Say No to Pesticides Killing Off Our Bees!

Just when I thought humans had started figuring it out, we’ve got sneaky buggers trying to re-instate chemical usage that will finish killing off our already endangered bees! As a gardener, I’m aware it may be “easier” to grow plants when you don’t have to worry about bugs, but when you don’t have the pollen carrier, the plants will just DIE, and so ends green things being able to live on this earth, at least in our current natural cycle.

‘Sum of Us’ activists have put forward a campaign to save these poor bees, let’s do our part in ensuring our future!

Dozens of bee species are now extinct or on the verge of disappearing. But Bayer and its cronies are twisting the EU’s arm into ignoring bee-saving rules against harmful pesticides — the same rules that got toxic neonicotinoids banned last year.

We all rely on bees to pollinate fruit, vegetables and crops. But around the world bees are in decline, putting the future health of our planet at risk — and unless the EU takes concrete steps to save the bees, this trend shows no sign of reversing.

MEPs urgently need to challenge the bureaucrats that buckled to Bayer’s lobbyists. MEPs could force a U-turn, and revive plans to crack down on all bee-harming pesticides. 

It’s the EU’s job to force corporations like Bayer to take bee health seriously — and prevent deadly, bee-killing chemicals from flooding our fields. Bayer shouldn’t be telling the EU what to do. Across Europe, MEPs plastered their election campaigns with pledges to save the bees. Will you sign the petition now to tell MEPs to live up to their promises?

Sign the petition to demand that MEPs fix this mess urgently and protect bees from deadly pesticides.

Click here to learn more!

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Yew Berries – A Pretty Killer

I spotted an ‘unknown’ berry a few weeks back, however not knowing the name of the berry doesn’t mean I’m not aware of when its prime time for picking is, so I had set out today to get a few, in hopes of bringing home and researching. As I was harvesting the fells, a grandma and her two grand-kids passed me and she asked ‘Are those berries edible?’ to which I replied, I was pretty sure the berries weren’t poisonous, but there was something odd about them that pointed to toxicity, so I’d be researching when I got home, as I was pretty sure they were soap berries or something to that effect.. She correctly nomenclatured them as Yew berries, which, I was correct, the berry itself is completely harmless, however as little as THREE of the seeds can do incredible harm! Even the foliage itself can kill you!

“The entire yew bush, except the aril (the red flesh of the berry covering the seed), is poisonous. It is toxic due to a group of chemicals called taxine alkaloids. Their cardiotoxicity is well known and act via calcium and sodium channel antagonism, causing an increase in cytoplasmic calcium currents of the myocardial cells. The seeds contains the highest concentrations of these alkaloids.[25][26] If any leaves or seeds of the plant are ingested, urgent medical advice is recommended as well as observation for at least 6 hours after the point of ingestion.[27][28] “

Yew Tree

These plants are located right between the new dog park and playground on Richter. With that in mind, all I can say be aware of the plants around you and watch your pets and kids!

Now that being said, everything in moderation!!! This plant, in controlled dosages, is a beneficial plant for extreme conditions, such as cancer and tapeworms. For more on that, click here!

Incentive Overtime Offered for Alberta Nurse

Looking for a job that comes with lots of money? Look no further! Become a nurse and work for Alberta’s healthcare, (as this practice below is not active in BC) and you’ll never have to worry again!

Incentive Overtime is being offered to nurses when no one can be found at straight time. What that means is that you offer out the shift to everyone at Straight time, then Over time, then once all calls have been exhausted, you send out a final call-out to everyone, regardless if you are straight time or over time, you will get Overtime when you go in.

Hearing of this practice petrifies me, I feel like patient care is being lost in the dollar signs. I hope this practice NEVER comes to BC.

Pharmacy Dispensing Fees

I went to pick up my prescription the other day, and realized it was a bit more expensive then I remembered. I had recently moved pharmacies as a new location had opened up conveniently under my work location. However, this location had been tacking on an extra 4 dollars for a dispensing fee! For the extra 5 minutes it takes me to go to the other location, I’ll keep my 4 dollars thanks!

So, word to the wise, ask what their dispensing fees are before hoping over to a more convenient location!

Scientists Successfully Convert Type A & B Blood to Type O

A major breakthrough in blood studies may make ensuring rare blood types get the blood they need without delay! Scientists have been on the hunt for a better way of producing blood in mass quantities, however, a key factor in making this a possibility was the ability to change blood types as needed.

In August of 2018, an article was put forward saying Canadians may have found a way to turn Type A and B blood into Type O! A major step forward!! A day later Global News confirmed this, stating it ‘could be a huge advance for blood donation if the technique was proven safe.’

Now less then a year later, A multidisciplinary team of researchers at the University of British Columbia has successfully converted a whole unit of blood from type A into type O! GO BC!!! Guess I’m not as needed 😉

What’s in Your Tea? – Orange Peel

When sourcing your orange peels, be aware that they pick up pesticides! After hearing about major tea companies crafting teas with unacceptable pesticide levels, and orange peko being the top, I delved into to check if there is any way to retain the flavor while eliminating the chemical – No verified safe methods have been found.

If you still choose to use orange peel in your tea, it is suggested to use ‘organic’, however, organic is just a title, and the source should be researched.

As I do grow a lot of my own tea ingredients, someday I see myself growing a little orange tree, but for now, I’ll be limiting the amount of teas I make with this item, as it’s hard to source safely.

Fear Mongering Vegetarians

I have many vegetarian friends…well we’ll see after this, but I do hope they realize the point I’m trying to bring across, and that I’m not attacking their stand, but rather questioning the tactics used to pull people to their side, and to point out the fact that we’ve got a much bigger problem then meat.

Former Piggies

I see videos hit my feeds with terrible butcher shops showing what gets done in these slaughter houses. Ok, that’s sad, disturbing and we shouldn’t be letting this happen yes I agree. But, when I see a video come across my feeds that said ‘You’ll never eat gummies again’ I laugh as I’ve known that procedure has existed long before factory meat preparation. But as I watched the video, they put a whole lot of extra procedures in there that was unneeded. What gummies are made of is gross yes, no grosser then having a pork stew with all the pig odds and ends, but it was to ensure all the animal was used! But somehow that is now being used as a push by vegetarians to stop you from eating meat and now another product. I also read the article, which once again, no background as to when this first started, nothing saying this was a procedure once used to get rid of waste is now a mainstream process that is overused. That would have been non-fear mongering.

My integrity was questioned when I questioned the lack of information that came with this video, “did u watch the video? it doesn’t need words.. pigs packed into small areas are hung up drowned in boiling water then the parts of the animal no one eats are made into candy.. its discusting.. there are so many animals killed for food.. when we wont even let a human suffering die with dignity. if u try to kill yourself u get lock up for mental problems bits fine if its a food animal.. bc if it was a cat or dog people would be freaking out”. –

First off, I have a really hard time listening to somebody who can’t type/spell correctly. In this day and age, we have spell check. Use it.

Second Off — I’m just super tired of vege’s (one what a ridiculous name) blasting farmers and procedures that you evidently don’t know have been around since before the holocaust, or if you did, you omit it for fear effect. If you knew your history, you’d know the Jews refused gelatin offered in concentration camps because they couldn’t eat pork. Many went hungry.

I say that capitalism is what ruined it all and all you vege’s do is fear monger and point out facts that we’re already aware of. Those of us who are responsible about our meat usage aren’t slaughterers, we don’t take JOY in killing them. Let’s maybe look at the good things we’ve done by using everything.

Maybe you think you’ve evolved to live above the wild instincts of nature and you think you’re better then those of us that haven’t ‘evolved’ past this. If this is your way of thinking, maybe you should give us some grace.

‘But I’m so much better then you! I don’t take life!’ You cry indignantly!

I’ll share some science with you. Did you know grass bleeds and when you cut it, it actually goes into nervous shock???? All beings no matter what we think dies for us when we need to eat. It’s how we respect that lose of life that makes us a better person, not shitting on people for trying to stop waste from happening. Instead, you’re going to completely disregard the fact that a person figured out how not to be wasteful with what was given them, not bothering to look at the good that had been done at the past, and mourn how it has become such an easy thing to do.

Many people who tell me they don’t eat meat blame the meat industry. There are some who can’t take a life, saying it’s inhumane. I understand where they’re coming from saying that in this day and age we shouldn’t have to eat meat. But what they don’t seem to realize the part concerns me as it’s not just the meat industry that is corrupting and killing life forms.

The problem isn’t meat. It’s factory production. We’ve lost our connection with our food, plain and simple, and it scares me to know that people aren’t aware of what is in their food, either by ignorance or head burying. Yes, mainstream meat packaging and producing is a terrible terrible way for animals to live, but back in the day when the cattle roamed the plains, the natives taught the white man how to care for the cattle. They KEPT THEM ALIVE. They had to knock frozen snot off their faces when they’d end up stuck out in a field after a snow storm because they really aren’t the brightest creatures.

I come from a long line of farmers, and while I don’t raise my own meat, if I had the chance, sure I’d have a few chickens!!! My father grew up on a farm, and passed his knowledge and green thumb down to his kids. They had a huge vegetable garden, a variety of animals, they grew and raised some for meat, but also cheese, and milk as leaving the mother’s tits full (sometimes they get confused because another calf that isn’t theirs is around and then their bodies start lactation) and so the farmers make sure they aren’t hurting. They all had names, there was even 6 geese that when it came to be their time, grandma butchered them, they stayed frozen till the day she died in the freezer because she couldn’t bring herself to eat her friends.

My great uncles owned a milk farm, about 20 years ago. My boyfriend worked on one in surrey about 6 years ago. Because of these cows, he thought all of them were stupid. The way the farmers treated them was pathetic -automated machines that sliced their legs a few times a day to clean the floors. They were cooped up with minimal space. When he told me I was shocked and told him that’s not how my dad described it. My dad was able to sit down and explain exactly the gorgeous operation that is just too expensive for farmers to uphold in this modern day society. Once again, even all the dairy cows had names, but we’ve lost that connection to the earth.

Same thing goes for vegetables. Our farmers corrupt our crops with chemicals. Not only do they use pesticides, but they use syringes to input a chemical that makes then grow large and pretty looking. Any food that comes across the border has been radiated. Guess what? That’s shit for you! Same thing as factory fed meat.

Well, you say, I only eat Organic. Ok, welcome to 2018, where Organic is just a label slapped on everything for easy sale. Vegetables sporting organic have been proven to be grown right beside the fields being sprayed with pesticides.

So if you want to get on this band wagon, know both sides and stop throwing poo around like a bunch of monkeys hoping someone will get pissed off enough to change their diet. It needs to be a lifestyle change and you need to either grow your own veges and animals, or know artisans around (like my father) who can provide you with fresh produce etc. Basically, don’t buy into this world’s easiness. It’s not just meat.

Farmers had a pact with animals, you treated them well because they gave you life. Are you just going to let species overpopulate so that nature can take it’s course and we’ll have bloody massacres in the streets from Cougars, wolves and other predators we’ve been keeping them safe from. This is a cycle, and though man has gotten way off track thanks to capitalism, we should still try to find a use for everything instead of it becoming a rotting corpse. I myself will donate my body parts so someone else can use them. Who cares, as long as it doesn’t cause harm to the living, what they do with them after I’m gone?

Those of us who are responsible about our meat usage aren’t slaughterers, we don’t take JOY in killing them. And if you’re a hunter, there is thrill to the hunt, not the slaughter.

For so many years people were pissed we weren’t using everything of the animal, and now people knock it now that it’s become factorized. Let’s go back to the little farms and stop throwing around blame when it’s the fact that society has a whole has lost touch with ‘mother nature’ if you will.

One of my biggest annoyances is them ‘There’s facts, THERE’S FACTS!!!’ Like I’m not aware. I am, I just see the bigger picture, and am tired of us using our social media platforms to induce fear when we do have the actual facts in front of us. I’ve never once jumped all over someone for not eating meat. That’s your decision. I’m just getting sick and tired of being pushed on us with twisted facts and hopes you’ll change our minds. That’s manipulative and tactics right out of religious books. But do know that to push it down our throats with twisted facts will only warp how you are portrayed.

Here’s some facts for you PLANTS HURT TOO. They don’t bleed necessarily, as they have their own way of cauterizing the wound. If you want to get on the bandwagon of life is precious, you need to be made aware of the FACTS of science. That lovely smell you inhale, is grass screaming HELP ME!!!!!. And we just do that because it ‘Looks nice’ — A disgusting show of wealth from days gone by.

If people aren’t aware let’s make them aware. But these fear-mongering videos are annoying. Facts people, not just horrifying images.

To this, I was told, ‘but if it was humans it wouldnt be conciderd fearmongering. no one would need facts bc if a picture says a thousand words a video says a million. and an uniformed decision if its to not eat animals is never a bad decision’. — Once again, it’s 2018, please use spell check so I can take you seriously!

Anything done with deception will fail. When pictures and videos are put in a way without the rest of the information that enrages people to make uniformed decisions and take sides that they don’t understand, and one day, because their faith wasn’t put in facts, it will melt away and all you’ve ‘done’ will fall apart, as does any nation or group that puts it’s faith in half truths.

If you still don’t get it, you missed the point entirely of my message.

Sumac

This plant grows in my backyard in Vernon, British Columbia. I started researching what uses it had, and to my surprise, I found out that there are more then just a poisonous Sumac! (As you can see, my yard can be a bit of a desert, so this is not the kind that grows in a marsh.)

The benefits of Sumac have a wide range-from anti-fibrogenic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antimalarial, antimicrobial, antimutagenic, antioxidant, antithrombin, antitumorigenic, antiviral, cytotoxic, hypoglycaemic, leukopaenic and atheroprotective effect, strong in anticarcinogenic Tannins, and has a potent antioxidant which protects humans against oxidative DNA-damage. It also has promising Hypoglycemic and Hypolipidemic properties, which have yet to be tested on humans.(Reference)

The leaves, flowers, bark and roots all have their own properties too!

  • Sumac Leaves – Infusion of sumac leaves is used for treating asthama, diarrhea and stomach disorders. A poultice of sumac leaves is used to treat skin rash, sore gums and sore lips.
  • Sumac flowers – Decoction of sumac flowers used to treat flatulence, indigestion, eye wash
  • Sumac bark and roots – Infusion used as tonic, treat fever, increase breast milk in feeding mothers, treat hemorrhoids
  • Sumac berries – Decoction of sumac berries used to treat diabetes, constipation, women disorders, coolant, bed wetting, other bladder disorders, Treat cough, asthma, fever, diabetes, ulcer, pain

(Reference)

I myself have been harvesting the berries and making wine, then I take the crushed berries, dry them out, and am left with a delicious lemon-berry tea!

I hope you find this information beneficial, please let me know in the comments your experiences with this plant.

On a side note, keep checking my FB Store as I hope to have some sumac tea available, though it will be in limited quantities!

Salt Scam

Some days, I like a cup of warm salt water, and on one of these such days, I used some ‘Himalayan Salt’. But as the pink dissolved into a film on the top and the salt itself dissolved layer of particles and dirt in the bottom, I started doing some research.

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I came across this article, which is full of misinformation, but it lead me to this, which has some interesting stats and information on how Himalayan salt is found mined and how to determine if you’re buying the real thing.

I found reference to a spectral analysis of this salt, in this article but as it points out ‘If you read down the list of minerals, you will notice that it includes a number of radioactive substances like radium, uranium, and polonium. It also includes substances that act as poisons, like thallium. I wouldn’t be worried, since the amounts are so small; but if anyone believes the trace amounts of “good” minerals in Himalayan sea salt are good for you, why not believe the trace amounts of poisons and radioactive elements are bad for you?’

On the flip side, I think we should be asking ourselves how ‘good’ really are the trace amounts of minerals?

While I don’t believe Himalayan salt in itself is a scam, as it is a higher quality then your normal salt, but the claims surrounding it’s extra properties are blown out of proportion. My research also indicates that the other salts that may be better for you, depending on your levels of iodine.

Well now what Sarah?? Thought I was having healthy good salt!! Well, I’m not leaving without sharing my solution. After years of searching for a salt that actually tasted right, I ran across Avena’s Pristine Sea Salt. Not trying to promote any company here, but their salt is by far the best I have tasted, and can fulfill a salt craving properly.

Other Articles of Reference:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/315081.php

 

 

Chocolate REAPER!!!

I just found out about this bad boy, a cross between a Ghost Pepper and a Chocolate Habanero Pepper. Currently the hottest pepper in the world! A friend of mine’s Dad has grown a Chocolate Reaper here in the Okanagan Valley! See below for a video of him testing it out! EEEEESH!

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*WARNING SCOVILLE HEAT UNITS: 2,200,00*

**DO NOT TRY THIS UNLESS YOU ARE AWARE OF THE FULLY GRAVITY OF WHAT YOU ARE ABOUT TO ATTEMPT!!!**