17 Potassium Rich Foods That Pack More Than a Banana

Asparagus being just one of them!…

From healtwholeness.com

Potassium is an essential nutrient that is, thankfully, naturally present in many foods. It is also readily available as a dietary supplement to boost your potassium intake. Potassium is required for normal cell function because of its role in maintaining intracellular fluid volume and transmembrane electrochemical gradients. (1)

According to multiple scientific studies, the regular adult is recommended to have over 3.5 grams of Potassium a day. Most of these will come from a proper healthy diet along with fibre, protein, and other essential vitamins and minerals. Unfortunately, over 98% of all US adults are not getting their recommended daily intake. (2)

An essential mineral and electrolyte, Potassium can be found in a lot of whole foods such as leafy vegetables, legumes, and fish. Potassium plays a very vital role in your body, such as regulating muscle contractions, heart function, and managing the water balance. (3)

 When considering to go on a diet, it is crucial to be aware of the amount of Potassium that you are consuming to successfully determine the health impact of your food on your body.  In fact, it is recommended by specialists that we must consume 4,700 mg of Potassium to have a balance of acids and bases in the body that has not yet dissolved in water. (4) 



CDC Admits COVID Tests are Invalid — Armstrong Economics

From armstrongeconomics.com

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is finally withdrawing the PCR test for COVID for it is seriously flawed and is incapable of distinguishing between the COVID and influenza viruses. I have stated that I was tested 5 times in 2020 and all were negative only to have two doctors, including the head of pulmonary at the hospital, inform me that they believed I had COVID despite the tests because they were “invalid” and that was back then. Social Media was blocking any discussion about that calling it conspiracy theory and misinformation. This agenda to terrorize the public for political gain has been at the heart of the abuse of politics and media intruding into the medical field. Doctors who have gone along with this terror campaign are a disgrace to their field.

The CDC is withdrawing the COVID PCR Test and the media is not making this front page. The withdraw of the COVID PCR test as valid for detecting and identifying SARS-CoV-2 is critical for all the restrictions and lockdowns. It appears that the collapse in the approval ratings for BIDEN has sent a shock wave through the Democrats as they see their own demise on the horizon. They are now back-peddling in hopes of surviving the 2022 elections. The CDC has stated on its website:

“After December 31, 2021, CDC will withdraw the request to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of the CDC 2019-Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Real-Time RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel, the assay first introduced in February 2020 for detection of SARS-CoV-2 only.” 



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How to Make a Ginger Bug for Wild Fermented Sodas

I used to make this years ago. In NZ we’d call it ‘ginger beer’ rather than ‘soda’. Easy to make & a winner for hot summer days. EWR

From growforagecookferment.com

Learn how to make a homemade ginger bug using a wild ferment. It’s a very easy beginner fermentation recipe, can be a base for all kinds of naturally fermented soda drinks, including traditional ginger beer. Here is everything you need to know about this traditionally fermented ginger starter for homemade natural sodas!

Fermenting Ginger as a Starter for Sodas

The coolest thing to me about fermenting is that it is one of the oldest methods of food preservation, along with salting and drying.

I love the thought of humans discovering the fermentation process many hundreds of years ago, and love the revival it has been experiencing in recent times.



Make Your Own Natural Coconut Oil Deodorant

From thecoconutmama.com

“Unfortunately, most deodorants on the market are made with toxin ingredients that are hazardous to our health. A common ingredient used in most antiperspirants is aluminum, which has been linked to breast cancer and has also been linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease.”



Rap Down Under: Going All Out with NZ Hip-Hop Artist, Stanley Pedigree

To ‘make people smile’ … this Christmas season
… a new video release by hip-hop artist Stanley Pedigree.

Says Pedigree …

“I like to think of myself as a conscientious rapper…I want my lyrics to mean something, to speak about real life.”

From thedrillmag.com

By Derrick Sims

VIDEO AT THE LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbjxA3laz2M

Outside of our 600 island nation, rapper Stanley Pedigree may not be a household name, but something unique about his style sets him apart internationally, and it’s not just the accent. Stuff.co.nz, the biggest news website in NZ, has called Pedigree’s work “experimental and socially conscious,” but it’s even more than that. “Materialism by and large isn’t the Kiwi way. The prideful, self-centred theme is a hard sell in this part of the world. You’ll receive more ridicule than support with that kind of approach,” said Pedigree in a 2012 interview. “I like to think of myself as a conscientious rapper…I want my lyrics to mean something, to speak about real life.”

Outside of our 600 island nation, rapper Stanley Pedigree may not be a household name, but something unique about his style sets him apart internationally, and it’s not just the accent. Stuff.co.nz, the biggest news website in NZ, has called Pedigree’s work “experimental and socially conscious,” but it’s even more than that. “Materialism by and large isn’t the Kiwi way. The prideful, self-centred theme is a hard sell in this part of the world. You’ll receive more ridicule than support with that kind of approach,” said Pedigree in a 2012 interview. “I like to think of myself as a conscientious rapper…I want my lyrics to mean something, to speak about real life.”

When he began in the late 1990s, Pedigree’s early recordings were typically made in bedroom studios. Local hip-hop artists from Wellington and Palmerston North (Pedigree’s daily stomping ground) would join him and record, burn, and peddle their CDs and music videos to anyone willing to listen and watch.

Pedigree (center-right) with former group Illyspillaz (Photo by Sam Baker)

Later, Pedigree took advantage of arts funding opportunities available in the city and across New Zealand. He and his mates pooled their funds and applied for grants, allowing them to move into proper studios and more easily distribute their work. This art funding also presented the opportunity to do a weekly music-based hip-hop program for “at risk youth.” For four years, Pedigree helped coordinate and run the programme. With positive messaging in his corner and a part-time hairstyling gig on the side, he gathered a following and made an unconventional career out of this unusual, philanthropic, alternative hip-hop.

Pedigree performs at Chile Earthquake Relief Fundraiser 2010 (Photo by Sam Baker)

In 2016, Pedigree decided to study film in an effort to know more about production and to up his music video game. After completing his first year, a new film lecturer from America (that’s me, Derrick Sims) joined the program, and we hit it off both as professionals and as friends. At the time, I’d had a 10yr career as a film director and director of photography, and teaching in a classroom was a bit foreign. There were no resources to draw from, so everything was experimental, and Pedigree was sort of a guinea pig.

Pedigree on the set of The Invisible Woman dir. by Derrick Sims (photo by Matt Dobson)

Fast-forward to 2021, having worked with Pedigree on a handful of film projects, he approached me to direct his next music video, All Out. Over coffees, we threw around ideas landing on one where he and Teva Valentine (the other artist on the track) were two grown men having a 1990s, 8-year-old’s sleepover. That scenario got me excited and made me smile. That was the plan – just make people smile.

On set of All Out with former students Pedigree, Chok, Koolaard, and lecturer Sims (Photo by Sen Ski)

With that, we began. I brought on two former students, Abby Koolaard as First AC and Lawrence Chok as Key Grip on the shoot. That’s a great thing about teaching film – each year you build what you hope will be a good team, and these guys were some of the best I’d had. Production began, and together we created the “conscientious 1990s man-child music video” above.

Quoted earlier about the project, I said, “Being around Pedigree is a treat. It’s like hanging out with a little boy, to be honest. It’s infectious! And the things he raps about are sincere. They’re not sappy; it’s not sentimental. It’s about common experience but in a fun, fresh way. Stan’s not selling you something false or fake. He’s a genuine guy, and it comes across in his work and in his personality. You’ll see it in the video.”

SOURCE: https://thedrillmag.com/rapping-down-under-going-all-out-w-stanley-pedigree/?fbclid=IwAR2O9xKR9AcbQbkfViJXszZC4uVYa78JLR8ejdawsuiHQPFi1xacfVXQt2w

RELATED: RNZ Music with Grant Smithies (Stanley @ 12.26)

The health benefits of Kefir

Kefir is a fermented milk beverage that has mythical origins deep in the Caucasus Mountains in Russia.1 The name itself is Russian in origin, and means “pleasure drink.” To create the drink, kefir grains, a live culture composed of healthy bacteria and yeasts, are mixed with milk, causing it to ferment. Today, it is enjoyed by millions of people worldwide, and can be easily prepared in the comfort of your own home.

What Is Kefir?

Kefir is the name of the fermented milk beverage made from “kefir grains.” What’s unique about it is that no other cultured milk product uses these grains, which is a special mixture of beneficial bacteria and yeasts that provide various health benefits. These grains appear like small cauliflower florets. Note that the word “grains” should not be taken literally. It is basically the name for the live cultures of beneficial yeasts and bacteria.2

The origin of these special kefir grains has been lost and forgotten. Legends say that kefir was originally a gift by Mohammed to the Muslim people who lived in the Caucasus Mountains, and if they were to give away the recipe, the drink would lose its power. As time went on, families passed down the grains and eventually made their way down the mountains to be used by the Russians.3

In 1909, Russians started making kefir by mixing milk and kefir grains inside animal skin bags that were hung over the front door of their houses. Throughout the day, family members were required to shake the bag whenever they would pass by it to help improve the fermentation quality. Eventually, kefir was mass-produced and has been a staple of the Russian diet ever since.4



7 Health Benefits of Bee Propolis

Written By: GreenMedInfo Research Group

Bees make more than honey. They also make a waxy substance called propolis. And this “bee glue” is a powerful health balm. In fact, studies show it has anti-cancer properties

Dr. Seema Patel of the Bioinformatics and Medical Informatics Research Center, San Diego State University conducted a comprehensive review of the literature on propolis and cancer. Dr. Patel found laboratory and animal studies supporting propolis efficacy against cancers of the:

  • Brain
  • Pancreas
  • Head and neck
  • Kidney and bladder
  • Skin
  • Prostate
  • Breast
  • Colon
  • Liver
  • Blood




Wishing all EWR followers


a peaceful, united

and blessed Christmas season…!!

however and whatever

you celebrate


Do listen to this beautiful version of Silent Night:

Thanks to Tj Taotua


RELATED: BREAKING … Santa stood down after declining the jab

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Make Your Own Coconut Oil Bug Repellent

Some useful info for the holidays …

From thecoconutmama.com

For decades, the insect repellent DEET has been the “gold standard” when it comes to deterring mosquitoes. Parents slather themselves and their children alike with unknown chemical compounds that soak into the skin and cause potentially irreversible health complications such as seizures, disorientation, and skin conditions. But if that’s the only option it’s surely better than contracting the West Nile, or Zika virus carried by mosquitoes, right? Well, recent research suggests there may be a more effective natural alternative available in the form of coconut oil.



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The health benefits of Swedes aka Rutabagas

Health Benefits of Rutabaga

Rutabagas are only called rutabagas in the U.S. Throughout the rest of the world, they’re known as swedes, neeps, Russian turnips or Swedish turnips.1 This ordinary root crop is thought to have originated in Bohemia in the 17th century as a hybrid between turnip and wild cabbage.2

Based on studies, crucifers, including rutabaga, were found to contain anticancer10 and antioxidant properties. Its most significant nutrient, vitamin C, provides oxidant-fighting and immune system-supporting functions that can help protect cells from free radical damage.11 Vitamin C also helps enhance iron absorption and collagen formation that may protect against cellular damage, encourage wounds to heal, fight infections and promote healthy bones, teeth, gums and blood vessels. Furthermore, rutabaga contains iron needed to produce healthy blood on a daily basis.12

Beta-carotene-rich rutabaga is also an excellent source of manganese (for energy)13 and potassium, and is rich in fiber, thiamin, vitamin B6 (helps support the nervous system), calcium (for strong bones), magnesium (helps absorb calcium and combat stress) and phosphorus (helps metabolize proteins and sugars). Below is a list of nutrients found in rutabaga with corresponding amounts:14



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The health benefits of Tahini plus 24 Healthy Recipes (That Aren’t All Hummus!)

What Is Tahini?

From healthwholeness.com

Tahini is an oily Middle Eastern paste made from ground sesame seeds. You can get light or dark tahini – the light one is made out of white sesame seeds, creating a light golden paste and the dark one is made from black sesame seeds and has a much more intense flavor. Both are extremely nutritious. Sesame seeds are an excellent source of essential vitamins and minerals, and are packed full of amino acids, which are important in the development of protein. On top of that, this rich, nutty caramel-flavored paste provides the body with dietary fiber, phytonutrients and essential fats, including omega 3 and 6. Tahini is incredibly versatile as a cooking and baking ingredient, and can be used in both sweet and savory dishes.



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Gardening tasks for December (Wally Richards)

December, the first month of Summer and at this time our thoughts are more on Christmas rather than the garden. If we neglect the garden completely this month then much of our previous efforts will have been wasted.

Spend a few hours making the garden Xmas ready, so you can relax over the festive season.

Check for plants and shrubs that might need stakes and supply them with soft ties. Ensure climbing beans and peas support frames are sturdy and reinforce if needed. Staking and support is most important as heavy fruit will break branches with resulting losses. If you are, by chance, growing the extra large tomatoes that can weigh about a kilo each fruit then see if you can find some old bras to support them.

Thin crops of apples and other fruit if the wind and the trees have not done this for you. You may like to do summer pruning of your fruit trees which means snipping off the new growth that is happening just beyond a bunch of fruit. This puts growth into the fruit rather than new foliage growth. The spring growth may have caused some shrubs or trees to over shadow their neighboring plants, cut back so all share the sunlight.

Hand pollinate pumpkins, squash and courgettes to ensure fruit set.
This means checking your plants first thing in the morning for new female flowers (they are the ones with the embryo fruit behind the petals.) When you find any then look for a male flower that has a stamen covered in pollen. I like to pick the male and remove its petals so I can touch the centre of the female flowers with the male pollen. That ensures fruit set and overcomes the young fruit from rotting on the vine later on due to lack of pollination.

Dead head roses (and other flowering plants) to create another blooming on those that are capable of doing so. Cut back the young stems to a point before a leaf to encourage new growths and more flowers. Check for aphids and other pests at the same time and if found spray with Wallys Super Neem Tree Oil with Super Pyrethrum added just before dusk. If you find spider mites with their little cobwebs then treat them with Sulphur powder. Place the yellow sulphur powder into a nylon stocking and form it into a ball shape inside the stocking. Lightly mist the affected plant with water and then with a flat stick, hit the ball of sulphur to create a cloud of dust to settle on the plant and kill the mites. If you have Liquid Sulphur spray with that instead.

Remove larger weeds and hoe up the small ones to let them die in the sun. If you have Oxalis then treat with Wallys Super Compost Accelerator (600 gram jar) – place content into a watering can with 3 litres of water. Stir to dissolve all the crystals and then water that over the foliage of the Oxalis and down into the soil to compost the bulbs in the soil. This is best done in full sunlight when the soil is on the dry side but not bone dry as you want the mix to penetrate down to the bulbs.
Repeat as need be till no more oxalis in that area. This product is also available in a 2kg jar. Do not disturb the soil as there maybe a few bulblets still dormant; instead cover soil with weed free compost so you can plant into it. Do not pour over preferred plants as it will damage them.

Water soils well and then apply a mulch to conserve the moisture and suppress new weeds. Lawns that have not been de-thatched should now be done using Thatch Busta. This will reduce the early brown patches seen, as the soil dries.

Potatoes sown for Xmas dinner should be kept watered and maybe lift a plant to see how they are progressing. (No point of lifting on Xmas morning and finding they are not ready and you have no spuds.)
Pick peas as the pods fill so you have nice young peas and this will encourage more flowers. You can blanch the peas and freeze them for Xmas day. A two weekly spray of Wallys Super Neem Tree oil with Raingard added will prevent powdery mildew taking hold.

Saucers can now be placed under container plants outdoors to provide the extra water they may need to get through each day. (These must be removed before winter). Shade glasshouses if they are becoming too hot during the day. If the temperature in the glasshouse gets up over 30 degrees than plants stop growing till it cools down. During the heat plants are expiring moisture through the edges of their leaves trying like we do when we sweat to cool down. Even when soil is moist there may be situations where the plant can’t take up enough water to transpire through foliage and we see wilting of the top foliage occurring. To cool down the glasshouse and increase the humidity sprinkle water on the concrete floor (if not concrete then on the gravel stone walkway.)
The water evaporates and cools the house and reduces stress on the plants from the high humidity.

Inside your glasshouse and even out side, pests such as whitefly breed very quickly so you need to take early control programs. The sticky yellow whitefly strips are ideal for catching hundreds of whitefly adults along with other pests. Regular spray programs under and over the foliage just before dusk combining Wallys Super Neem Oil and Wallys Super Pyrethrum will help prevent population explosions. (If you start early enough).

If you have psyllid problems on tomatoes, capsicums, chili, okra and egg plants you may reduce the problem by using the Cell Strengthening spray already combined with the Super Spreader spraying the foliage every week. The silicon toughens up the cells making it hard to impossible for the young nymphs to feed thus breaking the life cycle.
I have used this spray on my garlic this year and now have great plants with bulbs filling out nicely and NO RUST; first rust free crop for about 3 seasons now.
Place Bird Repellent Ribbon over strawberry beds and around tomatoes to reduce the birds damage to the crops. For a final treat to the garden mix up MBL (Magic Botanic Liquid) and Mycorrcin together and spray the foliage of plants this increases their health and stops many of the normal diseases from happening.

Work in the above order and then put your feet up and enjoy your efforts.

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The autopsy report of a young NZer is shared publicly

The young NZ man who passed away following that controversial medical treatment claimed to be ‘safe and effective’ … his fiancée Ashleigh has courageously shared the details….




Chickweed Foraging: Identification, Look-alikes, and Uses

From the excellent site https://www.growforagecookferment.com

“Foraging and wildcrafting for your own food and medicine is a great way to get outside and reap the benefits of being out in wild areas. It gives you access to some of the most nutrient rich and healing plants, all while getting some much needed exercise and fresh air. Foraging is good for your body as well as your mind and soul! I love teaching others about the benefits of wild food.

Learn about foraging through the seasons, with guides on fall foraging, winter foraging, and spring foraging. If you want to learn about wild mushrooms, then read about these 5 easy to identify edible mushrooms.”

Foraging for Chickweed

Ever since I’ve been a wild food forager I’ve always known about chickweed, but for a long time I didn’t come in contact with it all that much.

This is strange, because chickweed is really quite a common and abundant plant!

It’s not that I had never seen it, I know that I had pointed it out on a few occasions, but I think that more often than not I was simply overlooking it.

Chickweed is a small and unassuming plant, that’s for sure. Thankfully, foraging for chickweed is very easy once you know what to look for. You’ll be seeing it everywhere, maybe even in your own backyard!



Why Is Pesticide Used As An Ingredient In Infant Formula?

Written By: Sayer Ji, Founder

Why is cupric sulfate — a known herbicide, fungicide and pesticide — being used in infant formula? And why is it displayed proudly on product labels as a presumably nutritious ingredient?

Used to kill fungus, aquatic plants and roots of plants, parasitic infections in aquarium fish and snails, as well as algae and bacteria such as Escherichia coli, cupric sulfate hardly sounds fit for human consumption, much less for infants. 



Healing without Drugs: Western Culture has Lost its Way

by Brian Shilhavy
Editor, Health Impact News

For decades now western culture has taken great pride over “western medicine” as a product of modern times and the “age of science.”

The belief that modern medicine has achieved great success in overcoming historical diseases that prior to the advent of modern medicine plagued and killed humanity is drilled into anyone who grew up in a western country with a western education.

Older traditional systems of dealing with health and sickness are thought to be antiquated and inferior, which includes bodies of health information that have been around for many thousands of years in non-western countries, such as “Traditional Chinese Medicine” (TCM) or “Ayurveda” practices in South Asia, mainly in India.

Notice, for example, how the Big Pharma-controlled Wikipedia describes Ayurveda:

Ayurveda is an alternative medicine system with historical roots in the Indian subcontinent. The theory and practice of Ayurveda is pseudoscientific. The Indian Medical Association describes Ayurvedic practitioners who claim to practice medicine as quacks. Ayurveda is heavily practiced in India and Nepal, where around 80% of the population report using it.

So a country like India where 80% of the population uses a system of healing that is over 2000 years old is considered “pseudoscientific” and the western pharmaceutical-based medical association in that country, the “Indian Medical Association,” calls them “quacks” which of course should surprise nobody, since pharmaceutical based medicine today, no matter what country you live in, cannot tolerate any competition.



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Virgin Coconut Oil Supplementation Improves Diabetic Related Kidney Dysfunction

by Crystal Lauer
Health Impact News

With Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) on the rise, and its clear relationship to unmanaged blood sugar and blood pressure unquestioned, virgin coconut oil is proving a valuable addition to the fight with ameliorate kidney function parameters in suffers of CKD and can even be protective for those at risk for the disease.

Lowering your risk for kidney dysfunction rests largely on lifestyle changes, but for change to occur in something so entrenched as an individual’s lifestyle, there is a need for impetus, and despite the fact that over 37 million people in the US alone are estimated to have CKD, many of those are completely unaware of the slippery slope they are currently on or headed towards.

For many people with damaged kidney function, the first they’ll hear of it is during a doctor’s visit, after damage has already begun and is revealed through blood and urine tests.

This ignorance of their condition stems from the lack of concerning symptoms, which would normally alert an individual to the presence of illness or disease and signify a need for change. 



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NZ rising up

A freedom rally in Wellington Thursday 16th Dec, 2021. A great success by reports I’ve seen and heard. Of most note is whore media’s ongoing lying. They reported there were just a few thousand there … yet people on the ground estimated a whopping 20 to 30K. People have had enough … enough of all the inconsistencies, the lies, the silence on the independent data ….



Science Confirms Turmeric As Effective As 14 Drugs

From greenmedinfo.com

Posted on: Sunday, March 21st 2021 at 7:00 am Written By: Sayer Ji, Founder

If ever there were an herb that puts existential fear into the bottom line of pharmaceutical companies, its turmeric. Here are a few thousand reasons why…

Turmeric is one the most thoroughly researched plants in existence today. Its medicinal properties and components (primarily curcumin) have been the subject of over 12,000 peer-reviewed and published biomedical studies. In fact, our five-year long research project on this sacred plant has revealed over 800 potential preventive and therapeutic applications, as well as 250 distinct beneficial physiological effects.



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6 Ways to Reverse Hair Loss

From greenmedinfo.com

Posted on: Monday, December 13th 2021 at 7:45 am Written By: Ali Le Vere, B.S., B.S. – Senior Researcher-Gre… and Sophia Ruiz

A condition plaguing over 80 million men and women in the United States alone, hair loss a condition that not only indicates possible health issues but can also profoundly diminish quality of life. Here we provide in-depth, actionable information that can provide hair loss sufferers with tools they need to reverse hair loss



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10 Reasons to Grow Oregano: a Highly Beneficial Herb

Oregano is an amazing herb, and definitely one that everyone should have growing in their backyard herb garden. Not only does it add great flavor to your favorite dishes, it’s also a powerful medicinal herb. Many of the common culinary herbs like rosemary, thyme, and sage also have healing benefits, and do double duty in the garden. The medicinal benefits of oregano are no exception, and it might even be one of the herbs that you turn to first.


10 Reasons to Grow Oregano: a Highly Beneficial Herb

Learn how to grow elderberries for food and medicine

Learn how to grow elderberries for food and medicine, right in your own backyard! Elderberries can be grown from cuttings, starts, or seeds. Growing elderberries is easy!

Why Grow Your Own Elderberry Shrubs?

Elderberries have become extremely popular in recent years due to their powerful immune boosting properties. Because of this popularity herbal shops and online retailers will often be sold out by the time fall gets underway!

This is frustrating for those of us who want to make our own elderberry syrup or elderberry tincture for cold and flu season. The good news is that growing elderberries in your backyard is really easy!

Since acquiring dried elderberries can sometimes be very difficult, especially during cold and flu season, I prefer to either forage or grow my own whenever possible.


How to Grow Elderberries in Your Backyard

20 Diuretic Foods to Lower Blood Pressure and Lose Weight

Have you ever woken up to swollen fingers or ankles? What about the feeling of a tire around your waist? When your body holds onto excess fluid, things can get really uncomfortable. And we’re not just talking about the feeling of bloatedness. Thankfully, there are a few ways you can beat fluid retention.

Along with cutting back on the iodized salt intake and working out more, your diet plays a large role in beating fluid retention and losing weight. Below are 20 diuretic foods from vegetables, herbs, drinks and fruits that work to stimulate the kidneys to produce more urine and relieve you of uncomfortable bloat. Along with helping you to de-puff, these foods will help you drop a few pounds and lower high blood pressure.


20 Diuretic Foods to Lower Blood Pressure and Lose Weight

Manuka honey fights antibiotic-resistant bacteria plus so much more

(NaturalHealth365)  The steadily worsening problem of antibiotic-resistant pathogens – cause for grave concern in the medical community – has researchers working overtime to discover solutions.  But several studies raise hope that Manuka honey may hold the key to combating MRSA and other drug-resistant strains.

In one study conducted at Cardiff Metropolitan University and published in 2012 in Microbiology, researchers moved closer to understanding the mechanisms by which honey inhibits the formation of biofilms – difficult-to-treat communities of bacteria – and helps to clear chronic wounds.

Manuka honey quickly incapacitates infection-causing bacteria

Researchers found that Manuka honey produced in New Zealand and Australia has the ability to attack a common bacteria, Streptococcus pyogenes, often responsible for chronic infections, as well as the destruction of skin grafts.  In fact, it took only modest concentrations of honey to kill 85 percent of the biofilms in a Petri dish – within two hours.

And, S. pyogenes isn’t the only pathogen susceptible to honey – numerous studies demonstrate that Manuka honey is antiviral, antifungal, and active against 80 different species of bacteria, including E. coli, P. aeruginosa, and methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA.  The team noted that there are no instances of any type of honey-resistant bacteria on record.

Remarking that honey was both cheaper and safer than conventional drugs, they called for its use as a complementary therapy in conjunction with antibiotics.



Amazing! New research links chili peppers to a LOWER risk of disease

(NaturalHealth365) With coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic dominating the media for close to two years, news of developments in scientific research appears to have been somewhat eclipsed.  For example, a report from the Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics contained exciting findings about the ability of capsaicin in chili peppers to fight deadly diseases and reduce the odds of premature death.  One would think that the reveal of a potentially lifesaving dietary intervention would have made more of a “splash” in the mainstream scientific community … but, unfortunately, the pharmaceutical industry controls the media.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cancer – second only to heart disease as a cause of death – claimed close to 600,000 lives in 2019 alone, leading researchers to search for new and effective treatments.  Recent studies have raised hopes that capsaicin could be among them.

Let’s see what the research reveals.

Capsaicin in chili peppers linked to lower risk of heart disease, cancer, and death from all causes

The scientific review, which involved 570,000 people in four different countries and three different continents, was conducted by researchers at the renowned Cleveland Clinic.  The team found that people who regularly ate capsaicin-rich chili peppers enjoyed a significant 23 percent lower risk of dying from cancer.



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Which vegetables to plant right now (Wally Richards)

That is, in the Southern Hemisphere, this being a NZ blog.

I was asked the question this week about what we should be planting vegetable wise at this time of the year.

A lot depends on how much room you have and how keen you are on growing your own vegetables. If you are fortunate and have a good size section such as quarter an acre then you can be fairly self sufficient in fresh produce. If you have only little land around your home then you have to be innovative with your limitations.

There are some nice planters you can purchase such as on Trade Tested 150 litre and 112 litre made from durable plastic at reasonable prices. These can be sat on concrete or at the edge of the lawn or where a garden used to be.

Place weedmat under them where ever you choose to put them.

I have several of these which arrived in a Flat Pack and were easy to assemble. Filled two thirds full with compost (I prefer Daltons Compost) and then I spread the likes of chicken manure (or any animal manures), Blood & Bone along with Wallys Calcium & Health, Wallys BioPhos, Wallys Unlocking your Soil and Wallys Ocean Solids.

This means your vegetables will have all the nutrients, minerals and trace element that they would like which means the produce will be super healthy, have marvelous flavor and so good for your immune system. Over the top of the goodies you put a further layer of compost about 4 cm thick. It is into this layer that you can plant seeds or seedlings.

With the longest day of the year next week we have optimum hours of daylight for growing stuff. You should have salad crops currently growing and harvesting as they mature such as lettuce, radish, spinach, silverbeet, spring onions etc.

The key here is to have small plantings every 2-3 weeks so you will have succession crops for harvesting. For instance you might plant 4-6 lettuce plants now and in about 3-4 weeks another 4-6. When the first lot are being harvested you plant the third lot and that will take you well into winter before you find that the low day light hours take much longer to mature the plants. Thus you can harvest the larger outside leaves and let the plant grow more leaves. Silver beet is a great one for this type of harvesting.

Now here is a little secret that you can use when you buy a punnet or cell pack that has many seedlings much more than you want to plant at one time. Before you try to separate them put the punnet into a bucket of water and after it has finished bubbling remove all the seedlings from the plastic. Now working underwater you can separate off the number of plants you wish to plant. Only take the bigger more developed plants and plant them. You are left with one or more clumps of seedlings so rather than throw them away plant into the soil as a clump. Because they are over crowded they will hold and not grow much.

In two weeks time you can lift the clump and under water separate those you wish to plant. This can be repeated a few times before the seedlings become too stressed and not worth planting.

December is also the first month to plant your winter crops of brassicas. The 6 packs that have two cabbage, two cauliflowers and two broccoli are ideal for succession planting so about every two weeks you plant another lot. The last month for planting these winter crops would be end of March.

If you have ample land and grow potatoes for Christmas or storage then likely the early crops will have been harvested or ready to harvest soon. It pays to either bandy-coot a few potatoes out from under the plants to determine size and health. If you don’t feel any good size tubers under the plants then lift one or two and if only small marble size potatoes are found and they are re-shooting then you have had attacks from the potato psyllids. If the tubers are of good size then cut one in half to inspect the inside for dark rings if found then the crop is ruined from psyllid attacks. If neither of these problems exist then harvest your crop as soon as possible so you do not lose good potatoes to late attacks.

Last year about this time some gardens lifted a plant or two to find good tubers but left the rest of the crop in. Later when they lifted the remained of the crop had been attacked and was ruined. If you do not want to lift then cut the tops off and cover the stubble so the Psyllids have nothing to destroy.

My thoughts are lift crop and use that ground after applying more goodies for planting up winter crops. Root crops such as carrots, parsnips, onions and beetroot can be planted by sowing seeds into loose fertile soil. Sprinkle the seeds into a furrow or broadcast over say a square metre, spray the seeds with Magic Botanic Liquid before covering to speed up germination.

Keep moist by regular waterings. Later on when you have a good strike you can thin out the planting to give the bigger better plants more room to develop. Root crops are always best grown from seeds especially carrots and parsnips as they do not transplant well and you only get short stubby carrots to harvest.

You can buy coloured carrot seed from some seed suppliers for a bit of novelty and each has different health benefits also but all taste like carrots even the black and white ones.

It is also a good idea to start off a couple of tomato plants now which if you can’t purchase then grow from the laterals you are removing from your exist plants.

Now is about the last chance to grow heat loving plants such as capsicum, chili, egg plants, cucumbers, pumpkins. All of which are gross feeders so you could not only use Wallys Secret Tomato Food but also a drink every week of Wallys Liquid Plant food.

For the Cucumbers and pumpkin a weekly kick along using our Cucumber Booster that has two powerful nitrogen components.

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The health benefits of cacao

One of the most popular trees on the planet is cacao, the plant species from which cocoa is derived. While some might think cacao and cocoa are one and the same, they’re not. Cacao is the tree, while cocoa is the dry, powdered product made from it. Cocoa is best known as the main ingredient for an all-time favorite confection worldwide — chocolate.1

A cacao pod is a dark brown ovoid fruit containing about 60 seeds, better known as cacao beans.2 The flavor is dependent on the fermentation of the cacao beans. During this process, compounds found in the beans react with each other, producing the well-loved flavor of chocolate.3

Aside from their flavor, cacao beans were prized for their medicinal and aphrodisiacal properties, and they were traded like currency by South American civilizations. For the Aztecs and Mayans, cacao beans were so important in feasts and celebrations that they were usually put at the center.4

Today, in the dawn of superfoods, cacao has earned its title as a “superfruit” due to the surplus of flavonoids and polyphenols it contains.

Health Benefits of Cacao

There’s been plenty of discussion about free radicals and antioxidants, but some are unsure of what these terms mean regarding our health. Exposure to radiation, cigarette smoke, pollution and certain medications may all release free radical activity in the body; however, they also can be produced by factors like mental stress, infections, cancer and aging.5

Antioxidants in the foods you eat may help reverse this process by zapping harmful free radicals, helping fight off disease.6 This is where cacao comes in. Compared to other foods, it is well-equipped with phenolic antioxidants, be it catechins, epicatechins or procyanidins.7 Its beans are also rich in magnesium, copper, potassium and calcium, which are known to help lower the risk of hypertension and heart disease.8

Aside from these benefits, cocoa may help alleviate the symptoms of depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and schizophrenia through its beta-phenylethylamine (PEA) content. PEA works as a neurotransmitter and may improve serotonin concentrations in the brain by interacting with trace amine-associated receptor (TAAR).9

For those who think chocolate must be bad for you (it has to be if it tastes so good, right?), rest assured that there’s roughly 1 gram of sugar in a half-cup serving of raw cacao. However, this doesn’t apply to some store-bought chocolate because of all the flavor additives that mask the powder’s bitterness.10  



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Eating organic helps kids score higher on cognitive tests, according to study

(NaturalHealth365) Have you ever noticed that you have more energy when you eat nutrient-rich, organic food and have a better overall feeling of wellness than when you eat fast food?  There’s a reason for that, and researchers are linking an organic diet to improved cognition and higher academic performance in children.

The study, published in Environmental Pollution, was conducted by researchers at the Barcelona Institute for Global Health.  It took an in-depth look at environmental hazards that children come into contact with regularly.  Without examining unique lifestyle factors individually, the researchers concluded that “healthy diets, including eating organic diets, are richer than fast food diets in nutrients necessary for the brain…”  According to the study, antioxidants, vitamins, and fatty acids found in a balanced, healthy diet are credited with enhancing cognitive function in children.

A large-scale study of 1,300 participants examines the connection between children’s diet and cognitive development

The researchers chose nearly 1,300 mother-child pairs from those enrolled in the pan-European study, Human Early Life Exposome (HELIX) Project.  HELIX has a number of various projects spanning several European countries

The children participating in the study ranged in age from 6 to 11 years old, all in good health.  In addition, because the participants were already a part of HELIX, researchers already had data on the mothers’ pregnancies and birth experiences as well as urine samples for all participants.

They used each participant’s home addresses to evaluate the area for environmental exposures, such as level of pollution and how close they were to parks and natural areas.  The researchers administered tests to both child and mother to determine specific lifestyle factors, alcohol use and smoking by either or both parents, the child’s diet, their environment indoors, level of physical activity, and other habits.