REAL NEWS June 20, 2012
Posted by Xaniel777 on June 19, 2012
TODAY’S NEWS : June 20, 2012
20 Reasons Why America’s Next Bank Holiday Will Be a Nightmare
From Lew Rockwell.com
Original Story from Survival Blog
June 16, 2012
The world is on now on the brink of a global credit crisis that could be far worse than the tumultuous events of 2008.
The ongoing sovereign debt crisis in the southern reaches of the Eurozone indicate that bank runs in the region will continue, and that more bank closure “holidays” will be declared.
Under a bank holiday, virtually all deposits could be frozen and irredeemable for days, weeks, or even months.
The key question is: Will this crisis spread to the rest of Europe and then even to the United States?
I urge SurvivalBlog readers – particularly those in Europe – to be proactive, to stay “ahead of the power curve.”
While the Generally Dumb Public (GDP) wakes up some morning to hear news of a bank holiday, you will have long hence prepared yourself.
Digits Lost in the Ether – Redeemable Mañana?
Most people don’t realize that printed U.S. currency and minted coins amount to less than $800 billion, worldwide.
That is just a small portion of the aggregate Money Zero Maturity (MZM) money supply that now exceeds $7 Trillion.
So what is in your bank account is just electronic money, and there is absolutely no way that even a fraction of depositors could get physical cash to redeem the digits in their accounts.
If there is a bank holiday declared, there will undoubtedly be severe restrictions on cash withdrawals when banks re-open.
Given the precedent of the limits on withdrawals of a few institutions during the Savings and Loan crisis of the 1980s and 1990s, I predict that withdrawal restrictions could go on for many months.
Here are 20 Reasons why America’s next bank holiday will be a nightmare:
1. A bank holiday will create a virtual blackout of information on not just checking and saving accounts, but also automated mortgage payments, CDs, and more.
Our presently quite transparent banking system will suddenly become opaque.
Your bank balance will become invisible.
Your handy-dandy online banking web page will be replaced by a “Service Temporarily Unavailable” notice.
The willingness to accept checks will evaporate in less than a day.
The FUD factor (Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt) will be overwhelming.
2.Most businesses will no longer honor personal checks, corporate checks, or bank money orders.
Showing a merchant your most recent bank statement isn’t likely to sway him. Again, the FUD factor will rule.
3. All checks in the U.S. are cleared through the automated clearinghouse (ACH) network.
Most of this network is inside of banking system firewalls.
Many Federal, State, and local tax payments are also handled through ACH.
(A similar network exists for European banks – the Pan-European Automated Clearing House (PE-ACH), under the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) system).
4. Credit cards might not be accepted.
The FUD factor will dictate that anything even peripherally related to the banking system will be suspect.
(Even though the credit card companies have their own credit clearing mechanisms that are only attached to the banking milieu.)
5. Except for a few grandfathered recipients, Social Security payments are now made exclusively via bank direct deposit.
6. Military monthly pay, housing allowances, and ration payments are now made exclusively via bank direct deposit, in CONUS.
That is true virtually across the board (Active component, Reserve, and National Guard.)
Ditto for monthly military retirement payments.
7. Many State and Federal employees no longer get physical paychecks. They too, are trapped in the “direct deposit only” world.
8. Many Americans are now very dependent on bank debit cards (also known as a bank cards or check cards.)
In fact, many people don’t even carry more than a few dollars in their wallets.
If our world suddenly goes “cash only” most people will suddenly be out of cash.
9. ATMs, debit card transactions, and online banking can be shut down in minutes.
This huge vulnerability of banking customers has already been evidenced by a few minor glitches.
10. Online payment systems like PayPal will be sharply degraded, because they rely on their ability to move funds to and from banks.
More importantly, online payments are inextricably tied to credit card processing.
If credit card processing is suspended, then online payments will be “dead in the water.”
11. Many regular monthly payments such as mortgages, insurance premiums, and some utilities are automatically debited from checking accounts.
These will all come to a screeching halt.
12. SWIFT wire transfers will probably be suspended, freezing a good portion of global commerce.
Similarly, International ACH transactions (IATs) will also be shut down, since they access the U.S. ACH network.
13. The ability to process credit card payments will be dubious, at best.
Many merchants will wisely “just say no” to credit cards, even if their countertop POP terminals are still functioning and show available credit.
And the fact that many credit cards are now just debit cards in disguise will only add to the reluctance of merchants to take any credit cards.
14. Point of purchase (POP) processing of credit and debit cards at gas stations has become ubiquitous.
Nearly everyone now uses the “pay at the pump” option. Gas and diesel could become “cash only” transactions.
15. Most American families keep less than $300 in cash at home at any given time, including their kids’ piggy banks.
For most families, that wouldn’t cover even one month’s rent.
16. Formerly distributed as “Food Stamps”, the USDA’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), provides benefits to low income families through Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card payments.
These cards look much like credit cards.
And like checks, EBT payments are all routed through the ACH network.
Again, this is a network that is inside banking system firewalls.
If the banking system goes into holiday mode, then it may take days or even weeks to get EBT processing back on line.
If the EBT payments stop, we can expect riots in metropolitan areas in less than a week.
17. Gift cards will be “iffy.”
“open loop” (or “network”) cards and traditional “closed loop” cards.
Open loop cards are issued by banks or credit card companies and can be redeemed many places.
It is likely that only closed loop cards will be honored by the issuing stores, because merchants will fear that open loop cards might have been zeroed out elsewhere.
(If they can’t confirm the available balance, the card will be refused.)
18. Most Internet vendors are almost entirely dependent on credit card processing.
If that processing system is disrupted, then mailorder firms will either have to cease operations, or have them slow to a snail’s pace, and be restricted to only non-bank money orders.
19. Reversion to U.S. Postal Service money orders (commonly called “PMOs”) will only be partially viable solution.
This is because many small town and rural post offices don’t keep enough cash in their tills to be able to hand you $1,000 when you go to cash a PMO.
You may be thinking, “Oh well, I’ll just ask them to write me a blank PMO, in exchange.” Nope.
A recent change to postal regulations designed to curtail money laundering banned money order-for-money order issuance. Bummer.
And if you are considering using “Forever” postage stamps, hold your horses.
Under a hygiene regulation published in the Domestic Mail Manual (DMM), postal clerks are not allowed to cash out (“buy back”) stamp booklets unless they are still in their sealed clear plastic master packages.
So it might take decades to use up your Forever stamps, or you will be forced to liquidate them on the gray market at a slight loss.
20. Bank safe deposit boxes will probably be inaccessible. Plan accordingly.
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Fed Members Gave Their Own Banks $4 Trillion In Secret Bailouts
From MoneyBags World
Preparing For The Largest Wealth Transfer In The History Of The World
Posted by MoneyBags73 – June 16, 2012
Details of a GAO audit of the Federal Reserve’s eye-popping secret $16 trillion-dollar bailout reveals that Federal Reserve board members gave their own banks $4 trillion.
Last Year Senator Bernie Sanders reported a long overdue audit of the Federal Reserve revealed an eye-popping $16 trillion in secret loans to bailout out Wall Street banks.
Bernie Sanders has now reporting that 18 Federal Reserve Board Members gave their own banks $4 trillion of these secret bailouts in the form of loans with nearly zero interest.
State Street Corporation
Marshall & Ilsley
General Electric (GE)
Texas Capital Bank
Here’s the text of the PDF summary released by Senator Sanders highlighting the culprits identified in the GAO audit on the Federal Reserve’s conflicts of interest.
During the financial crisis, at least 18 former and current directors from Federal Reserve Banks worked in banks and corporations that collectively received over $4 trillion in low-interest loans from the Federal Reserve.
U.S. Senator Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.) Washington, D.C. June 12, 2012
1. Jamie Dimon, the Chairman and CEO of JP Morgan Chase, has served on the Board of Directors at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York since 2007.
During the financial crisis, the Fed provided JP Morgan Chase with $391 billion in total financial assistance.
JP Morgan Chase was also used by the Fed as a clearinghouse for the Fed’s emergency lending programs.
In March of 2008, the Fed provided JP Morgan Chase with $29 billion in financing to acquire Bear Stearns.
During the financial crisis, the Fed provided JP Morgan Chase with an 18-month exemption from risk-based leverage and capital requirements.
The Fed also agreed to take risky mortgage-related assets off of Bear Stearns balance sheet before JP Morgan Chase acquired this troubled investment bank.
2. Jeffrey Immelt, the CEO of General Electric, served on the New York Fed’s Board of Directors from 2006-2011.
General Electric received $16 billion in low- interest financing from the Federal Reserve’s Commercial Paper Funding Facility during this time period.
3. Stephen Friedman. In 2008, the New York Fed approved an application from Goldman Sachs to become a bank holding company giving it access to cheap Fed loans.
During the same period, Friedman, who was chairman of the New York Fed at the time, sat on the Goldman Sachs board of directors and owned Goldman stock, something the Fed’s rules prohibited.
He received a waiver in late 2008 that was not made public.
After Friedman received the waiver, he continued to purchase stock in Goldman from November 2008 through January of 2009 unbeknownst to the Fed, according to the GAO.
During the financial crisis, Goldman Sachs received $814 billion in total financial assistance from the Fed.
4. Sanford Weill, the former CEO of Citigroup, served on the Fed’s Board of Directors in New York in 2006.
During the financial crisis,Citigroup received over $2.5 trillion in total financial assistance from the Fed.
5. Richard Fuld, Jr, the former CEO of Lehman Brothers, served on the Fed’s Board of Directors in New York from 2006 to 2008.
During the financial crisis, the Fed provided $183 billion in total financial assistance to Lehman before it collapsed.
6. James M. Wells, the Chairman and CEO of SunTrust Banks, has served on the Board of Directors at the Federal Reserve Bank in Atlanta since 2008.
During the financial crisis, SunTrust received$7.5 billion in total financial assistance from the Fed.
7. Richard Carrion, the head of Popular Inc. in Puerto Rico, has served on the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York since 2008.
Popular received $1.2 billion in total financing from the Fed’s Term Auction Facility during the financial crisis.
8. James Smith, the Chairman and CEO of Webster Bank, served on the Federal Reserve’s Board of Directors in Boston from 2008-2010.
Webster Bank received $550 million in total financing from the Federal Reserve’s Term Auction Facility during the financial crisis.
9. Ted Cecala, the former Chairman and CEO of Wilmington Trust, served on the Fed’s Board of Directors in Philadelphia from 2008-2010.
Wilmington Trust received $3.2 billion in total financial assistance from the Federal Reserve during the financial crisis.
10. Robert Jones, the President and CEO of Old National Bancorp, has served on the Fed’s Board of Directors in St. Louis since 2008.
Old National Bancorp received a total of $550 millionin low-interest loans from the Federal Reserve’s Term Auction Facility during the financial crisis.
11. James Rohr, the Chairman and CEO of PNC Financial Services Group, served on the Fed’s Board of Directors in Cleveland from 2008-2010.
PNC received $6.5 billion in low-interest loans from the Federal Reserve during the financial crisis.
12. George Fisk, the CEO of LegacyTexas Group, was a director at the Dallas Federal Reserve in 2009.
During the financial crisis, his firm received a $5 million low-interest loan from the Federal Reserve’s Term Auction Facility.
13. Dennis Kuester, the former CEO of Marshall & Ilsley, served as a board director on the Chicago Federal Reserve from 2007-2008. During the financial crisis, his bank received over $21 billionin low-interest loans from the Fed.
14. George Jones, Jr., the CEO of Texas Capital Bank, has served as a board director at the Dallas Federal Reserve since 2009.
During the financial crisis, his bank received $2.3 billion in total financing from the Fed’s Term Auction Facility.
15. Douglas Morrison, was the Chief Financial Officer at CitiBankin Sioux Falls, South Dakota, while he served as a board director at the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank in 2006.
During the financial crisis, CitiBank in Sioux Falls, South Dakota received over$21 billion in total financing from the Federal Reserve.
16. L. Phillip Humann, the former CEO of SunTrust Banks, served on the Board of Directors at the Federal Reserve Bank in Atlanta from 2006-2008. During the financial crisis, SunTrust received$7.5 billion in total financial assistance from the Fed.
17. Henry Meyer, III, the former CEO of KeyCorp, served on the Board of Directors at the Federal Reserve Bank in Cleveland from 2006-2007.
During the financial crisis, KeyBank (owned by KeyCorp) received over $40 billion in total financing from the Federal Reserve.
18. Ronald Logue, the former CEO of State Street Corporation, served as a board member of the Boston Federal Reserve Bank from 2006-2007.
During the financial crisis, State Street Corporation received a total of $42 billion in financing from the Federal Reserve.
Source: Jamie Dimon Is Not Alone (Senator Bernie Sanders) (pdf)
Syngenta Charged for Covering up Livestock Deaths from GM Corn
Source: Farm Wars
Institute of Science in Society
Corporation faces criminal charges for concealing own study in which cows died after eating its genetically modified corn Dr Eva Sirinathsinghji
Biotech giant Syngenta has been criminally charged with denying knowledge that its genetically modified (GM) Bt corn kills livestock during a civil court case that ended in 2007 .
Syngenta’s Bt 176 corn variety expresses an insecticidal Bt toxin (Cry1Ab) derived from the bacterium, Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) and a gene conferring resistance to glufosinate herbicides.
EU cultivation of Bt 176 was discontinued in 2007.
Similar varieties however, including Bt 11 sweet corn are currently cultivated for human and animal consumption in the EU.
The charges follow a long struggle for justice by a German farmer whose dairy cattle suffered mysterious illnesses and deaths after eating Bt 176.
They were grown on his farm as part of authorised field tests during 1997 to 2002.
By 2000, his cows were fed exclusively on Bt 176, and soon illnesses started to emerge.
He was paid 40 000 euros by Syngenta as partial compensation for 5 dead cows, decreased milk yields, and vet costs (see  Cows ate GM Maize and Died, SiS 21).
During a civil lawsuit brought against the company by the farmer however, Syngenta refused to admit that its GM corn was the cause, claiming no knowledge of harm.
The case was dismissed and Gloeckner remained thousands of euros in debt.
Gloeckner continued to lose cows and many more had to be put down due to serious illnesses, compelling him to stop using GM feed from 2002.
He approached the Robert Koch Institute and Syngenta to conduct a full investigation. However, only one cow was ever analysed and the data are still unavailable to the public.
Unsurprisingly, no causal relationship between the GM feed and deaths was determined; and there is still no explanation for the deaths.
But in 2009, the farmer learned of a feeding study allegedly commissioned by Syngenta in 1996 that resulted in four cows dying in two days. The trial was abruptly terminated.
Now Gloeckner, along with a German group called Bündnis Aktion Gen-Klage and another farmer turned activist Urs Hans, have brought Syngenta to the criminal court to face charges of withholding knowledge of the US trial, which makes the company liable for the destruction of the farmer’s 65 cows.
Syngenta is also charged with the deaths of cattle in the US trial and on Gloeckner’s farm, which should have been registered as “unexpected occurrences”.
Most seriously, the German head of Syngenta Hans-Theo Jahmann, is charged for withholding knowledge of the US study from the judge and from Gloecker in the original civil court case.
Gloecker’s cows not alone
This is by no means the only account of mysterious deaths associated with Bt GM feed.
In India where livestock are left to graze on post-harvest cotton, thousands of livestock deaths have been recorded in different villages across central India where Bt cotton is grown (see Mass Deaths of Sheep Grazing on Bt Cotton, SiS 30).
Shepherds’ own observations and post-mortem analysis carried out in the laboratory revealed abnormal liver, enlarged bile ducts and black patches in the intestine.
The shepherds said that the sheep became “dull/depressed” after 2-3 days of grazing, started coughing with nasal discharge and developed red lesions in the mouth, became bloated and suffered blackish diarrhea, and sometimes passed red urine.
Death occurred within 5-7 days of grazing. Sheep from young lambs to adults of 1.5-2 years were affected.
One shepherd reported getting diarrhoea from eating the meat of an affected sheep.
The vets declared that the toxicity could be due to the Bt toxin but this could not be proven as results were confounded by additional pesticides used on the fields.
The shepherds were however, advised against letting the sheep graze on any more Bt cotton plants.
Philippine villagers living around Bt Maize fields have also suffered deaths and similar illnesses of fever, respiratory, intestinal and skin problem (see  GM ban long overdue, five deaths and dozens ill in the Philippines, SiS 29).
Five mortalities were reported in 2003 and subsequently, 38 individuals had their blood analysed and all were positive for antibodies specific to Cry1Ab, suggesting an immune reaction to the toxin.
As is often the case, intimidation and denial by government officials meant that there were no further investigations into the matter.
Cause of deaths unknown
There is still no explanation provided by the authorities as to the cause of death of Gloeckner’s cows.
The biotech industry claims that Bt toxins are quickly digested in the stomach and are only effective in insect target species.
However, a recent study has found the toxin in the blood of over 80 % of women and their unborn children tested in Canada .
Because naturally existing Bt toxins from the soil bacterium have been used for a long time, long-term toxicology and health risk assessments on Bt proteins in GM crops were not done.
However, there are important differences between the naturally produced toxins that can be washed off the crops, as opposed to genetically modified toxins that are part and parcel of the GM crop.
Independent studies have shown that basing health assessments on flawed scientific assumptions is not only arrogant, but foolish.
Scientific studies dating from the 1990s have identified Bt toxins as potent immunogens, with Cry1Ac inducing immune responses in mice similar to the cholera toxin .
Farm workers dealing with Bt cotton have consistently reported allergic responses requiring hospitalization in some cases (see  More Illnesses Linked to Bt Crops, SiS 30).
Binding of Cry1Ac to the intestine of mice has been shown, with concomitant diarrhea symptoms .
A meta-analysis of 3 month feeding studies in laboratory animals found that Bt maize led to changes in blood protein levels indicative of abnormal liver metabolism (see GM Feed Toxic, Meta-Analysis Confirms, SiS 52).
A recent study finds Cry1Ab toxic to human kidney cells, causing cell death at low doses (see  Bt Toxin Kills Human Kidney Cells, SiS 52).
Safety assessments of new GM products surely need to be tested independently, not controlled by the very industry pushing it onto the market place.
Conflicts of interests are obscuring data that are crucial to our farming industry and animal welfare, as well as human health.
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Nine Healing Herbs You Can Grow Yourself in a Healing Garden
From Backdoor Survival
June 19, 2012
According to Wikipedia:
Herbs have long been used as the basis of traditional Chinese herbal medicine, with usage dating as far back as the first century CE and before.
Medicinal use of herbs in Western cultures has its roots in the Hippocratic (Greek) elemental healing system, based on a quaternary elemental healing metaphor.
With such a long history of use, herbs most certainly have a place in the survival garden.
With that in mind, today I offer a few suggestions to get you started in creating your own healing garden.
Healing Herbs for the Healing Garden
Basil: People don’t usually think of basil as a healing herb and yet traditionally, it is called the “king of herbs”.
It is used medicinally as a natural anti-inflammatory and is thought to have mild antiseptic functions.
Some healing uses are for flatulence, lack off appetite, nausea and cuts and scrapes.
It is also superb on spaghetti and in pesto but then you already knew that.
Basil is an annual plant so you will have to start anew each year.
German Chamomile: Chamomile is one of the most popular herbs in the Western world.
Its flower heads are commonly used for infusions, teas and slaves.
These in turn can be used to treat indigestion, anxiety and skin inflammations.
As a tea, it serves as a mild sedative to help with sleep.
Feverfew: This perennial is a member of the sunflower family and has been used for centuries in European folk medicine as a remedy for headaches, arthritis, and fevers.
The name feverfew comes from a Latin word meaning “fever reducer.”
It’s many uses include easing headache pains – especially migraines.
This is done by chewing on the leaves.
A tea made from the leaves and flowers is said to relieve the symptoms of arthritis.
Lemon Balm: Lemon balm is a member of the mint family.
Considered a calming herb, it has been used as far back as the Middle Ages to reduce stress and anxiety, promote sleep, improve appetite, and ease pain and discomfort from indigestion.
Even before the Middle Ages, lemon balm was steeped in wine to lift the spirits, help heal wounds, and treat venomous insect bites and stings.
As with many other herbs in your healing garden, lemon balm promotes relaxation and a sense of calm.
Parsley: While not one of my favorites, there is nothing like a sprig of parsley to take away bad breath.
It is no wonder that this biennial (meaning it lives for two years) is used to decorate and garnish plates in the fanciest of restaurants.
When brewed as a tea, parsley can help supplement iron in a person’s diet, particularly for those who are anemic.
Drinking parsley tea also boosts energy and overall circulation of the body, and helps battle fatigue from lack of iron.
Parsley tea fights gas and flatulence in the belly, kidney infections, and bladder infections.
It can also be an effective diuretic.
Sage: Did you know that the genus name for sage is “salvia” which means “to heal”?
In the first century C.E. Greek physician Dioscorides reported that sage stopped bleeding of wounds and cleaned ulcers and sores.
He also recommended sage juice in warm water for hoarseness and cough.
In modern times, a sage tea is used to sooth mouth, throat and gum inflammations.
This is because sage has excellent antibacterial and astringent properties.
Thyme: Back during medieval times, thyme was given to knights before going in to battle.
The purpose was to infuse this manly man with vigor and courage.
These days, thyme used to relieve coughs, congestion, indigestion and gas.
This perennial is rich in thymol, a strong antiseptic, making thyme highly desirable in the treatment of wounds and even fungus infections.
Thyme is a perennial that does well, even in cooler, Pacific Northwest climates.
Rosemary: Long ago, rosemary was known as ‘the herb of remembrance.’
Even today, in places like Australia and New Zealand, it is used as a symbol of remembrance since it is known to help sharpen mental clarity and stimulate brain function.
You might recall that many statues of the ancient Greeks and Romans show men wearing sprigs of rosemary on their heads – signifying mental acuity.
The needles of the delightfully fragrant rosemary plant can be used in a tea to treat digestive problems.
The same tea can also be used as an expectorant and as a relaxing beverage that is helpful for headaches.
Other healing uses include improving memory, relieving muscle pain and spasms, stimulating hair growth, and supporting the circulatory and nervous systems.
Lavender: I saved my personal favorite for last. Of course it helps that I have an abundant amount of fragrant lavender in my yard.
A tea made from lavender has many uses with one of the foremost being it’s ability to have a calming effect on a person’s mind and body.
To that end, lavender can promote a sense of well-being and alleviate stress.
It is also useful for dealing with various gastrointestinal issues such as upset stomachs and and flatulence.
Because it is a strong antiseptic, lavender tea, when applied topically, can help heal cuts, wounds and sores.
It can also be used to mitigate bad breath.
How to Make an Herbal Tea
The process of making a pot of herbal tea is in itself healing.
Perhaps that has something to do with the proactive effort involved in doing something positive for one’s own self and well-being.
And luckily, brewing an herbal tea is easy.
To make an herbal tea, first bring some cool water to a boil.
While waiting for the water to boil, fetch a non-mental container that will be used to brew the tea.
A quart mason jar works nicely or this purpose.
You do not want to use a metal container since the metal may interfere with the purity and taste of the tea.
Add 2 tablespoons of fresh (or 1 tablespoon of dried herb or crushed seed) to the empty pot or jar for each cup of water.
Then, and this is the important part, add an extra 2 tablespoons of fresh (or 1 tablespoon of dried) herbs “for the pot.”
So, for example, if you are making 2 cups of hot tea, you would use 6 tablespoons of fresh herbs or 3 tablespoons of dried herbs.
Pour the boiling water over the herbs and let them steep, covered, for about 5 minutes give or take.
There is no exact time since everyone’s strength preference is difference.
When ready, strain the herbs and pour the tea into a cup.
At this point you may want to garnish your heavenly – and healing – cup of tea with honey, citrus fruits or addition herb springs.
For iced tea, increase the quantity of herbs in the basic recipe by 1 1/2 to allow for dilution from the melting ice.
The Final Word
In reading about these herbs, you may have noticed that many are reputed to have the same or similar healing qualities. Do they work?
I can personally vouch for Rosemary and Lavender which I have used as both a tea and as an essential oil.
I leave it up to you though, to be the final judge.
One thing that is true is that with a little time and for a nominal cost, you can grow the makings for healing teas, infusions and balms in your own garden.
Add a dose of sun and some rich pitting soil and you will be set to go.
Just keep in mind that while perennial plants will flourish over the winter and will be there for you the following spring, annual plants must be reseeded or restarted every year.
If you would like to learn more about the healing properties of various herbs, the University of Maryland Medical Center has an excellent web site with a lot of useful information about herbs and other alternative medicine topics.
Click on “herbs” then scroll down the right to the particular herb you would like to learn about.
Also note this disclaimer: I am not a doctor and anything I write should not be construed as medical advice.
If you have a serious condition, consult a physician or nurse practitioner if one is available.
And if not, consult a reliable reference such as my favorite, The Doom and Bloom Survival Medicine Handbook.
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Reminder: The Backdoor Survival Summer Blast Giveaway is ongoing for the month of June.
There are lots of neat prizes and all you need to do is sign up for my new newsletter and send me a couple of emails.
Now how easy is that?
From the Bargain Bin: Today I present some suggested books on the topic of herbal healing and aromatherapy.
Speaking of aromatherapy, if you are just getting started, get some clove, tea tree and lavender essential oils and everything else can follow as budget allows.
Also, be sure to read my article Essential Oils for the Survival Kit.
Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health: 175 Teas, Tonics, Oils, Salves, Tinctures, and Other Natural Remedies: Rosemary Gladstar is the mother of modern herbalism.
Her wisdom and vision have inspired an entire generation of herbal healers, and her insights into the healing power of plants have helped people everywhere embrace more natural, healthy, and radiant lives.
The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: I first became interested in aromatherapy and essential oils in the early 90s which was before they really became mainstream.
I read every book I could get my hands on and dabbled at creating synergy’s (a combination of two or more oils that create a chemical compound that is greater than the some of its individual components).
My bible then, and even now, is this book.
Aromatherapy for Dummies: Another good book that will help you get started understanding and using Aromatherapy.
And you know how I love the “dummies” book series.
Clove Oil: Clove oil should be a component of every survival first aid kit.
For less than $10, you have a multi-purpose product that takes up little room but solves a myriad of unwelcome and unexpected ailments.
Travelers – this especially applies to you!
Top 14 Essential Oil Set: This well-priced set included Bergamot, Clary Sage, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon, Lime, Patchouli, Peppermint, Rosemary, Spearmint, Orange & Tea Tree.
Mountain House Sale: For the month of June, Emergency Essentials will be offering all Mountain House products at a discount of 20% to 25%. Shipping cost is $6, $9, or $12 depending on the size of your order and never more. (And you know how heavy food items can be.) Be sure to check out the Freeze-Dried Mountain House Pouches which offer a great way to sample the various food items before investing in the larger #10 tins.
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Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.
For we were all educated by one Spirit so as to form one body
—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free
—and we were all given the one Spirit to be a part of.
Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.
Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body.
And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body.
If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be?
If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be?
But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.
If they were all one part, where would the body be?
As it is, there are many parts, but one body.
The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!”
And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!”
On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor.
And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment.
But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other.
If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.
Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.
And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues.
Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? Now eagerly desire the greater gifts.
Affirmation: San Hua…meh meh
Translation: disperse disappear… gone gone
Contact the speaker: GREGG BRADEN athttp://www.greggbraden.net/contact_us/
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