Photo: Great grandparents at their farm in Blandinsville, IL, with five of their six children .. my grandpa was yet a twinkle in grandma's eye. Stable boy and governess also pictured. Hodges farm, circa 1903-4

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Incomprehensible Denial of Epidemic

I was visiting this Canadian website, Vitality Magazine, and was flabbergasted to read that Canada is in denial about  Lyme disease, testing their citizens, and does not offer treatment.  Doctors can actually get in HUGE trouble for treating patients; many of whom must travel internationally to seek medical intervention.  (I have verified this finding with a Canadian friend).  Lyme disease testing can sometimes be difficult to prove positive .. and is often missed; tragically this has led to untreated patients developing a malady of horrific conditions such as: multiple sclerosis, ALS, rheumatoid arthritis, autism, Chron's disease, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease, ADHD, scleroderma and heart disease.

I can't comprehend, with today's easy access to medical 'information' with the click of a mouse, how such blatant denial/medical cover-up can exist. Having several acquaintances being treated for Lyme disease in the U.S.A., it's mind boggling to think of the countless cases just above our northern border that are suffering. 

Is this news to you?

CanLyme Disease Foundation
Lyme disease slide show
Why are crippling Lyme disease cases being misdiagnosed?
Lyme disease map project

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Waking Up

I'm just truly disgusted with the deception and manipulation of the government and (too big to fail) corporate giants that are their bed fellows and have been pushing their (crappy) food through our nation at steam roller speed.

There is NO true health food available unless you grow it yourself or procure it from local sources .. i.e. directly from a trusted farm.  Be selective when shopping.  Avoid the dreaded 'middle of the store' where the grocery peddlers stock most of the junk.  Be aware of shopping tactics used by stores to lure you in their 'web' .. i.e. milk is located at the back of the store so you have to pass countless distractions they hope you will throw in your cart .. when all you wanted was a gallon of milk.  Become a smart shopper.

I hope as a nation we have an awakening in mass force to see through the deception that has engulfed us for too long.

How can we have a nation of obesity and be food poor when our % of personal spending has greatly decreased?  Enter the manipulation of our food chain with fixed price controls and cheaply made junk food being pushed on the uniformed masses that are consuming highly addictive food from the womb to the tomb (I speak from experience as a former junk food junkie).

Have you ever noticed that a majority of grocery coupons are for items that are highly processed, loaded with trans fat, high fructose corn syrup, white flour, etc?  We, as a society, are in a out of control spiral and don't even know it.  Now add the socialized health care system (one size fits all), poor national health and we have a disaster in the making.

There is no money to be made from healthy people.

“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.”
 ~ Thomas Edison (1847-1931) .

Monday, September 16, 2013

Finally ..

A break in the heat.

Although, last night a whopper of a storm rolled through the Inland Northwest of epic size!  A large dust storm .. ahead of thunder and torrential downpours scoured the area.

The kitchen has been steamy of late with outside temps in the 90F's .. and simmering pots of tomato based chili sauce AND applesauce waiting to get canned.  I gave up canning outside temporarily due to the 'meat' bees (yellow jackets) swarming around any type of food. 

Autumn is a welcome change and will spur us on to get the garden harvested before any frost hits.

Are you squirreling away provisions for winter?  Taking down a garden?  Saving seeds?

Speaking of seeds, we must be vigilant to be seed savers as countries try to adopt policies to 'force' their citizens to use seeds tested and approved by the government.  Imagine that!  What would the food supply look like without regional heirloom garden seeds? 

Plant Reproductive Material Law
Vegetable Seed Saving Handbook
How to Save Heirloom Tomato Seeds
How to Save Heirloom Vegetable Seeds
How to Save Seeds

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Off Grid Cooking

Hubby and I have got several options for off grid cooking should we lose our power, or just want to conserve energy.

Our kitchen range is duel fuel; electric oven and gas stove top.  With a lighter or a match, we can use the stove to cook on even without electricity.

We've managed a few heat and eat dinners last winter on our wood heat stove .. and I came across this book that even has methods and recipes for such cooking.

American Wood Heat Cookery

We have a two burner high BTU propane stove top for canning and cooking outside.

Our fire pit is equipped with a Grandpa Jake's Campfire Cooker that can be used for hanging kettles and cast iron skillets.

Last but not least our cast iron Dutch oven to use with charcoal or wood coals outside.  This can be used to bake bread and roast meats.

It's good to be prepared for all seasons with alternative cooking devices that don't require electricity.

And if you're really, really wanting to try slow cooking that mimics an electric crock pot .. you could try a hot hay box and get the same results.

Do you have a means to prepare meals without electricity .. other than a BBQ grill?