Friday, June 27, 2014

Life gets scarier every day, help yourself to health

I watched Dr. Oz on the 23rd of this month, I don't watch often, but he did a show on GMO growing and I wanted to see it. When this process started, much less was used in the way of chemicals on our crops. But constant use has done just what antibiotics have done to us. We have overused them to the point of creating super bugs. And now we are using 15 or more times the poisons on our food, it requires cocktails of heavy chemicals to kill the resistant weeds and bugs that have been created and learned to survive the stuff. Bugs and weeds have now become immune to the original amounts. I know, most people go shopping and grab boxes and cans and convenient stuff, fast to fix, but it's dangerous to your health. I told you about the tomato growing last week, corn , soy, wheat, sugar, all are grown with sprays. These sprays are especially bad for children and the elderly. They affect you brain and nervous system. They cause leukemia and cancer, not to mention Alzheimer, allergies, arthritis, you name it. I am going to give you some information for shopping. Avoid the dirty foods, the worst are apples, celery, tomatoes, grapes, peaches, potatoes, cucumbers, spinach, strawberries, peppers, all kinds and greens. Washing will not remove the poison. If you buy these, look for organic. The safe things are asparagus, avocado, cantaloupe, corn, eggplant, mango, kiwi, mushrooms, papaya, pineapple, sweet potato and cabbage. These have thick skins or do not require sprays to grow. And then there is meat, animals are kept in cage like surroundings, fed hormones and antibiotics and you get large amounts of that in all meats. Unless again, they are raised in safe fields and given proper care. When you are shopping in the produce department, write this down and take it with you: organic produce is marked with a 5 digit code starting with 9, GMO crops are marked with a 5 digit code starting with 8, and conventional crops have a 4 digit code. Most things are conventional and are not very good for you. Leaner cuts of meat are safer as the fat seems to soak up the additives more. It seems that most folk think cooking from scratch takes longer and is harder, but if you try it for a while, you will find its not so. Why would you want to put yourself, and worse your children at risk for all the ills that come with processed foods? And then there are medicines. Statins in particular. Now they want 1 of every 3 people to be on them. And it is not needed. If you have high blood pressure or diabetes, statins do not help those, and can cause you kidney and liver failure to boot. 38 people have to be treated with statins for 10 years to prevent 1 death from cholesterol. Treating the underlying problem is better. Smoking makes all these problems worse, and destroys your lungs. Guess it boils down to how you want to feel, and how many aches and pains you want to put up with. I am hoping not to end up needing someone to feed, diaper and shove meds down me for months at the end of my life. God help me to die fast, however that happens. Want to make your own mustard? SO easy, mix 1/2 cup of mustard powder(spice section)with 2 T white wine vinegar, 1 T water and 1 t salt. If you want a bit of spice, add garlic or dill, a bit of sweet, add a little honey. We are not getting much rain here, but they sure are catching it up in MN and the Midwest. Been out watering this morning, have been picking yellow beans every 3 or 4 days, and the zucchini and yellow squash are doing well now. Ran out of pickles so waiting for a new crop of zukes to make more. They are good as dills or bread and butter pickles, even relish. The pears look good, not sure about the peaches, never seem to harvest any of those, they rot before they get ripe. Not sure why that happens. It's cloudy this morning and not so hot, very quiet on the mountain except for birds, and once in a while my son's dogs let us know something is going on in the area. Love the stillness. Having the windows open at night is soothing, makes me claustrophobic to shut the house up. So tis next week will be fun as 90s are forecast. Will be shutting windows and curtains by mid morning to keep the heat out. Hope you are enjoying this summer weather, beats snow. The Mimosa trees are blooming, I love their delicate beauty and the Crepe Myrtles are opening now so the mountain will be splendid with color soon. Take care, see ya next time.

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