How Natural Textile Dyes May Protect Health and Promote Environmental Sustainability

By Dr. Mercola

Most people never give a thought to how a piece of clothing was given its color. Unfortunately, if you don’t, you could unknowingly expose yourself to hazardous chemicals on a daily basis. Fabric dyes are also a significant environmental concern, contributing to pollution — oftentimes in poorer countries with lax regulations on toxic chemicals to begin with.

Rebecca Burgess, author of “Harvesting Color: How to Find Plants and Make Natural Dyes,” has 15 years’ worth of experience in this area and is the executive director of Fibershed — a word she coined — which is a resource for creating safe, organic textile dyes.

“I started this work when I was taught to train young children in how to use dyes when I was in college,” Burgess says. “It was a textile art summer program [and] I was in charge of direct instruction for [a group of] 9-year-olds. It was a summer job. It exposed me to the arts and crafts side of textile dyeing … I was helping them use these compounds to color t-shirts.

We had to wear gloves. I had to wear a mask. People had to wear aprons. We couldn’t let the powder get in the air. We were so careful once we opened these jars of powder to not get it in our lungs or on our skin. The ingredients list wasn’t very clear.

The molecular breakdown of what was in the material wasn’t clear, but the producers of the dyes were asking anyone who uses them to be very careful with inhalation and exposure, especially skin exposure … A light bulb went off. ‘Why am I having children use a material that they have to wear masks and gloves [to use]?’ While we’re making the dye, we’re suited up.

And then we take the T-shirt out of the bucket. We rinse it a little, and then we put the T-shirt on our bodies. Somehow it’s OK to wear the stuff on your skin, but it’s not OK to touch the powder? There was a chasm between what seems like solid logic in what we were willing to expose ourselves to and why we were doing what we were doing.”

Plant-Based Versus Synthetic Dyes  

At that time, 21 years ago, Burgess used the search engine of the time (Ask Jeeves) to inquire about alternative dyes and discovered you could use things like onion skins, cabbage and beets. Armed with onion skins, cabbages, beets and hand-harvested blackberries and dandelion leaves, Burgess set to work learning how to create natural dyes.

“I just started bringing food-based products into our textile program. The kids started cutting up vegetables and putting it in pots of water, heating it up and making tie-dye T-shirts, but with cabbage, collard, onion, beets, blackberries and dandelion. And then we can take that fluid, cool it down, and then pour it back out on the lawn. It was tea essentially.”

Over time, Burgess discovered industrial dyes contain a number of fossil carbon-based chemicals known to be endocrine disruptors. A master’s thesis circulating around the UC Davis campus at the time pointed out that it took 400 pounds of coal tar to make a single ounce of blue dye. Interestingly, the first synthetic dye actually came about by accident.

“William Perkins was looking for a cure for malaria and was using coal tar. He had an explosion in his lab in 1856. All this purple goo landed on the walls. He realized that could actually be [used as] a textile dye … All of the dyes, ever since then … are fossil-carbon derived and heavy metal combined. That, in itself, was how we started our industrial dye process.

Of course, things have evolved. There are processes that take the heavy metals out of the dyes. Those are called acid dyes. But at the end of the day, all of the dyes have endocrine disruptors … [Hormones are] messenger chemicals. If those are scrambled, you can create a lot of subsequent health issues, from cancer to autoimmune diseases, to learning disabilities.

Some people say there are multiple generation impacts … intergenerational DNA damage … The peer-reviewed science on endocrine disruption is very clear. We don’t know enough about how many parts per trillion, parts per billion or parts per million of these endocrine disruptors are in the textiles when we put them on our skin, because it’s just an unknown body of research.

Who’s going to pay for that? Not the industry. We have an unknown, but we know we have risks. We have enough science to know there are risks. That’s why I’m a proponent of using plant-based dyes.”

Can Dyed Clothing Really Affect Your Health?

Today, all cellulosic protein and synthetic fibers such as nylons and polyesters use synthetic azo dyes. Even organic cotton T-shirts will use synthetic dyes to obtain the colors pink, green and blue. According to Burgess, up to 70 percent of the global use of dyes right now are azo, which are among the most hazardous. They contain heavy metals and are very difficult to clean up.

It’s rare to find Global Organic Trade Standard (GOTS) certified items. GOTS, which also certifies dyes, is the gold standard certification of organic. It’s really the best, most robust certification you can get. While they allow some synthetic materials, including some dyes, they are very strictly regulated. Now, the fact that synthetic azo dyes are toxic in and of themselves is noncontroversial, but can they actually affect your health when worn on your body, especially after a piece of clothing has been washed a few times?

“That question is something I’ve been asking for over a decade,” Burgess says. “The science I have found is very dated. I found some research about children who supposedly died from cloth diapers stamped with an ink. The ink penetrated the kidney area of the infant. This science was done in the 1920s. After that, I couldn’t find any modern science that showed skin absorption had any toxic effects on the wearer from a synthetic dye …

The question is how big are the molecules of the dye? Can they get into the skin after washing the clothing? We’re washing off what we would call the unbonded molecular components of the dye. The stuff that is bonded to the clothing, does that pose a risk? Can it get into the skin if it’s molecularly bonded? These are all questions [that are still] on the table.”

In other words, no one is really examining this issue to assess the actual risks. Burgess, who is doing research for a future book on fabric dyes has been posing questions to reproductive health doctors at Mount Sinai and University of California San Francisco (UCSF) who focus much of their attention on chemical influences. According to these experts, chemicals such as those found in dyes do appear to affect pregnant mothers and fetuses in utero.

The impacts can be seen, and the chemicals are known to be in dyes, but questions still remain as to if and how they may enter the body if you wear a dyed garment. Burgess cites an interesting German study showing that even when all known sources of endocrine disrupting chemicals were eliminated, women still continued to excrete metabolites of endocrine disrupting chemicals. So, somehow, they were still being exposed to them. Could it be their clothing?

“In the paper, they say, ‘One of the exposures we haven’t looked at is textiles in clothing and what women are wearing. This is an area for further research.’ Who’s doing it? We would really like to know, because it’s an important thing,” Burgess says.

Lint and Dust Could Be a Main Culprit

Interestingly, Burgess believes lint and fabric-derived dust, which can enter your body through inhalation, may be a far greater concern than direct skin absorption. Considering the many unanswered questions involved, one of the easiest ways to reduce your potential exposure, if you have not yet made the transition to organic clothing colored with plant-based dyes, is to buy textiles that are white or undyed. Burgess notes:

“Cotton is primarily grown white. Wool is grown white. Most hemp, ramie and linen is bleached with hydrogen peroxide if it’s an ecological process or something a little stronger if it’s not. But most textile grade fibers end up being white if they don’t start that way. That’s probably the safest. The [hand-knit sweater] I’m wearing right now is just the color of the sheep.”

Now, if one were to assume synthetic chemicals can transfer through the skin, then one of the items of greatest concern would be your undergarments, such as underwear and bras. If you’re just now making the transition to organic clothing, replacing your undergarments with a white undyred version would be a good place to start. I never realized this prior to interviewing Burgess and immediately implemented this strategy. We will also be carrying organic white underwear in our store very soon.

Ideally, forgo color and buy items that have not been dyed. Unfortunately, it can be a real challenge to find such items, but the industry is slowly starting to respond to customer demand, so availability will hopefully increase in the future. I’m one of the companies planning to offer GOTS certified undyed, organic underwear. We’re hoping to have them available by the end of 2017. Profits from this line will go to support Regeneration International’s Care What You Wear campaign.

Commercializing Vegetable-Based Dyes

Twenty years ago, there were no natural plant-based dyed garments in the commercial marketplace. Even handmade items were typically synthetically dyed. That’s now starting to change, albeit slowly. Patagonia recently issued a tank top and men’s shirt dyed with natural dyes. The color of plant-dyed fabrics does differ from those colored with synthetic dye, as plant-based colors are not isolated to a single pigment like synthetic dyes are.

In a plant or vegetable, the pigment consists of a mix of different colors. For example, a plant is not just pink, there are purples and reds mixed in, so the final color is more nuanced and varied than a synthetically dyed piece, where the color will be very saturated and monochrome. As noted by Burgess, “There’s a whole spectrum of compounds that create pink. That’s why I find natural dyes very beautiful. Patagonia did too.”

Eileen Fisher also issued a natural dye line of shirts for women in the last year. A Tennessee woman by the name of Sarah Bellos also runs a company called Stony Creek Color that produces Japanese indigo (Persicaria tinctoria) on a commercial scale. Cone Mills, one of the last large-scale denim weaving facilities in the U.S. has started to use this indigo pigment in their cotton and denim production. So, changes are afoot.

The Movement Toward Natural Dyes

Over the past decade, Burgess has done a lot of public outreach, speaking to corporations and giving four to five workshops each month. Most of her career has been focused on teaching people how to make natural dyes as a cultural practice that has a place right next to holistic medicine.

“I would say making these dyes today is almost like making medicinal tea … Textiles as medicine is part of an Ayurvedic tradition that goes back … 5,000 years, where wearing turmeric dyed clothes was prescribed to those who had rheumatoid arthritis … Ayurvedic tradition would prescribe wearing indigo for those who had rigid thinking — [people who had] an inability to perceive a more nuanced or dynamic future for themselves …

I want to contextualize the value of this work for you. What I would do is share an hourlong presentation on why making this tea is of such great value to personal and global health. [E]ven when I would teach a class at a botanic garden, there were industry leaders there. I would end up running into someone who was a materials designer for Target.

A couple of the women whose husbands were marketing at Patagonia were in my classes. I think word just [got out]. So yeah, I’m a piece of a movement. But I think that it has been rippling out for a little over a decade. This movement began in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Natural dye traditions and textile saw a resurgence in that era of counterculture … It hit again in the early ‘90s, but it was very commercially focused, not craft focused.

I think what we’re doing now is we’re synthesizing the work of the commercial movement in the ‘90s, pre-NAFTA, North American Free Trade Agreement, Organic American Textile Movement. We’re synthesizing that with the Craft Movement of the ‘60s and ‘70s. I think you’re getting this industrial craft bridge now.

You’re starting to see people bring artisanship into the bigger industry. How to do that is this ongoing conversation. But there are many of us out there. I wrote a natural dye book in 2009. A lot of my friends have written books since. It’s beautiful. In the Northern California region, there are four or five of us who are pretty diligently focused on this work.”

Growing Biodynamic Plants for Dyes Helps Improve Soil Quality

Aside from your own health, plant-based dyes also benefit our environment, provided you take it all the way and consider how the plants used for dyes are grown as well. This is precisely what Burgess does. For example, indigo is ideally grown not only according to organic standards but biodynamic standards, which are far more comprehensive. Biodynamic farming includes using as many inputs as possible from the farm itself rather than importing inputs.

“[O]ne of my focal points is also no-till agriculture, to protect the microbiome of the soil … The air pockets in the soil are so important for the health of the microbes. Water-holding capacity is also created by these oxygen pockets. When we turn it up and compact it, when we step on it or when we put a heavy tractor across it, we’re creating the conditions for less life.

Less diverse life in the soil means the plants are not getting access to the same micronutrients, because the plant is giving [fungal networks], through root exudates, access to carbohydrates. These fungal networks eat the root exudates from the plant — taking that as fodder and fuel and going out and getting remote little micropockets of nutrients that might exist miles and miles away from the tree or the plant and bringing these trace minerals back to the plant.

This is what happens in a system that’s not using nitrogen fertilizers, which is like fast food for a plant. But when you’re really allowing these air pockets, microbes and fungal networks to coexist, you’re allowing plants to hold all these micronutrients … that you don’t necessarily get in a system that is tilling soil and using synthetic compounds.

With the natural dyes, I get much stronger dye color from fewer plants if the soil is in this good health, which is porous soil, dynamic and has a lot of microfauna. The same ethics we use for food production around soil health are the same ethics I apply to my textile farming. I don’t see textile farming as really much different from food farming, even on the land …

This is a food fiber textile dye integrative system. A pollinator habitat becomes part of that — hedgerows, where you’re planting species of plants that harbor beneficial insects. Polyculture creates so much more productivity and so many different things you can use — medicine, food and dye. I think polycultures are kind of the only way to go for the future.”

What Is a Fibershed?

As mentioned, Burgess is the executive director of Fibershed, which is a word Burgess coined. A Fibershed is a strategic geography that allows one to garner, produce, farm, ranch and harvest everything needed for a textile resource base. Fibershed is like a food shed, but for textiles.

It addresses the strategic geography that helps clothe you, because, in fact, it is the land that is responsible for equipping us with what ultimately becomes clothing. At present, about 70 percent of the fiber in most people’s wardrobes is synthetic and fossil-carbon derived.

From a mainstream culture standpoint, we face a major public education effort to educate people about the fact that as we divest from fossil carbon, we also need to rebalance our carbon cycle. “We have to divest not only from fossil carbon and energy systems that are fueling our residential and commercial economy, we have to divest from these modern forms of color,” Burgess says, adding:

“We actually have to divest from these modern performance fibers that are made from fossil carbon. They’re made from coal tar. We no longer have the capacity to burn fossil carbon. There’s just a saturation point from our ocean health and the acidification to 407 ppm of carbon dioxide (CO2) in our atmosphere. We’ve burned ancient sunlight. We have to transition.

The organization Fibershed is this intimate idea of ‘What is this strategic geography?’ It’s a very ancient concept. But the idea is to get people to start waking up to land-based fibers. How do we make that transition to these land-based fibers and not rely on genetic engineering or synthetic biology, which are big topics.

I’m really trying to focus people on conservation breeds, resilient heirloom genetics, open pollinated sources of material and focus our land-based systems on strengthening our place-based economies, which to me is a strategy for climate change amelioration, deacidifying the oceans, healing some of the political divide around urban and rural communities.

Because when you develop a Fibershed, you start to need your farming community and your fashion community to work together. Ranchers and high-end designers partnering, there’s a lot of cultural healing that occurs.”

The Wardrobe Challenge That Started It All

The Fibershed concept actually began as a one-year wardrobe challenge. Burgess took design school students to farms and ranches raising goats, sheep, alpacas, cows and horses. The farmer and designer worked together to produce one garment from that farm or ranch, which Burgess then wore for one year.

She had it professionally photographed and videotaped so people could see what these urban and rural collaborations were really about. These collaborations and team efforts created a lot of goodwill between the two industries in the process.

“I ran a Kickstarter campaign to raise enough money to help everyone do these research and development projects. Since then, we’ve seen businesses start. I’ve had ranchers come to boardrooms for urban brands that are deciding on what their climate strategy is.

A rancher, who wasn’t so keen on talking about climate change, came to a boardroom with materials and designs at a major brand, a transnational corporation, and [said] ‘Ranching and farming is a heroic process. We can be part of your climate change solution. We are land-based economies. We can sequester carbon. We grow material that we think is going to be of great value to your supply chain.’

They’re willing to get on the table and just talk openly about climate change from a rancher’s perspective. They’re driving to urban communities to talk about this. Because, really, what they want is an economic tie. How to get that wool into that supply chain? How to get that organic cotton into the supply chain? It opens the doors of perception around … who you think people are. It just gives you time to be with people. It’s pretty powerful, actually. I’ve seen a lot of transformation.”

The Return of Cultural Textile Practices

According to Burgess, we are now seeing the emergence of organic vegetable-based dyes in the commercial textile industry. We still have a long way to go though. She estimates that if we were to replace the current use of synthetic blue pigment with plant-based blue, we would need about 56 million hectares (138.4 million acres) of indigo. That’s a lot of indigo to grow. But she also feels we need to have a cultural conversation about how we’re consuming color.

Pre-fossil carbon textiles, Europeans wore textiles made from nettle, flax, hemp and sheep’s wool. In North Africa and South America, they wore cotton. In India and China, they wore cotton and hemp. All of these materials were undyed and the color of the raw fiber, mostly shades of white and gray.

Sheep’s wool has perhaps the greatest variety of color — from black to shades of grey, brown, cream and white. To further alter the color, all you have to do is blend it with nettle, flax or hemp. “You can create really dynamic heathering [effects] by how you spin the fibers together,” Burgess says.

“My solution is to just use the color of the material as it comes off the plant and not really add too much more color to that. The last thing I’ll have to say about the vegetable matter and how we can increase access to natural dyes [is to use] materials that are on their way to being composted. Avocado pits make pink. It’s beautiful. There’s a book called ‘Natural Color: Vibrant Plant Dye Projects for Your Home and Wardrobe’ by Sasha Duerr. She is an artist I work with …

Her book has some really nice processes around avocado pit dye. It’s been a recipe since the ‘70s and the ‘80s as far as I can tell. I just quarter the pit and I put it in a pot of water. I put a little alkaline, like baking soda or oyster shells and then heat it up to about 180 degrees for half an hour or 45 minutes. That’s pre-boiling. That will yield the pink. It’ll start coming out of the avocado. Onion skins are another compostable. You could use that.”

Looking Toward the Future

Fibershed’s vision for the next decade is shared by Regeneration International and other organizations focused on carbon sequestration and environmental restoration through regenerative agriculture. 

“We think about [these Fibershed systems] like food sheds and water sheds,” Burgess says. “We organize around soil and water availability. We don’t engineer nature to do its bidding. We work in harmony with these processes that are in existence. We enhance water holding capacity and dry brittle systems, so that we can produce what we need, even in areas where there’s 10 inches or less of rainfall per year …  

Again, I think these natural productive states create local economies. When you have something you can grow, you have something you can eat. You have something you can wear. You have something you can trade … I think one of the lenses for doing this work is actually approaching it like we want to create more jobs in rural communities. We want people to feel taken care of and nurtured. We want to be buying things from them and supporting their good work on the land.

I think our work in 10 years is to really see these cultural political bridges built through trading and exchanging, but on the foundation of these restored soils. Through these regenerated social biocultural economies, we then trade with each other from strength, and not from the lowest common denominator — imperial attitude — which is ‘I’m going to use this community to produce clothing for me for 10 years.

Until they decide to create a labor union, and then I’m going to throw them over my shoulder like a chicken bone, and then I’m off to Cambodia, and then I’m in Vietnam and then I’m in the Indonesian archipelago.’ That’s been the textile industry. It just keeps on running to the lowest common denominator and leaving a wake of destruction in its path.

We’re trying to reverse that trend of imperial exploitation by focusing on how to work and how to be part of a community that works and labors in a meaningful way, on the land and with each other. Of course, some of us aren’t going to work on the land, but we could consume things from the land with an educated mind and a thoughtful way of approaching consumerism.”

More Information

To learn more, be sure to pick up a copy of Burgess’ bestselling book, “Harvesting Color: How to Find Plants and Make Natural Dyes. It’s definitely one to look at if you have an interest in this topic. Other resources include Kristine Vejar’s book, “The Modern Natural Dyer: A Comprehensive Guide to Dyeing Silk, Wool, Linen and Cotton at Home,” and Sasha Duerr’s book, “Natural Dyes.”

You can also attend the Wool and Fine Fiber Symposium November 11, 2017, at the Dance Palace in Point Reyes Station, California. This annual event is an opportunity to meet and greet people that grow raw materials, fibers and dye. This year’s event is focused on nature’s resilience, illuminating the processes and cycles that clothe us. You can find more details about this event on Fibershed.org.

On Fibershed.org you will also find textile research, economic feasibility studies on regenerative agriculture and how to tie the monetary and carbon cycles together — all the work Fibershed has done on land-based economic development. So, if you want to dig deeper into this topic, Fibershed.org is the place to start. You can also find 140 different independent artists and farmers featured on this website, all of whom are doing this kind of work.

Warm Your Belly With This Delicious Ketogenic Recipe: Asparagus Soup With Crispy Bacon

Recipe by Pete Evans

 

With summer being officially
over, it’s time for you to start getting ready for colder days. And what better
way to ease the chill than by sipping soup to warm your belly? A perfect
example is this asparagus soup recipe from world-renowned chef Pete Evans. Not
only will this keep you warm, but it will also provide impressive health
benefits because of its nutritious ingredients.

If you’re on the lookout for more
recipes like this one, the “Fat for Fuel Ketogenic Cookbook” is just what you
need. Pete and I recently worked together to develop this cookbook to help
people transition to a ketogenic
diet
easily. It won’t be out until November 14, but I assure you that it’s
worth the wait!

Ingredients

2 tablespoons coconut
oil

1 onion, chopped

3 garlic cloves,
chopped

1 pound asparagus, woody ends
trimmed

1/2 pound cauliflower, chopped
into florets

3 cups chicken
broth

2 tablespoons
chopped flat-leaf parsley

Sea salt and
freshly ground black pepper

3 slices of
rindless bacon

Procedure

1.       Melt
the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring
occasionally, for five minutes, or until translucent.

2.       Stir
in the garlic and cook for one minute, or until softened.

3.       Add
the asparagus and cauliflower and stir for one minute, then pour in the chicken
broth. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer for two minutes.
Remove four asparagus spears and reserve.

4.       Continue
to cook the soup for 20 minutes, or until the vegetables are very tender.

5.       Add
the parsley and blend with a hand-held blender until smooth. Season with salt
and pepper.

6.       Preheat
the oven to 400 F.

7.       Place
the bacon on a baking tray and roast for five minutes, flip the bacon over and
roast for another five minutes or until golden and crisp. Cut into bite-sized
pieces and set aside, keeping warm.

8.       Ladle
the soup into warm bowls and add some crispy bacon. Cut the reserved asparagus
spears in half lengthwise, then cut into 1/2 inch lengths and add a few pieces
to each bowl to finish.

Asparagus Can Help Regulate Blood Sugar

Asparagus shoots contain numerous
vitamins and minerals, such as vitamins A, E, K and B6. With this surplus of
vitamins, this vegetable will surely boost your eye, blood and immune health. Other
benefits you can reap from this vegetable are:[1]

·        
Aids in
weight loss.
Asparagus is high in soluble and insoluble fibers and low in
calories, making it a good choice for people who are trying to lose weight.

 

·        
Helps
prevent urinary tract infections.
Asparagus is a natural diuretic because
of the high levels of asparagine. It helps in flushing out excess salt and
fluids, which then helps minimize your risk of getting urinary tract
infections.

 

·        
Acts as
an aphrodisiac.
The high amounts of vitamin
E in asparagus boost the production of estrogen in women and testosterone in men.

 

·        
Functions
as a mood-booster.
Low levels of vitamin B12 and folate have been linked to
the prevalence of depression. Asparagus’ high B12 and folate content means that
adding this to your diet can help regulate and improve your mood.

 

But its benefits do not end
there, because asparagus has also been linked to diabetes prevention and upkeep.
Adding asparagus to your diet will support the beta cells in the pancreas,
improve insulin regulation and optimize blood sugar levels.[2]

Asparagus is also rich in fiber.[3]
This is especially useful for diabetes patients as it helps slow down gastric
emptying and glucose absorption into the bloodstream. Fiber is also responsible
for slowing down digestion, dampening the sharp spikes in blood glucose levels
after meals.[4]

While asparagus shoots are best
harvested in the spring, they’re actually available all year ‘round.[5]
This means that you can benefit from their numerous healthful components
whenever you spot a bundle at the grocery store.

Cauliflower May Help Fight Cancer

Even though it is often regarded
as the white version of broccoli, cauliflower does not pale in comparison to
its more popular cousin. Cauliflower is filled with vitamins, minerals and
antioxidants that are
essential for improving body processes. Adding cauliflower into the mix ensures
that you’re taking care of your heart, brain and your immune system. Other cauliflower
benefits include:
[6]

·        
Improves
cardiovascular health.
Cauliflower is a good source of vitamin K, which
helps in the promotion of healthy blood circulation. It also contains
glucoraphanin, a glucosinolate that prevents the accumulation of lipids in your
blood vessels.

 

·        
Promotes
toxin elimination.
The high fiber content of cauliflower helps in digestion
and the elimination of harmful materials from the digestive system.

 

·        
Reduces
risk for macular degeneration.
It also contains high amounts of vitamin C
and antioxidants, which are necessary for maintaining eye health.

 

·        
Decreases
the risk of neural defects in unborn children.
The folate content of cauliflower
helps in the successful neural development in unborn babies.

 

But aside from these, one of the most impressive components of cauliflower
is sulforaphane, a sulfur compound that has been deemed as a cancer fighter.
The high amounts of sulforaphane in cauliflower indicate that it can help fight
against the development of cancer stem cells and even slow tumor development.

Together with other cruciferous vegetables, cauliflower has been observed to
inhibit the development of bladder, breast, colon and stomach cancers.
[7] Additional components that contribute to
its cancer-fighting characteristics are indoles and isothiocyanates.
[DRFS1] 

Cauliflower can be incorporated
into dishes easily. It can be roasted, sautéed with other vegetables, or even
served as an alternative for potatoes for mash. If you’re unsure of how you
want to eat cauliflower, this recipe is just what you need.

It All Boils Down to the Quality of Your Meat

If you’re a regular reader of Mercola.com,
you’re probably aware of the dangers of processed meats. The International
Agency for Research on Cancer has even classified processed meats as a group 1
carcinogen. Unfortunately for all bacon lovers out there, bacon is part of this
group.[8]

The good news is that your love
for bacon doesn’t need to end here. It all depends on the source of the meat
that you’re eating. If you’re not ready to give bacon up just yet, there’s the
option of making your own with meat from trustworthy and organic sources.

You should steer clear of concentrated animal feeding operations
(CAFOs)
products, not just
because of the inhumane conditions animals in these facilities are subjected
to, but also because of the risk of ingesting harmful chemicals and antibiotics
used in these farms. You should also make sure that your source provides their animals
with species-appropriate food instead of the generic feeds that only aim to
fatten them.
[DRFS2] 

About Pete Evans

Pete Evans is an internationally renowned
chef who has joined forces with Dr. Mercola to create a healthy cookbook that’s
loaded with delicious, unique Keto recipes, ideal for people who want to switch
to a ketogenic diet. The “Fat for Fuel Ketogenic Cookbook” will be released November
14.

Pete
has had numerous noteworthy contributions to the culinary world. He has not
only cooked for the general public, but he’s also cooked a royal banquet
for the Prince and Princess of Denmark, a private dinner for Martha Stewart,
and even represented his hometown at the gala G?Day USA dinner for 600 in
New York City. Pete’s career has moved from the kitchen into the lounge room
with many TV appearances including Lifestyle Channel’s “Home show,” “Postcards
from Home,” “FISH,” “My Kitchen Rules” and “Moveable Feast.”

Is there anything left to say?

  • The most powerful authority recognized by the American people, Declares the American people are sovereign.

About recognition:

Even the war of independence was about achieving world-wide recognition as an independent nation of free men and woman.

 Think about this:

ALL incorporated entities are fictions.  Fictions do not lawfully exist.  The principles carry no personal or even lawful responsibility to act as lawful representatives of the people.  Misrepresentation is an act of fraud.

And consider this:

STOP!

Thanks to Nancy-

Proof of fraud:

 

 

cold

The evidence of fraud:

A partial list of just some of the incorporate entities believed to be a part of the gigantic cooperate network of interacting companies.  All would seem to be linked in commerce and cooperate to maintain hidden relationships from the America people.

A basic search revealed over 250,000 separate entities.  It was not confirmed all were interconnected as repented government organizations.

Other examples of deception in play:

Cooperate entities:

4th cir ct of app hunt wv US72918229_09262017_1725 apostolic delegate US16564830_09302017_1406 apostolic nunciature US42751109_09302017_1407 bureau eng and print dc US76424381_09262017_1704 county comm assoc wv US42961976_09262017_1718 Creditsafe_Report_US27920032_09262017_0236 Creditsafe_Report_US36236288_09262017_0234 Creditsafe_Report_US45982739_09262017_0223 Creditsafe_Report_US46461879_09262017_0223 Creditsafe_Report_US49254549_09262017_0232 Creditsafe_Report_US55108683_09262017_0226 Creditsafe_Report_US67491360_09262017_0214 Creditsafe_Report_US71315141_09262017_0225 Creditsafe_Report_US73492319_09262017_0213 Creditsafe_Report_US83514245_09262017_0235 dc gov 2 US73492319_09262017_0213 dc gov US67491360_09262017_0214 depository trust corp US29611652_09272017_2305 e pluribus unum US01049182_09302017_1755 fed ks US27920032_09262017_0236 hon rob chambers pkb US86648187_09262017_1721 hon rob waters pkb US57255967_09262017_1721 northern trust co US50200196_09272017_1348 northern trust corp 2 US14743888_09272017_1349 northern trust corp US70937991_09272017_1349 northern trust corporation US79037964_09272017_1347 northern trust inv US88841678_09272017_1349 northern trustc corp US11755197_09272017_1347 rep shelly capito US06208856_09302017_1045 rep shelly moore capito US04623423_09302017_1045 sen al franken branch US87261311_09302017_1051 sen al franken head US71060732_09302017_1047 sen kelly ayotte US87257668_09302017_1045 sen mandy dawson US87935546_09302017_1046 sen rich shelby US08062750_09302017_1044 sen rich shelby US87261303_09302017_1043 sen will brady US80558831_09302017_1050 senator cook US59148190_09302017_1052 senator cruz head US70310990_09302017_1051 senator joe wv US04483874_09262017_1737 sisters of st francis branch US04268774_09302017_1410 sisters of st francis head US80825096_09302017_1410 state sen wv US86642716_09262017_1733 the northern trust comp 2 US76482496_09272017_2306 the northern trust comp US76482496_09272017_2306 (1) treasurer st miss united states of america us attorney wheel wv US20220585_09262017_1733 us census bur head 43501998_09302017_1753 us coast guard head US83108611_09302017_1752 us coast guard wv US36968526_09262017_1736 us courts elkin wv US29017290_09262017_1734 us dep of treasury pkb US27311439_09262017_1738 us dept of treas cfpb pkb US79799006_09262017_1736 us distr ct clerk chlst wv US46674594_09262017_1735 us engr and print tex US12385054_09262017_1705 us gov fbi chi US10505137_09302017_1754 us gov fbi US49254549_09262017_0232 us house rep company US40136837_09282017_0006-1 us house rep company US40136837_09282017_0006 us mint pkb US55108683_09262017_0226 us navy wv US56064784_09262017_1735 us off gov ethics pkb US82894885_09262017_1739 us senate branch US45884702_09302017_1043 us soc sec head US77879253_09302017_1752 us supreme ct US46461879_09262017_0223 us treas dept pkb 2 US36236288_09262017_1738 us treasury dep pkb US36236288_09262017_1734 us treasury pkb US36236288_09262017_0234 vatican embassy US43501082_09302017_1405 west va investment wood county circuit clerk US04567806_09262017_1717 wood county sherrif US70556258_09262017_1716 wood cty jail US86644878_09262017_1718 wood cty vote reg US70972055_09262017_1717 wv dept of admin US48670902_09282017_0159 wv dept of commerce US74005903_09282017_0201 wv dept of health US82963738_09282017_0204 wv dept of revenue US43092563_09282017_0201 wv dept of US87022191_09282017_0200 wv div of corrections US20960600_09282017_0202 wv dot US87189936_09282017_0202 wv sos US86639212_09282017_0159 wv supreme ct 2 US71315141_09262017_0225 wv supreme ct US45982739_09262017_0223 wv treasurerUS88444831_09282017_0200

Criminal misrepresentation is a serious federal crime.  Those so engaged are characterized as common criminals.   Politicians suspected or guilty of misrepresenting a lawful public officer is subject to immediate removal from office,  arrest and prosecution.

No recall process is required.

Since there is no longer any possible question that the people are in charge,  and those who pretend to represent the people are acting in fraud, there is nothing preventing the people, themselves to assert their lawful authority and begin to immediately address these criminal matters.

 

And as the people, we already have the instrumentality to peacefully address the issues—

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. – The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America  

Clearly established the processes and procedures to resolve any outstanding issues as we face today.  No permission is required.

And since the people have essentially be deputized by the declaration of sovereignty, now would seem the time to assert our lawful authority and stop wasting precious time where those who are criminally involved are attempting to side track our attention and distort the truth regarding matters of the affairs of state.

Extract:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,  And especially—

–That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it

Forming private membership associations at the lowest possible political level may be the best way to begin to organize and take appropriate measures.

arnie

 

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Woman Invents 15 False Rape Accusations Before Finally Being Jailed

Prosecutor Madeleine Moore told the court police spent 6,400 hours [38 straight weeks’ worth of manpower!] investigating Beale’s claims at a cost of at least £250,000, and the trial cost at least £109,000.

— The Daily Mail‘s report on Jemma Beale and how seriously police took her multiple false rape allegations

By David G. Brown | 26 September 2017

RETURN OF KINGS — British men in general may be sexually thirsty, but they are certainly not thirsty enough to rape a woman who looks like Jemma Beale. Yet this highly unattractive woman managed to falsely accuse fifteen men of rape and sexual assault before she was jailed for ten years, representing a mere six or seven months for each of her victims. Most of these men, as we would expect, had zero sexual activity with Beale.

One of her victims, Mahad Cassim, spent two years of his original seven-year rape sentence in prison before he was released. Another falsely accused man had to escape Britain for good. Why? Because, armed with a political and social climate of “listen and believe always,” feminists and their enablers have successfully argued for rape quotas that leave matters of evidence and due process in the dustbin of history.

She was only caught and jailed because she went too far

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Blowback? — Mizzou Enrollment Tumbles To Lowest Since 2008

By Tyler Durden | 22 September 2017

ZERO HEDGE — Amid ongoing fallout from the negative media attention and student (and faculty) protests that rocked campus in 2015, the University of Missouri recently welcomed its smallest student body since 2008.

As Campus Reform has repeatedly reported, the embattled university has taken hit after hit, starting with a $32 million budget shortfall and a five-percent budget cut, followed by a seven-percent drop in freshmen enrollment heading into last school year.

As some may remember Mizzou hit the headlines after Melissa Click, a journalism professor, won infamy nationwide for her behavior during race-related protests at MU in November 2015. […]

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(Natural News) A shocking new undercover video has surfaced, created by Steve Crowder, a radio host / comedian who went undercover for months to investigate the Antifa movement. The disturbing footage, shown below, reveals that Antifa is a domestic terrorist organization that’s secretly plotting stabbings and shootings while luring conservatives into “kill zones” to be executed…