Author: ProfKeith

Would you eat beetles? Maybe you already do

Food colors carmine and cochineal are derived from the cases of the cochineal beetle, a tiny insect which lives on cactus plants, particularly the prickly pear cactus, in Central and South America. Carmine and cochineal are used in dozens of reddish-colored foods and beverages, including fruit drinks, ice creams, yogurts, and candies. If you eat foods with cochineal or carmine, beware: there can be significant allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis. It takes a lot of beetles to produce enough colour … about 150,000 of them are needed to make 1 kilogram of carmine dye. Carminic acid, which is the active ingredient in the dye, is very safe, and is commonly used to colour candy, ice cream, lipstick, yogurt, and eye shadow. In 1998 the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) petitioned the FDA to require that carmine and cochineal extract be specifically listed on product labels, and not just as "color additives. Well in 2011 it will FINALLY become required of food and cosmetic manufacturers that they label products containing carmine and cochineal. But it won’t require them to say it comes from dried beetles! According to the FDA, the source of incredibly sound science as we all know: carmine and cochineal extract are not "major" food allergens, and that carmine and cochineal extract are safe when used in accordance with regulations for color additives. Just stay...

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Fat old mice to blame

What can we learn about hantavirus? Long before I came to live in the USA I read about a virus condition spread by rodents and transmitted to humans by contact. Called the hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, this disease has been reported in 30 states, including most of the western half of the United States. It carries about 35% mortality, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That takes it up towards the Marburg and Ebola league. Pretty deadly. This condition was surely the origin of a Native Indian legend that it was unlucky to wear a robe or blanket that had touched by mice. Without knowing anything about virology, observant ancestors had noticed something horrible could be transferred from rodents to humans by contact. Now an interesting new study has shown that fat blobby old mice are the trouble! 200 lbs plus in human terms. Knowing where deer mouse populations thrive — where mice grow older and bigger thanks to ample food, protection and nesting sites — should help people avoid contact with the creatures or their droppings, the researchers suggested. But what does all this teach us? That if we let ourselves go and gain weight, we are potential meat for any virus that causes inflammation and degenerative decay in our bodies. These are sometimes called “stealth viruses” or “smouldering viruses” to be more...

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Wiping the energy field clean using your hands

Here’s an interesting and simple energy technique for you.  If you’ve never trained in Reiki, Reconnecting or other formal hands-on systems you’ll be able to do this.  Even if you know more sophisticated techniques, this cute and easy remedy may work much faster and be simpler to do in many cramped situations. All you have to do is wipe your hands several times along the client’s body starting from the top and working down to the feet.  Strictly speaking you don’t even need to be in touch with the physical body but it is usually easier if you do make contact. Skin touch is not needed; you can do this with a fully clothed person. There’s nothing subtle, meaning you don’t need to look for anything esoteric, like hot spots, blackspots, "aura blockages" or entities. It’s easiest to do this if you just visualise the idea of wiping away filth that’s stuck to the person’s head and neck and body; in a sense that’s what you’re doing.  Whatever masses, distortions and eddies in the person’s field, you can remove them simply and easily by wiping them off, past the feet. Flick your hands to get rid of the negative stuff at the end of each sweep. For those of you who feel this might be a little bit hokey: try it! The whole point I’m making is that there...

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Leeches, mercury and quackery

One of the more absurd treatments of old was blood letting. Barbers were once honorary surgeons, because of their skill with a razor and releasing blood. Did you know about the snobbery of English surgeons, who still like to be called “Mister”, instead of doctor, in honor of this old tradition? Even women surgeons of today, in Britain, are called “Mister” (and not “Madam). It’s hard to see how blood letting ever came about. We can draw parallels, however, with other more primitive and ridiculous allopathic treatments of today. Many will also be seen in the future as just plain barbarous and indefensible quackery. By the way, I don’t say this often and you may not have heard me remark that the word “quack” is actually a derisory term for a treatment that ONLY allopathic doctors have ever been guilty of (Quackbusters, take note). The German word for mercury is quacksilber (our word “quicksilver”). It was used in olden times as a highly toxic treatment for a variety of conditions. A “quack” was somebody who used mercury. Only allopathic doctors have ever used this treatment, to my knowledge. So the only “quacks” are allopathic doctors. Betcha didn’t know that! Right up until the early 20th century, mercury had some use against syphilis, before Salvarsan was developed by Paul Erlich. It has made a very unwelcome appearance in a variety...

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Mistletoe as Iscador

Did you know that Iscador (homeopathic preparation of mistletoe) is the most commonly prescribed oncological drug in Germany? Actually, according to the Wikipedia entry, some 60% of all oncological treatments in central Europe include some form of mistletoe. You probably didn’t know that. Any inconvenient truths are suppressed by the US medical mafia and their media allies. They cling here to the feeble obsession that the US way is the “only way” and by inference, therefore the correct way. Of course this has more to do with protecting profits than any subsumed moral or scientific right. But it’s curious, isn’t it, that all humble and inexpensive treatments are “bad”, “unproven” or even “dangerous”! Iscador was originally introduced by German philosopher, educationalist and healer Rudolph Steiner (1861- 1925). Steiner went on to found a whole healing system called anthroposophic medicine—literally “human-loving”. Iscador is actually a lactobacillus-fermented extract of the European mistletoe plant, Viscum album and is available here in the USA, by prescription, as the drug Iscar. None of what is written here applies to the American mistletoe, Phoradendron serotinum (we just don’t know). Mistletoe colorful history Do you know why we kiss under the mistletoe at Christmas? Millennia ago, in the days of the Druids in Europe, Yule was a highly celebrated event (it survives as our Christmas, which has nothing to do with Jesus’ supposed birthday). The drink...

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