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Gardening Hacks To Grow Abundantly This Summer

Remember a few weeks ago when I wrote about Marjory Wildcraft and her homestead in Texas? She’s offering a FREE 72-hour viewing of a very simple gardening system she developed starting March 20th and continuing until the 22nd. I receive a small fee for everyone who purchases the lessons after seeing her videos. 

ad for grow half your food in an hour/dayDisabilities aside, what if you could grow half of your own food, gardening organically, right in your own backyard garden in less than an hour each day?

No, Wisconsin is STILL a state where medicinal cannabis is outlawed so I’m not smoking/vaping/eating as I write this.

In this new system, Marjory takes all the guesswork out of growing your own food, so that almost everyone can get started today and be growing half of their own food within a year’s time.

Perfect for anyone worried about power failures

While literally anyone can get started, the system involves raising rabbits and chickens, as well as growing vegetables, in a way that does not require refrigeration or any electricity. 

If you live with or know someone who can’t spend hours working in a garden every day but wants to have healthy, nourishing, homegrown food, let them know about this free opportunity.

Marjory will walk through everything step-by-step. Even if you have no room or desire to raise animals, watch for the information on growing veggies.

The knowledge and insights compiled in this film take years to learn on your own, as Marjory did herself. But they are presented here in a system that eliminates the time-consuming research and trial-and-error that prevent you from successfully growing your own food.

Gardening guesswork is eliminated

Here’s what I mean. Marjory broke down the nutritional needs of the average person eating a healthy diet. She projected those needs out for an entire year. Then she identified three core components that, together, can supply half of the nutrition you need.

Marjory Wildcraft has helped thousands of people to start growing their own food. Her books and videos are used by governments and universities around the world. She condensed all her decades-long experiences into this simple new system.

Eliminate the research, and trial and error that slow you down. You can have fresh homegrown food on your table as soon as possible.

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How to Grow Half Your Own Food is a brand-new system. But it already is a huge success with members of Marjory’s Grow Lab. Unlike lab members who pay a monthly fee, Marjory Wildcraft is making it available to you–for free–March 20 – 22, 2018.

There’s literally nothing to lose and a lot of good information to gain by registering to watch the videos.

People who register for the video series also receive free bonuses

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Never GMOs, many open-pollinated, heirloom and organic seed producers from around the world

This ebook lists companies that have pledged that they “do not knowingly buy, sell, or
trade genetically engineered seeds,” thus assuring consumers of their commitment.

All of the Grow Network directors favorite seed companies are on this list.

Inside this ebook, you will discover small farms or stores selling heirloom, open-pollinated seeds. You’ll also find guidance on what works best in your area–no matter what climate and soil challenges you face. All the companies listed are members of The Safe Seed Pledge.

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Ronnie and Marjory demonstrate seven ways backyard gardening helps the environment while helping you get healthier

From carbon capturing to animal husbandry, Ronnie Cummins and Marjory Wildcraft teach seven ways backyard gardening significantly reduces– and even repairs–damage to our Earth. 

Learn ways you can help reverse soil depletion and desertification. 

You will see an in-depth comparison of nutrition and quality from small, organic farming vs. factory-farmed animal products. You will find resources for better water capture and conservation, too. 

Discover the environmental and health benefits of integrating farm animals with your gardening. I would love to use the “chicken tractor” even though I live in a city that doesn’t allow backyard chickens!

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Membership in The Grow Network helped me, disabled for 11 years, to successfully garden in just a few hours week

The Grow Network is the online home of a global community of people who are producing their own food and medicine.

If you want to take a few steps back from relying on grocery stores and big ag by reclaiming your health and food supply then you are one of us.

There is a bi-weekly newsletter on how to produce your own food and medicine, too. The Grow Network also has forums, a marketplace, seed swaps, even dating, and farms for sale. You can also read about inspiring neighborhood changemakers.

You literally have nothing to lose by registering to watch the free video series. Plus, you’ll receive those free bonus materials. Here’s your final opportunity to register!




Total Pain Relief Is Possible

I’m not sure how many of my readers saw the post Donna from Fed Up With Fatigue posted a month or so ago. In it she wrote about her experiences with a new pain relief product called ActiPatch®. In her post, Donna mentioned there were free samples available by contacting the company.

So I emailed and requested one of those samples. I have chronic pain arising from old injuries that are probably amplified by my underlying ME/CFS, myofascial pain syndrome and fibromalgia.

In April of 1979, I was a passenger on a Honda Gold Wing motorcycle when the driver had a heart attack and didn’t make a turn in the road. Instead we drove through two crab apple trees and hit a barn. Yes, I can hit the broad side of a barn!  😉 Fortunately, the family was home at the time and immediately called 911.

Accident when 27 started chronic pain journey

I spent 10 days in ICU with a depressed frontal skull fracture, fibula fracture and what is called a “degloving injury” to my right lower leg. (Degloving injury occurs when skin is torn off flesh by trauma.) Once out of my coma, I transferred to a surgical floor for another three weeks with an antibiotic resistant gangrene in my right lower leg. This whole time my head injury, and resulting double vision, was not addressed due to fears of cross-contamination from the gangrene. Fortunately, UW Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin was part of clinical trials for a new antibiotic. That turned out to be the only thing that halted the progression of gangrene. It saved my leg from additional surgical excision of dead tissue and amputation. After the leg infection was controlled, I had surgery to fix the depressed skull fracture and moved to a neruo floor for another 10 days.

Then, in 1995, I was T-boned by a beer truck. (Only in Wisconsin, right?) I had severe whiplash and temperomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction. Basically, my lower jaw on the left side was knocked out of it’s socket by the impact. This is an extremely uncomfortable thing to have. For several weeks I was unable to eat anything that involved opening my mouth wider than a straw. Years later I continue to have myofascial pain in my neck, left side of my head, arm and shoulder that reaches around to my spine.

I found relief from chronic knee pain and inflammation

My lateral collateral ligament is no longer attached. I have no medial collateral ligament. Fortunately, the anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments were saved.

Apologies for the digression, but I felt you needed some background before I started writing about how well ActiPatch® worked for my right knee pain. Although the kneecap was okay, I had a jagged wound reaching into my thigh on the left side and no muscle or ligaments there. Consequently, the outer side of my knee had to compensate even though it also was missing muscle and an anchor for the lateral collateral ligament.

I always have inflammation and swelling in the knee. I cannot kneel or put weight on the joint. Since I have neuropathic pain resulting from all the nerve injury, the combination creates a kind of pain synergy.

You can understand why I was so eager to try the ActiPatch® sample. Coincidentally, the device is shown over a knee in the marketing materials.

As you can see in the photo of my own knee below, the ActiPatch® surrounds the kneecap. The loop is supposed to be positioned over the area of greatest pain. You can also see that my knee is not swollen which means it is not inflamed.

A highly reactive nervous system amplifies pain

As most of us with chronic pain know, pain lasting more than a few weeks can easily become chronic. This causes the nervous system to always be highly reactive. This amplifies and maintains the pain even after the initial injury has healed. Therefore, chronic pain is often poorly correlated to the degree of peripheral tissue injury.

my knee with ActiPatch
My right knee wearing an ActiPatch®. You can see my skin graft reflecting light. I wore a loose, old knee compression sleeve to hold it on. Tape is there to keep it in place while I rolled up the sleeve.

According to the product website (, the ActiPatch® sends out electromagnetic signal pulses 1,000 times per second to stimulate neuromodulation of the afferent (carries sensory information from the body, into the spine/central nervous system) nerves to dampen the brain’s perception of pain. 

This is basically what I learned as the Gate Control Theory of Pain. Afferent nerves are smaller than the nerves that conduct sensations such as touch and pressure. All peripheral nerves feed into the spinal column at different levels. When the painful area is flooded with other signals that involve the large nerves, pain is stopped from traveling any further than the outer part of the spine. Essentially, the large-fiber nerves shut down the “gate” into the CNS so pain signals don’t get through. 

To avoid the body getting wise and allowing pain to go through again, the ActiPatch® pulsed signal rate prevents adaption so it can be used long-term, according to product literature. Obviously, pain relief improves sleep, physical activity and overall quality of life.

Device works for many causes of pain

Although I used it on an old injury, the company says ActiPatch® can also be used for fibromyalgia pain, arthritis (definitely a problem with my knee), and nonspecific muscle and joint pain. It works on acute injuries such as sprains and strains, too.

 To the left is the trial device which lasts for seven days. The other products are designed to last longer but cost more. You can purchase an ActiPatch® designed for back pain,
muscle pain, shoulder pain (stick an arm through the ring) and other painful spots, too. The trial loop retails on Amazon for just under $10. Longer-lasting products are around $30 for a cost of a dollar each day. That seems like a pittance when compared to the costs of prescription pain pills, ointments, TENS units, rice sacks and supplements. Plus, there are no medication side effects. If you click on either picture it will take you to the Amazon sales page. I receive, as do many other bloggers, a very small percentage of sales purchased through my link.

Device downsides can easily be managed

I’ve been raving about how well the thing works, but there are some downsides. For example, the battery cannot be changed so the ring must be thrown away (in normal trash) after each use. On the other hand, batteries, except for the trial 7-day version, last for 720 hours or 30 days. I also think the device could be more easily situated on the body if it weren’t a circle. My right ankle has arthritis, but I couldn’t figure out how to make the loop work without bending it. I thought this would stop the free flow of energy. However, I watched several YouTube videos both explaining and demonstrating the device. In one of them a woman shows how she uses it for wrist pain by twisting the loop, doubling it and sliding over the hand onto the wrist and forearm.

The trial came with a generous supply of band-aid like strips. I found them difficult to open and apply without the strip sticking to itself. It would be impossible for someone with diminished hand mobility due to arthritis, cerebral palsy, injury, etc. You will definitely need some sort of sleeve or bandage to hold the device in place.

When all is said and done, I will be buying a long-lasting 30-day ActiPatch® for my knee. Maybe also one for my back and another for the ankle if I’m feeling flush with money. The ring I used on my knee went on my lower back first where it immediately stopped pain signals. I wore it overnight. When I took it off to try it on the knee, I still had back pain relief for about a day afterwards. However, my back pain is minor compared to others of us, so don’t count on your relief being maintained after the device runs out of energy.

I’d love to hear your comments. Did anyone else trial the ActiPatch®?



Serenity For Spoonies #7

WOW! A week’s worth of relaxation-inspiring photos (21) thus far. If you don’t know what a spoonie is, here’s a short article that explains it.

Here’s another waterfall by Ron Whitaker.


Another sea inlet photo, this time by Thomas Ciszewski. Wouldn’t it be great to be the person in this shot?


owl in tree
Owls are fascinating birds. This one was captured in pixels by Ryk Naves.

Let me know if you have any requests!


Serenity For Spoonies #6

This is the sixth installment of gorgeous, IMHO, landscapes and other shots that inspire me to relax for a few moments. If you don’t know what a spoonie is, here’s a short article that explains it.

A lovely inlet by Steve Halama
Jellyfish are so fascinating by Roya Ann Miller
Sunset swimming by Roxanne De La Pena
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Secondary Gain Reinforces Misconceptions About Invisible Disabilities

powerful thoughts memeThe placebo effect can be a double-edged sword. Yes, definitely what you think impacts how you feel. This has been demonstrated to the point where it is no longer in dispute. However, it doesn’t mean our disease(s) is all in our heads.

But did you know that there is a recognized medical thingy called “secondary gain”? (I use “thingy” in place of the word I cannot recall at the moment.) It was even taught in my nursing Master’s program.

Secondary gain is the “good” things that go along with being disabled

Such as no longer needing to work because Social Security pays you instead, taking your dog with you into stores and restaurants, people feeling sorry for you in a way that makes them want to help, government programs that mean you pay nothing or a sliding scale for some services, getting a break on your rent if you live in designated housing. free or low-cost transportation to doctor appointments, the list goes on and on.

We know this is total BS and would give it all up to be healthy again

Unfortunately, this misconception that we remain sick to reap all these benefits is often at the root of why some people think we’re faking illness.

The thinking is that once a doctor can’t find anything wrong, then you can convince yourself you are fine. If you aren’t willing to do this then it’s because of secondary gain.

After all, so this line of thinking continues, you wouldn’t be able to go running from doctor to doctor looking for something wrong if you had to come up with a copay for the visits. If the taxpayer (and here they usually put a hand on their chest) wasn’t paying for this unnecessary expense through Medicare and Medicaid.

I would go close to ballistic whenever someone voiced that kind of opinion when I was working in hospitals. It’s possible I changed some minds. I’d like to think so.

Unfortunately, most Republicans in Congress, in our medical facilities and in our neighborhoods honestly believe in secondary gain, although they won’t admit it unless among like-minded friends and co-workers. That’s the whole reason behind the new work requirements for welfare, after all.

Guest post: Eating Disorders and Diabetes

Stiina Marie is an American who blogs from Norway. I flirt with prediabetes (100-125 mg/dl) when my diet is carb-heavy. I’ve thought long and hard about how I would manage my day, my meals and my exercise if I passed the arbitrary 125 mg/dl cut off point. I know I would be as frustrated as she is. This is why I take precautions, such as losing weight (down to 177.5–a loss of 2.5 lbs this past month) keeping my fasting blood sugar below 100 mg/dl and eating real food instead of processed.


Eating Disorders and Diabetes

by Stiina Marie

I sat there, once again in the chair, ready to be bombarded with weight, exercise and eating questions. This was like my brain, 24/7. Don’t they understand? I plan all my meals, my drinks, my exercise, and weigh myself several times a day hoping the number changes. I don’t need to be constantly reminded I could die if I don’t care as much as I do about my habits and body. I don’t like being told it’s not enough but I’m told that every time I sit in that chair.

This has been my life for five years.


Medical personnel don’t seem to realize the mental toll it can take on a diabetic. I wondered if this kind of talk and constant reminding could conjure an eating disorder. I was sadly right. These are disorders common to specifically those with diabetes:

  • Orthorexia: A fairly new disorder label, this disease is about being obsessive about what you eat to the point that you actually hurt yourself.  One cares so much about nutrients and what not to eat they can become almost phobic of certain foods that are deemed “impure”, leave out foods/food groups in their diet, worry obsessively about their next meal and need to be in control of what they consume.  Hours are spent planning out food, researching and looking at food. 
  • Diabulima: This type of disorder refers to stopping, lessening or skipping insulin injections and running a high blood sugar in order to lose weight.  This is very dangerous to do because high blood sugars can land you in a coma and/or cause death. They can also cause problems in the long run such as kidney failure and blindness. I will not mention how this is done specifically because it can be well hidden from doctors and other people.


Considering these are indeed issues in the diabetic community, I am shocked and appalled there isn’t much light shed on them through medical personnel know of them. I know they do because I was asked if I was skipping insulin doses to lose weight (diabulima). I told them I didn’t have a clue that skipping insulin would do that. She politely nodded and said okay and moved on without much explaining. Google researching told me about diabulimia and another blog author’s information lead me to find orthorexia.

I really believe these two disorders should be added to that fancy-shmancy DSM manual thing. Oh yeah, they aren’t officially disorders. Strange, huh? These disorders won’t go away as long as diabetes is becoming more common and healthcare professionals don’t acknowledge them as an issue. There needs to be a plan. How do you talk about diabetic needs without making the diabetic individual obsessive? How do you discuss positive body image when diabetics typically have weight problems? More importantly, how do you treat individuals with diabulima and/or orthorexia that are still diabetic?