usually based on a mineral deficiency or a mineral toxicity.

General Discussion / Re: So I asked my pharmacist about Iodine...
« on: May 23, 2016, 10:03:10 PM »
Interestingly, they say that a lot of breast cancer cases are caused by an iodine deficiency.

General Discussion / Re: Gardening
« on: May 23, 2016, 10:01:56 PM »
I love what you are all doing!

I just sprayed a bunch of weeds with a combo of vinegar, dawn dish detergent and salt.   It worked very well.

General Discussion / Re: The MTHFR gene mutation
« on: May 23, 2016, 10:00:35 PM »
Congratulations Jan!   

I worry about all that folic acid that is given to pregnant mothers, when it is estimated that around 40-50% of the population has the MTHFR mutation and can't metabolize the fake stuff.  It just builds up.

I think one of the best sources for natural folate is sprouts.   I love growing sunflower sprouts.  They are absolutely delicious.   

The methyl vitamins are an option, but I think you need to be careful for anything that is methylated.  It's so easy to overdue something when it's not in whole food form.

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