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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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This ebook lists companies that have pledged that they “do not knowingly buy, sell, or
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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 www.ActiPatchUSA.com 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.

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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 (www.actipatch.com), 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®?


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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.

Medical Research: Low Fat vs. Low Carbohydrate Diet–Which One Promotes Weight Loss?

The debate between following a low-fat, weight-loss diet and eating to lower carbohydrates and thereby lose weight appears to be settled after a large medical study. Some people, including many ketogenic and paleo dieters, believe cutting back on carbohydrates helps them lose weight. Others, including many physicians and medical centers, promote diets that cut back on saturated fats found in red meats and dairy products, as recommended by the US Department of Agriculture in its Food Pyramid.

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The official USDA Food Pyramid

In a 600-person, year-long study, the two eating styles helped dieters drop almost exactly the same number of pounds — and there didn’t seem to be much rhyme or reason as to who succeeded on which plan.

Going into the study, which was published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers wanted to settle the debate but they also wanted to know if blood insulin levels or genotype had an effect on weight loss.

High blood levels of insulin are a sign of insulin resistance, which often precedes Type 2 diabetes. Many believe high serum insulin promotes storing calories as fat. Researchers looked at the genetic profile of each participant and determined which ones had particular genetic traits thought to lead to weight gain. To the researchers’ surprise, neither genetic predisposition nor high insulin levels had any effect.

Results show you can lose weight with either eating plan

People studied were between 18 and 50 years old, and all overweight or obese but otherwise healthy. They attended nutrition classes taught by a health educator. There were no calorie restrictions. Everyone was directed to minimize their intake of sugars, refined flours, and trans fats. At the same time, they were encouraged to eat vegetables and nutrient-dense foods.  Everyone was encouraged to adopt healthy habits like cooking at home and sitting down for structured meals with family members.

As you would expect, not everyone on the diets lost weight and some had dramatic losses. The outliers were one individual who gained 20 pounds and another who lost 60. However, the average weight loss in each group was almost identical: 11 pounds in the low-fat group, compared to 13 pounds in the low-carb group.

“It’s not so much about that food — it’s really about [changing] this crazy way that Americans eat.”

About 30% of people in the study had a genetic signature that, in theory, should have pointed to success on the low-fat diet, while 40% had a low-carb “profile”. But the data didn’t show any strong similarity between these genetic markers and weight loss on the corresponding diet. Neither did measures of insulin resistance, which the team also thought would be related to success.

The successful dieters, regardless of which group they were in, credited their achievement to a reframed relationship with food. They began eating more mindfully, cooking at home more often and focusing on whole foods instead of processed, packaged foodstuff.

According to the lead researcher, Christopher D. Gardner, Ph.D., “That was more powerful than differentiating between low-carb or low-fat. Just getting them to be a lot more mindful about what they were eating. It’s not so much about that food — it’s really about [changing] this crazy way that Americans eat.”

What about your diet?

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Medical Research: Pain Med Has Unexpected Effect On Sex Hormones, Blood Sugar Measurement

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This commonly used painkiller has a hidden side.

A recent examination of patients taking acetaminophen (Tylenol ) for pain unexpectedly found that the common painkiller alters sex hormones. If taken during pregnancy it may cause male babies to be born with urogenital malformations. (Source)

Acetaminophen (APAP) has been in use for over 50 years, but researchers still don’t know all the ways it works in the body.

The effect on one sex hormone was roughly equivalent to the effect of 35 years of aging, or the normal decrease in levels seen in menopause. Fortunately, the effect only lasts for 48 hours if no additional APAP is taken

Taking APAP every day for pain causes some hormones to become menopausal–regardless of age.

Acetaminophen also causes false highs, by a rather large margin, in people with continuous glucose monitors, according to another study reported in Diabetes Care. This obviously is a concern for the many diabetics who use continuous glucose monitoring (CGM), which is swiftly becoming the standard of care for Type 1 diabetics.

Blood Sugar Measurement Also Affected

For example, three patients in the study had blood glucose meter values less than 70 mg/dL with much higher CGM readings — 63 vs 138 mg/dL, 46 vs 175 mg/dL, and 51 vs 184 mg/dL.

New technology should eliminate false high blood sugar readings.

In 10 patients, the CGM values read higher than 180 mg/dL, but the meter reading was over 100 mg/dL lower. The effect appears to be limited to CGM since finger stick glucometer readings were used as a control.

Newer blood sugar measurement technology under development will take this consequence into account. Until then people who use CGM need to be aware of the APAP effect.

The study that found the sex hormone effect with APAP also was able to shed light on how the painkiller works in the body. People who took acetaminophen had very low levels of neurosteroids made by the brain itself, such as pregnenolone sulfate and DHEAS [dehydroepiandrosterone]. The drug also works with three distinct metabolic pathways–one of them being the endocannabinoid system, which produces marijuana-like molecules.

This may explain the calming effects experienced by some individuals and acetaminophen’s use as a mild sedative in children. The uncertainty and growing number of proposed mechanisms raise the possibility that there are further actions involving central nervous system (CNS) cell receptors. (Source)

The findings are significant because they show how the body is impacted by seemingly innocuous everyday medications. There are hundreds of other drugs that no one has done this research for.