Pure Organic Virgin Coconut Oil  is apparently a powerful de-toxifier and is extremely good for gums and teeth, a dentist told one person her gums are now so healthy! I plan to start myself soon:

Step 1: First thing in the morning, on an empty stomach, and before drinking any liquids (including water), pour exactly one tablespoon of coconut oil into your mouth. Use one teaspoon for children old enough to be able to swish it without swallowing it – most sources suggest an age of five. If you wear dentures, oil pulling is done with the dentures out of your mouth. Some people choose to accelerate oil pulling’s effects by doing the procedure two or three times per day. It should be done before meals or several hours after a meal, on an empty stomach.

Step 2: Swish the oil around in your mouth (without swallowing it) for about twenty minutes. Move it around in your mouth and through your teeth. Sip and suck it through the teeth. Use a gentle chewing motion from time to time. Don’t tilt your head back to gargle. Keep swishing. If your cheek or jaw muscles get sore while swishing, you are putting too much effort into it. Relax your jaw muscles and use your tongue to help move the liquid around the inside of your mouth. When you do this correctly, you will feel very comfortable. Soon it will become second nature. You will find that the oil starts to get watery during the first minutes, as your saliva mixes with it.

Step 3: As the end of the oil pulling session approaches, the oil/saliva mixture in your mouth becomes thicker. This is quite normal, since it is pulling out toxins from your body. When twenty minutes are up, spit out the oil into the toilet. (It is best if you do not spit into the sink.) Do not be alarmed if it looks yellow or whitish – this also is normal

Step 4: Rinse out your mouth twice with warm water. and spit into the toilet. One method is to rinse and spit with diluted hydrogen peroxide. Once again, do not swallow. The hydrogen peroxide is very effective in rinsing out any toxins or organisms which may be left in the mouth.

Step 5 : Brush your teeth. Use a damp toothbrush with a small amount of baking soda. A small amount goes a long way, and minimizes the abrasive effect of the baking soda. The baking soda will normalize the pH of the mouth.

Hippocrates Pure Food-Grade Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil (undeodorised, unbleached, unhydrogenated, unrefined, cold-pressed) is available at
www.hippocrates.com.au/coconut.htm

 

Seven Things to Tell Your Friends

AboutGMOs

 

SHARE THIS STORY

Farmers and eaters around the country and the world are watching the Nov. 6 election in California with bated breath.

Will Proposition 37 — requiring labeling of GMOs in our food — pass? Note that even China requires labeling! But here in the U.S., GMOs took off in the 1990s with no public debate, and today they’re in most processed foods, making Americans the world’s GMO guinea pigs.

We know it’s easy to get sunk by “information overload” and agribusiness advertising. So far the largest GMO maker, Monsanto, and other industry giants have plowed at least $35 million into keeping us in the dark.

To help us think straight, we’ve prepared seven points to consider and share with your friends — all backed by authoritative studies. Here’s what they reveal:

1. GMOs have never undergone standard testing or regulation for human safety. And now that they’re in 70 percent of processed foods, it’s extremely difficult for scientists to isolate their health risks.

2. But we know that GMOs have proven harmful in animal studies
. A 2009 reviewof 19 studies found mammals fed GM corn or soy developed “liver and kidney problems” that could mark the “onset of chronic diseases.” Most were 90-day studies. In a new two-year study, rats fed GM corn developed two to three times more tumors — some bigger than a quarter of their total body weight — and these tumors appeared much earlier than in rats fed non-GM corn. Among scientists, the study has its defenders and critics, but even the critics underscore that we need more long-term studies.

3. And the most widely used GMOs are paired with an herbicide linked to serious health risks. GM crops — Roundup Ready soy and corn — are treated with the herbicide glyphosate, which in exposed humans has been associated with DNA damage. In the lab, it’s proven toxic to human liver cells.

4. The consequences of GMO technology are inherently unpredictable. Inserting a single gene can result in multiple, unintended DNA changes and mutations. “Unintended effects are common in all cases where GE [genetic engineering] techniques are used,” warn scientists. One such environmental consequence — genetic contamination of other plants — is already documented. Note that unlike food, once released into the environment, seeds can’t be “recalled“!

5. GMO makers intimidate and silence farmers and scientists. GMO corporations use patents and intellectual property rights to sue farmersblock research, and threaten investigators. “For a decade,” protested Scientific American editors in 2009, GMO companies “have explicitly forbidden the use of the seeds for any independent research,” so “it is impossible to verify that genetically modified crops perform as advertised.”

6. GMOs undermine our food security. Within the biotechnology market, Monsanto alone controls 90 percent of GE crops worldwide. And Monsanto is one of three GMO companies including DuPont and Syngenta that control 70 percent of the global seed market, reinforcing monopoly power over our food. GMO seeds are costly and must be purchased every year, so they worsen farmers’ indebtedness, dependency, and vulnerability to hunger.

7. GMOs aren’t needed in the first place, so why would we take on these risks and harms? Studies show that safe, sustainable farming practices applied worldwide could increase our food supply as much as 50 percent. And keep in mind that the world’s alreadyproducing 2,800 calories for every person on earth every day — more than enough. And that’s just with what’s left over after using half the world’s grain for feed, fuel and other purposes, and wasting one-third of all food. So the urgent question isn’t about “more” anyway. It is, How can all of the world’s people gain the power to secure healthy food? And a good start is knowing what’s in our food.

For a cool, just-released animated video devouring the myth that we need industrial ag, seefoodmyths.org.
Shopping in the Know (Not GMO)

• Avoid processed foods! It’s a simple way to reduce exposure to the four most common GM ingredients: non-organic forms of soy, canola, cottonseed and corn, including high-fructose corn syrup.
• Look for the voluntary “non-GMO” label.
• Buy “certified organic,” which ensures that no GMO ingredients were used.
• Visit www.NonGMOShoppingGuide.com for a list of thousands of GMO products and brands.

To sort more food myths from facts, visit the new Food MythBusters: the Real Story About What We Eat website at FoodMyths.Org. And, if you live in California, vote Nov. 6 for Proposition 37 to require GMO labeling.

Speak out, wherever you are. Demand federal GMO labeling and work to end GMOs.

 

This portion is from Suzanne Newman, Gotcher’ Back Massage Therapy

It Is Time To Take Control Of Our Childrens Futures!

Please click on all below to open to read, call and pass the petition around to sign.

It really is a matter of life and death!

 

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=ynyB2fNn8kQ

 http://us.naturespath.com/about/know-gmos

http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/

Important

Take Action

 Please Click on the petition below to enlarge and get friends and family to sign e-mail it to kwilkenson@fwwatch.org

Food & Water Watch

 

Please Contact Suzanne Newman for purchasing a Biomat or sessions on the Biomat 609-647-0049

Click Here for Quick Access to Scientific Studies

We are proud distributors of The Biomat and related products. The Biomat is the world’s foremost technology in Infrared and Negative Ion Therapies. Bathe your body in the warm energy of the sun and the cool cleansing energetics of ocean waves all projected through a matrix of Amethyst Crystals. If it is an Infrared Sauna that is your prescription for detox, the Biomat will provide the environment you are looking for at a fraction of the cost and space.

biomatmainimage

U.S. F.D.A. Medical Device: 2954299

The BioMat delivers the highest vibrational resonance deep into all tissues of the human body. The combination of far infrared light, negative ions and amethyst quartz opens the channels for intelligent cellular communication leading to DNA repair and total body wellness. Science and medicine have come together to develop this medically approved device for home and professional use.  The BioMat’s state-of-the-art light technology reverses degenerative disease cycles and speeds cellular renewal.  This allows post traumatic and surgical healing processes to occur much faster. The Biomat therapy pad or mattress combines Far Infrared Raysnegative ions and amethyst crystals. Each one has its own therapeutic value and the combination provides a synergy which may have the following results:

 

  • Relief of pain and joint stiffness
  • Less stress and fatigue
  • Increase of blood circulation
  • Activation of the immune system
  • Decrease of hyperactivity
infrared_ray

negative_ions

  • Strengthening the cardiovascular system
  • Removal of waste and toxins
  • Rejuvenation skin and cellular function
  • Increase in energy and vitality
  • Delta State of relaxation
  • Psychological well being
Small image of layers

 

Scientific Studies

There have been numerous scientific studies performed on the benefits of Infrared Light and Negative Ion Therapies. Since these therapies have been front line therapies peformed in the orient for many years the majority of these studies have been performed by MD’s in Japan, China and the far east. We have cited the following pertinent studies below.

Stress Reduction – Dr. George Grant

Infrared Thermography

Chronic Heart Failure – Cardiovascular Illness

Back Pain

Hemodialysis

Diabetes

Fibromyalgia

Depression

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Thermal Imaging Studies

  •         
  • This was the outcome for me, but it was a hell of a lot more than four sessions in a hell of a lot of money. I have been a massage therapist/body worker for 18 years. I would say close to half of my clients came to me after having no results from physical therapists, and I was there last resort and for a good percentage of the time, I know I helped them more than these PT’s did. Believe me, I know how frustrating that is. It is time consuming, it costs a lot of money, it also wastes insurance money.
  • Here is my advice to you: If you want to get better get massage and go to the The Neurac Institute in Princeton, NJ 800 Bunn Drive Princeton, NJ 08540 (609) 683-1010. One more location in New Jersey is in Hopewell, NJ 83 Princeton Avenue Hopewell, NJ 08525 (609) 466-9004. I have never missed a therapy session without hearing another patient saying how quickly they got to the issue and how much improvement was made!
  • I am more impressed each time I go not only by the technique but, the incredible staff with their kindness, and most importantly, their ability to communicate effectively, and the knowledge. Thank you Neurac Institute for the first time since 2007 I feel like I might be able to soon be an athlete again!
  • Please do yourself a favor and make an appointment today, either at the Princeton office 609-683-1010 or the Hopewell office 609-466-9004
  • Redcord is offering a unique treatment method for musculoskeletal ailments called Neurac® (Neuromuscular Activation).  NEURomuscular Activation (NEURAC)
    Neurac is an abbreviation of Neuromuscular Activation and consists of therapeutic exercises in Redcord slings. The aim of the Neurac Method is to restore pain free movement patterns and improve function. Neurac Treatment challenges the interplay between muscles and is focusing on what is causing the problem – not only the symptoms.Science shows that pain and/or inactivity can disturb signals sent to the muscles from the brain. This disturbance can lead to impaired muscle interaction causing some muscles to be overloaded and painful. The method includes testing procedures, called Neurac Testing, to identify dysfunctions and muscular imbalances. Neurac Testing is systematically examining the body to identify weaknesses in the muscle chains. If a weakness is identified it is called a Weak Link. Neurac Treatment focuses on correcting the Weak Links thereby reducing the strain on the overloaded muscles. Often immediate pain relief and/or improved function can be achieved.
  • Neurac is performed with the Redcord Workstation Professional, ant the treatment consists of especially tailored exercises and techniques. To enhance treatment outcomes vibration can be applied with the patentedRedcord Stimula. Many patients experience additional pain relief when the vibration stimulus is applied. Read more about Neurac treatment – Step by step.Neurac Treatment aims to be pain free and without negative side effects. The treatment requires motivation and concentration from you as a patient. The exercises can be both hard and challenging but should always be performed controlled and with good movement quality. To obtain long term treatment effects individual exercise for maintenance is recommended. Read more about follow-up here.

 

  • Neurac treatment is indicated for musculoskeletal ailments such as:Low back pain and pelvic girdle pain
    Neck pain and neck pain with headache
    Shoulder / arm dysfunction (eg impingement and Tennis Elbow)
     Leg dysfunction (eg patellofemoral pain syndrome)
  • Redcord offers a special course program for therapists, doctors and health professionals.
    Read more about Neurac® (neurac article by Gitle Kirkesola)
  • Please contact us if you want more information of how Redcord can help you achieve better function and less pain!
  • Tyler Joyce, PT
    Owner/CSO Redcord USA
    Owner Neurac Institute for Physical Therapy
    Neurac 1&2 Instructor
    800 Bunn Drive
    Princeton, NJ 08540
    Cell: 609-516-2663
    Work: 609-683-1010
    Redcord: 609-683-1110
    Email: tyler@redcord.us
    Email: tylerdjoyce@gmail.com
    Website: NeuracPT.com
    Website: Redcord.us

Join the Neuromuscular Revolution

Redcord stands as a resolute and innovative leader in corrective exercise and neuromuscular activation techniques for rehabilitation, fitness, and sports performance. Redcord’s patented suspension equipment, scientific training methods, and accredited educational courses are centered on the clinical foundation and therapeutic approach in treating neuromuscular dysfunction with the Neurac™ (NEURomuscular ACtivation) treatment method. We believe that repetitive injury should not be tolerated; that a decrease in function should not be accepted; and that you should strive for nothing less than your full potential. We believe this because a comprehensive knowledge of physical medicine and exercise science are at the core of everything we do. And we don’t mind taking a leading stance on this view. Redcord is leading the Neuromuscular Revolution. Join us for the beginning.

Redcord is offering a unique treatment method for musculoskeletal ailments called Neurac® (Neuromuscular Activation).  NEURomuscular Activation (NEURAC)

It is thought by many cultures that the process of breathing is the essence of being. A rhythmic process of expansion and contraction, breathing is one example of the consistent polarity we see in nature such as night and day, wake and sleep, seasonal growth and decay and ultimately life and death. In yoga, the breath is known as prana or a universal energy that can be used to find a balance between the body-mind, the conscious – unconscious, and the sympathetic-parasympathetic nervous system. Unlike other bodily functions, the breath is easily used to communicate between these systems, which give us an excellent tool to help facilitate positive change. It is the only bodily function that we do both voluntarily and involuntarily. We can consciously use breathing to influence the involuntary (sympathetic nervous system) that regulates blood pressure, heart rate, circulation, digestion and many other bodily functions. Pranayama is a yoga practice that literally means the control of life or energy. It uses breathing techniques to change subtle energies within the body for health and well-being. Breathing exercises can act as a bridge into those functions of the body of which we generally do not have conscious control.

An example of how life affects physiology:

  During times of emotional stress our sympathetic nervous system is stimulated and affects a number of physical responses. Our heart rate rises, we perspire, our muscles tense and our breathing become rapid and shallow. If this process happens over a long period of time, the sympatric nervous system becomes over stimulated leading to an imbalance that can affect our physical health resulting in inflammation, high blood pressure and muscle pain to name a few. Consciously slowing our heart rate, decreasing perspiration and relaxing muscles are more difficult than simply slowing and deepening breathing. The breath can be used to directly influence these stressful changes causing a direct stimulation of the parasympathetic nervous system resulting in relaxation and a reversal of the changes seen with the stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system. We can see how our bodies know to do this naturally when we take a deep breath or sigh when a stress is relieved.

 

The breathing process can be trained:

  Breathing can be trained for both positive and negative influences on health. Chronic stress can lead to a restriction of the connective and muscular tissue in the chest resulting in a decrease range of motion of the chest wall. Due to rapid more shallow breathing, the chest does not expand as much as it would with slower deeper breaths and much of the air exchange occurs at the top of the lung tissue towards the head. This results in “chest” breathing. You can see if you are a chest breather by placing your right hand on your chest and your left hand on your abdomen. As you breathe, see which hand raises more. If your right hand raises more, you are a chest breather. If your left hand raises more, you are an abdomen breather.

Chest breathing is inefficient because the greatest amount of blood flow occurs in the lower lobes of the lungs, areas that have limited air expansion in chest breathers. This kind of chest breathing which is rapid, shallow, results in less oxygen transfer to the blood and subsequent poor delivery of nutrients to the tissues. The good news is that similar to learning to play an instrument or riding a bike, you can train the body to improve its breathing technique. With regular practice you will breathe from the abdomen most of the time, even while asleep.

Note: Using and learning proper breathing techniques is one of the most beneficial things that can be done for both short and long term physical and emotional health.

 

The benefits of abdominal breathing:

  Abdominal breathing is also known as diaphragmatic breathing. The diaphragm is a large muscle located between the chest and the abdomen. When it contracts it is forced downward causing the abdomen to expand. This causes a negative pressure within the chest forcing air into the lungs. The negative pressure also pulls blood into the chest improving the venous return to the heart. This leads to improved stamina in both disease and athletic activity. Like blood, the flow of lymph, which is rich in immune cells, is also improved. By expanding the lung’s air pockets and improving the flow of blood and lymph, abdominal breathing also helps prevent infection of the lung and other tissues. But most of all it is an excellent tool to stimulate the relaxation response that results in less tension and an overall sense of well-being.

 

Abdominal Breathing Technique:

  Breathing exercises such as this one should be done twice a day or whenever you find your mind dwelling on upsetting thoughts or when you are experiencing pain.

* Place one hand on your chest and the other on your abdomen. When you take a deep breath in, the hand on the abdomen should rise higher than the one on the chest. This insures that the diaphragm is pulling air into the bases of the lungs.

* After exhaling through the mouth, take a slow deep breath in through your nose imagining that you are sucking in all the air in the room and hold it for a count of 7 (or as long as you are able, not exceeding 7)

* Slowly exhale through your mouth for a count of 8. As all the air is released with relaxation, gently contract your abdominal muscles to completely evacuate the remaining air from the lungs. It is important to remember that we deepen respirations not by inhaling more air but through completely exhaling it.

* Repeat the cycle four more times for a total of 5 deep breaths and try to breathe at a rate of one breath every 10 seconds (or 6 breaths per minute). At this rate our heart rate variability increases which has a positive effect on cardiac health.

 

Once you feel comfortable with the above technique, you may want to incorporate words that can enhance the exercise. Examples would be to say to yourself the word, relaxation (with inhalation) and stress or anger (with exhalation). The idea being to bring in the feeling/emotion you want with inhalation and release those you don’t want with exhalation.

In general, exhalation should be twice as long as inhalation. The use of the hands on the chest and abdomen are only needed to help you train your breathing. Once you feel comfortable with your ability to breathe into the abdomen, they are no longer needed.

Abdominal breathing is just one of many breathing exercises. But it is the most important one to learn before exploring other techniques. The more it is practiced, the more natural it will become improving the body’s internal rhythm.

 

Using breathing exercises to increase energy:

  If practiced over time, the abdominal breathing exercise can result in improved energy throughout the day, but sometimes we are in need of a quick “pick-up.” The Bellows breathing exercise (also called, the stimulating breath) can be used during times of fatigue that may result from driving over distances or when you need to be revitalized at work. It should not be used in place of abdominal breathing but in addition as a tool to increase energy when needed. This breathing exercise is opposite that of abdominal breathing. Short, fast rhythmic breaths are used to increase energy, which are similar to the “chest” breathing we do when under stress. The bellows breath recreates the adrenal stimulation that occurs with stress and results in the release of energizing chemicals such as epinephrine. Like most bodily functions this serves an active purpose, but overuse results in adverse effects as discussed above.

 

The Bellows Breathing Technique (The Stimulating Breath):

This yogic technique can be used to help stimulate energy when needed. It is a good thing to use before reaching for a cup of coffee.

* Sit in a comfortable up-right position with your spine straight.

* With your mouth gently closed breathe in and out of your nose as fast as possible. To give an idea of how this is done, think of someone using a bicycle pump (a bellows) to quickly pump up a tire. The upstroke is inspiration and the down stroke is exhalation and both are equal in length.

* The rate of breathing is rapid with as many as 2-3 cycles of inspiration/expiration per second.

* While doing the exercise, you should feel effort at the base of the neck, chest and abdomen. The muscles in these areas will increase in strength the more this technique is practiced. This is truly an exercise.

* Do this for no longer than 15 seconds when first starting. With practice, slowly increase the length of the exercise by 5 seconds each time. Do it as long as you are comfortably able, not exceeding one full minute.

* There is a risk for hyperventilation that can result in loss of consciousness if this exercise is done too much in the beginning. For this reason, it should be practiced in a safe place such as a bed or chair.

This exercise can be used each morning upon awakening or when needed for an energy boost.

I think experiencing tragedy, abuse and pain are the greatest gifts we are given. Letting go of the victim role, I believe opens up infinite possibilities of healing and growth.  I truly believe that nothing happens without there being a higher purpose behind that incident, especially the incidences that cause the most pain. We learn to lead by example when we stop following the flock and walk the journey with trust from within and stop relying on others opinion’s, admiration or disproval. We learn to stop caring how other people view us. My favorite self-quote is, “feel free to project your intentions on me but, remember they have nothing to do with me”.

 

We remain stuck when we don’t look for the solution to the situation at hand. There are a million reasons we can come up with just like our ways of avoiding moving through issues or letting go of/ moving on from a situation. We drink way too much, smoke, over eat, over spend, become caretakers, create crisis, surround ourselves with crisis, become a victim, think we are helpless, make ourselves feel lesser than. We stay in dysfunctional relationships, re-create childhood dysfunction, make excuses, don’t ask for help, and the list goes on. God, for me my childhood and early adulthood was a living hell. Christ, I went through holly hell ½ of my life. First, I had to feel and understand what I went through as a child and that is the hardest to let go of. It is unjust as a child to go through horrible trauma, abuse and neglect. If we look at those demons and get the pain out, we are at the beginning steps to our healing. Then looking at the traits we took on to survive that childhood we can see those traits no longer serve us as an adult. Shedding that dysfunctional skin is a slow and steady process. Then for me, it was cleaning up my thinking. That meant becoming a more positive person, not focusing on the negative bullshit that I had no control over, like others drama. I believe I deserve all good things and that my thoughts create my reality.

 

Courage is the biggest key. I believe that the harder our fall is the higher we bounce and the taller we grow. When we can look at adversity with solutions in mind, then I believe we are on the right track. When we can walk away from relationships that are hurting us and wish the other person who is still prepared to stab us in the back, a prayer of healing, Cheers… Walking on a path alone can be difficult but, I have found when I have let go of things, people or places a higher level replaces what I have let go of or the exact same replica will replace what which I let go of if I did not finish my business with the situation.

 

I think once you truly know yourself, the darkness of you, the greatness of you and why you do what you do and humble yourself to pray, you are on your way. I truly never believed I could ask for anything, not on damned thing. That to me is truly sad but, once I realized and began to wake up I am learning to ask and although it is painful for me at times because of illusions of the past. The good news is with courage and strength the illusions fade to almost not being there anymore.

 

The clearer I become and the more I clean up my own back yard the better healer I become. I am much more present to be there for myself, to lead by example and help others. After all isn’t that why we are all here? I also now know that I owe no one a thing and I sleep without guilt. I do what I do because it makes me feel good/God inside.

 

Thank you for this day!

~~ Homemade & Handy ~~

Thank you! Homemade & Handy!

This section is devoted to concoctions that make your life easier without costing a lot of money. Commercial products are on the market for a lot of these things, but I don’t like to use weird-sounding chemicals in my house. I think the homemade items are better for my pocket, the environment, and me.

 Copper Pots:

To clean copper-bottomed pots and pans sprinkle table salt on them and then scrub with a rag soaked in some vinegar. The job is made even easier if you run hot water over the bottom of the pan first. The heat seems to help the salt and vinegar do       their job.

 Copper Pots:

Apply Worcestershire sauce to the bottom, let it set with lowest heat setting  for 2 hours or so and then wash with warm water.

All Purpose Cleaner:

1 tablespoon baking soda

1/2 of a  lemon juice

1 tablespoon dishwashing liquid

4 heaping tablespoons borax

1 gallon warm water

Pour everything together in a quart pitcher, add enough water to start mixing and then pour it into a recycled, cleaned out milk jug.  Add the rest of the water  and shake before each use and  fill up reusable spray bottles

Sink & Tub Scrub:

1 cup baking soda

1/2 cup borax

Dish soap

Combine the baking soda and the borax.  Add enough dish soap, a little at a time, until you get a smooth paste. Dip a cleaning rag into the mixture and clean.

Window Wash:

1 pint rubbing alcohol (70%)

1-2 tablespoons dishwashing liquid

1/2 cup Vinegar

water to make 1 gallon of cleaner

Put alcohol, dish soap, and vinegar in a recycled gallon jug and add water, shake to mix well.

Kitchen Gadget Cleaner:

Recycle that fuzzed-out toothbrush. Keep it in the kitchen drawer to clean the gunk out of the cheese grater, garlic press, food choppers, and other handy kitchen helpers that are hard to clean. If you are like me, if it’s hard to maintain, it goes back on the shelf and doesn’t get used.

Gum Remover:

Bubble gum, or any other kind for that matter, can be removed from hair with peanut butter. Moosh it around with your fingers. The peanut butter will cause the gum to break up into little balls and it comes right off of the hair. A quick shampoo and all is well…sure beats a haircut.

Ink Remover:

Rub ink stain with petroleum jelly and let it set, then work in some liquid detergent or dish soap and wash as usual.

Fireplace Freshener:

This spring when you clean out your fireplace or wood stove for the last time, sprinke some plain baking soda in the empty fire box.  The soda will absorb any stale or off smells during the summer and is easily swept away before starting a new fire.

 CRITTER COMFORTING:

My grandmother told me to put wood ashes in my garden (just a sprinkling) and the bugs wouldn’t chew on my plants… I’ve used this hint for years and it seems to work because I’m seldom bothered by any kind of “critters.”

Disinfecting sponges and dishrags:

1 quart water

1 cup  household vinegar

To keep those kitchen sponges and dishrags safe and sanitary, just put 1/2 cup of household vinegar and add 1 quart of water. Put in the sponges or dishrags, and let them soak for 10 minutes. This will kill all the germs and keep your sponges and dishrags clean.

Disposable non-toxic bug trap:

4 banana skins

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 vinegar

1-gallon or ½-gallon plastic milk jugs, juice jugs, or 2-liter bottles

Use a pair of scissors to cut 4 to 6 holes around the top of the jug. If you are going to hang it, you will need a piece of fish line or a lightweight piece of rope.

Chop up 2 or 3 banana skins and mix them with 1/4 cup of sugar and 1/4 cup of vinegar or 1 cup of sweet pickle juice. Dump this into the bottle or jug and fill it half-full of plain tap water.

Set the jugs outside AWAY from the doors and windows of the house.

This stuff will ferment after a few days and attract wasps, flies, and other assorted pesky bugs who are drawn to the scent of the sweet, sticky juice. They crawl into the jug and drown. When the jug gets to looking gross, toss the whole works away and start another jug.

There is a commercial version of these that cost about $10. These are virtually free.

Homemade Hopper Gitter:

1 pouch chewing tobacco

One 1-quart jar, fill with very hot water

1 cup dish soap

Put 1/3 of the pouch of tobacco in the hot water and let it steep for 2 or 3 days, longer if you can, as it gets stronger with age.

When you are ready to spray:

Strain out 2 cups of the “tobacco tea,” and mix with 1 cup dish soap in a hose end sprayer. Set it for 10 gallons. Wet the weeds down around your garden real early in the morning for good bug control.

The tobacco tea contains nicotine, a poison to the bugs. It will kill the hoppers in a day or so if they are small. It is a contact spray so you need to hit them with the stuff. I DO NOT spray in my garden. Tobacco affects the members of the nightshade family, namely potatoes, tomatoes, all sorts of peppers, etc.

To mix a smaller amount in a bucket:

Use 1 cup tobacco tea and 1/2 cup of dish soap in a 5 gallon bucket of water. Use your garden sprinkler can and douse the flowers & weeds.

I have this brew for many years and it seems to work fairly well as long as you start when the bugs/hoppers are small.

Gardening Tip:

A subscriber shared her way of sheltering tender plants from late frosts using milk jugs filled with water to form a mini-solar heater/greenhouse.  She sets 3-gallon milk jugs to form a triangle around the freshly set plant. The jugs are then filled with water and capped. The sun heats the water during the day and releases the heat during the night. If it’s going to get really cold, then you may need to take a shopping bag or a clear garbage bag and pull it over the filled jugs to keep any frost out.  When the weather warms past frost danger, remove 2 of the jugs, leaving the 3rd jug near the plant. You will need to dig it down into the ground about half-way and before you put it in the hole, put about 4 nail holes in the bottom. This jug then becomes a water source for just that plant. Filled with a hose, the plant gets 1 gallon of water a day and they grow like crazy, soon concealing the jug from view. I have put a little fertilizer in the jug if needed and I know it goes right to the roots instead of all over the garden.

This is a super cheap way of keeping tomato and pepper plants from a late frost and you get the jump on those fresh ripe tomatoes with no expense.

Christmas Tree Freshener/Saver:

2 gallons very hot water

2 cups Karo syrup (corn syrup)

2 ounces of liquid bleach

2 2-finger pinches of Epsom salts

1/2 cup of Borax (20 Mule Team is what I find)

1 teaspoon chelated iron

Mix this solution in a bucket. Make a fresh cut across the bottom of the tree trunk and stand it up in this solution until it comes into the house. Use this solution to fill the well in the tree stand (it’s also a good idea to make another fresh cut across the bottom of the trunk, just before you put the tree into the stand.) Fill it with the solution right away so the pores in the trunk don’t seal. This works well because the syrup provides sugar and it is only when sugar is present that trees will take in lots of water. The borax contains boron which helps the water get all the way through the tree. The Epsom salts and iron assist in the process of keeping needles green and fresh and the bleach stops the mold from forming when sugar and water are combined. A fresh tree will drink several GALLONS of water over the usual 2-week period they are up in your home. You will need to check the water level several times a day to start with and always make sure there is water in the tree stand reservoir.

Always be sure to keep your tree away from heating stoves and even the television because the heat dries out the tree. Don’t let tinsel get tangled in the light sockets. Check the tree lights before you put them up and discard any that are questionable. Lights are cheap and it is not PennyWise to save $5 on a string of lights and burn the house down!

Water Savers:

There is a product on the market that is new to me, and it is a wonderful help for those of us who garden.  Polymer crystals (found in garden centers and some variety stores) are a tiny crystal that expands in water to hold up to 200 times its weight in stored water.  These are sold to use in centerpieces and also to be mixed in potting soil to help hold water during the long hot summer days when one cannot be available to water the plants.

They work great! A special help for those who do container gardening.

 Window Queen’s Window Wash:

Makes 1 gallon

1/2 cup household ammonia

1/2 cup white vinegar

2 tablespoons cornstarch

Add mixture to 1 gallon of warm water and stir well.

Use old rags to wash windows. Clean out corner crud with old toothbrush.

Dry windows to shine with pieces of old black and white newspaper.

Scented Bath Salts:

1 cup Epsom salts or 1 cup Kosher salt, or 1 cup sea salt or other coarse salt

1 cup baking soda

6 to 8 drops essential oil of choice (find at craft stores, discount stores, etc.)

2 tablespoons glycerin

Make sure to do a 2 cup Braggs Vinager bath too!

Mix the salt and soda together in a glass bowl. Add the essential oil just 1 drop at a time and stir well, then add the glycerin a drop or two at a time. (Most directions tell you to use a spoon to mix, but if you use your hands, you can work out the lumps with your fingers.) You can also add color to the salts. The color makes the salts more attractive and tells someone that this is not edible.

Put the salts in a wide-mouth jar(use canning jars — they are inexpensive and can be found almost everywhere). Tie on a tag with a decorative ribbon and give with pride.

To use, add anywhere from 2 tablespoons to 1/2 cup under running water; depends on how full the tub will be. Light a candle, relax and enjoy.

Make-It-Yourself ‘Spots Away’ for Dishwashers:

1 cup Borax

1/2 cup Baking Soda

Mix together: 1 cup Borax 1/2 cup Baking Soda

Put in a pint jar along side the dish soap and add just 1 teaspoon everytime you run the machine.

CUSHION KEEPER:

Nothing is more frustrating than a couch or chair that puts the cushions on the floor when someone sits on them! I have such a couch and it drives me nuts! However, I think I have found an inexpensive solution.

While looking through one of those mail-order sewing catalogs one afternoon, I found some rubbery stuff that said it would hold the cushions on the couch or chair without damaging the piece of furniture.  But, the roll cost $27!!! Upon closer observation, it reminded me of the rubbery shelf liner I had in my kitchen cupboards…so I tried that.

I had a roll of the 20-inch wide shelf liner that was 12 feet long…I didn’t need nearly that much, so I just cut it to size.  I took the cushions off the couch, laid the liner stuff in place and re-positioned the cushions.  They haven’t moved since except when I move them to vacuum.  A roll of shelf liner costs $4.  The difference between the two is $23 and I have better places to spend $23….

HOMEMADE MOTH BAGS:

1/2 cup of whole cloves

4 cinnamon sticks, broken

1/2 cup whole black peppercorns

Combine the ingredients and mix well. Put 1 Tablespoon of the mixture into a square of muslin or colored cloth, tie up with a ribbon, dental floss, grocery string, yarn or what ever else you have on hand.  Hang the bag in the closet from a thumbtack or pushpin to keep the bugs away and out of your clothing.

Do not put the bag right next to any piece of clothing as the cloves and cinnamon contain oils that could stain the garment.

SNOW BOOT DRYER:

Kids and snow go together like cake and ice cream. Kids + Snow = wet boots = frustrated kids and Moms!

A really neat and cheap boot dryer can be concocted by using a pair of those nice heavy wire paper towel holders you can get at any discount/dollar store for 99 cents each.  Make sure they have the nice wide base so the boots won’t tip the thing over easily.

Just put a boot over each holder and set the holder/boot over your furnace vent…it won’t take long to dry those boots and the kids can be back outdoors and sledding once more.

  HOMEMADE HAIR GEL:

1-2 teaspoon plain gelatin

1 cup warm water

Add a few drops of Aroma Therapy oils

To make the homemade version of the old sticky hair gel that makes it spikey … just dissolve 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of plain gelatin in the 1 cup of warm water. Mix it very well and then keep it in the refrigerator in a small closed container. To use, just smear it in your hair and then use your hands to get the look you want. The gelatin will not hurt your hair; it’s pure protein and washes out easily.

SUPER WINDOW WASH:

1 teaspoon Washing Soda (found in detergent aisle in the supermarket)

1/2 cup of hot water

1/4 teaspoon liquid soap or detergent

2 cups club soda

The reader who sent this in says:  “This removed all of the old crud on my windows. I have an old house with very old glass in the window frames. This recipe worked real well and my windows are clean!!”

STAIN REMOVER:

1 cup vinegar (I use white, but if you have the apple cider vinegar, it works too)

1 cup Whisk laundry detergent

1 cup household ammonia

1 cup tap water

Mix well; pour into a 1-quart spray bottle. Squirt on the stains (you may need to scrub the mixture into the cloth with your hands a bit) and wash immediately. Do not let this set on the clothing!! It will remove the color just when you don’t want it to …. (voice of experience).

MAKE-IT-YOURSELF CARPET CLEANERS:

There are 2 versions of this and both work extremely well in the carpet machines.

The first one is:

1/2 cup powdered borax

1/2 cup rubbing alcohol

1/2 vinegar

Mix the Borax (20 Mule Team is what I have) and the 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol  OR  the 1/8 cup of Whisk liquid laundry detergent with the warm water. Pour into the reservoir of your machine and follow the directions for use. Use the vacuum part to suck up the excess water and dirt.

Then, when the carpet is nice and clean, follow with a rinse of 1/4 cup white vinegar in 4 gallons of fresh warm water, following the machine use directions.  The vinegar rinse will pick up any residual dirt and also remove any soap scum from the carpet. Since the sticky soap film is gone, the carpet will stay clean much longer.

(This recipe is used by a friend of mine who cleans rental housing units for a living. She says it works better than any commercial stuff she ever tried, and there are no dangerous chemical fumes to hurt her lungs!! AND it’s saving her a ton of money!!

MAKE-IT-YOURSELF FIRE RETARDANT MIXTURE:

7 ounces of Household Borax (sold in grocery stores around here as 20 Mule-Team Borax)

3 ounces of Boric Acid Powder (found in the pharmacy section of your local drugstore)

2 quarts of warm water

Mix  the 7 ounces of Household Borax, 3 ounces of Boric Acid Powder, and 2 quarts of warm water and stir to dissolve the powders completely.

Either dip the fabric in the mixture or spray it on to thoroughly saturate the fabric until it drips. Hang to dry.

This product will wash right out without damage to the fabrics so if you have to use bedsheets for stage curtains, it won’t damage them for home use later on.

HOMEMADE DEHYDRATION REMEDY:

This is a homemade version of a commercial product used for diarrhea and upset stomach due to flue and colds. It is pediatrician tested and okayed)

2 cups hot water

5 teaspoons powdered flavored gelatin

1/2 teaspoon salt ( you can use No-Salt, as it contains the necessary potassium

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Mix very well, let cool, and give to the sick person. If the illness persists over 24 hours, it’s time to head for the doctor’s office.

HOMEMADE BABY WIPES:

1 roll of very good quality microwave paper towels (Bounty is the one suggested)

2-1/4 to 2-3/4 cups water

2 Tablespoons baby shampoo or baby bath

1 Tablespoon baby oil

Used wipe container…whipped topping bowl or other plastic container

Cut the roll of paper towels in half with a serrated knife (this will take a while, so go slow). Mix the water, baby shampoo, and baby oil in a bowl or an empty baby wipe container. Place half of the roll in the container, put the lid on, and invert to let the towels soak up all of the water/oil mixture.

To use, fold the wet cardboard center in half and pull out of the middle. This will leave you with the end of the towel in your hand and you can then thread it up through the hole in the container. If the wipes dry out, just add a little more water.

The nice thing about these wipes is that they contain NO ALCOHOL that could irritate the skin.

(They call these baby wipes, but a lot of folks carry them in the car to wipe hands while traveling or to wipe your face if needed.)

HOMEMADE BATHROOM CLEANERS:

Using ingredients found in your kitchen and laundry cupboards, you can make cleaners for all parts of your bathroom that work well (with a little elbow grease), are safe to use and very inexpensive. They are safe for the fiberglass/plastic tubs and surrounds as well as the sinks and commodes. I have used all of these and find that they work well and cost very little.

#1. Mix 20 Mule Team Borax and lemon juice to a paste. Wet the surface to be cleaned and smear the paste all over. Let the mixture sit for a couple of hours, scrub well and rinse. (in the case of the commode, brush to clean and flush to rinse).

# 2. Pour 1 cup of white vinegar in the commode, let set overnight, brush, then flush to rinse. Costs 9 cents per cup!!

#3. Baking Soda and white vinegar can be made into a paste and used in the same manner as the borax and lemon juice, it may be a little cheaper because the ingredients don’t cost quite as much.

#4. 1/2 can of any cola drink can be poured into the commode, let it set for several hours and flush to rinse. (Since the main ingredient, cola syrup, can eat nails, this does not surprise me.) It also works. This treatment costs from 25 cents to 75 cents depending on the price of your soda.

MAKE-IT-YOURSELF LIQUID LAUNDRY SOAP

A REAL MONEY-SAVER!

I started making this soap after discovering a buildup of some kind of white

looking “cement” in the sewer line of my mother-in-law’s mobile home.

It is some kind of carrier from the powdered detergent she had used for years.

A subscriber shared this with me, I tried it and it worked wonderfully on the clothes.

There is no smell, dye, or perfume in this stuff. Since I line-dry everything, all I smell is sunshine!

Besides this stuff is really cheap to make.

It costs about 30 cents per gallon! The cheapest I found in the supermarket

was $5.99 per 96 ounces. Which is not even a full gallon.

And the expensive stuff is running around $10 a gallon.

HOME-MADE LAUNDRY SOAP:

1/3 bar of Fels Naptha Laundry Soap

1/2 cup of Arm and Hammer Washing Soda

1/2 cup of Borax, 20 Mule Team

Water to make the recipe

Grate the 1/3 bar of soap on an old grater. Put in a pan of 6 cups of very hot water and heat till the soap dissolves. Stir in the washing soda and borax. Stir till it thickens. This takes about 15 minutes and the mix looks sort of like honey. Take it off the heat . In a large bucket (I used a pickle pail) pour 1 quart of hot water, then stir in the soap mix you just made, and blend. Add another 5-1/2 quarts of water … this can be cold. Stir until well blended. You will have 2 gallons total.

Set aside for 24 hours. It should turn to a thick gel. I had one batch that didn’t gel, in fact it sort of separated, but I just shook the jug before I measured out the soap.

Use 1/2 cup of soap for a machine load of clothes. This soap does not have suds, so don’t panic.

I also use 1/2 cup of cider vinegar as my rinse agent instead of fabric softener. It’s cheaper and you

can’t smell it in the clothes when they are dry.

CHEAP WEED KILLER:

A subscriber wrote that she found a weed killer in a mail order catalog,

safe for the environment, biodegradable and safe for pets, for “only” $8

per quart. It was made of lemon juice and vinegar (both cheaper than $8)

so she made her own formula, tried it, and sent it to me.

I tried this and it works quite well. I called my Extension Agent and he

said that basically it is two forms of acid and perfectly safe around kids and pets.

He did caution that if you use too much, it could make the ground so that

it won’t grow anything for a few months … but that’s okay, especially

in the cracks in the sidewalks!

WEED KILLER FORMULA:

In a 1-quart spray bottle, pour 4 ounces of lemon juice concentrate (you

can get the cheap stuff … it works just as well), then fill the bottle

up with white vinegar (28 ounces). Vinegar (on sale) costs around a penny

per ounce and the lemon juice concentrate I bought was 3 cents per ounce.

For the mixture detailed above, that’s a total of 12 cents for lemon

juice and 28 cents for vinegar, which means the homemade version costs 40

cents per quart instead of $8!

INSECTICIDAL SOAP:

The commercial insecticidal soap sells for $7.98 per quart. The homemade versions cost just pennies and do the same thing.I presented two different versions on KOTA Television.    Version # 1: Mix two tablespoons of Ivory Soap Flakes powder with one quart of water. It will look a little milky. Put this in a quart spray bottle and use when you notice an infestation of white flies, mites, aphids, thrips, etc. Be sure to spray underneath the leaves too … most of these critters like to hide! Great-grandma used to pour her dishwater over plants that looked “sickly.” She was using home-made insecticidal soap.

Version # 2. Mix two tablespoons of Dawn Dishwashing Liquid with one quart of water and put in a spray bottle. Use for the same insects as the version #1 soap mixture. When I spoke with my County Extension Agent, he told me to warn folks that these are CONTACT sprays — you have to squirt them directly on the insects. He also cautioned against using these sprays OR the commercial version on a hot day, as they can damage (burn) the foliage of the plants if you get too much on the leaves. My own personal preference is the Ivory Soap spray because most dishwashing liquids are detergents and I don’t know what they do to the environment.  Use the bottom of an old plastic laundry basket as a boot tray for muddy shoes. Just cut the broken plastic top off and discard it. I used a pair of tree lopping shears to cut the ribs off mine, but a sharp knife or a good pair of scissors would do the same.

Shiny Scarecrows for Fruit Trees:

Save those throw-away disks you get in the mail for online offers. Glue them together with the silver sides out. Hang them from some fish line (I just run it through the center hole) and dangle the shiny circles from your fruit trees .. .the flashing of the silver is said to deter birds from eating the fruit. Sure worth a try to save the cherries.

“Make-It-Yourself Disinfectant Wipes and Sprays”

as seen on KOTA-TV, Rapid City, SD

The commercial disinfectant wipes and sprays are handy, with a price to match …$4.89 per container of either the wipes or spray when I checked at the supermarket. You can make them yourself for just pennies.

 You will need:

2 1/4 cups of tap water

1 1/2 teaspoons of bleach or other germicidal cleaner

1 teaspoon liquid dishwashing soap

Roll of paper towels … the cheap ones work just fine. Cut the roll of towels in half and take out the cardboard core. Put the half-roll in a container with a lid or an empty wipe container. Combine the liquid ingredients and pour over the towels in the container. Let the liquid soak up. To use, pull towels up from the center. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle, label for use, and spray away, thus eliminating the expense of the “ready to use” product. (In this case, “ready to use” means the company has added the water!) My regular cleaner costs a little over $3 for a 48-ounce bottle, which makes 24 gallons of cleaning solution at the recommended rate of 1/4 cup per gallon! Do the math!  My cleaner, mixed according to directions, used in the sprays or wipes, figures out to $39.12 per gallon or a whopping $938.88 for the 24 gallons of cleaning mixture! This is one area where “do it yourself” really pays off.

SWEET SIMMER:

I make my own simmer mix for the stove top or simmer pot at almost no cost. I have this in a small pot at the Black Hills Stock Show in Rapid City every year and people will follow their noses to the scent. They are so surprised to find out the ingredients and I often hear … “I can do that!”

When you use oranges, tangerines, lemons, limes etc., save the peelings. Dry them on a paper towel on top of the refrigerator or on a window sill. When dry and crisp, break into small pieces. Mix with a handful of whole spices…broken bits of cinnamon stick, whole cloves, whole allspice berries, star anise etc. (I mix this when I clean my spice cabinet and get rid of the old stuff) Store this conglomeration in a recycled glass jar.

When you need a lift, or when company is coming, put a small amount in some water on the back of the stove and turn it on low … the whole house smells wonderful and the cost is practically nothing.

ELECTROLYTE MIX:

For baby lambs, calves, goats, etc.

This formula is to be used if the animal has an upset stomach and diarrhea.

In light of new government regulations regarding beef products fed to livestock, the following

has been changed to use CHICKEN broth or CHICKEN bouillon instead of beef products.

1 package fruit pectin (Sure-Jell or Pen-Jell)

2 teaspoons Baking Soda

1 10-ounce can Chicken Broth

or….

10 ounces of warm water mixed with either 4 chicken bouillon cubes or

4 teaspoons of powdered bouillon

1 teaspoon plain salt

Mix well. It foams up a lot so you need to use a big bowl. Let the foam go down a bit and then add 2 quarts (8 cups) of warm water.

Administer WITHOUT milk for at least 3 days…then gradually introduce the milk again.

Baby lambs or goats get 8 to 16 ounces per feeding 3 times a day. Baby calves get 1 quart (32 ounces) 2 or 3 times a day.

This is a time-tested, tried-and-true recipe used by many rural farmers/ranchers/homesteaders etc. It’s cheaper than any of the commercial mixes I’ve found and works just as well.

It goes without saying that if the animal doesn’t show some improvement within 24-36 hours, it means a trip to the vet.

*********************************************************

Hit the second-hand stores this spring and look for an old mesh-sided playpen. These work really great to confine the baby animals when you have to bring them in the house to warm up. The animal is up off the floor and any “accidents” are confined to one spot for easy clean-up. Anyone who raises stock will tell you that critters in the house are as much a part of spring as the mud!

EMERGENCY HEATER:

Here I go again…it’s winter and time once again for me to get on my soapbox

and preach that everyone needs to carry an Emergency Heater in their

vehicles. This 40 year old Extension Service idea will never go out of style.

It’s cheap and easy enough for kids to make.

You will need the following:

– A 1-gallon tin can (such as a 3# coffee can…with the paper label removed)

– 1 roll of toilet tissue (cardboard center removed) this is vital…you cannot leave the cardboard center in the middle of the roll.

– 1-16 ounce bottle of 70% rubbing alcohol

– 2 or 3 books of matches

– A doubled over piece of heavy duty aluminum foil, larger than the top of the can so it can hang over the sides some.

– The plastic lid for the can.

Put the toilet tissue roll, alcohol, matches, foil and the lid in the can and put it behind the seat in the pickup or on the floor in the back seat of the car/van? Do not leave home without it.

 If you get stranded in a snowstorm out on the road….

Unpack the heater kit.

Put the toilet tissue roll in the can, pour the whole bottle of alcohol over the tissue and let it soak up completely, about 10 minutes. Now you can light the heater. This does have an open flame so you need to set it where coats, caps and kids can’t catch fire. Only the top 1/3 of the can will get hot so it can sit on the car/truck seat, but a magazine wrapped in foil or even a small board could also be carried to set the heater on. Only the alcohol fumes will burn. The toilet tissue is simply the wick.

When the vehicle gets warm — it only takes about 10 minutes for this heater to warm a car up to 65 degrees — use the doubled-over foil to put out the fire. Let the can cool completely and then remove the foil and put the plastic lid on the can. You want to keep those alcohol fumes from evaporating in case you need to relight the heater.

This heater will burn about 9 hours continuously and from 18 to 24 hours on and off. Because you are only burning alcohol fumes, this produces NO carbon monoxide, but you still need to put a window down just a crack on the downwind side. This is an open flame and does use oxygen.

I also recommend that these heaters be put in the tractors of farmer/ranchers who need to travel several miles away from home to feed livestock or to check on ewes or cows that are about to give birth about the time of year when the snow squalls come through and it’s easy to lose your way.

The heaters will also work for temporary heat when the power is off in your home. Mobile homes especially cool off fast when the power is out. The heater can be taken into a small room and used to heat it. Set it on a table and light it. You will have a fair amount of heat and some light.

The heater will also work to melt snow for water and to heat up soup. You have to hold a saucepan over one side of the flames and it takes a while, but it sure beats nothing.

Please folks, if you don’t have a genuine emergency…stay home!! (I personally do not consider running out of cigarettes, coffee or pop an emergency. Now having a baby…that’s another story!) Before you turn a wheel, check the weather conditions on the local radio or TV station. Every year one reads horror stories of people with small children out on the road in a storm and nobody in the vehicle even has a warm coat with them. If you do have to get out on the road….make sure your gas tank is FULL and that someone knows where you are going, by what route, what time you are expected to arrive and who to call if you don’t. And above all….carry that heater with you.

A cell phone is a handy gadget, but during a blizzard no one can get to you anyway.

FLEAS B-GONE:

If you have pets in the house, namely dogs and cats, it’s a given that at some time or another you will be blessed with fleas. They get into the carpets and the fibers of your furniture and they hurt when they bite.

You can buy expensive sprays and flea bombs that do work fairly well, but I don’t like to use that kind of chemicals in my home. The following solution is much cheaper…and it works quite well.

Mix together:

1 cupful of plain Borax (usually sold as 20 Mule Team borax in the stores here)

1 cupful of plain Table Salt

1 cupful of plain Baking Soda

Stir these three ingredients together really well and then sprinkle this over the carpets and furniture before you go to bed at night. Next morning, you can just vacuum it up.

Repeat every couple of weeks until you are sure all of the flea eggs have hatched (they lay them in the fibers and it takes several weeks for all of them to hatch out) and you have sprinkled them.

This mix works by drying up the body fluids of the fleas. I used this when my kids were quite small. I didn’t feel I had to worry about the babies getting something in their mouth or on their hands that was harmful.

“PASTE” POT SCRUB:

1/2 cup Cream of  Tartar

1/2 cup Baking Soda

1/2 cup White Vinegar

1/2 cup Soap Flakes (example: Ivory Snow)

Combine the cream of tartar and soda, add the vinegar and mix very well. Add the soap flakes and stir to make a soft paste. Apply to a stained aluminum pan and scour with very fine (400-grade) steel wool, rinse well. Keep the remainder of the paste in a small jar with a tight fitting lid. This will remain useable for 1 to 2 years.

(I mixed this up using just tablespoons of the cream of tartar, soda, and vinegar and used a scant 1 1/2 teaspoons of the soap. It worked really well and I was quite pleased with the results. I didn’t want to mix up a whole big batch…cream of tartar is sort of expensive and I hesitated to make that much for starters.)

HOMEMADE STICKER STUFF:

The grade school crowd is into stickers of all kinds. They collect them and want to stick them everywhere. Mom can go into sticker shock when she sees the price of just a few of the things. You can make your own quite easily. Enlist the help of the kids with the picture cutting part. That way, they get what they want and you save the $$ for the things they need.

Mix together 2 parts white glue and 1 part vinegar. Paint the mixture on the backs of pretty pictures cut from magazines, seed catalogs, etc. Let them dry completely. Package them in recycled envelopes for the kids. They can lick and stick to their hearts content and it costs just pennies.

MAKE-IT-YOURSELF PRODUCE WASH:

2 cups plain tap water

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon citric acid powder

1 teaspoon lemon extract

Few drops grapefruit oil

It wasn’t very long ago that I thought becoming a vegan was tree hugging, extremists. That’s all changed, I am almost a complete vegan except for fish and that is for now. I think I will give up eating fish at some point. There will be people again I say, what does this have to do with massage therapy. My massage practice is about letting people know all information that can improve their health, their attitude and our planet.

I have some very important books that I so very strongly suggest everyone reads. These books can be bought used on eBay or at your local bookstore. The first is, The Face On Your Plate, The Truth About Food, The Pig Who Sang To The Moon, The Emotional World Of Farm Animals and When Elephants Weep, The Emotional Lives Of Animals. All these books are written by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson. I promise you if you read these books it will be life altering for you. I honestly believe we must read these books!

The treatment of animals is beyond anything I could imagine. It is barbaric, it is inhumane and it is not necessary whatsoever. The consumption of meat, pork and poultry will destroy this planet alone, if we keep up what we’re doing. If you turn a blind eye to this you are responsible for the children that will die, deadly pandemics and illnesses that can be prevented by simply reading these books. It also about taking action and responsibility for your family and it’s as simple as that. You can read this and ignore it, or you can read this and make a difference, starting now.
It is wonderful to know that by reading three books that can be life altering and it will cost you maybe $15 for all three books on eBay.

It is time for all of us to wake up, wake up! The future generations as well as our own are at risk right now. If you can’t believe the extreme immediacy that we must change the treatment of farm animals, you will be shocked when you read The Face On Your Plate. The Truth About Food. How this change comes about is being intelligent, putting your foot down and changing. Fast food has to be eliminated if you can read this page then you have enough intelligence to never eat at McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s or what ever. I never realized how very easy it is to eliminate meat of all kinds from my diet, not only will my health be better, what is most important to me is the life of animals and how they are treated on this planet.

I was absolutely shocked to find out all the companies that abuse, torture, inhumanely kill testing products that most of you use every day. It’s hard to believe isn’t it? Animals are tortured by the companies I list below.

COMPANIES THAT DO TEST ON ANIMALS.

Frequently Asked Questions
Why are these companies included on the ‘Do Test’ list?
The following companies manufacture products that ARE tested on animals. Those marked with a ? are currently observing a moratorium (i.e., current suspension of) on animal testing. Please encourage them to announce a permanent ban. Listed in parentheses are examples of products manufactured by either the company listed or, if applicable, its parent company. For a complete listing of products manufactured by a company on this list, please visit the company’s Web site or contact the company directly for more information. Companies on this list may manufacture individual lines of products without animal testing (e.g., Clairol claims that its Herbal Essences line is not animal-tested). They have not, however, eliminated animal testing from their entire line of cosmetics and household products.

Similarly, companies on this list may make some products, such as pharmaceuticals, that are required by law to be tested on animals. However, the reason for these companies’ inclusion on the list is not the animal testing that they conduct that is required by law,
but rather the animal testing (of personal-care and household products) that is not
required by law.

What can be done about animal tests required by law?
Although animal testing of pharmaceuticals and certain chemicals is still mandated by law, the arguments against using animals in cosmetics testing are still valid when applied to the pharmaceutical and chemical industries. These industries are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency, respectively, and it is the responsibility of the companies that kill animals in order to bring their products to market to convince the regulatory agencies that there is a better way to determine product safety. PETA is actively working on this front by funding the development and validation of non-animal test methods and providing input through our involvement on government advisory committees at both the national and international levels. Companies often resist progress and, instead of using human-relevant non-animal tests, choose to use animal tests because their results can be manipulated. Let companies know how you feel about this.

Arm & Hammer (Church & Dwight), P.O. Box 1625, Horsham, PA 19044-6625; 609-683-5900; 800-524-1328; www.armhammer.com

?Bic Corporation, 1 Bic Way, Ste.1, Shelton, CT 06484; 203-783-2000; www.bicworld.com

Church & Dwight (Aim, Arm & Hammer, Arrid, Brillo, Close-up, Kaboom, Lady’s Choice, Mentadent, Nair, Orange Glo International, Oxi Clean, Pearl Drops), P.O. Box 1625, Horsham, PA 19044-6625; 609-683-5900; 800-524-1328; www.churchdwight.com

Clairol (Aussie, Daily Defense, Herbal Essences, Infusium 23, Procter & Gamble), 1 Blachley Rd., Stamford, CT 06922; 800-252-4765; www.clairol.com

Clorox (ArmorAll, Formula 409, Fresh Step, Glad, Liquid Plumber, Pine-Sol, Soft Scrub, S.O.S., Tilex), 1221 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612; 510-271-7000; 800-227-1860; www.clorox.com

Dial Corporation (Dry Idea, Purex, Renuzit, Right Guard, Soft & Dri), 15101 N. Scottsdale Rd., Ste. 5028, Scottsdale, AZ 85254-2199; 800-528-0849; www.dialcorp.com

Johnson & Johnson (Aveeno, Clean & Clear, Listerine, Lubriderm, Neutrogena, Rembrandt, ROC), 1 Johnson & Johnson Plz., New Brunswick, NJ 08933; 732-524-0400; 800-526-3967; www.jnj.com

L’Oréal (Biotherm, Cacharel, Garnier, Giorgio Armani, Helena Rubinstein, Lancôme, Matrix Essentials, Maybelline, Ralph Lauren Fragrances, Redken, Soft Sheen, Vichy), 575 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10017; 212-818-1500; www.loreal.com

Max Factor (Procter & Gamble), 1 Procter & Gamble Plz., Cincinnati, OH 45202; 513-983-1100; 800-543-1745; www.maxfactor.com
Mead, 10 W. Second St., #1, Dayton, OH 45402; 937-495-6323; www.meadweb.com
Melaleuca, 3910 S. Yellowstone Hwy., Idaho Falls, ID 83402-6003; 208-522-0700; www.melaleuca.com

New Dana Perfumes, 470 Oakhill Rd., Crestwood Industrial Park, Mountaintop, PA 18707; 800-822-8547
Olay (Procter & Gamble), P.O. Box 599, Cincinnati, OH 45201; 800-543-1745; www.oilofolay.com

Pantene (Procter & Gamble), 1 Procter & Gamble Plz., Cincinnati, OH 45202; 800-945-7768; www.pantene.com

Physique (Procter & Gamble), 1 Procter & Gamble Plz., Cincinnati, OH 45202; 800-214-8957; www.physique.com

Ponds (Unilever), 800 Sylvan Ave., Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632; 800-909-9493; www.ponds.com

Procter & Gamble Co. (Clairol, Crest, Gillette, Giorgio, Iams, Max Factor, Physique, Tide), 1 Procter & Gamble Plz., Cincinnati, OH 45202; 513-983-1100; 800-543-1745; www.pg.com
Reckitt Benckiser (Easy Off, Lysol, Mop & Glo, Old English, Resolve, Spray ‘N Wash, Veet, Woolite), 399 Interpace Pkwy., Parsippany, NJ 07054; 973-633-3600; 800-333-3899; www.reckittbenckiser.com

Shiseido Cosmetics, 5-5, Ginza 7-chome, Chuo-k, Tokyo, 104-0061, Japan; 212-805-2300; www.shiseido.com

Schering-Plough (Bain de Soleil, Coppertone, Dr. Scholl’s), 2000 Galloping Hill Rd., Kenilworth, NJ 07033-0530; 800-842-4090; www.sch-plough.com

S.C. Johnson (Drano, Edge, Fantastik, Glade, OFF!, Oust, Pledge, Scrubbing Bubbles, Shout, Skintimate, Windex, Ziploc), 1525 Howe St., Racine, WI 53403; 800-494-4855; www.scjohnson.com

Suave (Unilever), 800 Sylvan Ave., Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632; 212-888-1260; 800-782-8301; www.suave.com

Unilever (Axe, Dove, Lever Bros., Suave, Sunsilk), 800 Sylvan Ave., Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632; 212-888-1260; 800-598-1223; www.unilever.com

Vicks (Procter & Gamble), 1 Procter & Gamble Plz., Cincinnati, OH 45202; 513-983-1100; 800-543-1745; www.pg.com

Aim (Church & Dwight), Always (Procter & Gamble), Arm & Hammer (Church & Dwight), Armor All (Clorox), Arrid (Church & Dwight), Aussie (Procter & Gamble), Joy (Procter & Gamble), Kaboom (Church & Dwight), L’Oreal USA, Lancôme (L’Oreal), Liquid Plumr (Clorox) Listerine (Johnson & Johnson), Lubriderm (Johnson & Johnson), Lux (Unilever), Lysol (Reckitt Benckiser), Aveeno (Johnson & Johnson), Axe (Unilever), Bain de Soleil (Schering-Plough), Bic Corporation, Biotherm (L’Oreal), Cacharel (L’Oreal), Church & Dwight (Arm & Hammer), Clairol (Procter & Gamble), Clean & Clear (Johnson & Johnson), Clorox, Close-up (Church & Dwight), Coppertone (Schering-Plough), Crest (Procter & Gamble), Dial, Kaboom (Church & Dwight), L’Oreal USA, Lancôme (L’Oreal), Liquid Plumr (Clorox), Listerine (Johnson & Johnson), Lubriderm (Johnson & Johnson), Lux (Unilever), Lysol (Reckitt Benckiser,Matrix Essentials (L’Oreal), Max Factor (Procter & Gamble), Maybelline (L’Oreal), Mead, Melaleuca, Mentadent (Church & Dwight), Mr. Clean (Procter & Gamble), Nair (Church & Dwight), Neutrogena (Johnson & Johnson), New Dana Perfumes, Off (S.C.Johnson), Olay (Procter & Gamble), Old English (Reckitt Benckiser), Old Spice (Procter & Gamble), OxiClean (Church & Dwight), Pampers (Procter & Gamble), Pantene (Procter & Gamble), Pearl Drops (Church & Dwight), Physique (Procter & Gamble), Pine-Sol (Clorox), Pledge (S.C. Johnson), Ponds (Unilever), Procter & Gamble, Puffs (Procter & Gamble), Purex (Dial), Raid (S.C. Johnson), Ralph Lauren Fragrances (L’oreal), Reckitt Benckiser, Redken (L’Oreal), Rembrandt (Johnson & Johnson), Renuzit (Dial), Resolve (Reckitt Benckiser), Right Guard (Dial), ROC (Johnson & Johnson), S.C.Johnson,S.O.S, (Clorox), Scope (Procter & Gamble), Scrubbing Bubbles (S.C. Johnson), Secret (Procter & Gamble), Shiseido Cosmeitcs, Shout (S.C. Johnson), Signal (Unilever), Soft & Dri (Dial), Soft Scrub (Dial), SoftSheen (L’Oreal), Spray ’N Wash, (Reckitt Benckiser), Suave (Unilever), Sunsilk (Unilever), Swiffer (Procter & Gamble), Tide (Procter & Gamble), Tilex (Clorox), Unilever, Vaseline (Unilever), Veet (Reckitt Benckiser), Vichy (L’Oreal), Vicks (Procter & Gamble), Windex (S.C. Johnson), Woolite (Reckitt Benckiser) ,Zest (Procter & Gamble), Dry Idea (Dial), Easy-Off (Reckitt Benckiser), Fantastik (S.C. Johnson), Febreze (Procter & Gamble), Formula 409 (Clorox), Fresh Step (Clorox), Garnier (L’Oreal), Gillette Co.(Procter & Gamble), Giorgio Armani (L’Oreal), Glad (Clorox), Glade (S.C. Johnson), Head & Shoulders (Procter & Gamble), Helena Rubinstein (L’Oreal), Iams (Procter & Gamble), Ivory (Procter & Gamble).
This is absolutely insane, unbelievable and I thank God I don’t use any of these products!

These are products that DO NOT use animals to experiment on.

Acquarella, Adorned With Grace Minerals, AG Hair Cosmetics, AHAVA, Akasha, Alba, Alexandra de Markoff (some products), Alice Cosmetics, Alima Pure Cosmetics, Alison Raffaele Cosmetics, Almay, Aloette, Alvera, Amala Beauty, Amazing Cosmetics, Amazon Organics, American Beauty, AminoGenesis ?, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Anise Cosmetics, Anne Marie Borlind, apothecary-shoppe.com, Aquage Hydrating Shampoo, Arbonne, A Different Daisy, Peta Mall Link, A Perfume Organic, A Wild Soap Bar, ABBA Pure & Natural Hair Care, he Abercrombie & Fitch, Abra Therapeutics, Absolute Miracle, Acquarella Polish, Adorn Mineral Cosmetics, Advanage Wonder Cleaner, Advanced Beauty Tools, Advanced Botanical Research, Affordable Mineral Makeup, Afrumos, After Inked, LLC, Afterglow Cosmetics, AG Hair Cosmetics, Agape by DK, Ageless Fantasy, Ainterol Natural Products, D & M D, Adair Cosmetics, Daisy Blue Naturals, DaLish Cosmetics, Dallas Manufacturing Company, Damp Rid, Inc., Dancing Dingo Darla Makeup, David Babaii for Wild Aid, De La Terre Cosmetics, Decleor USA, DeeDa Notions, Dena Corporation, Deodorant Stones of America, derma-e Natural Bodycare, DERmagic, Dermalogica, Dermatologic Cosmetic Laboratories, Desert Essence,

Here is a wonderful and informative web-site that show all companies Good and Evil!
http://search.caringconsumer.com

Food & Diet


Glycemic Index

How quickly do foods raise your blood sugar?

The glycemic index measures how fast food is likely to raise your blood sugar.  For example, if your blood sugar is low and continuing to drop during exercise, you would prefer to eat a carb that will raise your blood sugar quickly. On the other hand, if you would like to keep your blood sugar from dropping during a few hours of mild activity, you may prefer to eat a carb that has a lower glycemic index and longer action time. If your blood sugar tends to spike after breakfast, you may want to select a cereal that has a lower glycemic index.

The numbers below give that food’s glycemic index based on glucose, which is one of the fastest carbohydrates available. Glucose is given an arbitrary value of 100 and other carbs are given a number relative to glucose. Faster carbs (higher numbers) are great for raising low blood sugars and for covering brief periods of intense exercise. Slower carbs (lower numbers) are helpful for preventing overnight drops in the blood sugar and for long periods of exercise.

Note that these numbers come from research labs, and often from more than one study. These numbers will be close but may not be identical to other glycemic index lists. The impact a food will have on the blood sugar depends on many other factors such as ripeness, cooking time, fiber and fat content, time of day, blood insulin levels, and recent activity. Use the Glycemic Index as just one of the many tools you have available to improve your control.

Glycemic Index

Cereals

Snacks

Pasta

Beans

All Bran 51 chocolate bar 49 cheese tortellini 50 baked 44
Bran Buds + psyll 45 corn chips 72 fettuccine 32 black beans, boiled 30
Bran Flakes 74 croissant 67 linguine 50 butter, boiled 33
Cheerios 74 doughnut 76 macaroni 46 cannellini beans 31
Corn Chex 83 graham crackers 74 spagh, 5 min boiled 33 garbanzo, boiled 34
Cornflakes 83 jelly beans 80 spagh, 15 min boiled 44 kidney, boiled 29
Cream of Wheat 66 Life Savers 70 spagh, prot enrich 28 kidney, canned 52
Frosted Flakes 55 oatmeal cookie 57 vermicelli 35 lentils, green, brown 30
Grapenuts 67 pizza, cheese & tom 60

Soups/Vegetables

lima, boiled 32
Life 66 Pizza Hut, supreme 33 beets, canned 64 navy beans 38
muesli, natural 54 popcorn, light micro 55 black bean soup 64 pinto, boiled 39
Nutri-grain 66 potato chips 56 carrots, fresh, boil 49 red lentils, boiled 27
oatmeal, old fash 48 pound cake 54 corn, sweet 56 soy, boiled 16
Puffed Wheat 67 Power bars 58 french fries 75

Breads

Raisin Bran 73 pretzels 83 green pea, soup 66 bagel, plain 72
Rice Chex 89 saltine crackers 74 green pea, frozen 47 baquette, French 95
Shredded Wheat 67 shortbread cookies 64 lima beans, frozen 32 croissant 67
Special K 54 Snickers bar 41 parsnips 97 dark rey 76
Total 76 strawberry jam 51 peas, fresh, boil 48 hamburger bun 61

Fruit

vanilla wafers 77 pot, new, boiled 59 muffins  
apple 38 Wheat Thins 67 pot, red, baked 93 apple, cin 44
apricots 57

Crackers

pot, sweet 52 blueberry 59
banana 56 graham 74 pot, white, boiled 63 oat & raisin 54
cantaloupe 65 rice cakes 80 pot, white, mashed 70 pita 57
cherries 22 rye 68 split pea soup w/ham 66 pizza, cheese 60
dates 103 soda 72 tomato soup 38 pumpernickel 49
grapefruit 25 Wheat Thins 67 yam 54 sourdough 54
grapes 46

Cereal Grains

Milk Products

rye 64
kiwi 52 barley 25 chocolate milk 35 white 70
mango 55 basmati white rice 58 custard 43 wheat 68
orange 43 bulgar 48 ice cream, van 60

Drinks

papaya 58 couscous 65 ice milk, van 50 apple juice 40
peach 42 cornmeal 68 skim milk 32 colas 65
pear 58 millet 71 soy milk 31 Gatorade 78
pineapple 66

Sugars

tofu frozen desert 115 grapefruit juice 48
plums 39 fructose 22 whole milk 30 orange juice 46
prunes 15 honey 62 yogurt, fruit 36 pineapple juice 46
raisins 64 maltose 105 yogurt, plain 14    
watermelon 72 table sugar 64        

http://www.sheilatrecartin.com

Sheila Trecartin I have been meaning to write this somewhat short story for a wonderful woman who helped me more than I can put into words. Sheila was my angel several years ago and still is. It would try to make this story short and sweet even though it was not short and parts were not sweet at all.

In June of 2008 I received a call from a neighbor on one of the hottest days in June about a mother cat bringing her two kittens across a busy highway into our apartment complex to drink the water that I just by chance set outside the night before for some strange reason. I intuitively knew something was wrong. I went out in the backyard of the complex and walked across the busy road to the development to the sparsely wooded area by the homes to try to find this mother cat and her kittens…

I had no idea where the cat and kittens could possibly be. I walked through the woods and with the gift that I have of intuitiveness I found her with the kittens in some ones back yard. . The next thought was what am I going to do? I knew she was feral and I knew these kittens would not survive it through the summer. I also knew that if Gray was not caught she would continue breeding and not only that she would probably die too.

I was never the person to walk away from injustice or to ever give up. Animals have always been the greatest love of mine since I was a little girl. This situation with Gray and her five kittens was something I could not turn my back on. I knew some people in my community that focused mainly on cats as far as rescuing neutering and spanning, finding homes for kittens and re-releasing the adult cats. I am very torn about the trap, neuter and release way of thinking. The reason being is I know that feral cats is a generic name for a cat that has been abandoned, born in the wild from an abandoned cat and frightened to death. Their intelligence, ability to adapt is amazing to me and I will tell you why as I go along with Gray’s story.

So from June 3, 2008 to approximately July 8th my rescue began and ended. Each morning I would set the trap and I would check it three times a day and then I would lock it open during the evenings because, I did not want to kittens hurting themselves by spending too many hours frantically trying to get out of the cage for hours overnight. I fed Gray and the kittens and made sure they had water twice a day. I also made sure Gray had colostrum because she was pretty run down and underfed and had to keep her strength up to be able to recuperate from nursing the kittens. I think that they were still nursing a bit from her and had just begun eating food when I had found them.

It was upsetting, nerve-racking and exhausting each and every day. I was frightened to death because she had moved the kittens I had no idea where she could have taken them. Then my special little gift kicked in and intuitively told me to walk in a certain direction through another area of woods. I saw in my mind was an old run down deck with steps, the kittens and gray with them. I continued to walk and followed my instincts and I still get chills as I write this as I stepped out of the woods there in front of my eyes was that beat up old deck with the steps, five kittens and there dark gray, mother cat. That was the day I named her “Gray”. What an incredible mother, it was amazing to watch her with them. She always had the kitten close by her. I remember one morning walking into the backyard and there was a bit of a clearing by an old dead, hollow tree, the kittens were playing, This happened on early morning in the morning mist it almost appeared as if they were dancing to the sounds of the birds and the beautiful noises from the woods. I can still picture that moment in my mind and there lie gray very close by watching them.

I would sit where Gray and the kittens where the broken deck was with the holes just big enough for Gray and the kittens to have shelter and protection from the rain. It just so happened that the people who lived there were away for a month, there are no coincidences. Plus jumping further a head after I caught everyone I took a friend to show him where I found and trapped them and the deck had been completely rebuilt which meant the cat and kittens would have lost another home.

I would sit in the yard where they all where and Gray would lay maybe 20 feet away from me always but she came every time I came there and called her. She made sure the kittens where out of sight, I would see them often because I would put their food down and hide on the side of the house and peek around the corner and one by one would come out. There was this deep soul connection between Gray and I that I have not felt with an animal since I found my childhood dog, Sheba, was a pure bred German Shepherd that we thought was born in the woods that became my best friend and never to ever be replaced until now,

I think my main worry was that I so desperately wanted to catch the kittens first but, that Gray may leave and the whole cycle would begin again with more kittens. One by one the kittens were caught and placed in a non-kill shelter where they took finally all the kittens and Gray, made sure they were healthy, neutered and spayed for a fee of $350. That shelter was a disaster but, they did place all six of the kittens but, the way they handled Gray was the most upsetting thing I ever saw in front of my own two eyes, when I brought her in to be check out and neutered. Let’s put it this way I would never go there again unless I was getting an animal out of “SAVE” in Princeton, NJ. They do not know how to handle or take good care of cats at all!!!

It was the last kitten that I was terribly worried about. It was gray and the last kitten that I named Bear left to be caught. I tried and tried to catch the kitten before Gray, but I couldn’t so I trapped Gray, leaving her last kitten alone. I had a hard time sleeping at night. It took about a week to catch her/him. She was very light in weight so, I finally decided to put a small bottle of water only slightly filled on the trip of the trap and that was the answer. That night after I was so exhausted I caught the last kitten. The funny thing is I checked every kitten before I would put them in a small cage with food and all that was needed in my cage that was in the complex basement. It was the only place I could keep them because I have two cats of my own and I didn’t know if the kittens were healthy or not. Anyway I would check every kitten to make sure they weren’t injured. Well, the last kitten, Bear was frightened by the group of people that were with me who couldn’t seem to be quiet and took a chunk out of my finger and three nice gashes in the palm of my right hand. Not a good thing to happen to a massage therapist.

I had decided after Gray had been fixed and had her ear tipped that there was no way I could release her back into those woods. I knew it was going to be difficult taming an adult feral cat that was definitely born in the wild but, the only other option was to have her put to sleep. A friend allowed me to keep Gray at her home in a large Labrador crate until I was able to set up what ended up to be three crates put together where Gray lived in my apartment while I trained her to be able to be integrated into my home. Keep in mind I have two cats of my own. I also live in a one-bedroom apartment. This contraption that I put together was almost like a Matisse painting with my grandmother’s mink fur that I couldn’t part with but, could never wear as a top to the cage. There was a purple yoga mat running down the side where she slept. At the far end a liter pan was set up and then in the middle and carry case with a bed in it and the soft cushion on top.

Day after day I would sit and sing to her and play with a toy I called furry on a stick. I sat as close to the cage as I could when it came to feeding time. This went on for ever it seemed. She would go inside the little cat carry case where she sleep on a comfy bed I made her that was inside the Lab crate that she lived in every time I walked in the room. I would try to get my hand close to her in the carrier to give her a treat and she would hiss telling me that’s to close. I backed off and sat it in front of her. I will never forget the first night I touched her. I always had classical music playing in the room. That one night Julie Andrews came on the radio with the song, ‘Getting to know you”. Well I sang the whole song to her and as I reached my hand in the cage she came out and rubbed up against my hand. Please keep in mind I was touching her with furry stick a lot because she was never touched by human hands before. Well I cried for about 10 minutes as I went down stairs in my friend’s house to tell her what had happened. I have to be honest with you that was the first time I experienced the purest joy ever.

I knew I was going to need help because, I never knew anyone that tamed a two-year-old feral ( A cat born in the wild and never touched by human hands.) It also live in an apartment complex, which is one-bedroom and already have two cats and now also own a pug. The thought came to my mind to try to find an animal communicator. There was no doubt in my mind about animal communicators with my own intuitiveness and psychic abilities there had to be someone out there that could help me. I also I’ve always believed the animals very, very special one of the biggest gifts we have. I began my search of course with goggle and came across Sheila. It’s always important for me to see a picture of a person because I always been exceptional with what I call, that feeling! Well, for me I just had the seashore’s picture and I knew she would help me.

I contacted Sheila then set up an appointment. She asked only for pictures of my two cats and my feral cat ,Gray. There were no other questions about the cats, I just set up an appointment with Sheila. It was great to because I could pay through PayPal.

The day came and I always record sessions that are important to me because having ADHD I forget things very quickly. I asked I could tape the session and that was fine. I don’t think I could ever put into words what an amazing experience that first session was. There was no way that Sheila could have known the things that these animal telling her, after all she was in Canada, I was in New Jersey, we were talking on the phone and animals don’t look right?

The animals explained in detail the surroundings in my apartment. They described their interactions with each other and how they felt about each other. Please understand I only have animals. I live alone and I am very aware about my animals. The information that was being given to me by Sheila from my cats telepathically was profound, exact and truly amazing, in fact I truly believe animals are far, far more intelligent and we are. I felt that way about animals before but, this experience with Sheila made it far more clear to me. The beautiful fact is animals live in the moment, nowhere else but the president! We need to learn this from them!

She suggested Bach flower remedies to be used for the cats and myself. The flower remedies help release issued and trust me they work! In fact I now own every Bach flower remedy there is. I have made up some tinctures for friends and neighbors for their animals and they have told me they worked for them too!

Sheila also did some long-distance healing which is called Reiki. I know this works because I took a course and hopefully will continue. The reason I mention this is I am also in the healing profession and I know a good healer when I meet one. I am about to do for another session with Sheila and I just want to say to all of you that, the little, tipped eared once a feral cat is the most loving, special gift I have ever received.

I would’ve never believed that it was possible to tame a two-year-old feral cat. I wish everyone could experienced what I did with Sheila’s help with my little, sweet, gray mother cat. I do not recommend anyone trying to tame a feral cat unless know a lot about cats and have a lot of time and most important the patience of a saint!

Thank you Sheila, thank you so very much. I am glad that I have met such a gifted healer. I can not thank you for what you did for my little Gray! I know there will come a time when I have to put my animals to sleep. I can only hope I still know you and that they can tell you the things I need to know and you can tell them how much they made my life worth living. I know that’s a long way away though, but I will be talking to you soon to hear what my animals would like me to know about them and myself!

All my love, Suzanne Newman and my Mrs Gray