NEW #QDROPS!! #QAnon #Q Posts 1441-1448 (6-10-18)… “FF [False Flag] weather alert (WW) [World Wide]. Stay vigilant and maintain situational awareness”

These just came out and (thanks to my QDrops iPhone app) I just was alerted to them. I’ll post all of them that are out as of 1915 HST (0515 UTC), and highlight from those.

One point is that these suicides which have occurred / are occurring, like the Anthony Bourdain recent one, are more likely than not, not actual suicides, but are some being “taken out” by the deep state. And the photos included here I’ve not yet identified, but I’m sure that there will be a TONNE of analyses of these within the next few hours.

Again, it is about viewing all of the data, then using that Higher Discernment to see what resonates. At least that’s how it works for me.

Q’s current tripcode is !CbboFOtcZs. And here is the other “Q post collection” website I mentioned in another post: https://qntmpkts.keybase.pub//.

“Start the Clock. A Week to [Remember]. Think Logically. First private… Second public. Blackwater on GUARD.

“[Anon] Thank you for guarding POTUS, Erik. [Q]… Not POTUS. [apparently Blackwater (Erik Prince] is not dealing with guarding POTUS.]

“#FLY[RR]FLY# Failure per WH instruction / agreement. [RR usually refers to Rod Rosenstein]

“You have a choice. Do what is right. FBI agents willing to testify +24 [apparently more than 24 FBI agents are willing to testify]

“Track ALL suicides. Example 1: Think Spade. Trace to Children Foundation(s) (NY). Trace to Import/Export. Trace from China/MX to Long Beach. Trace sale/spin off of Co. Trace to CF [Clinton Foundation]. Trace to Port (Security Clearance Profile (L5)). Who granted? Hussein/HRC. Expect A LOT more.

“FF [False Flag] weather alert (WW) [World Wide]. Stay vigilant and maintain situational awareness.”

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From: https://qanon.pub

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Q !CbboFOtcZs No.100 ?
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Start the Clock.
A Week to [Remember].
Think Logically.
First private [CLAS-5(6)]
Second public.
Blackwater on GUARD.
Evidence KILLS.
These people are STUPID.
Q

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Anonymous ID: dac787 No.1693990 ?

Thank you for guarding POTUS, Erik.

Q !CbboFOtcZs ID: 2af222 No.1693998 ?

>>1693990
Not POTUS.
Q

1443
Q !CbboFOtcZs No.101 ?

#FLY[RR]FLY#
Failure per WH instruction / agreement.
DECLAS_Public[3]
EO dated_official
IG redactions [heavy+][remove]
Hussein [WH [call] [tarmac] BC/LL] #RR#
JC.
#2.
LL.
BP.
PS.
LP.
……….
302s
Texts
Tarmac
FBI
DOJ
Operative insertion(s).
UK [SIS]
Dark to LIGHT.
Shall we play a game?
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You have a choice.
Do what is right.
FBI agents willing to testify +24
Next DOJ – offer open [2].
Next C_A – offer open [3].
GOOD vs. EVIL.
Q

1444
Q !CbboFOtcZs No.102 ?
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1445

Q !CbboFOtcZs ID: 205f78 No.1694734 ?

Track ALL suicides.
Example 1:
Think Spade.
Trace to Children Foundation(s) (NY).
Trace to Import/Export.
Trace from China/MX to Long Beach.
Trace sale/spin off of Co.
Trace to CF.
Trace to Port (Security Clearance Profile (L5)).
Who granted?
Hussein/HRC.
Expect A LOT more.
Q

1446
Q !CbboFOtcZs ID: 205f78 No.1694816 ?

Every single picture posted is ORIGINAL.
Pulled/Wiped or Taken.
Think about what that means.
Q

1447

Anonymous ID: 2f086d No.1694833 ?

>>1694816
Not necessarily from /ourguy/s…

Q !CbboFOtcZs ID: 205f78 No.1694863 ?

>>1694833

1448
Q !CbboFOtcZs ID: c78f8c No.1694930 ?

FF weather alert (WW).
Stay vigilant and maintain situational awareness.
Q

Gut Microbiome May Be a Game-Changer for Cancer Prevention and Treatment

By Dr. Mercola

In recent years, it’s become increasingly apparent that the composition of microbes in your gut — which is as distinct to you as your fingerprint — plays an enormous role in health and disease prevention. Your gut flora influences the function of various internal organs, such as your skin, lungs, breasts and liver.1

For example, recent research2 by the National Institute of Health shows gut microbes control antitumor immune responses in the liver, and that antibiotics — by depleting your gut of valuable bacteria — can alter the composition of immune cells in your liver and trigger tumor growth.

Aside from cancer, dozens of other health conditions have been traced back to the influence of gut microbes as well, including obesity, depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, Parkinson’s and allergies,3 just to name a few. One of the reasons for this is because your gut is the main residence of your immune system.4 Disrupt your gut microbiome and you automatically disrupt your immune function, which can have far-reaching consequences. As noted in a paper published in Clinical and Experimental Immunology:5

“The crucial position of the gastrointestinal system is testified by the huge amount of immune cells that reside within it. Indeed, gut-associated lymphoid tissue (GALT) is the prominent part of mucosal-associated lymphoid tissue and represents almost 70 percent of the entire immune system; moreover, about 80 percent of plasma cells … reside in GALT.”

How Your Microbiome Influences Your Cancer Risk

Previous studies have shown certain gut bacteria quell inflammation, which is an underlying factor in virtually all cancers, whereas others promote it. As noted in a recent article in Nature,6 “bacteria have been associated with cancer initiation and progression. Some of these microbes activate inflammatory responses and disrupt the mucus layers that protect the body from outside invaders, creating an environment that supports tumor growth.”

Certain cancers have also been found to have infectious underpinnings. For example, Heliobacter pylori (H. pylori) has been linked to gastric cancer. The International Agency for Research on Cancer actually defines this microbe as a carcinogen.7 Interestingly, H. pylori has also been linked to a reduced risk of esophageal adenocarcinoma, demonstrating the complexity involved and the organ-specific effects microbes can have when it comes to their impact on cancer.

Similarly, hepatitis C virus has been shown to play a role in hepatocellular carcinoma, chronic Salmonella enterica infection has been linked to gallbladder cancer, and Haemophilus influenza and Candida albicans have been identified in lower respiratory tract tumors. Gut microbes have also been found to influence the effectiveness of cancer treatment.

Gut Bacteria Influence Effectiveness of Anticancer Drugs as Well

Recent research adds support to the idea that targeting the gut microbiome could be a real game-changer in the fight against cancer, as the presence of certain gut bacteria appears to boost the patient’s response to anticancer drugs. Several clinical trials are now being launched to see whether outcomes can be improved simply by manipulating the patient’s gut flora.

One way in which gut bacteria improve the effectiveness of cancer treatment is by activating your immune system and allowing it to function more efficiently. Researchers have actually found that when these specific microbes are absent, the anticancer drug may not work at all.8 Such was the case with cyclophosphamide, a chemotherapy drug.

Part of the mechanism that allows cyclophosphamide to work is that it damages your intestinal lining, allowing bacteria to travel into your spleen and lymph nodes, where they then activate the necessary immune cells to combat the cancer. As you probably know, your immune system is your first line of defense against all disease, including cancer, and when functioning well, cancer cells are eliminated before they can grow into a tumor.

Immunotherapy Fails When Certain Microbes Are Absent

Researchers have also explored the influence of gut bacteria on cancer patients’ responses to checkpoint inhibitors — a class of immunotherapy drugs that work by triggering your immune system to attack cancer cells. However, this treatment has a fairly low success rate. Only 20 to 40 percent of patients respond to the treatment, and researchers began suspecting the gut microbiome might be the key to success or failure.

Indeed, as reported in Nature,9 a 2015 study found that while microbe-free mice failed to respond to treatment with checkpoint inhibitors, mice given Bacteroides fragilis fared much better. Other researchers have had similar findings, showing Bifidobacterium improves the effectiveness of cancer immunotherapy in lab animals — again by triggering a more robust response by specific anticancer immune cells.

As you might expect, antibiotic treatment has been found to worsen response to immunotherapy, likely because antibiotics indiscriminately kill all gut bacteria, thereby ridding your body of many really important immune helpers. Importantly, even cancer therapies that do not rely on the activation of your immune response typically fail unless you have the appropriate gut microbes. 10

For example, certain chemotherapy agents actually rely on gut microbes to eradicate the tumor directly. In other instances, the microbes’ influence on cancer is related to their ability to influence gene expression alter the stability of your genes.

Your Gut Is Your Second Brain

Your gastrointestinal tract — in addition to housing a majority of your immune system — has also been likened to your second brain.11 You have two nervous systems: the central nervous system, composed of your brain and spinal cord, and the enteric nervous system, which is the intrinsic nervous system of your gastrointestinal tract.

Both are created from identical tissue during fetal development. One part turns into your central nervous system while the other develops into your enteric nervous system. These two systems are connected via the vagus nerve, the 10th cranial nerve that runs from your brain stem down to your abdomen.

It is now well established that your vagus nerve is the primary route your gut bacteria use to transmit information to your brain, and research confirms the makeup of your gut microbiome can have a tremendous influence over your psychological health and well-being, affecting both your general mood and your risk of more serious mental health dysfunction.

The connection between mental health and gut health is so strong that some have proposed probiotics may be the new Prozac. According to an article published the June 2013 issue of Biological Psychiatry,12 the authors suggest that even severe and chronic mental health problems, including post-traumatic stress disorder, might be eliminated through the use of certain probiotics.

Two bacterial strains shown to have a calming influence, in part by dampening stress hormones, are Lactobacillus helveticus and Bifdobacterium longum.
According to the authors:

“As a class of probiotic, these bacteria are capable of producing and delivering neuroactive substances such as gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) and serotonin, which act on the brain-gut axis. Preclinical evaluation in rodents suggests that certain psychobiotics possess antidepressant or anxiolytic activity. Effects may be mediated via the vagus nerve, spinal cord, or neuroendocrine systems.”

Using MRI scans, Dr. Emeran Mayer, professor of medicine and psychiatry at the University of California, has compared the physical brain structure of thousands of volunteers, looking for connections between brain structure and the types of bacteria found in their intestines.

He’s found some interesting differences in how certain brain regions are connected, depending on the dominant species of gut bacteria. As reported by NPR,13 “That suggests that the specific mix of microbes in our guts might help determine what kinds of brains we have — how our brain circuits develop and how they’re wired.”

The Gut-Heart Link

Your gut also influences your heart health, and recent research suggests your risk of heart attack and stroke can be predicted by the presence or absence of certain gut microbes.

The study,14 published in the journal Atherosclerosis found that patients with inexplicably high amounts of arterial plaque, based on their age and risk factors for atherosclerosis, had higher levels of trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO), p-cresyl sulfate, p-cresyl glucuronide and phenylacetylglutamine — metabolites produced by certain gut microbes — whereas those with unexpectedly low amounts of plaque, despite having traditional risk factors, had lower levels.

According to the authors, these differences could not be explained by renal function or poor diet. There was, however, a difference in gut microbiome between the groups. Their findings strongly support the idea that your gut microbiome plays an important role in your risk for atherosclerosis, and that by repopulating your gut flora with beneficial bacteria might offer significant protection against heart attacks, stroke and death. 

Previous research15 has shown high levels of TMAO are associated with an increased risk of heart attacks and stroke, as well as premature death among those with stable coronary artery disease. In one analysis,16 high blood levels of TMAO increased the risk of dying from any cause fourfold in the next five years. According to the authors, measuring blood levels of TMAO could potentially be a powerful predictive tool for assessing cardiovascular risks, in addition to other measurements such as glucose and triglycerides.

Eating a diet rich in plant foods and fiber is also recommended as a preventive lifestyle measure, as this helps lower TMAO production and, with it, lower plaque formation. Probiotics (healthy bacteria) have also been shown to relieve hypertension17,18,19 by triggering communication from the gut to brain areas that influence blood pressure, and hypertension (high blood pressure) is yet another risk factor20 for heart attack and stroke.

How to Optimize Your Gut Health

Following are several key dietary components that will help you nourish your gut microbiome, thereby protecting yourself against a whole host of chronic diseases:

Eliminate sugars and processed foods from your diet, as sugar feeds microbes known to have a negative influence on your health.

Implement a cyclical ketogenic diet. While nutritional ketosis will initially improve your gut microbiome, thanks to the elimination of excess sugars, in the long term, continuous ketosis may be problematic. To optimize your gut health, be sure to eat lots of fiber-rich vegetables (see next section) and implement a cyclical ketogenic diet, where once or twice a week you increase the amount of net carbs (total carbohydrates minus fiber).

Eat plenty of fiber-rich foods/prebiotics. There are two main types of dietary fiber: soluble and insoluble. Ideally, you need both on a regular basis. Soluble fiber, found in cucumbers, blueberries, beans and nuts, dissolves into a gel-like texture, helping to slow down your digestion.

Insoluble fiber, found in foods like dark green leafy vegetables, green beans, celery and carrots, does not dissolve and stays basically intact as it moves through your colon. By adding bulk to your stool, it helps food to move through your digestive tract more quickly for healthy elimination.

Prebiotics are found primarily in fiber-rich foods, which is perfect because your good gut bacteria thrive on indigestible fiber. Inulin is one type of water-soluble fiber found in asparagus, garlic, leeks and onions that helps nourish your beneficial gut bacteria.

Include digestive-resistant starches — found in chilled, cooked potatoes, seeds, tapioca starch and unripe tropical fruits such as banana, papaya and mango — are basically low-viscous dietary fibers. Like insoluble fiber, digestive-resistant starch is not broken down as it travels through your digestive tract and therefore adds bulk to your stool. They’re also powerful prebiotics.

Regularly consume traditionally fermented and cultured foods, which are loaded with a wide variety of healthy live bacteria. Healthy choices include lassi, kefir, natto, and various pickled fermentations of cabbage, turnips, eggplant, cucumbers, onions, squash and carrots.

Consider a spore-based probiotic supplement, especially when taking a course of antibiotics. Sporebiotics are part of a group of derivatives of the microbe called bacillus. This genus has hundreds of subspecies, the most important of which is Bacillus subtilis.

Essentially, sporebiotics consist of the cell wall of bacillus spores, and they are a primary tool to boost your immune tolerance. Because sporebiotics do not contain any live Bacillus strains, only its spores — the protective shell around the DNA and the working mechanism of that DNA — they are unaffected by antibiotics.

Antibiotics indiscriminately kill your gut bacteria, both good and bad, which is why secondary infections and lowered immune function are common side effects of taking antibiotics.

As noted earlier, chronic low-dose exposure to antibiotics through your food also takes a toll on your gut microbiome, which can result in chronic ill health and increased risk of drug resistance. Since they’re not destroyed by antibiotics, sporebiotics can more effectively help re-establish your gut microbiome.

In the video below, Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, founder of the Klinghardt Academy, discusses sporebiotics, which he has used clinically for the treatment of food intolerances, ALS, autism, Lyme disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and more.

Whatever approach you take — eliminating sugars, adding prebiotic foods, eating fermented foods, taking probiotics or sporebiotics, or all of the above — I encourage you to begin optimizing your gut. A healthy gut will boost your immunity, help your body resist disease and positively affect your health and well-being.

Avoid Factory Farmed Meats and Antimicrobial Sanitizers to Protect Your Microbiome

In addition to knowing what to add to your diet and lifestyle, it’s equally important to know what to avoid, and these include:

Antibiotics, unless absolutely necessary (and when you do, make sure to reseed your gut with fermented foods and/or a probiotic or sporebiotic supplement)

Factory farmed meat and other animal products.21 Animals raised in concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) are routinely fed low-dose antibiotics and genetically engineered grains, which have also been implicated in the destruction of gut flora

Processed foods, as the excessive sugars feed bacteria known to be detrimental to health

Chlorinated and/or fluoridated water

Triclosan-containing products22,23,24 such as antibacterial dish soaps, wipes, hygiene and cosmetic products, clothing and kitchenware items

Agricultural chemicals, glyphosate (RoundUp) in particular. To minimize exposure, avoid using these chemicals around your home, and opt for certified organic or biodynamic foods

The Inflammation-Fighting Compounds of Lemongrass Tea

By Dr. Mercola

Because it grows quickly, exudes a lemony essence and really is a grass that’s lush, hardy and attractive, lemongrass as a plant probably matches the first image that pops into your mind when you hear the word. Often used as an ornamental screening plant, it’s like grass on steroids, arcing in graceful plumes, especially when it grows to its potential height of 6 feet. About 55 varieties exist worldwide.

One highly appreciated function, as many gardeners and nature-lovers can attest: It’s a natural mosquito repellent. You can even break off the leaves to rub on your skin. (Just make sure to test it on your skin first.) Not exclusively an ornamental plant, although it certainly is that, Cymbopogon citratus is also an herb used in cooking to give stir-fries, soups and many other dishes a hint of lemony brightness.

Lemongrass stalks closely resemble tough green onions, but the flavor does not. Originally from tropical and other warm-weather areas like India, Thailand and China, lemongrass has been described as having a very complex and sophisticated flavor — like lemon, but with a mild, delicate tang and a hint of ginger and mint. As a tea, these fragrance components are pleasant, but it’s the medicinal aspects I’ll highlight today.

Lemongrass has a history of medicinal use among several cultures worldwide for a variety of conditions, including digestive disorders, fevers, menstrual disorders, joint pain, inflammation and nervous conditions. Several regions have found it useful medicinally, the American Botanical Council1 notes:

  • In the Philippines, the tea is used to alleviate stress, treat colds, fevers and gastrointestinal distress, and decrease pain and arthritic conditions.
  • In southern Brazil, lemongrass is an herbal medicine used for pain and sedation.
  • In India, Cuba, Indonesia and Brazil, lemongrass tea is used to treat bladder problems, including urinary tract inflammation, incontinence and kidney stones.
  • In Nigeria, extracts of lemongrass treat hypertension, obesity and diabetes mellitus, as well as malaria, to lower fevers and to kill parasites.

Lemongrass Tea: Hint of Ginger; Medicinal Powerhouse

East Indian lemongrass (aka Cochin or Malabar grass) and West Indian lemongrass are popular for extracting the oil for perfumes, lotions and deodorants, but Medical News Today2 notes that these two varieties are also the only ones suitable for cooking. In addition:

“Inflammation is a factor in many adverse health conditions, including pain and heart disease. As such, lemongrass tea could be a beneficial drink for people to incorporate into their diet … Lemongrass contains the inflammation-fighting compounds chlorogenic acid, isoorientin and swertiajaponin.”3

As with most herbs, extracted oils and healing plants, studies on lemongrass usually mention that any therapeutic properties can be attributed to the synergy of many compounds working together rather than a single compound. In any case, however, the advantages are too diverse and dramatic to ignore, as studies suggest lemongrass may:

Prevent infection — Terpenes, ketones, aldehyde and esters are compounds in lemongrass that fight numerous infections4

Alleviate anxiety — Beyond the relaxing aspects of drinking hot tea, lemongrass aromatherapy may reduce tension, and quickly5

Boost red blood cell count — One study showed that lemongrass tea significantly increased red blood cells in all 105 participants6

Enhance oral health — A study found that among 12 herbs, lemongrass extracts were one of the most effective against cariogenic streptococci7

Reduce bloating — A high dose or prolonged treatment with a low dose of lemongrass tea suggested renal function improvement8

Relieve pain — Noted as having a significant “antinociceptive” effect9

Fight free radicals — Unstable atoms that can cause premature aging and damage cells, cause premature aging and, ultimately, a host of diseases

Decrease inflammation — Citral is one compound in lemongrass oil that lowered skin cell inflammation in one study.10

One of the most dramatic benefits of lemongrass tea is how it fights free radicals, making it exceptionally effective as an antioxidant. In fact, they’re one of the greatest culprits in causing inflammation, as they can break down cells over time. Livestrong notes citral as one of the most volatile oils:

“Citral acts as an antioxidant that can help protect your cells from damage by free radicals. These unstable molecules form during digestion or when you’re exposed to toxins. Over time, they can damage your cells and raise your risk of chronic disorders, including atherosclerosis and heart disease.”11

More Studies Reveal Powerful Compounds in Lemongrass

One study12 noted a number of powerful plant chemicals in lemongrass, such as flavonoids, phenolic compounds including luteolin, quercetin, kaempferol and apiginin, which all exerting disease-fighting, pharmacological activities, including:

  • Anti-amoebic
  • Antibacterial
  • Antidiarrheal
  • Antifilarial (antiparasitic)
  • Antifungal

Various other effects from the compounds in lemongrass that are being studied include antimalarial, antimutagenicity (reducing the rate of mutation13), antimycobacterial (such as organisms that cause tuberculosis), antioxidant, hypoglycemic and neurobehaviorial problems, have also been studied.

In addition, a study in Japan14 found that the glutathione in lemongrass could be used in the future for skin cancer prevention, and in India, researchers reported it as “highly useful in the development of anticancer therapeutics,” particularly leukemia.15 Polysaccharides in lemongrass were found to produce antitumor activity when tested in a study in East China University of Science and Technology in Shanghai.16

You can avail yourself of all of the aforementioned compounds and plant chemicals contained in lemongrass by starting a regimen of tea made from the stalks or leaves to treat a number of maladies, in much the same way people in areas where the plant has grown for millennia have used it to treat colds, headache, bacterial infections, sore throats, circulatory problems and stress. Livestrong observes:

“Terpenoids in lemongrass influence genes that improve insulin resistance and decrease circulating lipid levels, according to a Japanese study published in the June 2010 issue of the journal PPAR Research.17 These compounds may be helpful for managing diabetes, obesity and elevated cholesterol levels in some people, say the researchers.”18

Recipe and Uses for Lemongrass Tea

While you can purchase lemongrass tea already prepared, both in health food stores or online, you can also make your own, and it’s no more difficult than buying the stalks and chopping them. You can also add them to curry paste, sauces, soup stock and stir-fries. Look for them in the produce section or the freezer section in supermarkets.

Make sure the stalks are firm, not rubbery, and that the lower parts of the stalks are pale yellow, while the upper stalks are green. The Spruce Eats explains that the best way to use each stalk is by cutting off the lower bulb so you can remove the tough outer leaves. Then:

“From here, you have two options. The first is the easier of the two. Simply cut the yellow stalk into 2- to 3-inch lengths. Then ‘bruise’ these sections by bending them several times. You can also create superficial cuts along these sections with your knife, which will help release the lemon flavor. Add these bruised stalks to your soup or curry.

When serving, remove the lemongrass pieces, or ask your guests to set them aside as they eat. The second option is to slice the lemongrass. In this case, we are preparing the lemongrass to be consumed, adding fiber, nutrients, and more flavor to the dish. You will need a very sharp knife, as the stalk is quite firm. Cut the yellow section of the stalk into thin slices and place these in a food processor. Process well.”19

An alternative (and possibly quicker) option to slicing is to simply pound the stalks with a pestle and mortar until they become soft and fragrant, and then add them to your dishes. As for lemongrass tea, you can use either the leaves, dried or fresh, or the woody stalks. Add one-half teaspoon of stevia, if desired.

Lemongrass Tea Procedure:

  1. Cut the stalks into 1- to 2-inch pieces.
  2. Boil 1 cup (or slightly more) of water.
  3. Pour the water over the lemongrass pieces and cover to keep it hot.
  4. Allow the lemongrass to steep for at least five minutes.
  5. Strain the liquid through a mesh strainer and pour into your cup.

You can start by drinking one cup of lemongrass tea per day, then increase it to more over a matter of days, if desired. You may find, as researchers did in the studies, that your oral health improves, bloating is relieved and even pain and inflammation become less of a factor in your life.

Quick Tutorial on Growing Lemongrass

You can buy a small lemongrass plant at the grocery store or gardening shop in early spring, trim it to about 6 inches high above the root line and add a pinch of cinnamon as a root starter. As they grow they become an attractive indoor plant in a sunny spot on your windowsill, or you can use the plant as an excellent base for starting it outside in rich, loamy soil, which retains water better. Growing lemongrass is quite easy, given the optimal amount of sun (a lot), water and fertilizer. According to Hobby Farms:

“Lemongrass is harvested for both the stalk and foliage. You can begin harvesting lemongrass as soon as the plant is about a foot tall. Cut, twist or break off a stalk that is at least one-quarter-inch thick. The most tender part is at the bottom, so remove it as close to the ground as possible. Once you have harvested the number of stalks you want, remove the woody outer portion and the leaves. Slice the tender part of the stalk, and add as needed to your recipe.”20

The edible part of the plant is nearest the bottom of the stalk. When the stalks get to be around a quarter-inch to a half-inch thick, cut the stalks close to their roots. One of the great things about harvesting lemongrass stalks is how easy it is to preserve them by freezing. Make your last cuttings before the first frost in the fall.

Freeze whole stalks or cut them into 1-inch pieces, and they’ll be usable in recipes for about six months. If your favorite recipe calls for one or two stalks, store that amount in freezer containers to make the job quick and easy.

What Are Jujubes Good For?

By Dr. Mercola

If you live in the U.S., the name jujubes may bring to mind the chewy, sticky corn-syrup-based candy known to wreak havoc on your dental work. You may not realize there is an actual jujube fruit that has been prized for millennia as a nutritional powerhouse of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and flavonols. Also known as Chinese dates or red dates (although unrelated to dates), jujubes have been cultivated and used medicinally in China for more than 4,000 years.

As both a fruit and a medicine, jujubes are well-known for boosting energy, promoting relaxation, preventing premature aging, strengthening your immune system and supporting digestion. Due to the presence of antioxidants with the ability to fight free radicals, jujubes are also believed to have potent anticancer properties. If you have yet to become aware of their many benefits, now is the time to find out what jujubes are good for.

The History of Jujubes

Jujubes (Ziziphus jujuba) are a native of southern Asia belonging to the buckthorn (or Rhamnaceae) family. They have been cultivated in China for more than 4,000 years and used for millennia in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). About 400 jujube varieties are cultivated worldwide in two main types: those best for eating fresh and those better suited to drying, a process that gives them a chewy, date-like consistency.

Jujubes grow on relatively small deciduous trees that reach heights of about 40 feet. The trees, which thrive in warm climates, feature shiny green leaves, modest-looking blossoms and fruit ranging in sizes similar to grapes and strawberries. Jujube fruits are characterized by a red outer skin and white inner flesh that contains a single, large center seed. In terms of taste, jujubes have been described as having a crispy texture, edible skin and a mixed sweet-tart flavor similar to an apple.

Due to their many beneficial properties, including the presence of vitamin C, jujubes have been used medicinally by a number of cultures. Given their ability to fight infections and strengthen your immune system, one of this fruit’s most popular applications is as a tea to soothe a sore throat. Dried jujube varieties are often used as a substitute for dates or apples in recipes.

The Health Benefits of Jujubes

If you are wondering what jujubes are good for, consider the following health benefits.1,2,3 Jujubes are:

  • Rich in vitamins B (niacin and B6) and C, and a decent source of vitamin A
  • A good source of copper, iron, manganese and potassium
  • Loaded with phytonutrients
  • Filled with flavonoids, including spinosin and swertish, known for their sedative properties, which may explain why jujube seeds are used in TCM to treat anxiety and insomnia.

A 3.5-ounce portion (100 grams) of fresh, raw jujubes contains:

Calories: 76

Carbohydrates: 20.2 grams

Protein: 1.2 grams

Copper: 0.1 milligram (4 percent recommended dietary allowance — RDA)

Niacin: 0.9 milligrams (4 percent RDA)

Iron: 0.5 milligram (3 percent RDA)

Manganese: 0.1 milligram (4 percent RDA)

Potassium: 250 milligrams (7 percent RDA)

Vitamin B6: 0.1 milligram (4 percent RDA)

Vitamin C: 69 milligrams (115 percent RDA)

In addition, jujubes deliver 18 of the most important essential amino acids your body needs daily, which assist in the production of more than 50,000 proteins in your body. Jujubes boast vitamin C at levels nearly 20 times that found in most citrus fruits. They also contain tannins, which are known to possess antihemorrhagic, anti-infective and anti-inflammatory properties.4

It’s important to note jujubes are very sweet. Due to the amount of fructose they contain, you should eat them in moderation. Because the fructose in dehydrated fruit is concentrated, moderation is even more important if you eat dried jujubes. Due to its high sugar content, I discourage you from eating the candied variety.

Taking into account whole fruits such as jujubes, I recommend you maintain your total fructose consumption below 25 grams per day. If you have any fructose-related health issues such as cancer, heart disease, insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome or obesity, you would be wise to limit your total fructose consumption to 15 grams per day or less.

Seven More Reasons to Consider Jujubes

While the information above validates the nutritional benefits of jujubes, there are even more reasons why you should consider eating this versatile fruit. By the way, the best place to find high-quality, organic jujubes is from an Asian market, specialty health food store or on the internet. In the U.S., you will rarely, if ever, find them in your local supermarket. Jujubes are known to:5,6,7

Boost your energy: As a good source of iron and phosphorous, which are key ingredients in your red blood cells, jujubes promote healthy blood circulation. When your blood is properly oxygenated and circulating, your organ systems thrive and your body feels more energized.

Calm your nervous system: Jujubes have long been used to calm the mind, ease anxiety and stress, promote relaxation and improve sleep quality.

With respect to this fruit’s positive effects on your nervous system, authors of a 2017 study8 said: “Jujube possesses neuroprotective activities, including protecting neuronal cells against neurotoxin stress, stimulating neuronal differentiation, increasing expression of neurotrophic factors and promoting memory and learning.”

Inhibit cancer: While the relationship between jujubes and cancer continues to be researched, it is evident the antioxidants in jujube reduce the activity of free radicals in your body, which help prevent the spread of cancer cells. Scientific research has shown that cancer cell growth is particularly inhibited when jujubes are combined with green tea extract.9

Prevent premature aging of your skin: Because the antioxidants in jujubes act as a natural anti-aging agent, eating jujubes is one way to keep your skin looking younger. Jujube extracts keep your skin energized with oxygenated blood and are also thought to be an effective remedy for dry, red and sunburned skin.

Promote healthy bones and teeth: The presence of calcium, iron and phosphorous in jujubes helps your body build strong bones and teeth.

Strengthen your immune system: Due to the presence of significant amounts of vitamin C and A, as well as potassium, jujubes are useful in helping to strengthen your immune system. Vitamin C encourages the production of white blood cells, which are responsible for fighting illness and infections.

Support healthy digestion: Along with their modest amount of fiber, the saponins and triterpenoids found in jujubes play an important role in digestion by promoting the uptake of nutrients and encouraging the healthy movement of food through your bowels.

Jujubes in TCM

According to Acupuncture Today,10 in TCM (traditional Chinese medicine), jujube (da zao) “has a tonifying effect, and is used to tonify your spleen and stomach qi (energy flow). It calms the spirit and nourishes the blood.” Jujube is considered to be a harmonizing herb in TCM herbal formulas, most likely because its sweetness is effective in making bitter herbs more tolerable. About jujube, Subhuti Dharmananda, Ph.D., director of the Institute for Traditional Medicine in Portland, Oregon, says:11

“[Jujube] is incorporated into the medical tradition in two ways. As a nourishing food, it is thought to tonify qi and strengthen those who are weak, and it is especially given to children who would not tolerate a bitter or acrid herb formula, but can consume these fruits. It is used in medicinal formulas to moderate the taste and effect of potent herbs.”

While the dosing of jujube within TCM depends on the condition being treated, a typical dose is generally 10 to 30 grams. It is given in either powder form or boiled in water for oral use. To date, there are no known drug interactions with jujube. TCM practitioners discourage you from taking jujube if you suffer from abdominal cramps and bloating, excessive phlegm or intestinal parasites.12 Before using jujube as a dietary supplement or herbal remedy, be sure to consult with a licensed health care provider.

How to Eat Jujubes

Just as there are many varieties of jujubes, there are many ways to enjoy them.13 Ripe jujubes can be eaten fresh, dried, preserved, boiled or pickled. As with all thin-skinned fruits similar to jujubes, it is always best to buy organic. Fresh and dried jujubes can be eaten as is, or added to desserts, rice, soups and trail mix. Jujubes are frequently infused into a fruity herbal tea that is popular in China, Korea and Taiwan. This tea is commonly taken at night before bed to induce relaxed, restful sleep.

Both jujube powder and jujube oil are processed from the fruit. Jujube syrup diluted with cold water makes a nutritious and refreshing drink. Fermented jujubes produce a delightful vinegar or wine. Dried jujubes are added to desserts, soups, stews and stuffing. They are an excellent substitute in recipes calling for dates or raisins.

Similar to apple butter, the Chinese enjoy jujube butter, which is made by simmering ripe jujubes with water, sugar (I recommend substituting honey or another healthy sweetener), cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, lemon and vinegar. Raw, fresh jujubes will last for three to four days at room temperature and about two weeks in the refrigerator. Dried berries store well for several months.

Making Jujube Tea

As demonstrated in the video above, it is very easy to make jujube tea. Here’s how:

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups filtered water
  • 20 pitted jujubes
  • 1 finger-length portion of ginger root, chopped
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 Asian pear, quartered

Procedure:

  1. Rinse jujubes thoroughly. Drain well. Split and remove pit. Set aside.
  2. Chop ginger and cut Asian pear into quarters.
  3. Place water, jujubes, ginger, cinnamon stick and Asian pear in large saucepan. Simmer for three to four hours.
  4. Remove pan from the stove and pour liquid through a strainer. Compost the solid items.
  5. Drink tea immediately, or store in a glass jar in the refrigerator for up to a week. Reheat and drink by the cupful as desired.

Weekly Health Quiz: Plants, Parasites and Potassium

1 Which of the following plant compounds has been found to offer significant protection against age-related decline in lung health?

  • Flavonoids

    Anthocyanins, a type of flavonoid, have been shown to slow the gradual decline in lung health associated with aging. Those in the highest quartile of anthocyanin intake, compared to those in the lowest quartile, had a significantly reduced annual decline in three lung function measurements over time. Learn more.

  • Ascorbic acid
  • Vitamin E
  • Carotenoids

2 According to a recent survey, American’s confidence in vaccines has:

  • Declined in the past decade

    The percentage of American adults who believe it’s “very important” to vaccinate their children has declined by 11 percent over the past decade, from 82 percent in 2008 to 71 percent in May of this year. A mere 59 percent now believe they’ve benefited, compared to 75 percent in 2008. Learn more.

  • Tragically, due to media endorsements has increased substantially in the past decade
  • Actually remained stable between 2008 and 2018

3 Water-borne pathogens can cause severe disease. The parasite Cryptosporidium has become particularly widespread in recent years. Which of the following is the most common source of exposure to this parasite?

  • Private pools and hot tubs
  • Public pools and hot tubs, especially hotels

    Hotel pools and hot tubs have become notorious for spreading a diarrheal disease caused by microscopic parasites known as Cryptosporidium. Learn more.

  • Beaches on the ocean
  • Lakes and rivers

4 Toxic and infectious prions cause mad cow disease in cattle and chronic wasting disease (CWD) in deer, elk and moose, the latter of which is currently on the rise in the U.S. What is the root cause of these diseases?

  • Routine use of antibiotics in farming, giving rise to mutated bacteria
  • Use of veterinary vaccines, giving rise to mutated viruses
  • Fungi growing on contaminated animal feed
  • Factory farming practices in which herbivores are forced to eat animal byproducts

    Mad cow disease and CWD are essentially man-made diseases, created through modern factory farming methods in which herbivores are forced into cannibalism. One of the primary modes of transmission of mad cow is feeding cows bone meal and waste products from other cattle infected with the disease. Similarly, CWD is the result of domesticating wild animals and feeding them an unnatural diet. Learn more.

5 This earthy tasting root vegetable, a pale cousin of the carrot, contains beneficial levels of potassium and folate.

  • Parsnip

    Parsnips, a less-popular relative of carrots, are a hardy, cool-weather root vegetable that sweetens with a touch of frost. Learn more.

  • Turnip
  • Rutabaga
  • Potato

6 Which of the following has been identified as the root cause triggering the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria?

  • Radical increase in prescription antibiotics related to antibiotic resistant strains
  • Overuse of antibiotics in medicine and agriculture

    Antibiotics in medicine have been widely overprescribed and have also been routinely used for growth promotion purposes in livestock, giving rise to bacteria that are now resistant to one or more antibiotics. Learn more.

  • Unsanitary slaughtering practices
  • Massive use of glyphosate (RoundUp) at the rate of nearly 5 billion pounds per year annually worldwide

7 Many electromagnetic fields have adverse health consequences, but not all. Which of the following has a long history of beneficial therapeutic use?

  • Ionizing radiation
  • Microwaves
  • Electric fields
  • Pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMFs)

    Therapeutic pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMFs) emulate and amplify natural processes in the body, and work synergistically with body functions to speed healing, reduce pain and boost health. Learn more.

Mark Dice video 6-10-18… “Whoops! Wrong Again!” (or, “What ‘they’ said about how ‘bad’ things would be under President Trump… it’s just the opposite!”)

Okay… this is a short Mark Dice video that sums up several points some made about how “terrible” life would be under Trump, but it appears to have turned out not so. Perhaps this is one to show one’s non-believers that things do appear to be “getting better” for the USA in general.

And don’t forget that we’re out of the TPP, North Korea president is talking with the US President, we’re getting out of Syria, Iran, etc., and the MSM is continually being called out for the “shilling” they do on their so-called “news reports”.
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https://youtu.be/2-ok-Gjqpgs