The Tears and the Rain / Ways To Stay Mentally Healthy – Feel Less Depressed / Friday: Shakespeare Rehearsal at School

The Life of our Love
can sometimes be revealed
in the borderland
between mind and matter.
Shades of our imagination
peer into this inner World.
And now we know,
it can reflect
and create Love.

To laugh with abandon
and feel the Freedom
of pure Joy in Life,
is to awaken
and to let it flow
like a violent, raging river
across a barren plain.

      It can reflect and create Love.

To overcome the
perceived absolutes
that become
the barriers to our Beliefs,
must sing
with the Birds,
murmur with the
rise and fall
with the ebb and flow
of tireless tides,
transform and evolve
with moments
and illuminating.

            Moments fleeting and illuminating.

stirs the endless Sea
of Time,
swirls the Stars around,
finds us
dreaming of Sunshine,
when none
can be found.

Once the Heart
it lets in the

you may think of tears,
but in so many ways,
they are the same,
the tears
and the rain.

is everywhere,
in everything.

there is a Greater Reality
than we may ever
truly know.

     Your Heart is the ground upon which you walk.

My Dear Friends,
is hard price to pay
for Love.

But Hearts
that are Human,
are FULL of
It has
always been.

The rushing rapids
of our fragile
can lead to
no one,
And nowhere
is also

“Teach your parents well.
Their children’s hell will slowly go by.
And feed them on your dreams
The one they pick,
the one you’ll know by.
Don’t you ever ask them why.
If they told you, you will cry.
So just look at them and sigh,
And know they Love
Graham Nash
click here to play song

we may never
fully comprehend
the Nature of our

isn’t it Wonderful
that what lies beyond
our poor ability
to add or detract,
really exists.
And a spark
of this incomprehensible
resides within
each of us,
each and every one.


Ten ways to stay mentally healthy by Celia Dodd
click here to read more

1 Put people before things: spend more time with friends and family. Nurture your relationships.

2 Be authentic: focus on activities you really believe in, whether it’s a hobby, a project at work, a cause.

3 Don’t measure success in how much you earn or what possessions you own.

4 Set yourself challenging but achievable goals, both short term and long-term.

5 When you achieve a goal, Celebrate it.

6 Learn something new. (Get some ideas what you could learn online.)

7 Volunteer – or just do something simple to help someone. Studies show clear links between volunteering and psychological well being. But don’t be a martyr: choose something you really enjoy.

8 Exercise outside every day.

9 Don’t beat yourself up when things go pear-shaped. Treat yourself with the same compassion you’d treat a loved one. Accept that everyone mucks things up sometimes.

10 At the end of every day make a list of three things you feel grateful for, or things that went well that day.

               Love swirls the Stars around.

How to deal with not being happy
Click here and stay to the end to see how simple happy is

In an environment where stress is the norm, it’s important to be aware of warning signs that anxiety is beginning to slide out of control. Sleeping badly, for example, or drinking more than usual, or flying off the handle for no good reason.

It’s easy to assume you’re the only one who isn’t coping with stress – and that you should be coping.

“So many people carry on striving to avoid facing up to the fact that they’re under constant pressure,” says Mark Williamson. “Just giving yourself the space to stop and notice can help.”

                   Eight natural ways to feel less depressed

by Xenia Taliotis

1 Eat right

Beware the three false gods: booze, caffeine and sugar. They are not your friends, no matter how much they pretend to be. They’ll pick you up, and then drop you from the high they’ve taken you to. Your true friends are water; selenium-rich foods such as eggs, brazil nuts and unrefined grains; proteins, including meat, fish, poultry, legumes and quinoa; and the all-round hero, the Mediterranean diet.

A study published some years back by University College London, which followed 3,500 people over five years, showed that those who followed a Mediterranean diet were 30 per cent less likely to become depressed than those who didn’t.

If there’s a better lunch buffet to be had in Fort Worth, we haven’t found it. Byblos Lebanese Restaurant, located in Fort Worth at 1406 N. Main St., lays out a delicious spread of Lebanese and Middle Eastern cuisine.
Introduce yourself to our very dear friend and owner, Marios Hedary.
Without his kind assistance in the past, the Anderson Private School simply would not exist. By the way, this is our favorite place to dine!!

2 Laugh

Laughter ­– even fake laughter – releases a surge of stress-busting endorphins into your bloodstream. Even of you don’t have anything to laugh about and remain immune to the best-worst of Basil Fawlty and David Brent, you can still have a go at faking it. Your mind will thank you for it, and so will your body, thanks to the boost in oxygen and the cardiovascular workout (yes really). If you’d like to do it as part of a group, join a laughter club. There are hundreds nationwide.

3 Connect with other people

Dr Steve Ilardi, author of The Depression Cure, says that one of the most damaging aspects of depression is the fact that it makes us withdraw from others. According to him, our brains treat mental illness much as they would a physical one, urging us to retreat until we feel better, when what we really need when we’re low is company. So fight the impulse to switch off the phone and dive under the duvet and instead arrange to meet a friend.

4 Learn something new

If you’re in a rut, ploughing the same furrow will only take you deeper down that hole, so give your brain something new to think about. Learning a new skill, a new language, or even how to master all the functions on your smartphone can make you feel better about yourself and give you a sense of achievement.

Clinical psychologist Dr Linda Blair advocates learning to bake: “Baking is an antidote for the hectic approach we take to living. I would encourage anyone who is stressed or burnt out to start baking.” (Easy on the sugar, obviously; I refer you to point 1.)

But if baking is not for you, the University of the Third Age, is a great place to start. It provides “life-enhancing opportunities” for retired and semi-retired people and operates on a local level, so there’s bound to be a group near you.

5 Give more Love

Loving something or someone is one of the best things you can do for your mental health. If you don’t have a partner, and friends and children have moved away and you don’t know what to do with your love, find something you really enjoy doing. Or, even better, get a pet, or volunteer your time to someone who needs your care. Looking after someone or something will shift your focus and could lift you out of the doldrums.

The amazing Cinnamon Trust, matches volunteers with elderly or terminally ill pet owners who need help looking after their pets. You could have all the pleasure of walking someone else’s dog – and the accompanying health benefits – with none of the responsibilities of ownership.

6 Be active

Nothing slows down your brain’s recovery faster than slowing down your body. You don’t need to run or bootcamp or do anything more strenuous than walk, preferably every day (but failing that, at least five days a week). The NHS recommends 10,000 steps spread throughout each day. Walk It is a city route planner that shows you the best way of getting from where you are to where you want to be, while tracking your calorie burn and step count. Walk 4 Life can help you find walks, and people to walk with.

7 Change your mind

Marcus Aurelius, the second century Roman Emperor, said: “The whole universe is change and life itself is but what you deem it.” In other words, life is all about perception. We can’t change any of the awful things that happen to us, but what we can try to change is how we think of them.

Rewiring the brain in this way and accepting situations is hard work, but it can be done with practice and through meditation, which teaches people how to stop automatic thought processes. There are many excellent apps available to get you started, including Buddify (£3.99, and Headspace’s freebie starter app.

8 Challenge yourself

Angela Padmore, author of Challenging Depression and Despair, argues that people are often too soft on themselves, and that they need to “get a grip”. This sounds harsh, but it needn’t be.

A brilliant clinical psychologist I know, Dr Mary Burgess at University College London Hospitals, taught me a very simple and effective trick to use whenever I’m wallowing or thinking destructive thoughts, which is this: I just ask myself “Is this helpful?”.

If the answer is no, as it invariably is, then I stop that thinking and move on to something else. Logic is a powerful tool. Use it to challenge your negative thoughts.

Then you can take action to prevent anxiety escalating. Simple steps like cutting down on caffeine and alcohol, setting aside 30 minutes a day for yoga or meditation and reassessing your priorities can be highly effective in tackling stress.

When things go wrong, what matters is how you treat yourself. Recent research into self-esteem found that people who have ‘self-compassion’ cope more robustly when things go wrong.

They still feel bad, but they treat themselves kindly. They don’t agonize or disparage themselves, but instead accept that everyone makes a mess of things sometimes.

                   There is a Greater Reality.



Our Children of the Holocaust / The Great Milkweed Grow Out / Spring Break This Week

Dedicated to the memory
of the precious Children
who died in the holocaust.

were OUR children.

    Our children are the sons and daughters of us all.

There are many stories to tell.
And our children love to hear them.
Some tell of hope, survival and salvation,
Some of Love everlasting.

My Dear Friends,
we need to share them.

As I stood at the grave
of a man I deeply admired and loved,
beyond belief,
I paused to reflect upon the meaning of his Life,
and mine.
He first appeared to me at the tender age of ten.
His name, Werner Bendorf,
and his Life is forever engraved in my memory
and vibrant and alive in my Heart.
He still lives
in my Life, day by day,
between every beat of my Heart,
he smiles, he laughs, he is vibrant
in my memory
still shares his Love.
My heart continues to beat
because of his deep and abiding Love,
because the depth of his compassion
was far greater than anything
I had ever known.

He became the Father I never knew.
He was a Father to many young Souls,
and a Savior to me.
And by the Grace of God,
a survivor of the Holocaust
and a Divine Gift
to everyone.

shared many private thoughts
with me during our years
I am in tears
as I share
the next moment.

How well I remember
beside a glowing campfire
one evening,
he told me in a calm
and very quiet voice,
that he sought
in his Heart
for those who had
caused so much pain,
so much misery.
And we Prayed
for Forgiveness.

What a remarkable

I still Pray
that all may be

I have heard My people cry.
All who dwell in dark and sin,
My hand will save.
I who made the stars of night,
I will make their darkness bright.
Who will bear My light to them?
Whom shall I send?

Here I am Lord,
Is it I Lord?
I have heard you calling in the night.
I will go Lord,
if You lead me.
I will hold Your people in my Heart.

I, the Lord of snow and rain,
I have born my peoples pain.
I have wept for Love of them,
They turn away.
I will break their Hearts of stone,
Give them Hearts for Love alone.
I will speak My word to them,

Whom shall I send?
Here I am Lord,
Is it I Lord?
I have heard You calling in the night.
I will go Lord,
if You lead me.
I will hold Your people
in my Heart.
Dan Schutte
click to play the beautiful “Here I Am Lord”

We sculpt the future
with our imagination,
what we perceive to be.
And by our transgressions,
forget that I am

In the act of forgiving
the mind is Blessed,
as it forgets.
The Heart Divine
no longer remembers,
set free from deep regrets.

The Love of God
Is like a raging
River of Light,
carrying Salvation
into the dark
pit of Night.

So this Life,
this Dream,
from which we awake one day,
will find us forgiven,
should we ask to be,
and forever
in the Bright Morning Light
of God’s Eternal Love.

And breathless will we be,
in Love
with Love,

“Oh I believe there are,
Angels among us
Sent down to us,
From somewhere up Above.
They come to you and me,
In our darkest hours
To show us how to live,
To teach us how to give
To guide us with the
Light of Love.”
Steve Goodman, Becky Hobbs

To this day,
I consider the youngest son
of Werner Bendorf,

to be my Brother.
I remember
dozens of memorable camping trips with him
when his precious Father,
was our Scoutmaster of
Troop 17.

I was Honored
for our own son,
Alexander Allen Anderson,
to be named after him.
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         Werner Bendorf with Alex and Annie

to the United Nations:

“One and a half million Jewish children
perished in the Holocaust.

Tens of thousands
of other children were also

– girls and boys who faced sheer terror and evil.

Many were orphaned by the war,
or ripped away from their families.

Many died of starvation or disease
at the hands of their abusers.

We will never know
what these children might have contributed
to our

And among the survivors,
many were too shattered
to tell their stories.

            . . .  too shattered to tell their stories.

we seek to give voice to those accounts.

That is why the United Nations
continues to teach the Universal lessons of the Holocaust.

It is why we strive to promote children’s rights and aspirations
– every day and everywhere.

Raoul Wallenberg

And it is why we will continue to be inspired by the shining example of great humanitarians
such as
Raoul Wallenberg.
(read more)


as we remember all those lost
during the Holocaust – young and old alike –   I call on all nations to protect the most vulnerable, regardless of race, color, gender or religious beliefs.

Children are uniquely vulnerable
to the worst of Humankind.

We must show them the best
this World has to offer.”

General Ban Ki-moon
United Nations

The fate of Jewish and non-Jewish children
fell into the following categories:

(i) killed immediately upon arrival at the death camps — toddlers to 12 years old;
(ii) Killed immediately after birth — Babies in camps, particularly in Ravensbrück (the women’s camp) and in the women’s camp within Auschwitz-Birkenau;
(iii) selected for forced labor or for medical experiments — adolescents aged 12 to 18;
(iv) hidden by prisoners in concentration camps or by non-Jews in Nazi-occupied territories;
(v) escapees from ghettos who joined partisan groups in the forests of eastern Poland or became members of Polish or Jewish underground organizations; and
(vi) massacred in reprisals such as at Lidice in Czechoslovakia and Oradour-sur-Glane in France.    read more

“A child is precious,
a clean slate ready to absorb
the Breath of Life and Experience,
and a bundle of potential
waiting to
be unleashed upon the World.”

Over a million possessors of youth
were erased from our world,
killed because of their race,
and helpless victims of intense hatred.

We must look at their deaths as witness
of the cruelty hidden in Humans,
which may be released if a future Holocaust was to arise.
Only by understanding the potential of evil
in all of
us may we prevent another tragedy.

Youth is priceless,
and we must remember the children
who were sacrificed for an evil ideal,
and insure that this ideal stays
buried with time.
read more
– by Steven Ostrowski

To purchase this powerful
commemorative poster,
or the recently published book in association with
the Simon Wiesenthal Center
Museum of Tolerance Library and Archives,
Searching for Anne Frank: Letters from Amsterdam to Iowa,
or other items relating to Anne Frank,
for either yourself, your children, or a library,
click here.

 May God Bless you and your family
as we Pray for the precious
children lost in a haze of hatred.

My Dear Friends,
our children
are the sons and daughters
of us


“God will look to every Soul
like its first Love
because He is its first Love.”

C.S. Lewis

                         What is Great Milkweed Grow Out?

Great Milkweed Grow Out is an initiative at Desert Botanical Garden to grow milkweeds for monarch butterfly conservation. Monarch butterflies have declined as much as 90% over the last two decades. The good news is that you can help! In the United States, loss of milkweed habitat is a major factor in the decline of the monarchs. You can help by planting milkweed and nectar plants in your backyard.

Milkweed (genus Asclepias) is the only plant that monarch butterflies can lay their eggs on and that caterpillars can eat. Without milkweed, monarchs will not survive. Arizona has 30 species of milkweed native to the state, which means you can find the right milkweed for your backyard.

Great Milkweed Grow Out is increasing both the numbers and species of milkweed available. We are collecting seeds across the state and propagating them. We donate a percentage of our milkweeds to other non-profits and sell milkweeds to the general public through the Desert Botanical Garden’s bi-annual Plant Sale and the Garden Shop. We also plant pollinator gardens at 6-10 schools every year and present about monarchs and milkweed at local community centers.

What can you do for monarchs?Monarch Butterfly

You can plant a butterfly garden! Top 5 tips for planting a butterfly garden:

  1. Include host plants: Butterflies will only lay their eggs on particular plants, and it is the only food source for caterpillars. We call these hostplants. Just don’t be surprised when the plants are eaten by the caterpillars. Milkweeds are the hostplants for monarch butterflies.
  2. Nectar (flowering) plants: Nectar plants provide food for the adult butterflies.
  3. Don’t use insecticides: Insecticides will harm the adult butterflies and their caterpillars. They are harming YOU!
  4. Don’t use herbicides: Herbicides will kill the necessary host and nectar plants.
  5. Shelter: Medium to large-sized trees provide shelter for the butterflies in inclement weather and protected places for the caterpillars to form their chrysalises.

For desert-adapted butterfly plants, check out the butterfly plant guide. Find Desert Botanical Garden grown milkweeds and other plants at the bi-annual Plant Sale and Garden Shop.

Caring for Arizona native milkweeds

Did you buy a native milkweed from Desert Botanical Garden, and want to know how to care for it? Here are some general planting instructions:

  1. Seedlings (in a black cone) can be planted in the ground or in a larger pot. Milkweeds in a 1-gallon pot can be planted in the ground.
  2. Dig the hole only as deep as the roots but twice as wide. Set the soil aside.
  3. Carefully remove the plant from the pot, trying not to disturb the roots too much.
  4. Place the plant in the hole and carefully replace the soil you set aside around the roots. Maintain the soil line (make sure the soil is up to the same point on the plant that it was when the plant was in the pot).
  5. Gently tamp down the soil around the roots. Add more soil if needed to maintain the soil line.
  6. Lightly water the plant until the soil is saturated. Use drip irrigation or turn the hose on so the water just trickles.
  7. Water deeply every day for about 1 week so the roots can get established. Then water every 4-5 days after that. For Asclepias angustifolia, water every 2-3 days. In the summer you can water at the same frequency but for a longer period of time during each watering.

Information on native milkweeds:

White stem milkweed (Asclepias albicans)White Stem Milkweed

  • Grows to be 8-10 feet tall and 3-4 feet wide.
  • Makes a great screen plant once full size.
  • Can handle harsh summer heat.
  • Requires very little supplemental water once established.

Arizona milkweed (Asclepias angustifolia)Arizona Milkweed

  • Grows to be 2-3 feet tall by 2-3 feet wide.
  • Prefers some protection from the harsh summer sun.
  • This species does best on the east or north side of the house or in light shade/filtered sun.
  • This species does better with additional water.

Antelope horns milkweed (Asclepias asperula)Antelope Horns Milkweed

  • Grows to be 1-2 feet tall.
  • Can handle full sun.
  • Plant on south, east or west side.
  • This species does better with additional water.

Giant Sand milkweed (Asclepias erosa)Giant Sand Milkweed

  • Grows to be 4-6 feet tall.
  • Can handle full sun.
  • Plant on south, east or west side.
  • This species requires little water.

Desert milkweed (Asclepias subulata)Desert Milkweed

  • Grows to be 3-4 feet tall.
  • Can handle harsh summer heat.
  • Likes to be planted in full sun.
  • Requires very little supplemental water once established.
  • Great host plant for queen butterflies.

Pineneedle milkweed (Asclepias linaria)Pineneedle Milkweed

  • Grows to be 3-4 feet tall.
  • Plant in full sun or partial shade.
  • This species does better with additional water.

Visit our Garden Shop for more information on purchasing a milkweed plant.

Photo Credits:
Adam Rodriguez – Monarch butterfly
Barry Breckling – Asclepias albicans
Brent Miller – Asclepias erosa
Max Licher – Asclepias-asperula

Great Milkweed Grow Out activities are supported by the Bureau of Land Management.


The One We Are / Protect Yourself from Radio-frequency Radiation / Friday: Texas Storytelling Festival (Denton)

the fevered brow
of our Mother,
this beautiful Earth,
we can place
the calming, cooling
of our felt Compassion
for one another.

the only Light
one can see
in the darkness
of the shadows cast over
our Home
by you and me,
is a tiny spark,
emanating from a Love
that can engulf our
whole World,
and Light the

In the darkness of the shadows.

is a Love Story,
or it becomes
nothing at all.

is a Heartbeat.
One beat
of the Human Heart.
if it does not
beat for another,
it may not be beating
at all.

                   We need see but one.

Billions of diamonds
cover the ring
that weds us
to this Earth.
And we need see
but one,
the one we are,
to remind us
of the deep,
abiding need
for Her

“I’ve stumbled on the side
of twelve misty mountains.
I’ve walked and I crawled
on six crooked highways.
I’ve stepped in the middle
of seven sad forests.
I’ve been out in front
of a dozen dead oceans.
I’ve been ten thousand miles
in the mouth of a

And it’s a hard, it’s a hard
It’s a hard, it’s a hard
It’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall.”
– Bob Dylan

The hardest thing
is to say
goodbye to everything,
everything that is not
But we suddenly realize,
Love is
and Love is a Gift
from our Father
and Love,
Love is God.
are His Child,
a Child of Love,
a Child
of God.
“Love is the fundamental essence
of His nature and character
– His very Being.
God is perfect in Love.
God’s Love is manifested
by His absolutely pure desire
to care for, share and give.”
Steve Moody
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of Life,
is the Life
we give to
The Sun
that rises,
is the same Sun
that sets.
The God
of our Fathers and of our Mothers,
is the God
of our Sons
and our Daughters.
You cannot bury
the Dream
we are.
You cannot ferry
the Love of God
across a River
of no return.
“You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.”
Edgar Allan Poe

Every Spark
of our Compassion
an Eternal Flame.
Every act
of Kindness
remains the

“Without saying a word,
you can Light up the
Try as I may
I could never explain.

What I hear
when you don’t say a thing.

You say it best,
when you say
nothing at all.”

Paul Overstreet, Don Schlitz

My Dear Friends,
we are so much MORE,
and in so being,
so much LESS,
than what we perceive ourselves to be.
Philosophers of the past were right,
our senses really do deceive us.

We have been told
our reality is made up of
physical material things
and that our world
is independently existing
and objective.

But quantum physics tell us
is that there is no true
in the Universe.

Atoms are made of focused
vorticies of energy
– miniature tornadoes,
constantly spinning and vibrating
and popping into and out of existence
billions of times each second.

We are made
of atoms.

We are
pure energy,
pure Love.
Each of us
is a Child
of Love,
a Child of



Here’s what you can do
to protect yourself from potential harm from
radio-frequency radiation:
read more

1. Always use a hands-free headset or the speakerphone setting when talking on your cell phone. Some researchers say a wired headset, especially a “hollow tube” headset you can special-order—which will be labeled as such and uses hollow tubes rather than wires to conduct sound—is the best. But even a Bluetooth wireless headset will reduce your radio-frequency radiation exposure by several thousandfold.

2. Keep the phone off your body. Carry your phone in a purse or bag with the antenna (back of the phone) pointed away from you, not in your pocket or bra. When you’re talking on it (with a headset or on speakerphone) put it on a table in front of you. Just a few inches can substantially reduce your radiation exposure.

3. Text instead of talking. Holding your cell phone away from your head to send text messages exposes you to less radiation than talking on it without a headset.

4. Turn it off. Phones only emit radio-frequency radiation when they’re searching for or receiving a signal, so a phone that’s off or in “airplane mode” is safe.

5. Replace cordless phones with corded models. Cordless phones can emit as much radiation as cell phones, and the charging station constantly emits radiation.

6. Use a low-radiation cell phone. Unless you live in San Francisco, cell phone retailers aren’t required to display the specific absorbency rate (SAR), or the amount of radiation a phone causes your body to absorb. Search to find out the SAR level of your model, or consult the Environmental Working Group’s online database: But no matter how low the SAR of your phone is, it’s still important the phone away from your head and body whenever possible.

7. Keep your cell phone, cordless phone, and wireless modem away from your head. All three will expose you to radio-frequency radiation, so banish all three from the bedroom or, at least, keep them away from your head and body. If you must have wireless Internet, turn off your router when you’re not using it, especially at night—a power strip with a timer can help.

8. Keep your phone fully charged. When a cell phone’s signal strength is weak or blocked, it has to work harder—and consequently emits more radiation.

9. Be wary of devices that claim to block EMF exposure. A Google search yielded 236,000 results for “EMF protection,” most of which were sites selling “protective” devices ranging from pendants and crystals to microchips and herbal remedies. Most experts agree that many are based on quasi-science and there’s no evidence that they work. Some “EMF shields” for your phone can actually increase the amount of radiation that it emits, since they block the signal and the phone has to work harder.

10. Don’t give cell phones to young children as toys or pacifiers. If you occasionally let your small tot play Pac-Man on your cell phone, put it into “airplane mode” so it won’t search for a signal – which means it won’t emit radiation.

11. Take care with older children. Children are more susceptible to potential harm from radio-frequency radiation than adults. If you give your children a cell phone for safety reasons, also give them a headset and encourage them to text or use the speakerphone instead of putting the phone close to their heads.

Source: Green American. January/February 2011 Issue, Aritcle by Victoria Kreha

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The Window of Heaven / Powerful Anti-Cancer Properties of Herbs / Friday: F.W. Show of Antiques and Art

“What is to be lived for
is not the illusion
of Life,
but the Reality
of Love.
– Wm. C. Anderson

A Love
that never dies,
that never lies,
may be found
in the Secret Garden
of our Heart,
by its sound,

beating in Time
with the sweet melodious Songs
of our beautiful, little feathered

And as they sing to us
all day long,
these tiny Angels
blend their color and hue
with the fragrance of the Flowers,
and with me
and with you.

click here for singing birds in the Garden of Eden

                  Truth that never lies.

The precious birds of the air
teach us

so very much about
and Living
and joyful giving.

“Who teaches us more
than the beasts of the earth,
and makes us wiser
than the Birds of the Heavens?
Job 35:11

To feel good again,
to feel peaceful in troubled times,
just listen
to all the joy
of their tiny

My Dear Friends,
in the clear light of early Morn,

when my exhaustion
has finally gone to bed,

through an open window
I clearly hear
birds softly singing
their beautiful lullabies.

     The greatest Gifts.

And as this Window of Heaven
is opened
by the birdlings gentle tunes,

I come to realize
we are so privileged
to listen to Music
that takes us
somewhere else,
and changes our Lives.

The greatest Gifts
are often
never noticed,
never felt,
never heard.

when they are,
regains its meaning.
We are then made truly
for the Gift of Music
these talented friends,
so very small
and precious,
are so willing share.

             A Gift from God.

Such moments
capture the Wonder
of the Glorious Life
can share.

These gifted Musicians
offer a unique
repertoire of Spiritual Insight.
They nourish and feed
the Soul.
They are among the many, many
provided for us all.

They are
truly a Treasure
and a
Gift from God.

Among the many
exquisite things
Mankind accomplishes,
in the brevity of our Being,
is to simply

This music
is so peaceful,
and so powerful,
that it connects our thoughts
to a Divine awareness.

Past our distracting
and slumberous musings,

they will be
even by pretense of our Being,

we will be
but listening.

of Nature
has no stronger desire,
no greater mission in this Life,
than to be
with you,
to commune with
and to have you
returned back
where you belong:
the Arms of Her deep
and abiding Love,
to the Petals
of Her Flowers,
to the simplicity
of Her sympathy,
and the folds
of Her

Never fear shadows. They simply mean there’s a light shining somewhere nearby.

Our Home
was the beauty and extravagance
of God’s Garden –
a perfection for all Mankind.
Created before sin,
it existed in a perfect state of harmony,
as Man and animal
coexisted without death
or the threat of death.

The existence
Adam and Eve knew
was one of perfection.

Let us join
in the perfection
of being kind
to every living thing.
And like the birds
of the air,
let us be rejoicing in the gift
of precious Life,
let us sing.

“For the beauty of the Earth,
for the Glory of the skies,
for the Love which from our birth,
over and around us lies.

For the wonder of each hour
of the day and of the night,
hill and vale and tree and flower,
sun and moon and stars of Light.

For the joy of Human Love,
brother, sister, parent, child,
friends on Earth, and friends above,
for all gentle thoughts and mild.

For yourself, best gift Divine,
to the World so freely given,
agent of God’s grand design:
Peace on Earth
and Joy in Heaven.”
Folliott Sandford Pierpoint
click here to play song

To be so thankful
is Music
to God’s ears.

I Pray
that we
and the birds
will be singing
when God calls us


“The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not overcome it.”
John 1:5

Herbs that help fight against cancer

There can be little doubt that herbs are very potent and powerful. Although, as yet, research is limited on herbs, it is growing and many are shown to have powerful anti-cancer properties without the damaging side-effects of drugs.

Here are herbs that just might help your fight against cancer. You will be pleased to know you can still have them prescribed and made for you by experts working with CANCERactive. This article was prepared with help from two of the UK´s top herbalists, Alan Hopking and David Broom.

1 ASTRAGALUS (Huang Qi): A Chinese herb; an immune system booster, known to stimulate body´s natural production of interferon. It also helps the immune system identify rogue cells. Work with the herb in both cancer and AIDS cases has been encouraging. The MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas conducted research showing that taking Astragalus when having Radiotherapy doubled survival times.

2 BERBERIS FAMILY (e.g. Podophyllum peltanum): Slow active purgative. Research has shown these herbs to have a strong action against cancer and they have been used with many cancers, especially Ovarian cancer. In Cancer Watch March 2015, an ingredient Berberine, was shown in research to outperform brain cancer drug, Temozolomide in vitro. It was also shown to act synergistically with it and improve its efficacy.

3 BLOODROOT (Sanguinaria canadensis): Research shows consistent anti-neoplastic activity. It has been shown to be effective against cancer tumors, and can shrink them; it is one of the herbs in an anti-cancer poultice called Black Salve against breast and skin cancers; and has proven useful with sarcomas.

4 BUTCHERS BROOM (Ruscus aculeatus): The active ingredients of this herb has been found to be the ruscogenins which have tumour-shrinking and anti-oestrogenic abilities. Thus its use in the treatment of breast cancer.

5 CAT´S CLAW (Uncaria tormentosa): An adaptogen and powerful immuno-stimulant, it enhances the white cells clean up process (phagocytosis). It is an excellent companion to astragalus, curcumin and echinacea. Research indicates it can reduce tumour size, particularly with skin cancers. It also helps reduce the side-effects of chemo and radiotherapy.

6 CHAPARRAL (Larrea mexicana): Cancer Watch covered a major research study from the US which heaped praise on this herb. It appears to boost the immune system, stop metastases and reduce tumour size. Seems especially interesting with breast cancer and is another ingredient in Black Salve. It is also an anti-oxidant and anti-microbial, with low toxicity.

7 CURCUMIN (Turmeric): This spice (Curcuma longa or Turmeric root) has been shown to have significant anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory activity. That alone seems enough for certain hospitals in America to consider using it in the treatment of polyps and colon cancer. However new research shows that it can both shrink cancer tumours and inhibit blood supply growth to tumours. It is a powerful antioxidant with liver protective benefits, and outperformed several anti-inflammatory drugs without side-effects in research.

8 DANG SHEN ROOT (Codonopsis pilosula): increases both the white blood cell and red blood cell levels, so can be extremely helpful to patients having chemotherapy and radiotherapy, or to patients whose cancer diminishes levels of either.

9 ECHINACEA: Another known immune system booster, it gained a populist reputation in treating colds. There is research on its helpfulness with brain tumors apart from its abilities to increase the levels of certain immune white cells in the body.

10 FEVERFEW: This herb caused a storm when research from Rochester University in New York showed it to be more effective than the drug cytarabine in killing leukaemia cells. The US Food and Drug Agency put the active ingredient, parthenolide, on to its fast track programme. Nothing has yet been heard. But then, the FDA has never approved a herb for use as a cancer treatment.

11 GOLDENSEAL: One cause of stomach cancer can be the bacterium Helicobacter pylori. This burrows into the mucous lining of the stomach to hide from gastric acids, and then causes irritation, acid reflux, ulcers and even cancer. Goldenseal is generally anti-microbial and is used in the Caribbean and South East Asia against parasites. Goldenseal, helped by the mineral Bismuth, will kill Helicobacter pylori. Vets seem to know this, even if doctors don´t. Berberine can be found in Goldenseal.

12 MILK THISTLE: Known for years to be helpful in strengthening the liver, this herb has now been shown to be capable of protecting the liver during chemotherapy. Research in America showed that leukaemia patients who took milk thistle had reduced liver toxicity and chemo side-effects. There is a little evidence that it has its own anti-cancer activity too.

13 PAU D´ARCO: This tree bark was original thought to be a strong anti-cancer agent, but then its actions were clarified as strongly anti-bacterial, anti-yeast and anti-microbial. That alone might be enough in some cases of cancer cause. But new research on the differing ingredients has shown the quinoids possess immune strengthening abilities and seem to help in cases of blood and lymph cancers.

14 PAU D´ARCO: Research from a number of cancer centers including the Royal Marsden has shown its potential as a part of a treatment programme against oestrogen-driven cancers, from breast to prostate. One active ingredient in the so-called Herb of Hippocrates is the anti-oestrogen Genistein, which Professor Powles formerly of the Royal Marsden dubbed ´the anti-oestrogen´.

15 SHEEP´S SORRELL: Used in Essiac and other herbal remedies, it is a cleanser and aids healthy tissue regeneration. There is some suggestion from research that it helps normalise damaged cells and tissue. It is also a highly praised ´vermifuge´ – intestinal worms have little or no resistance to this herb.

16 SKULLCAP (Scutellaria barbata): Research has shown action against many cancer types, for example against cancers of the lung, stomach and intestines.

17 SUTHERLANDIA (Cancer Bush): Peer reviewed research studies indicate that this herb is anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-fungal. It boosts the immune system and inhibits Tumour Necrosis Factor, known to drive wasting in cancer patients.

18 THOROWAX, or HARES EAR (Bulpleurum scorzoneraefolium): Research has shown its ability to enhance the production of natural interferon and it seems especially useful in bone cancer.

19 WHEATGRASS: One of the top private hospitals in South East Asia extols the benefits of freshly juiced wheatgrass. One shot gives you the chlorophyll of some 12 or more kilograms of broccoli. It acts as a blood purifier, and liver and kidney cleansing agent. In research, after two weeks of daily use, blood and tissue oxygen levels improve, as does circulation.

20 SWEET WORMWOOD: Another Chinese Herb, this has outperformed certain anti-malaria drugs and is now used by the aid agencies. It is strongly anti-microbial and anti-yeast and can be used as an effective part of an anti-candida diet. Also certain cancer treatments cause excesses of yeasts to form (for example, in Leukemia treatment) threatening the patients health further. Excess yeasts are even felt by some cancer experts to be one of the causes of cancer. However, in recent research Wormwood has been shown to have direct anti-cancer properties.

Because of EU laws, which allow you to buy cigarettes, medicines and GM foods, but not herbs in the High Street, you will have to visit a herbalist to be prescribed the above herbs. To go to the ´Our Natural Selection Shop´.

Please be clear, no one is saying these herbs are not without any side-effects. Equally they may conflict with some drugs. The important point is that we are still discovering many of their benefits, albeit very slowly, because individual local herbalists just do not have the funds to conduct large scale clinical trials like the drugs companies do. You should seriously consider the usefulness of herbs as a part of your integrative cancer-fighting program. They just might make a serious difference to your health. But please make sure you go to an expert medical herbalist for clear and informed advice.

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This Beauty was on our back deck.

In The Fertile Fields / Reduce Blood Pressure Naturally / Friday: Engineering Week at the Museum of Science & Hist.

In the fertile fields
of our thoughts,
our feelings
and our dreams,


have been steadily
watered by tears
still flowing,
over the graves
of those who left
how very much
we Loved

     Flowers have been steadily growing.

When I
consider all the Love
I have known,
I am brought to
tearful appreciation.

In the chilly hours
of uncertainty,
old memories
can burn,
and leave one
to yearn.

It is then
we need to remember,
the Door never
our fear of Death never
that we are older
than our fears,
younger than our
that Love
is always just a heartbeat away –
the Heart
that beats within
for you.

“Just like a Flower
that can shatter a stone,
the same can apply to Love
that can shatter
a hardened and fearful

Debra Esterline

We appear to be
by a common
but the material
plane of illusion
only reflects
you and me.

Many decisions
seem to be based
more and more
on emotion,
rather than thought
and reason,
and Prayer

Our emotions are,
inadequate for dealing with
the stress
induced by superficial
and illusory
and constraints.

we do unreasonable
and dangerous things.
we teach to a
and not
to the Heart.

             The material plane of illusion.

My Dear Friends,
it does not matter
what a child has
if that precious Child
abandons all Hope.

Nothing learned
will matter,

As the world evolves
to become more complex
and irrational,
we fail to realize
how very fragile we are
and dependent
upon complex interactions.

We become
more and more ignorant
about what is truly happening.
We know next to nothing
about dependency,
or each other.

have we appreciated
our ignorance.

As our lack of awareness,
remains unchallenged,
we stagnate
in the infancy of understanding,
and do not know,
that we do not know,
the answers.

Nobody really knows.

the answers

are there.

Awareness of ignorance is the beginning of Wisdom.                    – Socrates

From every moment,
and from this moment on,
we have been
truly Blessed.

the folds and flow
of fervent Prayer,
the Sweet Bright Body
of Truth.

Brightly shinning,
the Vibrancy of the
Word of God
leaves the colors
of lessor words,
to fade
without a sound.

The Sweet Bright Body of Truth.

We cannot
upon our judgement
are only

is with you,
and within.

Place your
where it

the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities:

for we know not
what we should pray for

as we ought:
but the Spirit itself
maketh intercession for us

with groanings which cannot be uttered.”
Romans 8:26

May God Bless you
and Abide with you
on your inner Journey,
through which we move
from sound to silence,
from plurality to unity,
and from the imperfections
of ourselves and our World around us,
to the Beautiful Presence
of the Divine within.


       The Vibrancy of the Word of God

12 ways to reduce your blood pressure naturally
Chris Woollams
(Former Oxford University Biochemist
and founder of CANCERactive)

January 15, 2018

Do not smoke – there’s clear research showing this puts up blood pressure
Don’t be overweight – research shows that a controlled weight loss program reduces blood pressure. Your waistline size is also linked directly to blood pressure!

Take aerobic exercise – run, walk, jog, swim. Regular daily exercise for 45 minutes where you get out of breath is what’s required.

Avoid Stress – Stress has a devastating effect on blood pressure. Pinpoint your stress triggers, and try to cut those people and things out of your life. Make time to relax and calm down. Plan your week better, include times when you work, times when you relax, times when you are enjoying other interests.

Eat a Rainbow Diet – people who stick most closely to the Rainbow Diet avoid 11 chronic illnesses that beset the Western World – one being high blood pressure. Most notable factors are:

Avoid salt – higher sodium levels in the body are linked to higher blood pressure. You should cut foods such as Chinese meals, sausages, bacon, dried meats, salted nuts and crisps. You should focus on potassium-rich foods (avocado, banana, spinach, sweet potato, apricots, pomegranate) and magnesium-rich foods (almonds, figs, spinach, dark chocolate, pumpkin seeds). Eat fresh, not processed or packaged foods.

Eat more colorful vegetablesGlutathione in vegetables and fruits reduces blood pressure; Beetroot, for example, has been shown to reduce blood pressure levels by 5 points, as it contains nitrate which converts to nitric oxide, which dilates arteries. Watermelon contains citrulline and does the same; arginine is found in pumpkin seeds and pulses and reduces blood pressure. Other nitrate containing foods include green leafy vegetables, celery, fennel and broccoli.

Eat more soluble fibre foodsoats, barley, nuts, seeds and legumes (pulses) are the favorite foods of good gut bacteria and their consumption is linked to lowered blood sugar, lowered estrogen levels and lowered blood pressure.

Eat more Mediterranean foodsExtra Virgin Olive Oil, oily fish, pomegranate, flaxseed, garlic, onions – all these have proven benefits in reducing blood pressure.

Enjoy Sunshine – We all know you increase blood levels of vitamin D if you lie in the sunshine. But did you know our levels of serotonin increase and that generates happy hormones, cutting stress, and nitric oxide reducing blood pressure.

Caffeine – think coffee increases your blood pressure? Actually, the jury is out. In some people it does; in regular drinkers it doesn’t seem to.

Rainbow Diet book and Heal your gut book, click here.

            God is with you.

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A Lot Like Heaven / The Bio-Initiative Report / Friday: At School for Shakespeare Rehearsal

to my precious Mother,
Marie Gaul Anderson.

            HELLO to Love

When Sundown
pales the sky,
when it is time
to say goodbye,
have we
ever truly said
hello to Love,
hello to Life,
to living,
to laughter,
to leaving?

Have we
greeted the Evening
of Life,
as we did
our Morning?

Did we ever
truly come to know
the Sun that rises,
is the same Sun
that sets,
that the Heart
that beats for one
can live for all
and die without
that the Light
of Love
can shine
throughout our lives
and into the Hearts
of each and every

     The same Sun that sets.

From where I came,
the Earth
looked a lot like Heaven.
came from one
who gave me
who answered my
who forgave me,
sustained me,
and showed me
the Way,
who put me
to bed at night,
and turned on the Light
of Day,
who kept me clothed and fed,
and filled my Life with
Hope and Joy,
day after day after day.

The Child once we were can remain.

took me
to Church
and with me
showed me
there is more to Life
than living,
more to receive
in giving,
more to Love
than we can ever
or understand.

Let us give thanks
for the precious Mothers
of our World.
It is their
that sustains,
that remains,
that lights the Lamp
of Hope.

The Love of a Mother
that the Child
once we were,
can remain.


         A Lot Like Heaven.

Thank You!

My Dear Friends,
the following information
is truly

read it carefully
and take it
to Heart.

Our precious children
need our guidance
and good judgment.

Each new technology is a whole new World. And under every Flower there,    a serpent lies coiled. – Wm. C. Anderson

Cell Phones and Cancer

The World Health Organization
has classified cell phone radiation
as a class B carcinogen.

Dr. David Carpenter,
Dean at the School of Public Health
State University of New York,
believes that up to 30% of all childhood cancers
are associated with
electromagnetic (EMF) radiation exposure.

Cell phones emit high levels
of electromagnetic radiation
directly into your head,
actually heating it up in the process.
There is increasing amounts of scientific evidence
linking this to brain cancers.

Multiple recent studies,
including international scientists,
are urging governments to place stricter regulations
on cellphone use,
particularly due to the latest outcome
of their investigations:
Young people who use cell phones
before the age of 20
are five times more likely
to be at risk for malignant brain tumors
than children who do not use mobile phones.

Researchers of the 2012 Bioinitiative Report
agree that approximately ten years of cell phone use
may lead to tumors.
There are significant studies that directly correlate
RF radiation from cell phones with brain tumors.

The BioInitiative 2012 Report
was prepared by 29 authors from ten countries,
ten holding medical degrees (MDs), 21 PhDs,
and three MsC, MA or MPHs.
Among the authors are three former presidents of the Bioelectromagnetics Society.

read more

                     She turned on the Light of Day.

Studies report that:

The chance of developing a brain tumor
goes up as much as 40%
after a decade of cell phone use.
people are 5 times more likely
to develop a brain tumor
if they began using a cell phone
before the age of 20.
People have twice the risk
of developing the cancer known as “Glioma”,
if they use their cell phones for half an hour a day
for more than a decade.

People using cell phones for 2000 hours
have 240% greater risk for malignant brain tumors.

A significant report was released in 2009
by the International EMF Collaborative,
a team of international EMF scientists and activists,
entitled “Cell Phones and Brain Tumors:
15 Reasons for Concern, Science, Spin
and the Truth Behind Interphone”.

read more on children and cell phones from WebMd

Another study by an Israeli research group
found that there’s recently been a sharp 4-fold increase
in malignant tumors of the parotid gland
on the side of the face
the cell phone users generally hold the phone.
Parotid tumors have historically been very rare
and have shown up in people after the age of 50.
Most cases since 2001 have occurred
in people under the age of 20.

       More to Love than we can ever know.

Cordless land line phones
emit high levels of EMF radiation
and can be even more dangerous than cell phones!
And usually we speak longer on cordless phones

More than 31 million children use cell phones daily
close to four hours a day.
Cell phone radiation danger to children
is especially of concern,
as children absorb 50% more radiation than adults do,
because their skulls are thinner and smaller,
and EMFs penetrate much more deeply into their brains.
Their brains are more conducive to radiation
due to the higher water and ion concentration
in a developing brain.

Many health symptoms
due to cell phone radiation
show up early on and may precede
more serious disorders and diseases.

They include:

Chronic colds & flues
Headaches and “mind-fog”
Digestive disorders
Sleep disturbance.

Memory Loss
Chronic pain

        There is more to Life than living.

Brain cancer has now surpassed leukemia
as the number one cancer killing children,
and many scientists believe
this is directly linked to the exponential increases
in cell phone use
and other wireless devices.

One of the most comprehensive studies
testing the cell phone – cancer link on children
was conducted by Professor Lennart Hardell in Sweden.
The results of the study indicate that
children and teens
are 5 times more likely to get brain cancer
if they use cell phones.

A study conducted in 2009
by Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt
on autistic children
and their mothers during pregnancy
shows significant results,
strongly suggesting that:

“electromagnetic radiation
in the sleeping environment
of the mothers during pregnancy,
as well as electromagnetic radiation
in the sleeping environment of children,
may be a key contributing factor
if not a causative one –
in neurological impairments in children,
including autism.”

click here to read more

Forgive us Lord,
for we know not
what we do.

Come on Folks,
put the phone down
and just talk to your child.
Old fashioned conversations
much safer.

is called Love.

please don’t CALL me
and tell me
you agree.

“Oh I believe
there are, Angels among us
Sent down to us,
from somewhere up above.
They come to you and me,
in our darkest hours
To show us how to live,
to teach us how to give
To guide us with the light of Love.”
Don Goodman, Becky Hobbs
play song

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Your Happiness Matters Most of All / 8 of the Worst Foods for Your Body / Friday: SeaQuest Interactive Aquarium

Can your eyes find the Sun?

Your happiness
most of all.

you take a look
can your eyes find
the Sun,
knowing the day
is not done?

All existence
to fade,
like the dimming
of the Light
when the Sun
takes flight.

as God in our
becomes Prayer,
we come to know
deep in our Hearts,
that day
is never done,
and all things,
all thoughts
become One.

       When the Sun takes flight.

As long as
dwells in our Lives,
our Lives can be
truly lived.
My Friends,
the great Truths
are simple:
hold someone
by the hand,
and let the Light of Life
begin again.

It does not
take much Love
to keep you
night and day.

We can Love
without complete
does that.
“Look at this man

So Blessed with inspiration.
Look at this Soul.
Still searching for Salvation.
I don’t know much,
But I know I Love you.
And that may be
all I need to know.”
Cynthia Weil, Tom Snow, Barry Mann
play song

             It does not take much Love.

    My Dear Friends,
a Life
left to chance,
may never

“I have no desire
to live comfortably,
nor do I wish
to be rich.
To be happy
is to wander freely,
to study the Book
of Nature
with my feet
over its

To taste the
it must be
The bitter of Life,
is far too often

Use your Love
to exhaust
your Hate.

Your happiness matters.

you stare into
the abyss
long enough,
the abyss
stares back at

Thomas Edison,
father of recorded sound,
and Alexander Graham Bell,
inventor of the telephone,
stared into the abyss,
and made these discoveries while
researching into the
Spirit World.

Edison wanted to
listen in on the
was invented as a result
of trying to capture psychic influences
on gases fluctuating in front of
a cathode ray tube.

The origin of the television set
was heavily shrouded in
spiritualism and the occult,
writes author Stefan Andriopoulos in his book
Ghostly Apparitions.

The television was intended as an almost
magical box
through which we could watch distant events unfold,
a kind of technological
crystal ball.

 Andriopoulos’s book puts the TV
into a long line of other “optical media”
that go back at least as far as
weird Renaissance experiments
involving technologically-induced
such as concave mirrors, magic lanterns,
disorienting walls of smoke, and other
ghostly apparitions”
and “phantasmagoric projections”
created by speciality devices.
These were conjuring tricks, sure,
but they relied on sophisticated understandings
of such basic things as light, shadow, and acoustics,
making an audience see –
and believe in
– an illusion.
read more
the origin of technologies
may help us
understand the allure
and the effect
they have upon our
Each new technology
is a whole new World.
And under every Flower there,
a serpent lies
“Of splendour in the grass,
of glory in the Flower;

We will grieve not, rather find
Strength in what remains behind;
In the primal sympathy
Which having been must ever be;
In the soothing thoughts that spring
Out of human suffering;
In the faith that looks through death
Thanks to the human heart by which we live,
Thanks to its tenderness, its joys, and fears”
– William Wordsworth
“Intimations of Immortality
from Recollections of Early Childhood”.

8 of the Worst Foods for Your Body

Many people think of healthy eating as consuming a certain number of calories per day. But the truth is, it’s not just about how much you eat but the quality of the food you eat, and how safely it’s been produced. Read on for some of the worst foods you can put in your body –
you’ll certainly be surprised by a few!

Related: Top 10 Foods Most Likely to Make You Sick

1. Microwave Popcorn

Workers in microwave popcorn factories have actually developed an extremely rare form of lung cancer from inhaling fumes. If that isn’t enough of a reason to avoid the stuff, here’s another: the lining of the bags contains perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), a substance that has been linked to several other forms of cancer and infertility.

Plus, so many microwave popcorns are loaded with bad fats and sodium. Homemade air-popped popcorn can actually be a health food, believe it or not, so stick to that for your next movie night.

Related: 25 Healthy Ways to Season Stove-Popped Popcorn

 2. Non-Organic Apples

Last year, apples won the dubious honor of being the most pesticide-laden produce. Because they aren’t very resistant to pests, apples tend to get sprayed more. They’re also treated with pesticides to extend their shelf life.  If you’re an apple lover, always, always, always buy organic  – or don’t buy ‘em at all. Your body will thank you!

3. Soda

Several studies have directly linked soda consumption to higher instances of cardiovascular disease, cancer, depression, obesity—you name it. Diet soda isn’t off the hook, either. Here are 9 Disturbing Side Effects of Soda.

Related: How to Quit Soda Now

4. Chips

Many brands of chips contain unimaginable amounts of sodium and fat—one bag can often be more than a day’s worth. But it’s not just the nutritional concerns to think about here – chips also contain acrylamide, a chemical that comes with an increased risk of several forms of cancer and infertility. You can also find the scary stuff in french fries.

Try these instead: Crunchy Kale Chips with Sea Salt & Sesame Seeds

5. Canned Tomatoes

Aside from being far less delicious than the real thing, canned tomatoes have the added “perk” of bisphenol-A (BPA) on the cans’ lining. This is the stuff nightmares are made of: BPA has been linked to fetal abnormalities, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, thyroid issues and even cancer. It’s been banned for use in baby bottles, and overall bans are being considered nationwide. You can get up to 50 mg of the stuff from canned tomatoes; the acidity makes them more difficult to package than most products, so a safe alternative has been difficult to find. Your best bet, though, is to avoid them all together. Stick to fresh tomatoes or, if need be, tomatoes packaged in glass jars.

6. NonOrganic Celery

Celery is one of the dirtiest of all vegetables—the Environmental Working Group has founded dozens upon dozens of different pesticides on the non-organic stuff.  As with apples, go organic or don’t go at all.

7. Milk with Artificial Hormones

Many farmers give their cows artificial hormones so they will produce more milk — good for their bottom line, not so good for our health. These hormones lead to higher rates of another hormone, IGF-1, which is thought to increase instances of cancer in humans. Look for milk that is certified organic, or labelled with either BGH-free or BST-free.

Also Check Out: Skim Milk Doesn’t Do a Body Good

8. Margarine

If margarine didn’t have any food dye in it, it’d be a delightful shade of gray. If that isn’t evidence enough, what is?!  Though margarine is often thought of as a healthier version of butter (there’s no cholesterol, right?) it’s also a wonderfully terrible source of trans fats – stuff that does, indeed, raise your cholesterol. Here’s your excuse to go back to the real stuff – or, of course, olive oil!

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