Sunday, December 31, 2006
THANKS HAPPY NEW YEAR ALSO AND THANKS FOR SO MUCH
THANKS HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALSO
SHIRLEY MACLAINES ANUAL LETTER
May 2007 reflect the light and energy of the Universe on and into me.
May I understand that I am responsible for what I behold and may my
energy reflect light throughout the Universe.
My Reel Life
I'm still writing and re-writing. There are a few movies that are
looking pretty good, but in Hollywood these days, even a picture
that is funded is not written in stone, so we'll see.
Sneeze, sniffle, cough, ache; yes, it is cold season again. I
came a cross this article from Northwestern Health Sciences
University and thought it was worth sharing.
While the common cold may be incurable, inconvenient, and at times
incapacitating, naturopathic remedies may offer relief to those
stuck with the sniffles this winter.
Naturopathic medicine is a distinct form of health care that blends
centuries-old knowledge of natural, nontoxic therapies with current
understanding of health and human systems. Focusing upon whole body
health, naturopathic medicine concentrates upon the prevention of
disease and encourages the body's inherent healing abilities.
The simple naturopathic approach to combating a cold is to stimulate
the immune system. According to Paul Ratte, ND, associate clinic
faculty at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington,
Minn., steps can be taken to stimulate the immune system, thereby
lessening the duration and severity of cold symptoms.
The first naturopathic treatment for the common cold is a preventative
step. "Treatment of the immune system must first address unhealthy
dietary habits that impair the ability of the immune system to
respond properly," says Ratte. Ratte practices in the Natural Care
Center at Woodwinds in Woodbury, Minn. The Clinic is one of six
operated by Northwestern Health Sciences University, which is the
largest provider of natural health care services in Minnesota.
According to Ratte, the following habits should be avoided to ensure
that immune system performs to the best of its ability:
Excessive consumption of pro-inflammatory fats, such as red meat and
Excessive alcohol intake, which debilitates the detoxification system
and limits immune response;
Excessive sugar consumption, which results in a 50 percent reduction
of immune activity for one to five hours after consumption;
Inadequate consumption of proteins that manufacture antibodies in the
Immune nutrient deficiency - specifically zinc, selenium, vitamin E,
vitamin C and vitamin A.
(It's time to tune into Cooking in the Lite)
Although avoiding such habits may help support a healthy immune
response, there are times when getting sick cannot be avoided.
According to Ratte, nutritional and herbal supplements may be used
to support a healthy immune response. "Taking echinacea at the first
signs of illness may help decrease the duration of the cold," says
Ratte. This herbal supplement has a stimulating effect on the immune
system. It is also a non-toxic and safe alternative to medication.
Ratte also recommends goldenseal. "This herb contains berberine,
an alkaloid that demonstrates significant antimicrobial activity
against a wide range of organisms." Not to be taken during
pregnancy, goldenseal also holds immunity stimulating properties,
and may be taken throughout the persistence of symptoms.
Astragalus, a traditional Chinese herb, can be used as a way to
strengthen the body's ability to resist to disease. According to
Ratte, this supplement has been shown to reduce the frequency and
duration of the common cold. In addition to herbal supplements, Ratte
also recommends that common cold sufferers utilize various
nutritional supports such as vitamin C, vitamin A, zinc, beta-glucan,
thymus and colostrum.
"However, it is important that patients understand the quality of
nutritional supplements," says Ratte. While people may opt for a
lower-price version of herbal and nutritional supplements, price
is greatly dependent upon quality of product. "I suggest that
people purchase remedies at the clinics of health care practitioners
such as the Natural Care Center at Woodwinds. We assure the highest
quality product available, full disclosure labeling, and the use of
These are excellent tips and as always you should consult with your
physician before embarking on any medical, herbal or naturopathic
And this is from Brigham and Women's Hospital:
Hydrotherapy: Running Hot and Cold
Hydrotherapy, one of the most celebrated of all naturopathic
remedies, involves the application of hot and cold moisture to the
body to improve circulation. Naturopathic physicians use this to
treat everything from ear infections to cancer. Dr. Kelly Cohen
is a doctor of naturopathy who practices in New York City. She
has used hydrotherapy for the common cold, especially in children,
with great success.
"The first step is to wrap the feet in warm towels and then heat
the feet for five minutes. Then take cold, wet, white cotton socks.
Wring them out well and replace the hot towel with the socks.
Place wool socks over the cotton socks and then send him back to
bed." This procedure can also be done on the neck using a wool scarf.
The premise is that the alternating fluctuations in temperature
improve circulation and stimulate the immune system. Dr. Cohen adds,
"Parents give you funny looks at first but then call you in the
morning to tell you how amazed they are by the results."
One of our members shared her version of an old remedy and I wanted
to pass it on to you.
This is my personal twist on an old remedy. The emphasis is on
Most pantries have these simple ingredients on hand and when
illness strikes, it's nice to have something so simple, comforting
and effective readily available. I keep them all in stock, not only
during the season but year-round, as this tea is a great immune
All my best,
Feel Better Tea
This tea is great for the winter season and despite your first
impression, it really tastes great!
Garlic has antibacterial properties and inhibits cough and cold
microbes and is an effective decongestant. It contains an
ingredient called Allicin, which is most effective when raw,
uncooked cloves are used as soon as possible after being 'crushed'
instead of diced, or cut.
Honey can act as a respiratory tonic and is also anti-microbial.
Lemon juice reduces and thins mucus and makes the body's pH less
hospitable to viruses and bacteria. Plus, Fresh squeezed juice
delivers a healthy dose of Vitamin C.
Bring 1 cup water to a boil. Turn off heat when water boils and
1 clove Freshly Crushed Garlic (use more garlic if you can handle
the potency; the cloves can easily be crushed in their shells by
laying on a clean surface and pressing with a wooden spoon).
2 to 3 Tbls. honey
2 to 3 Tbls. of fresh squeezed lemon juice
Cover and Steep mixture for 3 to 5 minutes.
Strain. Sip warm mixture at least 3 times daily.
Even though you may not feel like doing much when you are not
feeling well, make the tea fresh each time for maximum effectiveness.
Speaking of colds, flu and sniffles and their source...
Look no further than the air around you. It could be teeming with
more than 1,800 types of bacteria, according to a first-of-its-kind
census of airborne microbes recently conducted by scientists from
the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
The team used an innovative DNA test to catalog the bacteria in
air samples taken from the Texas cities of San Antonio and Austin.
Surprisingly, they found a widely varied bacterial population that
rivals the diversity found in soil. "Before this study, no one had
a sense of the diversity of the microbes in the air," says lead
author Gary Andersen of Berkeley Lab's Earth Sciences Division.
"This work underscores how much we don't know about airborne
bacterial populations, or where the bacteria come from."
In the past, scientists relied on bacterial cultures to determine
what microbes are present in an air sample. In this method, the
culture media is exposed to the sample, and whatever grows is
counted. Unfortunately, this approach leaves out all of the
organisms that can't survive in the culture, which in some cases
is as much as 99 percent of the bacteria in a sample.
To conduct the study, daily air samples were taken at several
locations in San Antonio and Austin over a 17-week period. The
samples were sent to Berkeley Lab where they were analyzed by
the microarray. It found 1,800 types of bacteria, including some
pathogens, wafting in the air over the two cities. This diverse
population matches the complexity of soil populations, which is
considered to be one of the richest habitats for microbes.
An airborne bacterial census will also enable scientists to track
how climate change impacts the microbial composition of the
atmosphere. This process is already occurring. Wind-blown dust
and biomass from Africa's expanding Sahara desert are reaching
North America in significant quantities. Recent research links
this dust to an increase in asthma cases in the Caribbean.
"We need to determine what's in the air, so we can determine how
climate change affects microbial diversity," says Andersen. "We found
that there are a lot of airborne bacteria, including pathogens, which
we did not know are out there."
To me, the question is, "How did they get there?"
Environmental Fun Fact
Did you know?
There are no garbage dumps here, no piles of rotting trash or
oozing waste, no incinerators belching smoke. That's because all
refuse generated by the U.S. Antarctic Program is shipped to the
United States in an act of extreme recycling.
Mark January 3 on your calendar (if it isn't too cold). The
Quadrantids emanate from the constellation of Bootes, but they get
their name from a now defunct constellation called Quadrans
Muralis. The Quadrantids are rich in faint meteors and are of
On January 8, we celebrate Stephen Hawking's birthday; it's his 65.
Our New Year's resolutions may include dropping a few pounds, but
keep those sugarless treats out of your fur person’s reach.
Veterinarians warned that a commonly used sweetener might cause
liver failure in dogs, and perhaps even kill them. The report in
the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association appears
to strengthen the suspected link between the sugar substitute
xylitol, thought to make dogs sick, and possible liver failure.
Xylitol, is found in many sugar-free chewing gums, candies, baked
goods and toothpastes and ingesting even a small amount of xylitol
can trigger significant insulin release, which drops their blood
sugar and can be fatal.
Did you know that pets may prevent allergies?!
Recently, doctors have concluded that the very clean environments
we try to achieve for babies and young children may leave them
susceptible to allergies as they grow older. Doctors at Ford
Hospital in Detroit say their 10-year study shows that kids who
were regularly exposed to pets during their first year of life
(when the immune system is still developing) are less likely to be
allergic to grass, dust, and mold, as well as to dogs and cats.
The doctors theorize that exposure to animals' bacteria helps
children lower their susceptibility to allergens. Though allergies
run in families, even kids whose parents had them were less likely
to be allergic themselves if there was a pet in the home.
I knew there was a reason I had my crew of 13 dogs.
While the Southern Hemisphere is heating up and areas of Australia
suffering horrible wildfires, the Northern Hemisphere is in a big
chill. Here are some tips to help you overcome the little obstacles
that might crop up:
Some areas that are not accustomed to hard freezes are dipping
below the freeze mark on the thermometer. Should your pipes freeze,
plug in your hair dryer and set about defrosting them. It is a slow
steady heat that won’t burst your pipes like a propane torch might.
Steam Away the Chill
Set a pot of water on the stove, add cinnamon sticks or fresh cloves,
and simmer. The steam will help your sinuses, the warmth will make
you feel warmer, and the cinnamon or cloves will scent your home.
Reduce Heating Bills
Simply turn your thermostat down when no one is at home or you
are headed for bed and your heating bills can drop by as much as
Don't forget to change the filters for your heating unit.
Make certain your furniture or drapes are not blocking a heating
vent. Arrange furniture away from vents to keep the air circulating
and your heating bills lower.
If you have ceiling fans, remember that during the winter the fans
should pull air up which keeps blankets of cold air from forming near the floor.
When you are not using your fireplace, close the damper.
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Thursday, December 28, 2006
johnny appleseed nicholes great grandfather
my southern hobbit buddy and friend truly; nichole ortberg we talked 4 hours from texas ; she had a great christmas at home talking and jokeing around mixing southern talk with canadian aye yeall sounds funny this brightest of lights will go far careing on her amazeing family history with relatives involved in rockwell collins as well as pioneers of american history like johny apple seed her great grandady and plus involvements in the philidelpia exsperiments and science interests in the bermuda triangle i have know nichole for over a year shes bright gifted lady of but 22 years old shes got her aparment in dallas fort worth texas and now a cat her causes are many kid generation on pharmacuetical drugs eviromental issues dreams ill support nicholes ideas and poetry and dreams i would love to see her find her dreams shes very special friend to me and very young at heart and strong spirited ill be posting her info as per her permision always i have talked with her parents also great folks love to pics of grandma picklepus anyway she will be a great leader in bringing the truth out plus discoveries she works for her dad in dallas now her relatives info
The Story of Johnny Appleseed
Johnny Appleseed in real life was one John Chapman, born on September 26,1774 near Leominster, Massachusetts. Little is known of his early life, but he apparently received a good education which helped him in his later years. By the time he was 25 years old, he had become a nursery man and had planted apple trees in the western portions of New York and Pennsylvania. Some of the orchards in those areas were said to have originated with his apple trees.
When the rich and fertile lands lying south of the Great Lakes and west of the Ohio river were opened for settlement in the early 1800's, John Chapman was among the very first to explore the new territory. This was the Northwest Territory from which the states of Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois were later formed. For nearly half a century Johnny Appleseed roamed his territory. When settlers arrived, they found John Chapman's young apple trees ready for sale. In the years that followed, he became known as the Apple Tree Man, or Johnny Appleseed.
His manner of operation was simple. He went into the wildreness with a bag of apple seeds on his back until he found a likely spot for planting. There he would clear the land by chopping out weeds and brush by hand. Then he planted his apple seeds in neat rows and built a brush fence around the area to keep out straying animals. His nurseries varied in size. Some were only an acre or so, others covered many acres.
He did all of the work himself, living alone for weeks at a time with only the Indians and wild animals for companionship. He never carried a gun or weapon of any kind. He was a deeply religious man who lived by the Golden Rule and had no fear of man or beast. Indians accepted him as a friend, and he is reputed to have talked at times to the wild animals who watched him as he worked in his nurseries. Undoubtedly, they sensed his kind and gentle nature. Once, it is reported, he was caught in a snow storm and crept into a hollow fallen tree for shelter. He found it occupied by a hibernating bear and her cubs, but spent the night there nonetheless. There is no report, however, of how much space he kept between them and himself.
John Chapman was a practical businessman as well as a sincere Christian. Somewhere, somehow, he had caught a vision of the winderness blossoming with apple trees, orchard after orchard of carefully nurtured trees, whose fragrant blossoms gave promise of a fruitful harvest for the settlers. Willingly he endured the hardships of his wilderness life as he worked to make his dream come true. His sturdy young trees lightened the hearts and lifted the spirits of many settlers, for there is a suggestion of a permanent and loving home when one plants fruit trees around a cabin.
He sold his trees for a few pennies each, accepting any of the coins current on the frontier. Some had no cash, and from those he accepted a simple promise to pay at a later date. Few failed to keep their word. He sometimes accepted payment in used clothing.
As he was a small man, his bartered clothing usually fit him poorly. This led to some of the humorous descriptions of his appearance in those early years. Like many of the settlers, he went barefooted a great deal because shoes were hard to come by and seldom fit his tough gnarled feet. As he ate no meat, he carried a stewpot or kettle with him. In this he could gather nuts or berries in season, carry water, get milk from a settler's cow, boil potatoes, or drop a handful of coarse-ground meal into the boiling water to make an unpalatable but nourishing meal. He has been pictured wearing such a pot on his head, but more likely he kept it tied to his pack rather than let it bounce on his head.
He preferred to walk, carrying his precious apple seeds and the simplest of camping gear on his back. He also used a boat, canoe, or raft to transfer larger loads of seeds along the many waterways. Customarily, he obtained his apple seeds every fall. At first, he went back to the cider presses in western Pennsylvania where he selected good seeds from the discarded apple pressings. He washed the seeds carefully and packed them in bags for planting the following spring. In later years, as cider presses were located in the new territory, he gathered his seeds closer to home.
There is no way to estimate how many millions of seeds he planted in the hundreds of nurseries he created in the territory lying south of the Great Lakes and between the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. This was his service to mankind.
John Chapman never married, but he loved people and especially children. As the settlers moved into the wilderness, his lonely nights were fewer because he was a welcomed guest at every cabin. Many a night after the simple meal, he would hold them all enthralled with his stories or read to them from the Bible or from some of the religious material he carried.
It was with such friends that he spent his last night. He had been living near Fort Wayne, Indiana, when word came one March day that cattle had broken through the brush fence around one of his nurseries some twenty miles away. Although it was a raw spring day, he set forth immediately to repair the damage. On his return trip he was stricken with a disease known as the winter plague. He found shelter with friendly settlers but failed to survive the attack. A newspaper account gives the date as March 18, 1845, but other dates have been given. Such confusion is not at all suprising when one remembers that this kind and gentle man was known by the name of Johnny Appleseed to almost everyone, and only a few knew that his true name was John Chapman. Many of his young seedlings may have crossed the plains in covered wagons to produce their bountiful fruit in the western states. Certainly, his fame did, for the name of Johnny Appleseed is known throughout all of the United States and elsewhere in much of the world. People continue to improve their environment in Johnny Appleseed's manner whenever thay plant a new seedling!
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