mountain church

Serenity For Spoonies #15

This is the next installment of photos I find particularly intriguing and/or relaxing. If you don’t know what a spoonie is, here’s a short article that explains it.

Another gorgeous mountain waterfall shot from Casey Horner.


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Picture yourself in that cabin…    Photo credit by Alex Hawthorne.


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A church in the woods in the mountains. Photo by Caleb Woods.

Maybe stay away from mountains for a while?


Learn Home Medicine Today

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You’re coming, right?  To watch the FREE Home Medicine Summit… that just went LIVE to the world at 9 a.m. CT this morning?

That’s right, it just started TODAY!

And this 100% online, 7-day event is going to be running 24/7, until Sunday, May 20th with an incredible lineup of 42+ world-renowned speakers on topics related to:

  • The Big Organic Rip Off: why it’s not as healthy as you think!
  • Making your own probiotics–CHEAP + EASY!
  • 100% NATURAL remedies for stress, anxiety, and depression. (Safe alternatives to prescription medications.)
  • How to save $1000s in funeral costs.
  • How to make your own miraculous CBD “hemp oil” … and use it as medicine, without getting high!
  • Foods that are BETTER than anti-inflammatory drugs!
  • Is Turmeric actually DANGEROUS to consume? What nobody is telling you…
  • Why perimeter shopping at the grocery store isn’t a good strategy any more.
  • The power of saying “no” … and how to do it!

And that’s just the beginning!

You’ll hear from best-selling authors and thought-leaders, like:

Mike Adams, Ronnie Cummins, Sally Fallon, Sayer Ji, Nick Polizzi, Melinda Meyer, Joel Salatin, Eric Zielinski, Howard Garrett, Justin Rhodes, Paul Wheaton…

Just to name a few!

So that’s why I’d like to confirm. You signed up to watch for FREE? Right? 

You’ll still have access to Monday’s speaker presentations, but remember they take down each daily presentation at 8:59 am CST and replace them with new ones. Be sure to check the schedule so you don’t miss your favorites.


You can still register here.


Hope you can make it! 

Home Medicine Summit Starts Monday

An event I’ve been waiting for is almost here.

My readers know how passionate I am about using food as medicine. It’s how I healed from being essentially bedridden for years to have a lot of my former life back.  I’ll never work as a nurse practitioner again, but I can help people find a way to become as well as they can be even with a dreadful, debilitating and life-crushing disease like myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME).

One of those ways is through free online learning opportunities.

Take a look at this video promo.  If you want to participate for FREE, click this link.

I will receive a small fee if you purchase the entire package of summit talks (a terrific value, BTW) but it is NOT necessary. I don’t want people who are already living close to the edge to invest more than they can afford.

I’ll be out demonstrating for health equality tomorrow during the worldwide #MillionsMissing campaign, but I’ll be watching the summit with you starting Monday!




Join Me At Marjory’s Home Medicine Summit

Remember my gardening and lifestyle mentor, Marjory Wildcraft? Growing my own organic food was a huge step to take when I was still pretty sick.  But the advice and encouragement I got from her helped get me to where I am today.Marjory at mailbox

That’s why I’m excited to finally be able to tell you. Registration is open and free tickets are available now for her Home Medicine Summit 2018. Piggyback this information on top of all the experts from the Food Revolution. You are well on your way to a healthier life!

I received a sneak preview of this year’s speaker lineup earlier and I can tell you that Marjory has really outdone herself. She’s pulled together an incredible lineup of 42+ experts who promise to show you how to be naturally healthy for pennies on the dollar.

Covering a wide range of topics, this year’s event includes:

  • Why organic is not always as healthy as you think
  • Making your own probiotics cheaply and easily 
  • 100% natural and safe remedies for stress, anxiety, and depression
  • How to save $1000s in funeral costs
  • How to make your own CBD “hemp oil” and use it as medicine, without getting high (or arrested if you are in a nonlegal state)
  • Foods that are better than anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Why perimeter shopping at the grocery store isn’t always a good strategy 
  • The power of saying “no” 

Marjory has once again recruited world-class thought leaders, best-selling authors, and research institutes to participate. These are big names in natural gardening, food, and wellness like Mike Adams, Ronnie Cummins, Sally Fallon, Sayer Ji, Nick Polizzi, Melinda Meyer, Joel Salatin, Eric Zielinski, Howard Garrett, Justin Rhodes, and Paul Wheaton.

But what I love even more is that because Marjory’s connections are so deep and wide in the natural health, permaculture, and sustainable living communities you’re also going to have the chance to meet some unsung heroes. You will meet and learn from people you’ve likely never heard of because they’ve been off in their corner of the world “living it.”

This is a 100% online event, free for you to attend from anywhere with an internet connection. It kicks off Monday, May 14th and will run 24 hours a day for seven full days with two encore days. But please note. Only those people who sign up at the link below will get the schedule + instructions for watching! (This is how they contain the costs of hosting an event like this on a global scale.)

So don’t wait and then kick yourself for missing it! Get your ticket to watch and the presentation schedule right here. And be sure to add this to your calendar ASAP.

I should also mention that when you claim your free ticket Marjory will send you a nice bundle of six gifts to welcome you to the Summit. 

 In exchange for signing up, I receive a percentage of the price for talks if you purchase them for a reference. But purchasing is NOT required. Do what many others do, and watch each presentation when it is live and free. Or if you are having painsomnia, watch it at two in the morning!
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Put Out Your Shoes For ME Awareness Day

millions missing bannerAn international #Millions Missing day of protests and demonstrations by people with ME (myalgic encephalomyelitis), their caregivers, family, and friends takes place again this year on May 12th. Patients too ill to leave their beds are encouraged to participate via still photos or videos shot by family, friends or caregivers. (I define caregivers as anyone who cares about or for a person with ME, not necessarily providing only hands-on services.)

The driving forces behind the rallies are health equality and awareness. Shoes have been a powerful, unifying symbol for #MillionsMissing since 2016 when the first global protests were held.

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Empty shoes make a powerful statement.

Demonstrations display rows of shoes to represent people who are missing from their lives due to myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME). The haunting image of rows of empty shoes is a powerful symbol of this disease’s effect on people’s families, careers, and lives.  

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Empty shoes in Melbourne symbolize people with ME who are no longer able to fulfill family and professional roles.

Those of us with ME would be lost if not for able-bodied supporters who take our place at these rallies and make some noise for those of us too ill to do it ourselves. THANK YOU!

Failure of the NIH to address this disease is unconscionable given the number of people affected, and the immense burden it has on our lives and on our families.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) clearly needs a political incentive to address the crisis of ME/CFS (myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome) with real commitment. On May 12th, the grassroots activist group #MEAction plans to give the NIH that incentive by mobilizing thousands of people in every state across the country to show up for #MillionsMissing–whether from their homes because they are not well enough to leave, or on the streets–to show the NIH director, Dr. Francis S. Collins, that this disease deserves urgent attention.

We Must Fight For

NIH Funding Equality

The NIH has neglected people with ME/CFS by relegating the disease to the bottom of its funding priorities for decades. According to #MEAction, NIH funding in the last 20 years has averaged about $5 million annually for ME/CFS. In 2017, the budget for ME/CFS finally increased to $13 million annually after the NIH announced research funding for three Collaborative Research Centers and a data center.

The following remake of Bob Dylan’s epic Blowin’ In the Wind always moves me to tears! While I have been able to get much of my life back, millions of other people with ME lie in darkened rooms day after day (as I once did) because the stimulation of light and noise overwhelms them.

My post about David Tuller, The Man Who Changed ME/CFS Treatment Recommendations speaks to the PACE trial referenced in the video. For more information, please see 

Based on a report detailing the disease burden of ME (number of people affected and the effect of the disease on their lives) the annual research budget for ME/CFS should be a minimum of $200 million per year. This is a reasonable request in the context of funding for other diseases. For example, funding for multiple sclerosis was an estimated $100 million last year whereas ME is two to three times more prevalent than MS, and has a lower quality-of-life (QOL). In short, ME/CFS patients score more poorly on QOL surveys than those with multiple sclerosis, stroke, diabetes, renal failure, lung disease, heart failure, and several cancers.

Dye Your Hair Blue

Bright, beautiful sky blue is the official color to represent ME.

ME awareness ribbon
Wear a blue ME Awareness ribbon!

Lapel ribbons, balloons, your clothes, hair and accessories and even your cupcake icing can all be blue at ME awareness events. Better yet, purchase and proudly wear a #MillionsMissing T-shirt like at the rally above. Go to

If you’re unable to attend a gathering in your community, change the lightbulb on your porch to make it blue for ME. Put a blue rinse in your hair, have friends and caregivers blow up a blue balloon bouquet, put up yard posters (#MEAction has ideas on the website), hand out leaflets and just generally spread the word.

If you want more information on May 12th activities, please visit #MEAction’s comprehensive website at

This list of practical ways you can help people with ME was compiled by Char on Revisions and annotations are my own.

  1. Learn More About ME by searching on Google, Bing and other sites like,,,,
  2. Search out and read blogs written by people with ME
  3. Raise awareness and the abysmal lack of research funding through events like #MillionsMissing on May 12th
  4. Educate your local city/county legislators, healthcare providers, pharmacies and churches
  5. Host an art exhibition or performance to shed light on life with ME
  6. Do a charity walk/run with friends or colleagues
  7. Display a poster in a public area (supermarkets, hospitals, waiting rooms, libraries, sports clubs, your lunchroom or elevator at work, etc.)
  8. Write a blog post about ME or publish a guest post by a person with ME
  9. Interview a person with ME on your vlog, podcast or radio show
  10. Speak to pastors, doctors, nurses, physical therapists, hairdressers or laundry services about making provisions to better serve local people with ME
  11. Post information about ME and the awareness events on social media using the hashtags: #MillionsMissing #CanYouSeeMEnow #May12th #MEcfs
  12. Host a tea party or pajama party and include a screening of Unrest, the award-winning, Oscar-nominated documentary written, produced and directed by Jennifer Brea
  13. Send local media information packs about ME and invite them to the May 12 protests and demonstrations

Thank you for your interest in helping raise awareness for this very neglected condition. It means a lot that you would spend your time and energy on our behalf.

I speak for all people with ME when I say we are so very grateful for your support!

mountain landscape

Serenity For Spoonies #13

This is the next installment of photos I find particularly intriguing and/or relaxing. If you don’t know what a spoonie is, here’s a short article that explains it.

Photo credit to Irina Kostenich who took this gorgeous sunset.


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A mountain landscape with probably a very cold lake. Photo credit to Matthew Fournier.


Water is stylized by Imleedh Ali.