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June 30, 2014

Dr Clark’s ‘free book’ (dl it)

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Have tried several times over the months to acquire this book because it was written by a doctor who had worked with Dr Clark for years until her passing.  I’m just not as smart as I think I am, because, I couldn’t do it.  Still, don’t really understand what I did wrong.   (I have had so much trouble with my new computer that it seems to have gotten the better of me — not only with this, but my posting as well, e.g.. . . . . I did a post on 28th on Donal O’Neill  who at 41 strove to overcome his genetic proclivity to not follow his familial tendency to wind up with heart trouble and/or diabetes – – the Cereal Killer Movie.   I loved it, spent much time on it, finished it, published it, recorded it in my archives, yet next day when I looked,  it wasn’t there.   

I’ve had so much of this sort of thing that it kinda takes the joy out of my efforts which for me, has always been a labor of love.)   So I went thru it [mostly] again on the 30th.  Had to get it up to share as I loved this production so much — a rare exception if not a landmark redirection for HEALTH CARE IN OUR WORLD TODAY! It is that good. 

Nothing will ever be able to move my highest admiration and respect and gratitude which I feel for Dr Clark. She is and was one-of-a-kind [sainted, really].   Therefore, I deeply wanted to share this with you.  I was able to download successfully this book with it’s 243 pages. . .the way I do it — labor intensive and time consuming as I wanted it printed on both sides of the page.     One need not do any of that — the book is being given freely to any and all, but to receive the hard copy version delivered to you, it cost’s $8.00 if I am remembering correctly.   I intend to get that one also,  as there are many pictures and displays Dr Chamorro has used in lovely color, and my printer is only black and white.    I also seem to have lost the ability to copy and paste at will – so went online to find a link for you in order to get the book.   Their invitation was dated 6-17-14.  You can contact them to sign up to receive their newsletters as they develop.  Good luck with the book;  it even has listings for doctors who practice her therapies worldwide and dentists also who adhere to her particular protocol.   May this book be a blessing to you,  Jan

 

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• The Importance of the Kidney Cleanse
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The Importance of the Kidney Cleanse

Fauja Singh, born April 1st, 1911, took part in the London Marathon in 2012 at the ripe age of 101 years. He ran 42 km in 7 hours and 49 minutes, an extraordinary undertaking within the reach of only a few people.

But we can all stay healthy without having to run a 42 km marathon.

Ou r main emunctories are in a constant marathon getting rid of our toxins day and night. These organs are: the intestines, the liver, the kidneys, skin, lungs, and the lymphatic system. The word “emunctory” comes from the Latin word “emunctorium” which means “dry up” or “drain” and refers to organs that excrete and whose function is to “detoxify” .

We can compare these organs to a container with a drain. If the amount of waste is processed within an appropriate time so as not to overload the body, then the body is kept clean and the cells can function properly. On the other hand, if the drain is clogged or there are too many toxins that cannot be removed, the body will gradually be overloaded and the functioning of the organs will slow down.

Another point to consider is that the older we get and the slower our body works..

Although today the word “detoxify ” is even on the lips of children , we must keep in mind that Dr. Clark, in her great understanding of how the human body works, was one of the first to promote the cleansing (detoxifying) of the emunctories.

The kidney cleanse is one of Dr. Clark’s most important cleanses. This is because our kidneys are constantly exposed to high concentrations of toxic substances. Our white blood cells need to empty their toxic load into the bladder. This can only happen if our kidneys are clean since they precede the bladder.

If our kidneys are filled with toxins, our white blood cells will not be able to empty their load. This will be the beginning of an immune depressed state. The majority of renal diseases are connected to a weakened or abnormal immune system. Considering that our kidneys need to filter about 200 quarts of blood a day, of which 2 liters become waste products and excess water (urine), and that about one fifth of the blood pumped by our heart goes to the kidneys, we can well understand how healthy kidneys are associated with the proper functioning of all organs and therefore the health and proper functioning of the body depends to a great extent on an adequate renal function.

Dr. Clark has carefully chosen herbs and roots from the “Garden of Nature” to prepare the best recipe for renal strengthen and to cleanse the kidneys.

Many of the herbs chosen for her kidney cleanse were used by North American Indians as a remedy for kidney and bladder problems and stones. The North American Indians had found these herbs aided and encouraged the expulsion of remaining stones and harmful bacteria from the urinary tract.

Her kidney recipe of herbs and roots dissolves kidney stones and removes methyl malonate, heavy metals including gold , dyes , asbestos , radioactivity , wheel bearing grease, motor oil, plastic and rubber .

You can read the active properties of each herb and root of her kidney cleanses here.

Dr. Clark recommended cleansing the kidneys twice a year. Now is a good time to start!

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June 28, 2014

Camels? not there yet. .huh!

PAUL KUEHNEL | ASSOCIATED PRESS Archeologists pinpoint the earliest-known domesticated camels in Israel to the last third of the 10th century B.C., centuries after Abraham, Jacob and Joseph lived and decades after the kingdom of David.

Genesis Writers wrongly included camels

Noble Wilford The New York Times  February 28, 2014

There are too many camels in the Bible, out of time and out of place.

Archaeologists say camels weren’t domesticated until long after Abraham, Jacob and Joseph lived. They probably had little or no role in the lives of such early Jewish patriarchs, who lived in the first half of the second millennium B.C.

And yet stories about the patriarchs mention these domesticated pack animals more than 20 times. Genesis 24, for example, tells of Abraham’s servant going by camel on a mission to find a wife for Isaac.

These anachronisms are telling evidence that the Bible was written or edited long after the events it narrates and is not always reliable as verifiable history. These camel stories “do not encapsulate memories from the second millennium,” said Noam Mizrahi, an Israeli biblical scholar, “ but should be viewed as back-projections from a much later period.”

Mizrahi likened the practice to a historical account of medieval events that veers off to a description of “how people in the Middle Ages used semitrailers in order to transport goods from one European kingdom to another.”

For two archaeologists at Tel Aviv University, the anachronisms were motivation to dig for camel bones at an ancient copper-smelting camp in the Aravah Valley in Israel and in Wadi Finan in Jordan. They sought evidence of when domesticated camels were first introduced into the land of Israel and the surrounding region.

The archaeologists, Erez Ben-Yosef and Lidar Sapir-Hen, used radiocarbon dating to pinpoint the earliest known domesticated camels in Israel to the last third of the 10th century B.C. — centuries after the patriarchs lived and decades after the kingdom of David, according to the Bible. Some bones in deeper sediments, they said, probably belonged to wild camels that people hunted for their meat. Sapir-Hen could identify a domesticated animal by signs in leg bones that it had carried heavy loads.

The findings were published recently in the journal Tel Aviv and in a news release from Tel Aviv University. The archaeologists said that the origin of the domesticated camel was probably in the Arabian Peninsula, which borders the Aravah Valley. Egyptians exploited the copper resources there and probably had a hand in introducing the camels. Earlier, people in the region relied on mules and donkeys as their beasts of burden.

“The introduction of the camel to our region was a very important economic and social development,” Ben-Yosef said in a telephone interview. “The camel enabled long-distance trade for the first time, all the way to India, and perfume trade with Arabia. It’s unlikely that mules and donkeys could have traversed the distance from one desert oasis to the next.”

Mizrahi, a professor of Hebrew culture studies at Tel Aviv University who was not directly involved in the research, said that by the seventh century B.C. camels had become widely employed in trade and travel in Israel and through the Middle East, from Africa as far as India. The camel’s influence on biblical research was profound, if confusing, for that happened to be the time that the patriarchal stories were committed to writing and eventually canonized as part of the Hebrew Bible.

“One should be careful not to rush to the conclusion that the new archaeological findings automatically deny any historical value from the biblical stories,” Mizrahi said in an email.

“Rather, they established that these traditions were indeed reformulated in relatively late periods after camels had been integrated into the Near Eastern economic system. But this does not mean that these very traditions cannot capture other details that have an older historical background.”

Moreover, for anyone who grew up with Sunday school images of the Three Wise Men from the East arriving astride camels at the manger in Bethlehem, whatever uncertainties there may be of that story, at least one thing is clear: By then the camel in the service of human life was no longer an anachronism

 

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Will camel discovery break the Bible's back?

Camels, shown here in the Liwa desert outside Abu Dhabi, are the subject of a surprising new discovery.
February 11th, 2014
01:56 PM ET

Will camel discovery break the Bible’s back?

Opinion by Joel Baden, special to CNN

(CNN) – It’s been a rough 2014 for the book of Genesis.

First a Noah’s Ark discovery raised a flood of questions, then there was the much-hyped debate over life’s origins between Bill Nye the Science Guy and creationist Ken Ham.

And now this: a scientific report establishing that camels, the basic mode of transportation for the biblical patriarchs, weren’t domesticated in Israel until hundreds of years after Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are said to have wandered the earth.

Using radiocarbon dating of camel bones that showed signs of having carried heavy loads, Israeli archaeologists have dated the earliest domesticated camels to the end of the 10th century BCE.

But according to the traditional biblical chronology, the patriarchs were schlepping around Canaan on camels over a millennium earlier, all the way back in 2100 BCE

Taken on its own, this may seem a rather minor problem.

After all, this is Genesis, in which some people live to be 900 years old (hello, Methuselah), all of humanity emerges from Babylon, and the Dead Sea is created from the backward glance of Lot’s wife. (Not to mention the six-day creation story and the stuffing of all land animals on a single boat.)

How important could camels really be?

For those who believe the Bible to be fundamentally true, this is hardly going to change any minds. For those who believe it to be entirely false, this is surely not the most damning piece of evidence.

What the camels in Genesis reveal, in fact, has nothing to do with the “truth” of the biblical story at all.

Instead, the presence of these camels in the story highlights, in a very clear way, the essential humanity of the biblical writers: like the best authors, they simply wrote about what they knew.

The patriarchs are depicted as nomadic, never settling for long in one place, but moving constantly from location to location throughout Israel (and beyond).

An ancient Israelite, wanting to tell the story of the wandering of his ethnic and national ancestors, would have naturally looked to the nomadic peoples around him as models. And indeed, throughout the Bible camels are commonly associated with those tribes who lived in the desert: Midianites, Ishmaelites, Amalekites, Kedemites.

The biblical authors simply transplanted the nomadic standards of their time into the distant past.

There is nothing deceptive about this. They weren’t trying to trick anyone. They imagined, quite reasonably, that the past was, fundamentally, like their present.

They had no real alternative. In ancient Israel, in the period when the Bible was written (which ranges, conservatively, from the 10th to the third century BCE), no one had any way of knowing that camels had not always been domesticated pack animals. After all, we didn’t know that for sure until this past week.

Without any evidence to the contrary, it is perfectly natural to assume that things have always been the way that they are now. Today we have more information about the past than any other moment in history. In ancient Israel, they had virtually none.

And yet we still fall victim to this basic, very human, historical fallacy.

It has been suggested that this anachronism in the biblical text is akin to importing semitrailers into the medieval period. But this is a level of ridiculousness too far.

I would suggest that it is more similar to describing a medieval Italian as enjoying pasta with tomato sauce. How many people, even today, know that tomatoes only came to Italy from South America in the 16th century?

The camels in Genesis may be “wrong,” but they are not a “mistake.” We all imagine the past to the best of our knowledge, the biblical authors included.

The lasting lesson of the camel controversy, such as it is, is a simple one: no writing, not even the Bible, is timeless or without context. Views of the past are contingent on both what we know and how we know it.

The Bible is a historical record, but it tells us just as much, if not more, about the people who wrote it as it does about the people they wrote about.

Since the stories of the Bible remain so central to who we are as a culture, even today (and even for those who dismiss it), it seems entirely fitting that we should be equally interested in the ancient people who composed them.

Despite their lack of historical knowledge — and, equally, because of it — they, more than the characters in the Bible, are our true cultural ancestors.

Joel S. Baden is the author of “The Historical David: The Real Life of an Invented Hero” and an associate professor of Old Testament at Yale Divinity School. The views expressed in this column belong to B

Set Fenceposts – crushed stone

Fence posts best set in crushed stone

Ask the Builder

Tim Carter

Q: I have a 5 1/2-foot-tall wood privacy fence. The 4-by-4 posts, set in concrete, keep cracking. What’s going on?
 A: My money would be on strong winds as the culprit. You would be stunned at the amount of force wind can exert on a solid fence.

 The concrete surrounding the posts might also be contributing to the breakage. The stiff concrete offers little release of pressure and allows the posts to snap.

 I think fence posts should be set in crushed stone. The stone gives ever so slightly in high winds. If the fence tilts after a windstorm, you can replumb the fence posts easily.

 You can also switch to larger fence posts to see whether that helps, although a 6-by-6 post might not look right.

 You can soften the appearance of posts by clipping each of the corners at a 45-degree angle.

 Realize that there is a vast difference in bending and cracking resistance across wood species. Douglas fir, oak and No. 1 Southern yellow pine are strong species.        Cedar, though attractive, is not as strong.

   Tim Carter is a columnist for Tribune Content Agency. He can be reached via his website, http://www.ask thebuilder.com  .

 

June 25, 2014

Potassium “ratio” – important

Received this from Kelley Herring of the HEALING GOURMET.  This is a wonderful report for she is not suggesting we run right out and buy something  — only that we understand this thing, and if we do get it, we can choose the better foods for our purposes which can have the potential to solve some major problems for many of us. . . e.g., avocados over bananas;  fresh foods  (home-made) over prepared anything.  Many good points here which we have learned to count on from Kelley. 

From what is presented here, makes you wonder why our government agencies aren’t raising the level of potassium in RDA.  When you see how many billions in income are  generated to BIG PhRMA in hypertension and heart disease  alone,  guess its not so mysterious, is it?   Think I aught to add to my usual claim YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT also,   QUESTION MORE  and DIG DEEPER.

 

The Mineral You’re Missing for Healthy Blood Pressure

When it comes to lowering your blood pressure, all you hear is salt, salt, salt…

Most doctors will tell you that too much salt causes high blood pressure. They’ll tell you that it can increase your risk of heart attack and stroke. And the mainstream media loves to scare you into thinking that “salt” causes all sorts of health problems.

It is true that Americans consume too much sodium. In fact, the average person consumes about twice the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of sodium. But the real problem is not about salt. It is a lack of potassium that should really concern most of us.

  • The average American consumes only about half the recommended amount of potassium. And most experts believe  the RDA for this essential mineral is already too low. That means we’re not getting nearly the amount of potassium we need.

Potassium is essential for nerve transmission. It helps regulate the fluid balance in your body. It is critical for both voluntary and involuntary muscle function. It assists protein and carbohydrate metabolism. It also helps to regulate your blood pressure.

But even more important than consuming the right amount of sodium and potassium is the relative ratio between the two. The ideal ratio is five times as much potassium as sodium in your diet. This ratio is so important it has been called the “vitality ratio.”

One study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine looked at the effects of sodium and potassium on our health. The researchers analyzed over 12,000 adults. Then they followed up with them for nearly 15 years.

They found that a high ratio of sodium to potassium is associated with heart disease. It’s also associated with a significant increase in death from all causes.

The American Medical Association (AMA) found the results to be so compelling that they urged the government to issue new public health recommendations. According to the AMA, these recommendations “should emphasize the simultaneous reduction in sodium and increase in potassium intake.”

Researchers from Johns Hopkins performed another study. They looked at the results of 33 different trials, each one related to potassium and blood pressure. They found that optimal potassium levels are clearly associated with healthy blood pressure levels and that optimizing potassium levels worked nearly as well as drugs for normalizing blood pressure (but without the side-effects).

They also found that those with normal blood pressure levels experienced a benefit. However, the effect was much greater for those who were hypertensive, especially for those who were considered “salt-sensitive.”

  • Another review of studies appeared in the Journal of Clinical Hypertension. This study also showed a link between potassium and a healthy heart. Those who got the most potassium in their diets had the healthiest blood pressure levels and the lowest risk of heart disease.

So How Can You Improve Your “Vitality Ratio”?

The key is to reduce the sodium you consume while increasing potassium. Here’s how:

• Eliminate processed foods. Many processed foods contain huge amounts of sodium and very little potassium. The more processed foods you eat, the higher your ratio of sodium to potassium (and the worse your health) will be.
• Eat more whole, natural foods. Fruits and vegetables have an ideal sodium to potassium ratio. Foods that are especially rich in potassium include dark leafy greens (spinach, kale, Swiss chard), Brussels sprouts, broccoli, squash, beans, lentils, and mushrooms.
Forget bananas. Eat avocados! Despite what banana growers want you to believe, bananas are not the best source of potassium. A typical banana gives you just 420 mg of potassium. That means you would have to eat more than 10 bananas daily (that’s more than 140 grams of sugar!) to get the amount of potassium recommended by the Institute of Medicine. Eat avocados instead. They provide more than two times the potassium (and none of the sugar).
• Season with herbs and spices. By adding flavorful herbs and spices to your foods, you won’t need to add as much salt to your food.
• Add real salt to your diet. The producers of commercial table salt remove all the trace minerals and sell them to industry. Then they add bleaching agents and other chemicals to keep the salt from caking. Instead, use an unrefined sea salt that contains a variety of trace minerals (including potassium). AztecSeaSalt is our favorite brand (new harvest available now).
Taking the Pressure Off Your Health Concerns,

Kelley Herring
CEO & Editor-in-Chief
Healing Gourmet

June 24, 2014

Magnesium fixes many ills

 MAGNESIUM, which kind?. .for Heart, muscles,  Pain,  sleep,  inflammation,  cramps,  brain encephalitis, pre-eclampsia, convulsions

  HAVE  a link below taking you to a site I found online which is pretty classy and covered much of what I was looking for,  and I was pleased with their fact arrangement and some of the descriptions that you and I aren’t subject to learning about on any ordinary basis, including from any of our allopathic doctors.  Though primarily what interests me at this time is the subject of  MAGNESIUM MALATE

So with all my interest and prior needs going back several decades, I have never understood the distinctions I have recently come to know. . . thanks to the wonders of the internet!   For those of you who have been coming here for a few  or seven years know of the injury and inadequate advice I have been subject to in a number of  areas.   Lack of knowledge in the medical community regarding Magnesium. . .how, what,  why and when to do.   I was house-bound for almost five years because of trying to comply with demands to take more and more magnesium — needing me to be around 1200 mg daily.  It’s a wonder I survived at all, I was so chained to the toilet with endless diarrhea.  But I wasn’t utilizing the  mineral.  No one should have to take that much or even half that much, if one is indeed able to absorb this element.  But as a heart patient,  It was essential. .  so I did my best til I realized I was destroying my body if not starving it– one can’t receive nutrition and process it correctly from a damaged gut.  In order to save myself, I quit much of what I was doing and sought answers online, found Oil of Magnesium for transdermal application;  after getting a few books and other research, felt it was worth a try.   It was the answer for my gut in it’s pathetic state.   Fermented veggies were able to help in restoring my gut and health in general.. . .and to this day, I remain — the Eternal Student.

This site of course is in business selling their product;  and I’m glad they are for they do a good job in ‘splainin’ stuff.  They are using one of the forms which I am seeing is superior for its ability to BE ABSORBED that is so important!   Their product is sounding great, not cheap, but great.  I don’t sell stuff, nor affiliate with any who offer such to me.  But I also don’t want the taint of anyone thinking that maybe I really do. . .so it serves me best not to put up product discussion including how to get their line.   Hence, the link for those who need or want it to see for themselves.  I heartily approve.    This site seems geared toward helping those who suffer from muscle pain and cramps etc in the legs and other body parts. . . .even migraines, etc.  Have more to say, but check this out:

http://www.mgbright.com/pages/magnesium-is-the-natural-treatment-remedy-for-muscle-cramps?gclid=CI-jtoHTkr8CFdNzMgodY3QAUQ

Magnesium is Fast, Easy, Safe and POWERFUL Because it Attacks Muscle Cramps from ALL Angles. How Does it Work?

According to Dr. Oz, Dr. Weil, the Mayo Clinic, and other leading authorities, magnesium deficiency is the major hidden cause of muscle cramps, and no prescription medication can fix it.  In fact, 78of muscle cramp sufferers have a severe magnesium deficiency. Without magnesium, your body is missing its most important natural defense against pain, swelling, tension and inflammation.   Studies show that aggressively fixing a magnesium deficiency can eliminate muscle cramps and prevent them in the future. (Scientific References)

This crucial mineral…

Loosens muscles by counteracting the effect of calcium, which tightens muscles. As people age, excess calcium accumulates in the muscles, causing cramps. Also, when people eat a lot of dairy and/or take calcium supplements, (especially with Vitamin D) it is easy to get calcium overload. Vitamin D is important to take, but we recommend easing back on the extra calcium for a 2 week trial basis, to see if that helps.

  1. Increases the absorption of potassium, which is critical for proper muscle function.
  2. Decreases pain by blocking pain receptors in the brain and nervous system.
  3. Dampens inflammation in the muscles and the entire body.
  4. Relaxes blood vessels and decreases blood pressure, which restores healthy circulation.
  5. Increases the production of serotonin, GABA and melatonin, which helps you relax and fall asleep.   (Scientific References)
What is the right type of magnesium to take? First, you must understand how magnesium works to relieve muscle cramps from multiple angles at once — especially how it interacts with calcium.

 

There’s Lots of Magnesium Products — What’s the Difference Between Them?

There are a variety of forms and each has pros and cons:

  • Magnesium oxide and hydroxide: Supplement companies love this stuff because it is cheap as dirt. Unfortunately dirt is more effective. It is very poorly absorbed (only 8%), and is highly laxative. But nonetheless, it is what you find in most common multi-vitamins. It also happens to be the active ingredient in Milk of Magnesia.
  • Magnesium citrate: It is well absorbed, but is also highly laxative. It is the main ingredient in those glass bottles of laxative at the drug store.  If you have ever had a colonoscopy, this is what they gave you to “clean you out”. It is the main ingredient in those canisters of fizzy magnesium powder found in vitamin stores.
  • Magnesium sulfate: Also known as Epsom Salt.  It is also very laxative — that’s partly what they sell it for.  But it is great for soaking!     (more on this later)
  • Magnesium glycinate: This is magnesium bound to the amino acid glycine. This form is not ideal, because… well, this gets a bit technical: Glycine acts as a “co-agonist of the NMDA receptor” where magnesium is an antagonist. What does that mean? Basically, magnesium tells your neurons to slow down, and glycine tells them to speed up.  So to a certain extent, magnesium and glycine cancel each other out. Mixing these two ingredients does not make sense, especially if relaxation is a goal of yours.
  • Magnesium chelate or glutamate: Both are the same thing. Glutamate, like glycine, is also “NMDA agonist”, with all the same problems. Plus, these products are super-cheap, in part because they frequently have substantial amounts of “unbound magnesium”, i.e. the problematic magnesium oxide, as a byproduct of its manufacturing process.
  • Magnesium chloride: Also known as road de-icer.  In supplement form, is very well absorbed, non-laxative, and free of all other side effects — but it turns to liquid when exposed to air, making it prohibitive to deliver via capsule or tablet.  It is extremely bitter, so makes a lousy drink, too.
  • Magnesium taurinate:  This is magnesium bound to the amino acid Taurine. It has the side effect of causing extreme drowsiness, which makes it difficult to take during the day. It is also very expensive.
  • MONOMAGNESIUM MALATE as found in MgBRIGHT: High absorbing, non laxative, no weird side effects. It’s an organic form found in living beings, not some crushed up rock.

 While researching online  a few days ago trying to see if I could find a better price on the Magnesium L-Threonate I have been using, I came across,  apparently a doctor in full discussion in some ongoing  dialogue with another who also, apparently is a doctor as well. It seems they disagreed.  In this forum, they were discussing clinical experience with patients etc., and the usage of magnesium.  I came away with a new understanding as to why I had been so badly served in prior years.  This stuff isn’t taught in med school, consequently — little is ‘out there’  with the doctors so it can filter down to us.   So unless, we are willing to  help ourselves — we shall suffer. Think I can find that link and give it to you so you can trudge thru it yourself, if you have a mind to. . .there you go:

 http://www.longecity.org/forum/topic/54325-magnesium-l-threonate-is-no-more-effective-than-sulfate-form/

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One of the benefits of the good information I gleaned from this rather lengthy effort, is that  I  did  NOT replace my Magnesium Threonate, reputable, lauded and praised as it is,  because it is also rather costly as only  one of so many supplements I deem useful and good for me, and the budget can only stretch so far.  I crave and need food too and I can put 2 and 2 together!   Got Source Naturals, 360 ct of Magnesium Malate 1250 mg $21.95 from Pure Formulas, with free shipping.   Gotta say, “it works for me. .”

Here on this panel is the first time I’d heard about the differences of the different forms of magnesium, and it seems to be coming from ScienceGuy. . . or Lifetime Member (from UK).  The discussion planted many seeds in my mind, gave me much to think about, and admittedly,  revved me up.  Guess I needed that.  Been at this for days as my supply is running out so had to come to terms now,  quickly or risk set back with my various challenges.   A major point which  Lifetime Member drove home was that magnesium sulfate  aka Epsom Salts. . .(cheap enuff), was every bit as effective as costly Threonate, which he wasn’t convinced at all about the efficacy of.  Whereas , he has documented proof and experience with patients and trials showing that people of any age and health status were all equally well-served by taking a 12 minute dunk in a hot bath into which 1 or 2 cups of Magnesium Sulfate had been dissolved. 

It is easy, restful and is hugely used by many in different circumstances:   In the trials, all kinds of measurements were used;  before and after blood and urine samples and some kind of thing regarding the absorption of magnesium into the brain which is highly wanted and needed.  Apparently these results were very good with not only absorption, but retention, lasting into next day.    How easy is that?  No pills, just a soothing bath.  And the cost in the pennies range.  So, I’m gonna buy some Epsom Salts for emergencies. . .no need to worry.    If anyone goes into pre-eclampsia around me or starts up with convulsions –  somehow I’ll get them into the tub and soak ’em for 12 minutes.  

So whether you’re looking for a budget break,   having troubles with night-time leg cramps, migraine headaches or suffering diarrhea because you can’t get enough magnesium into your body,  or have miserable body pain from CFS or mind numbing pain of arthritis the ole 12″ soak’ll do ya some good (and maybe even fix your problems),  worth giving it a go, eh?   Please understand in case I didn’t make it clear. . .the 12 minute soak is giving your body the magnesium transdermally — has nothing whatever to do with the gut, so not a chance of diarrhea.  The only other form which is also safe or low – laxative is the Threonate.    

All in all, a very productive learning experience.   Learned that magnesium sulfate 12″ bath soak is an easy and efficient way to raise the blood levels of magnesium.  A good thing.           Be well,   Jan

 

Red-Light Camera SB illegal

 

Red-light cameras violate the Constitution

  •    I fully support our legislators who are trying to do away with red-light cameras.

I served as a police officer for 12 years. I received one of these tickets in Columbus a few years ago. I wasn’t even driving my truck when the offense took place. I decided to fight the ticket and found out that I had to pay my fine before receiving any hearing. This is a constitutional violation of the right to due process.

  I made a written request for a motion for discovery. No evidence was turned over to me. This was a violation of my right to examine evidence and prepare for trial.

I paid my fine and went to the hearing. An attorney who was hired by the city (and most likely paid by the red-light-camera fines) heard my case.

We reviewed a video showing my truck running a red light from behind. I agreed that it ran a red light but asked the hearing officer and the officer issuing the ticket to identify the driver of the vehicle. They could not.

  Our constitution requires proof beyond a reasonable doubt before conviction of any offense, traffic or criminal. I was found guilty and advised that all they needed was a preponderance of evidence (meaning 51 percent) suggesting that I was the driver.

I thought to myself: This is wrong. How could this be? Then I found out that the tickets they write are not real tickets. When someone allegedly runs a red light, the city sends the violator what looks like a ticket, but is really a summons to a civil trial.

  Basically, the city is suing the driver for running a red light. However, a plaintiff can’t sue someone successfully unless he can show damages or loss, and there is no way on earth that the city can show a loss or damage if someone just happens to run a red light and no accident occurs.

 This is why these red-light cameras need to be banned. They violate due process and line the pockets of the politicians with residents’ money.
CHRIS VICKERS
New Straitsville

 

(My Comment:

Must admire and compliment ex-policeman Vickers  for his calm and intelligent manner of explaining this.

Ashamed to say that while I have always respected the need for compliance of the law in order to have a civilized society,   it seems there is nothing about this entire thing which even remotely sounds legal.  Instead, this is an abuse of political manipulation against our own people for what purpose?. . . . to show how much this insane Ohio legislature can get away with?  They wantonly change the rules to suit devious ends, but it always has a cost to the people and a benefit to themselves. 

This is disgusting.    Jan)

June 16, 2014

Swelling legs & CFS Q’s

Vascular surgery can cause swelling in lower legs

 

To Your Good Health
Keith     Roach

Q: Every morning, my husband takes the following medicines: lisinopril for blood pressure, levothyroxine for his thyroid, an aspirin and a B-complex vitamin.

He had his aorta replaced in 2012 and has trouble with marks on his legs from his socks. He is 79 and has no other health problems.

What could be causing this? His heart doctor thought that it was his blood-pressure medicine, and, at the time, he was taking 10 milligrams of amlodipine in the morning.

A: The imprint of the socks indicates swelling (edema) in the loose tissues of the legs. Although leg edema can result from serious problems with the heart, kidneys or liver, or even from blood clots, it is far more likely that it is not any of these serious conditions.

After a major vascular surgery, it is common to have a bit of swelling in the legs. In fact, most people close to their 80s have some degree of swelling, usually from imperfect valves in the veins or lymphatic vessels that don’t work as well as they did 50 years earlier.

Amlodipine (Norvasc) and medicines like it often cause a degree of swelling that isn’t dangerous.

A careful physical exam and a few blood and urine tests are all that is necessary to be sure that the leg swelling isn’t being caused by a potentially dangerous condition.

(Agree with Dr Roach that a competent couple of tests, –  blood and urine should give some answers.   Actually much of the answer on the second question would probably work on this  as well.   But the major thing I wanted to suggest would be the taking of Nattokinase to insure the blood is not sluggish or too thick to flow right.  Want to take 2000FUs capsules  – one, twice daily to get that under control.    And Ubiquinol, 100 mg; 2 or 3 daily with food.  Make sure drinking  plenty of good pure water to make sure the kidneys are okay.  Maybe could use a little help with some Silymarin aka Milk Thistle.  Swelling legs often suggest kidneys could use a cleanse or maybe the coffee enema to freshen it up a bit.    Jan)

Q: I am 71, with high blood pressure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes and spinal stenosis. I smoke. After I eat breakfast or lunch, I rapidly fall into a daze during which I can hardly hold my head up. Sleep seems to be the only solution, but I still feel tired and listless the rest of the day.

I have read about chronic fatigue syndrome and autoimmune conditions, and the prognosis isn’t good. There must be some treatment for me.

A: Fatigue is a common symptom, but it is perhaps the most nonspecific one in medicine. Many conditions cause fatigue. The specific condition of chronic fatigue syndrome, by definition, is unexplained after a clinical evaluation.

Although COPD and even spinal stenosis can cause fatigue, the association with eating makes me wonder about your blood sugar levels because poorly controlled diabetes can cause fatigue. Smoking doesn’t cause fatigue, but quitting smoking will certainly keep your COPD from progressing. All sleep disorders, but especially obstructive sleep apnea, cause fatigue that might not improve with sleeping.

I always consider thyroid disease, hemochromatosis and multiple sclerosis in anyone with profound fatigue. That list is only a small part of the many conditions for which a clinician is on the lookout in someone with fatigue.

If, after a thorough evaluation, your diagnosis turns out to be chronic fatigue syndrome, the most effective therapies are cognitive behavioral therapy and a graded exercise program.

Meanwhile, keep a food diary. Many people find that sugary foods cause a loss of energy.

Dr. Roach answers letters only in his North America Syndicate column but provides an order form of available health newsletters. Write him at P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475; or ToYourGoodHealth  @med.cornell.edu  .

 (My own impression on this query is centered around the nutritional needs, so in this sense, I believe Dr Roach’s advice to keep a food diary is excellent.)  And I say this because in so doing, little patterns show up and often, items one took to be safe and natural are in fact, harming us. . . . especially helpful in dealing with autoimmune suspicions.    It can be food that we normally handled well can no longer be tolerated for any of many reasons.  Additionally, our food has changed in the manufacturing processes and even the growing process.  So some of it could be environmental, but truly, much is also self-inflicted in poor choices.  I do understand, because HBP and COPD are familiar to me and millions of others as well.

Querant’s hormonal balance is being interfered with, pancreas of course and maybe adrenals and other organs.  The energy system is not functioning as it should.  One can not get up and go when there is no energy.  This person is existing, not living.  I have become a true believer in supplying the body with the necessary tools to correct it’s problems.  When the mitochondria isn’t able to receive and utilize the necessary raw materials in an orchestrated  delivery of amino acids, these little energy factories can’t nourish the thousands of cells which depend on it.  We notice such things especially in the cardio-pulmonary systems which equally affect the brain and central nervous system.  I have at least 4 to 6 previous posts discussing the amino acid protocol which I am using personally, so I won’t go into all that again, here, now.  Must mention in passing tho, that one of those AA I take, the D-Ribose, (if I had a favorite, it would be this one — but need them all for my particular needs)  has shown great effectiveness in dealing with CFS. 

I would like to touch on another area now and that is eliminating wastes and impurities from the body.   Health is more than just eating good, nutritious food, it also requires keeping all systems functioning well and that would include eliminating that which is unneeded. . . and if allowed to amass, would build some or many dysfunctions  presenting still more problems for us or perhaps difficult disease structures.  Many take simple water enemas, others — more pithy organic coffee enemas while still others like to go for cleanses  like Dr Clark advocated.  Whatever works for you.  The easiest and simplest thing to do is use a mini trampoline.  Mine stays available to me for instant use.  A few minutes here and there is all it takes, and it feels good and is kinda fun.  You know what it does for you don’t ya?   

Well, briefly,  your lymphatic system is the body’s  ‘sewage processing plant’  responsible for removing waste, toxins and other unwanted material out of your cells and tissues so that this gunk can be flushed out of your body.  If your lymph system slows down, doesn’t flow like it should. . .toxins pile up and if not addressed on a timely basis, waste accumulates in your cells and tissues.   Not a good thing.    Your body movement is what activates the necessary flow within the system.  If we are more inactive that equates to a less active lymph system.  See, our blood circulation has our magnificent heart pumping along to keep all working, but our lymph requires US to move.  If we don’t, waste and toxins build up in those cells and tissues.  And believe it or not, our fat cells get 500 to 1,000 times more toxins dumped into them than in our other cells.    And I read that this is a causative factor behind cellulite. . .which fortunately, I’ve never had. . .but who cares, huh?   

So finally, here is a link which I wanted to share.  It’s quite good.  Jan)

http://chriskresser.com/is-fibromyalgia-caused-by-sibo-and-leaky-gut

June 13, 2014

About Hillary, let’s be clear

 So I’m ‘Speaking Up’ on Hillary

I know, I know, I’ve had my say more than once or twice on this subject.  But the volume is turning up these days on Hillary being  the Democrats choice nationwide and too many are taking that old “INEVITABLE”  thing too far.  Democrats nationwide are NOT  for Hillary.  I’m not and never have been.  I shall vote for her “only if she is the only democrat standing”  when all is said and done. . . because, I’d rather cash my chips in if a Republican takes the presidency.  America can not survive on an on- going diet of pain, austerities, inequities  and disenfranchisement of it’s people. 

Problems that need attention

The lobbyists and those who direct and endow them are running this country.  It is a mockery especially of going to the very expensive trouble of elections, as it appears that we may as well just set up a palace for the lobbyists.   The game of life as its going seems little more than a crap-shoot now with a stacked deck. 

ALL are to blame.

It is not just those few power moguls at the top;  it’s the whole ball of wax.  Its all of us.  ALL are to blame.  Our citizenry is clueless and has no idea what OUR responsibilities are.  All of us are part of the machinery — like it or not.   It is imperative that our students have a better educational background in order to be fully functional, knowledgeable  and able to participate.    If that were true now, we wouldn’t be out there looking for the latest thrill or victim – whatever;     bigger, more important stuff would be in everyone’s head about the larger conditions all around us.   There are humongous issues in the world, but it seems far too many are unwilling and unable to understand what’s happening , ergo, can do nothing but accept it. 

The energy and life force that created us all resides in each of us, and we do know much is wrong, but we lack tools;   and struggle and falter and die.  This has to stop.  We must all realize that we are, indeed, in this thing together.  If you fail – I fail.   If I fail, then you do too.  Againstness is destructive.   We must use our innate tools.  We must use heart, mind and right action.  Better to pool our forces through discussion, seeking solutions. . .and then cooperative action.  Nothing can stop that,  for it is right action and powerful.    Through ignorance on our part, we have allowed too many of our rights and privileges to slip away or be usurped.

‘The Right to ‘bear arms’

Government has no right to tell us how we must live our lives — other than to abide by the laws which were created to protect the “GREATER GOOD.”  The distortion has struck insane lows when anybody, sane or otherwise can buy a gun and murder people at will.  IT’S OUR RIGHT!  it is claimed.  No it isn’t — that’s a distortion!  Our forefathers were very special men, educated, disciplined, creative;   and endangered themselves in the extreme to have accomplished all that they did.  But they were not emissaries of God,   [tho, I for one, do not doubt that they WERE divinely inspired!]   That right to bear arms was to protect the Republic from invasions or what have you, to allow and reinforce the militia if it were needed.  It was not a mandate for individuals to run wild in the streets wielding weapons as the NRA would have all believe. What’s caused this madness?  Big Business. . .the corporate structure. . .not the welfare of society! 

Mandatory  Medical Participation

Nothing from any source gives the government the right  to determine what kind of medicine people should be using for any thing or type of illness.  Yet, in our country,  the AMA and BIG PhRMA dictate not only who has the right to practice and what type of treatment is used.  This is highly discriminatory especially for a growing segment of our society (we’re finally trying to catch up to Europe with chiropractic and Alternative therapies.)  We don’t like our babies and tots being given destructive inoculations and vaccinations which are injuring delicate, still forming central nervous systems and brains and all the rest. Their science is claimed, NOT proven.  But it goes further;  if we prefer natural supplements instead of pharmaceuticals, I must pay on my own — not covered by insurance.  Talk about robbery!  Nor do I feel  mandatory participation is fair.       What’s caused this madness?  Big Business. . .the corporate structure. . .not the welfare of society! 

Synthetic Food

It is much the same ole, same ole here too  –  with our food.   It’s Big Business. . .the corporate structure. . .it’s the bottom line of business.  Blame BIG AG (whose director is a Farmer) and the so-called Chemical companies  like Monsanto and all the others who promised “Better Living Through Chemicals.”    GMO’s, synthetic fertilizers, the insecticides together have about destroyed the quality of soil in which we attempt to grow our food.  Our food is compromised, devitalized, not even a 1/3 as nutritious as it was 50 to 70 years ago.  Worse still is the genetic modification of our staple foods which all love.  The GMO’s have taken over impacting the health of Americans, for the GMO food stuff is also fed to food-crop animals.  They are even farming fish now.  It is a desecration of the magnificent life which was freely provided to those inhabiting planet Earth.    Look what we have managed to do in less than 100 years.   Americans hate GMO’s and totally reject them, but  those clever lobbyists have managed to keep the status quo and enrich the bank accounts of almost everyone in Washington.  Doesn’t take long to learn this game.  Of course,the final insult with our food is that at the very least, we need labels so that we have the right to choose. (supposed to come with being an American).  But our deaf, dumb and blind government has denied us this as well.  (They really have us beaten on this abroad!)  

Revolving Door Officials

We have more people working in Government in highly placed positions who were previously highly placed with Monsanto (like the head of FDA and so on).  It is therefore, no wonder that anything some of these corporations want, they’re gonna get!  Still, it takes a lotta backbone to tune out the massive dissent of the voice of the American people.  My fellow Americans, this cannot stand. . . . this is still our country.   There are more of us than there are of those at the top or their flunky lobbyists. All we need do is talk to one another,  get some organizing going on, find some leaders who understand the needs  and interests of its people and genuinely want to help and begin to correct these multitudinous  flaws and ‘slanted laws’ our Supreme Court is cranking out with some regularity.   We need to change the way things are done if we are going to get a sense of equality here in the home of the free.  It can be done.  

The Haves and the Have-nots

Obviously, the Republican party  has always pretty much seemed to be the party of the wealthier as a class, and that seems to be even truer today.  This Congress has moved nothing forward the whole time Obama has been in office.  This was by design for all wanted this man to fail.  They would grant him nothing, the hatred is so fierce. (calling it like I see it)  Nevertheless, this is and remains a brilliant man, a good man with the highest ethic.  He has accomplished quite a bit, amazing I guess, considering all the roadblocks which were thrown up.  Much of what he has done comes under the classification of the “populist” category.  And by that I mean, he has done some of the things which people dearly wanted.  He has risked his reputation to get these things done.  He has done stuff many (or most) of his predecessors have not been able to do.  Imagine what could have been if he had even a little cooperation?  Even so, his accomplishments are many.  He is appreciated and still loved – by me. 

Hillary

But this was supposed to be about Hillary! (guess I’ll never change. . .just too long winded)   Been reading articles weekly in the news by many and varied writers. To me, some were kinda mean-spirited and I would not choose to run something for the sake of tearing her down.  She is a good woman, accomplished and very smart.  Bill loves her, ergo — she MUST be special.  Mainly, I do not believe in dynasties.  Our country has far too many brilliant people with much to offer to start building dynasties.   Have a grand-daughter who is gifted and smart as hell, but I would not vote for her either – for President!  

The threat of Hillary running is pissing me off in that some of the finest aren’t really willing to step up and say yes, because why, . . . protocol??  pecking order ??   Bullshit!  with a capital B.     Our country needs the best we’ve got and Hillary is not the ‘best we’ve got’!   Sure, people are scared of her.  She can be a tyrant;  she sometimes has a mean mouth.  She obviously has a temper and isn’t open to criticism!  She hasn’t learned to temper it with reporters or learned how to get along with them.  None of that is helpful.   What pray tell,  would she have done with even a tiny bit of what Obama has had to endure?  And yet he is surviving and getting his job done with smiles and humor . . and heart!   I don’t believe that Hillary’s heart rhythm pulsates to the populist causes,  can’t see it!  But she definitely knows how to play the game with the big boys with whom she and Bill are quite comfortable.  That’s fine, but not the orientation our country so desperately needs.  While I really want a woman in the White-house, I do not want this one.  As I’ve said before, my choice is Elizabeth Warren, but if she won’t let that door open, Nancy Pellosi is an almost perfect woman (but what would the House do without her?).  I love Bernie Sanders– we have a huge bundle of talent. . give it your best shot. . .  Jan

 

Liberal wing gears up to take on Hillary Clinton

Commentary
Carl P. Leubsdorf

The elections of Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio have generated new energy in the Democratic Party’s liberal wing, especially among critics of President Barack Obama’s centrist course who fear a Hillary Clinton presidency would mean more of the same.

The former secretary of state’s support for a tougher foreign policy than Obama’s in her new book, Hard Choices, won’t assuage them.

But while Clinton’s book and accompanying tour have attracted enormous attention, and her standing within the Democratic Party remains very strong, there are increasing signs its liberal wing remains determined to play a role in 2016.

  • While Warren said she doesn’t have plans to seek the White House, a fellow New Englander seems interested. Bernie Sanders, Vermont’s independent senator, told The Nation magazine in March, “I am prepared to run for president of the United States.” But he added he had not decided whether, if he did run, he’d do so as a Democrat or an independent.

Sanders recently made an Iowa appearance. And Eric Davis, professor emeritus of political science at Vermont’s Middlebury College, told The Washington Post he thinks the onetime Socialist mayor of Burlington “is definitely going to run, and that he’s more likely to run as a Democrat than as an independent.”

  • Sanders is not Clinton’s only possible challenger from the left. Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, who visited Iowa last year, said in an interview with the Weekly Standard that Clinton has shown a tendency to “shift hard right.” He said he is considering running even though he also said a presidential bid “would ruin my life.”

De Blasio presumably won’t run, but he’d like to play a role. The Democratic National Committee named New York City one of six finalists for the party’s 2016 convention, and de Blasio said he hopes to hold the main sessions in his home borough of Brooklyn, one of the nation’s most liberal areas.

“The progressive spirit of New York City has never been stronger or more vibrant than it is today,” he wrote the Democratic National Committee. “We believe that this spirit can energize and captivate both the Democratic Party and the nation.”

In any case, if Clinton does face a challenge from the left, the Iowa caucuses that begin the nominating process would be an ideal battleground for such a challenger, just as it proved to be the perfect spot for Obama to deal her 2008 hopes a devastating setback.

Iowa caucus participants are far more liberal than the party as a whole. In 2008, for example, 54 percent of them said in entrance polls that they were very liberal or somewhat liberal, 15 points more than called themselves liberals nationally in the Gallup Poll.

Besides, Iowa’s Democrats have always had a strong antiwar tendency, be it the Vietnam War a generation ago or the more recent Iraq conflict.

The degree to which some Iowa liberals distrust Clinton was evident in the reaction by one to Sanders’ appearance last month at a Hall of Fame dinner in the Mississippi River town of Clinton.

  • “Hillary Clinton is rancid spoiled milk in comparison to Bernie Sanders,” wrote Tom Fiegen in Bleeding Heartland, a blog about Iowa politics. He criticized her ties to Wall Street, complained that President Bill Clinton “sold out all of us” in pushing through the North American Free Trade Agreement, and concluded, “If she were ever to become president, progressives would rue the day.”

Such attitudes could be a problem for Clinton if enough Democrats shared Fiegen’s views. But there is no sign yet that such resentment is widespread. The Real Clear Politics average of leading polls shows she has the support of two-thirds of registered Democrats, nationally and in Iowa. Sanders didn’t register, and the total backing Warren and Schweitzer was in single digits nationally and low double digits in Iowa.

As for the convention, party leaders might be wise to choose a site other than New York, given the fact that the city is a magnet for liberal interest groups and Clinton’s home state. Still, it has by far the most big hotels, the best transportation system and lots of places for the partying that accompanies a national convention.

Carl P. Leubsdorf is the former Washington bureau chief of The Dallas Morning News. carl.p.leubsdorf@gmail.com

June 11, 2014

Hot Wedding?

 

 

B U R N I N G    L O V E

   Newlyweds April Hartley and Michael Wolber pose in front of a wildfire that disrupted their wedding near Bend, Ore. The minister was able to conduct an abbreviated ceremony before firefighters evacuated the wedding party on Saturday. As guests started to leave, wedding photographer Josh Newton snapped a few pictures of the couple in front of the fire in what Wolber called “the most beautiful ceremony either of us could have ever imagined.”

                                                      JOSH NEWTON VIA ASSOCIATED PRESS

 

M U C H   J O Y   T O    Y O U  B O TH

Li’l Bits. . June ’14

Auto industry

Tesla to select 3 sites for its battery plant

By Ben Klayman REUTERS

DETROIT — Tesla Motors Inc. is looking at three sites, instead of two, to begin construction for its lithium-ion battery plant in the United States, Chief Executive Elon Musk said yesterday.

The leading U.S. electric-car maker expects to trim from five the number of states from which it is choosing to build its battery plant, dubbed the “gigafactory,” but a decision on the final site will not come before year’s end.

  • “We’re probably going to do two or maybe three states all the way to creating a foundation and completing the plans and getting approval,” Musk told shareholders at the company’s annual meeting in Mountain View, Calif. “It might actually be three states we do it in.”   Tesla previously said it would pick two winners from among Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and California and start developing the sites simultaneously to minimize risk of delays after groundbreaking.

Musk — who reaffirmed he will remain CEO of Tesla at least four or five more years through the production of a high-volume car dubbed Gen 3 — said the company was “quite advanced” in its planning for the battery plant. He said the gigafactory is being developed in conjunction with the third-generation car, which will cost about $35,000 and hit the market in late 2016.

  • The plant is meant to produce the batteries in high volumes at lower costs as a way to help the company drive down the price of the Gen 3 car. Musk said he was optimistic the company could do better than its 30 percent target on cost reduction, and supplier partner Panasonic was also convinced.   (Panasonic previously said it expected to be the sole manufacturer in Tesla’s gigafactory.)

After the Gen 3 car, Musk said, it makes sense for Tesla to look at building electric trucks and probably a vehicle that would cost less than $35,000.

Musk also said Tesla is making progress on developing self-driving technology for its cars, and he added he was confident that within a year, the automotive industry will allow drivers to go from highway on-ramp to exit without touching any vehicle controls.

(If anyone can do it – he can!  Jan)

dividers4

Air pockets in shell keep old eggs afloat

            Ask Lisa

          Lisa Abraham

Q: Is there a foolproof way to tell whether an egg is old?
— J.F., Columbus

A: If you have concerns that an egg isn’t fresh, simply place it in a bowl of water.

A fresh egg sinks to the bottom. A very old egg floats on top of the water. Any egg that floats is too old to eat and should be discarded.

The science behind this test stems from the amount of air inside the eggshell (the fat, hollow end of the egg, that is).

The older an egg, the larger the air pocket and the less dense the egg becomes inside its shell — causing the wide end of the egg to bob in water and eventually float.

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Ask a food or cooking question by writing Ask Lisa at The Dispatch, 34 S. 3rd St., Columbus, OH 43215; calling 614-461-5529; or sending email to labraham@dispatch.  com  , with “Ask Lisa” in the subject line. Include your name, address and phone number. (Initials are printed on request.)

(Of course, I had  to try this out. . . .even tho I use organic, cage-free brown eggs which I expect to not be subject to this because they cost more – am I crazy?  Can’t tell.  A few of them, the bigger end referred to,   DID rise a little more off the bottom. . . but they didn’t ‘float’ — so I’m hoping that I’m safe.  Jan)

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Food safety

2 men sold eggs that sickened thousands

By P.J. Huffstutter REUTERS

CHICAGO — Quality Egg LLC and two top executives admitted yesterday to selling substandard eggs containing a “poisonous” substance and bribing a federal inspector in a food-safety scandal that sickened tens of thousands of people, the Justice Department said.

The Iowa-based company, once among the nation’s largest producers of chicken eggs, along with owners Austin and Peter DeCoster, pleaded guilty yesterday to federal charges in connection with the massive nationwide salmonella outbreak in 2010.

  • An estimated 62,000 consumers fell ill during the outbreak after eating eggs tainted with salmonella enteriditis.

Quality Egg pleaded guilty to selling eggs mislabeled to hide how old they were; bribing a U.S. Agriculture Department inspector to allow poor-quality chicken eggs to be sold to the public; and introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce, according to the Justice Department.

Yesterday’s plea hearing was held in U.S. District Court in Sioux City, Iowa.

The company has agreed to pay about $6.8 million in fines, according to consent agreements filed in federal court. The ultimate fine will be determined by the court at a sentencing hearing yet to be scheduled, according to a Justice Department spokesman.

Attorneys for Austin “Jack” DeCoster, 79; his son Peter, 51; and the company could not be reached for comment.

The DeCosters also each pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce. Each of the men paid the court $100,000, to be applied toward fines.

The DeCosters could each face up to a year in prison and pay additional restitution to people injured in the salmonella outbreak, according to the court filings. Both men were released on bond.

Beginning in 2005, DeCoster was involved in Ohio Fresh Eggs in Licking, Hardin and Wyandot counties; the operations had a record of environmental problems. The state soon tried to shut down the farm, revoking its permits under charges that the company had hidden its involvement with DeCoster.

In 2011, the DeCosters gave up control of operations in Ohio, Iowa and Maine, including farms that produced salmonella-tainted eggs. Trillium Farms took over the Ohio farms.

(Sometimes Justice seems to move so slowly. . . I suppose  we really should be grateful that we have anybody on our side at all  — health and decency, I mean.   Anyway, if the tip just above can be a help to us in this area, we could try to stay ahead of this particular curve.    Jan)

 

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