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That Fragile Space Between Life and Death

Bill’s dad had finished his coffee and headed out to check the oil in the old motor home before they took off which left Bill and I sitting at the kitchen table with Bill’s Mom. It was the beginning of camping season.  Bill’s parents had stopped for a brief visit in their motor home on way to tour the U.P. Their favorite destination spot was an RV campground on the shores of Lake superior.

Bills mom sat silent for a few minutes, her fingers wrapped gingerly around her coffee cup.  She took on a far away look for a few seconds. “You know life is like a slow walk up a hill,” she lamented, “slowly you pull the toboggan to the top of the hill, when you get there and finally climb on the toboggan in an instant it slams you to the ground and the ride is over. Take care of your health, kids, be sure you take care of your health.” She got up from the table, put her coffee cup in the sink and went outdoors to find Dad.  Her cryptic message to us was that she letting us know she was sick. It was a short 6 years later she was gone. This dear woman had been fighting colon cancer for years, she strictly forbade Dad from telling any of us.

She was right, you know, lots of people are getting slammed. Over the course of the next 10-12 years or so we lost on average 3 people a year, 2 sisters,(1 of his and 1 of mine) 2 Dads( his and mine), various uncles and aunts, cousins, friends, acquaintances and neighbors. It seemed like people were dropping like flies. These poor souls were stricken with cancer, heart conditions, falls, accidents and other conditions and damage detrimental to the human body. Then one day out of the blue it was our turn.

Bill had been in bed feeling like he had the flu since Friday. Suddenly I heard him hollering for me from the back deck. I found myself enjoying being out in the yard on this warm August Sunday afternoon playing in the garden. “You gotta take me to the hospital.” He demanded, as he bent over clutching his stomach. “Somethings not right, we gotta go now!”  He was weak, short of breath, and his skin was an odd sort of gray color. He was in so much pain he could barely get himself into the car.  I was scared!

When we arrived at the hospital the first thing they did was triage him. The nurse asked a bunch of questions then hooked him up to a blood pressure machine. “That can’t be right, it must be broken,” She claimed. On a recheck from different machine, she was shocked and immediately put him into a wheel chair and rushed him back to emergency. His blood pressure was 84 over 50, it’s was why she thought her machine was malfunctioning. Doctor came into the room, doctor left the room another doctor came in and then he left. Labs were taken and an x-ray was taken. Less than 2 hours later they were rushing him in to emergency surgery.  It all happened so fast.

Once the surgeon had the scopes in place in his chest, he could see the gallbladder. It was so full of stones and gunk that the gallstones had closed off most all of the blood flow to it creating the perfect condition for gangrene to thrive. Bill had a gangrenous gallbladder, the surgeon told us later. Now to save his life the he needed to remove the gallbladder which turned out to be a very difficult proposition due to the fact that half the organ had turned to jelly. The gangrenous toxins escaped despite the surgeons best efforts and began surging throughout Bill’s body. It was so toxic the doctors couldn’t believe that Bill had had no symptoms until he became sick on Friday. The surgeon said “worse case I’ve seen he was a miracle, a miracle he survived.”,151

Bill’s whole body was now septic. Toxic nasties cursing his veins, hell bent on destroying his organs and body. He lay in that narrow space between life and death. 

For 11 days in ICU his body fought to stay alive, a ventilator doing the breathing for him. A chemical induced coma so the surge of antibiotics and various other medicines could do their work undisturbed. There he lay, 15 IV’s full of life saving medicine running into his arms and groin area.  A few days later 2 ports were created in his upper shoulder area for even more medicine. At one point the nurses and doctors were buzzing around his room trying to bring down a fever of 106.5. More medicine, more panic. They were successful, however, and by day number 6 he was still holding his own but his condition hadn’t gotten any worse despite the fever. That was good news, although it had now been 10 days since Bill had eaten food of any kind.

It emotionally rips  your heart out to watch your once vibrant loved one lying there motionless, wasting away, relying absolutely on nurses, doctors and modern science for his very life. One nurse told me that they had already put at least 20 pounds of saline and antibiotics through his system to help flush out the sepsis bacteria. That’s a lot of flushing and they weren’t done yet.

I was sitting next to my husbands mechanical hospital bed one evening mesmerized by the rhythmic beeps, and humming of the computerized machines keeping his body alive when I suddenly remembered an article I had read a few months earlier of an experimental treatment for sepsis. I left the hospital a little earlier than normal this night, went straight home to fire up my computer determined to find the information on this unproven treatment.

Sure enough, I found it. Vitamin C, B1 and cordisteroids, the combination was new and experimental but it turned out there was plenty of information and doctors were already using it in some hospitals to treat sepsis patients.  

 I took this information and several case studies into the hospital and presented it to my husband’s doctor. I was sure he would simply brush me off as a desperate old lady just doing anything to save her dying husband. Imagine my shock and excitement when the doctor actually said he would look into it.

A few hours later he came back into the room to tell me that it took awhile to find some vitamin C cocktail because our pharmacy didn’t have it, but that he had in fact found a source, but did I know that this combination wasn’t FDA approved? Yes, I assured him, I knew.  Ok, Dr. B said as he turned on his heel and left the room. The next day he came into the room to let me know that he had some vitamin C cocktail delivered overnight and nurses were going to hook hubby up with an IV of this experimental cocktail shortly. Oh, thank you, thank you Dr. B!! But wait! What if this was a mistake? I should not have interfered with standard hospital protocol for sepsis patient treatment. All kinds of stuff ran through my brain. Again, I was scared.

The first day of the experimental cocktail showed nothing new at least to my untrained eye. Bill’s 4 sisters drove up from lower Michigan and were now weeping over their brother’s bedside, one of his daughters, her husband and me, were gathered around Bills mechanical bed and a dozen humming, beeping computerized machines.  The 8 of us and two nurses held good loving thoughts and energy in our hearts and said prayers over Bill as lay there unaware that so many people were cheering him on. Beth (his daughter) anointed his forehead with holy water as we said another prayer and wished Bill a speedy recovery.

Dear husband slept well that night his overnight nurse reported and by day number 3 of the experimental cocktail his lab tests indicated much improvement. When the doctor came in to check on him in the morning, he stood there, seriously contemplating the humming, beeping machines.  “We going to start the waking up process today.” he said. “Give us an about an hour or so to get things ready.”  I was so emotional I could barely contain myself. He was going to live! Even now writing this gets me all emotional and goose bumpy.

I knew in my heart there would be a long road ahead even as the doctor was explaining this to me. Bill had severe muscle wasting from lack of movement, he had lost at this point, about 85 pounds. (Did you know that ICU mechanical beds periodically take the patient’s weight? Amazing.)  Bill had already been diagnosed with beginning stages of heart disease before this ordeal, the sepsis weakened his heart tremendously and at faster rate than he normally would have experienced had he not had sepsis. So he did end up in a nursing home for a few weeks. There was no way I could take care of him myself, he was totally helpless. He could only sit up in bed with help and couldn’t hold his own weight to stand at all. It took two people to move him even in bed. At the nursing home they gave him therapy and showed him how to strengthen his muscles. But, damn! He did it! The guy is a miracle! By the time he left the nursing home he could stand for a few minutes and climb about 4 steps which was all that was needed to get him into the house.

Was it the vitamin C, B1 and cordisteroids combination or was it all the loving energy and prayer that did it or a combination of both? Only God knows for sure.

It has been quite the toboggan ride since August and the real miracle is that we get to celebrate Christmas with him. The sad part is that he has a month of no memory. A hole in his life, he calls it. Drug induced coma, sedation medication and pain medication took away most of his summer. Just 3 days ago Bill had a pacemaker put in to help his ailing heart muscle. He’ll have two doctor appointments a month for a while but that should slow down eventually.

Before I close out this tale of Christmas joy, there are two very important things that came to the foreground in all of this. Some might call them lessons.

Doctors are the mechanics of the health care industry. Very special people they are. They get a gold star. Becoming a doctor is a daunting task on it’s own, then specializing adds extra years of dedicated learning.  But the ICU nurses are the angels, they are the life blood of any hospital. They know the heart and soul of a patient and deal with life and death on a personal daily basis. The stress these angels go through when a new patient arrives in their unit is unbelievable. These nurses trip over family members while running the IV’s, dispense the proper doses of meds at the directed moment, change bandages and see to the patients comfort. They clean, care and administer loving kindness to the most vulnerable day in and day out.  There is no payment or gratitude big enough for these front line individuals. All I can offer is a heart-felt thank you and a hug.

Secondly, Why are there so many sick people?

During the 5 weeks my husband was hospitalized I had the opportunity to watch the comings and goings of people needing treatment of one kind or another. There were so many. We live in a small community, at least 65% of this community came through the hospital doors while I was there. (I’m sure this is an exaggeration, but you get the point.) The other 25% worked there. That left about 10% healthy? Really?

Again, why are so many people sick? In Bill’s case we can trace it back to 32 years of chemicals in the work place, 32 years of putting plastic in the microwave to heat his lunch, and  40 years of blood pressure medication. Throw in other variables like years of drinking diet soda, fast food, horrible stress from a previous marriage. It’s all accumulative. It’s accumulative, means it keeps getting piled on in the body.

His thyroid had been destroyed from several blasts of chlorine gas in his work place. Eating food from the microwave heated in plastic. The BPA in plastic is an endocrine disruptor for starters. Toxic chemicals in fast food and aspartame in diet sodas also contribute to his case of heart disease. Our modern commercial lifestyle is a downhill slide until it slams you to the ground.

Another item is the 40 years of blood pressure medicine without asking why he needed it or suggesting he consider a lifestyle change to correct it and given information. Oh, it genetic, they say. Hold on there pal, listen up. Genes are only 30% of the equation, life style and environment are the other 70%.

I taught a couple of classes at the local college a few years back as an adjunct. The first thing I asked the incoming 20 something age students was, “What do you want to be doing in 80 years?”  They’d look at me like I had 3 eyes. They either hadn’t thought about it or they simply didn’t believe they would live to 100. “The human body was designed to live 120 years,” I’d offer. The human body wants and is designed to be healthy whether you want to believe it or not. Give it what it needs, treat it right and every one can live to a ripe old age. I’d get, “yeah, right” looks every time. I lost my credibility after that it seemed.

On the tiny island of Okinawa, Japan I’d tell them, they have some of the longest lived people on earth. You are not even consider an adult until they reach the age of 55.

By then some of the male students cross their arms over their chest and with a snide retort, “You and your facts aren’t going to change the way I eat and live.” And this is the lesson, that sacred space between life and a nursing home bed. Or death.




























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Herbs, oils and the Plague

What is the plague and why should I be concerned?

Urgent update:

This video released late Saturday 11-4-2017  by Dave Hodges The Common Sense Show

Unless you have been out in your wilderness yurt or living in a cave somewhere with no internet access, you have been hearing people talk about the plague. I’m sorry if you hadn’t heard, I don’t mean to be the one to give you one more thing to worry yourself into sleepless nights about.  I do understand your frustration. But listen up. . .

Knowledge is the key here. Knowing what you are dealing with and how to protect yourself is paramount.

Copied from WHO website;

Plague is an infectious disease caused by the bacteria Yersinia pestis, a zoonotic bacteria, usually found in small mammals and their fleas. It is transmitted between animals through fleas. Humans can be infected through:
*the bite of infected vector fleas
*unprotected contact with infectious bodily fluids or contaminated materials
*the inhalation of respiratory droplets/small particles from a patient with pneumonic plague.
Plague is a very severe disease in people, particularly in its septicaemic (systemic infection caused by circulating bacteria in bloodstream) and pneumonic forms, with a case-fatality ratio of 30% to 100% if left untreated. The pneumonic form is invariably fatal unless treated early. It is especially contagious and can trigger severe epidemics through person-to-person contact via droplets in the air.
From 2010 to 2015, there were 3248 cases reported worldwide, including 584 deaths.

Historically, plague was responsible for widespread pandemics with high mortality. It was known as the “Black Death” during the fourteenth century, causing more than 50 million deaths in Europe. Nowadays, plague is easily treated with antibiotics and the use of standard precautions to prevent acquiring infection.

According to the link above, it is the pneumonic form of plague now circulating in nine countries with a weeks worth of incubation time. Yes, it’s over there, but what if a nice young  guy is infected from over there, he doesn’t yet have symptoms and this nice guy climbs on that proverbial plane and lands in New York, or LAX or any other highly populated airport? Well, I guess you know it won’t take long before it wanders up your alley. I’m 100% sure you would not want your child, your wife or your neighbor inadvertently coming in contact with Americas ground zero. Also, do you remember recently, a couple of western states in the U.S. had several cases of Bubonic plague from contaminated critters who came in contact with youngsters and hikers?

So, what’s this pneumonic plague look like?

Again, from the WHO website;

People infected with plague usually develop acute febrile disease with other non-specific systemic symptoms after an incubation period of one to seven days, such as sudden onset of fever, chills, head and body aches, and weakness, vomiting and nausea.

Pneumonic plague, or lung-based plague, is the most virulent form of plague. Incubation can be as short as 24 hours. Any person with pneumonic plague may transmit the disease via droplets to other humans. Untreated pneumonic plague, if not diagnosed and treated early, can be fatal. However, recovery rates are high if detected and treated in time (within 24 hours of onset of symptoms.)


From the CDC;

Flea bites. Plague bacteria are most often transmitted by the bite of an infected flea. During plague epizootics, many rodents die, causing hungry fleas to seek other sources of blood. People and animals that visit places where rodents have recently died from plague are at risk of being infected from flea bites. Dogs and cats may also bring plague-infected fleas into the home. Flea bite exposure may result in primary bubonic plague or septicemic plague.
Contact with contaminated fluid or tissue. Humans can become infected when handling tissue or body fluids of a plague-infected animal. For example, a hunter skinning a rabbit or other infected animal without using proper precautions could become infected with plague bacteria. This form of exposure most commonly results in bubonic plague or septicemic plague.
Infectious droplets. When a person has plague pneumonia, they may cough droplets containing the plague bacteria into air. If these bacteria-containing droplets are breathed in by another person they can cause pneumonic plague. Typically this requires direct and close contact with the person with pneumonic plague. Transmission of these droplets is the only way that plague can spread between people. This type of spread has not been documented in the United States since  1924, but still occurs with some frequency in developing countries. Cats are particularly susceptible to plague, and can be infected by eating infected rodents. Sick cats pose a risk of transmitting infectious plague droplets to their owners or to veterinarians. Several cases of human plague have occurred in the United States in recent decades as a result of contact with infected cats.

What can we do to protect our families and pets?

Starting with your pets, they are closer to the ground and their warm fur attract fleas;

A good homemade recipe;

Diatomaceous earth, dried NEEM and dried yarrow in equal portions, mix together in a mason jar, shake vigorously. Sprinkle about the yard and entrances to help keep fleas at bay. Remember squirrels, chipmunks and mice all are harbingers of fleas too. Make sure to use food grade diatomaceous earth, however, as Fido and Kitty may lay where you sprinkled. Fleas, snails, ants etc. generally won’t venture into anything diatomaceous earth related because Diatomaceous earth consists of fossilized remains of diatoms, a type of hard-shelled protest (a group of unicellular critters). They are rock like and powder easily but are extremely sharp to bugs, ripping open their hide.

Also, I read on a veterinarian website, you can give your dog a teaspoonful of quality coconut oil daily to keep fleas off your furry family member. They like it too.

For cats try equal parts of vinegar and catnip tea. Put into a spray bottle and spray your cat generously. A few drops of Cedarwood essential oil added to the spray bottle helps too.

Vacuum, vacuum, vacuum! Vacuum everything pet related.

Protecting your family

I’m sure you have heard this story by now, but if not, stay tuned.

Black Death, pandemic that ravaged Europe between 1347 and 1351, taking a proportionately greater toll of life than any other known epidemic or war up to that time.

There were recurrences of the plague in 1361–63, 1369–71, 1374–75, 1390, and 1400. Modern research has suggested that, over that period of time, plague was introduced into Europe multiple times, coming along trade routes in waves from Central Asia as a result of climate fluctuations that affected populations of rodents infested with plague-carrying fleas.

During one of the major infestations in Europe,  a group of thieves and grave robbers were apprehended by the constables while the thieves were busy robbing a dying victim. It seems the robbers were entering homes of the dead and dying, stealing anything and everything of value. As evidenced from their stash back at their hideout, they had been at it for quite some time.

“Such an immoral crime!” the Honorable Judge screams.  “However, we are willing to make a concession for a more lenient punishment in this case, if you confess your secret to resisting illness to your person while committing these heinous crimes.”

And so they did. These fellows had developed an essential oil formula that stayed off the plague along with many other bacterial and viral human diseases. By rubbing this mixture of essential oils on their hands, feet and stomach the disease couldn’t/ wouldn’t  infect them.

The recipe has been preserved and passed down from generation to generation because it works.

To make this fantastic formula at home;

Put all the oils in a small brown glass bottle and shake to mix.

Clove essential oil (syzgium aromaticum)                                        200 drops or 1/2 ounce

Lemon essential oil (Citrus limon)                                                     175 drops

Cinnamon Bark essential oil (cinnamoomun verum)                    100 drops

Eucalyptus essential oil (Eucalyptus radiate)                                    75 drops

Rosemary essential oil (Rosimarinus officinalis)                              50 drops

The blend of therapeutic-grade essential oils called Thieves oil for obvious reasons, was tested at Weber State University for its potent antimicrobial properties. This particular combination of essential oils was found to have a 99.96% kill rate against airborne bacteria. The oils are highly antiviral, antiseptic, antibacterial, anti infectious which helps protect the body against flu, colds, sinusitis, bronchitis, pneumonia and more.

Just apply a few drops of this mixture to the bottom of your feet or stomach and rub into the skin. Modern day diffuser jewelry offer day-to-day protection in a fashionable way. The aroma of thieves oils is quite pleasing, almost like a cinnamon bun.

Other options would be to put a few drops into a small spray bottle with a little water and alcohol and mist the air in your home and car. Thieves oil works great in an electric essential oil diffuser for a whole room disinfectant.

The potency of this oil, when sprayed around the ankles keeps most ticks and fleas from going near your legs. Of course, you could attract someone looking for that delicious smelling cinnamon bun.

The internet is awash with Thieves oil for sale. Look for one that has no extra fillers or dilution. Amazon, Do Terra and Young living are good sources too.

Hopes this eases your mind a little, when these things or when the SHTF happens you are not helpless. Now you know. Survival favors the prepared.


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The Incredible, Edible, Goldenrod

When It finally happens;

For post-disaster radiation damage or severe case of UV sun exposure, this yellow darling can’t be beat. Goldenrod (Solidago spp.) was one of the first plants to make a come back around the devastated grounds near Chernobyl in the late 80’s, early 1990’s. In my area Goldenrod thrives in sandy or dry soils, along thicket borders, in open wooded areas or running wild in open fields on sunny rolling hillsides. Most everyone I know sees only an invasive weed, but we know better.

There are some 125 species of Goldenrods that grow in this country. All are native, most are found in the East.  A few Goldenrods have adapted to marshes, sandy beaches, deserts, and mountain areas. Most of this family of daisies are between 2 and 4 feet tall.100_2904

Now, let me set the record straight right off the bat. Goldenrod does not cause hay fever. Their pollen is too heavy to be carried by the wind.  A lighter colored, (greenish) Ragweed which blooms at the same time is the culprit for running noses and itchy eyes.

September is prime gathering time here in the Upper Peninsula when the blooms are beautifully yellow, fragrant and loaded with bees, butterflies, and bugs. To harvest, cut it about 18 inches long and bring to the house. Hang it upside down in a well ventilated room to dry or if you are in a hurry, place clean goldenrod on a cookie sheet and put in a gas oven and let the pilot light do the work. It is ready for storage or tincture when the leaves are dry and crispy.  Read more; herbs/

This beautiful golden plant is so misunderstood by the general public and often ignored in the herbal community because it is just so abundant.  Here at Handy Granny’s place, we use the leaves and flowers for teas, tinctures, or alcohol extract. Warm sweet goldenrod tea helps the body rid itself of mucus troubles such as Rhinitis and Sinusitis and slows or relieves  Menorrhagia (heavy menstrual bleeding.) Oh, did I mention, it makes a warm golden color when used for died fabrics and wools too.

Goldenrod, leaves and flowers make an aromatic beverage on it’s own but it also helps improve the flavor of nasty tasting remedies and other medicinal preparations. Chop the dried goldenrod flower, stem and leaves into pretty small pieces, place 1 tsp. into your tea strainer and put into your favorite cup. Pour boiled water into the cup over the herb and let steep for about 5 minutes. Remove the herb and drink. You can take 1 or 2 cups a day until any of the above mentioned symptoms are relieved, or just because you like it mixed with other herbs.

This is a very good herb to use for UTI’s, edema, acute anuria and kidney-related skin disorders. It works well in formulas for all sorts of kidney and bladder conditions.

I will tell you for sure, that goldenrod will be in my post disaster first aid kit as a tincture and for use as a tea.

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Home Made Herbal Beverages

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Freeze watch for this county is no longer in effect. Freeze warning is now in effect until 9 AM tomorrow morning. “But it is only September!” I protest rather loudly.

There is just nothing humanly possible that can be done about it, so I run myself ragged today harvesting all that I can from the garden and herb beds. The squash and pumpkins are just starting to ripen with many more coming on. Pepper plants loaded with blossoms and bees dancing from one flower to the next choreographed like a fine ballet.
“What a shame. A garden full of beautiful plants so close to being fully mature, simply wasted.” Again I protest, a little softer this time.
“I so enjoyed stepping out the back door and doing my grocery shopping for the evening meal among the well manicured rows of colorful produce. “In the early morning hours of twilight, without forte or celebration, all the hard work and joy of this years garden comes to an end. It is truly a sad moment.” I think to myself.

You know, I should be used to it by now. We only have about a 112 day window to grow our vegetables in the center of Michigans’ Upper Peninsula. The maples are already about 70% color right now, with brilliant orange, yellow and reds. Falling leaves cover my car. An occasional bird, not from this area, stops by the feeder for a quick bite on his way south. I just heard a group of coyotes yipping from off in the distance. I feel helpless as I know old man Frost has his hands around the throat of my living garden.  I’m already missing the intoxicating pine fragrance delivered to our senses by summers soft warm evening breeze. Nothing says relaxing like leaning back in your favorite chair out on the deck and taking in a spectacular sunset, all while sipping your favorite iced tea. It’s simply hard to give up.

Which finally brings me to the point of this post, home made herbal tea and other drinks. As I scurry around gathering everything that I can, herbal combinations for our winter beverages play repeatedly in my brain. God, in all his infinite wisdom, gave us such wonderful natural flavors and prominently placed taste buds to distinguish them. And you can’t beat the cost, free!

Long before we moved to the U.P. we lived in farm country in Northern Indiana where many sects of Amish live and farm. Amish women shared their herb tea recipes freely, so I learned much from my Amish sisters. There are herbal switchels, teas, special drinks and medical teas, just to name a few. One is only limited by ones imagination.

How to Make an Herbal Tea

Herbal tea is an acquired taste. We are conditioned from birth to food additives and sweeteners that when given a naturally sweetened beverage, it is often distasteful at first. However, there is a personal reward when a natural tea product eventually becomes preferred. You know you are doing the body good.

Start with filtered water. I prefer distilled water. Some times you can find a quality bottled water that will suit you. Using city tap water that is often chlorinated, or/and fluoridated will corrupt the flavor of your natural drink. Select your tea (bag or bulk) and load it into your favorite cup. Heat the water until almost a boil and pour over your tea. Cover the cup for a few minutes and let steep from 3 to 10 minutes depending on what your tea requires.

The picture below is a mesh tea ball for use with bulk tea.

mesh tea ball

Let’s start you out with one of my favorites

Evening relaxer (for kicking back on the deck and watching the sunset)

1 part peppermint leaves
1/2 part chamomile leaves and flowers
1/2 part licorice root
1/4 part hops
1/4 valerian root

Mix all the herbs in a larger mason jar. Take one teaspoon full and put into a cup with hot water. Steep for about 3 minutes and enjoy.

Summer time herbade

1/2 cup lemon balm
1/2 cup peppermint, minced
1/2 lemon juice or rhubarb juice (they taste the same when used in beverages and cooking)
1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 cup honey or sugar

Combine all the ingredients with another 1/2 of water and let stand for an hour. The lemon balm and mint can be whirled briefly in a blender, with water.
This can be strained, and diluted with ice water. For something different, add gingerale instead of water.

Hay-time Switchel (Switchel originated in Nova Scotia, it is a tangy, flavorful beverage rich in minerals and is good for the digestion)

1/2 cup Braggs apple cider vinegar
1/4 molasses
1/2 cup honey or brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 oatmeal, optional
Add all the ingredients and fill to 2 quarts with water. Mix well and refrigerate overnight. Serve cold or with ice.

Kids better-than-koolaid beverage

I really, really hated all the sugar and food colorings in those tiny packages of Kool-Aid from the late 70’s when my own kids were little. So I made my own.

Start with about 2 quarts of raspberries. Heat up about 2 quarts of water to near boiling. Pour the water over the raspberries and set aside for a few hours. Next mash the berries and strain. Add a little sugar, honey or Stevia to taste and chill. There are no artificial ingredients in this drink. Whats more is that this mixture will make excellent popsicles.

If fresh raspberries are unavailable, the next best thing is to purchase raspberry zinger tea at the grocery store. Make two quarts of it following package directions. Add a little sweetener and chill.

Well, I’m sad to say the Ice Man cometh. We had our killing frost over night.First Frost-Freeze of 2015 003
So I’m out to dig roots next. My list gets longer every year. This year I’m collecting;
Burdock root (to use in my tinctures. Works wonder on staph infections, impetigo, and obstinate ulcerations of the skin.)

Valerian root (Usually made into a tincture but works well when used as a tea or decoction. Valerian is used as a sedative and helps to induce sleep. The herb also can reduce stress, nervousness, and irritability.)

Comfrey root (Made into a tincture, also, helps to speed healing of cuts, ulcerations, bruises, broken bones, pulled muscles and ligaments and sprains.)

Horseradish root (A horseradish tincture acts to open sinus passages. Combined with other tinctures, Horseradish is useful in treating upper respiratory complaints, sinus infections and the common cold. It also works wonders fro treating urinary tract infections, rheumatism and gout.)

Echinacea root (This one I dry, it can be used in a tincture form, but I like it in a tea. Echinacea is wonderful for giving a boost to the immune system. It helps increase the overall resistance to disease. Works great as an anti-inflammatory treatment for infected wounds. Beware, it is rare but allergic reactions have been recorded with the use of this herb.)

Well, that ‘s it for now, I need to go get started. Got lots to do today! Talk to ya again soon.

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The Doctor of the Future Will Give No Medicine

“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.”

I recently sought help from a Naturopath for a digestion problem which not only aggravated my stomach and caused constipation. Of course, the body being a closed system, the constipation left me almost bedridden at times with great headaches. I was up for something different as my regular physician had me go through 5 different expensive tests and couldn’t find anything that was causing my complaint.

I found a Naturopathic doctor in a neighboring state but had to wait 3 full months for the appointment because so many others had the same idea as me. She was that full. This dear doctor actually, spends time with each patient because she is not under the 6 minute rule per patient of Obamacare.
My Naturopathic doctor has helped me tremendously using ancient Chinese acupuncture and a combination of herbal mixes to gently nudge the body into a healing mode.  While these methods are working their magic my Naturopathic Doctor teaches me the proper care of the body.  It is now up to the me to see to it that I do the work necessary to heal my complaints.  It’s a joint effort that allows me control of my own health. I like that.

My complaint seems trivial compared to others with life threatening illnesses and diseases. In the state of Michigan and Wisconsin she is not allowed to diagnose your condition but simply suggest a course of action, she is an educator. True Naturopathic healthcare has been terribly propagandized, often being ostracized by people who don’t know what a Naturopath really does and by western medicine in general fearful that western medicine is failing the general public and pharmaceutical companies could loose $$$$.
A Naturopathic Doctor is a doctor first and foremost.  Years of doctor studies at accredited schools and residency at a hospital or other medical facility they choose to leave the cut it out, burn it out, pharmaceutical kingdom and point their studies toward other avenues. A study of Naturopathy has it’s own extensive requirements, much like someone choosing to move into the chiropractic practice.   My particular Naturopath has hospital privileges at our community hospital and while under her care she ordered up a blood test for me. We suspected along with my digestion problem that my thyroid may be out of whack. (Turned out she was right, my numbers were a little on the pale side. The link is a profile of my Naturopath and her accomplishments and credits ;  I’m sure she wouldn’t mind)

I really didn’t know what to expect from a Doctor that offers you a natural healing alternative when I first made the choice to go see her. I came away with an understanding that the body wants to be healthy, it is designed to be healthy.  I already knew the drugs you get from your pharmacist are poisons to the body and very rarely cure anything. They generally mask the very symptoms that are the body’s signal of something wrong, and often create another set of problems. Severally ill patients in a conventional medicine are prescribed pills and treatments which cause a set of conditions that often require more pills to offset the agony directly caused by the first round of medication. Then the patient dies, leaving an opening for the next severely ill patsy. Before you send me a nasty comment, think about the last person that you knew that had cancer. This dear person received drugs, more drugs, and possible some surgery, right? After a course of treatment dear person is said to be cancer free! Only, 5, 6, or 7 years later the cancer returns with a vengeance. Another course of drugs, which cause a reaction which more drugs are given. Then dear person dies anyway. What a win, win for the pharmaceutical and cancer centers. Next! Dear patient is never told that drugs and Chemo deplete the body of all nutrients while killing the immune system which now needs to be replenished.

My naturopath assisted and encouraged me in helping my body’s own healing. I now feel great! Also, I personally discovered that when you give the body the proper stuff, the human body will miraculously take care of the rest. It has been designed to be healthy.  We know this, all of us, but the western medical octopus has too much to loose. In my humble opinion and to my knowledge, only in rare cases do pharmaceutical drugs make a difference or actually cure an illness, the exception, maybe being antibiotics for infectious diseases.

6 principles of Naturopathy
The man is not sick because he has and illness, the man has an illness because he is sick. An Old Chinese Proverb


Another healing tool that I am currently investigating is the Rife machine. Many years ago and man by the name of Royal Raymond RifeRoyal Rife discovered he could kill bacteria with sound frequencies.  The earths vibrational frequency is 7.83 hz or it used to be. Some are measuring a sight increase in earths resonance. There are a boat load of people who swear the Rife generator has healed their illness and others  who claim “Quack” status. As far as I’m concerned, the jury is still out.

The claimed physic Sylvia Brown wrote in one of her books that in the future our healthcare would be provided by natural wellness centers because of the circumstances that will change on the earth and in the human condition. I think we are leaning that way right now.