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Soil/Life Part 1

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Quite a few months ago I talked about discussing the materials in a book that I had read called Soil Fertility and Animal Health by Dr. William Albrecht.  I really struggled with trying to convey some of the information from that book because if I did then I would just end up with an email that was about the same size as the book. The material is THAT interesting!  So how do you share so much stuff without just telling the whole thing?

As time passed I ran across another book called Soil, Grass and Cancer by Andre Voisin.  Both books can be purchased from Amazon for around 20 bucks each, which would be well worth the money spent if you choose to buy one or both.  After I read the Voisin book, then I finally felt that I could attempt to share some of the material as Voisin's book says pretty much the same material, but in a more simple form. Albrecht's book gives you a whole lot of technical charts, graphs and a lot of agronomic specific...

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Moo Juice Part 4: Zombies, Fake Greeks… and … Essential Oils

(Editor’s note: In part one of this series (link) Kent professed his love for milk, introduced us to some cows and (cue the scary music) the GMO connection. In part two (link), Kent detailed the case study of his friend’s dairy, GMO hay and similar reactions between cows and humans. Kent also introduced (cue the mysterious music) the depletion of important minerals such as calcium, magnesium, manganese, copper and zinc. In part three, we dove into the GMO geopolitical waters. Here in part four, we circle back through the farm to essential oils.)

Hi, everyone,

In this part I promised that I would talk about corn and soybeans, two very widely used base food "stuffs" and the two most planted and harvested crops in the United States by volume and acreage.

The ingredients derived from these two crops are used in almost every and any processed food product. These crops are no different than alfalfa in being subjected to industrial farming practices. In fact more of these...

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Moo Juice: Part 3

(Editor’s note: In part one of this series (link) Kent professed his love for milk, introduced us to some cows and (cue the scary music) the GMO connection. In part two (link), Kent detailed the case study of his friend’s dairy, GMO hay and similar reactions between cows and humans. Kent also introduced (cue the mysterious music) the depletion of important minerals such as calcium, magnesium, manganese, copper and zinc. Here in part three, we dive into the GMO geopolitical waters. In part four, we circle back to essential oils.)

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Why is it important for us to understand the role of some of these herbicides in our diet? This discussion looks at the milk part of the diet. Milk products are used in many foods and food preparations. Since we have given some examples of how it interacts with other mammals, it would stand to reason that we as the human version of a mammal would not fare differently.

One of the big problems is that these herbicides bind...

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Moo Juice Part 2

(Editor’s note: In part one of this series, Kent professed his love for milk, introduced us to some lovely dairy farm ladies (cows) including the queens of the milkers, the Holsteins and (cue the scary music) the GMO connection.) 

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From this point on I am going to talk about a case study that I have been involved in. We will address other aspects of this later on and tie in the nutrition and essential oils and their role in all of this.

I have a friend who has a dairy, produces very high quality milk and actually cares about the welfare of his cows even down to an individual cow basis. This dairy runs about 65 twice a day through the barn.

My friend had to purchase a little extra hay last year to make it through the season. He bought a few semi loads from another friend of mine that farms just up the road from where I live. By all rights, this hay farmer is a very good farmer. But he plants Roundup Ready alfalfa. Then comes my friend that has the small dairy....

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Surrender and Wild Flower

It is about time I get the rough idea out there about these 2 new blends that we get the information out there and ahead their introduction.

Let me lay some ground work first. We have been looking at several aspects of the emotional side of this whole aromatherapy arena. For the most part most aromatherapy programs and the offerings presented by most companies center around replacing your doctor and working mostly on physical issues. The replacing your doctor is a rational idea in some aspects but In our day and age, in this country, that might be even a little more important since the Affordable Health Care act is quickly becoming anything but affordable for most people. Of course the government agencies are really coming down on people creating and selling essential oils. In some aspects this is rational but also irrational. Irrational because many times people with good intentions try to work beyond their ability, training, education and qualifications. Many times this can be...

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Moo Juice: How Now Black and White Cow? Part 1

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Most people like milk and milk products. I for one am totally addicted to milk, good fresh, cold cow milk. I can handle goat milk if it is Sanaan goat milk. Those are the big white ones, and only if they are fed correctly. But cow's milk, most breeds are fine for me.

However, some people cannot tolerate milk from certain breeds. At least that is what the thought is in some circles. In other circles, they say they can't handle milk unless it is lactose free. We are going to attempt to get to the bottom of this issue and deal with it.

The problem is basically two-fold. One is the issue with certain breeds of cows that have a mutation in their gut that directly affects some people's ability to digest milk. Now that is strange, isn't it? Basically a gut problem in one mammal that directly affects the gut in another mammal and the only common link is the milk. The breed that has the mutation is the Holstein. That breed is the most typical on American dairies or, more...

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Gardening, Nutrition & Oils, Part 3 and Small Farm Production, Part 3

I am wanting to get these 2 finished up and get moving on. But after some thought I am thinking that we will just close these 2 separate topics out and address specific issues as they relate to the titles.

The oils are directly related to small farm production as many oils come from small farms. The whole deal there is totally fascinating and the quality of those oils are directly related to how the whole process works. What one will find is that the soil is very much like a human body when it comes to nutrition. Both require the work of all of the digestive bugs and enzymes to make it work. Of course this includes a lot of raw materials such as water, minerals, salts, and the list goes on from there. Somewhere along the line, actually all the way along the line, you have this energy factor coming into play. When that magic happens, you have action as in life.

Along the way sometimes some little thing goes wrong and things begin to spiral out of control. This is where we need a...

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Cinnamon Oil

One aspect of aromatherapy that fascinates me is the link to memory. You sniff an essential oil and instantly your mind is transported back to something you haven’t thought about for decades.

That’s what Cinnamon essential oil does for me. But I am very careful to sniff from the cap, not the bottle, because it is a hot oil. It’s not hot in that it could burn you, but hot essential oils are very irritating to the skin and mucous membranes. Cinnamon, as well as Clove Bud, Oregano and Thyme Thymol, are among the hot essential oils that must be diluted substantially before use.

I fondly remember the scent of cinnamon in the cider simmering on the stove to warm my winter evening. It wafted from the treats in the oven. No wonder Cinnamon essential oil is known for aiding and balancing digestion, especially blood sugar issues. It even helps relieve those uncomfortable issues known as diarrhea and intestinal gas pain.

While we’re talking organs, Cinnamon essential...

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Gardening, Nutrition & Oils Part 2

Hi Everyone,.

I hope that by now you are seeing the pattern of the human body is much like a plant or even a animal and much like the soil in which it grown. We all depend on the vary same elements. However, the variety of the application is vast among the different life forms.

When we look at the quality of essential oils they have a direct relationship to the nutrition that we as humans receive. A person that is not very well nourished will not perform to his potential; we see the same thing in a plant from which an essential oil is derived.  Just because a plant is grown in the same area does not mean that it is consistent across year in year out.  Many people will at times convince you that if it is wild crafted then it is the best. This is not always the case. There might be a plant growing there, and it may be deficient or show deficiencies patterns over time. We may not always find the most optimal expression of the plant under those conditions. On the opposite...

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Course of Action: Part 1

So what is the best way to deal with an issue?  Before or after the fact?  I for one, am an advocate trying to deal with an issue  on a before the fact.  Many times I get labeled as being negative or pessimistic and all those words along those lines. But really is that being negative or all like words?  I really don't think so. Here is why. In nature I have observed that inaction on a subject will produce a given result. Just like an action.  Sometimes it may be a little bit all over the board, not always, usually the outcome being pretty predictable in either the action or inaction case.

My line of thinking is this, why deal with an unfavorable issue if you don't really have to?  I mean don't we have to face and put to rest enough unfavorable issues that just comes across our path all by themselves?  So why create more ?  So how do we work with this?  I say be proactive fix it, do some preventive maintenance and avoid a break down....

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