Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Flu shots are dangerous and increase your risk of developing Alzheimer's disease

This is from the Hallelujah Acres newsletter I read this morning. Especially good to know this time of year when doctors and even supermarkets are "advertising" flu shots.

The Hallelujah Health Tip
Issue #571: Free Radicals and Antioxidants - What You Need To Know
October 28, 2008

Dr. Blaylock, in the June 2008 issue of The Blaylock Wellness Report, available by subscription only, by calling 1.800.485.4350, was asked the following question:

“My doctor orders flu shots for me supposedly containing no mercury. I have read the vaccine label and there is no mention of thimerosol [mercury]. Do you think this could be true?”

“Answer: While the mercury is dangerous and accumulates in the brain and other tissues and organs, the vaccine itself is dangerous. This is especially true in older individuals. This is because the chronic immune stimulation caused by the vaccine also activates the brain’s immune system, and this can accelerate and increase one’s risk of developing one of the neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease. As I explain in an article appearing in the Journal Medical Veritas, there is compelling evidence that yearly flu vaccines, especially combined with other vaccines being recommended for older people, can trigger depression, anxiety, and even suicide. . . It is also important to appreciate that several large studies have shown just how ineffective the flu vaccine is for preventing the flu, flu complications, or flu-related deaths.”

(EDITORS NOTE: In a previous Blaylock report, Dr. Blaylock reported that if a senior citizen receives a flu shot containing thimerosol (mercury) for 10 consecutive years, they increase their chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease by 1,000 percent.)

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Hearty Bean & Veggie Soup

This is a great fall or cold weather soup. Warms you right up. We add fresh Kale at the end of the cooking time and let it simmer awhile. Just long enough to cook but still keep the vibrant green coloring.
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 Garlic cloves, minced
1 Medium onion
1 cup carrots, chopped or diced
1/4 cup celery, diced
Handful of barley, rinsed
4 cups water
1 can each of pinto, black beans, navy and garbanzo beans
(note: Eden Organics uses cans that are bpa-free)
1 cup sweet corn
1 can organic diced tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1 1/2 teaspoons crushed bay leaf
1 teaspoon sea salt
Don't forget to add a bunch of Kale towards the end of cooking time :)

Heat oil in soup pot, saute garlic and onion. Add water, celery, carrot, barley, beans, corn, tomatoes and herbs. Add salt, cover and simmer, add Kale for last 10 min. or so. Enjoy!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

It's Time To Think Seriously About Food Storage

For the next several posts I will be talking mostly about food storage and emergency preparation. If you have been keeping up with current events or if you live anywhere where winter weather can be extreme, it is a good idea to be prepared. Right? :)
In the week ahead, between regular commitments, I am going to be drying a lot of fruit and veggies in the dehydrator. I store them in tightly sealed glass jars to maintain freshness and flavor. (hate the plastic taste). Here are some dried tomatoes and basil I did a few weeks ago.

Here is a cool link to calculate how much food you should store for the size of your family. http://lds.about.com/library/bl/faq/blcalculator.htm

Remember to store food items that your family would actually eat. We are vegan so we can't really purchase from the companies that sell bulk foods stored in metal cans, etc. Most of the items are not organic and have dairy, meat and eggs. So we have to come up with our own type of food storage ideas. Think about the foods you buy from week to week and just buy a few more at a time and before you know it, you have a pretty good head start on winter or emergency storage.
Another Food Storage Preparation measure today was the delivery of a chest freezer.
You can store so many things in a freezer!!! It took me a few weeks of careful price shopping and looking at lots of freezers but I finally decided on this one. It is not a huge freezer but it is not the smallest model either. There are only two of us home now but I also wanted to make sure I had room to store extras for the kids if they happen to fall on hard times. Plus, they do love to eat stuff Mama makes for them as well. Here is the freezer that I decided on.

We are well into the Fall season now, so here in Maine that means the farmer's markets will be packing up for the season. We will have to wait until late Spring to visit them again.
I went to my favorite vendor today to buy some onions to store for the winter. These onions last a very long time if they are kept cool and dry. I just hang them on a nail in an unfinished room we have that is not heated, but doesn't get below freezing.

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