We all like the convenience of tea bags. Many of us have a lot of loose leaf teas and use tea balls or the wonderful bags from Mountain Rose Herbs that are disposable and compostable. (I do not get any money from the sale of their tea bags by the way.) However, most of us also like to purchase bagged tea to have available for guests or even ourselves. It has become complicated buying these products as the bags can be made with just about anything nowadays including plastic.
I love green tea and enjoy trying various organic green teas. I recently purchased a bagged tea from a company by the name of Rishi®. I opened up one of the packets and the tea smelled delightful, however the bag appeared to be plastic. So, I called the company up and asked what was up with the plastic bag. I found out it was indeed plastic but they thought it was important to know that it is made from corn. I told them I was concerned about any synthetic plastic, no matter what it was made from. I then asked if it was being made from an organic corn product. The box said it was organic, but I knew a small percent of the product is allowed to be non-organic by organic rules. They said it was not. The bag was made from market corn. I then asked the person if they realized that market corn is more likely to be GMO, than non-GMO. They did, but they said the end product (the bag) had been tested and showed no GMO corn could be found in the end product. (Not unusual with a synthesized product that is now something entirely different than the corn it started with.) I told them even if this product would not leach out plastic into my tea, and even if there is no taint of GMO left to be found in the product, I was still taking the product back to the store I purchased it at and talking to their manager about the product. There is no way, I wanted to support the growing of GMO corn. There are two possible types of GMO corn that I know of. One is the type of GMO corn that does not die when certain herbicides are sprayed on it. The one used the most has been RoundUp Ready® corn that allows the farmer to put tremendous amounts of herbicide on the plant and soil. There is also the newer 2,4-D resistant corn too. 2,4-D was one of the ingredients in Agent Orange, that was used with devastating effect during the Vietnam war. The second type of GMO Corn actually secretes an insecticide called Bacillus thuringiensis. and the insecticide basically destroys the insect's gut. There is some evidence it may disrupt the human gut function also.
Glyphosate, which is the active ingredient in RoundUp has been shown to cause damage to the gut flora. You do have to question with all the research available, if GMOs are a major part of the gastrointestinal illness that has escalated. There does appear to be a correlation when you look at graphs of the two time lines. Any way, the bottom line for me is that I don't intend to drink tea out of a plastic bag and certainly will limit any support of GMOs even if the seller tries to convince me it is OK. I don't like the effect of the insecticides and herbicides on the water, soil and food. By the way, glyphosate will volatilize off from fields or yards it was sprayed on, when sprayed on a hot day. It also drifts off fields or yards by the wind and we breathe it in while driving past the farmers field or walking down a side walk where your neighbor or a business sprayed it. Just some food for thought. For more food for thought, go to the last link below, even if you don't check out the others. For further information on GMO corn & a few other GMO articles: GMO Beer RoundUp® tolerant Corn GMO Food Sold as Organic New Pathogen Associated with RoundUp® Glyphosate Injecting Itself into the Structure of our BodiesThis one is really eye opening, if you do not know about the relationship between the amino acid glycine and glyphosate.
What did people do to repopulate their gut microbiome before probiotics were available to purchase at the store?
I will give you a hint. The answer is related to why people who live close to the earth, such as native people, or back to the earth organic farmers, have a healthier microbiome than a city person. These people have healthy soil on their hands, and on their food,. They are also not afraid to eat a little dirt. This is the key. Most societies also make some sort of bacterial cultured food, that was allowed to ferment. Examples would be kefir, yogurt, and sauerkraut. I have cultured most of the vegetables I have grown, as well as many berries. My Grandmother use to culture meat. I have tried my hand at dry culturing pork, but not wet culturing meat in a crock like she did. My dad says it was barely edible. Most of what I have cultured has been a good experience.
Our food normally has a variety of bacteria on it that repopulates our gut. If you are living on healthy soil, growing/harvesting food from that healthy soil, and you eat fresh food right out of the garden, you end up with a variety of beneficial microbes repopulating your gut. (Watch out for dog, racoon, cat or other poo.)
With the advent of the use of chemicals on our food and soil, the microbes and fungus that once maintained a healthy soil life and fed our gut became different. The soil was no longer teaming with these wonderful organisms and minerals have either disappeared or become chlelated and unavailable due to them binding with chemicals. People started washing their food really well before eating as now their was concern about toxic microbes, and toxic chemicals. Our whole food chain changed. However, there are ways to enliven and nurture your soil back to health.
Once again, people are learning to repopulate their soils with healthy organisms. There are a variety of choices of how to do this. The concepts are pretty simple, but people approach it from different angles. Everything from a spiritual point of view such as you get from Biodynamic Farming, which uses small energetically potentized preparations teaming with good critters and nutrients to support the soil and plants, to scientific microbiolgoical examination of soil and application of organisms with compost, and compost type sprays. Both angles use additional common sense activities to support a good soil environment.
Nutrient cycling is possible because of the beneficial organisms in the soil. The soil requires a variety of bacteria, fungi, protozoa and nematodes. In a perennial system it also requires microarthropods. You can read more about nutrient cycling by looking at David Coleman and the Soil Ecology Society publications, or check out Elaine Ingham on line.
I was asked recently what my number one environmental
concern was. I found it impossible to come up with one, most important
environmental concern. We should be
living in a paradise, but there is so much to be improved in our world. Our air,
water and food are tainted. We are indoctrinated as little children to accept
our tainted planet and society as it is. We are taught to become good little
worker bees. We learn to take our place in society. However, recently many more
of us worker bees have been waking up and realizing there are some serious
problems in our world. Problems created from the types of activities all of us
worker bees are undertaking at the command of some not so nice Queen bees
These Queen bees and our acceptance as their worker bees are the root of
many of our environmental problems.
When we wake up, we notice that the entire environment, the
environment within us and the environment outside of us is struggling to
survive, while hoping for a better future. There is much that needs to be done.
Education is paramount. More people need to be educated as to the large-scale
socio-political concerns that affect the planet. There are people who like to
collect power/money who use their power and money to gain control over food,
water, medicine, energy sources etc. Their aim is to continually gain more
power and more money. In their plan we all remain their worker bees by whatever
means is necessary.These misaligned
Queen bees have infected our society. We have to stop working for and feeding
the Queen bees. We need to support only healthy aspects of our society.
As we educate each other, more and more people are waking
out of their stupor and realizing they are automatons for these greedy Queen
Bees. The Queen Bees have been able to control the worker bees as they have
made the worlds population think they are all dependent on the Queen bees for
their survival. People are no longer taught to be independent in thought or
action. People lack the daily survival skills necessary to create their
shelters, grow their own food, to take charge of their own health care. These
are things we once knew how to do. These skills are easy to gain again and some
worker bees have continued to pass the wisdom on to others.
We can provide for ourselves in a much healthier manner than
the misaligned Queen bees can. The shelters they provide are built with toxins
and are expensive. The health care provided is really sick care and is not
affordable. It does not actually keep people healthy. Even the food provided is
laced with chemicals and now is genetically modified. Science has shown the
dangers of the toxic chemicals and genetic modification of the food. However
this data until recently was kept under wraps by the people who benefit from
selling toxic seeds and food (AKA Queen Bees). It is easy for them to buy
silence and easy for them to use massive advertising to control the minds of
the worker bees as long as the worker bees stay in their stupor.
Once we are awakened from this hold the Queen Bees have had
on us, it is through gaining self-sufficiency skills and learning to be independent
from the Queen bees mega corporations that we will be able to say goodbye to
their control. We need interdependence with others of like mind rather than
dependence on ill intentioned Queen Bees.Learning to reconnect and support each other on a community level is
necessary and brings great joy and a feeling of greater purpose to individuals
in the community. It is imperative that we learn the skills necessary to live
on this planet in a harmonious way with each other and all planetary beings.
The process of learning physical skills is necessary, fun,
self-empowering and will change our society. All of us need to learn as many
life skills as possible. Touch the Earth: Start a garden if you don’t have one.
Community gardens exist in most cities. If there are not enough community
garden spaces, find out what needs to be done to get more city land available
for gardeners.Knowing how to grow your
own food is not only important for survival; it will enhance your physical,
mental, emotional and spiritual growth. Take the time to learn other
self-sufficiency skills you have an interest in. You can never have too many
Learn to preserve the food you grow by drying, canning,
fermenting, freezing and salting. Grow and preserve herbs so you can provide
your own medicine.Chickens are easy to
raise and many cities allow hens. Some cities allow goats in the yard under
certain conditions. If your city does not allow chickens and or goats, get the
laws changed. Goats can provide milk and it is easy to make cheese. Most people
don’t realize fresh goat milk tastes great. Goats are easy to care for once you
understand them. Learn to use your hands to create a beautiful living
environment. Learn how you can become less dependent on the electrical grid and
all aspects of our out of control socio-political system.
We need to change
things quickly. The fastest way to change society is to work from an energetic
level. Each and every one of us on this planet, including the planet is all a
twitch in the mind of Spirit whom we are intricately connected to through the
breath of life. It is through the spiritual realization that we are all one
that true change takes place. The more people realize this, the faster change
will take place. It is necessary for us to realize we are all interconnected to
understand what affects one, affects all. If you understand this, you know the
most important thing that any of us can know. Help others to understand this.
The spiritual level
is where change can take place the quickest. Many people realize that they
co-create reality with others. The place where this creation begins to take
place is on the energetic level. We have to be responsible for what emotions
and thoughts we will support and nourish into reality. We, and all that exists
in our environment are made up of the emotions and thoughts that we allowed to
become reality in the past. We need to nourish our current thoughts and
emotions that will lead us into beautiful dreams of the future for our planet.
To do this we need to stay in the moment and pay attention to our emotions, and
our thoughts. We need to nurture those emotions and thoughts that will create
beauty and harmony in our lives.We must
all take responsibility for our current creation and work towards the changes
necessary for us all to live a beautiful life. It is possible and it is already
taking place around and within us!
Things to Remember
Government is not in control of our financial system. A group of large private banks
and large corporations are in control. They manipulate us through the central
banks and government as well as financial markets. Our feeding into this system keeps it alive.
Voting for governmental office may not change much, but
voting with how we spend our money changes everything. Pay attention to where
you invest all your time and energy including your money. Don’t support the
large private banks and corporations if you don't see them doing good in society. Look for options. Giving them our money, gives them power.
We can take back the power we have given the
mega-corporations (not all are bad). We have the power to transform our society by withdrawing
your money from those who engage in destructive behavior and by channeling our
money to those who are engaged in positive behavior. Be careful and educate
yourself as to who the real problem corporations are. The mainstream news will
not identify them for you. In fact the mainstream news will disguise the true
culprits and make them look like they are your saviors. They will vilify those
who are truly out to do good by the masses.
We have the power to refuse to work for companies that are not beautifying the world. Choose to only
work for people who are doing good in the world. Start your own business, if you can’t find anyone in your line of business, who is providing
a safe and beautiful world with the items they are selling or the service they
Learn about alternative currency, community currency, and
Invest locally, invest with people you trust.
Get down to the nitty gritty: Money is a form of solidified energy. Where do you deposit your
money. Is the bank, credit union etc. local? Does it focus on lending locally
and giving money back to the local community? Where do you purchase your
groceries and other things you need? Is the money staying in the local
community or does it have a headquarters that is outside of your community?
Where do these businesses invest their money? Is it in your local community?
This is an exciting time to be alive. We are creating a
beautiful world. Our dreams lead to ideas, our ideas lead to actions and our
actions lead to the materialization of our beautiful world. If we dream
carefully, and choose ideas for their goodness and beauty, we can take action and be blessed by what we have created.
We all know berries taste good, and many of us know they are healthy for us. Scientific research has shown berries support immune function, mental health, reduce obesity, reduce risk of cardiovascular disease, and type II diabetes. I think of berries as being helpful to prevent or reduce on-going inflammation in the body. Therefore they are a source of protection for many of todays chronic diseases that afflict humans.
Basically all bright colored edible berries will contain anthocyanidins that are associated with anti-inlammatory activity and the health benefits berries are known for. These berrries include but are not limited to blueberries, huckleberries, elderberries, cranberries, currants, strawberries, lingonberries, chokeberries, blackberries, thimbleberries, raspberries and marionberries.
Some of you know how I love to ferment things. It is interesting to note that fermented blueberry juice was recently found to have an anti-adipogenic activity in petri dishes and with mice. In real people talk that means it decreases fat cell creation and may have anti-obesity properties for humans.
Serratia vaccinii is a bacteria found on some blueberry skins. It had been found that fermentation of blueberries with this bacteria found on the skins of the berries, was able to greatly increase the phenolic content and increase its antioxidant activity. This same fermented blueberry juice has been used on mice to decrease high blood sugar levels in diabetic mice and to reverse adiponectin levels which the researchers think will have an anti-obesity action. (Adiponectin is a protein made by fat cells that circulates in the bloodstream, acting as a messenger. It plays a role in how the body uses sugar, or glucose, and fat for energy.)
Basically this recent research ended up identifying fermented blueberry juice as being a potential agent to use for obesity and diseases related to obesity. Additionally, the researchers identifed chlorogenic acid and catechol as the active components of fermented blueberry juice in this case.
I would point out that chlorogenic acid is a major component of green bean coffee extract. It has been reported to reduce blood sugar levels and potentially exert an anti-diabetic effect as well as being implicated in weight loss in humans