SMOKINCHOICES (and other musings)

July 30, 2013

Can remove Stucco stains

Black stains on stucco removable

Ask the Builder

Tim Carter

Q: My house was built in 1985, and I have never painted the stucco. I plan to do it this year. Other houses in the neighborhood have a black bleed coming through the stucco. Should I use a special type of paint or prepare the surface?

  • A: I’m going to do my best to talk you out of painting your stucco. You’d be transforming a maintenance-free surface to one that requires upkeep.

Bushes and trees growing near a stucco wall could fuel mold and mildew from aerosol sugars being emitted from the leaves. Shade creates a breeding ground for mold because it raises the humidity level. Mold and mildew need water to flourish.

The black stains you see could be an accumulation of the dead, dark-colored cells of the hardy algae Gloeocapsa magma, which feeds on the calcium carbonate in the unpainted stucco mixture.

But it’s easy to remove the black stains — whether they’re mold, mildew or algae — with oxygen bleach. (Do not use chlorine bleach, which will kill the bushes and trees next to your home.)

Dissolve the oxygen bleach powder in water and put it in a hand-pump garden sprayer. Saturate the stucco and keep it wet with the solution for up to 30 minutes. Use a stiff scrub brush dipped in the solution to remove the black stains. Adding regular liquid dish soap helps the cleaning. Rinse immediately with clear water from a garden hose.

To keep the stucco free of mold, mildew and algae, periodically clean it with liquid dish soap and water. If the stains are caused by mold and mildew, this removes the invisible food they’re feasting on.

  • If the stains are the black algae, you have to introduce copper, a natural biocide that inhibits the growth of mold, mildew and the algae. You can attach small copper strips to the upper parts of the walls or put the strips under the last row of shingles. Then, each time it rains, a miniscule amount of copper washes down the walls, keeping the stucco looking fantastic.

Tim Carter is a columnist for Tribune Media Services. He can be reached via his website,

(This post of course is not for your body’s health either – tho it could be, – – but rather, the health and well-being of your house. And it sounds to me like you’d save a lot of money and time and effort if you take Tim’s advice.   Just sayin’ . . .   .  Jan))

Used car’s $ dropping

RON CAMPBELL THE JOHNSON CITY (TENN.) PRESS    Used-car prices have been falling since 2011, and they’re expected to decline gradually for the rest of this year. Among 3-year-old models, prices of small and midsize cars and small SUVs have fallen the most this year. This used-car lot is in Johnson City, Tenn.

New car too expensive? Used-car prices dropping

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By Dee-Ann Durbin • ASSOCIATED PRESS

DETROIT — Is that new set of wheels out of your price range? Used cars have gotten more affordable, especially if you’re looking for a small car or a hybrid. • Used-car prices have been falling since 2011, and they’re expected to decline gradually for the rest of this year. That’s good news for those joining or reentering the workforce, or anyone else who might find a payment on a new car too steep.

There is volatility. Prices of used cars are typically higher at the start of the year, when dealers buy vehicles at auctions in advance of the spring selling season. They decline as the year goes on. The price of a 3-year-old car fell 4 percent from April to June, Alex Gutierrez of car-pricing company Kelley Blue Book estimated.

Used-car dealers get many of their vehicles from auctions run by companies such as Manheim, a division of Cox Enterprises of Atlanta. The average price of a used car at auction was $11,031 in June, down 6 percent from its peak in May 2011, Manheim reported this month. The 2011 peak was the highest price that Manheim had seen since it began collecting data in 1995.

In 2009, new-vehicle sales fell to 10.4 million, a 30-year low. Two years later, used cars were in short supply, and prices rose so high that it made sense for consumers to buy new.

Supply and demand have turned around. New-car sales picked up in 2010, and now, far more used cars are in the pipeline. Buyers shopping for a 3-year-old car can expect to pay 25 or 30 percent less than the manufacturer’s suggested retail price for a new model.

If you’re looking for a used car, check prices online and then decide whether you want to go through a dealer or through an individual. Private sellers will often give you a better deal, but dealerships offer certified pre-owned cars that have gone through inspections and might offer better warranties.

What you can expect to pay now for 2010 vehicles, according to Kelley Blue Book:

• Small cars: Prices on the smallest and most fuel-efficient used vehicles fell rapidly between April and June as gas prices moderated and automakers enticed buyers with deals on new models. The price of a 2010 Toyota Prius fell 15 percent during the past three months, from $18,600 to $15,800. Prices of small cars such as the Honda Civic and Ford Focus are down 8.5 percent. The average price of a 3-year-old small car was $13,000 in June.

• Midsize cars: The value of midsize cars such as the Toyota Camry and Hyundai Sonata has been hurt by the arrival of several new or redesigned models in the past year, including the Ford Fusion, Honda Accord and Nissan Altima. Prices of used midsize cars are down 6.9 percent to $14,503.

• Luxury cars: Luxury cars held steady: Used-car prices fell just 1 percent to $28,692. But Gutierrez expects a steeper drop in July, when luxury vehicles’ values tend to fall as owners anticipate new models coming in the fall.

• Small and midsize SUVs: Prices of hot-selling midsize SUVs such as the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ford Explorer are down just 4 percent, to an average of $20,581. Small SUVs such as the Ford Escape and Honda CR-V are down 7 percent to an average of $17,548.

• Trucks: Pickup trucks are in demand as small businesses replace older trucks. Prices of used full-size pickups such as the Chevrolet Silverado were flat between April and June, at $21,854. Prices of small pickups such as the Toyota Tacoma are down 1 percent to $17,119.

(As you know, “smokinchoices” is dedicated to  radiant health and what it takes to get, and keep it while enjoying life.  Part of that enjoying of life has to do with making ends meet not only physically, but aesthetically and emotionally and financially.    So when something catches my eye, I pass it on to you. 

I figured that some of you may be facing the need to secure new wheels; ergo, this piece.  Happy hunting.   Jan)

July 28, 2013

M.R.H. Herbal Ideas

A MEDLEY OF HERBAL OPTIONS

Searching through MOUNTAIN ROSE HERB’S “archives”, I came across a few items that I truly want to share with you. I have in mind to grow sprouts as it is easy, rather cheap and only pennies on the dollar to what you would spend at any store – – hands down.  And the reason  to do this is many-pronged, but suffice it to say, I am always after maximizing health potential and it is fairly well agreed that ounce per ounce, you receive far more from sprouts than from the fully grown and developed plant. The power is in the seed and the sprouts are a small volume for the most nutrient and so incredibly cheap.  Anyone can do this no matter where you live.

The best part is, (aside from the cheaper cost and maximum nutritional content), is that making your own at home is far more promising in that you take  what you want  from the growing supply – – rather than those packages in the store which have indistinguishable source datA, so it is unknown how fresh the supply is; ergo the safety is not there.  There have been many episodes in markets with tainted product.   John Gallagher, well known to us all, is the presenter.

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Video: How to Make Fresh Sprouts  

Learn how to make fresh sprouts by watching our instructional video! Growing your own sprouts is extremely easy, and it is much less expensive than purchasing them. Learn how to grow nutritional sprouts from Red Clover Seeds, Red Lentils, Broccoli Seeds, Chia Seeds, and more. This video will teach you everything that you need to start sprouting!

 

Vitamins and Minerals

Can’t   present this to you without prior permission, but nothing stops me from directing you there to view it for yourself and availing it for personal use, so I have given the link to the January  2009 archive – – BELOW.

Using the idea of sprouting,  this discussion is dynamite to see what plants we need to concentrate on to get the essential elements per the needs of our own body.   Maybe one’s problems are cardiovascular;  or water retention,  – swollen ankles and puffy bags under the eyes.  Perhaps liver or kidneys., we are all different.   I observed the entire list and saw patterns of repetition (alfalfa, red clover and bladder wrack) which contained  elements I know I need.  So these  would be good for me to “sprout”.  I’m going to have to be selective,  can’t do them all,  right?

So why not just buy bottles of pills?  Wouldn’t that be easier?  Sure.  But not as effective.  Can’t do justice to this subject – not up for it right now.   Trying for brevity (which is so hard for me)  It’s a question of results.  Some of you have read about many of the people who have influenced me greatly and one was Dr Bruce West.  I guess I subscribed to his newsletter for a year or so and bought a small fortune worth  of a line of supplements he sold called STANDARD PROCESS.  Big history there.  Really good stuff.  My granddaughters were quite young and I was the care giver who loved them so dearly.  Nothing I wouldn’t have done for them.   They rarely had to see a doctor, I am very pleased to say.  And I went trough it all including chicken pox with first one and then the other.

The doctor who developed Standard Process grew his own organic food from which his supplements were made with a minimal, special process so that the  nutrient wasn’t destroyed.  This is more costly.  All I can say is – it worked!  On the other hand, supplementation we buy in most bottles are simply isolates of a single element or worse, a synthetic manufactured in some laboratory.  And we wonder why they don’t really seem to be doing us any good no matter what we pay for them.  There really are only a handful of organic,  just as nature grew them products which can be found done up in a bottle.

Plants contain what we need which is why all the best doctors tell us to eat from the plant kingdom- – that’s where the nutrient that we need is found – – where we are to get it.  It is complete with all it’s natural co-workers and that’s why fruits and vegetables are the best.  That’s where we get the minerals.  Generally can’t get your health from bottles of anything – we get it from food.  Never tire of saying it – – YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT.  The way our world is, we of course, must also use supplementation.  I ingest a handful a.m. and p.m. and it is a blessing that I am able to.

So this is an informative article on the differing vitamins and minerals and how best to get them into one’s body –via the original vehicle the plant in which they grew, fashioned to work, hand-in-hand with their cohorts  without which, they were stripped of much power.   Here, finally, is the link:

http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/newsletter/09/January/vitamins.html

Lastly, for fun and beauty,  Your Crowning Glory  (March 2009 archive)

Here are some unique ideas to customize your hair-care grooming according to the personal needs of the volume, texture and color of your hair.  All managed with natural, organic plants and oils and whatever your particular DIY thinking entails:

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Shimmer and Shine with Homemade Herbal Shampoos
 
Learn to care for your hair using herbs and all natural ingredients! Hair care products are easy, inexpensive, and fun to make at home. This article has information and tips on how to properly care for your hair, simple remedies for hair problems, as well as recipes for shampoos and conditioning treatments!


July 27, 2013

Herbal Laundry Liquid

Healthy (chemical-free) Laundry 

Most of you know that I shop Organic quite a bit.  And when I truly need something I can count on being organic and safe, I think of MOUNTAIN ROSE HERBS first and foremost, which is where this recipe came from (circa 2010).  Of course, I have used Soap nuts before which I bought from the GREEN VIRGIN people and was very satisfied.    But I have never done with the SOAP NUTS what Carol is advocating.   Sounds like a winner and I’m gonna try it.  

Why would anyone want to go to this extra trouble?  Have you read the labels on commercial products lately?  Jan

Carol’s Herbal Laundry Liquid

When she’s not busy managing our amazing customer service office, baking gluten-free vegan fruit pies, or herding her beloved cats, Carol whips up herbal cleansers for home and body. She has generously shared this wonderful recipe for natural liquid laundry detergent with us.

Thanks, Carol!

Soap Nuts Laundry Liquid

– 1 1/2 quarts of water
– 15-20 Soap Nuts

Pour hot water over the Soap Nuts and let them steep for at least 30 minutes to an hour.

Simmer the Soap Nuts covered over low heat for 30 minutes. Strain into a bowl and reserve the water. You’ll have a generous quart of liquid remaining.

Carol has been using 4 Tablespoon Soap Nut liquid plus 2 Tablespoons of Borax Powder per load (with hard city water).

This laundry potion has worked wonders, even on old towels and sweaty clothing, which come out smelling line-dried.

Happy cleaning!

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Soap Nuts

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July 25, 2013

Algae CAN be solved!

Letters to the Editor

Indian Lake prevented algae problem

TIM PICCIANO

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Blue-green algae shutting down Ohio lake recreation  (“Bill could curb a source of algae,” Dispatch editorial, Monday)?  Not everywhere. There is one Ohio lake that doesn’t have this problem and is the best-kept secret for lake- loving people.

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  • About 25 years ago, stakeholders at Indian Lake got together and held a series of meetings about what they could do to protect the long-term future of the lake. This included farmers, business owners, residents, government officials and the like. They effectively formed the first watershed-management organization in Ohio.

What they accomplished through their diligent and dedicated efforts is amazing. About 75 percent of the 63,000 acres of watershed to this 5,800 acre lake is now under no-till farming.

Twenty-five years ago, an estimated 80,000 tons of sediment was flowing into the lake each year. That is down to 15,000 tons today. Fertilizer run-off into Indian Lake is not even an issue. Visibility 25 years ago was 6 inches; now it’s 31/2 feet.

These people were true visionaries who sought to prevent problems, probably not even knowing about blue-green algae back then.

Why the other lakes in Ohio didn’t follow the lead of Indian Lake as far as watershed management, I don’t know, but they — and we through our tax dollars  — are paying for that lack of common sense now.

So the next time you want to go fishing, boating, swimming or dining lakefront,  remember there is a lake just one hour from   Columbus that doesn’t have and won’t have that problem:  Indian Lake.

TIM PICCIANO,

Managing member of Cranberry Resort                                                                                         Waterfront Bar & Grill Indian Lake

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(Thus is remarkable isn’t it?  It shows what people CAN DO  when they have a mind to effect a positive change.  They were intelligent and resourceful and had the gumption to get it done.  Yet our entire state is spending millions and continues to loose the battle, draining away  our limited resources and watching the problem worsen with each passing year.   But do you want to know what is so confounding about this? 

This is not NEWS being reported by our elected officials from any direction – – this happens to be a “Letter to the Editor”  which I chose to treat more prominently. . . ya know – showing it off; importing some local pics.    I want people to know about this!  IT CAN BE DONE!

I am also including a second piece to reinforce the above story,  showing how extensive the problem is.  Jan)

Toxic blue-green algae found in 16 states this year

By Danae King THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

Ohio has company when it comes to toxic algae.

Sixteen states’ lakes, rivers, ponds and streams have been affected by blue-green algae this year. Resource Media, a nonprofit environment and health-advocacy group, says each of the states has at least one waterway affected by toxic algae. The algae, also called cyanobacteria, are common in most lakes. They grow thick in warm, still water and feed on phosphorus from manure, sewage and fertilizers that rains wash into streams.

Right now in Ohio, there are algae blooms in Grand Lake St. Marys, East Fork Lake and Lake Erie. In past years, as many as 20 inland lakes have been affected.

“Cyanobacteria also like warm weather,” said Rick Stumpf, an oceanographer with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. That’s why it pops up during summer months.

“Basically all of the Midwest has issues of this sort,” said David Culver, who is a limnologist — a person who studies inland lakes — at Ohio State University and an algae expert. “Because we’re so agricultural, we have lots of nutrient runoff that encourages the growth of harmful algal blooms.”

Seven lakes in Indiana currently have algae blooms, said Cyndi Wagner, who is with that state’s office of water quality. Wagner said it had been worse in past years. “We just monitor the lake and make sure people know the status of it,” she said. Indiana officials test 16 lakes every month. If a bloom is found, they are tested every two weeks. Two reservoirs in Indiana that are monitored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers also have toxic algae.

One lake has tested positive for algae this year in Nebraska, which monitors 50 lakes and beaches weekly, said Mike Archer, state lakes coordinator. The agricultural state works to reduce farm runoff, he said.

About 250 state agencies participate in an informal discussion group hosted three times a year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Keith Loftin, a research chemist with the Geological Survey, and Lorrie Backer, a senior scientist with the CDC, put the group together a few years ago to address a growing number of questions from states.

The group’s discussions also give federal researchers an idea of new areas they might need to concentrate on.

Vermont, which participates in the discussion group, is monitoring blooms in three lakes, including the 128-milelong Lake Champlain. The state has had a lot of rain this year, said Angela Shambaugh, an aquatic biologist with the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation.

Though the algae are billions of years old, they did not become a nuisance in many states until several years ago.

dking@dispatch.com @DanaeKing

We eat Horses, don’t we?

Animals

Ohio sends horses to Canada for slaughter

By Alan Johnson THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

Several times a week, trucks pulling long trailers filled with horses leave Ohio destined for Canada.

The animals, sometimes 30 or more in trailers typically used to transport cattle, are taken north of the border for slaughter and processing into meat for human consumption.

The practice is legal.

Fred E. Bauer, 61, of rural Hardin County, is one of Ohio’s largest such horse brokers, according to the Humane Society of the United States and Animals’ Angels, an animal-welfare group. He is listed as a livestock buyer for Bauer Farms.

A northwestern Ohio horseman who asked not to be identified said that Bauer regularly buys horses from farmers and at auctions, including a large one at Sugar-creek in Tuscarawas County where Amish and Mennonite farmers frequently take animals for sale. The horseman said Bauer regularly takes as many as five trailer loads of horses weekly to Canada for sale to a middleman or slaughterhouse.

Reached by phone for comment, Bauer had a terse response before hanging up: “I can’t see no need for that. Thank you.”

While many Americans are turned off by the idea of eating horse meat, it is consumed in France, Belgium, Japan, China and parts of South America. Europeans ate 119,000 tons of horse meat last year, nearly 20 percent of it coming from the U.S., the Humane Society said.

The United States has no horse slaughterhouses because in 2006, the U.S. Department of Agriculture withheld funds for meat inspectors, meaning that plants cannot operate.

However, the USDA recently relented and has licensed slaughter plants in Iowa and New Mexico. Neither is yet in operation. Oklahoma lawmakers recently lifted that state’s 50-year ban on slaughtering horses.

Canada and Mexico have four plants each, and more than 166,000 U.S. horses were slaughtered for meat in those countries last year, according to U.S. and Canadian agricultural statistics.

The horse-slaughter plant closest to Ohio, the Richelieu Meat Co., is in Massueville, Quebec, east of Montreal. Undercover video from a group called the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition purportedly shows horses being killed there: An employee fires a .22-caliber rifle at the animal’s head from several feet away — sometimes requiring up to five shots.

Ohio was second to Michigan in shipping American horses to Canadian slaughterhouses between 2005 and 2007, according to Canadian-government trade records.

  • Wayne Pacelle, the Humane Society’s president and chief executive officer, said his organization is supporting the Safeguard American Foods Exports Act pending in Congress. It would ban slaughtering horses for human consumption and shipping them out of the country for that purpose.
  • “There are unwanted horses, just like there are unwanted dogs and cats,” Pacelle said. “We’re not going to set up a dog-slaughter plant because people eat them in other countries. You euthanize horses or shoot them in the head, but you don’t jam them in cattle trucks and ship them hundreds of miles to Canada or Mexico.”
  • Animal-rights organizations say horses differ from beef cattle because they were used for sports, as pets, or as work animals and often were given drugs rendering them unfit for human consumption.

In contrast, a 2010 story by WTHR-TV in Indianapolis about Indiana horses’ being shipped to Canada quoted Martin Kouprie, a chef at Pangaea restaurant in Toronto, extolling horse meat as a delicacy.

  • “Horses are livestock. They’re not pets,” Kouprie said. “It’s a beautiful meat. It’s succulent. It’s sweet. It’s rich. It’s fine-textured. People just love it.”

ajohnson@dispatch.com

(My Comment:

My innards are inhibiting me from commenting on the contents of this article  And I’ll tell you why, though, you can probably guess.  (The pics above are from an online search to make my point.)

Some of my earliest memories are of horses.  I absolutely loved them, dreamed of them.  They were so beautiful to me. When I was rather small, Mother and my step-dad had a restaurant  called Snug Harbor across the road from a lake in Oklahoma City.  It was a rural area with farms and ranches nearby.  I was able to ride small ponies occasionally starting when I was small enough that I could barely stay on the saddle.  And sometimes I came off ungracefully.

It has been said I crawled out of the womb with a pencil in my hand.  Always drawing something.   Earliest sketching efforts were of horses;   the essence is long-lived and rather deep.  So it is inconceivable to me that humans could do anything but love, appreciate and admire these gorgeous creations  that have been our helpful companions for so long.  .  .  served us so well – body, mind and soul.   .    .     .     just sayin’     Jan)

July 24, 2013

Can we talk . . collagen?

French snail slime oozing into cosmetics

By Claude Canellas REUTERS

(Fascinating as this is, I do have a comment at the end  J.T.)
CHAMPAGNOLLES, France — The French have long appreciated snails on a plate with butter and garlic. (anything with butter and garlic works for me)

Yet one snail farmer thinks the humble mollusks have more to offer alive than dead.

The mucus secreted by snails, Louis-Marie Guedon said, is full of collagen, glycolic acid, antibiotics and other compounds that regenerate skin cells and heal cuts.   Guedon, 47, of Champagnolles in the west-central region of Charente-Maritime, thinks the idea could presage a cosmetic revolution, as he has developed a secret technique to harvest the slime.

He is busy turning the innovation into France’s first industrial-scale snail mucus-extraction operation, with a target to harvest 15 tons of it next year.   “I’ve already been producing the slime for three years, but manually,” said Guedon, who has raised snails for a quarter-century.

He has secured three supply contracts with cosmetics labs and a Paris company that mixes cosmetics for some of the biggest names in consumer beauty products.

“This client has already ordered 3 tons of slime,” Guedon said.   He sells 25 million baby snails a year to snail farmers from a breeding stock of 650,000 garden snails known by their scientific names —  Helix Aspersa Minima and  Helix Aspersa Maxima.

Guedon declined to give all the details of his industrial slime-extraction process. The system, developed by an independent engineer, involves placing the snails in two large containers, he said.   After the mucus is extracted, sensitive filters purify the product, which is then refrigerated. Salt is used, but the snails aren’t killed.

Guedon’s $170,200 investment in the project was partially financed by small-business subsidies from the French government and the European Union.

Snail mucus has already cropped up in beauty products sold in Asia and South America but has yet to catch on in Europe.

For the truly adventurous, a spa in Tokyo offers facials using live snails.

My Experience rustling up some “Collagen”

(And I truly wish Guedon extremely well.  I sincerely do.  It is so much nicer to witness beautiful, collagen-plumped skin any day over the shriveled, crinkly, paper-thin stuff we are accustomed to seeing on skin which has struggled for  say, 5, 6 or more decades.   Try 8 decades and you get the picture.

Just wanted to add that I have recently stumbled onto some very interesting websites while I was searching for something quite different (in the cosmetic line).  But there it was!   A vitamin C serum reputed to be useful in plumping up skin and making it sing with joy as collagen began it’s chore of refilling all those loose places.       You know, I’ve heard of that.  Somewhere in my history, I think I actually bought some  even though it was costly.  Until recently, I really didn’t have much of a problem, but you know. . . . .stuff changes, doesn’t it?  

Well, anyway, this pretty lady of an indeterminate age  had her hair secured back out of the way and going on about Vitamin C serum.  Was claiming that C- serum triggers the body to make more collagen.  Said she uses it morning and nite and everybody raved about how great she was looking.  She looked great to me, but what do I know, or how old she was. 

She spent much time explaining  her procedure.  Had to use distilled water (not a problem for me, that’s all I use);  start with vitamin C crystals or powder (I always have the crystals – that’s what I use) one teaspoon in 4 oz water.  Stir til dissolved and clear.  She said can add 1 teaspoon of Camu (which I don’t have presently).  Can add a little vegetable glycerin – up to 2 tsp, and also Vitamin E oil, both of which I happened to have. Shake all this vigorously and every time you use it as it will separate – there are no chemicals or agents to  do stuff to make it “nice” and stay put.  It MUST BE KEPT IN REFRIGERATOR.  Again, this is not preserved!  This turned out to be way too much for me quantity- wise.  She said it should be used up within a week.  I’m in my second week with it now.  I’m not unhappy with what it seems to be doing for my skin.  

Wish I had taken better notes or knew how I found her in the first place.  She was big on explaining and full of advice.  She said the C-Serum prevents free-radical damage (mixed with Vit-E liquid) and can add Vitamin A as well.  The combination is supposed to help the skin make it’s collagen which it seems to stop doing as we age.   If it starts to tinge with a hint of color, she says it has oxidized and should be tossed out – definitely not what you want to put in your body or onto your skin.  She also advised using a dark amber or blue bottle and kept chilled at all times – will keep it fresh longer.  That’s what I have done and it still seems fine.  She used a gauzy pad to apply it with to face and neck.  I frankly just drizzle it into fingertips and try to splash it all over face and neck.  It drips and gets me wet, so I rub it into my arms which are more crinkly anyway than my face. 

As you can see, it is only pennies to make and just a few minutes in the mixing. Not a big deal or risk. Nothing there that you can’t swallow.  When my fiftyish son stopped by the other day, I took off my glasses and leaned in across the table and asked him to look at my skin.  

You look fine!
Seriously, for almost 84, don’t you think it’s a tad better than fine? Doing something new.
Like What? . so I explained, then, Want some?
yeah, okay. .

After using the Serum, I wrap up my ablutions and by then everything seems to have sunk in and no wetness remains, so then I apply my face lotion which would be what I make myself and have shared with you or Mayumi Squalane oil  (which I buy online) or both.   Can’t use most commercial products and wouldn’t want to use the rest of it because of all the unnatural and or chemical fillers and stuff being used.    But the Shark oil is all that’s in Mayumi’s Squalane. It works well for my sensitive skin.     Guess that’ll do it,     Jan)

July 23, 2013

Re-think Vaccines, please

From Mike Adams of Natural News and made available by FOOD MATTERS.  Hey, this is stuff we need to know, so I’ll take it any way we can get it!   Jan

What’s Really In Vaccines?

By Mike Adams, Natural News

Have you ever wondered what’s really in vaccines? According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s vaccine additives page, all the following ingredients are routinely used as vaccine additives:

  • Aluminum – A light metal that causes dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. You should never inject yourself with aluminum.
  • Antibiotics – Chemicals that promote superbugs, which are deadly antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria that are killing tens of thousands of Americans every year.
  • Formaldehyde – A “pickling” chemical used to preserve cadavers. It’s highly toxic to the nervous system, causing blindness, brain damage and seizures. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services openly admits that formaldehyde causes cancer. You can see this yourself on the National Toxicology Program website, featuring its 12th Report on Carcinogens.

There, the formaldehyde Fact Sheet completely neglects to mention formaldehyde in vaccines. It does state, however, that “…formaldehyde causes myeloid leukemia, and rare cancers including sinonasal and nasopharyngeal cancer.”

  • Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) – A neurotoxic chemical called an “excitotoxin.” It causes brain neurons to be overexcited to the point of death. MSG is toxic even when consumed in foods, where it causes migraine headaches and endocrine system damage. You should NEVER inject MSG into your body. But that’s what health workers do when they inject you with vaccines.
  • Thimerosal – A methyl mercury compound that causes severe, permanent nervous system damage. Mercury is highly toxic to the brain. You should never touch, swallow or inject mercury at any dose. There is no safe dose of mercury! Even the CDC readily admits some vaccines still contain mercury (thimerosal).

SIDE EFFECTS

In addition, the National Toxicology Program admits in its own documents that:

  • Vaccinations “…may produce small but measurable increases in blood levels of mercury.”
  • “Thimerosal was found to cross the blood-brain and placenta barriers.”
  • The “…hazards of thimerosal include neurotoxicity and nephrotoxicity.” (This means brain and kidney toxicity.)
  • “…similar toxicological profiles between ethylmercury and methylmercury raise the possibility that neurotoxicity may also occur at low doses of thimerosal.”
  • “… there are no existing guidelines for safe exposure to ethylmercury, the metabolite of thimerosal.”
  • “…the assessment determined that the use of thimerosal as a preservative in vaccines might result in the intake of mercury during the first six months of life that exceeded recommended guidelines from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)…”
  • ..”In the U.S., thimerosal is still present as a preservative in some vaccines given to young children, as well as certain biological products recommended during pregnancy. Thimerosal remains a preservative in some vaccines administered to adolescents and adults. In addition, thimerosal continues to be used internationally as a vaccine preservative.”

The report then goes on to say that the FDA studies thimerosal and somehow found it to be perfectly safe. It also states that vaccine manufactures are “working” to remove thimerosal from vaccines, but in reality it’s still being manufactured right into the vaccines.

By the way, this report also reveals that the FDA requires preservatives like thimerosal only in so-called “multi-dose” vaccines -vials that contain more than one dose of the vaccine. Drug companies could, if they wanted to, produce “clean” single-dose vaccines without any mercury / thimerosal.

But they choose not to because it’s more profitable to produce mercury-containing multi-dose vaccines. As the report admits, “Preservatives are not required for products formulated in single-dose vials. Multi-dose vials are preferred by some physicians and health clinics because they are often less expensive per vaccine dose and require less storage space.”

“Mercury in vaccines is a conspiracy theory!

I’ve been told by numerous “skeptics” and doctors that there’s no such thing as mercury in vaccines, and that any such suggestion is nothing more than a “wild conspiracy theory.”

All you have to do is visit this CDC vaccine additives web page, which openly admits to these chemicals being used in vaccines right now. It’s not a conspiracy theory, it turns out. It’s the status quo of modern-day vaccine manufacturing!

Feel that headache after a vaccine?

Now, consider this: The most common side effect of a vaccine injection is a headache. The CDC admits that over 30 percent of those receiving vaccines experience headaches or migraines.

What could possibly be in vaccines that would cause headaches, migraines and brain damage? How about the mercury, the formaldehyde, the aluminum and the MSG!

Even if you believe in the theory of vaccines as a helpful way to train the immune system to recognize pathogens, why would anyone, especially a doctor, think it’s okay to inject human beings with mercury, MSG, formaldehyde and aluminum?

The argument of the vaccine pushers is that each vaccine only contains a tiny dose of these highly toxic substances, and therefore it’s okay to be injected with them. But this argument makes a fatal error: U.S. children are now receiving over twenty vaccines by the time they’re six years old! What’s the cumulative effect of all these vaccines, plus the mercury from dental fillings and dietary sources? What’s the effect of injected mercury on an immune-suppressed child living in a state of chronic nutritional deficiency?

Scientists don’t know that answer because such studies have never been conducted. So they pretend that nothing bad will happen and keep pushing more and more vaccines on infants, children and even expectant mothers. They’re playing Russian roulette with our children, in other words, where every injection could cause a seizure, coma, autism or death.

Why doesn’t the vaccine industry offer “clean” vaccines free from all toxic additives?

If vaccines are supposed to be good for you, why do they contain so many additives that are BAD for you? You wouldn’t want to eat mercury in your tuna fish. You wouldn’t want MSG in your sandwich, and you certainly wouldn’t want formaldehyde in your soda. So why would you allow yourself or your children to be injected with these deadly substances?

And just as importantly, why wouldn’t the vaccine industry offer CLEAN vaccines? Without any brain-damaging additives?

Think about it: When you buy health food, you want that health food to have NO mercury, NO MSG, NO aluminum and certainly no formaldehyde. No sane person would knowingly eat those neurotoxic poisons. And yet, astonishingly, those same people literally line up to be INJECTED with those exact same brain-damaging poisons, with the justification that, somehow, “This injection is good for me!”

I thought the theory behind vaccines was that weakened viruses would give the immune system a rehearsal so that it would build up antibodies to the real thing. Where does mercury, MSG or formaldehyde fit anywhere in that theory? Does your body benefit in any way from exposure to formaldehyde? Of course not. The very idea is ludicrous.

So are there such things as clean vaccines? I challenge you to try to find one. They simply don’t exist for the population at large. Nearly all vaccines for the masses are deliberately formulated with neurotoxic chemicals that have absolutely nothing to do with the science of vaccinations, but everything to do with autism, Alzheimer’s disease, early-onset dementia, immune suppression, and the mass dumbing down of brain function.

Source Link: http://www.naturalnews.com/…

GMO’s in 80% of our Food

Those who truly value their health will surely value this message from OCA’s Ronnie Cummins.  The Organic Consumer’s Association has been upfront it seems for ever trying to do battle on the quality of the food we eat.  Be informed, my friends and do what you can.    Jan

We have two choices.

We sometimes forget. Coca-Cola, General Mills, and a host of other food giants know how to make their products without using genetically engineered ingredients.

They do it all the time. For consumers in other countries.

It’s only here, in the U.S., where the food and biotech lobbyists have Congress in their back pockets, that more than 80 percent of processed foods contain genetically engineered ingredients.

Those GMO ingredients are making Monsanto and Big Food rich. They’re making us sick. And the tons of herbicides and pesticides used to grow them are poisoning our soil and water.

Food manufacturers make GMO-free products for consumers in 64 other countries for one of two reasons: Either because consumers in those countries have demanded that GMOs be banned from their food supplies. Or because consumers have demanded GMO labeling laws.

In most cases, rather than label the GMOs in their products, food manufacturers have found alternative ingredients.

We can have GMO-free food, too. But only if we demand it.

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), the trade group representing Coca-Cola, Pepsi, ConAgra, Unilever, General Mills and hundreds of other food companies, recently circulated a letter claiming that consumers – that means you – have created an “unprecedented period of turmoil” for food companies. How? Simply by demanding that they label the genetically engineered ingredients in their products.

We have news for the GMA and all of its dues-paying members: The turmoil has just begun. We will not rest until GMOs are labeled.

The movement to label GMOs didn’t materialize overnight. It’s been in the works for many years. But thanks to the unprecedented outpouring of support last year for California’s Prop 37 to label GMOs, this movement – your movement – has finally gone mainstream.

Activists in Connecticut and Maine recently pushed through GMO labeling laws, though neither law can take effect until four or five other New England states pass similar laws requiring mandatory labeling of GMOs.

We’re gaining traction. But we need to win Washington State.

Half of the $46 million raised last year to defeat Prop 37 came from pesticide makers like Monsanto. The other half came from junk food giants like Pepsi and General Mills. The GMA alone raised $2 million to defeat Prop 37. So far, the GMA is the largest donor to the campaign that aims to defeat I-522, the citizen’s initiative to label GMOs in Washington State.

We have two choices. Sit back and do nothing while the pesticide and junk food makers raise millions to defeat another big GMO labeling campaign. Or pull together to run a winning campaign in Washington State, and keep the GMO labeling movement strong until our demands are met.

We need to raise just a little more than $52,500 in order to reach our goal of $150,000 for GMO labeling by July 27, and earn a matching grant for OCA from natural health leader Mercola.com.

Will you help sustain the fight for GMO labeling by making a donation today? You can make a secure online donation, with a credit card or using paypal. Or you can phone or mail in your contribution. Click here for details. Thank you.

In solidarity,


Ronnie Cummins
National Director, Organic Consumers Association and Organic Consumers Fund

July 22, 2013

Acquital jury only choice

The Zimmerman verdict

Juror: Law gave panel no choice but to acquit

By Daniel Trotta and Bill Cotterell REUTERS

JONATHAN QUILTER DISPATCH LeAnn Fruster, 9, of Columbus, looks around at the crowd outside the Ohio Statehouse during a “Stop the Shooting” march. Yesterday’s protest was in response to the George Zimmerman verdict.

A member of the jury that found George Zimmerman not guilty in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin called for changes in Florida’s self- defense law, which she said gave jurors no option but to acquit the defendant.

• The juror’s statement adds to pleas from across the country to change the Stand Your Ground laws that more than 30 states have adopted.

In Florida, demonstrators occupied part of the governor’s office and demanded that the state repeal or curtail its 2005 law.

With her identity kept secret, the juror, designated B-37, gave an interview to CNN on Monday that stirred further debate in the case that captivated the public and triggered lengthy discussions about race, guns and self-defense laws.

After receiving a torrent of criticism, including a statement to CNN from four other jurors who said she did not speak for them, the juror issued a statement further stressing her position that Florida’s self-defense law, commonly known as Stand Your Ground, forced the jury to vote not guilty.

  • “My prayers are with all those who have the influence and power to modify the laws that left me with no verdict option other than ‘not guilty’ in order to remain within the instructions ,” juror B-37 said in the statement. “No other family should be forced to endure what the Martin family has endured.”

According to the instructions given to the jury, Zimmerman had “no duty to retreat and had the right to stand his ground and meet force with force” if he reasonably feared for his life or great bodily harm.

On Tuesday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder questioned those laws in a speech.

Yesterday, the Florida president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People urged Republican Gov. Rick Scott to return to the state capital, Tallahassee, to meet with scores of young demonstrators occupying his office to protest the verdict.

The protesters, hastily organized by a group called “Dream Defenders,” are among those demanding that Scott call a special session of the Republican-led legislature to repeal or curtail the 2005 Stand Your Ground law.

The governor has said he supports the law, which was strongly backed by the National Rifle Association.

Democrats, who are in the minority in both chambers and tried unsuccessfully to have the law changed, are scheduled to announce today a plan for action in response to Zimmerman’s acquittal.

My comment:   Millions of us are totally invested in the outcome of all this  bigoted, unjust law and the senseless killing of  African-Americans youth and we are demanding that something be done about it.  It isn’t relevant that the Gun lobby funded by the NRA supports it – – they designed it!  It  is totally unfair and un-American.  Citizens of any class or color should not have to live in fear.  Parents should not have to be teaching and training up their children to behave in subservient ways, fearful that to do otherwise may mean their great injury or death.  What a way to live.  Civilization is lost if this is what it has come to.    Not the country I have loved all my life

It appears that the Republican party and the NRA have jointly conspired to tear almost all that is beautiful and meaningful in our way of life here to shreds.  And for what purpose.  The masses are being squeezed and crushed; the people’s voice is being ignored in every possible way.  The United States of America doesn’t need enemies in some far flung place – – we are being destroyed from within – – by our own people with greed and hate in their heart.  It is disgusting. 

These are not feelings I want to feel nor words I want to be saying.  But this is serious stuff.  I see our country being eroded on every front from the Supreme Court down to local governments in almost every state.  Anyone who ever cracked a book or listened in class during school understands  that people can only be pushed so far til revolt occurs   at which point, it will no longer be safe for anyone in the streets.   That’s not something that any should want   Jan

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