Changing gut bacteria through diet affects brain function, UCLA study shows

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I found this out on my own! So exciting to see studies coming out showing mind and gut are intimately connected.

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01 JUN 2013

UCLA researchers now have the first evidence that bacteria ingested in food can affect brain function in humans. In an early proof-of-concept study of healthy women, they found that women who regularly consumed beneficial bacteria known as probiotics through yogurt showed altered brain function, both while in a resting state and in response to an emotion-recognition task.

The study, conducted by scientists with UCLA’s Gail and Gerald Oppenheimer Family Center for Neurobiology of Stress and the Ahmanson–Lovelace Brain Mapping Center at UCLA, appears in the June edition of the peer-reviewed journal Gastroenterology.

The discovery that changing the bacterial environment, or microbiota, in the gut can affect the brain carries significant implications for future research that could point the way toward dietary or drug interventions to improve brain function, the researchers said.

“Many of us have a container of yogurt in our refrigerator that we may eat for…

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DIY Probiotic For Your Health

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Science is finding our gut flora and fauna feed our body and impact our physical and mental health. Anything that harms life here on earth harms our gut life too. From dirt to gut, herbicides, pesticides, plastics, pharmaceuticals, and processed foods are destroying our health and life on this earth. Restore your health by making your own probiotics with fermented foods. Compared to the expensive probiotics bought in the store, making your own is very cheap and very easy.

Originally posted on Scratch Living:

Do it yourself fermented foods have not only restored my gut health, they have also chased away my fatigue and cognitive fog/depression I’ve battled with for years. Most important, gut health is immune system health. With rising costs of healthcare and strange illness our immune system does not know, showing up through our open border policy, we need a healthy immune system. Here is the secret about why probiotic from naturally fermented foods are little miracle workers.

“Within this one side dish there are 12 strains of Lactobacillus acquired through the fermentation process- and all 12 were “able to survive gastrointestinal conditions simulating stomach and duodenum passage”. Furthermore, these strains had a higher adherence to the gut than a Lactobacillus strain (rhamnosus GG) that’s already being used commercially as a probiotic.>>Click here for my feature in Total Beauty Magazine: Believe in Bacteria<<Though L. rhamnosus isn’t a slacker strain…

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Breaking: Vote fraud in Oregon sinks GMO labeling measure

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We need to clean up our election process. It’s really buggy. Jon is right, we should ban GMO rather than want our food labeled. Genetically modified foods are modified to kill the bugs that eat them and take huge amounts of poison herbicides without being killed. Our body is made up of all sorts of little beings, cells, bugs that are poisoned and genetically modified when we eat GMO foods.

Originally posted on Jon Rappoport's Blog:

Breaking: vote fraud in Oregon sinks GMO labeling

by Jon Rappoport

December 12, 2014

As my readers know, I’m not a fan of GMO labeling. The real route to victory has always been banning GMOs.

Ban, not label.

But I’m also not a fan of vote fraud. Which is what just happened in Oregon, where a recount of a very close election turned into a criminal act.

In November, Prop 92, which would have mandated labeling GMO food products in the state, went down to defeat by 800 votes.

That razor-thin margin triggered an automatic recount, by law.

During the recount, 4600 ballots were thrown out, because the signatures on those ballots didn’t match the signatures on the voters’ registration cards.

Oregon does elections by mail, so matching signatures is the way to prevent cheating.

When the 4600 ballots were rejected, lawyers for Prop 92 went to court to…

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Art vs Scratch Living

I think people prefer art over scratch cooked meals and gardening adventures. But it could be making yogurt from raw milk isn’t a universal like.  The stats prove it.

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Liver Tumors disappear when given a Vitamin B-3 precursor

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Interesting, I want to remember this.

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Liver Tumors disappear when given a Vitamin B-3 precursor
– Dietary supplements of nicotinamide riboside, a derivative of vitamin B3, prevented the development of liver tumors and induces tumor regression in mice
-The results have been reproduced in other types of cancer such as pancreatic cancer. “We observed the same results in mice with pancreatic adenocarcinoma with regards to DNA damage, so we could conclude that this treatment is effective on tumours caused by oncogene-induced DNA damage and thus, deficit in NAD+,” says Krishna Tummala, first author of the study.
* Cancer Cell (2014). doi:

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Kitchen Art – 2

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One more layer of color and detail and this piece will be ready for framing.

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I have one more layer of color, pen and ink to go. I’ve never used watercolor pencils. I had a blast working with them. I didn’t do much work with pencil with wet paper. Mostly just dry lines and wet brush work. I can’t wait to get this framed and on my kitchen wall!

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Kitchen Art

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I spend most of my time in the kitchen and garden. I need some art to represent the things I love.

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I am going to put some color on this pen and ink drawing. I don’t know if I will go color pencils or water color. I know, watercolor pencils, that is it!

Kitchen Art
Kitchen Art

What kind of art do I want hanging in my kitchen?  I like glass, primary food stuff, like nuts, fruit, vegetables, whole foods, pretty dishware. I’ll be working on a series of artwork for the kitchen. I spend a great deal of my time in the garden to the kitchen and I want to see some art representing all the time and love I spend there.

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One Drawing A Day – 13

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Rest in peace François.

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François and His Gauloises

Several years ago we bought a bunch of chicks and one little Roo was so sweet we kept him for our main rooster. We named him François, a purebred Dominique with perfect body and feather confirmation.  My husband asked me to draw a picture of him in sitting at a table with a glass of Cognac and french cigarettes called Gauloises.  François had worn himself out making sure all his hens were fertilized and caught a cold. His immune system just wasn’t strong enough to put up a good fight and I had to put him down.

I finally have time for this project. I will finish this piece off with Prismacolored pencils. The Polish dancing hens look like Big Bird in Sesame Street. I wasn’t thinking about Big Bird when I drew this out.

In Memory of François
In Memory of François

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US hospitals make more money when surgery goes wrong

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When suffering is profitable you are going to get a heap more suffering! I just read car dealerships make the most profit from fixing up the cars they sell.

The researchers analyzed data from 34,256 surgical inpatients discharged in 2010 from a non-profit, 12-hospital system in the southern United States. A total of 1,820 procedures were identified with at least one complication.

They found that complications were associated with a $39,017 higher profit margin per patient ($55,953 vs. $16,936) for privately insured patients. For Medicare patients, the profit margin per patient was higher by $1,749 ($3,687 vs. $1,880)

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“hospitals would see their financial performance hurt if they reduced complications”

17 Apr 2013


US hospitals face a disincentive to improve care because they make drastically more money when surgery goes wrong than when a patient is discharged with no complications, a study published Tuesday found.

“We found clear evidence that reducing harm and improving quality is perversely penalized in our current health care system,” said study author Sunil Eappen, chief medical officer of Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.

An estimated $400 billion is spent on surgery in the United States every year.

Privately insured patients with complications provide hospitals with a 330 percent higher profit margin than those whose surgeries went smoothly, the study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found.

Patients whose bills are paid by Medicare — a government insurance plan for the elderly and disabled — produced a 190 percent higher…

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Winter Eggs

Winter Egg Production
Winter Egg Production

Chickens will not lay eggs without the proper amount of light. This is why they molt in the fall and stop laying eggs in the winter. Their hormone system cycles works with the cycle of the sun. Chickens need 12 hours of light to kick the egg laying hormones into action. This year is the first time in the last 4 years I’ve used a light to kickstart my chicken’s egg production. The past three years I let the chickens rest through the winter. Most of my flock are spring hatched and their reproduction system doesn’t need a vacation. This winter I wanted to try the farmers tip of setting up a light in the chicken’s house. I waited till all the older hens had molted and fully feathered out. They had stopped laying eggs in August and started molting in September. I increased protein intake during molting to help with feather growth. The older hens look sleek and healthy by the end of November.

Three weeks ago I was getting one egg five days a week. I ran an outside electrical cord from our house to the pen, set up a barn light with a hundred watt bulb. I turn it on 5-8am, turn it off when the hens start free ranging around 9am. I turn the light back on from 4:30pm until around 8:30/9pm. Two weeks went by without any extra eggs. My Husband thought nothing was going to happen. I stressed patience, the old timers tips are based on actual production. A couple of days ago an extra egg was in our laying box, the next day 2 more eggs, today 8 eggs.

If you do want your hens to produce extra eggs in the winter, give them a break for molting, increase protein, let them have a month-long rest. Increase light to 12 solid hours a day. It really doesn’t matter when you start in the morning. Just make sure they get 12 solid hours of light. I have Fourteen hens, Buff Brahmas, English Cuckoo Marans, and a few mixed breed Bantams.

One Draw A Day – 11

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Catching the personality with a smile is very difficult. More practice is needed catching someone’s smile. My oldest daughter and son-in-law make a beautiful couple.

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I screwed up on Jason’s teeth. One of the reasons I am drawing portraits, I am horrible at hands and teeth, a smile scares the heck out of me. No more avoiding my fears or mistakes. To make matters worse, I tried to fix my mistake with gouache paint. Learned my lesson, start light and use the darkness modestly and avoid mixing mediums unless you plan to form the get-go.

Pencil HB&amp;B6
Pencil HB&B6

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Perfection After a Gazzilion Failures

Hand-milled fresh wheat flour is very different from the flour we buy in our grocery stores, even if it is organic and whole wheat. I will go into the differences when I post my recipes. I spent hours hand grinding grain just to have my freshly milled grain products turn into hockey pucks or a gooey lump. Why not buy an electric grinder? I didn’t want to spend $400 to $800 dollars for an electric grinder. What if the electricity goes out? Plus I am frugal, that’s a lot of money. Bonus, hand-milling is an upper body workout, no need to go to the gym if you grind your own grain! You will burn off all the calories you take in from the bread you are going to eat.

Today I made perfect bread and buckwheat lemon bars for Thanksgiving.

I will share the recipes after Thanksgiving. I’m still cooking as I write this. I needed to show off two years of practice! I saw an article online about lining bread pans with parchment paper. Hand ground wheat products are fragile and delicate. I crumbled so many loaves of fresh bread trying to break them out of the pan. Now all I have to do is lift them out of the bread-pan, no extra lubricant!

Russell Means: Americans Are The New Indian. . . take time, please, for this one! ~J

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Humans are being factory farmed, we are not on a reservation. We are on one big factory farm.

Originally posted on 2012: What's the 'real' truth?:

Published on Oct 23, 2012

Paul Joseph Watson
Wednesday, January 12, 2011

American Indian Russell Means gives an eye-opening 90 minute interview in which he explains how Native Americans and Americans in general are all imprisoned within one huge reservation.

“The history of the American and the history of the Indian have now come full circle and are intertwined in the dictatorial policies of those that control the monetary system of America,” remarks Means.

This is a special re-broadcast of an earlier interview in remembrance of Russell Means, who passed away Monday Morning at his home in Porcupine, South Dakota.

We will greatly miss this true american icon who showed us the way.

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One Picture a Day – 8

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I need to pay more attention to the outline light gradient…I was cold and in a hurry. My concentration is improving…I have the best art friends on wordpress that are so inspiring, that really helps too!

Originally posted on Red Dust Art:

Hands are very hard to draw. More practice needed, I haven’t tried to draw hands in over a decade. Now that I am drawing people I will be drawing many studies of hands.

Technique for shading is crosshatching.
Technique for shading is crosshatching.

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