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Broccoli is man made… Should we Eat Broccoli?

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Where did Broccoli Come From?

According to Wikipedia: “Broccoli is a result of careful breeding of cultivated leafy cole crops in the northern Mediterranean starting in about the 6th century BC.[5] Since the time of the Roman Empire, broccoli has been considered a uniquely valuable food among Italians.”
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Are Hybrids and GMO unnatural?

A GMO is a genetically modified biological substance that could not have possibly come about in nature. An unnatural process was used to bring together genes that were not designed to be together on the earth. They often have damaged DNA resulting from the inclusion and can have unintended and unpredictable results. Hybrids come about by man or nature naturally breeding plants of compatible DNA. If the breeder tries to breed plants that are not compatible naturally then the project fails. Nature creates hybrids every second of every day being one of the ways evolution works to create new species more adapted to the environment.

Should I eat Broccoli? Should I feed it to my kids.

Every plant is both poison and medicinal based on the amount you eat because of the compounds within. Personally, my body didn’t come from another planet nor a laboratory thus it has evolved to utilize what its gets from plants to solve problems in my “mammal like” body.  Eat too little and my body can’t solve 200,000 year old problems and if I eat too much it can’t solve 200,000 year old problems.  Chronic illness is mostly the result of not eating what a “mammal like” body needs to solve problems.

As an example cancer in my mammal body is it’s upgrade system, it mutating cells is one way of creating new features to help it’s species to adapt to the environment. However most features fail and need to destroyed thus my 200,000 year old cleanup system, modern doctors call the components of it they understand as an immune system. That immune system is one of the millions of systems in my “mammal like” body that thrives on not only the minerals and vitamins in a cooked plant but also the living enzymes and compounds in a raw living plant.

Scientifically:
If my “mammal like” ancestors ate it then my” mammal like” body needs it today. Broccoli, having come from those ancestral plants and still has the genetics and some or all of the vitamins, minerals, enzymes and brocco unique compounds. It is an genetics experiment in the same way eating apples from different trees are. Because they are all unique have different DNA as the evolve generation to generation and even through clone mutations  genetics. They all have the same look and shape but each is distinct and make a different cocktail of compounds in minute percentages.

Naturally:
Broccoli is one of my favorite foods because I get cravings for it. Science now explains why we get cravings and the human reward system for eating what you crave.   At times when I see some…  I want to bite it raw and I salivate.  And other times I get no cravings ad could care less if I eat it.  How did that happen I ask myself being a kid and adult who hated vegetables? In my 30’s I significantly cut back foods made by food chemists with sugars and natural compounds made to invoke my bodies reward system. Being a great business plan, the chemist uses a humans body to trick them into eating any products over and over regardless of if the nutrition is present. This reward system in evolution is used to encourage mammals to eat more of a food their  “mammal like” body needs to solve internal problems. This it is one of the ways our bodies communicate with us.

Like a plant there are 2 methods to feed our bodies either force feeding by a farmer of strategic feeding by symbiotic relationships between the plant and fungi/microbiology. One way the plants evolved to eat to ensure they have all they need to fight disease, develop pesticides, moisture saving saps, etc. The other way is an experiment in feeding plants how they have never been fed devoid of microbiology but chemistry. With my minimal human brain capacity it’s obvious one way seems to be supported because it sells fertilizer and bagged minerals. The other is highly focused in ways we don’t even have the knowledge of how, let alone technology to understand or replicate.  The same applies to my “mammal like” body, for 200,000 years it used cravings and salivating to tell me what I need to eat. Ie. Look at a new forming apple on a tree all nasty looking and gnarled up… however look at a large ripe red juicy apple… that sensation to bite it can be trusted like the sensation to avoid the unripened one. Same with a green forming tomato and a ripe colorful one. Without these learned instincts that became genetic tools we would have died of long ago.
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I trust the 200,000 years and my bodies readjustments away from eating tricky chemist processed foods. My body is now communicating with me when it needs us to eat something with certain compounds. I was raised on processed foods that confused and prevented my body from communicating with my over what it needs. Eating for taste is what puts the C in Chronic illness based all in immune system deficiencies. Thus my body is now solving problem like colds, flu viruses, headaches before I can recognize any symptoms. My body loves broccoli and it works better now than when i was in my teens with in-tacked telomeres and active stem cells.

It is very possible there are humans who have “mammal like” bodies that evolved far from broccoli’s natural ancestors who have bad responses to it. They shouldn’t eat it. The paramount point is to:
#1. Stop eating processed foods to a percentage when your body can’t communicate with you.
#2. Then trust what your body tells you. Your on the same side unlike anyone else.

No one else on the planet has your genetics nor do we have the technology to know the affect of everything on everyone.

 

Ken

Disclaimer: Man is the one of the newest creatures on the planet and he has only begun to have the technology to study natural processes. The person whether they wear a tie die shirt or lab coat can’t possibly know anything much deeper than observation and the limits of our technology, which tends to tells us how much we don’t understand. My credentials are base on my body and my genetics in which I have not seen a doctor in over a decade, I’m over 40, not taken a medication/drug in over 10 years and have not had any sickness include a cold or anything deemed common. A few years ago I had a sore throat for a few hours which I think came from dust. In my experience the human body is not designed for sickness but it’s designed to thrive on our environment and what we have eaten for 200,00 years.

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How much chlorine is in coffee?

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chlorine is in coffee
chlorine is in coffee

This morning I was wondering about how much chlorine is in coffee made in an automatic coffee machines? Most automatic coffee machines that I’ve seen boil water which by pressure is forced through tubing to the top of the machine and drips back into the filter. Why even ask the question? Well mostly because I try to live healthier whenever I can as opposed to going with the flow in a society with decaying health. I’m not sure if my back is back to eden but certain back to great grandpa because his generation lived much live and were far stronger and healthier. Every aspect of American life has become consumable and unsustainable so I question every time I’m told I need to keep buying something over and over… that there is no better way.

I’m told to add a carbon based chlorine filter to my coffee filter because there is significant chlorine in coffee after brewing. I pause on the idea of adding carbon filters to my coffee/morning routine. There are increased dangers of not swapping out the filters in time and I can barely keep up with swapping the water filter. Also I’d prefer a much more sustainable approach out side of the healthy choice of harvesting well water. If your ok trucking water check out Where to Harvest Spring Water in your area and thanks Collin for the link. There is no real harm in drinking small bits of carbon because its relatively chemically inert and should just pass right through you. I once dug so deep in my garden I hit carbon deposits… I eat carbon all the time i’m sure not to mention for the most part all humans are carbon based except politicians I think.

The Hidden Dangers Of Drinking Water

After doing a little research I’ve concluded I’m not concerned with how much chlorine is in coffee after using tap water in my morning coffee process. (Yes I drink coffee eat morning, it perhaps is a poison but we all pick which areas to go healthier first.) My thought is my process makes the water in my coffee safer than the few dumb times I drink from the tap without filter first because I didn’t fill the water pitcher the night before.

1. The sink has a aerator which is designed to remove some of the chlorine gas. This is why you smell Chlorine when running the faucet.

2. The pour from the coffee machine and into the cup removes more, like all exchanges between air and water allows gas to escape.

3. As the water boils and drips back into the filter more Chlorine is removed from my diet.
A video on how the standard automatic coffee machine works:

4. Seldom do I make it to the coffee machine immediately(gas escaping) and slowly sip it even more is remove. Sitting water is a way to let the gas escape and hot water/coffee release more chlorine gas. I would think much more than cold more inert water in that heating water is a documented way to remove chlorine.

I will not be changing my morning process, I can’t see where anyone should really be concerned about coffee prepared in these machines sipped over the morning. As I take my last sip from coffee I started drinking at 6am, it is now 12:46. As for my drinking water I tend to fill it at night and the pitcher degases as I sleep.

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Kokedama Hallelujah Floating Mountain Care

Hallelujah Floating Mountain Scape String Garden
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Hallelujah Floating Mountain Scape String Garden
Hallelujah Floating Mountain Scape String Garden

 

We are having fun making the mystical floating mountains in a string garden window scape in the store. This type of window gardening is derived from the Japanese are of Kokedama except with are using lightweight pots covered in peat moss to take i unique earth form shapes.

Whether sunrise or sunset, your window will look amazing and unique with this form of string gardening. Add a mister for an even more dramatic effect,

For those who love the fairy genre, thy can also be floating fairy mountains by just adding a few fairy accessories… imagine the possibilities.

Watering Care:

Succulent Mountains – Water once every other week
House Plant Mountains – Water every other day, be sure to mist until you see a drip from the drain hole to ensure thorough watering.
Bonsai Mountain Pots –  Water daily, be sure to mist until you see a drip from the drain hole to ensure thorough watering.

Water for most of the window gardens is as simple as misting or using a turkey baster to limit the flow of water so the landscape doesn’t eroded. You can even place a saucer on a chair to catch the water for 10 minutes or til dripping stops. You can even take the pot down and hang it lower to dangle in a bucket of water. With so many scape to care for we simply mist and keep on moving.

Moss Terrain Care:
If your mountain has moss keep in mind the moss will adsorb alot of water before letting it seep into the soil beneath for the other plants. For this reason,  (just like with bonsai) rarely should you completely moss over the soil but use rocks to create an easier  watering area. You can always peel back a small section of moss to get an idea how much water it absorbs until it’s hydrated enough to seep. I can’t stress enough for bonsai and house plants to water until you see a drip from the drainage. Personally I mostly like a green mossy look as opposed to dried brown most look thus I replace the moss on occasion until I have the look I like. We sell moss in sheets and it’s easy to remoss the landscape.

Doing aerial bonsai on floating mountains breaks away from tradition but is so rewarding and endless fun.

You can now see our scapes at both locations or shop online here at greenologyorganics.com for Hallelujah Floating Mountain pots. Happy string gardening.

 

Orchid Hallelujah Floating Mountain Scape

 

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Dwarf Cherry Bonsai Hallelujah Floating Mountain Scape
Dwarf Cherry Bonsai Hallelujah Floating Mountain Scape
Hallelujah Floating Mountain Scape
Hallelujah Floating Mountain Scape

Hallelujah Floating Mountain Scape

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The Recycle Debate

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The fact there is a growing voice against recycling was news to me. I thought we all pretty much decided it was a good thing that we all should do even if we don’t. After watching the topics I actually have to say I personally feel they have a few good points as to why this one fix all solution isn’t a great final solution. We had to start somewhere but perhaps now this tactical “solution” requires more surgical strategic “solutions” with an S.

The main point being made that I agree with is that if recycling a material takes more energy than making a new one then we need to reconsider this item is a good fit for mass recycling. As example glass is said to cost more energy to recycle then to make a new glass product. The idea is that they use use the same steps/energy to make the glass on top of a few steps/energy to remove the color and other additives not to mention the collection and sifting steps consumption. Glass I would think is a good fit to reuse not recycle in that it is harming the planet on the en mass intent to help.

In my opinion I think we do need to address recycling with some good studies and data to redetermine what makes a good material to recycle or simply just reuse personally or “locally”. We have very creative people in this country with no materials and the amazing things I’ve seen glass and aluminum reused for are amazing.

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My rule of thumb until my I’m educated otherwise we be reuse before I consider adding it to the mass collection recycle bins.

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Koi Ponds in Cold Cold Climates

Pond After Clearing The Sow For Light
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Hey folks,

Sitting in our fourth big snow storm in Pennsylvania in an unseasonably cold and snowy year I thought I would share my experience on winter Koi keeping.

When it comes to dealing with nature my approach is always back to nature because I figure she knows whats she is doing with about a couple million years on her resume. Koi have no issue with mild snow/ice as they are from seasonal regions, that being said… all snows/winters are not equal. Because we were hit with snow storm after storm my ponds have been covered in snow and that bad in nature observing opinion. Looking at natural ponds and river systems they thaw quicker then small garden ponds and tend to have air holes(at water entry pond from warmer spring or stream inlets), thus this is the what we should replicate. I can guess light and aeration are among the reasons why but will not claim to know all the billions of bacteria supporting pond life nor the inputs their systems need to replicate natures balance.

Koi Pond Iced and Snowed Over
Koi Pond Iced and Snowed Over

 

 

 

 

 

Pond After Clearing The Sow For Light
Pond After Clearing The Sow For Light

 

I  always clear off the snow from my ponds if the snow doesn’t melt after a few days to allow the sunlight to penetrate the ice to reach the bottom of the pond. Most problems with Koi tend to happen in the early spring because the unnatural ponds we have are out of whack and there is no balance allowing a parasite, bacteria or algae to thrive beyond what it could in a natural balanced pond. A big part of this is letting the pond stay in darkness too long.

U shaped PVC attached to pump on shelf
U shaped PVC attached to pump on shelf

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PVC pump outlet keeping/reopening air hole
PVC pump outlet keeping/reopening air hole

I also like to turn off my falls and stream in the winter and relocate the pumps from the deep to the shelves as to not chill the water too much. For aeration I rig up and little angled PVC that only an inch or 2 above the surface reducing the chilling affect but keeping the spec’d pumps max aeration. If your like me, I don’t always get every leaf out of the pond from fall so I ensure I don’t run into problems from leaves from breaking down with the max aeration. This PVC will freeze over in the coldest times but comes right back to action as soon as the day ventures over freezing. Oddly I have never lost a pump this way so i never used an idea I have including a pressure relief valve to a second underwater pvc to kick in when the above water line freezes. Lastly this setup keeps an air hole always open for the Koi without me having to drill one, fall in or rip the liner banging open one(yes i’ve fallen in up to my knee in winter, shame I was dumb enough to but thank goodness I became smart enough to stop) or run a surface deicer.  

I use 2 1 inch PVC elbo’s and no more then 8 inches of PVC works well and only freezes when it get down to the teens. I would not recommend this for a pond less then 3 feet deep, in that case use a good pond heater.

I’ll leave you good folks with an awesome sub ice Koi video from Davids Cooks youtube. Great video David!

Koi Pond Frozen. [HQ] Winter January 2014 By David Cook

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Natural Balance Through Aquatic Features and Koi Ponds

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Since the beginning of time man has sought to live around and spend time by the waters. Water and swimming fish bring a since of peace and serenity to every garden and room. This year consider adding a natural wildlife pond or water feature to add more serenity and peace to your garden while attracting natural predators of bad bugs eating your garden.

buttefly koi
buttefly koi

 

Organic gardening is all about natural balance, and water can help do that for yours.

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Use More Natural Pots

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Consider using 100% natural or partial natural material pots this year. Plastic pots are not only made from oil and most are not BPA free, seeping toxins in your soil and potentially off gassing in your home. I will not get into the in depth debates about how bad or harmful a pot can be when common sense is to simply lean on the side of caution and progress towards more natural pots as you can.

I using mostly natural pottery now simply because the pots can not only last longer but have an amazingly look and go well with most decor. Greenology has a large assortment of natural pots as well as many garden shops in most areas.

succulent in hypertufa
succulent in hypertufa

 

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Cleaning Art – Tilandsia

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Decorate green and help clean house air at the same time with one of the easiest plants to care for.  Tillandsia require no soil, ok in low light and need only a few squirts or dunking in water twice a week.

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Plants proven to be indoor air cleaners in Nasa Study

 

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Natural Lifestyle

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Elephant EarLiving natural is adopting the goal of identifying and reducing your exposure to non natural(chemical) elements on a regular basis. We do this with the common sense disclaimer that no one in a developed nation can actually truly live natural and organic because progress and technology saturated most of the environments and needs we have with chemical elements. Each time you think about it in life attempt to that the natural path where it is feasible within the lifestyle you wish to live.

 

There is no race, no ranking and no finish but only a journey of increasing your health by replacing chemical solutions with the natural ones. Each day cherishing the return to  healthier common sense sustainable solutions your family will thrive on.

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