Team Up With Other Folks…

Okay… I’ve been ranting on about building up your long-term pantry supplies for a long time now. I got the guidance shortly after Obama got sworn in in 2008, and began executing my guidance slowly.

I have two raised garden beds, and have been sneaking food items in anywhere they will grow. Granted, I’m still in the experimental phase of becoming a farmer. At least I’ve got lettuce, zucchini, some beans and some peppers and herbs working. Still figuring out the collard and mustard greens.

My husband and I have also undertaken a campaign to make sure that all guns in the house actually work. We had to take a vintage target .22 to a gunsmith for professional cleaning, but we got a really good little target pistol out of it. We got out the inherited WWII M1 Carbine and inspected it… just needed to clean out the dust, then get some fresh ammo and a couple more magazines.

Since I’m stocking up for a household of two humans and four cats, I’ve found that sometimes buying bulk is a little too expensive or too big for any one purchase. I’ve got a friend that has another friend, and we three go in together on various items. He’s ordering a carton of the powdered whole eggs from Honeyville Grains, , and we’re splitting it three ways. That way, we get the #10 cans of egg powder, for long-time storage,  for about $15 each, thereby saving a couple dollars on each can and saving on shipping.

We’ve also gone in together on a 35 Lb. bag of dried onion flakes. Have you any idea how big a 35 Lb. bag of onion flakes is? It’s a bloody futon!  Between the three of us, we can split that down, suck-wrap it into manageable portions, and have what we desire in the larder.  Most recipes need onions and garlic to taste like much of anything. In fact, most of the recipes I know start with “first you get you a big-ol’ yella onion…”

Talk to your friends and neighbors… get them on the same page and get them into the concept of preparing for some major hiccups in the economy and whatever else, then get them on the bandwagon regarding stocking up. If you’re in the north, you know that you could be snowed in, thereby dependent on your stored food. I’m here in the south, and I’ve been dependent on my stored food for a couple of weeks at a time because of hurricanes. Believe me, being able to whip up a clean casserole out of some rice, canned veggies and a 12 Oz. can of turkey meat is a blessing when the rest of the world is standing in line at an empty grocery store. I’ve found that working from bulk purchases also saves money on groceries in the long term.

To add further emphasis, we know that at the time of the Great Depression, some 90% of all U.S. citizens were rural and mostly self-sufficient, yet we lost some 17 million people to starvation out of a total population of 122,775,046 in 1930.  Check my math, but it looks like we lost 1/7th of our population during the Great Depression!  Since they led us to war to pull us out of the Depression, we know that somewhere between 30 and 45 million soldiers died in WWII, and there is no way to know an exact number for sure.  So we really lost perhaps 62 million people as a result?  Holy catz!

NOW we’re down to perhaps 11% rural, and maybe half of those are self-sufficient, meaning that the other 89% are urban.  Does that mean that out of 309 million, we’re going to lose 1/7th of our population to starvation, or more,  when things finally domino? We know that FEMA has camps set up all over the U.S., ready to take in millions of people. What do you think that would be like?  How many people would just plain disappear if they went into FEMA camps?  No… better to plan ahead and be able to feed your family. It is easier to cycle food through your pantry than to buy it for any price at times of peak demand and panic buying with worthless currency.


Rev. Suzanne Powell manufactures and markets a full line of line of natural stone “medicine jewelry”, subtle energy tools, pendulums, angel and fairy art and “spiritual soap” through her website,   She also offers an e-book, “Fat-Free Spirituality” which is packed with advanced spiritual knowledge.

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The Practical Side of Preparing for the Apocalypse  Just got a link to an article about this!   And:

I’ve had the guidance to store food for the long haul, Mormon style, for the last year or so. I also got the guidance to get into gardening, which is now slowly paying off. I purchased a FoodSaver System and began buying dry foods in large amounts, say, 25 pounds or more, and then breaking it down into more manageable amounts using the FoodSaver System. I’ve been buying bulk beans of all sorts, rice, quinoa, amaranth, millet, oats, nonfat dry milk, and a whole range of other staples and putting them in suck-wrapped bags of 4 to 7 cups each. In addition to this, every time I hit Sam’s Club, I pick up some extra staples… Spam, canned chicken or turkey, Ro-Tel Tomatoes with Green Chiles, tomato paste and sauce, dried onions, spices… just about anything I can imagine I might need to prepare simple and nutritious meals.

In America, we are at a crossroads. We know the government is rogue, with unabated and up-front corruption, and is going the way of Nazi Germany… massive expansion of power accompanied by runaway inflation and unprecedented taxation.  People are already showing their displeasure with both political parties, and are getting more vocal about it. The government is pushing through its corporatist/new world order agenda as fast as it can before the mid-term elections.  In short, we can expect things to really get strange.

Living on the Texas gulf coast, I can tell you what cattle people can be based on what has happened during the past few hurricanes. People are short-sighted and stupid… which is to say they are prone to not planning ahead. People are not necessarily good at feeling the situation. I didn’t evacuate during either Hurricane Rita or Ike because I listened to my inner guidance. I even tried to convince my neighbors that they didn’t need to leave, and yet they spent the entire 3 days sitting on a highway in the heat, while I stayed home and relaxed in relative comfort and cooked one nice meal after another. The grocery store shelves were empty 3 days ahead of hurricane landfall. After the hurricane had come and gone, people stood in line for hours outside of local grocery stores, which had very little to sell, but were only letting 5 people at a time inside anyway. The traffic stayed crazy the entire time. It took two months for the grocery store shelves in my area to get back to normal stock levels.

The thing is, the big forecast economists like Gerald Celente and Peter Schiff predict hyper-inflation possibly hitting by the end of this year, and by 2012 at the very latest, causing prices to go up to where most people’s paychecks can’t keep up enough just to put food on the table. That sets the stage for civil unrest, there is the possibility of having to shelter in place… perhaps for weeks.

I can tell you that inflation is already hitting at the grocery stores, and they aren’t carrying the variety they used to.

If the crazies running that whole “new world order” thing manage to pick a war between Iran and Israel, it would probably involve a nuclear exchange and the price of oil would go up. Gas prices could go over $10 a gallon, which would bring most food transport to a screeching halt, and would certainly shove all prices skyward. You’re looking at supply versus demand, and a lot of people caught with their pants down. Depending on the season, we could see riots, or segments of the population starving to death… or dying in FEMA camps. Martial law could become a possibility, with entire neighborhoods closed off by military cordons. It might take a while before things settle down again.

The Mormons have it right… they encourage their families to save as much money as they can and store large amounts of food at home – a three-month supply of what they normally eat and a year’s worth of long-term stocks such as wheat, rice and nuts. Many Mormons also can their own food, and their 140 Mormon storehouses include canneries that stay busy… even more now because of the economy and the number of natural disasters.

I’m not a Mormon, but I was reared on the Texas gulf coast. We understood the need for stored water and “hurricane food” that we maintained and cycled through the pantry, and of course, the means to cook a meal, whether charcoal or propane. has how-to material on making a stove that will heat a whole gallon of water with a few twigs as fuel. Or buy one already made from  I’ve certainly got twigs in my yard.

Now, when you buy and repackage bulk foods, you have to get into the concept of cycling this stuff. You have to eat it and replace it. I discovered that this cuts down on food expenses quite nicely, while cleaning up your diet.  Believe me, your gut will thank you. If you can only find quinoa at the local health food store for around $5 a pound, and you can buy 25 pounds of it in bulk for $2 a pound, then that is a substantial savings, even with shipping costs. Every dollar you save is worthwhile.

A 12-ounce can of turkey meat, half a cup of brown rice, some non-MSG bullion, a fresh onion, some tarragon, and either a can or packet of frozen mixed veggies makes a really good chicken dish in the rice cooker.  For added pop, I make up a packet of biscuit mix and add that in little globs on top to cook… instant dumplings. 

I purchased some whole grain brown rice elbow pasta from and decided to make macaroni and cheese with it… a little butter, milk, Velveeta, and a pinch each of paprika and turmeric. It is far, far better than any other you’ve ever had.

Please talk to your friends and relatives about this topic. Ask them to at least start buying a few extra pantry staples every time they go to the grocery store. When I mention this among people I work around, it is often the case that someone says that their pastor has been encouraging them to stock up… that’s a good thing. Listen… I’d rather have to give food to the food banks than not have it when I really need it.


Rev. Suzanne Powell manufactures and markets a full line of line of natural stone “medicine jewelry”, subtle energy tools, pendulums, angel and fairy art and “spiritual soap” through her website,  

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Bulk High Protein Dry Foods

I have a few resources for you:  has great deals on quinoa, amaranth, millet, great northern beans (not so gassy), nuts and dried fruits. They are in California.  is in  Texas, and has the best prices on chia and maca, but if you are closer, the proximity can save you some serious bucks on shipping, even if the prices on quinoa are a little higher. is near Miami, Florida, so those of you on the east coast will probably save on shipping bulk items by ordering from them. Good prices on most items, and they also have a line of pesto sauces, nuts, raw snack foods, and other things for healthy cravings.

I’ve ordered from all of these companies and they are all good.  I will buy 25 lb. bags of the  grains and then use my FoodSaver system to suck-wrap them down into 4-cups per bag for long-haul storage.

Now… regarding the grains I’ve been ordering. Quinoa  is gluten-free, has about 15% protein content, a high amino acid score, a relatively low glycemic load and is loaded with bone-building minerals. Quinoa doesn’t have that much flavor on its own, so I fix that in the rice cooker with either chicken broth or bullion, chopped onions, garlic, parsley, tarragon and maybe even throw in a bag of frozen mixed veggies. Great stuff… works great with meat and gravy.

Amaranth is gluten-free, contains 13% protein dry, but has a high amino acid score and a load of minerals. Amaranth can’t take the place of rice as a side dish… too fine and too mushy. What I discovered on my own, is that you can either make a pudding out of it for dessert, or make it up with a little molasses or organic cane sugar, and serve it either as breakfast (like oatmeal or cream of wheat), or serve it along side your morning eggs as a substitute for grits. I’ll keep experimenting with it. I think it has promise for cookies and the like.

Millet is very interesting. It contains something like 11% protein, and also has middle score in amino acids and a higher glycemic index, and is heavy on bone-building minerals. It does substitute for rice very nicely. Cook it up just like you do rice, with a little salt and a pat of butter, and it tastes a lot like some kind of flavored grits. It substitutes for rice very nicely. My husband’s blood sugar will spike with millet, mainly because he goes back for second and third helpings, if he controls himself, it won’t spike.  There are a lot of artisan bread recipes that include millet. This has no gluten.

Compare that to whole grain brown rice, which has a very high glycemic index (higher than millet), about 7% protein, and is a lot more inflammation causing than the other three, by about double the numbers. Rice still contains gluten, even if it is refined out.

I did try kamut, which is a middle-eastern relative of the wheat family and does have gluten in it. It is about 16% protein and has a fairly low glycemic load, but then again, it’s tough to cook and eat the stuff. Granted I just put it in a rice cooker with water and a chicken bullion cube. It took darn-near forever to cook, and it still wasn’t cooked. Maybe the trick is to grind it up first. I’ll give it a “fail” for now.


Rev. Suzanne Powell manufactures and markets a full line of line of natural stone “medicine jewelry”, subtle energy tools, pendulums, angel and fairy art and “spiritual soap” through her website,  

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Chia and Hemp Seed Recipes

I’ve been trying to invent new and better ways to remake common recipes to be health-promoting. Hemp seeds and chia seeds are excellent sources for bio-available protein, calcium and omega 3 fatty acids, as well as a number of amino acids.

Hemp seeds are available at all the health food stores, usually in the refrigerated section. You can work these little darlings into salads and casseroles. I use them in place of the bulgur wheat in Tabouli salad. Hemp seeds by themselves do have a taste… like some kind of licorice.

In the last couple of years, my local Kroger store has been carrying hemp seed milk, in both regular and vanilla flavors. I eat my breakfast cereal with the vanilla, and I make Jello pudding mix with the unflavored version for a super rich dessert with health benefits. I find that I have sinus congestion and even occasional digestive upset when using the organic cow’s milk, but the hemp seed milk doesn’t give me any difficulty at all.

 Chia (Salvia Hispanica, also called Salba) seeds are a new treat. They have virtually no taste. Like flax seeds, when you soak them in a little water, they make a pocket of gel around themselves, and that gel is loaded with nutrition. These little things have many times the calcium of milk and many times the omega 3 fatty acids of fish oil, and they are a lot more digestible. Chia seeds contain 21 percent protein which is greater than other nutritional grains such as wheat (14%), corn (14%), rice (8.5%), oats (15.3%), barley (9.2%) and amaranth (14.8%). Unlike most other grains chia seeds are not limited in the amino acids necessary in the human diet. Other grains are limiting in terms of two or more amino acids and must be mixed in order to satisfy human needs. Chia seeds are a rich source of B vitamins, calcium, phosphorous, potassium, iron, magnesium, zinc and copper. One serving of chia seeds (2 tablespoons) gives a large amount of the recommended daily allowance of fiber, molybdenum, chromium, selenium and biotin. Chia is gluten free.

I keep a couple of scoops of soaked chia seeds in a small container in the fridge and work them into all sorts of things. When I get out some organic yogurt, I fill the inch or so to the top edge of the container with the soaked chia seeds and mix them in. I stretch salad dressings with the soaked chia seeds, which not only boosts the nutrition but saves money.

I also put a couple of tablespoons of the soaked chia seeds in my special “ice cream” that I make at home… I put a banana, about a tablespoon of soaked chia seeds, and some assorted frozen berries into the food processor and buzz that up into a marvelous, smooth, cold concoction, and I sprinkle some raw cacao nibs across the top. If you let it sit a little while before serving in, the gel in the seeds gives it a firmer, more pudding-like texture. You can’t beat it.

I found the best prices on chia products at Hidalgo Foods here in Texas. including chia meal you can work into your baked goods and oils you can work into your salad dressings. You can get the seeds for as little as $5.36 a pound. They also have great prices on quinoa, maca and goji berries.

Another thing I’ve been doing is eat more gelatin. I take the Swanson Vitamins gelatin & silicon supplement, which really helps. My nails, hair and skin are already improving. My hair is growing in thicker and with less gray in it. The silicon is supposed to improve the elasticity of blood vessels.  Now… I love the Jello Gelatin desserts, but I won’t touch the stuff with Nutrasweet in it (that stuff is a neurotoxin), and I don’t want to trash my immune system with too much sugar. When you go to the store, look for unflavored Knox gelatin. What I did was dissolve a packet of Knox gelatin, with a tablespoon of Spoonable Stevita Stevia, in ¾ cup of boiling water, then I added 1-1/4 cups of my favorite fruit juice. It comes out a little cloudier than the Jello, but tastes fine.


Rev. Suzanne Powell manufactures and markets a full line of line of natural stone “medicine jewelry”, subtle energy tools, pendulums, angel and fairy art and “spiritual soap” through her website,  

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Perimenopausal Helpers

As above, so below. Lately I’ve been fielding a lot of questions from my customers about how to fix perimenopause/menopause symptoms.  For some time now I’ve been doing battle with perimenopause. In my case, the symptoms have to do with my actual period… super-heavy to the point of filling adult urinary diapers, and very painful at that. I’m not kidding. A lot of women will go to their doctor hoping for help. I can tell you that the average medical response is to do a hysterectomy. My sister did that and the friggin’ doctor ripped EVERYTHING out… didn’t even leave her an ovary!  Okay… if it is fibroids, yes they can make things more difficult, but the fibroids leave when your uterine lining thins out for menopause. Same thing about endometriosis.
If you want to get rid of the fibroids… get the Essiac Tea. Herbal Healer Academy  sells the tea in bulk, liquid concentrate and capsules. It will take a long time, but it will work. A friend of mine with really big fibroids took this route… it took about two years to get them to totally go away drinking this tea twice a day. It works. The tea is also good for combatting just about any infection! If you feel a cold coming on, get into the Essiac!
If you find yourself waking up with the “night sweats” start taking an herb called Black Cohosh right before bed. I started taking 2 capsules of it before I turn in and have not been waking up with the sweats. I find this very impressive.
Another herb, called Dong Quai, is also called “women’s ginseng”. I’m trying this one out now. It is known to balance hormonal levels at all stages of life, eliminating PMS, perimenopause and menopausal symptoms, while providing benefits for overall health.
Another herb, Fo-Ti, is a youth herb… and you will need 3 capsules with each meal… really helps your energy level. I won’t do without this one. It is a youth herb… look up the history. If you take this plus two of the Swanson Vitamins Gelatin & Silicon supplement with each meal, your hair will come in thicker and darker, with a lot less gray. No kidding.
UPDATE:  Been taking the Donq Quai, 2 caps with each meal, along with 2 caps of the Fo-Ti with each meal, and along with the Black Cohosh, I have just had the smoothest, nicest period I’ve had in perhaps 8 years! I have found the right combination!
The herb Sarsaparilla to replace progesterone… perhaps up to 3 capsules with each meal.
Since most of the weight gain, sleep disruption and stress during the shift into menopause stresses the adrenals, you need adrenal support. A simple solution is Red Clover, either in capsules or in tea form, or Ashwagandha, which additionally aids in weight loss.
Yet another FOOD herb called Maca boosts and optimizes the entire endocrine system, and most people feel it first in the sex drive. It isn’t an herb so much as a FOOD. You will take several tablespoons of this each day. Check around for it in loose form… you’ll go nuts trying to take that many capsules. Try making a smoothie with bananas and throwing the Maca in it each morning. You’ll know when to back off when you start looking at doorknobs and other odd objects in regard for their sexual gratification potential… I’m not kidding. 
The supplements Pregnenolone and DHEA, which are precursors to the progesterone, estrogen and testosterone. I know ladies in their 70s that take up to 100 mg of the pregnenolone daily, just to feel normal and have decent energy. If you are 50, you can handle up to 50 mg of Pregnenolone and up to 25 mg of DHEA.   My last period was super bad, and I had some of this in the house. I started taking them, the sarsaparilla and using the progesterone cream/spray, and it arrested the hemmoraging in ONE DAY!  You have to feel the body on this one… it can aggravate PMS symptoms short-term. I downsized the DHEA to 20 mg.
UPDATE:  I tried this for a month and discovered that it prolonged the PMS and aggravated PMS symptoms. I may go back to this when I am older and need the extra hormonal support.
There are various progesterone creams and a progesterone spray on the Swanson Vitamins website. You just rub it somewhere on your body… and rotate the various spots you apply it to. One time you rub it on your tummy, another on your thighs, another on the inside of your arms…  No prescription required.
I get all of this very inexpensively on  even with the darn shipping.
Another thing… stay away from all SOY, including TVP (textured vegetable protein).  No kidding. Soybean oil prevents your body from absorbing nutrition from your food… really blocks it.  Soy in general will mess up every hormone you ever had, beginning with the thyroid hormones, and then everything else. It is an endocrine disruptor.
If you think your thyroid is running low, taken a bunch of Kelp tablets for the iodine. Swanson has some good iodine drops, too. You can tell whether your thyroid is working right… stand in front of a mirror with your arms hanging at rest at your sides… if your hands are not palms to your legs… it they slant so the palms are not parallel with your body… your thyroid is outta whack. You need the iodine.

Rev. Suzanne Powell manufactures and markets a full line of line of natural stone “medicine jewelry”, subtle energy tools, pendulums, angel and fairy art and “spiritual soap” through her website,  

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Summer Heat & Electrolytes…

In the past couple of weeks it has come to my attention that I need to pass on this information. I have two friends who have been sidelined by something called Bell’s Palsy, and the current summer temperatures are wiping people out.  One is an ourdoorsman (hunting and fishing) and the other is a psychic that works a lot of outdoor festivals… both have come down with Bell’s Palsy on the right side, with one suffering paralysis of the entire right side of the body.  Believe me, if you spend a few hours outdoors, even in the shade, you are going to lose a lot of your essential minerals with your sweat. The upshot is that you will not recover as quickly without taking a few measures.
Essentially you have two main electrolytes… potassium and sodium, in a 2 to 1 ratio. Your body needs these two minerals in balance to maintain a large number of functions… they are incredibly indespensible to the health of the human body in every way.
Now… you know you have a deficiency in either of these  electrolytes if you look in the mirror and look at your relaxed but closed mouth. A deficiency of sodium will be evident by a droop on the left side of the mouth, while a deficiency of potassium will be evident by a droop on the right side of the mouth.
If you wake up with one side of your nose clogged, you know by which side the stuffed nostril is on which mineral you need. If you suffer sciatica or Bell’s Palsy on one side or the other, you know by which sidem which mineral you have a deficiency of.  You also know you have a deficiency if you have high blood pressure:  High diastolic pressure (the lower number) means you don’t have enough potassium, while high systolic pressure (the upper number) means you don’t have enough sodium.  The last thing you do it take a diuretic, which doctors still prescribe to treat blood pressure these days. Diuretics cause the body to lose essential minerals and will actually set you up for a heart attack or stroke. If you are experiencing edema, allegedly from too much sodium, you don’t reduce the sodium, but rather supplement the potassium to balance it all out. Both potassium and sodium are essential alkaline forming minerals, which will make you better able to resist infections caused by high acid pH.
  • Most notably, if you are deficient in potassium, you will likely have a dairy allergy… I can personally attest to this.
  • High diastolic blood pressure (the lower number), and high blood pressure in general.
  • Droop on the right side of the mouth.
  • Lack of potassium causes edema (swelling) if there is too much sodium present.
  • Lack of potassium causes auto-intoxication because it is the carbon transporter from the cells to the lungs, via the bloodstream.
  • Blood clots… especially in the brain.
  • Lack of potassium causes heart muscle damage, reduces kidney funtion, and will causes the endocrine system (you body’s governing glands) to shut down.
Sodium is probably one of the most misunderstood minerals.
  • Without it, you are going to have multiple dietary allergies… usually beginning with something simple like wheat, and continuing to where one becomes allergic to rice… which is extreme… causing diaheah and gas in the intestinal tract.
  • Droop on the left side of the mouth.
  • Loss of appetite, except for things high in sodium.
  • Change in pressure inside the eyes, affecting eye lens focus.
  • Lack of sodium causes the body to sweat excessively, leading to dehydration, causing parched lips and constipation.
  • Arthritic pains, particularly on the left side of the body, and especially the left knee.
  • Sciatica on the left side, sometimes causing numbness in the toes or foot.
  • Can be a cause or an indicator of diabetes. Ever notice that undiagnosed diabetics over-salt food?
  • High systolic blood pressure.
  • Blood clots and stroke on the left side.
  • Depression and crying for no logical reason.
The reason we crave salads during the summer is because they are generally an excellent source for dietary sodium, especially if your salad included celery, carrots, spinach and other greens. Add a potassium-based electrolyte drink like Emergen-C or Liqui-Mins Electrolyte Stamina, and you’ve got a great lunch there.
Ever wonder why people in these arid countries “waste” water on growing melons?  It’s the electrolytes!  Especially the white part closest to the skin… notice how salty it tastes?  Yeah… that’s it!  If you juice, use the whole watermelon. If you make green smoothies, just use a carrot peeler on the outside of the melon and throw the rest in your blender for your juice base, then add your favorite deep green leafy veggies.
Baked potatos… ’nuff said!
Even easier… bee pollen and alfalfa.  Each 500 mg capsule of bee pollen contains about 300 mg of potassium, and each 600 mg capsule of alfalfa concentrate contains 600 mg of potassium along with enough sodium to make it work. The cool thing about alfalfa caps or tablets… they contain the perfect 2 to 1 potassium to sodium balance, AND the built-in chlorophyll will help you smell better when you perspire in the heat.
Table salt… test it first.  If you put a spoonful in a glass of water and it does NOT dissolve immediately, then it isn’t good for you.  Switch to a type of rock Kosher or sea salt that dissolves immediately. I personally like the Himalayan pink salt.  Everyone has been given one of those salt tablets at some point in their lives… all I can say is look at the ingredients. It might be a good stop-gap, but if it does not contain enough potassium to balance out that sodium, you might swell up.
Pick up a copy of The Ultimate Healing System by Donald Lepore. It’ll be tough to find, but a valuable resource book you will go back to again and again. The information contained in this book got me over multiple dietary allergies.

Rev. Suzanne Powell manufactures and markets a full line of line of natural stone “medicine jewelry”, subtle energy tools, pendulums, angel and fairy art and “spiritual soap” through her website,

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Earth Medicine

In this instance, I am talking about Diatomaceous Earth.

A little background story first… some years ago, I went to a very bad dentist. The woman was ruthless and incompetent at the same time. She screwed around with everything in my mouth, cutting into gums, replacing enamel with crowns and veneers, and did this screwed up bridge over two teeth where two root canals had been done… both on her watch because the endodontist she sent me to did a half-ass job the first time. I relived the Inquisition every time I went there, and I payed her thousands of dollars for the privilege. In the midst of all this, there were antibiotics… several rounds of them. I went from being on the way to losing some weight, to having my gut in complete upheaval because of a systemic candida albicans infection. I wound up with food allergies. I wound up with my period becoming painful and heavy, and taking way too long. I wound up with mostly chronic diarrhea punctuated by occasional days of not having the runs.

I had been “diagnosed” by several holistic doctors as having leaky bowel syndrome… which actually refers to pinprick holes in the intestine walls leaking into the peritoneum… actually a rare occurrence.  After spending thousands of dollars on Chinese herbs and acupuncture, I finally hit upon what was really going on.

I’ve tried a number of things to get the candida under control and out of my system. I did the Hanna Kroeger Candida Formulas I and II, and I supplemented that with Black Walnut capsules… and that did help some… in fact, if my period were really rough, I would hit this stuff and the period would slack off pretty well.

I tried baking soda… as in swallowing several spoonfuls a day, chased by water. Yes, that alkalizes the system, but it couldn’t do it all.

I tried Willard Water… great stuff… but again, it alkalizes the system, but couldn’t do it all. It did give me some comfort and relief. I put the stuff in my cats’ drinking water and it completely healed one cat’s weepy eye that had been scratched by another cat.

At long last, last Friday the 16th, I followed a friend to a nice feed store on Veterans Memorial Drive, and picked up a big 25 lb. bag of food grade diatomaceous earth for $19.50.  That night, I started taking the stuff: one tablespoon in some juice. The stuff is a fine powder that has an astringent smell… you will need something with a reasonably strong taste to get it down.

I’ve been taking one helping in the morning and another at night and I am impressed. Seriously. My food cravings are changing… I want veggies and fruit and nuts like all get-out. My gut is feeling good and my tummy isn’t as poochy. I’ve had NO diarrhea, and what has come out has been really interesting. The stools are large and solid, and it looks like it has scrubbed some oddball stuff out of my body… some kind of fuzzy, wooly stuff.

This morning, Thursday, I noticed that the rosacea on my cheeks was already fading. While it has never been a severe case of the red blotchiness, I don’t like it. It won’t be long before I’ll be down to just using powder foundation without the liquid foundation under it.

Since the basis of diatomaceous earth is silica, I expect my hair to get even better looking. I hope my nails improve as well. 

So what else can I do with this humongous bag of D.E.?  I’ve given several ziplock bags of it to friends to try out. I’ve put a pinch of it into my cats’ food (you really have to bury it in something moist). The stuff can be used to kill bugs… they walk in it and then when they clean themselves, the tiny diatoms are sharp enough to kill the bugs. I have used D.E. in my garden with some success.

By all means, give this stuff a try. At the very least, it won’t hurt you. It’s cheap and it has numerous applications.


Rev. Suzanne Powell manufactures and markets a full line of line of natural stone “medicine jewelry”, subtle energy tools, pendulums, angel and fairy art and “spiritual soap” through her website,  

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Just Say NO to Vaccines

The so-called “avian flu epidemic” is being flogged in the mass media like all get-out.  The people who are actually catching this strain are people who ACTUALLY HANDLE BIRDS.  Since the people in Asia go to the market and buy live birds, then kill and butcher the birds themselves, of course they are at higher risk.  The avian flu has only killed about 65 people in the last two years.  My question is: just how is the mass media and able to say (with a straight face, no less) that millions are expected to die from this deadly contagion?  This adds up to a hoax intended to plunder billions of dollars.

A piece of legislation called “Bio-Shield 2”, or the “Biodefense and Pandemic Vaccine and Drug Development Act of 2005″ (S. 1873), recently passed out of the U.S. Senate HELP Committee one day after it was introduced.  Senator Robert “nuclear option” Frist rammed this thing through the process.  It contains further protection from liabilities for vaccine manufacturers and the doctors that dole the vaccines out.  Notice that Patriot Act I contained similar protections for vaccine manufacturers and pushers.  They know there is a problem with this stuff, so why are the legislators protecting the perpetrators?  Follow the money trail.  Frist is already in trouble for his investment schemes involving the medical and pharmaceutical establishments.

 The CDC itself says that this year’s flu vaccine does little if anything to help against the flu, in fact there is no human vaccine against any of these avian flu variants. 

 The MedImmune FluMist intranasal vaccine, at $70 a dose, is being blitz-marketed nationwide, and actually contains live (attenuated) flu viruses… the main side effects of taking this vaccine is that you WILL have the flu (cough, runny nose/nasal congestion, irritability, headaches, chills, muscle aches and fever) and that all the component viruses in the vaccine cultivating in your body can be passed around to friends & family for something like 21 days, which actually amounts to creating an epidemic. 

A shot of Tamiflu will cost you $100 or more, plus the fee for the office visit, and it probably will not be useful to any avian flu variant. It turns out that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was made the chairman of Gilead, the manufacturer of Tamiflu, in 1997.  Since Rumsfeld holds major portions of stock in Gilead, he will handsomely profit from the scare tactics of the government that is being used to justify the purchase of $2 billion of Tamiflu. 

I’ve run into a lot of people who have suffered long-term health problems as a result of vaccine damage.  These days, vaccines are known to include any and all of the following ingredients:

–  Ethylene glycol (antifreeze)

 – Phenol, also known as carbolic acid (this is used as a disinfectant, dye)

–  Formaldehyde, a known cancer-causing agent

–  Formalin, used to preserve corpses

–  Aluminum, which is associated with Alzheimer’s disease and seizures and also cancer producing in laboratory mice (it is used as an additive to promote antibody response)

–  Thimerosal (a mercury disinfectant/preservative) can result in brain injury and autoimmune disease

–  Neomycin and Streptomycin (used as antibiotics) have caused allergic reaction in some people.

–  Vaccines are also grown and strained through animal or human tissue like monkey kidney tissue, chicken embryo, embryonic guinea pig cells, calf serum, and human diploid cells (the dissected organs of aborted human fetuses as in the case of rubella, hepatitis A, and chickenpox vaccines).  All of these odd foreign tissues carry their own diseases.  It is probable that the monkeys that they used to manufacture the polio vaccine also gave us HIV/AIDS, since they were the only animals on the planet at the time that carried that pathogen.  There is nothing natural or safe about vaccines.

 Vaccines are increasingly being associated with epidemics of autism and other learning disabilities, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, Lupus, MS, ALS, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, hay fever, allergies, chronic draining ear infections, type 1 autoimmune diabetes, and many, many more pandemics.  The neurological damage from the heavy metals in vaccines is now being linked to Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.  The most recent Lyme disease vaccine crippled approximately 750,000 people within months of its release before the FDA issued a recall.  All of these chronic ailments tend to require long-term medical care, which, of course includes more very toxic medicines that cause a variety of side effects that are also treated with toxic medicines.  Once they get their meat-hooks on you, you are done.  Basically, America’s leading killer is “iatrogenic disease”, an INDUCED disease caused by vaccines and other pharmaceutical industry inventions that are literally killing or disabling millions, with complete cooperation of government officials who were supposed to have been appointed to protect the public health.

 Uh… why would you knowingly introduce this junk into your system, particularly if there are no guarantees of effectiveness and a high probability that you will get sick anyway and will have long-term health problems as a result?  Why is the mass media pushing this junk with such urgency?  The are trying to make flu vaccines compulsory, and right now they are pushing the vaccines  on children 6 months to 24 months old, adults ages 65 and older, pregnant women in their second or third trimester during flu season, and children ages 2 and older with chronic illnesses.  In other words: targeting the very old, the already sick and the very young.  Yes, it is a huge flim-flam con-game!  Follow the money trail.  Who is profiting from all of this?

Let me hazard a guess for you:  the jerks pulling the strings on all this, from the FDA’s rubberstamp approval of bio-hazardous materials for human consumption (both in the food supply chain and in the drugs they are pushing), to the laws protecting those poisoning Americans, and the media blitz to keep people in fear and going to the doctors to get these deadly vaccines.  They want to make you sick and keep you sick and going to the doctors to support their flim-flam until you finally give up the ghost, then the funeral industry has their way with your family under the guise of burying you.  Yes, they are trying to kill as many people as they can in as many ways as possible, as covertly as possible. 

Their little “new world order” plan is to drastically reduce the population on every continent.  You might call it a form of societal engineering.  The world’s population is at the highest level ever, along with matching demands on resources.  It is reasonable to assume that “they” would like to reduce the burden on these resources so things will be more manageable in their little planned economy.  NAFTA and CAFTA all figure into this because they are trying to shrink the middle class, kill off the old and poor people, and destroy any program or agency that might possibly provide a safety net even as they work to plunder everything.  My theory is they’re probably trying to regress society back to a series of small industrialized fiefdoms.


Rev. Suzanne Powell manufactures and markets a full line of line of natural stone “medicine jewelry”, subtle energy tools, pendulums, angel and fairy art and “spiritual soap” through her website,  

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Made My Own Tortillas

Okay… I’ve been storing all sorts of pantry essentials “just in case”. I found two 10-Lb. bags of organic unbleached all-purpose flour at Costco. The idea is that if I’m stuck at home and can’t get to a grocery store, or if the stores are depleted like they tend to be around a hurricane, I’d still be able to at least make tortillas, pancakes, cornbread and the like. I have an automatic breadmaker, but haven’t explored it as yet… the instruction booklet is pretty thick. I’m building my confidence so I can get to the point where purchasing bags of red wheat and a grain grinder won’t seem like an experiment likely to go to waste. I’ve heard from people who have been grinding their own flour and baking with it, and they say their health  and vitality have increased greatly.

I got on the web and looked up recipes for making flour tortillas. They vary quite a bit. This may take a little experimentation.

I conferred with Virginia Garcia, who said to get a rolling pin… the considered tortilla presses a waste of time. Try finding an old-fashioned rolling pin in this day and time!  After drawing blanks at Family Dollar, my normal grocery stores and Big Lots, I finally combed the area resale shops. I finally found one at Bear Creek Assistance Ministries. It had been used in a nursery school… it had Play-Doh on it. I took it home and bleached it, and worked it over with steel wool, then rubbed some coconut oil into it. It works like a champ!

My first attempt at making tortillas… well, the recipe didn’t have enough oil in it. I basically wound up with chapati bread. Using the good organic flour, grapeseed oil, Himalayan sea salt and aluminum-free baking powder, it really tasted good, though. Nice and clean, and not at all like the crappy bagged ones I’ve been getting at the grocery store… that stuff won’t even go moldy!  I slapped a little butter on one of mine and it was perfectly yummy. The tough part was rolling the dough out thin enough. I can see the point in getting a proper griddle for the purpose, so that will be next on the shopping list.

My point in getting organic, unbleached flour is a good one. Most flour on the market is processed with alloxan, which effectively rots your pancreas from the inside-out.  That includes most commercial breads, pastries, crackers, pasta and tortillas.  If you’re going to be eating this stuff, you might as well get the cleanest stuff you can find. 

I’ve been buying this flour on sale whenever possible. I picked up 5 Lb. bags of King Arthur brand organic unbleached flour for $3.24 each, put them in the freezer for about a week to kill any possible bugs, then suck-wrapped the bags with a spoonful of Diatomaceous earth in the bottom of the bag. I always date what I put into storage.

Now, tortillas are the darling of home-economics teachers everywhere… you can do a lot with them. They can be breakfast, lunch or dessert. They can be a side dish like a piece of bread, or a component of the main dish, like enchiladas. 

I plan on finding a source for organic masa harina to make corn tortillas with. I guess I could try with the organic cornmeal I’ve got, though.


Rev. Suzanne Powell manufactures and markets a full line of line of natural stone “medicine jewelry”, subtle energy tools, pendulums, angel and fairy art and “spiritual soap” through her website,   She also offers an e-book, “Fat-Free Spirituality” which is packed with advanced spiritual knowledge.

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Fun with the Dehydrator

For years now, I’ve used my big 12-tray Excalubur Dehydrator to make everything from raw corn chips, flax seed crackers and, of course, taking those apples that were a little too long in the tooth to eat directly and turning them into incredibly sweet apple chips.  Frozen blueberries work fine, too. Fresh pineapple takes on a very sinewy, chewy texture, but tastes pretty good. By all means, experiment.

Dehydrated apples are quite delectable and satisfy the appetite for sweet and snacky. You can take a $4 bag of apples from the local wholesale club and turn it into a lot of apple chips. They’re great with peanut butter. You can, of course, take your favorite nut-butter and spread it on a Teflex sheet and dehydrate that for some chewy nut leather.

Looking at the prices for dehydrated and freeze-dried foods, I decided to experiment a little more. The last time I went to Costco, picked up a 5 lb. bag of organic frozen mixed vegetables for $6 (you can’t beat that price), so I took that bag and placed the entire contents into my dehydrator, taking up 6 trays. I let it stay in there for several days at 105 degrees so the veggies would be thoroughly dehydrated but still have all the enzymes. The peas, corn and carrots dehydrated really fast, but the green beans lagged behind. It did permeat the house with a really weird smell for more than a day. When at last the green beans were shriveled and crispy, I put them in a FoodSaver system bag, and suck-wrapped them. That huge bag of frozen veggies came down to about a quart sized bag.

Not bad!


Rev. Suzanne Powell manufactures and markets a full line of line of natural stone “medicine jewelry”, subtle energy tools, pendulums, angel and fairy art and “spiritual soap” through her website,  

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