Well folks, I just decided to take the plunge and plonk some into my lunchtime parsnip soup. It was wonderful. Very dark-earthy tasting and going well with parsnips on that account. So it seems the stuff is practically immortal. If I was wrong, then this will be my last post
While rooting around in my cellar I dug out a jar of dark Miso premade by Clearspring. It claims to be unpasteurised and organic. Only, I bought it in like 2010 and it had a useby date somewhere in 2012. It still looks completely fine though. Since' I'm generally not to finicky about older food and use my own smell and taste to determine if things are still edible, I'm feeling like eating it. But Miso is an aquired taste and my palate is not yet developed to the the stage to diffentiate between "mmm, strong" and "oy, off" flavours in miso. What I think of as mmm, might still be spoiled or gone bad and I might toss it due to strong flavours that are new to me, but not neccessarily bad.
Bonnie Kuhlman wrote:Lots of bone broth from pastured animals. I would also add gelatin (add to cool water/liquid for a few minutes to bloom, then heat), or make gelatin with juice/herbal tea. Great Lakes is a good brand of gelatin. Add nettle to broth. Nettle has LOTS of vitamins and minerals.
Make a nettle infusion - 1 ounce herb in a quart jar, cover with boiling water, infuse 4 hours or overnight. Drink this throughout the day. Can add other herbs for flavor - mint, lemon. Infuse comfrey the same way, but I would use mostly nettle internally, comfrey externally.
Whole food vitamin C such as rose hips, camu camu, amla. I mix these but you can buy a similar formula from Synergy Co.
Raw honey can be applied to the wound for healing. I would also add lots of garlic to the diet.
Hope these help. (I'm an herbalist)
This is very good advice.
I'd just like to add to the discussion that you might want to be careful about more intense herbs, especially if there are (post-operative) regular medicines being used too. To often people think that the magic fairy of a herb will heal you from the inside because of some vague whoo-ish claim. In essence it's all about biochemistry. We use the natural chemical makeup of certain plants to influence our body's processes. And in this, less if often more with either herbal or regular medicine, and interactions are a real thing.
Whenever the field of a local organic farm gets swamped in dandylions I'm torn between making dandylion syrup and dandylion portwine. The syrup is simple, but fiddly: you need to have about a literjug full of flowerpetals, without the green (that gives a bitter flavour), put that in about a liter of water with a sliced organic lemon and a spliced vanillapod. Let steep overnight, and in the morning bring to a boil, sieve and add 500 grams of sugar. Will keep for a long time. If you boil it to long, it looses much of its flavour though.
I'm in a mind to do the same with lavender this year. Or roses...
Bill Erickson wrote:
They should also last in the refrigerator up to six weeks. Since my girls are so prolific in the summer time, I have become quite determined in the preservation department.
Maybe it's a european thing and we aren't raised to be squirmish about eggs. We just have an old fridge in the shed partly dedicated to the eggs from our four hens (we have a 2 person household). We put them per dozen in reused but clean eggboxes. We do NOT wash the eggs though. If they are dirty, they don't go to storage but are washed and used immediately for heated purposes. Once in cool storage we can keep edible them for about a year. After about 3 months they no longer get hardboiled, but just are used in baking and omelettes and stuff. The eggwhite thickens a bit due to dehydration. Sometimes the yoke sticks a bit to the shell too. But I always crack each egg individually and last winter I only tossed 1 real stinker, 2 bad ones without the stink and about 4 I was in doubt about. The rest we happily eat and we never got sick. They do taste fine after storage too.
I read all your reasoning and feelings on the subject, but even still, you are basically just guessing. Are you sure bile is made up of lye? That stuff is so caustic, it can eat the flesh off your body
English is not my main language, I used the word to indicate a pH higher than 7 (so as an opposite to "acidic"). In Dutch we call it "basic" but I don't know if that translates the right way. By no way I meant soapmaking caustic soda / NaOH if that is what you are assuming. There are many lyes, not all pH14. I presumed it to be contextual clear.
Still: I feel that when I post a response that mainly prompts people to think for themself and be critical of youtubemovies giving medical advise without any caveats - like it was posted here - it's rather uncalled for to dismiss all arguments with the (unfounded) accusation of "just guessing". Rather I feel it's the responsibility of the OP to not only cut-paste some information, but also to delve into the depts of contra-indications, risks and research on the subject before dispensing advise. I only did what I feel was nesseccary to balance the information given. That said, unless there are on-topic points do discuss further, let's agree to disagree. My time is to scarce to spent on offtopic bickering.
To recap (and remember, just my 2cents, not neccessarily "the truth"):
- I do think that for a lot of people, a periodic juicefast is a healthy habit, mimicking the natural fluctuations in available food that the body needs (ideally, synchoniced with the seasons, in spring, dense food is scarce, and a lot of young, bitter greens are livercleansers by nature, allowing the body to rid of the buildup of toxins produced by eating highfat, highprotein and high-starch in winter.
- I do think that, for generally healthy people suffering only minor issues, a shock to the system is good every once in a while, and forcing liver and gall bladder to completely empty themselves every once in a while by overdosing on fat, can help rejuvinate those organs.
- I despise the way it is presented as a cure-all, cancerremedy, etcetcetc because it's bogus. It does help, also with malignant disease, to cleanse, but it does not cure on it's own...
- I believe that those with genuine healthconcerns should either consult a naturopath that is well-versed in the application of these and other therapies (or go to a "normal" doc, to their discretion) or educate themselves thouroughly (not by internetbrowsing) to help themselves and those around them by following high quality courses or taking on an apprenticeship, but not dabble on because the internet says so
- I think that the whole backgroundstory of how many stones etc is idiocy and distracts from the essence: learning to be aware what it has done to your body: feeling inside, not counting outside the body. And yes: I do consider it a trick to "proof" something that isn't relevant.
So, if Celia feels it has done her some good, well, go on then. But others might get very sick by doing so, or disrupt their internal system to do more harm then good.
I don't think it's a soap formed, but saponification is not the only chemical reaction that allows oils to solidify. Bile is a mixture of lye, salts, cholesterol, (green and other) pigments, enzymes etcetcetc. The oliveoil is premixed with juice so it forms an acidic emulsion even before hitting the digestive track. So while I agree that "the stones are just soap" is probably a non-argument, neither can the fact that that single argument is invalid be used as a argument to state that the stones are real (sorry for the twist in logic).
I think the truth is somewhere down the middle, as always: real gallstones (as in medical literature) are solid, calcified, mainly composed of the bilesalts. They sink in the toilet, do not dissolve in water nor float. Small, fresh formed gallstones are brittle, dry, but not the fatty green blobs you passed the most of. Yet, I've found such green globules in the canals of a calfsliver I prepared for my cats once, so I do think they can originate from the liver, if not from the gallbladder. I still feel like the bulk of the passed "stones" is gelled up olive oil (that has been premixed with the grapefruitjuice), mixed with stomach acid, bile and passed though the digestive system to form green globules. Otherwise, you should have fatty stool afterwards, with the oil just floating on top. Since that doesn't happen, and you dont gain weight over night which would indicate that the fat is digested, the olive oil is somewhere in those "stones".
As in regards to the black stones: Dark brown to black are pigments that are in (often older) bile, so it can be the same as the green stones, a signal that the bileduct emptied itself completely. It might be a few real gallstones, especially if the black ones are relatively small ones. Black is also a colour that can come from the liver, or it might indicate anything from a stomach ulcer to a bleeding in the smaller intestine. Bleeding in the large intestine would show as red. It could also be stuck old food (especially if you eat meat) that came lose from the intestinal lining due to the flush.
As to the: "when people empty the bladder and livers, no more stones pass" I've done it a few times in succession myself and know a load of fellowstudents who did it themselves. Some really healthy rawveganfellows. Yet they all continue to create stones, one time more than the other. I have yet to hear of one person who stops producing the green fatty floaty stones. It's part of the myth that everyone repeats, but no-one checks. That's part of the danger, people just follow the advise of others without educating themselves on the subject. If I altered the recipe and added a tad of ratpoison "to kill intestinal parasites" and posted it online, I wonder how many people would just be selfdosing themselves with poison.
I've done the flushthhingie a few times, while studieing as a naturopath.
This flush may be beneficial to get rid of a heaviness and feeling of toxicity in the colon, but don't be fooled by how many "stones" you passed, that part of the theory behind it is just bullc**p. Actually, if you had gallstones one inch in diameter, trying the flush would send you into the ER. Most of the "stones" that are claimed are made of the fresh oil consumed the evening of the actual flush, solidified by your own gall-fluid. The "moving of the stones" often described is the emptieing of the gallbladder, which can feel like slight cramps. The whole cult around the flush is the result of the work of Hulda Clark, who, while having some points to her merit, might be considered, on the whole, a quack.
It's mainly the benefit of the juicefast on the days surrounding the flush and the extreme laxative solution made from epsom salts that is doing the trick. So it falls into the same category as colonic irigation, fasting, colonics with stuff like coffee. If it works for you, fine, but don't recommend it as a miracle cure.
Normally I use a drop of teatreeoil in water once a day after flossing. That's what my holistic dentist recommended for daily use.
When a tooth broke I stepped it up a notch with a mixture of
20 drops teatreeoil
5 drops cinnamon oil
5 drops clove oil
In a 20 ml bottle, top up with water,
use 5 drops of this in a mouthful of water to prevent decay.
The tooth was taken out a few days back (wisdomtooth), with no signs of decay since it broke, and it was still alive and very healthy (but couldn't be fixed sadly).
Also, since using this mouthwash the extractionwound has healed over clearly in less then 48 hours without any signs of fever, infection or otherwise bad influences. Just a bit sore from the pulling and breaking.
The surgeon that did the extraction recommended sea salt in water as the best mouthwash.
Leila Rich wrote:
I'd apply it topically and drink some in water too.
Drinking it might kill your own beneficial gutbacteria (since it's an antibiotic, same as chemical antibiotics) so I would strongly caution against that.
For internal use, you may try oil of oregano, but only highly diluted (1 drop per 500 ml water with a spoon of milk to work as an emulgent so that the oil doesn't seperate from the water).
Generally speaking though, for internal use I prefer whole herbs in tea or tinctured. Essential oils are something that require a lot of knowledge to use safely internally....
They might also scratch the straw for grains left in it...
I also use hay and my girls like it.
A local bio-dynamic farmer here uses deep boxes filled with hemp-litter. The eggs get really buried in it, to other chickens aren't tempted to pick them to get a snack.
The problem with catbites is that the surfacewound is small and will heal over quickly, creating a possible anaerobic environment for malignant bacteria to grow. Local infection might be a problem, but another risk might be getting a strain of bacteria that might cause bloodpoisoning or total collapse. My kittens (indoorsy beasties)bit me several times but I just disinfected the rather shallow bites and went on with my life. When my dad got a really deep bite from our old cat while holding her at the vets, the vet freaked out though, and started treating the wound with (veterinary) topical antibiotics right away.
If you don't want to take oral antibiotics, maybe combine daily soaks in epsomsalts with a topical antibiotic ointment. Also, you might (if your brave enough) open the skit a bit more so it can bleed clean by widening the surfacewound. Keep the wound open so it can heal from the inside out, and you should be fine (if you have a decent immune system to start with).
Nigella Lawson makes a rich, creamy, non-churn icecream that doesn't contain icecrystals.
The basis is
300 ml double cream
175 gram(s) condensed milk
Flavouring choose from:
2 tablespoon(s) instant espresso powder
2 tablespoon(s) espresso liqueur
a bit of cooled molten chocolate
a bit (not to much) of fresh fruit
or what have you
The concended milk is sweetened already, so you don't need to add more sugar. Just whisk everything untill it forms soft creamy peaks, pop in a container, put in de freezer for about 6 hours, and eat it. It keeps well for about a week, after that there might be some more ice forming.
As the milkfats and protein provide the creaminess, instead of the amount of beaten in air in most churned icecreams, you will find that its very rich, so a small serving will suffice.
I found the vid myself on youtube too Ken, have you got any experience with it yourself? I just can't believe it's that easy and painless? How about the chickens starting pecking at the bloody exposed quick?
Among my bantamchicks runs a great, sweet rooster. He's about 6 years already but I'm quite fond of him so I'd like to keep him around a bit longer. Problem is that he's always had huge spurs. Since he never hurt the chicks when mounting them, I let them grow. But now they are curving upwards and might start to grow back into his legs in a while. So I'm looking for ways to shorten the spurs, with minimal hurt, need for medical care or risk for infection.
There seem to be two schools of thought: one is to clip the spurs, and staunche any bleeding with powder or by cauterizing, the other is to take/pry off the horn-sheat of the spur, leaving the root/quick to grow out again.
Although the latter might seem drastic, I feel like it might be the best option, allowing for natural regrowth of the spurs.
With clipping, the risk is that sharp edges develop that hurt my chicks...
Any idea's, tips, experiences on this?
I had a nasty staph infection last summer and the best thing to take out the pain was claycompresses... green clay, white, brown, yellow, colour doesn't matter. Just mix it with herbal tea (sage, chamomile, oregano) and apply as a poultice. It draws out the heat, sooting immensely.
The best and easiest way to stop smoking is to simply stop it! In my family everyone stopped at their own pace, one day when they had enough, cold turkey. That includes my greatgrandmother who stopped at 85 after smoking 60 years (she lived to 100) and my dad who smoked a pack of heavy, unfiltered sigarettes a day. One day he went for a checkup to the cardiologist, got scared, quit, never looked back. My greatgrandma just opened the trashcan on her 85th birthday, said "I"m to old to smoke" and threw the cigarettes out. She did the same with her liquor on her 95th birthday.
This whole "its so hard to stop smoking"ruse is something you can choose to believe in or not. Often it's just used as an excuse to sneak a smoke after a while. Don't.... If you choose so, you can smoke a cigarette if you like, an occasional pleasure. I still smoke about 5 a year, with no coughing or ill effects, and with no recurring addiction afterwards.
Do or do not, there is no try (Yoda)
That said: you can ween yourself off slowly by first moving from commercial tobacco to organic of homegrown tobacco, and then to other herbs. See this site for a recipe (or to order the herbs): http://dutchspirit.info/?page_id=277
Right now here in Europe there's major upheaval because there's been horsemeat been sold as beef. The scam is one thing and a major reason to stay away from massproduced meatproducts, but the eating of horses: what do people think? I know friends who bought their girl a "better" pony three times, selling of the other ones. Yet they are appaled that horsemeat is eaten. With the current economic state a lot of Blazes, Blackies and Snowies end up as hamburgermeat, that's just the reality. I love horses (both ways), would not neccessarily eat my own riding/pet horse just for cravings, but feel no remorse using and honouring an animal after dead. I would use the skin to make a shamanic drum, maybe feed the meat to my cats/dogs... And if I was extremely hungry in a SHTF-situation, well, then all limits are off, but still my horse would be quite far back on the menu.
When my petrabbits died (at 7 and 11 years of age, so no good eating) it was the dead of winter, I took them to the forest and left them there for the foxes to eat. If they ate my rabbits flesh, they would survive another day, and so would another, still alive prey animal. So in not burrying my pets, I might have saved two lives (and it saved me digging a hole in frozen ground). A lot of people here let their pet-rabbits breed like, well, rabbits. They give the babies away to "good homes" but I do believe that many end up in a good stockpot. Who is to blame for the dead of the rabbit then, the person taking the animal, or the person letting their animals breed like crazy? In my opinion, when you give an animal away, you loose the right to have a say in what happens to it. If you don't want your bunny eaten, than don't give it away. And if you let your rabbits breed because "its cute" and then cringe at the thought of them being eaten later on in life, then there's something wrong in your moral book.
When taking other peoples animals, whether it be rabbits, cats or cows, I would always be wary of both disease and medicineuse prior to consuming any products of the animal. So, I would tend to them for a while, make sure they are healty and happy, before commencing. Probably I would by then become so attached to them so they'd go from food to pet-status though. That's the main reason I don't yet slaughter any animals of my own. I think I would have a zoo and an empty freezer I'm a bit of a wuss that way. Luckily I have a bio-dynamic farmer around the corner who keeps different animals. I know the names of the animals in my freezer, I have seen them and petted them, but they were not my own.
Just to resume:
I believe that one may have an emotional adversation to eating some or all animals, and that is okay;
I believe that all life feeds itself on other life (that carrot is also pulled out of its habitat in the bloom of its life);
I believe that all food is energy, and that the energy surrounding the slaughter and use of the animal is more important than the cultural inhibitions on eating certain kinds of animals;
I believe that respectful, quick and painfree death at home for a cat or a horse or a cow, is preferable to commercial slaughterhouses.
Amedean Messan wrote:Come to think of it, is there anything worthy to mention for ADHD?
A lot of valuable advise above already.
On ADHD, herbs may be part of the solution, but are not a miraclecure. The gardening itself might be equally healing.
Valeriana Officinalis (root), Chamomile (flower), hops (bells), passiflora (flower), gingseng (root) and gingko (leaves) are balancing on the brain and moods and could well help with the improvement of the condition.
I store the eggs from our girls in the freezer. In the cellar would also be a possibility, but the risk is very real that my cats knock them off the shelves to have a snack. I get used cartons from family and friends and at the end of the summer I sometimes have up to 150 eggs in storage. Luckily I have a big fridge. I don't wash them, just take of obvious dirt. The longest I've stored eggs this way and still used them was 8 months. Then they went into a cakebatter just fine. For hardboiling I use eggs at least a month old, otherwise they don't peel. And in three years, I only had 2 bad eggs that stank up my kitchen. Still, I always crack eggs in a seperate cup. This also because we have a rooster with our girls, the eggs are fertilized an sometimes they have sat on it for a few hours. Then you get a big white stringy thing in the eggs, and I scoop that out befor use.
I use it to deter critters like mice, rats and rabbits by spreading it around the perimeter of our yard. If I get holes from mice, I dig them up, load in a bit of used catlitter, and the diggers are gone for a few weeks. I use a woodbased litter, so it's basically the same as shavings.
My cats are mostly indoorsy galls, hunting in our garage where I store hay, straw and feed for chicks and rabbits. They are healthy and parasitefree. While I don't spread their litter around veggies, I don't really worry about healthrisks.
Jeez... I remember footage from a zoo-documentary where they take a baby away from a big ape for swinging the baby in that matter. This is holistic/alternative health mumbojumbo at it's worst. And I am a alternative healthnut and yoga fanatic myself. This is not healthy, nor can it be qualified as yoga.
I'm in week 4 of no-poo. I've got short hair and it's generally really nice and clean. My dry, flakey scalp is improving slowly, the itching is gone and the flakes are reducing. My hair and scalp are really dry and now I realise how much damage the shampoo has done, stripping ever more moisture from skin and hair.
I use a tablespoon of seasalt mixed with bakingsoda once a week, followed with diluted apple cider vinegar infused with fresh rosemary. Next week I'm going to the hairdresser to get my hair cut again. It'll take a bit of talking to keep them off me with al kinds of sprays and gels. When my hair is really dry, I use a bit of natural hairwax (beeswax mixed with coconutwax), and that doesn't grease things up a bit.
For now, one happy camper, but looking forward to further improvement.
Most goats love it and and I've never seen problems with it. I used to pick elderberryleaves in the woods and feed the goats in the communal animalpatch with it. My greatgrandma taught me that.
Elder contains toxic compounds (I believe it's cyanide-ish stuff), but like some many things, there's a world of difference between the natural occuring toxins and isolated chemical toxins. My guess is that the plant contains it's own balancing ingredients.
I've also eaten many raw elderberries, no probs. That said, I wouldn't worry if my goats snack on my elderberry trees, but I wouldn't rely on it as a primairy foodsource... to much of a good thing probably.
I'm really bad... i don't care that well for my seeds at all.
I keep seeds in envelopes in a few baskets that just stand around in my gardenroom.
Still, never problems with germination, despite roomtemperature and light.
I've started by making a small real hugelkulturbed that's little over 70 cm high, 80 wide at the base and about 1,20 m long. It works! So, the principles of hugelkultur kan be applied to any scale me thinks.
Whipped cream is a point of discussion around here, some say it is mandatory, some say it's heresy...
On the appletart Peony linked to it seems great though (or some homemade icecream, that would be nice too).
Next weekend is my birthday so i'll be baking up a storm.
Linzer torte is about the same, but with more of a cookie-like dough, often containing nuts, than the breadlike dough of "vlaai". It's also eaten here, often filled with a rehydrated black prune filling at funerals. It keeps a long time in the cellar also.
Blotkake sounds delish too, I'll be trying that next week when I celebrate my birthday, hopefully with the first strawberries of the year.
Inspired by Paul's [urlhttp://www.permies.com/t/14838/meaningless-drivel/cake-pie]cakeytopic[/url] I'd like to share my granddad's recipe for a very local pie-like recipe: Limburgse vlaai (Pie from Limburg, Nl)
For one 28 cm (10 pieces) vlaai:
make a dough out of:
400 grams of flour
40 grams of butter
40 grams of sugar
pinch of salt
fresh yeast (or dried) in the same amount as for breaddough
enough milk to make a breadlike dough
*make a breadlike dough and let it rise till it's doubled in volume, knead once and let rise again
* Prepair a fruitfilling: fresh cherries, rhubarb, apple and raisins, abricot or gooseberries are traditional, but you can experiment as you go along. About 400 grams should be enough. Mix in sugar and spices according to taste. If the fruit is very juicy, sugar it and let it stand for a while to extract some of the excess juices.
* Roll out the dough.
The dough should be about 0,5 cm thick (any leftover dough can be used to roll strips of dough to make a criss-cross pattern on top). Butter the form and put in the dough, press down and make little airholes with a fork so the steam can come out. Sprinkle with some breadcrumbs( if it's very moist fruit), ad fruit, ad doughstrips or crumbs (150 gram flour, 100 gram sugar, 100 gram butter) and bake at 220 celcius for about 20 minutes. Allow to cool and cut in 10 pieces. Best eaten the same day.
Traditionally you need a vlaai-vorm that looks like this
A springform or large enough piedish should work to.
Ive made a smallish hugelkultur bed in the frontyard of my house. I've planted trees, shrubs and young pumpkin and zucchiniplants on it, along with some weeds (plantago, violets, comfrey). I've been watering it because we are having a dry spell and the bed's still fresh. Now the rabbits are digging trough to the logs in the bed, eating and dislodging plants in the proces.
Shooting or snaring the buns is not an option, as the garden is in plain sight of the main road.
Ive dug a trench a half foot down down, taking away the topsoil. Put in one year old logs (birch), filled the openings with soil and build the soil up again, using compost and the topsoil, leaving a shallow trench surrounding the whole structure. Right now it's about 2-3 feet high, 6 feet long and 3-4 feet wide at the base.
Have I done something wrong? I've just used the info on this site/richsoil... as I write this post the mailman drops of the Holzerbooks I orderered from Germany so I can do some more reading.
Thanks for the reply. Love the idea of a mobile still traveling the land. I knew it's allowed down south but around here home distilling is prohibited (growing cannabis for personal use is allowed, but distilling not, so it's more for tax-reasons than anything else). They do sell waterdistillers though with the note "although it is prohibited to distill alcohol this still could be used for that purpose." It's the same as selling stevia "for external use only". Those stills are expensive though and I'm thinking to have a metalworking friend of mine build me one from scrap-metal parts. For now I search around in Belgium and Germany (both borders are within 30 minutes drivingtime, gotta love the Netherlands for that) for artisanal distilleries.
I'll try the eau de vie and pepper method on the next batches...
Right now I have a smallish trough dug in for wildlife to drink from. I keep refreshing it's watercontent but I would love to create a shallow more natural pond. The only bentonite readily available in smaller amounts is unscented bentonite clumping catlitter... could that be used?