Natural Cures Not Medicine: 08/01/13

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Get Your Vitamin C From Nature, Not The Pharmacy

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The Nature’s Vitamins series

Sometimes the sources for  elemental nutrients are, quite literally, right in your own back yard.  This couldn’t be more true than for Vitamin C. Vitamin C is a vital nutritional component for a healthy diet and is the most recommended supplement in the United States. But skip the often toxic store-bought pills shaped like cartoon characters and turn to the garden for your daily dose!  Store-bought vitamins often contain heavy metals, GMOs, artificial sweeteners, and other poisons.

Rose hips, the seed-filled pods at the base of a rose blossom, contain more than 60 times the dose of Vitamin C than is found in an equal amount of citrus fruit.

wild roses

All rose hips are not created equally.  Wild roses and old fashioned breeds of roses like the Rugosa Rose (Rosa rugosa)  and the Dog Rose (Rosa Canina) have the highest concentration of Vitamin C.  Be sure that the roses were not subject to the spraying of pesticides or other chemicals.  Harvest rose hips after the first frost.  They should be red and yield slightly to the touch.

rose hips on bush

Fresh rose hips have the highest levels of vitamin C, but the best way to store rose hips for the winter is to dry them.  Wash the harvested rose hips and allow them to air dry.  Place them in the dehydrator whole for about 6-8 hours.  When dry they will be shriveled and wrinkly.


Using your food processor, pulse the dried rose hips until they are coarse chunks. Don’t over process them.

Using a mesh colander, sift the pulsed rose hips so that the little hairs and seeds fall through, leaving you with a lovely colander full of reddish-brown tangy-tasting bits of Vitamin C.

rosehip tea

As a nutritional bonus, rose hips are also a good source of  vitamins A, B-3, D and E, bioflavonoids, citric acid, flavonoids, fructose, malic acid, tannins and zinc.
How to Make Rose Hip Tea

Rose hips are most commonly used in teas.  Commercially, most fruit or berry flavored teas contain rose hips. They give a tart, tangy flavor due to the naturally occurring ascorbic acid. Always prepare rose hips using non-aluminum cookware – aluminum destroys the vitamin C content.

    To make tea from fresh rose hips, steep 2 tablespoons of rose hips in a cup of boiling water for 10 minutes.
    To make tea from dried rose hips, steep 2 teaspoons of rose hips in a cup of boiling water for 15 minutes.

Rose Hip Jam

    8 cups of washed rose hips
    1/4 cup of lemon juice
    6 cups of water
    5 cups of turbinado sugar
    1 package + 2 tbsp of no-sugar needed pectin


    With a sharp paring knife, cut the rose hips in half, then remove the seeds and the “hairs” from the inside of the halves.
    Use a food processor to roughly chop the rose hips.  (You’ll end up with about 4-5 cups of rose hip halves.)
    In a large non-aluminum pot, add the water, lemon juice, and rose hips. Bring this to a hard boil, uncovered,  for about 30 minutes to cook down the rose hips.
    In a small bowl, use a fork to mix ¼ cup of the sugar with one packet of pectin.
    Stir the pectin/sugar mixture into the rosehip liquid.
    Boil for 1-3 minutes, then TEST YOUR JAM with a spoon from the freezer.  If it is not the right consistency, add the extra 2 tbsp of pectin and boil for another two minutes, then retest.  Repeat until your jam has reached the desired thickness. (Be sure to skim off and discard foam throughout this step.)
    Ladle the jam carefully into your awaiting (sanitized) jars, wipe the rims and cap your jars with snap lids and rings.
    Process in a water bath canner for 10 minutes, making adjustments for your altitude.

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The Health Benefits of Cherries

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Cherries are one of the most popular summer fruit, with around two million tonnes being produced worldwide every year! Thankfully, cherries are also wonderful for our health! That deep, dark red hue is a good sign that they pack an array of nutrients, vitamins and minerals. The benefits of cherries range from helping to relieve pain, prevent diseases like cancer and slow down the aging process. Read on to find out how cherries can help improve our health.

Help Fight Cancer & Disease

Cherries are very rich in antioxidants – you can tell simply by observing their deep red hue. Antioxidants help scavenge free radicals which induce damage to our DNA and cells in our body. When we consume a large quantity of antioxidants, they replace the free radicals in our body before they can cause any harm to our health.

Cherries are rich in queritrin (a flavonoid), which has been found by researchers to be one of the most potent anti-cancer antioxidants. They also contain ellagic acid (potent anti-carcinogen and anti-mutagenic which eradicate cancer cells in the body) and perillyl alcohol (POH) which is extremely powerful in destroying proteins that the cancer cells need to grow.

Powerful Anti-Inflammatory (Arthritis, Gout, Migraines)

Cherries, similar to berries, help fight off inflammation in the body thanks to their high concentration of free-radical scavenging antioxidants. The anthocyanins and bioflavonoids in cherries slow down COX-1 and COX-2 pro-inflammatory enzymes, which means that individuals suffering from arthritis and gout will experience major pain relief from a reduction in inflammation.

By helping reduce inflammation in the body, cherries also help eliminate migraine headaches. In fact, cherries work so well at reducing headaches and migraines, that they have been found to be just as effective as aspirin and ibuprofen!

“Brain Food” – Improve Memory

Anthocyanins in cherries produce powerful effects in the brain, such that they improve circulation of blood and thus increase the ability of neurons to communicate more effectively. This means better memory and reduced risk of developing diseases like dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

Help You Lose Weight

Cherries, like all fruit, can actually help you lose weight! Foods that are high in vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients help signal to the brain that the body has received ample nutrients and will shut off the hunger signal. When we consume empty-calorie foods (anything highly processed and packaged), we feel as though we can eat 500 times the amount of those foods and STILL not be satiated. This is because these foods are stripped of nutrients, and thus our body gets confused and wants to keep eating until it has fulfilled it’s nutrient needs.

Cherries have been extensively studied and have proven to lower total body weight, reduce belly fat and cholesterol. Specifically, tart cherries have the potential to limit the uptake of fat into the body and help control blood cholesterol levels.

Reset Circadian Rhythms

Cherries contain the antioxidant melatonin which is released when we sleep, and helps regulate our circadian rhythms. Our body rapidly absorbs melatonin, so if you want to sleep easy, eat a cup or two of cherries before you go to bed. Not much melatonin is present in the body, so consuming foods that contain this antioxidant is a wonderful way to naturally treat insomnia and help you sleep better.

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The Dangers of Using Plastic Water Bottles

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This is an article that should be shared to anyone important in your life!
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Bottled water in your car is very dangerous. People should not drink bottled water that has been left in a car. The heat reacts with the chemicals in the plastic of the bottle which releases dioxin into the water. Dioxin is a toxin increasingly found in breast cancer tissue. So please be careful and do not drink bottled water that has been left in a car.

Use a stainless steel canteen or a glass bottle instead of plastic.

This information is also being circulated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center … No plastic containers in microwaves. No plastic water bottles in freezers. No plastic wrap in microwaves.

Dioxin chemical causes cancer, especially breast cancer. Dioxins are highly poisonous to cells in our bodies. Don’t freeze plastic bottles with water in them as this releases dioxins from the plastic. Recently the Wellness Program Manager at Castle Hospital , was on a TV program to explain
this health hazard.

We should not be heating food in the microwave using plastic containers…..
This especially applies to foods that contain fat. The combination of fat, high heat and plastic releases dioxin into the food.

Instead use glass, such as Pyrex or ceramiccontainers for heating food… You get the same result, but without the dioxin.. So, such things as TV dinners, instant soups, etc., should be removed from
their containers and heated in something else.

Paper isn’t bad but you don’t know what is in the paper. It’s safer to
use tempered glass, such as Pyrex, etc.

A while ago some of the fast food restaurants moved away from the styrene foam containers to paper. The dioxin problem is one of the reasons….

Plastic wrap, such as Cling film, is just as dangerous when placed over foods to be cooked in the microwave. As the food is nuked, the high heat causes poisonous toxins to actually melt out of the plastic wrap and drip into the food. Cover food with a paper towel instead.

Source: Raw For Beauty

Fluoridated Water Is Causing Thyroid Health Problems

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But aside from all the sordid history, the suppression of scientific concern, and the labeling of dissenters as off-balanced "fluorophobes," what should a sensible person do? Here are three appropriate actions for regular daily life, especially if you are bothered by feeling fat, fuzzy, frazzled, fatigued, depressed, beset by intolerance to heat or cold, annoyed by problems with skin-hair-nails, or suffering with severe constipation, low libido, infertility, or uncomfortable menopause.

First, if you are not a thyroid patient, have your thyroid status carefully checked. Insist on more testing than the simple AMA panel of TSH and Free T4. Add a Free T3 and the Thyroid Antibody Panel. You may be one of the millions of people whose fluoride exposure over the years has finally made you low thyroid.

Second, if you are already a thyroid sufferer and treatment is not going as well as you would like, consider an enhanced fluoride avoidance program. Stop drinking and cooking with tap water if it is fluoridated. Well-chosen bottled water is preferable. Start buying non-fluoridated tooth paste. It's available at the health food store if you really look closely. Decline the fluoride dental treatments and make sure it is not in your mouth wash. The various other food sources are probably not a significant factor.

Commentary on 2006 Research Findings

Third, start speaking out against the unhealthy practice of fluoridation. Don't expect that the Public Health Service will ever willingly admit to the most colossal error ever in the history of government science. The change will instead occur as more and more local communities decide against fluoridating their city water. They will thereby join those whole countries that have rejected or banned the practice, such as Japan, India, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, and Holland. Be guided by the credo of health professionals, "Above all, do no harm." If fluoridated water is now highly suspected of harm, then let's put a moratorium on proceeding further with it.

Key Resources

EPA Standard for Fluoride in Drinking Water Is Not Protective/2006

Drs. Richard and Karilee Shames
Portland Tribune Article


Mary Shomon

If this petition gets 100,000 signatures Monsanto products could be banned from America!

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If this petition gets 100,000 signatures Monsanto products could be banned from America!

Someone just commented this on our page. Current signatures 1. But that is all that is needed. 1 good idea in the hands of wise people. Never under-estimate the power of one.


Update!*** The petition to BAN MONSANTO FROM AMERICA has received almost 6,000 signatures in less than 24 hours!! We have 29 days left to hit 100,000 to be taken serious. Get this everywhere! If this petition gets 100,000 signatures Monsanto products could be banned from America! Those who say it can't be done shouldn't interupt those who are doing it!

UPDATE*2 --> 8,000 signatures! Day 2

UPDATE*3 ---> Almost 17,000 Signatures - Day 7! (Picture below)

Here is another petition:

 Mandatory GMO labeling -- It already has 85,000!

We are the first to share this petition so do us a favor and help share this article. We will keep this updated as the signatures come in. If this is still a democracy let us speak.

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Uruguay Becomes First Country In World To Fully Legalize Cannabis

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Jose Mujica is known as "the worlds poorest president" yet he donates 90% of his salary to charity and is now making Uruguay the first country in the world to fully legalize marijuana. You can grow it, smoke it, buy it, use it for cancer treatment etc. A.k.a. the natural freedom everyone deserves. Cannabis is a natural plant and people have the right to choose what goes into their body. That is what FREEDOM is all about. Using cannabis is something you can easily do while maintaining everyone's basic human rights. Obviously you shouldn't smoke and drive and things that that otherwise you will be a danger to society. Moderation is important but so is logic. Call us liberals or whatever the buzz word is now, but we have no label in our own minds. We just wish everyone could be free to do as they wish as long as it didn't harm anyone else or the planet. Live can be simple. And only what you allow will continue.

Anyone else moving to Uruguay with us?

Here is a long list of sources that prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that cannabis is most likely the most useful and nutritional plant on Earth or even the Universe.

This man cured his skin cancer with cannabis oil:

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