Monday, February 27, 2012
Friday, February 24, 2012
So this is my daily mantra. I love what I do. I do not know exactly what I do except that I give to the best of my ability to the people in my life. This is my G.O.D. given profession. I wonder why G.O.D. has placed poisonous plants on Earth Mother. It must be for a reason... not to kill humans but to do some sort of protection.
I am fascinated by plants. I am in awe of nature. I found this out when I was young, but today I am well read and astute about plants. I am one of many who love plants. There are many including my mentors who absolutely put my mind at peace and leave me speechless - these special people are Aviva Romm, 7 song, Tieraona Lowdog, David Winston, Chanchal Cabrera, Cascade Anderson Geller, Rosemary Gladstar and many others.
I must find a lecture or book on Poisonous plants. There are not many within the United States, but there are some. One poisonous plant, Abrus precatorius grows in Africa and Asia and even in subtropical areas of the world and has many different names. Some of the names it is known as include: Jequirity, Deadly Crab's eye, Rosary Pea, John Crow Bead, Indian Licorice, Ruti, Jumbie bea, Akar Saga, Giddee Giddee and the Precatory bean. The pea from this plant is called by other names in different countries of the world. The vine winds through tropical jungles and wraps around trees and shrubs.
I found something interesting about one of the names-- Weather Plant. Professor Joseph Nowack studied and believed this plant could tell us the weather. If the feathery leaves pointed upwards it would be a fine day. If the leaves pointed downward,there would be rain and thunderstorms. It was never proved, but its seeds by far are the deadliest of all. On the vine are the small but pale violet flowers from which pods emerge. Within the pods are these shiny jewel like seeds. The seeds are deadly. These seeds are used as beads for jewelry and even in percussion instruments, but when ingested they are deadly. Most of the seeds are red and black, but there are white varieties. In jewelry making a prick of the needle stringing the beans can be deadly. It is still known as a symbol of love in China where its name is xiang si dou.
The seeds contain the toxin abrin. The toxin is a dimer consisting of two protein subunits appropriately called A and B. The protein found in Castor beans called ricin is toxic, but abrin is more toxic . Ingesting the seed as a whole should cause no problems if it is not chewed . The whole seed will pass through the gastrointestinal tract. One chewed the pea will certainly kill a human. Diagnosis of ingestion is high fever, excessive salivation, colic, vomiting, diarrhea and dehydration. Convulsive seizures will occur before death ensues.
Although the seeds are toxoc, there are benefits to drinking tea made from the leaves of this plant. The plant has antioxidant and anti inflammatory properties. The oil from the plant is claimed to be an aphrodisiac. The seeds after mitigation are used for a variety of illnesses in the Indian System of Medicine.
I find this "pea" fascinating. Further study is needed! The best way to study this pea is to study different cultures around the world.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Monday, February 20, 2012
A burn is an injury to the tissue of the body caused by a chemical, radiation or electricity., Serous burns must always be seen by a doctor. Minor burns can be seen by a nurse or can be treated without medical attention.
There are many treatments some of which you never heard of. I love the folklore remedies like crushed blueberries, honey, or a raw potato applied directly to the burn for instant relief. The most common is to immerse the area in cool water for 10 minutes. You then can use drops of St. John's wort.
The herbs that can be used include aloe vera, marigold tincture (which is calendula) and even echinacea tincture. Some essential oils that may be used are lavender and geranium oil in a liter of cooled water that was first boiled. The homeopathic remedies have the #1 product that most people are used to. This is arnica. Urtica and hypericum and even aconite can be used. The one Bach remedy that should be used to calm the nerves is Rescue Remedy.
I was recently sent an email about using egg whites for burns. In my research I have never seen this in the scientific literature. For me it doesn't have to be in scientific literature, but I found it in no herbal, homeopathic or flower essence textbook either. The directions are to spread the egg white over the burned area after it has been cooled in cold (not freezing) water. This was due to the collagen in the egg whites.
I would rather do the other remedies which I am comfortable with and not try egg whites just yet.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Walk among the trees until you feel comfortable in their presence.
Feel the different bark textures with the palms of your hands.
Smell the scent of the various woods.
Absorb their life energies as you look upwards to the sprawling branches overhead.
Find the perfect tree that fits your mood. You will know which one is right for you.
Vertical Tree Hug: Encircle it with your arms while gently pressing your cheek to the trunk being careful not to scratch your face. Squeeze tightly. Sigh deeply.
Full Body Tree Hug: Sit upon the ground wrapping your legs around the base of the tree and at the same time embracing it with your arms.
Up in the Air Tree Hug: Climb a tree. Sit upon a strong limb and straddle it with your legs. Bend forward and place your belly against it while wrapping your arms about it.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
"Each day is a new start. Each moment is a new beginning."
This is so true. So why not make a new start by finding a hobby. It will certainly boost your self esteem. Make it rewarding. Make it fun. Do it alone. Last night, Rick was changing a plant in the terrarium. The glass enclosure is doing so well. I am pretty sure he would avoid putting poisonous plants in the terrariums. But I did notice he planted the carnivorous pitcher plants that were given to us.
Be careful of this next hobby or your family's house plants...
Left to right photographs: Dumb Cane, Peace Lily, Poinsetta, and Philodendron.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
"Feelings change, --memories don't." - Joel Alexander
I have used and continue to use colloidal silver for many infections including parasites, sinus infections, rashes, shingles, Lyme disease, other spirochete disease. HIV and even cancer. It is not the cure all, but neither are antibiotics. We have many resistant strains due to overuse and abuse of the more powerful antibiotics. There are also herbal antibiotics like garlic, honey, ginger , yarrow and many more.
Monday, February 13, 2012
What is wisdom? The definition is a deep understanding and realization of people, places and things, which results in an ability to apply perception, judgements and actions in keeping with this understanding. What does this mean? We all have wisdom. It involves the control of one's emotions. This is the hard part. Our emotions are philosophically also called passions. We all have emotions. Emotional states are anger, greed and lust. Some call these the deadly sins.
The benefits of ginseng are known worldwide. Ginseng is used to treat many diseases. There are different types of ginseng - Siberian, Korean, American and Panax (Asian ginseng). The ginseng root can lower blood pressure, and sugar. This can help an individual avoid having heart failure and complications of diabetes. I love Panax ginseng in a formula to help with adrenal fatigue. I also love to add Rhodiola to the formula. The best way to take ginseng is through ingestion of tea . When I am tired I feel ginseng helps with my stamina. I know gym rats who use it-- it does enhance the endurance during training.
If you do not know ginseng is a very popular herb as is green tea. The problem is that the source is limited. A lot more limited than green tea. If more and more people begin to take ginseng, the source might just run out.
Friday, February 10, 2012
"The highest spiritual path is life itself." PMF
Today I know how to live a daily life. It is a fresh liberating experience. We all have many choices. I have only one choice in life to make: To be happy or not to be happy. That is my choice each day, each hour. It is not a choice about my career, or who I may marry. It is not even about if I want to seek the g.o.d. of my understanding. I have made a choice to be happy and now life has become clear. I am happy within.
But today I will make a choice that is very easy for me. I want to get married to Frederick E Byrd, Jr (known as Rick). It is simple really. Now that I can get legally married - why not? I have decided that I am going to be happy, and from today on I will be a happy married man, not a single man. It will be for the rest of my life. I am now enlightened. This is unconditional happiness combined with unconditional love.
Same sex marriage became legal in New York on July 24, 2011 under the Marriage Equality Act. It does not have a residency restriction, as some other states, but does allow religious organizations to decline to officiate same sex wedding ceremonies. So we are not getting married in a church or place of worship. Does it really matter? NO. The bill passed the senate vote by 33-29. There are five other states that currently permit same-sex marriage: Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont as well as the District of Columbia. Now New York is #6, and it looks like California will be #7.
In 1964 My Fair Lady graced the screen with Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison. With music by Frederick Loewe and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, included the song "Get Me to The Church on Time."
Here is my version
Patrick and Rick
There's just a few more hours left
That's all the time we got
A few more hours
Before we tie the knot (8pm exactly)
We're getting married in the evening
Ding Dong, The bells are gonna chime
Pull out the stopper
Let's have a whopper
But get us to the hall on time
I got ta be there in the evening
Spruced up and lookin' in my prime
Friends and family, come and kiss us
Show how you'll love me
But get us to the hall on time.
Photograph: Christmas 2011. The couple on the left (Rick and Patrick) will be married today, while the couple on the right (Donald and Evan) were married late in 2011.. Note the happiness!
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
I have had an aquarium of fish since I was 10 years old. Fish, unlike cats, dogs and hamsters are self sufficient. Well, my Gracie, my Amazon Green Parrot is also self sufficient. I have kept fresh water fish, salt water fish and brackish water fish. Today most modern aquariums come with the necessary filtration system to keep the fish alive. This is a hobby that is animal-loving, meticulous, meditative, independent and even nurturing.
Keeping fish is not new to this century. In ancient times about 2000 years ago the Chinese kept karp and koi. Amazing ponds were filled with koi. It wasn't until Robert Warrington in 1805 discovered the cycling of water necessary to keep fish alive. The Great Exposition of London in 1851 displayed fish in cast iron framed aquariums. This is a hobby that needs patience. You can set up the aquarium in 24 hours, but cannot put the fish in until the pH and the needs of all fish or plants are in balance. I have had as small as 5 gallon aquariums to 110 gallon aquariums.
Fish are soothing for the peaceful mind. In my office, I have a 55 gallon aquarium behind me. The patients can sit in my office for hours ( although insurance does not allow that) It is calming for the nerves. I have a tank of Parrot Fish. There is an old book which is quite helpful in setting up an aquarium. It is Stuart Thraves' " Setting Up a Tropical Aquarium " I would suggest starting with a small 10 gallon aquarium. I used to start with guppies which are easy to keep. These guppies are also easy to breed ( which is another hobby- breeding fish.
Monday, February 6, 2012
Many symptoms of aluminum toxicity are similar to those of Alzheimer's disease and osteoporosis. Aluminum toxicity can lead to colic, rickets, gastro-intestinal disturbances, poor calcium metabolism, extreme nervousness, anemia, headache, decreased liver and kidney function, forgetfulness, speech disturbances,and memory loss, softening of the bones, and weak, aching muscles. Research suggests that a chronic calcium deficiency may change the way in which the body uses minerals. Bone loss and increased intestinal absorption of aluminum and silicon combine to form compounds that accumulate in the cerebral cortex of the brain. These compounds prevent impulses from being carried to or from the brain.
An accumulation of aluminum salts in the brain has been implicated in seizures and reduced mental faculties. Autopsies performed on Alzheimer's victims revealed that four times the normal amount of aluminum had accumulated in the nerve cells in the brain. This suggests that long-term accumulation of aluminum in the brain may contribute to the development of Alzheimer's disease as well as some reports for Parkinson's disease.
Because aluminum is excreted by the kidneys, toxic amount of aluminum may impair kidney function. Working in aluminum smelting plants for long periods can lead to dizziness, impaired coordination, and losses of balance and energy.
Accumulations of aluminum in the brain was cited as a possible cause for these symptoms as well. Aluminum is also used in food processing (pickles and relishes, in particular) , beer (especially when in aluminum cans), bleached flour, table salt, tobacco smoke, cram of tartar, Parmesan and grated cheeses, aluminum salts, and canned goods. I do a serum ( blood) test level for aluminum as well as a 6 hour provocative metal challenge from Doctor's Data. (http://www.doctorsdata.com/)
So let's face the music. We live in a toxic world. We cannot change everything we do to avoid aluminum. You can change your deodorant, but you do not want to smell. I have an answer for perspiration. I do not sweat a lot, so I am not worried if I use the natural deodorants like Tom's and Crystal. Sweat is odorless but the smell occurs when it comes in contact with bacteria. Use chamomile or coriander for the bacteria overgrowth problem.
I have a better solution. Below is the formula for a natural deodorant.
1. 2 ounces of witch hazel
2. 5 drops of each of the following: sage, lavender and coriander essential oils
Combine #1 and #2 together. Place in a spray bottle. Shake well before spraying under your arms. It works...