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Which Blocked Chakras Are Causing Chaos In Your Life…?

Genevieve:

Great post! Love this so much, definitely worth the read and the share!

Originally posted on Think Once.....!!:

Dear Friend,

Is your financial situation, relationships,or your physical and mental health crumbling down right before your eyes? Does it seem like every decision you make only leads to more stress and problems?

For many of us, our lives are filled with countless challenges,struggles, and painful experiences. Often times it may even feel as if you’re sitting in the backseat of a car,

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Sodium Nitrate and MSG in Processed Meat Linked to Cancer

New studies suggest that the chemicals used in processed meats increase the risk of certain types of cancers by 50-67%! THAT is scary.

 

Chilisalpeter (Sodium nitrate)

 

 

 

 

Check out the full article here:

 

 

 

Processed Meats Declared too Dangerous for Human Consumption.

 

 

 

Common food items (some of which I love :( ) must be checked for sodium nitrate and MSG if you are concerned about health risks. Here’s a short list:

 

 

 

  • bacon
  • sausage
  • pepperoni
  • deli meats
  • any frozen or canned food that contains meat

 

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Of course, common sense tells me that it all makes sense…but it is still shocking news. I’m passing this on so that hopefully more people will see this and become educated about their diets. Please, be careful what you put into your body–you are what you eat!

 

 

 

There is some good news here, so listen up. Even if you’ve eaten processed meats (I’m sure a majority of us have), you can change your diet now and help decrease your health risks. Vitamin C is known to help prevent cancer. So, stock up on oranges and other fruits and veggies high in vitamin C!

 

 

 

Now I’m even more determined to help my family eat more natural, healthy foods. What do you think?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s Tick Season Again!

As the weather warms up and we all spend more time outside enjoying our yards and gardens, be on the look out for ticks!

Ticks carry a variety of diseases, including Lyme’s disease. It’s a bacterial infection spread by tick bites, especially if the tick has been attached for more than 24 hours. Remember, check yourself and your wee ones for ticks when you come back inside every day! It really makes a difference.

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These black-legged ticks, Ixodes scapularis, are found on a wide range of hosts including mammals, birds and reptiles. Black-legged ticks, I. scapularis are known to transmit Lyme disease, Borrelia burgdorferi, to humans and animals during feeding, when they insert their mouth parts into the skin of a host, and slowly take in the nutrient-rich host blood. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This article popped up on my Facebook newsfeed: Lyme Disease: Signs, Treatment and Prevention – NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News, Sports and Weather. :) It inspired me to write about this topic!

Lyme disease is becoming more prevalent among tick-borne diseases. Please do yourself and your loved ones a favor and be vigilant about checking for ticks! Also, if you find a tick, be sure you remove the tick in its entirety–including the head. Some redness is normal, but a ring or bullseye that forms around the bite should be checked out.

Other syptoms of Lyme’s disease include fever, chills, fatigue, and headaches. If you feel like you’re catching the flu, it might be a good idea to look for ticks and head to the doctor for a checkup. Lyme’s disease can have life-long consequences if it’s not treated early!

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Here at my farm, we have TONS of ticks! I check myself, my kids, and my animals daily for ticks. Have you seen any ticks yet this year?

Retired Racehorse Metro Meteor Paints for Charity

A combination of two of my favorite things: horses and art! It doesn’t get any better than this, does it?

Check out the original article here:

Racehorses Paintings Compared to Jackson Pollock : Discovery News.

The famous racehorse art is being compared to famous abstract impressionist paintings. Racehorse Metro Meteor is now retired and painting after bad knees ended his racing career.

retired racehorse paints for charity

Metro Meteor painting for charity!

His owners taught him to paint with treat training techniques. After Metro’s success in painting, his owners realized that this could help all racehorses. Money earned from Metro’s paintings goes to a racehorse adoption program to help retired horses find a safe haven. Horses are rehabilitated and placed into adoptive homes.

I wonder if I can teach any of my horses to paint? This horse is amazing! Not only is he getting crafty, but his art is helping fellow retired racehorses stay out of slaughterhouses and auction. Kudos to Metro and his wonderful owners!

Folk Remedies for Poison Ivy

Poison ivy sucks! Although I don’t usually get a rash from the irritating plant, both of my girls do. My youngest is very allergic to the plant, while my eldest gets a “normal” rash after contact. Either way, it is a miserable thing to go through for both of them.

Poison ivy produces urushiol to protect the pl...

Poison ivy produces urushiol to protect the plant from herbivores. In humans this chemical produces an allergic skin rash, known as urushiol-induced contact dermatitis. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After my older daughter got poison ivy recently, I searched til I was blue in the face looking for cures and remedies. I stumbled across this site and thought it was worth a share. :) Check it out:

Poison Ivy & Poison Oak- Health911.com – Poison Ivy Treatment, Poison Ivy Remedies, Poison Ivy Rash, Natural Remedies for Poison Ivy, Treatment of Poison Oak.

It lists tons of natural, folk remedies used to alleviate the itch and help it heal. There are too many for me to list here, but some of my favorites to try are:

  • Aloe to stop itching and speed healing–apply up to every 2 hours
  • Apple cider vinegar & water–make an equal mix and dab onto rash, let dry, and repeat often
  • Baking soda poultice–make a paste and apply to the affected area, rinse when the poultice no longer feels “cool”
  • Catnip! Use freshly squeezed leaves to make a small amount of juice–helps reduce itching and inflammation
  • Impatiens (aka Jewelweed) leaves can be rubbed over the rash, but don’t rub too much! You can also boil the leaves, stems, & flowers to a deep orange color and make a compress.
  • Plantain leaves (we have these ALL over our yard) can be crushed and applied to the rash to control itch and inflammation
  • Salt water solution applied to the area can help drying and healing of the rash and lesions
  • Tea tree oil promotes healing and relieves itching
  • Fresh watermelon flesh and rind rubbed on the area is supposed to provide relief as well–wonder if this actually works?!

What do you think? Would you try any of these folk remedies?

3-D Printer Makes A Bionic Ear

This is absolutely fascinating. I can’t even believe we are here, from a technological standpoint. If we can print a bionic ear that is functioning now, imagine where we will be in five years!

Check out the full article below:

3-D Printer Makes A Bionic Ear : Discovery News.

3-d printed ear with calf tissue

3-D printed bionic ear

Reading about this technology made me think of some other things. We could easily make super-human parts, just as easily as this functioning ear was printed. It is hard to wrap my mind around the concept of 3-D printing, but it’s not that new from what I understand. What’s even harder to image is that they can actually use tissue–live cells–to print 3-D objects.

Technology is incredible! What do you think about this advancement? Is it a miracle, or is it messing with Mother Nature?

Storm on Saturn is a Stunning View

I happened across this article the other day on Facebook. It drew me in because of the stunning image! The storm on Saturn is hauntingly beautiful. It is also massive!

huge hurricane storm on saturn

Hurricane-like storm on Saturn

Check out the full article below:

BBC News – Saturn hurricane snapped by Cassini craft.

It is interesting that this massive storm is stuck on Saturn’s northern pole. They say it is because of the strong winds constantly blowing north on the planet. This is the first time we have been able to take a sunlit image of the pole. Space is so amazing and beautiful!

True-color picture of Saturn assembled from Vo...

An image of Saturn's A Ring, taken by the Cass...

An image of Saturn’s A Ring, taken by the Cassini Orbiter using an Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

huge hurricane storm on Saturn

Storm on Saturn

Researchers were stunned to see this storm and compared it to a hurricane on Earth, except this one on Saturn is much larger-scale.

Another (even bigger!) storm was photographed on Saturn back in 2006. It is fascinating to be able to view space images of storms on other celestial bodies. What do you think of the pictures?

Poison Ivy Treatments, Anyone?

Spring is here! With the warmer weather and sunshine, we’re finding lots of poison ivy around the woodline. One of my girls is extremely allergic to oily leaves, so we try to avoid it at all costs. My older daughter recently got poison ivy on one of her hands…needless to say, it spread quickly and she ended up with poison ivy on both hands, her forehead, and one elbow.

In a feeble attempt to find a way to make it just go away, I found this informative website:

Poison ivy: Tips for treating and preventing.

Unfortunately, I know poison ivy doesn’t just “go away.” It has to run its course. That means up to 3 weeks of itching and red splotchy spots. :( Poor baby!

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Poison Ivy, Toxicodendron radicans….Ivy có độc….#8 (Photo credit: Vietnam Plants & The USA. plants)

I learned to interesting ways to treat the rash. We usually use the old standby, calamine lotion. She also tried applying hydrogen peroxide to the affected areas to help dry the lesions out. It sucks, but nothing is doing much to really relieve the itch for her.

Here are some other suggestions we’ve tried for ditching the poison ivy itch:

  • Oatmeal baths (buy the kit/mix at the pharmacy)
  • Baking soda bath (add 1 cup to a warm bath)
  • Calamine lotion applied to itchy areas
  • Cool compresses to soothe the burning itch
  • Antihistamines could help, but only in oral form–do not apply an antihistamine cream directly to the rash!

I’m interested in trying out some natural or homeopathic remedies to help her get over the itch. Do you know of any natural treatments that have worked for you?

Rubber Fencing?!

I recently discovered this company that recycles old racecar tires and makes them into fencing material. Intrigued, I scoured their website for weeks until I decided to ask for a free sample of the material. Check out their site for yourself (below)!

We Recycle Tires – Home.

Once we received our sample in the mail, I was even more impressed. The rubber material is durable, strong, and SAFE! There are no sharp edges and I have been unable to think of any way a horse could injure themselves on this fencing material. Plus, it’s recycling–or upcycling?–old tires that would likely end up in a landfill anyway.

Okay, so I must admit I was sold on it at this point…but I had to convince my loving husband. When I checked the prices, my jaw hit the floor. Not only is this material incredibly safe and eco-friendly, but it is cheap to buy and claims to be easy to install!

If you’re in the market for safe, affordable horse fencing, you NEED to look into this product. We put in an order for enough material to fence a small 305′ x 290′ rectangle paddock. Our order will be delivered next week!

You can bet I’ll be posting about installation of this fence. If all goes well, we will continue to use this product! Stay tuned to see how this fencing project goes. :)

Hip Strengthening for Iliotibial Band Syndrome

Weakness in the hips can be a cause of iliotibial band syndrome. One the flare up has subsided and you feel comfortable stretching, it is time to start strengthening those muscles. Strengthening the hips and thighs is key to preventing another IT band flare up down the road.

The article linked below provides a lot of insight into ITB Syndrome as well as stretches and strengthening exercises. The exercises I’m showing you today were found at this link.

A Runner’s Guide to ITBS

Bridging with Single Leg Raise

Strengthens glutes, obliques, and thighs!

  • Lie on your back with your hands on your hips.
  • Lift hips and shift weight onto one foot.
  • Extend other leg without allowing pelvis to drop–keep it level!
  • Hold for 10 seconds, lower pelvis, and repeat on the other side/leg.

Clam Shell

Improves gluteus medius control and function! :D

  • Lie on one side with hips bent at a 45 degree angle and the knees at 90 degrees.
  • While keeping your heels together, lift the upper knee by turning your leg out at the hip. Keep your pelvis straight, don’t roll back to lift your leg!
  • Hold for 10 seconds and work up to 10 repetitions. Repeat on the other side.

Step Downs

Strengthen the quads and improve knee control!

  • Find a stable step. It can be between 2-6 inches high.
  • Slowly step down from the step with one leg. Keep your leg straight (knee following toes, not angling inward towards other knee).
  • Keep your pelvis level! Put your hands on your hips to help you see if your pelvis stays level.
  • Repeat, working up to 3 sets of 10. Do both legs evenly!
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