Friday, April 27, 2007

A Natural Viagra?

Several weeks ago I resumed ingesting the (powdered) herb Maca after many years absence as I felt I needed more energy, and I can already feel the benefits of increased energy and stamina from this remarkable herb.

Maca increases one's endurance, strength, libido and fertility research has proven. If you would like to read more about maca, here's some links:

Discovery Health

On the Health Discovery site, I feel good advice is given as the following states:

"How Much Maca Should You Take?

Keep in mind that maca is a food, and is not used in tiny quantities. Most supplement companies that are selling maca are putting about 500 milligrams of ground, dried maca in each capsule. Some recommend three capsules daily, some six.

I believe that many people think of herbs like drugs, and assume that small amounts will do some good. In most cases, that's not true. As a rule, consumers take too little of most herbs to derive the benefits those herbs can impart. Rare is the herb that works in small doses. And many herbal product labels offer dosage recommendations based not on efficacy, but on price.

To be consistent with Peruvian use you'd take a minimum of six to ten 500-milligram capsules of powdered maca daily, equal to 3,000 to 5,000 milligrams of maca. You can certainly take more. You can also obtain powdered maca root under some brands. With those products, you can toss a tablespoon full into a blender drink every day and enjoy maca the way the Peruvians do."

What I particularly like about maca:

I'm less hungry, have more energy and focus, and I don't have any of the buzzing, jittery feeling that some herbs give you. Maca is truly a remarkable herb.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Cats on Tuesday--The Early Edition

Even though it's only 2 pm on Maui on Monday, I am posting my weekly meme for Cats On Tuesday because tomorrow I won't have a spare moment! Why! The Dalai Lama is coming to town! And every one and their dog (actually, no pets are allowed so this is merely a figure of speech!) will be going to see the Dalai Lama on his first Maui visit.

Since no purses, cameras, recorders, videos or ANYTHING except required prescriptions will be allowed inside the event, the only way you'll be able to hear about the events will be from bloggers like me! Check out my other blog called Who's Yo Mama for posts about these events ! I've already written several posts about the Dalai Lama's upcoming visit on this blog should you wish to know more.

I asked Anela how she felt about being excluded from this important event, and she looked at me as if I'm nuts! Here is a snippet of our brief conversation on this subject:

Me: So you feel any energy shifts yet because of the entry of this great man to your island?

Anela: (Very bored) I see you cleaned up that bird that was only HALF eaten I left at your doorstep. How rude of you!

Me: Birds-schmirds! The Dalai Lama is coming to Maui!

Anela: So what do you want me to do about it?

Me: Do? That's not what I'm trying to get across to your cat brain!

Anela: Oh I know all about the Dalai Lama's arrival! I've only heard you and the rest of your friends talking about it incessantly for the last 6 months! (Yawn)

Me: Dontcha realize this is an important person?

Anela: Yes, I'm aware of this Great Soul! Do you think cats are stupid? We know all the gossip...we know all the secrets too! Now let me get back to my cat nap!


Sunday, April 22, 2007

My Top Three Concerns on Earth Day 2007

Here are my top three concerns for our health and environment in 2007:

1. Current legislation to limit our alternative health care rights. Here's a snippet of what you will discover on the following link to this story:

"The FDA is using legal maneuvering to end your access to natural health products (like vitamins, minerals and herbs) and natural health therapies of all sorts. Again. This time, their ploy is to declare the therapies are "Medicine" so any non-physician who uses them will be practicing medicine without a license. Since these practices are "Medicine", any products used would be untested drugs and therefore forbidden."

Click here for the link.

2. Electronic Smog

Read my April 6th post titled "How To Keep Out of the Electromagnetic Soup" posted on this blog. Also read about the recently released research on the Earth Day website titled, ""Wi-Fi: Children at risk from Electronic Smog."

3. Accelerating Deforestation

Click here for more information on this subject

Friday, April 20, 2007

Silence and Reflection

I've been reading lots of blogs, news articles, and other commentaries about the recent Virginia Tech shooting spree, but I haven't felt like commenting until today. The way my particular human design works is I let ideas and feelings incubate within me, and when they're ready to be born,I just KNOW--I'm ready! As women and Mothers, we know when we are ripe!

One Day Blog Silence was recently announced on the net. This day will be April 30th, and not only will it honor the recent victims at Virginia Tech but other victims worldwide. I plan to participate.

This is what the site One Day Blog Silence says:

"Silence can say more than a thousand words.

This day shall unite us all about this unbelievable painful & shocking event and show some respect and love to those who lost their loved ones.

On April 30th 2007, the Blogosphere will hold a One-Day Blog Silence in honor of the victims at Virginia Tech. More then 30 died at the US college massacre.

But it´s not only about them. Many bloggers have responded and asked about all the other victims of our world. All the people who die every day. What about them?

This day can be a symbol of support to all the victims of our world!

All you have to do is spread the word about it and post the graphic on your blog on 30th April 2007. No words and no comments. Just respect, reflect and empathy.

Spread the word about this event."

If you wish to put this icon on your blog before the date to help spread the word, their site has the code.

Now for my two cents worth:

Like many others who have pointed out many details as the shock of the event abates, I see the potential of possible agendas with gun control and ownership. Is this a reaction to the event? Or something more sinister and planned (as some suggest) to disarm us? We most likely will never know.

If there is anything to be suspect of, I find the antidepressant drugs angle most provocative and indicative of what could have elicited this behaviour. There has been plenty of research to show the downside of these drugs despite the continued prescribing of them.

This site, Nutramed writes, "
New problems added by the prescription chemical may suddenly emerge such as unexpected bursts of anger and aggression or increased tendency to have violent suicidal thoughts. One young woman reported to me that after taking Prozac for two weeks, she had threatened her live-in boyfriend with hammer, chased him into the bathroom and attacked the closed door, smashing holes in the door until she more or less recovered composure. Her boyfriend fled the apartment and never returned. The boyfriend was domineering and sometimes verbally abusive, as boyfriends sometimes are, but the pre-Prozac young woman was compliant and never had a violent temper. Her Prozac rage is an example of chemically triggered behavior."

Monday, April 16, 2007

Cats on Tuesday--Cats Can Be Weird

As I've posted before in prior posts, cats are uncanny about communicating when the 'energies' are off! They know when something's up, and Anela always demonstrates through her
vocals and actions when she's disturbed about something. All I have to do is observe Anela to get a glimpse into the larger world!

What I'm trying to say is this: Anela's been acting strange again! Is it the earthquakes? Earth changes? Visitations by spirits? Something is weird because Anela is acting weird, and she only acts weird when something is...weird!

Click this link to see the way similar cats are behaving!

Listerine Agent Cool Blue Recall

For those who perhaps haven't heard, Listerine Mouthwash of the brand Agent Cool Blue has been recalled. Click here for the story.

This recalled product was made for children, and that's one of the reasons people are freaking out. People don't want to see their children harmed! Let's see: first it was spinach, then pet food, and now LISTERINE! What is going on?!

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Honeybees Don't Like Cellphones

In my April 6th post titled, "How To Keep Out of the Electromagnetic Soup", I mentioned the hazards of cellphones , and even though the dangers of cellphones or mobile phones has been very well documented, these facts haven't kept the majority of people from over-using them.

Now there's even more evidence of the hazards of cellphones for it seems honeybees don't like them either-- the article in England's The Independent online newspaper April 15th article titled, "Are Mobile Phones Wiping Out Our Bees?" postulates that the reason the honeybees are dying off is because of our cellphones. To read the full article, click here.

Friday, April 13, 2007

I've Fallen In Love With Smencils!

I wasn't looking to fall in love...honest! Cupids must be working on me! Just kidding, but honestly, I have discovered a product which blows me away, and I simply have to rave about them!

The product is Smencils!

These pencils aren't your ordinary pencils...oh no! They are gourmet scented pencils made FROM RECYLCLED NEWSPAPERS! How cool is that? Here's what the company writes on their website:

  • "We roll sheets of newspaper tightly around the #2 graphite writing cores until
    the pencils are of typical thickness are formed.
  • Then they're hardened - allowing them to be sharpened just like wood pencils.
  • Next, we soak them with our gourmet liquid scents (made by an award
    winning fragrance company).
  • Once they're dry, we attach the erasers and apply the stickers around them that identify
    which scent was infused into each Smencil.
  • Lastly, we put each one into its own Freshness Tube."
Now your children should really have fun doing their homework! And for me....I plan to use them in my artwork!

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Cats on Tuesday--Youth & Maturity

When Anela (my mature cat) was young, she was full of kitten-ish curiosity, but now she has slowed down and is no longer straining at the leash--so to speak. Recently we had a strange visitation from a wild cat at our home. This is what happened:

Anela was curled up and sleeping on her favorite dragon rug (as posted about in another Cats On Tuesday post) in front of a large panel of windows and sliding glass doors. Our couch faced these windows/doors as well as our large screen television set, so my partner and I hadn't noticed that a feral/wild cat had climbed up Anela's ladder to the second floor deck outside these windows. We were watching television when suddenly this feral cat jumped upon the window right near where Anela was sleeping and made a ferocious sound. The three of us were all startled by this sudden noise and bizarre antic by this cat. Was this cat trying to get Anela's attention? It certainly seemed so! In the old days Anela would have leaped up and rushed to the window. But not anymore! Instead she casually moved to the window, looked outside and saw nothing for the wild cat had already taken off, poked her head outside her cat door, and returned to her position on the rug.

She could sing the famous song "Memory" from the Broadway musical "Cats" these days:

See the dew on the sunflower
And a rose that is fading
Roses whither away
Like the sunflower
I yearn to turn my face to the dawn
I am waiting for the day . . .

Not a sound from the pavement
Has the moon lost her memory?
She is smiling alone
In the lamplight
The withered leaves collect at my feet
And the wind begins to moan

All alone in the moonlight
I can smile at the old days
I was beautiful then
I remember the time I knew what happiness was
Let the memory live again

Every streetlamp
Seems to beat a fatalistic warning
Someone mutters
And the streetlamp gutters
And soon it will be morning

I must wait for the sunrise
I must think of a new life
And I musn't give in
When the dawn comes
Tonight will be a memory too
And a new day will begin

Burnt out ends of smoky days
The stale cold smell of morning
The streetlamp dies, another night is over
Another day is dawning

Touch me
It's so easy to leave me
All alone with the memory
Of my days in the sun
If you touch me
You'll understand what happiness is

A new day has begun."

Monday, April 09, 2007

Snorting Dad and Inhaling Chemicals

Recently the news of Keith Richards (of the Rolling Stones band) snorting his dad's ashes made for a lot of jokes on the net and talk shows. Slate's Explainer looked into this matter and whether this practice was healthy, deadly, or what, and you can read what Torie Bosch's research came up with in the April 6th edition of Slate here.

This story led me to reflect upon all the hazardous substances we inhale everyday. For instance, we who reside in the Hawaiian Islands have been inhaling VOG which is the volcanic aerosols in the air from the Big Island volcanoes. This Vog is blown over from the Big Island to my island, Maui, and it makes one tired and irritable amongst other effects. If you wish to learn more about the health impact of vog, click here.

Not only do we inhale vog, we also inhale the chemicals from cane burn (only in certain areas of Maui) which has long been documented as toxic. The chemicals from cane burn make the eyes and throat itchy, and this is why some folks have to move from certain areas of South Maui which gets the brunt of the cane burn.

Who knows what everyone inhales in our overloaded, polluted environment worldwide? I would imagine the list is a long one. If there aren't solutions put into practice soon, we may all be hanging out at oxygen bars and walking around with little white masks on our faces as many Asians do.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Friday, April 06, 2007

How To Keep Out of the Electromagnetic Soup

As I was reading the Mom Defrazzler blog post about stress reduction and electromagnetic pollution, I began thinking about all the new cell phone towers which are sprouting like weeds all over the globe. Is there going to be any place left to live on this planet where we're not in this thick electromagnetic soup? The statistics being reported of the resulting health problems from being immersed in this electromagnetic soup are frightening to say the least.How can we protect ourselves if we can't move to the heart of Africa or some other place remote and off the grid?

Mom Defrazzler has some ideas if you email her, and her email is on the stress post. I also have some suggestions and products which I'd like to share from my own research on this subject:

1. If you use your cellphone, use it only if necessary. Save your longer conversations for your home phone. Add one of the many protective devices to your cellphone if you are required to use it frequently. Dr. Mercola has two products he believes helps protect you from cellphone radiation. Click here and here for these products.

2. The portable Q Link Ally will do this for you: "The EMF radiation protection extends to 40 feet in all directions." Click here for more information on this product and other products they carry.

3. Don't sleep with electric blankets, on electric beds or water beds.

4. The Healthy House, offers lots of products to gauge the electromagnetic energies around you and to protect you.

Have a loving, safe, and healthy Easter!

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Cats on Tuesday-Trained Cats

Anela has been very happy of late as there has been more company in our home, and thus, she has more people to hit-up for her favorite cat treats. She knows better than to bug me for extra treats when she and I are alone together (tough love type that I am!), but anytime another person comes for a visit, she immediately begins her cat-talking, cat-bossing, cat-demanding meows. None of these innocent visitors have a clue as to why she won't shut up around them, so I have to explain her tactic to them. Because I don't want her following them around and meowing forever and a day, I give-in to her strategy and shut-her-up with treats. Anela is the ultimate manipulator. If she were human, she would be a chess master.

When she and I are alone, she never talks--we comfortably co-exist, and Anela sleeps behind my computer chair as I write. She listens to all my phone conversations, knows all the household secrets, and gets to watch all of our daily soap operas.
Nothing upsets her except noisy garbage trucks and our gardener. If I want her to go outside, all I have to do is snap my fingers or stomp my foot, and she does it. If I want her to come for loving, I pat my lap. We have our very own language and signals. If I lived in Hollywood, she could be a star!

Check out this link for what trained cats can do at Hollywood Animals.