Healing Herbs & Spices

Healing Herbs & Spices : Health Benefits of Popular Herbs & Spices Plus Over 70 Recipes To Use Them In (Healing Foods Series) is offering the Kindle version of their book free, today only... as a promotion from Amazon.com. In this book, you will learn about the healthiest herbs and spices, how they help improve your health and how to cook with them. You'll have a new appreciation for everyday herbs that you can find in your grocery store right now plus you'll get over 70 recipes that show you how to take advantage of the healing properties in delicious foods that you and your family will love!

I found a video review of the book on YouTube of this book. You can watch it right here:

For some time now I have been looking at ways of avoiding off-the-shelf pills and medicines for problems such as headaches, stomach cramps, coughs and colds. In my opinion if there is a natural remedy available, why would I want to use manufactured chemical products? This book has ended my search ~Sue Walker

Click here to get your free copy today while you can

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The Darkling Thrush

I was down to the cottage this weekend past. I stepped out on the deck, and just passed my truck, in front of the cottage, was a lone crow sitting in a tree. As you can see by the color of the lawn, the heat has been relentless this year. The grass has turned brown; pretty well cured on the stem.

Thoughts about the summer coming to an end -- my daughter, who has left for the winter, who may, or may not decide to return the following summer, made me think of this poem by Thomas Hardy.

The Darkling Thrush

I leant upon a coppice gate
When Frost was spectre-gray,
And Winter's dregs made desolate
The weakening eye of day.
The tangled bine-stems scored the sky
Like strings of broken lyres,
And all mankind that haunted nigh
Had sought their household fires.

The land's sharp features seemed to be
The Century's corpse outleant,
His crypt the cloudy canopy,
The wind his death-lament.
The ancient pulse of germ and birth
Was shrunken hard and dry,
And every spirit upon earth
Seemed fevourless as I.

At once a voice arose among
The bleak twigs overhead
In a full-hearted evensong
Of joy illimited;
An aged thrush, frail, gaunt, and small,
In blast-beruffled plume,
Had chosen thus to fling his soul
Upon the growing gloom.

So little cause for carolings
Of such ecstatic sound
Was written on terrestrial things
Afar or nigh around,
That I could think there trembled through
His happy good-night air
Some blessed Hope, whereof he knew
And I was unaware.

Sometimes... I can't help but feel like the solitary crow sitting on top of the tree and starring out at the barren mud-flats. What is he waiting for? I am, after-all, alone like him. We are at the cottage, and we are alone. Crows are known scavengers and bad omens. Is he waiting for me to die -- to pick what's left of my sun-bleached bones?

But the "aged thrush, frail, gaunt, and small, in blast-beruffled plume" -- is singing a cheerful tune of hope; perhaps.... something I am really unaware of. Who really knows what tomorrow will bring?

Thomas Hardy, OM (2 June 1840 – 11 January 1928) was an English novelist and poet. A Victorian realist, in the tradition of George Eliot, he was also influenced both in his novels and poetry by Romanticism, especially by William Wordsworth. Charles Darwin is another important influence on Thomas Hardy. Like Charles Dickens he was also highly critical of much in Victorian society, though Hardy focused more on a declining rural society. If you would like to read more of his poems you can click here to buy a 224 page hardcover book from Amazon.com


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Free today only: Gleefully Gluten-Free

Gleefully Gluten-Free (Healthy Desserts & Snacks)  is free today from Amazon.ca. These books are usually free for only 24-48 hours as part of a promotion. So if you're interested in wonderful gluten free desserts, get it now. The free offer is only for the Kindle version. Click that link to read some great reviews of the book. One of the 16 reviewers said, "I love these recipes! My family and friends love them! Even those who aren't Gluten-free(ers)"

If you'd like to share some of your favorite gluten-free recipes, please use the comment section below.


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The first issue of GIMP Magazine

GIMP is a powerful image retouching and editing tool and is released as free and open-source software. There are versions available for just about every operating system.  It has has tools used for free-form drawing, resizing, cropping, photo-montages, converting between different image formats, and more specialized tasks. Animated images such as GIF and MPEG files can be created using an animation plugin.

Some avid users say that is a rival to Photoshop, the image editing software choice of many professional graphic  artists. In the past I've downloaded the software, but I did find it had quite a steep learning curve. That may have just become a whole lot easier...

In the last two months the newest version of GIMP (version 2.8) has been downloaded over 6.8 million times. The group behind GIMP has announced there will now be a GIMP magazine. They say:

GIMP Magazine features the amazing works created from an enormous community from all over the world estimated at around 8 million people.  Photography, digital arts, tips and tricks, step by step tutorials, master classes, help desk questions, and so much more are showcased and explored in this free publication.

Watch the video below as a fan describes the new GIMP 2.8 and shows you some of the new features. She also discusses some of the exciting new improvements.

It doesn't matter if you're 15 or 50+, if you ever wanted to unleash your creativity without it costing you more than you make in a month, the new version of the editor combined with the new GIMP magazine is sure to give you tons of enjoyment -- in a very artistic fashion.


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A lifetime amount of Dioxin in just 6 months

I've often wondered why there were so many people stricken with cancer in Nova Scotia. It always seemed to me when I lived in the west, that you heard of people dying of other things besides cancer. But in Nova Scotia, if someone gets sick and dies, the usual suspect is cancer.

One idea, is that because of the prevailing winds, all the toxins generated by the industry in the mid-west United States, comes right up the bay with the tide, and is carried across the province. I suppose this could include a number of toxins, but one which is particularly carcinogenic is dioxins. This actually encompasses a broad class of compounds that vary widely in toxicity. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), people who are exposed to any amount of dioxin are at an increased risk for cancer. (1997)

According to an article by the Organic Consumers Association, it says:

Dioxin and related compounds have been found in significant levels in the food chain and people in the U.S. and other industrialized countries. The main source of such dioxin is emissions from incinerators(43). Dioxin has been found to be one of the most toxic and carcinogenic chemicals ever tested, and has been found to cause cancer, endocrine system and immune system damage, birth defects, learning disabilities, etc. Dioxin is being found at dangerous levels in cows milk, mother's milk, sperm cells, etc.- especially near incinerators. No studies were found that attempted to quantify the total cost of health effects due to dioxin, but studies indicate that impacts appear to be large and in the billions of dollars.

Dioxins are found in meat, poultry, fish and even in milk. In just six months of breast feeding, a baby in the U.S. will, on average, consume the EPA's maximum lifetime dose of dioxin.1  these toxins get passed on to humans from the plants animals eat. They are stored in the fatty tissues and then we n turn eat it. Then it stores in our fat, and creates a build-up.

Of course we are all digesting these poisons, but if you look through the Canadian Cancer Statistics for 2011, featuring a study on Colorectal Cancer, produced by the Canadian Cancer Society, it says, "The estimated incidence rates for all cancers combined continue to be highest for the maritime provinces and Quebec and lowest in British Columbia."2 It's easy enough to why this is, when you take the north-west prevailing winds into consideration. Based on current incidence rates, 40% of women and 45% of men in Canada will develop cancer during their lifetimes. But this expectancy increases the farther east you live.

Watch this interview with Dr. Linda Birnbaum, (EPA Toxicology Diviision Director) 2004

In a paper published by the Environmental Protection Agency, it says there are some measures we can take to limit our exposure. Though speculative, trimming fat from meat, consuming low-fat dairy products, and simply cooking food may eventually decrease the body burden of dioxin compounds. Also, a balanced diet (including adequate amounts of fruits, vegetables and cereals) will help to avoid excessive exposure from a single source. However, the ability of consumers to mitigate their own exposure is limited. It is the role of national governments to monitor the safety of the food supply and to take action to protect public health.3

From another article I wrote, Our Groceries are Poisoned you can see that the North American Governments aren't really taking an active role in protecting consumers from toxic chemicals in our foods. The answer is blowing in the wind with the dioxins.



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