JANUARY 2010

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3. Health, Natural Methods of Health Improvement

4. Ecological Farming, Permaculture

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RUSSIA

Altai Krai has decided to create Kin's Domains on the territory of deserted villages

Typical Altai Village

Sotvorenie, a social organization in Altai Krai, with the assistance of the Public Chamber's Committee for the Development of Spiritual Potential, Organization of a Healthy Life-Style, and Ecological Safety, has developed an action plan for the creation of kin's domains, reports the Press Service of the Russian State Centre for Real Estate Inventory and Registration (Rostekhinventarizatsiya).

A kin's domain, according to the presentations of the creators of the project, is a parcel of land one hectare in size, on which a family can live and manage a household. A group of such parcels makes up a settlement. The landholders in the settlement are united in a general partnership for the common setting up of the kin's settlement and creation of the appropriate infrastructure. One of the special features of the kin's domain will be its special legal status. The domain may not be sold, mortgaged, or exchanged for something else, it can only be transferred as an inheritance. Land for the creation of a kin's domain may be taken only once and registered as a heritable life estate.

The Altai developers of the project intend to distribute the land to future "landowners" on the territory of deserted villages, in suburbs, and other areas of the krai. In addition, the creators of the project are planning to organize special courses in running a household and gardening, which would help the residents of the settlements in the future.

As the PolitSibRu Information Agency wrote earlier, the Public Chamber of the krai proposed this project as protection from a crisis. "In the conditions of an economic crisis, there is an increase in the importance of citizen initiatives directed toward the self-organization of the citizenry to solve their own problems. This is why the development of the 'Kin's Domains' project received an additional impetus, as emphasized by Deputy-Premier D. A. Medvedev in 2007 in connection with the preparation for and marking the year of the family," noted Konstantin Emeshin, Executive Secretary of the Public Chamber of Altai Krai. "The project in question has a complex nature, since its ideologists consider that it, to the greatest degree, corresponds to the spirituality of Russians. Citizens who are concerned about the problems of the spiritual upbringing of youth see it as an effective instrument for forming the spirituality of young people. From an economic point of view, the project is anticipated to raise the level of employment among the citizens, many experts point to the usefulness of this project for the resolution of demographic problems and the opening up of the immense spaces of Russia, especially on the territory of Siberia."

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Eco-settlement of Smaglinka
Kin's domains in Karachaevo-Cherkesiya

Greetings!

We are creating an eco-settlement on the basis of Kin's Domains in the south of Russia, close to the village of Zelenchukskaya in the Karachaevo-Cherkesskaya Republic.

It is on a field between the border of the village of Zelenchukskaya and a ridge of hills known as Smaglin. To the south unfolds a view of the Caucasus Mountain Range.

Current status: adjacent parcels with a total area of 82 hectares have been registered as property (category of agricultural purpose land; permitted use: for agricultural production).

We are changing the permitted use to "for summer home construction," that is, we are registering the legal option of erecting capital structures on the parcels, it is already possible to erect non-capital structures.

We invite you to create Kin's Domains and the community of the eco-settlement.

You may and should join our group. Prior to the move of the first settlers to their estates, all you need to do is join the organization.

To contact us, write to smaglinka@mail.ru, or call 8(928)034-03-11 (Aleksandr Pilyaev).

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Kin's Settlement Rodnikovoe

We are creating a new settlement in Ukraine (in Chernigov oblast on the basis of an existing village). We really need mature associates who want to live on land and create a paradise, seed beauty on earth.

We are a family - father Sergei, mother Luba, son Maxim, and two daughters Anna and Anastasia.

We really want to reach the hearts of those who are ready to leave the daily vanity. We are compelled to say that there is a wonderful corner on Earth, which is ready even today to make a Man happy, self sufficient, like the Earth itself. Looking at the land now, reviving from our "management" - reviving and rejoicing. Rejoicing that once again it can gift a Man with a strawberry glade, rising birch, splashing fish in the river or a shout of a bird in the swamps. Rejoicing and waiting. Waiting to create this beauty along with the Man and rejoice with him from beauty's creation.

We are waiting for those who are ready to become creators today.

Although the lands here are sandy, they are very rich. Literally everything grows here. It is quite a pleasure to work on this land. The land can be leased according to existing bylaws or a house in the village can be bought with the adjacent territory.

As described above this is a village situated on the two banks of a river.

The village is situated 10km from a regional centre and a railroad, there is a school, club, store, phone connection. The village is surrounded by forests which have many mushrooms, berries, and nuts.

Ideal place to create an ecovillage.

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Welcome to
SPACE of LOVE Magazine!

Fifth Issue is out!

Many of us agree that our planet and world are in profound transition - facing a turning point in human history. Some say that we as a people have had this same chance many times before in our near and far history. Each time, so history shows, humanity sank back once more, en mass, into the same spiritual sleep. But once more, we are also closer than ever to be able to turn this planet into the paradise it was meant to be.

At this time on Earth, more people than ever are committed to awaken and to stay awake even as a large percentage of the world's beautiful people are being hypnotized and mass-manipulated out of their divine powers by only a few dark minds. We seem to have forgotten our most inviolable power, to love each other and co-create this beautiful Earth as a Space of Love, the metaphorical and literal paradise-like garden it was meant to be.

We were inspired to create this magazine by the incredible wisdom and vision of a young, beautiful recluse living in the wild of the Siberian Taiga, Anastasia, and a courageous author, Vladimir Megre. He has recorded her amazing, encouraging story and wisdom for us in a series of ten books, and eleven million best-selling copies, translated into over twenty of the world's languages.

We create and write through this meeting place, this Space of Love, for those of us who are ready to help transform and see this planet as the luscious paradise it was meant to be. Anastasia envisions and holds for us a foreseeable future where every man, woman, child and animal can eat and live in peace and harmony.

Our mandate is to share writings and ideas which help us transfer this inspiring vision into joyful lives all over the world.

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SOL magazine is published through the efforts of a few devoted people. As a publication unsupported by commercial interest, we will not offer advertising from corporate-controlled media. Therefore we hope and rely upon your help in promoting SOL Magazine. Word of mouth is our main means of promoting and our readers are our best advertisers. So if you find this Space of Love Magazine insightful, Informative and interesting, please tell a friend. Better still, purchase a copy and give it to a friend or loved one, who just may discover a completely new world - the world of consciously living in their own Space of Love.

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Poetry, art, music, photography and anything else that flows from the heart.

A Space of Love

Until this day,
A slave I was to money
I'd never known the fruit which fed the soul.
But now I see what may put to rest my longing,
For I have seen, a space of love
The grace of god, a space of love

In forests of green I walk,
Amongst the creators creatures.
No longer a separatness of skin.
For now i know that the Father is all around,
For I have seen, a space of love
The grace of God, a space of love

So take my hand knowing,
We go where green things are growing,
Never to be separate again,
In our kins domain we begin

I let the grace
Of love flow there within me.
I co-create with Him and so it can complete me!
For now I know that we live again and again,
For I have seen, a space of love
The face of god, in my space of love.

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Posted by keshav in a topic Russia. Join the discussion of this topic here:

Many people are waiting to be part of a settlement as described by Vladimir Megre, but it will happen only when people are ready. Meanwhile let's not be powerless. We can all become dachniks in one form or another. This is attainable and will gradually make us ready for a settlement in an eco-village one day.
The conditions required for a settlement are quite complex and may require a lot of time to become available to some of us. But to be willing to start on our own without waiting for others is empowering. Let's transform any plot or garden into an oasis of self-sufficiency, even if it is only partially!
Spending time with the earth, building our gardens, developing a relationship with all that grows in our space however little will raise our vibration, will regenerate us and will take us out of the technological field imprisoning mankind - to a much larger degree than we can realise.
I have started by moving recently to a house with a land - that I am renting - and I am busy planting, digging, creating a space of love that already contributes to many of my requirements. This is better than feeling powerless to get the money to buy a land or join some settlements that are asking a large contribution to start with.
Let's not be perfectionist or discouraged, we can all start in some degree to get closer to the earth.
This is what I call becoming a dachnik. If dachniks have contributed in the past in avoiding a global disaster, they can even do more in the future in supporting Anastasia's vision and those who are building their settlements. We are all part of a constructive wave that will recreate Heaven on Earth, each of us with our modest means. We are all a most valuable contribution to this gentle green revolution.
Of course one day we will have access and dominion to an hectare (2.5 acres) of land and be able to be totally self-sufficient, but meanwhile we can already break the spell of the technological society with its domination through money.
So, my call to you all is: at least start becoming a dachnik! The rest will unfold naturally as the vibration of the whole planet is affected and new possibilities will manifest.
Much love to you all from my Space of Love, Alain Jacques, Melbourne, Australia.

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Danielle's Twin Homebirth

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Birth of Violet Anastasia

A mom chooses a waterbirth in the comfort of her home.

Mom leans on dad for support while in labor

I write this as my daughter sleeps soundly in her father's arms. I find it hard to believe that less than three weeks ago, I was laboring to bring my child into the world. Emotions I have never experienced before consume me; I am a new woman.

Wednesday, July 12th, I was homebound as one of our cars was in the shop. The day was long, I felt tired and uncomfortable. Not unusual feelings, I decided to lay low and take the day easy. I had contractions throughout the day but had been having them frequently during the preceding week, so I didn't think much of them. Towards the end of the evening though, they became stronger and "different" from contractions I had experienced. Mike got home around 7:00 pm and prepared to go running. I told him about the contractions and we had a mellow evening; they were not overwhelming, just held my attention. As the night progressed, they became somewhat regular, coming every four to six minutes. We went to bed but I couldn't sleep so I got up and tried to occupy myself online. I took a bath and tried to make them stop (to see if they were "real") but they kept coming. I woke Mike up around 11:00 and we spent the night walking outside around our driveway, in the yard, and around the house. Since they seemed so different and were so regular, we called Suellen, the midwife, around 1:00 am and put her on "stand-by."

We kept in communication with her every hour until around 5:00 am; they were still there but not changing in intensity or frequency. Around 7:00 am on Thursday morning they had stopped and I was devastated. This was my fifth night up that month with contractions; I was so strung out with pre-labor contractions and wondering if labor would stop or be the real thing. I felt as if I couldn't trust my body or my emotions. I had an appointment scheduled with Suellen for 12:30 that day to have her strip my membranes and I decided to keep it to have her check my progress. Frustrated and tired, we arrived at the appointment. At this point I was ready for intervention of some sort. I wanted options. I didn't think I could take another bout of pre-labor contractions and we certainly couldn't afford to have Mike stay home another day for labor that didn't produce a baby. Once I started to talk about my frustrations to Suellen and Heather (Suellen's student) I burst into tears. She told me that what I was experiencing was normal, my body was just doing things in it's own time. Although true, I didn't want to hear that. I listened as she tried to console me but I was pretty inconsolable. "Well, let's check you and see where you are" she offered. She proceeded to do an internal exam and then said words I will always remember, "Oh Jesse, you are at a six! This is the real thing! You are in labor!" I burst into tears of joy and relief. I couldn't stop crying. It felt so good to know that my body was working, that I was going to have the baby soon. Suellen advised us to go home and sleep if we could, that labor would most likely re-start when I was more rested.

Mom leans on dad for support while in labor

We drove home elated and a little shell-shocked. Once home, I tried to sleep but was having contractions enough to not be able to. By 5:00 they were in full swing, but not any more painful than the night before. Around 6:00 Suellen, Heather and Susan (the Doula) arrived and I was dilated to an 8. We called Jenny and Aaron and told them what was going on and arranged to have them pick up my sister, Rudy.

For the next several hours we listened to music (Swamp Ophelia by the Indigo Girls was my favorite choice of the evening), Heather made scones; I sat on the birth ball and breathed though the contractions with ease. I kept thinking, "This is too easy!" Around 8 or 9 Suellen offered to break my bag of waters since I was nearly at a 10 except for a small lip of cervix that was still at an 8. I agreed before she could finish her sentence. We went into the back bedroom and she broke my water. It was so much warmer than I thought it would be. I remember being a little scared of the event; I knew that things were going to change in intensity. Things had been so easy up until that point, I still had no concept of the type of pain I had always imagined labor to be.

Things must have gotten worse because the next phase of labor is a bit cloudy for me. Suellen got called to another woman who was having a very quick labor and since I was going to be awhile, she left to attend to her until her backup midwife arrived. Heather made sure I didn't feel abandoned by talking with me while Suellen was gone; that was really good of her. It seems like all of the sudden, the contractions got really bad and came really close together. I just remember slipping into a horrible uncontrolled state of consciousness. I know that transisition is supposed to be the hardest part of labor, and I guess I expected the labor to get as intense as it did. I was not prepared for that phase to last as long as it did. It seems like I was in an altered state, barely coherent. Fatigue was beginning to weaken both my spirit and my body. Suellen came back from the other labor and I had made no progress, there was still a lip of the cervix that hadn't dilated past an 8. Frustrated and exhausted I couldn't deal with the contractions as before and was sobbing from the pain. Suellen helped me to breath and to re-regulate the contractions. When the tub was doing nothing for me, she had me get out and change positions. We went upstairs and I sat in the rocker for what must have been an hour. I wasn't getting any break between the pains, I was nauseated and I was so tired. It was truly awful. It was also very scary to be in that place, I was so out of control. Shortly thereafter, it got much worse (!) and I was out of my mind. I couldn't help but to scream with each pulse of the contractions, I completely lost control. I have never been in that place before and fear going back there again. It was so primal, so raw. I couldn't do anything but cower in the shadow of the monster of labor, consuming my body. More than once I felt like I needed to go to the hospital to get drugs but knew that it would take a half hour just to get there and the ride would be awful. I drifted in and out of my body. At one point, I remember looking out into the black night and within the agonies of the never-ending contractions, naming the parts of pain. They had faces; the pain became aspects of myself in some other-worldly way. I'm sure that I was hallucinating. As the pain changed, I confronted each aspect of it and named it.

Mom cradles her newborn and kisses her on the forehead while the midwife places some oxygen near the baby's face

Finally Suellen had me lay on my side and she checked me. No progress. I know she knew the next step would be awful and hated to do it, but she pushed the lip of the cervix that wasn't dilating up past the baby's head as I pushed. At that moment I thought I would die-literally. It was my darkest moment.

I got into the tub and felt some relief. Eventually the contractions spaced out; the pushing phase had begun. Pushing was not what I had anticipated, it felt horrible to push but I knew I had to. More than anything it was scary to push. I knew what was coming, I feared it. So instead of a mad dash to have the baby, I used the time of regular contractions to rest and regroup. I found that within each contraction I could do three to four pushes. The first was the scariest and most painful; with each additional one I found more strength and courage. The going was slow, but I was doing it on my own time. Finally, I could feel her head when I stuck my fingers into myself and I pushed against that. As she began to crown, I experienced the "ring of fire" sensation, which felt like I was being ripped apart. Suellen promised me that I wasn't ripping and I trusted her as I pushed the head out. It was a little scary but it felt really good once the head was born. Suellen told me to breath her out, so I gave little pushes as I blew short breaths of air out. Then the best part, I felt her slid right out of me, quick as a flash. It was such a neat feeling. They brought her up to my chest, and as I held my daughter for the first time. I felt my senses heighten, becoming aware of sounds and smells again, seeing the people in the room for the first time in hours. The baby was looking up at me, taking her time to take the first breath, which I was told was normal. "Blow on your baby's face," Suellen instructed and she began to take small breaths. They gave her some whiffs of oxygen and she pinked up right away. Everyone was crying tears of joy and relief but honestly I was so glad it was over that all I could do was rest my head against the tub and breathe without pain. It was wonderful. We checked to make sure she was "still a girl." (She was).

The proud daddy holds his daughter for the first time

I gave the baby to her father and got out of the tub, shaking uncontrollably. Suellen said it was the adrenaline in my body—I wasn't cold. I went to the living room and laid on the futon to deliver the placenta while Jenny and Mike made phone calls. When Mike called his mom, he said, "Hi mom. Guess what? I'm holding my daughter"...What a phone call.

She weighed in at eight pounds, six ounces and was nineteen and a half inches long. We can't really tell who she looks like, she looks like herself. Her little head was like a coke can from being in the birth canal so long and her nose was sort of smushed but she truly was the most beautiful baby I had ever seen. Her hair was red and her fingers and toes perfect. We couldn't stop looking at her.

Suellen, Heather and Susan cleaned the tub and birth room while I nursed. She latched on like an old pro. Everyone seemed to leave at the same time that morning...we were left alone with our daughter for the first time. I welcomed the sleep that followed. When I awoke, I was able to enjoy my daughter. Mike and I spent those first few days in bliss, spending hours just gazing at our wonderful creation.

Dealing with the intensity of the birth experience has been difficult; I've done it poco a poco, little by little. My birth team has told me that I was amazing, I was powerful. It's hard to believe that all of my screaming and cries of fear were powerful, but I am beginning to realize that women do what they have to do to deliver their babies. I never knew that I could tolerate such feelings for so long. I fear going through it again, but I know that each birth is different and no one can predict what happened to me will happen again. We know now that the position of Violet's head was the reason my cervix wouldn't dilate fully, her head was pressing on that part throughout the early labor and for some reason it caused the lip never to get past an 8. Even now, I know that I would birth at home again. It truly was a beautiful experience, albeit difficult. I feel as if I was doing more than the physical laboring of having a child, I was emotionally laboring to become a mother. And what a journey it has been.

The baby looks up at her mommy...and they spend some time getting to know each other

http://www.birthdiaries.com/

Breastfeeding

Margaret Balajewicz B.Sc, Naturopathic Doctor

If you had a wonder drug that was safe, effective, readily accessible, engineered to your specific needs, environmentally friendly, painless, had immediate onset, offered long term protection, was free and as a bonus offered weight loss for the provider, would you use it? We have that drug: BREASTMILK!

Six years ago, a bold paper called "Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk", appeared in the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Pediatrics, which changed the way medical society views breastfeeding. This paper was written by eleven of the country's top breastfeeding experts and it was a result of years of work. The AAP has issued new guidelines emphasizing the importance of human milk in infant nutrition.

Breastfeeding is the natural, physiologic way of feeding infants. Formulas made from cow's milk or soybeans (most formulas on the market) are only superficially similar, and advertising which states otherwise is misleading (see a comparison table at the end of this article for more information).

Benefits of breastfeeding

This area is often not fully explored by mothers or expecting women. There is a vast amount of benefits that come with breastfeeding, not only for the baby but also for the mother.

Benefits to the baby:

- Complete nutrition for human babies
- Easily digested and assimilated
- Encourages good facial and dental development
- Increased resistance to infection due to the immune-enhancing factors in mother's milk
- Less likely to develop allergies
- Less likely to develop eczema and skin disorders
- Encourages the growth of good bacteria in the gastrointestinal system, therefore maintaining healthy digestive system
- Higher IQ's
- Protects against jaundice
- Fewer digestive upsets (baby colics)
- Sleep better
- Encourages normal weight gain
- Have little or no ear infections
- Have a lower mortality rate (less likely to die of SIDS)
- Prevents against autoimmune diseases and lowers cholesterol as an adult.

Benefits to the mother:

- Production of breast milk requires a lot of calories, helping in weight loss after pregnancy. Woman's body undergoes a lot of changes during pregnancy and one of them is putting on a few extra pounds. Your body deliberately prepares for the high caloric demand of breastfeeding.
- Facilitates bonding between you and your child
- Reduces the incidence of breast and cervical cancer
- Reduces the incidence of osteoporosis
- Returns uterus to normal size sooner
- Breast milk is always ready, the right temperature and no hassle
- Breastfeeding promotes relaxation: the milk producing hormone, prolactin, has a relaxing effect on mother
- Prolongs the return of menses
- Breast feeding is free

Breastfeeding challenges

Insufficient milk supply:

The vast majority of mothers are perfectly capable of breastfeeding, only about 2% of women cannot truly produce enough milk to nourish their babies (usually due to breast surgery or trauma). The trick to getting sufficient milk flow is proper hydration and a good latch. Lactating women should be drinking more water than usual (more than 8 glasses of water a day). Proper latch is crucial to success. A poor latch is similar to giving a baby a bottle of milk with a nipple whole, which is too small - the bottle is full of milk but the baby will not get much. Most importantly remember that the availability of milk follows the rules of supply and demand - the more frequently you breastfeed the more milk will be produced.

There are also botanicals (herbs) that can stimulate milk production (galactogogues) such as: borage, fennel, anise, basil, cumin, red clover, alfalfa, nettles, blessed thistle, hops; however the kinds of botanicals and dosages right for you have to be established and monitored by a naturopathic doctor.

Mastitis:

Mastitis is painful inflammation of breasts and it occurs when breasts are allowed to become engorged and are not adequately emptied by infant feedings. This condition has to be treated immediately. The best thing you can do is to continue breastfeeding minimum every 2 hours especially on the inflamed breast. Plenty of rest and warm compresses are also helpful, however if the condition does not improve in a day or two please see your doctor.

Inverted nipples:

A lot of women are under the impression that you cannot breastfeed if you have flat or inverted nipples. It is a myth. It is not necessary to have extending nipples to nurse successfully. The most important tip to remember is to try to get the baby to nurse right after birth so that the baby becomes familiar or "imprints" your nipple shape. Avoid the use of artificial nipples (including pacifiers) until nursing is well established. Position of the baby is also very important, however in this case it is best to get practical advice from a lactation expert in your area

Cow's Milk

Human Milk

Protein

85% casein/ 15% whey

40% casein/ 60% whey*

Amino acid composition

Lower in cysteine.

Higher in cysteine

Better assimilation

Better detoxification

Fats and fatty acids

Averages about 3.5% fat

No essential fatty acids are present in significant quantities.

Higher in sticky saturated fatty acids.

Contains average of 4.4% fats.

Contains valuable essential fatty acids which help to protect against inflammation and degenerative disease.

Carbohydrates

Type of lactose may be harder to digest (beta-lactose)

Twice the milk sugar (energy) and easier to digest (alfa-lactose)

Vitamins, enzymes, beneficial bacteria

10 times less vitamin E

2 times less vitamin A

Considerably less B-complex and vitamin C

More vitamin E, vitamin A, vitamin C and B-complex.

Minerals

Has 3 to 4 times the quantity of certain minerals (excess Phosphorus and Sodium)

The quality of minerals and their assimilation exceeds that of cow's milk

Processing

Pasteurized, homogenized and thus denatured.

None

Beneficial bacteria

None once it has been processed.

Rich in highly beneficial immuno-protective bacteria

Immune enhancing proteins

Denatured by processing

Intact and more species specific.

* whey is water soluble and easier to digest - almost 100%
casein is not easily digested by infants, the incomplete breakdown of casein results in stomach pain and infant colics.

http://www.mississauganaturopathicdoctor.com/

Top 10 superfoods: Goji berries, cinnamon, turmeric and more

We give you the real goods on 10 superfoods and how they'll help you fight disease.

By Lauren Vinent

We're often fed news about superfoods and superherbs -- and it's tempting to want to believe everything we're told. Some superfood claims are backed by scientific studies, while other enticing claims turn certain foods into fads, though the foods have few proven benefits. We looked at the studies of 10 pantry picks and give you the real goods about their disease-fighting powers.

1. Rhubarb

Rhubarb is frequently regarded as a fruit (based on how we eat it), but botanically it is a vegetable belonging to the same family as sorrel and buckwheat. Championed for its phytochemical lindleyin, this nutritional all-star makes the cut for its potential role in relieving hot flashes in perimenopausal women. How the plant cools hot flashes is not exactly clear. Researchers have identified an extract in the root that may have estrogen-like properties. Need another reason to eat rhubarb? The plant is rich in potassium, vitamin C and dietary fibre.

Dietary uses: Canadian-grown rhubarb is available from February to July in most grocery stores but is most flavourful in the spring. Rhubarb is commonly eaten cooked in jams or spreads; baked in pies, cakes and muffins; and used in sorbet, ice cream and punch. Further studies are needed to determine the safety of medicinal amounts of the extract -- in concentrated pill form it may cause stomach cramps and mineral and electrolyte imbalances. Rhubarb root should not be consumed by children, or women who are pregnant or lactating.

2. Pumpkin seeds

This versatile seed, also known as pepitas, has long been treasured by American aboriginal peoples for its dietary and medicinal properties. Now these seeds are receiving the superfood attention they deserve. Of all the nuts and seeds typically consumed as snacks, pumpkin seeds are among the leaders of phytosterols -- a naturally occurring compound with an established reputation for cholesterol-lowering properties. Phytosterols are also being studied for their potential role in prostate health. Each 1/4 cup (50 millilitre) serving of the seed provides a healthy dose of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and is a good source of minerals, including phosphorus, magnesium, zinc and iron, making it one of the most nutritious and flavourful seeds around.

Dietary uses: Pumpkin seeds are available year-round from grocery stores but are freshest in the fall when pumpkins are in season. They make a good snack, either on their own or mixed with walnuts, almonds, peanuts and dried fruit. High in fibre, they lend crunch and nutty flavour to salads, vegetables, pasta dishes, sauces and casseroles. But watch your portion size; one cup (250 milliltres) packs 750 calories.

3. Goji berries

Hailed as the newest superfood, goji, a Himalayan berry, has inspired a surge of interest for its use in treating diabetes, hypertension, malaria, fever, cancer and other ailments. Gram for gram, goji berries pack more vitamin C than some oranges and more beta-carotene than carrots. Unfortunately, though, there isn't enough evidence yet to confirm the health claims, since we only have testimonials and animal studies to go by. And goji berries and goji juice are costly.

Dietary uses: Goji berries are similar in taste to raisins but more tart. They can be eaten raw or cooked and are a tasty addition to tea, soup and hot cereal.

4. Cinnamon

Valued in ancient times as currency and once considered more precious than gold, cinnamon -- one of the world's oldest known spices -- has made the pilgrimage from spice rack to science lab. Preliminary studies are investigating its role in lowering blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes, most likely due to the insulin-like effects of its polyphenols (natural substances found in plants). It's still too early to know if cinnamon can help curb blood sugars, but with studies suggesting its effects can be seen with a daily dose of just half a teaspoon (two millilitres), it's worth keeping this spice in mind when reaching into the spice cabinet.

Dietary uses: Cinnamon (the inner bark of the tropical cinnamon tree) comes in the form of sticks and powder. Sprinkle it on toast, add it to oatmeal or use it on desserts. Make cinnamon tea by pouring one to two cups (250 to 500 millilitres) of boiling water over one- to 1-1/2-inch sticks; steep for 10 minutes. Caution: Ingesting four tablespoons (60 mL) of cinnamon oil has been linked to serious side-effects.

5. Quinoa

Regarded as a sacred food by the Incas, quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) provides a wide range of vitamins and minerals. This supergrain seed contains more protein than most cereal grains (22 grams per one cup/250 millilitres uncooked quinoa) and is considered a complete protein because it contains all eight of the essential amino acids we need for tissue development.

Quinoa is higher in calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, iron, copper, manganese, and zinc, and lower in sodium compared with wheat, barley and corn. This gluten-free grain also receives an honourable mention for being low in saturated fat (one gram of fat per one cup/250 millilitres uncooked quinoa).

Dietary uses: Quinoa can be substituted for most hot cereals and is a good replacement for rice. Cook it like porridge, include it in casseroles or stews, or add it (steamed, toasted or baked) to soups, salads or desserts. You can also use ground quinoa in breads, cookies, puddings, muffins and pasta. It's available in most grocery and health food stores.

6. Psyllium

Traditionally, psyllium is renowned as a laxative, since it absorbs water and swells as it moves through the digestive tract. But this all-star soluble fibre has many health benefits: lowering LDL, or "bad," cholesterol, helping control diabetes (it reduces the post-meal rise in blood sugar) and aiding in controlling appetite and weight (it makes you feel full longer). Since psyllium is a concentrated source of soluble fibre (with eight times more soluble fibre than oat bran), it's easy to eat enough of it during the day to enjoy its potential health benefits.

Dietary uses: Just 1/3 cup (75 millilitres) of Bran Buds with Psyllium, available at most grocery stores, provides 12 grams of fibre (almost half of our daily fibre needs). Caution: Incorporate psyllium and other high-fibre foods into your diet slowly to avoid abdominal pain and bloating, and drink plenty of water to avoid constipation.

7. Shallots

This vegetable deserves an award thanks to its active ingredient: fructo-oligosaccharides, a prebiotic that some researchers have chosen as the hottest in food and nutrition research. Prebiotics take centre stage for their potential to promote gut health by encouraging the growth and function of "good bacteria" that live in our digestive tract.

Emerging research is also revealing an important supporting role for flavonoids, antioxidants that are abundant in shallots. Preliminary research is investigating flavonoids for their preventive role in cancer and heart disease, but further research is still needed to support these potential benefits.

Dietary uses: Shallots are more subtle in flavour than their cousins, the onion and garlic, and they do not cause bad breath. Eat them raw or cooked till tender. Add shallots to soups, stews, spreads and stir-fries.

8. Milk thistle

Best known as a liver tonic, the power ingredient in milk thistle is silymarin, which may have protective effects on the liver, due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Differences in research design -- variations in the type and extent of liver disease, and dose and duration of milk-thistle therapy -- make it difficult to draw definitive conclusions on the effectiveness of this herb.

Dietary uses: Milk thistle is available at drugstores and health food stores; take as directed.

9. Turmeric

Curcumin -- the active ingredient of the Indian curry spice turmeric -- may ease aches and inflammation. In Ayurveda (the traditional medicine of India), this herb has been used for thousands of years to treat arthritis and other ailments. Some research suggests that turmeric may help relieve some symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis; however, the evidence to date, while encouraging, is still far from conclusive.

Dietary uses: Turmeric is sometimes substituted for saffron. Use in Indian curries or dishes such as chicken tangine and chicken tandoori.

10. Borage oil

Borage oil, which is produced from the borage seed, has made the nutritional spotlight for its high content of gamma-linolenic acid -- an omega-6 essential fatty acid with anti-inflammatory properties. Evidence suggests that specialty formulas that contain borage oil may reduce inflammation of the lung in critically ill, hospitalized patients with respiratory distress.

Dietary uses: Borage oil is a component of Oxepa -- a specialty formula used in the critical-care unit to reduce lung inflammation. In concentrated (oil) form, borage can cause liver toxicity; pregnant women and nursing mothers should avoid using borage oil. The medicinal plant can be eaten raw or cooked. Use fresh borage leaves to add flavour to cream cheese and vinaigrettes.

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Diet secrets from countries with low obesity rates

Diet secrets from countries with low obesity rates

Do you ever wonder why North Americans struggle with their weight while people in other countries, such as France, Italy and Greece, seem to stay slimmer and healthier?

Dietitian Leslie Beck visited with Balance Television host Dr. Marla Shapiro to share diet secrets from countries with some of the lowest rates of obesity and chronic disease in the world.

The French diet

"We're envious of French women; they're slimmer and not only that, it's called the French paradox. Here we have the French who are eating Brie and butter and cream and pastries and they have one of the highest intakes of saturated fat that we know, and yet their rates of heart disease are lower and they're slim."

So what's going on?

According to Beck, there are lots of little components that could make up the answer.

"We always talk about the red wine," Beck said. "Red wine is high in antioxidants that can keep the heart healthy, but the fact of the matter is the French drink wine in moderation and they drink it with meals. So that's probably partly to do with it."

They also use olive oil, Beck noted, which is high in monounsaturated fat. It probably doesn't offset the saturated fat in the butter and the Brie but they do include that fat in their diet.

Other researchers have said it must be the onions and the garlic, foods that are rich in health-promoting sulphur compounds that may help ward off cancer.

But in the end, Beck thinks that it is how the French eat that makes the difference.

"They eat small portions, they eat three meals a day, they don't snack, they don't skip meals, they don't rush off to dessert before they finish their vegetables and lean protein," she explained. "And they enjoy their foods and they eat smaller amounts...and they eat slowly."

The Mediterranean diet

Another healthy diet is the Mediterranean diet, which is based on the dietary traditions of Crete, the rest of Greece and southern Italy back in the 1960s, Beck said.

Those populations have had some of the lowest rates of chronic disease in the world and a high adult life expectancy rate.

"You can't be afraid of carbohydrates here...higher-carbohydrate diets are protective," Beck said. "The base of the diet is grain foods: pasta, whole grain breads, rice, fruits and vegetables, nuts, legumes and beans. They use monounsaturated fat (olive oil). Even though the diet provides about 25 to 35 per cent of fat calories, it's very low in saturated fat. Their protein foods: fish, chicken and eggs weekly; red meat once a month.

It's a very healthy diet high in fibre and antioxidants that can help prevent disease, so don't be a carbohydrate basher.

The Asian diet

Rice and rice products are a staple of this diet, and if you look at people living in rural areas of Asian countries, the diet consists of minimally processed grains, not instant white rice.

The diet is also high in vegetables, Beck said. If you look at some of the vegetables they eat, they are full of compounds called cruciferous chemicals that studies have shown can actually help reduce the risk of cancer by affecting the enzymes in our liver that detoxify cancer-causing substances.

"Soy is the main legume in their diet, soy is the protein, they use plant-based beverages every day; (they drink) green tea, saki, even beer," she noted. "It's really a low-fat diet that's almost vegetarian. Animal protein foods are used very minimally."

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Is vitamin D a wonder drug?

The sunshine vitamin may be the key to common health issues. Find out the truth behind the news about vitamin D.

By Dee Van Dyk

The new Canada Food Guide, released to the public February 2007, made food guide history when it recommended that Canadians over the age of 55 take a 400 IU vitamin D supplement. Proponents of the vitamin - and they are many - applaud the move, but say it doesn't go far enough.

Dr. Reinhold Vieth, director of the Bone and Mineral Laboratory, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, contends that Canada's northern latitude means we get fewer of the vitamin D-forming rays of sunlight, which are our primary source of vitamin D. The health benefits of increased levels of vitamin D, says Vieth, are important and largely underreported. "The story for vitamin D doing good is at least as powerful in terms of the evidence as is the story that smoking is doing bad."

In fact, Osteoporosis Canada encourages adults over 50 to take double the amount recommended in the new Canada's Food Guide - 800 IU.

What does Vitamin D do?
Vitamin D is an important factor in calcium absorption, increasing it by 30 to 80 percent, so we know that vitamin D is critical to good bone health, but many people aren't aware of the link between low levels of vitamin D and other health issues.

Diagram of Vitamin D

Vitamin D and Cancer
In May 2006, the first North American conference on UV, Vitamin D and Health released key findings about the health effects of vitamin D, including a statement acknowledging " a growing body of evidence that vitamin D may have beneficial effects on some types of cancer, in particular colorectal cancer."

Vitamin D and Schizophrenia
There has also been research suggesting elevated intake of Vitamin D (2000 IU) early in life could reduce the risk of schizophrenia in men. The study, from Australia, did not find a similar link in women and Vitamin D intake.

According to Mount Sinai researchers, neurological diseases (schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, autism, Alzheimer's) are more prevalent in people who are born in seasons when Vitamin D concentrations/sunshine is low.

Vitamin D and Diabetes
There's also evidence of a connection between Vitamin D and diabetes. Giving a vitamin D supplement during childhood appears to protect against type-1 diabetes, while low levels of vitamin D have been linked to the risk of developing type-2 diabetes.

Vitamin D and Multiple Sclerosis
"In a controlled study in the 1980s, blood samples of United States military personnel were taken and stored," says Dr. Vieth. "In the late 1990s a check on those samples revealed that those with low vitamin D when the samples were taken were nearly four times as likely to end up with multiple sclerosis."

Can't Get Enough?
Milk is an excellent source of vitamin D, with one 250-millilitre glass containing 100 IUs. Other sources supplying smaller amounts of vitamin D include margarine, eggs, fortified orange juice, almonds, beans, broccoli, figs, salmon, herring, swordfish and cod and liver oils. Osteoporosis Canada recommends a vitamin D supplement, noting that it's sometimes difficult to get enough vitamin D from the foods we eat.

Will we be hearing more about vitamin D and its importance to our health? We should be, says Dr. Vieth. "The story on vitamin D is not over, by any means."

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A Poison Free Agriculture

We can have a completely poison free agriculture - and hence poison free food, land, water and environments - in as little as 1 year.

But best of all, its products also eliminate and prevent a wide range of cancers and other deadly and devastating 'incurable' diseases - see SUPREME HEALTH in these pages

And on top of growing richer and more fertile every year, it is also much cheaper to operate than our current methods.

We have to do this anyhow. Our chemical agriculture robs us of over 60 crucially vital trace elements in our daily food, without which we sicken and die. Worse, it adds its poisons to our food, water, land and air, and their decay products act as endocrine blockers which block the normal function of our sex, growth and regulatory hormones. Most ominously though, what is a minor dose for a fully grown adult is a HUGE dose for the very small - for an embryo, a foetus, for a baby, for small children. As if all this were not enough, many of our vegetables and fruit are now transgenic, by the artificial insertion of genes from totally unrelated species such as fish, for instance.

I would not be too worried about this if I didn't know how indiscriminately and promiscuously bacteria swap genes with anything they encounter. Bacteria have 5 different ways of swapping genes, and they use all of them with great abandon. Any bruised, broken and decaying plant tissue is invaded by astronomical hordes of bacteria, and thanks to the 15 minute reproduction cycle of bacteria, those transgenic genes are now at large in our environment, and in our web of Life already. And nobody has any idea what this will spawn.

All this can be changed very easily, very cheaply, and very quickly.

In as little as 1 year - if demanded loud enough - we can have a completely poison-free agriculture, just by using the immensely powerful laws and forces that have created our teeming biosphere. These are not hairy-fairy, ivory tower theories - but simple, supremely effective, down-to-earth methods and discoveries. I have done it for many years in our large market gardens. This agriculture consists of 3 simple steps:

Here is how:

Step 1) The Elimination of Practically All Crop Diseases

A once-a-year application of a complete spectrum 72+ trace element fertilizer eliminates practically all crop diseases. The reason this simple, totally natural method works so wonderfully well is pure and simple common sense, and goes right to the very foundation and core of the natural driving forces and dynamics of our biosphere (the universal law of Growth). It is also a profoundly new, supremely valid, and powerfully effective approach to the prevention and elimination of a great many diseases - including many diseases now thought 'incurable'.

Life has arisen and evolved, for 3.5 billion years, in the seas of the Earth. And the seas of the Earth have always contained - and still do - the 92 natural elements of the Earth in solution. Consequently, and right from the beginning of Life itself, more than 72 (!) natural trace elements have been incorporated into the normal function of the basic metabolic and immune systems of all living things - be this plant, animal or human. All Life is built upon the ready availability of the 72+ biological trace elements in its environment and food.

In deadly contrast, our modern agriculture monitors and maintains only a paltry total of 5 (!) trace elements in its soils. This is not done out of malice or profit motives; it is just gross and fundamental ignorance. Due to this profound ignorance and neglect, well over 60 (!) biological trace elements have become either severely deficient, or entirely absent, in most agricultural soils. Consequently, and lacking many fundamental and crucially vital ingredients, our food crops are subject to a whole range of diseases - which we fight with poisons, and which makes us and our environment even sicker.

But given a 72+ trace element fertilizer - the eons-old foundations of all metabolic and immune functions of all living things - this eliminates practically all plant diseases, even, and especially, the 'incurable' ones. It is that simple, and straightforward. It also substantially increases yield; in some cases up to 4-fold. I never ceased to be amazed at the strapping health and lush productivity of our crops.

Such a 'complete spectrum', 72+ trace element fertilizer can be easily obtained from seawater, since the seas contain all of 92 elements of the Earth is suspension. All that needs to be done is to desalinize and evaporate the water (drinking water?), and remove some of the heavy elements from the residue. And, voila, an inexhaustible supply of a full spectrum 'fertilizer', plus drinking water. All of this is well within the capability of our current technology.

This method also delivers the complete natural range of the 72+ biological trace elements to us via our daily food, with equally astonishing results. It eliminates practically all human diseases. The same, of course, holds true for livestock, the source of the meat in our nutrition.

It is also an almost ridiculously cheap method of eliminating all plant diseases. Only a single application per year is required, and the additional cost of the 72+ trace element fertilizers is offset many times over by the far greater savings in the cost of agricultural poisons and their frequent applications (typically at 10 day intervals) and equipment costs. All that is not needed anymore.

And all it takes is a massive public demand to the authorities - to legislate the presence of the full range of the 72+ trace elements in all agricultural soils. And it's done. Fertilizer manufacturers and farmers will do the rest. And besides poison-free food, land and water, we also get lifelong freedom from disease in the bargain. If pushed hard, we can have a poison-free agriculture - and hence, poison-free food - in as little as one year.

Meanwhile, and for those who would like to get started right away - be this on the farm, in greenhouses, gardens, or on the balcony - all marine-life based fertilizers (fish, kelp and seaweed fertilizers) contain the complete natural range of the 72+ biological trace elements.

Step 2) The Elimination of Practically All Insect Pests

A single application of a little known but supremely effective natural predatory insect provides permanent and supremely effective insect control. It eliminates practically all agricultural insect pest.

This fabulous insect is the "Jumping Spider" - so-called because it jumps when actively hunting its prey from dawn to dusk, instead of building webs and waiting for whatever comes along. This tiny (3/16" from stem to stern) and all but invisible spider occurs all over the world, and is a relentless and merciless hunter of all manner of insects, their larvae and eggs. Carnivorous, it is completely harmless to all plants, but deadly to all insects.

And unlike ladybugs, praying mantises and predatory wasps, this tiny spider stays put where it is. It does not fly away. Once you have it, you have it forever. In our market gardens, sufficient individuals and eggs survived even the yearly spring plowing, and rototilling (twice!), to re-generate new virtual armies of the all but invisible spiders in no time flat. And unlike our poisons, jumping spiders are not washed away by rain, nor can insect pests adapt to them; they can never become 'spider-resistant'; it's impossible.

Since varieties of jumping spider occur in all countries and all regions of the world, the problem of introducing foreign biological insect controls does not arise. Instead, and most likely, we are just re-establishing what used to be an existing natural insect control before our bare-land agriculture came along.

All this tiny spider needs is a mulch. This is it's natural habitat, and any kind of mulch does the trick. And as is well known, a mulch provides multiple benefits:

1) it conserves moisture, and greatly reduces the need for irrigation.
2) it keeps the soil cool in the heat of day, and warm at night - and early and late in the season.
3) it substantially inhibits the growth of weeds.
4) it saves massive amounts of cultivation labour.
5) it provides a haven for the jumping spider.
6) its moisture retention and temperature equalization substantially increases yield.
7) its decay rapidly and substantially enriches the organic content, quality, fertility, friability, aeration, moisture holding capacity and soil biota content of the soil - as the first step to a permanently sustainable agriculture which becomes richer and more fertile with every season and with every year.

As is obvious, this is an almost ridiculously cheap agriculture. The permanent protection against all insects pest from a single application of a handful of jumping spiders (under favourable conditions, they quickly increase a million-fold) is immeasurably cheaper than the frequent applications of poisons, their application and equipment costs, and the associated health hazards, protection gear and insurance costs. All this is not required anymore.

On top of that we get substantial reductions of irrigation costs, greatly improved growing conditions, and soil which becomes richer and more fertile with every season.

The additional cost of providing a mulch is so massively outweighed by its manyfold benefits that its small cost is not even a matter of consideration. Besides, and by using suitable plant species (such as a low-growing clover) and shearing them periodically, a mulch can be grown in place, right where its wanted.

The tiny jumping spider provides almost 100% protection against all insect pests - which is far superior even to our best poisons. All I have ever found is 6 aphids - high up on a couple of 6 foot tall dill plants - in 2 acres of our market gardens. And since all the dozens of other dills did not have any, I think that the spiders simply missed them. I mean, this is almost ridiculous.

We now have the simple, completely natural, and supremely effective means which completely eliminate the need for any poisons whatsoever. (The agricultural poison manufacturers, who will be hardest hit by this, have the beautiful alternative of producing 72+ trace element fertilizers, and turn totally 'Green' in the process). And the benefits to our personal and collective health are simply immeasurable.

Step 3) A Progressively Richer and More Abundant Agriculture

Simply by returning all life wastes - all organic refuse, including our sewerage - to the soil, all chemical fertilizers become unnecessary as well, and we get an agriculture which gets richer and more abundant year by year. Chemical fertilizers, while great for providing the basic elements (nitrogen, phosphorus, potash), lack the crucial complexity of organic content and, therefore, simply cannot enrich the soil. Instead, and over time, their residues turn into salt and eventually make the soil sterile and un-arable. Millions of acres in North America and elsewhere have already become too salty to grow anything. It is a huge problem, compounded by damaging 'fertilizer runoff' into our rivers and water tables.

On the other hand, and as shown on PBS documentaries, large agricultural communes in China have long composted all their life-wastes - in underground concrete 'bunkers', to eliminate any pathogens in the life-wastes - extracted the methane for heating and cooking, and then returned the resulting compost to the soil. With this simple method, they have gone from two to three harvests per year - while the quantity, quality and fertility of their soils has steadily increased!
It has been shown in PBS documentaries, for goodness sake. For another neat approach - using 'gray water'- see THE 1.500 lbs. PEAR TREE.

With this simple and totally natural method, we can turn poor soil - even barren aggregate - into rich, fertile loam, and increase the amount of rich topsoil year after year after year. Just by the simple return of all life-wastes to the soil, we can gain 1 foot of rich topsoil in 12 years, 2 feet in 24 years, and so forth, and so forth, ad infinitum. This makes all chemical fertilizers unnecessary and, moreover - once the 72+ biological trace elements have been fully re-established in all agricultural soils - the return of all life-wastes also returns all the trace elements to the soil (!). Eventually, it will make the 72+ trace element fertilizers unnecessary as well.

In addition, this also solves many other major problems of our civilisations. It eliminates all our sewerage problems. In the process, it also yields a permanently sustainable source of methane, either for heating and cooking, or for automotive fuel, or both. Our combustion engines can be easily and readily converted to burn methane, which will greatly reduce the amount of air pollution in our environment. It also eliminates the huge problem of fertilizer runoff. It also eliminates the huge and steadily worsening problem of the increasing salinity of our agricultural soils.

An Inexhaustible Gold Mine

Naturally, there is a great opportunity for making a great deal of money here. All cities and municipalities are willing to pay much money to someone who will take all their organic refuse and sewerage off their hands. This someone can then turn around and sell the methane to utilities or gas stations, and the compost to farmers. It is the only business I know where one gets paid thrice - first by the cities and municipalities for taking their organic wastes off their hands, then for selling the methane, and again, for the compost. The investment (in underground composting bunkers) is relatively minor, and returns begin to flow in immediately from the municipalities for taking their organic waste off their hands, and shortly thereafter, from selling the methane. It's an inexhaustible gold mine - and in many more ways than one. And best of all, it is also totally, and beautifully 'Green'.

Finally, an agriculture which gets richer and more abundant year after year can easily feed twice our present numbers - something which will become a burning issue in a few decades.

Now that we have beautiful, natural, cheap, and supremely effective alternatives which are far superior to agricultural poisons in every way there is, we can raise a massive public demand for the ban (as done with DDT) of all agricultural poisons. If pushed hard, we can have such an agriculture in as little as 1 year. Meanwhile, individual farmers, growers, greenhouse operators and home gardeners can go ahead on their own, reap the massive cost reductions of this poison-free agriculture, and label and sell their products as 100% bio-organic - and more importantly, as 100% 'bio-elementric'.

And our personal reward will be the return of our natural birthright to lifelong freedom from all diseases, and strapping healthy offspring, in an environment of poison-free food, land and water.

Addendum - Dec. 1998: Very recent research indicates that we and our crops most probably need the complete range of the 84 natural elements in our daily nutrition for our full health and well being.

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Starting Hardy Vegetables

Raising your own seedlings has many advantages: You can grow a lot of seedlings for very little money; you can grow exactly the varieties you like; you can raise superior seedlings to the usually stressed seedlings available commercially; and your seedlings will be poison-free. Still, if your are planning to plant only a few plants of each crop, getting the seedlings from your favourite garden center is cheaper and quicker.

It's time to get things underway in the greenhouse or indoors, and our first requirement is some decent propagation soil. It is made up best as follows: Take some good potting soil and add a generous handful of bone meal, a couple of tablespoons of agricultural lime, and a tablespoon of super phosphate to each gallon of soil. To this, add vermiculite in a ratio of one-to-three. Then get that plastic garbage bag with the now well rotten duff and seaweed mix, and add to the propagating mix, also in a ration of one-to-three.

If you haven't done this, get some seaweed and put it through an old blender (there are usually small pebbles in seaweed), or buy some kelp meal. This is extremely important. Both the seaweed and the duff, as well as the kelp meal, contain the complete natural range of the 72+ trace elements, and these will keep your seedlings in supreme health. Your seedlings won't get "Damp Off" disease, which could wipe out most of your seedlings, and you won't have to drench your propagation soil with "No Damp" fungicides - and still loose a lot of seedlings. With the seaweed and duff, or the kelp meal, you won't have to worry about "Damp Off" disease ever again.

The resulting mix will be nice and loose, well aerated, and it will retain moisture very well. It will also have a very nice organic content, the full spectrum of the 72+ trace elements, plenty of phosphates for plenty of life-energy, and around 2% nitrogen which is more than sufficient to get things underway really well. Come transplanting time from seedling flats to seedling pots, you'll find that your seedlings have good sized root systems, which will lift out easily and without damage from this light and 'fluffy' propagating mix.

If you are re-using old starter flats or pots, it is a good idea to rinse them in a mild bleach solution first, one tablespoon per gallon. Then rinse well with clear water.

Onion family members, green and storage kinds, scallions and leeks, do not need bottom heat to germinate. An unheated green house, or a cool bright situation indoors, is all that is needed. The same goes for parsley and dill. Onions may be sown quite densely, in flats or six packs with an optimum distance of 1/4 inch between seedlings in all directions for unhindered root development. Green onions and scallions can grow closer than this in the seedling flat without growth restrictions. As they begin to grow, an extra two to three hours of artificial light will help things along very nicely. The idea is to raise strong, sturdy seedlings with large root systems. These will grow into large, sturdy plants, with large bulbs. Keep the seedlings sheared to three inches tall, another means of inducing seedlings to become strong and sturdy.

Dill and parsley are best sown into 4 inch pots. For dill, I like to seed 4 seeds to the pot, and for parsley, about 10 seeds to the pot. The easiest way to sow both onions and herbs is to scatter the seed on the surface, then add a 1/4 inch of soil to cover and press down lightly. Dill and parsley resent being uprooted and it is best to transplant the whole 4 inch pot without disturbing the roots. To this end, moisten the pot thoroughly to hold the soil together, then invert it in your hand, and tap it out gently in one piece, seedlings and soil and all.

Early cabbages and broccoli, like all the cabbage family members, require a soil temperature of 80 degrees F. to germinate. By far the best thing we ever did was to build an insulated, bottom heated germination box, which we used in our unheated greenhouse. This saved us heating the greenhouse, since the insulation in the box held the heat marvelously well and the seeds germinated like nobody's business. Marigold seeds sprouted in an astonishing 3 days! But a flat on a hot water heater works well for most people.

Sow cabbage seeds thinly, about two to three seeds to the inch, a quarter inch deep, cover and firm lightly. Thin to two inches apart in about three weeks, The important thing is to keep all cabbages growing freely at any stage, without set-backs due to crowding, which will result in small heads and "bolting", or going to seed prematurely. It's Nature's law and imperative; if there is stress and hardship, devote all energy to making seeds to carry on the species - and hope for a better chance in the next generation.

Transplant at around five weeks into four-inch pots individually (best), or four seedlings into a six-packs to avoid root crowding. For all cabbage family members add a liberal amount of agricultural lime the potting soil to increase the pH to about neutral, and for their high calcium requirement. Two to three tablespoon per gallon should do the trick; use your pH soil tester to make sure.

Celery and celeriac may also be started at 70 degree F. soil temperature at this time. sow about four to six seeds per inch, cover with soil an eighth of an inch deep, and firm lightly. Make sure to keep the surface moist at all times as tiny seedlings need this to stay alive. A spray bottle set to 'mist' works really well. And use your dirty dishwater for the perfect fertilizer. To keep soil warm, use lukewarm water. We find that a full water hose with a shut-off at the end, left lying about outside in a sunny area, provides more than sufficient warm water for this purpose, especially since the covered germination box, and the germination soil mix, conserve moisture extremely well.

If you are using soil-heating cables (the cat's meow) for bottom heat be sure to to check deeply for moisture as this arrangement dries out from the bottom up. I have been fooled by this as the surface can be moist while the soil underneath can be completely dry. On warm days, lift any cover of the germination box for ventilation. Next, we'll get into leeks.

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Assembly Occupancies

You are building a settlement. An eco-restorative sanctuary for you and a certain group of people that you can imagine spending the rest of your lives with to live out your lives on, hopefully with a "happily ever after".

The land is bought. The plots are laid out. The center of the community starts to take shape and you can see the world you and your family are going to live in. And it's beautiful.

The community center has a center that is just that - a place for you and your family, and everyone else and their families, can come together to be what it is that you aim to become. You start to dream this center into existence and it too, starts to take shape before your eyes. And then, at least in North America, your dream is interrupted - by a county or state inspector whose job it is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public, and your building hasn't been authorized.

In the US, Canada, and Mexico, and presumedly just about every other capitalistic country, states and counties collect fees in order to protect you from yourself. These fees pay for all kinds of things you want them to do - like building roads, and a few things you don't want them to do - like tell you that you cannot build the building your community dreams of.

Community centers are, by every definition, an assembly occupancy - where people come together. That means that you must follow the International Building Code. Most communities today are using the 2003 IBC or the 2006 IBC because it is very hard to get new codes passed until other people have done it, and beaurocratic red tape on code adoption is a BEAR. One of the shortcomings of this fact is that these old codes do not (and in fact most modern codes do not) allow for "experimental architecture" on commercial structures that have the potential to endanger many people's lives. They may let you get away with endangering your own and your families lives by allowing experimental home designs, but when it comes to the nightmare of publicity of a bunch of kids dying, no building inspector wants to imagine that. Which means, as hard as this may be to hear - no sod, no earthstructures, no cordwood, likely no geodesic domes... nothing that is not defensible in case of fire. What they will definitely allow: structural steel (which can be up to 60% recycled); maybe traditional steel or wood framing, usually timberframe (possibly, if you are very lucky, with strawbale infill); and sometimes adobe.

You will have to design the entire structure according to very stringent rules. There will likely have to be a fire sprinkler. (It can be fed by the pond in some cases.) There will have to be a phone, in case of fire so you can call the fire department. There will be maximum hall lengths, maximum distances between doors, a minimum number of windows. And sometimes they'll make you install mechanical ventilation, and electrical outlets every 7 feet. There will be sewage/septic requirements and you will have to have a drinking fountain. The building will have to be handicapped accessible. The kitchen will have to be designed. If you plan on cooking greasy foods and not just bringing cold foods and using crockpots, that means grease traps and ventilation. If you use crockpots you'll want to have lots of counter space and extra plugs.

For sizing, you'll want to plan 15sf per occupant. That means, if your present settlement has 15 families, you'll have to plan for 15x2 (couples) x 2 (2 kids per couple is average). Which means you'll need a space for 60. I tell my church clients that within 2 years their size will be 15% more than they are planning for now, so plan for 69 to be sure. Multiply 69 by 15SF per person and the main multi-purpose room must be 1035SF. An office should be 100SF. Bathrooms for each sex must be included, likely 1 watercloset and one urinal for men, and probably 2 toilets for the women, depending where you are and what they've appended to the code. Usually one may be a unisex handicapped accessible room. So bathrooms add another 500SF. The kitchen will probably want to be at least 200SF. Now we are at 1835SF total for the building. Which luckily makes the more stringent (and boring) building types a little easier to swallow, because they cannot offer you this type of flexible space in most cases. Though, and I cannot emphasize this enough, you can borrow lots of techniques from the building types you love, like earthships, to make this space really sing for you. It doesn't have to be your standard building-in-a-box architecture. A creative builder will help you find ways of making it perfect for your group. In most cases, a builder/general contractor will be required for the foundation and framing. All else you might can do with licensed electritions and plumbers involved.

You are going to need a good architect to help guide you through it all, and sign and submit the documents. It will cost money - at least 8% of your project budget, and better architects can charge up to 15%. And oftentimes, they deserve it. - often the money they can save you in the long run is far more than what you'll spend for them in the short run. Get them involved early and make sure there is not only a "green" in their resume but a real heart connection that you hope will be a life-long one. Be absolutely sure they share your vision. A good professional is just waiting for something that inspires them. You'll know. But be sure they can mind the business of code, and the business of opening hearts. Because the house you surround yourself with, whether it be personal or public, will be a vessel for what it is you want to create. Make it a beautiful inspiring vessel. It can be done, even with an inspector over your shoulder.

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The vision of Archinia was created and continues through the passionate direction of Rachel Preston. Rachel is a unique designer who integrates past and present in her design work, using historic vernacular precedents and materials and methods of place and time to create spaces that feel, and are, alive.

Rachel graduated in 1998 from Texas A-M University, where she studied Architectural Design, Architecture History, and Historic Preservation. She has studied and worked in the cathedrals and villas of Europe, and worked alongside American architects specializing in religious, historic, and ultra-high-end custom residential design. Her work has included forensic architecture, archaeological architecture, the preservation and adaptive reuse of historic structures, re/design for handicapped accessibility, as well as the design of bio-climatic residences and commercial structures for non-profits.

Rachel is an enthusiastic writer, with blogs on Kin Domains, Sacred Architecture, and Sacred Travel. She is currently completing two books on architecture:

The Illustrated Guide to Building Design for Kin Domains, a guidebook of bio-climatic architectural principles for supporters of the Anastasia / Ringing Cedars movement that started in Russia and has quickly become a worldwide phenomenon.

An American Fairy's Home Companion, an illustrated book that introduces children to the vibrant world of architecture through vivid illustrations and the introduction of basic architectural design principles. The Companion is designed for evolution into activity projects for elementary-level educators.

Rachel is committed to sharing architecture as more than an academic exercise. She is also an award-winning architectural photographer. Travelling often, she offers workshops on bio-climatic design principles, labyrinth design, and Feng Shui / space clearing / organization. She regularly works with non-profits on team building, strategic planning and building committee training. Her audience includes children, and she shares architecture with Girl Scouts, Waldorf schools, and as a stand-in art teacher at local schools near her home in Taos, New Mexico. Her classes have been offered at green festivals, churches, garden clubs, and archaeological and history groups . Rachel has a passion for the sacred in everything and strives to bring a sense of sanctuary into all she does.

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Siberian Gift - Pine Nut Oil

Introduction

Siberian Pine Nut Oil (Cedar Nut Oil)

From days of old in Siberia and the Urals, the kernels of Pine nuts have yielded oil that was considered to be a delicacy. It significantly surpasses the best types of olive oil obtained from olives, is readily assimilated by the body, possesses high nutritional and medicinal properties, is unusually rich in vitamins and minerals. Pine nut oil can substitute for any vegetable oil (sea buckthorn, burdock, coconut, olive, almond, etc.) in all situations of medical use. In its calorie content, Pine nut oil exceeds beef and pork fats, while in its ease of assimilation it far exceeds eggs. It can be used in any recipe as a substitute for any vegetable oil. It facilitates the removal of heavy metal salts from the body. Pine nut oil is impossible to replace completely with anything else!

Pine nut oil is a unique natural product that has no analogy in nature, its synthesis is impossible. 100% natural Siberian Pine nut oil is prepared by the cold pressing method from selected kernels of the Siberian Pine.

We invite you to make its acquaintance.

Medicinal, nutritional, and ecological importance of Pine nut oil

Medicinal importance

At the present it has been determined that Pine nut oil contains various substances that helps to promote the preservation of a person's ability to work for many years. Pine nut oil improves the composition of the blood, and helps prevent the development of tuberculosis and anemia. The oil is used for prophylactic purposes in atherosclerosis, hypertension, cirrhosis of the liver, stomach and duodenal ulcers, shortness of breath, and silicosis, and facilitates the treatment of patients suffering from leukemia.

The oil contains a high quantity of vitamin E (tocopherol, 56 mg for 100 g), which promotes the restoration of male potency, the preservation of a high capacity for work, the assimilation of proteins and fats, and treatment in cases of illnesses of the liver, pancreas, intestines, atherosclerosis, and rheumatism. Tocopherol translated means "I bear life." Pine nut oil also contains significant quantities of vitamins P, A, B, which are essential for the normal development and functioning of the human organism.

The oil is composed of unsaturated fatty acids (Table 1), including those not synthesized in the human body -- linoleic, lineolenic, and arachidonic acid, which possess an antisclerotic action. They have a normalizing effect on the walls of the blood vessels, increase their elasticity, and lower their permeability. It has been determined that linoleic acid possesses a neutralizing effect for many poisons. In this regard, Pine nut oil is extremely necessary for a population that lives in cities, where the atmosphere is strongly polluted by gaseous emissions.

Table 1
Fatty acid composition

Name of the
component

Group

Detector

Time

mVs

Height
mV

Concentration
%

C 16:0
palmitic

PID-2

0:34:18

307.6

68.321

3.8149

C 18:0
stearic

PID-2

0:37:57

189.84

36.03

2.3545

C 18:1
oleic

PID-2

0:38:26

1794.7

326.81

22.258

C 18:1
cis-oleic

PID-2

0:38:54

131.15

23.041

1.6265

C 18:2
linoleic

PID-2

0:39:30

3867.4

631.95

47.964

C 18:3
linolenic

PID-2

0:40:03

1717.2

275.97

21.297

C 18:3
linolenic

PID-2

0:41:06

20.279

2.8896

0.25151

C 20:0
arachidonic

PID-2

0:42:43

23.627

28.515

0.29303

C 22
behenic

PID-2

0:46:10

11.353

1.1444

0.1406

8063.1

1369

100

Thus, Pine nut oil may be successfully used for medicinal purposes in many illnesses and in the treatment and prophylactic nutrition of employees whose work is related to toxic substances.

Nutritional importance

Pine Nut Oil with Sea Buckthorn

In its biological value, the vegetable oil obtained from the Pine nut exceeds olive oil produced from olive trees, which, in the absence of Pine nut oil, is considered to be the best in the world.

The energy value of one gram of Pine nut oil is high, and comes to 9 kCal. The composition of this oil includes vitally essential irreplaceable components, among which are those involved in lipotropic and antisclerotic activity (polyunsaturated fatty acids, vitamins A, E, and others). The ease of assimilation of the oil is high: 95-98%.

Pine nut oil may be used with great effect in cooking, in the production of confectionary goods of the highest quality, mayonnaises, margarines, and in the preparation of vegetable dishes and tasty additives.

Ecological importance

Pine nut oil is the purest in comparison to other vegetable oils. While sunflower, cotton-seed, soya, mustard, rape, and other oils are obtained from agricultural crops grown on soils fertilized with various chemical substances and treated with pesticides, Pine stands in Siberia are not subjected to these types of supplements and treatments, so this oil is ecologically pure.

Chemical composition of Pine nut oil

The vitamin E content of Pine nut oil exceeds that of olive oil by five times and coconut oil by three times. The concentration of vitamin F in the oil is three times greater than in the cod-liver oil based Vitamin F preparation sold in pharmacies.

Use of Pine nut oil in medicine

On the appearance of symptoms of any disease, see a physician. Pine nut oil is used as a supplementary remedy for the basic course of treatment.

Internal Medicine - as an excellent remedy for tonsillitis, respiratory illnesses, and influenza.

Gastroenterology - in erosive ulcerous lesions of the stomach and duodenum, superficial gastritis and bulbitis, chronic pancreatitis, post-resection disturbances of a peptic ulcer, gastritis of the stump of the stomach, anastomositis, esophagitis, cholecystitis, and hepatocholecystitis.

Obstetrics and Gynecology - in erosive ulcerous lesions of the neck of the uterus. Recommended for pregnant women to prevent fetal mutation and as an essential, easily assimilated natural vitamin preparation, which additionally has a slight purgative effect.

For nursing mothers - as an agent: a) that increases the level of lactation; b) that improves the composition of the milk; c) that prevents the formation of intestinal pain in infants.

Pediatrics - indispensable in child nutrition from the first year of age, since it promotes the growth of the human organism.

Surgery - as an agent to accelerate the joining together of tissues in the postoperative period and for the healing of sutures and scars, as well as in varicosis. It is a healing agent.

Dentistry - as a remedy for stomatitis, parodontosis, parodontitis, and as an analgesic and antibacterial agent.

Proctology - in hemorrhoids and lesions in the tissues of the rectum.

Neurology - to normalize the activity of the nervous system.

Dermatology - as an agent to fight dandruff and hair loss. To fight bedsores. It prevents the development of dermatitis in children. Used in the treatment of burns and frostbite by rubbing or applying dressings soaked in the oil. The dressing should be changed each day.

Immunology - as a highly effective agent for stimulating the immune system.

Endocrinology - against diseases of the thyroid gland.

Cosmetology - as masks to prevent the fading of the skin. It strengthens the nails and hair, softens the cuticles, the skin of the hands, feet, and entire body. Massage with the use of Pine nut oil eliminates fatigue, improves peripheral blood circulation, improves lymphatic drainage, eliminates venous congestion in the extremities, improves the elasticity of the skin, increases vitality. Use of the oil in a bath, in a sauna while rubbing into the skin promotes the rejuvenation of the dermal layers and the healing of wounds.

Contraindications. Pine nut oil is not recommended to be taken by persons with a heightened sensitivity to products obtained by the processing of Pine. At the present time, there are no known contraindications to the use of Pine nut oil.

Daily doses for the use of Pine nut oil

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The recommended daily doses for the use of Pine nut oil have been submitted by A.N.Litvintsev, the Head of the Department of Food Hygiene at the Irkutsk Medical University.

Prophylactic doses

As part of the daily food allowance for a healthy person, 28-30 g (without the use of other oils of vegetable origin).

Therapeutic doses

With the appearance of symptoms of any disease, see a physician. Pine nut oil is used as a supplementary, natural remedy to the basic course of treatment.

In cases of an aggravation of a peptic ulcer of the stomach and duodenum, it is recommended that patients take Pine nut oil (in its pure form and as an additive to food) in the amount of 27-36 g daily. The enrichment of an ulcer-healing diet with Pine nut (vegetable) oil is pathogenetically well founded. The oil suppresses the secretion of hydrochloric acid and regulates the acid-forming function of the stomach, and the fat soluble vitamins it contains promotes the processes of the regeneration of the mucous gastroduodenal area. It has a beneficial action on the functions of the intestine, promotes the evacuation of the gallbladder and the elimination of constipation.

In chronic gastritis with increased secretions (of gastric juice, hydrochloric acid, pepsin), 25-30 g taken 30 minutes before eating.

In cases of anemia, 18-20 g.

In atherosclerosis (without excess body weight) with lesions on the vessels of the heart, brain, or other organs, ischemic heart disease caused by atherosclerosis, 32 g (out of the 80g of the daily norm of total fats), in the case of accompanying obesity, 28 g (out of the 70g of the daily norm of fats).

In hypertension on a background of atherosclerosis, 32 g (out of the 80g of total fats per day).

In cases of an aggravation of hypertension (in the initial period of the disease -- stage IIB - III A), 17-21 g (out of the 70g of total fats per day). Butter is used for the preparation of food, Pine nut oil is added to the dishes. Meat fats and culinary fats are excluded from the diet.

In cirrhosis of the liver with moderate insufficiency, 17-18 g.

In rheumatism, 27-30 g.

In tuberculosis, 24-25 g.

In leukemia, 21 g.

In chronic nephritis without exacerbation, 22-25 g.

In obesity, 24 g (out of the total daily quantity of 80-85 g).

In kidney stones with alkaline reaction of the urine, 30 g.

In sugar diabetes, mild and intermediate degree, 22-24 g (out of 75 to 80 g of the daily allowance).

Recommendations of Specialists

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The Pine nut oil produced by the Ringing Cedars of Russia Company is a 100% natural, ecologically pure preparation with unique therapeutic and health improving properties, which stem from a high content of biologically active substances, essential fatty acids, and trace elements necessary for the normal growth and development of children. At a time when synthetic and modified ingredients are prevalent in food, an energy deficit inevitably develops in the organism. This manifests itself in the heightened susceptibility of children to various infections, complicated and protracted courses of respiratory and viral diseases, a lowering of vitality, and a lagging behind in physical and neuropsychological development.

The natural components of Pine nut oil in essence are a concentrate of liposoluble vitamins A, D, F, K, E, and essential phospholipids, and contain such rare trace elements as molybdenum, vanadium, manganese, and iodine, which are essential for the normal functioning of the entire hormonal enzymatic complex of the organism. The preparation has a significantly lower allergic potential in comparison to other oil preparations, sea buckthorn for example, which, of course, is important in its use among children.

The regular use of this true elixir of the Pine significantly increases the delivery of vitally necessary substances into the organism. Your child will grow up strong and healthy, the unavoidable respiratory and viral infections will run their course significantly more easily and without complications. His or her physical and intellectual potential will increase.

Recommended prophylactic doses:

for children up to 1 year of age, 1 drop for 1 kg of weight per day (watch for any reactions in the child);
for children from 1 to 3 years of age, from 1 to 3 ml every day (watch for any reactions in the child);
for children from 3 to 5 years of age, 5 ml every day (watch for any reactions in the child);
for children from 5 to 10 years of age, from 5 to 10 ml per day (watch for any reactions in the child);
for children older than 10 years, from 1 tablespoon per day.

A. V. Dyadigurov
Pediatric Intensive Care Physician
Physician of the Highest Category

Pine nut oil promotes the healing of wounds and sutures. It is an antiseptic and an agent that promotes rapid healing. It may be used both externally (rub into the ulcers, wounds, and sutures) as well as internally (take 1 teaspoon three times per day).

Yuriy Vasilevich Ten
Krai Chief Pediatric Surgeon
Doctor of Medical Sciences
Head of Surgery at the Altai Krai Clinical Children's Hospital

Pine nut oil may be taken to accelerate the regenerative processes in the postoperative period in the form of applications to the areas of postoperative sutures. Also possible is local use in the pathology of the neck of the uterus (erosion of the neck of the uterus).

In internal use, it is a source for the rejuvenation of the organism, completing the balance of vitamins and trace elements in pregnant women and patients in the postpartum period.

P. L. Meshalkina
Obstetrician and Gynecologist

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The brand name "THE RINGING CEDARS OF RUSSIA" stands for business integrity, decency and the highest possible quality of product. All products marketed under this brand name convey the primordial power of Nature and the warmth of our hearts. We offer:

A variety of high-quality cedar products, including cedar nuts and cedar nut oil.

Huge plantations of cedar trees grow in the Siberian taiga, said to be the ecologically purest area of the world. The virgin forest of the taiga has never been treated with any chemicals or artificial fertilisation, nor abused by agricultural machines.

Cedar nuts (the seeds of the cedar tree) take two years to mature, during which time the tree accumulates a huge volume of positive cosmic energy. Crops of nuts are harvested manually by people lovingly devoted to this task, working in a pleasant environment without undue haste to create unique products full of positive energy reflecting the infinite powers of Nature. Specific preparations include:

We pick only cedar cones which fall naturally from the trees, thus ensuring that only ripe cones are selected. We always avoid hitting the trees to shake unripe cedar cones down (as happens with some other commercial operations) -- a practice which causes the nuts to lose their healing power.

Cones are then manually shelled with the help of wooden shell-removers. Nut centres are separated from their shells using wooden rollers.

Cedar nut oil and cedar nut flour marketed under our brand name are obtained by the cold-pressure method, using manual wooden oil-presses.

Cedar nut oil is then stored in special containers and packed in a small village near Novosibirsk by name "Kandayrovo" using unique technology to avoid any contact with metal. The whole process is strictly supervised to ensure it complies with all sanitary requirements.

Final products are placed in special packaging to prevent daylight penetration, and stored at a temperature of 0C to +5C to better preserve the product's natural components. The resulting product is a bright gold-coloured liquid with the pleasant smell of cedar nuts. It is a 100% natural product with strong healing powers.

SIBERIAN PINE NUT OIL

Siberian Pine nuts (cedar nuts) contain about 60% oil. They are therefore pressed to obtain Pine nut oil, which is available on the market as a very expensive gourmet cooking oil. Cold pressing in all-wooden presses is preferred to retain the nutritional properties of nuts and derive the oil of highest quality.

The Pine nut oil bearing "The Ringing Cedars of Russia" brand comes exclusively from wild-harvested Siberian Pine nuts - one of the most nutritious Pine nuts in the world. In comparison, other Pine nut oils are usually pressed from the Italian pignolia Pine nuts, which are not nearly as potent and are often harvested from trees growing in plantations. Our Siberian Pine nut oil is extra virgin (100% cold pressed from freshly shelled raw Siberian Pine nuts), whereas most Pine nut oils on the market are either not cold pressed or even pressed from roasted (!) Pine nuts, which significantly decreases the oil value. Finally, "The Ringing Cedars of Russia" Siberian Pine nut oil is the only one which is available on the market anywhere in the world pressed with wooden presses in accordance with traditional techniques described in Vladimir Megre's life-changing book "The Ringing Cedars of Russia". In contrast, all other Pine nut oils are pressed using steel presses, which immediately degrades them (contact with steel oxidizes some of the Pine nut oil's most important ingredients such as vitamins, and is known to remove the 'life force' from the oil).

Pine nut oil has also traditionally been used in ancient Russian and European natural medicine to cure a wide array of ailments - ingested (decreasing blood pressure, boosting immune system resistance, etc.) or applied externally (a range of dermatological disorders). It is also used in expensive cosmetics.

Pine nut oil contains pinolenic acid, a polyunsaturated fatty acid, and is marketed in the U.S. as a means stimulate cell proliferation, prevent hypertension, decrease blood lipid and blood sugar, and inhibit allergic reactions.

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Kittencal's Famous Greek Salad with Pine Nut Oil

Be prepared for the best Greek salad on the planet! --- plan ahead the dressing needs at least 2 or more hours to blend the flavors, I sometimes add in 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese to the dressing for a more cheesy dressing, all amounts may be adjusted to taste.

Ingredients:

DRESSING
1 cup olive oil (can reduce to 3/4 cup)
2-3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2-4 teaspoons dried oregano
3 teaspoons fresh minced garlic
1 teaspoon dried basil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper (or to taste)

SALAD INGREDIENTS
1 large romaine lettuce, chopped (or use 2 small)
2-3 plum tomatoes, cut in wedges (use Roma tomatoes)
1 English cucumber (peeled, seeded and chopped)
1 red onion, cut in slices
1 green bell pepper (seeded and cut into rings or sliced) (optional)
1/2 lb feta cheese, crumbled (or to taste)
1 cup kalamata olive

Directions

1. For the dressing; in a processor or use a wire whisk process/whisk the olive oil with lemon juice, oregano, garlic, basil, red wine vinegar, salt and sugar until smooth (start with 2 tablespoon lemon juice and 2 teaspoons oregano adding in more if desired after mixing).

2. Season with black pepper.

3. Chill in fridge for a couple of hours before using to blend flavors.

4. Place the salad ingredients in a large bowl.

5. Pour dressing over; toss to combine.

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The oil from cedar nuts is being extracted for a long time in the Ural Mountains and Siberia. Our ancestors ate cedar nut oil and used it for medical purposes since the ancient times. In XIX century cedar nut oil could be bought on any Siberian market. It has been home-made with the use of only the simplest machinery. It has a soft taste, gold-and-amber color, and a wonderful smell of nuts.

In old Russian folk medicine consider that Siberian cedar nut oil eliminates a chronic weakness syndrome, increases overall strength of an organism, physical and brain activities. Siberian cedar nut oil taken regularly improves immune system. Any vegetative oil can be substituted by Siberian cedar nut oil, but nothing can fully substitute cedar nut oil. It can also be used as a facial night cream for returning a natural beauty of the skin.

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The oil from cedar nuts is being extracted for a long time in the Ural Mountains and Siberia. Our ancestors ate cedar nut oil and used it for medical purposes since the ancient times. In XIX century cedar nut oil could be bought on any Siberian market. It has been home-made with the use of only the simplest machinery. It has a soft taste, gold-and-amber color, and a wonderful smell of nuts.

In old Russian folk medicine consider that Siberian cedar nut oil eliminates a chronic weakness syndrome, increases overall strength of an organism, physical and brain activities. Siberian cedar nut oil taken regularly improves immune system. Any vegetative oil can be substituted by Siberian cedar nut oil, but nothing can fully substitute cedar nut oil. It can also be used as a facial night cream for returning a natural beauty of the skin.

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The oil from cedar nuts is being extracted for a long time in the Ural Mountains and Siberia. Our ancestors ate cedar nut oil and used it for medical purposes since the ancient times. In XIX century cedar nut oil could be bought on any Siberian market. It has been home-made with the use of only the simplest machinery. It has a soft taste, gold-and-amber color, and a wonderful smell of nuts.

In old Russian folk medicine consider that Siberian cedar nut oil eliminates a chronic weakness syndrome, increases overall strength of an organism, physical and brain activities. Siberian cedar nut oil taken regularly improves immune system. Any vegetative oil can be substituted by Siberian cedar nut oil, but nothing can fully substitute cedar nut oil. It can also be used as a facial night cream for returning a natural beauty of the skin.

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History of Aromatherapy

For millenniums humanity has been discovering mysterious properties of plants. Knowledge obtained through experiments and researches and its systematization resulted in a new science - Aromatherapy.

Aromatherapy is an art of healing by means of plant aromas. Aromatherapy emerged long before it was thought as a science. Have you noticed how easily you breathe when you are walking in a forest? How nice it is to feel piny wood scent and redolence of green pine needles and resin! This is a natural aromatherapy.

According to the first manuscripts with fragrance recipes aromatherapy has been used for 6000 years! In Egypt the use of aromatherapy is confirmed by earthenware tablets that described embalming process by means of aromatics.

Ancient people perfectly understood aromatic and therapeutic properties of plants. Contemporary civilization just begins to uncover the value of aromatherapy hidden treasures.

In the ancient times aromatic, antiseptic, antimicrobial and wound-healing properties of essential-oil plants were known and widely used from Babylon and Persia to India and China. In the old medical texts of these countries, written around 3000 years ago, many herbs and their utilization were described. Plants whose aromas were able to impact on consciousness were burned during religious ceremonies.

The resins that were used for incense were highly therapeutic; they influenced on respiratory system and immersed priests into meditative state. Egyptians applied fragrances from perfumery and cosmetics to medicine and mummification. Some perfume jars still smell with fragrance that was kept there 3200 years ago. Also Egyptians used aromas for skin care, washing clothes, added them into vine and food. Frankincense oil used to be burned in honor of Egyptian God Ra, it also was a great component in skin care recipes. Cedar and Myrrh oils were used for embalming. As it turned out essential oils of cedar and myrrh contained elements with strong prophylactic and antiseptic properties, which allowed mummies be preserved for a very long time. Egyptians acquired a reputation of perfume experts; however, they were not familiar with essential oil extraction methods and used only infusions and ointments.

Greeks continued researches in aromatherapy. They found new uses for essential oils in medicine. Ancient thinker and pharmacologist Pedanius Dioscorides wrote a book about healing with herbs "De Materia Medica". This book had been very popular in Europe for 12 centuries. Many recipes offered in this book are still useful today. Another Greek physician Hippocrates - the founder of contemporary scientific medicine composed a work where 236 plants and their medical use were described. Reflecting Greek philosophy of his time, Hippocrates approached patient as a unified whole and as a part of nature. He believed that plants contain medical elements in optimal combination and thus they heal better when unprocessed or as natural juices.

Romans based their knowledge on Greeks' aromatherapy achievements. Their innovation was in bringing aromatic plants and ingredients from Aravia and Eastern India. With new plants more deceases could be cured. Romans paid a lot of attention to the aromatic properties of plants. In antique Rome and Greece perfumery with floral scents was booming, the essential oils were widely used in steam baths as a daily ritual. Many Greek doctors served in Roman army and carried their aromatherapy knowledge through different countries. Ancient Greek philosophers believed that essential oils were given to people by Olympus Gods as a means of supreme light, awakening love.

After the collapse of Roman Empire, Arabic perfumers improved aromatherapy knowledge. They were the first who applied steam distillation for extracting essential oil from rose petals. This invention is believed to belong to Avicenna, philosopher and a physician of Middle East. He described more than 800 medical means that were mostly of botanical origin. In his book "The Canon of Medicine" he described steam distillation method which is used nowadays as well.

European aromatherapy was developing in medieval times. During crusades Arabic fragrances were spread over entire Europe. Plant's medical properties were intensively studied at the times of pestilence spread. Branches of lavender and cypress were burned on the streets. It was the only protection against Black Death that people knew.

In the ninetieth century with the development of synthetic pharmacology the importance of aromatherapy began to decrease. However, when it was noticed that synthetic products caused multiple complications the interest in aromatherapy arose again.

In 1930, French scientist-chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse put into practice a term of Aromatherapy. His family owned a perfumery fabric, and, according to the legend, Maurice, working in a laboratory, burned his hand badly. By reflex, he dipped his hand into lavender oil that was standing by. Later he was so amazed watching mystical recovery and disappearance of scars on his hand. As a result he dedicated his live to researches about essential oil cosmetic and dermatological properties.

French physician Jean Valnet significantly expanded uses of aromatherapy. He was using essential oils for disinfection of wounds and for internal organs spasms relieving. In 1964 he published a book "Practice of Aromatherapy" triggering the aromatherapy practice in Europe. Homeopathic clinics, practicing aromatherapy were build in Paris, Sveden and England where obvious rejuvenation properties of essential oils were studied.

Contemporary aromatherapy is first of all a prophylactic and healthful method of maintaining good psycho-emotional and physical fitness. It is a therapy that relieves everyday stress and prevents development of infirmity. In Canada, US, Europe and Japan thousands of aromatherapy clinics operate, aromatherapy books are published and scientific laboratories are working, continuing the tradition of aromatherapy use.

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