OF TWO MINDS — I know it hurts, but the reality is painfully obvious: the USA is now a 3rd World nation.
Dividing the Earth’s nations into 1st, 2nd and 3rd world has fallen out of favor; apparently it offended sensibilities. It has been replaced by the politically correct developed and developing nations, a terminology which suggests all developing nations are on the pathway to developed-nation status.
What’s been lost in jettisoning the 1st, 2nd and 3rd world categories is the distinction between developing (2nd world) and dysfunctional states (3rd world), states we now label “failed states.”
But 3rd World implied something quite different from “failed state”:failed state refers to a failed government of a nation-state, i.e. a government which no longer fulfills the minimum duties of a functional state: basic security, rule of law, etc.
3rd World referred to a nation-state which was dysfunctional and parasitic for the vast majority of its residents but that worked extremely well for entrenched elites who controlled most of the wealth and political power. Unlike failed states, which by definition are unstable, 3rd World nations are stable, for the reason that they work just fine for the elites who dominate the wealth, power and machinery of governance. […]
Thousands of studies spanning many decades show excess sugar damages your health,1 yet the sugar industry successfully buried the evidence and misdirected the public with manipulated science. According to the sugar industry, sugar is a harmless source of energy and may even be an important part of a healthy “balanced” diet.
Dr. Cristin Kearns, a dentist and fellow at the University of California, made headlines when she published a paper2 detailing the sugar industry’s historical influence on dietary recommendations. Evidence also shows how the sugar industry influenced the scientific agenda of the National Institute of Dental Research (now the National Institute of Dental and Cranial Research), which back in 1971 created a national caries program, downplaying any links between sugar consumption and dental caries.3
The documentary, “Sugar Coated” — which features Kearns, investigative journalist Gary Taubes, author of “The Case Against Sugar,” and Dr. Robert Lustig, a leading expert on sugar metabolism and obesity — investigates the sugar industry’s once secret PR campaign, showing how it normalized excessive consumption by deflecting evidence implicating sugar as a cause of ill health. As noted in the film’s summary:4
“In order to continue sweetening the world’s food supply, thus securing continued profits, the sugar industry turned to the very same deceptions and tactics lifted from the tobacco industry. Using big sugar’s own internal documents on this strategy, ‘Sugar Coated’ reveals the well-oiled tricks of the trade to confuse the public about what is really driving the global pandemic of obesity, diabetes and heart disease.”
Processed Food Is the Primary Source of Added Sugars
In the past three decades, obesity rates have doubled and Type 2 diabetes has tripled. How did this happen? Evidence implicating sugar has steadily mounted, but as noted by Taubes, definitive proof has remained elusive. The lack of indisputable proof — and the manufactured lack of consensus — is what has kept the sugar industry motoring forward, at each turn deflecting suspicions by pointing out conflicting evidence.
Fueling uncertainty has been the primary defense strategy that has allowed the sugar industry to thrive while health statistics plummet. “If the evidence gets definitive, they’re done,” Taubes says. Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist, teaches that sugar — when consumed in the excess amounts we’re consuming today — acts as a metabolic poison.
Lustig doesn’t really see himself as the “anti-sugar guy,” stressing he’s really anti-processed food. The thing about processed foods is they contain massive amounts of added sugar. Seventy-four percent of packaged foods contain added sugars, which hide under 61 different names, many of which are unfamiliar. Examples include barley malt, dextrose, maltose and rice syrup, just to name a few.
Metabolically, however, there’s no difference between these sugars, Lustig says. Even health foods and baby foods can contain shockingly high amounts of processed sugars.5 Take Krave Jerky, for example. A modest size bag (3.5 ounces) of Krave Chili Lime Jerky contains a whopping 39 grams of sugar.6
What Is Moderation?
Lustig stresses it’s the excessive consumption of sugar that is dangerous, not the sugar in and of itself. But how much is too much? At which point does it become a “poison”? Sugar in “moderation,” he says, would be 6 to 9 teaspoons (25 to 38 grams) of added sugar a day.
This is about the max that your body can safely and effectively process. Europeans consume, on average, 17 teaspoons of added sugar a day. The American average is 19.5 teaspoons a day. For historical perspective, in 1812, people ate approximately 9 grams or just over 2 teaspoons of sugar per day.7
According to a 2014 study,8 10 percent of Americans consume 25 percent or more of their daily calories in the form of added sugars, and those who consume 21 percent or more of their daily calories in the form of sugar are twice as likely to die from heart disease compared to those who get 7 percent or less of their daily calories from added sugar.
The risk was nearly tripled among those who consumed 25 percent or more of their calories from sugar. That means at least 10 percent of the adult population in the U.S. are in this tripled-risk category.
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Type 2 diabetes9 and heart disease are not the only ramifications of a high-sugar diet. By triggering insulin resistance, excessive sugar consumption drives virtually all chronic diseases, including nonalcoholic fatty liver disease,10 cancer and dementia.11,12 Research13 shows even mild elevation of blood sugar — a level of around 105 or 110 — is associated with an elevated risk for Alzheimer’s.
Moderating your sugar intake is extremely difficult, if not impossible, if you’re eating processed foods and snacks. The film shines much needed light on the fraud that passes for “healthy snacks,” such as fruit gummies, which contain sugar derived from concentrated fruit juice, water and a few added vitamins. While the sugar is derived from fruit, there’s nothing left of the nutrients in the whole fruit. You might as well just give your child a few sugar cubes. There’s really no difference.
How and Why Sugar Replaced Fat
The records unearthed by Kearns reveal that as far back as 1964 — a time when researchers had begun suspecting a relationship between high-sugar diets and heart disease — John Hickson, a sugar industry executive, introduced a plan for how to influence public opinion. Using the same tactics employed by the tobacco industry, Hickson’s plan was to counter adverse findings with industry-funded research, along with directed “information and legislative programs.” “Then we can publish the data and refute our detractors,” he wrote.
One of the strategies used to deflect accusations that sugar caused disease was to shift the blame to saturated fat. In the early 1970s, the sugar industry faced proposed sugar legislation that would impose limits on the sweet stuff.
They also worried about the potential impact of “Pure White and Deadly: How Sugar Is Killing Us and What We Can Do to Stop It,” a book published in 1972 by British nutritionist John Yudkin, in which he presented decades of research pointing at dietary sugar, not fat, as the underlying factor in obesity and diabetes.
As proposed by Hickson, the sugar industry countered Yudkin’s work with a secretly funded white paper called “Sugar in the Diet of Man,” which claimed sugar was not only safe but actually important for health. Again, the key to success laid in preventing a consensus from taking root. As long as there was confusion and uncertainty about sugar’s role in health, regulators were forced to give sugar a free pass.
Sugar Apologists and Defenders Bought and Paid for by Industry
Dr. Fredrick J. Stare, who chaired the department of nutrition at Harvard, played a key role in defending the sugar industry and disseminating its propaganda, all while hiding his close ties to the industry. Stare spoke out against critics on radio and television, claiming breakfast cereal with milk was a healthier breakfast choice than bacon and eggs, for example.
Another major sugar apologist was Ancel Keyes who, with industry funding, helped destroy Yudkin’s reputation by labeling him a quack. The smear campaign was a huge success, bringing sugar research to a screeching halt.
Another Harvard-based nutrition scientist identified in Kearns’ historical analysis as someone paid to produce research for the sugar industry was Mark Hegsted, Ph.D. In 1977, while heading up the nutrition department at the United States Department of Agriculture, Hegsted helped draft an early document that eventually became the U.S. dietary guidelines.
In the decades since, U.S. health officials have urged Americans to adopt a low-fat diet to prevent heart disease; as a result, people switched to processed low-fat, high-sugar foods instead. This, it turns out, is the real recipe for heart disease, yet by taking control of and shaping the scientific discussion, the sugar and processed food industries managed to keep these facts under wraps all these years. The end result is clearly visible in the health statistics of today.
Sugar’s Law of Attraction: The Bliss Point
With saturated fat enlisted as the dietary villain, the processed food industry had to figure out how to remove the fat while maintaining taste. The solution was to add sugar. The ill-advised low-fat craze is a major reason why processed foods are loaded with so much added sugar. Another reason has to do with the creation of food addiction.
The food industry goes to great lengths to scientifically calculate the exact combination of ingredients that will make you crave a product, known as the Bliss Point. Howard Moskowitz, Ph.D., a longtime food industry consultant, is known as “Dr. Bliss.” A Harvard-trained mathematician, Moskowitz tests people’s reactions and finds the optimal amount of sugar for a product.14
Moskowitz’s path to mastery began when he was hired by the U.S. Army to research how to get soldiers to consume more rations in the field. Over time, soldiers were not consuming adequate rations, finding their ready-to-eat meals so boring that they’d toss them half-eaten, and not get all the calories they needed. Through this research, Moskowitz discovered “sensory-specific satiety.” What this means is, big flavors tend to overwhelm your brain, which responds by suppressing your desire to eat more.
However, this sensory-specific satiety is overridden by complex flavor profiles that pique your taste buds enough to be alluring, but don’t have a distinct, overriding single flavor that tells your brain to stop eating. The magic formula gives you “the bliss point,” enabling the processed food industry to make very deliberate efforts to get you to overeat.
Sugar Limits Finally Included in US Dietary Guidelines
While we still have a long way to go, the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans include the recommendation to limit sugar to 10 percent of your total daily calories.15 For a 2,000 calorie diet this amounts to 10 to 12 teaspoons, or just over the amount found in one 12-ounce can of regular Coke. Based on the evidence from some studies, even this amount can trigger health problems, but it’s certainly better than no limit at all. Other health organizations have gone even further.
The National Institutes of Health now recommends kids between the ages of 4 and 8 limit their added sugar to a maximum of 3 teaspoons a day (12 grams). Children aged 9 and older should stay below 8 teaspoons. The American Heart Association recommends limiting daily added sugar intake to:16,17
9 teaspoons (38 grams) for men
6 teaspoons (25 grams) for women
6 teaspoons (25 grams) for toddlers and teens between the ages of 2 and 18
Zero added sugars for kids under the age of 2
Twenty-five grams of sugar per day is my recommended limit for men and women alike, with the added caveat that if you have insulin or leptin resistance (overweight, diabetic, high blood pressure or taking a statin drug), you’d be wise to restrict your total fructose consumption to as little as 15 grams per day until you’ve normalized your insulin and leptin levels.
Sugar Industry’s Response to Sugar Limits
Not surprisingly, the sugar industry’s answer to all of these sugar limits was to create yet another study18 to refute the validity of the recommendations and keep the uncertainty going.19,20,21,22 As reported by CBS,23 “The study from McMaster University claims that the evidence for prior knowledge in how sugar intake is proportionate with weight gain, across nine public health guidelines, is ‘low quality.’”
The review was funded by the North American branch of the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI), a trade group representing the Coca-Cola Co., Dr Pepper Snapple Group, the Hershey Company, Mars, Nestlé, PepsiCo and many others. In conclusion, these industry-funded science reviewers found that:
“Guidelines on dietary sugar do not meet criteria for trustworthy recommendations and are based on low-quality evidence. Public health officials (when promulgating these recommendations) and their public audience (when considering dietary behavior) should be aware of these limitations …
At present, there seems to be no reliable evidence indicating that any of the recommended daily caloric thresholds for sugar intake are strongly associated with negative health effects. The results from this review should be used to promote improvement in the development of trustworthy guidelines on sugar intake.”
Ironically, the only “limitation” listed for this study24 was that “The authors conducted the study independent of the funding source, which is primarily supported by the food and agriculture industry.” Essentially, what they were saying is that, yes, the study was funded by the food industry, but trust us, we were completely impartial.
A corrected version of the disclosure statement revealed ILSI actually both reviewed and approved the scope of the protocol for the study.25 AP News also discovered that one of the authors, Joanne Slavin, a professor at University of Minnesota, failed to disclose funding in the amount of $25,000 from Coca-Cola in 2014.
Slavin also did not disclose a grant received from Quaker Oats, owned by PepsiCo, nor did she include her work on a 2012 ILSI-funded paper on sugar guidelines. Meanwhile, she did disclose a grant from the Mushroom Council.
Review Shows Massive Research Bias Based on Funding
If you’re at all inclined to take Slavin and her coauthors on their word, consider the following study published in November 2016: The paper, “Do Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Cause Obesity and Diabetes? Industry and the Manufacture of Scientific Controversy,”26 reviewed 60 studies published between 2001 and 2016 to examine the links between funding and study outcomes.
“We comprehensively surveyed the literature to determine whether experimental studies that found no association between sugar-sweetened beverages and obesity- and diabetes-related outcomes (negative studies) are more likely than positive studies to have received financial support from this industry,” they write.
The results? Of the 60 studies, the 26 that found no link between sugary drinks and obesity or diabetes were all funded by the beverage industry; of the 34 that did find a relationship, only one had received industry funding. In conclusion, they noted that: “This industry seems to be manipulating contemporary scientific processes to create controversy and advance their business interests at the expense of the public’s health.”
Some of the studies giving sugar a free pass have industry fingerprints clearly visible all over them. For example, one paper27 came to the highly unlikely conclusion that eating candy may help prevent weight gain. The source of the funding reveals the basis for such a bizarre conclusion: The National Confectioners Association, which represents candy makers like Butterfingers, Hershey and Skittles.
Coca-Cola and Pepsi-backed research has also come to the highly improbable and irresponsible conclusion that drinking diet soda is more helpful for weight loss than pure water.28
When you consider that following the proposed sugar guidelines (restricting sugar to 5 or 10 percent of daily calories) would cut junk food companies’ profits by half,29 it’s easy to see why they’re willing to go to such obnoxious lengths to try to mislead you about the science. Greed is no excuse, however, and it’s high time everyone stopped buying into the sugar industry’s carefully plotted misdirection campaigns.
Crush Your Sugar Addiction
Sugar causes very real damage to your body and cells, and the addiction to the substance is also very real. There are several strategies you can use to reduce or eliminate your intake of added sugars, while still enjoying your meals and feeling satisfied after eating.
Educate yourself on the health impacts of sugar
Making permanent changes to your lifestyle and nutritional choices is easier when you know the why behind the change. You can see a quick list of the 76 different ways sugar negatively impacts your health in my previous article, “The Truth About Sugar Addiction.”
Reduce net carbs
Your net carbs are calculated by taking the total grams of carbs and subtracting the total grams of fiber. By keeping your net carbs below 100 grams per day, and for a healthier diet as low as 50 grams per day, you will reduce your cravings for sweets. To learn more, including the importance of cycling in higher amounts of net carbs once you’ve become an efficient fat burner, see “Burn Fat for Fuel.”
Eat real food
If a food is boxed, canned or bottled, it’s likely also been processed and may include added sugar. Whole, organic, non-GMO foods provide your body with the nutrition you need to function optimally and natural sugars bound to fiber that reduces your net carbs.
On processed foods you do purchase, scour the label for ingredients that represent sugar to evaluate the total amount. The less sugar you eat, the less you’ll crave.
Use safer sweeteners
Not all sugar substitutes are created equally. Avoid using artificial sweeteners such as aspartame. Safer alternatives include Stevia, Lo Han Guo (also spelled Luo Han Kuo), and pure glucose (dextrose). Contrary to fructose, glucose can be used directly by every cell in your body and as such is a far safer sugar alternative. It will, however, raise your net carb intake.
Reduce the sugar you add gradually
If going cold turkey hasn’t worked for you in the past, try slowly reducing the amount of sugar you add to your drinks. This helps give your taste buds time to adjust to drinking your favorite tea or coffee without the added sweetener.
Increase healthy fat intake
Fat increases satiety, reducing cravings for something sweet afterward. Avocados, coconut oil, nuts and seeds increase your healthy fat content, fill you up and reduce your sweet cravings.
Include fermented foods
Fermented foods support your digestive health and improve your gut microbiome, and the sour taste naturally helps reduce your sweet cravings.
Try Turbo Tapping
Emotional and stress eating is not uncommon. Using Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), you can address your stress levels and the discomfort you may feel from giving up junk foods in your diet. Turbo tapping is a form of EFT designed specifically for sugar addiction and is well worth a try if you’re struggling to give up soda and other sweets.
Root beer may be one of the most popular beverages in the world today, but did you know that its flavor was once literally taken from a plant’s roots? The original taste of root beer was all thanks to the sassafras plant, which was extremely popular in the early 20th century because of its sweet and warm flavor and aroma.1
However, its use was eventually banned because of an animal study showing that it may cause liver damage because of an active compound. Learn more about this plant, its preparation as a tea and potential adverse reactions or you may experience from consuming it.
What Is Sassafras Tea?
Sassafras (Sassafras albidum) is a well-known plant in the South because of its unique aroma and taste. You can identify this plant through its leaves, which are 3 to 5 inches long and may be two-lobed or three-lobed. In the fall, the leaves usually take on a bright orange hue. Its young branches are bright green, which explains why the Native Americans referred to it as “green stick.”2
The Cherokee, Chippewa, Creek, Delaware and Iroquois have used this plant for centuries. It is especially popular due to its sweet and spicy taste and aroma, which is one of the reasons it’s used in root beer. It’s especially well-known in the Southeast, with most people remembering the taste and smell of sassafras tea from their childhood.3
But despite its popularity, the plant has been the subject of numerous controversies because of its active components. In 1960, sassafras use was banned by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as an ingredient in all types of food because of safrole, the compound responsible for the scent of sassafras root.4
In an animal study, concentrated safrole was found to cause liver damage and liver cancer if taken in large amounts.5 However, other studies suggest that if sassafras is ingested without safrole, it wouldn’t expose people to the risk. Some suggest that you can ingest sassafras tea in small amounts or you can use sassafras products that have undergone the FDA-approved process to remove the safrole content.6
What Potential Health Benefits Can Sassafras Tea Offer?
Sassafras use in North America spans hundreds of years, from the Appalachian belief that it can ward off evil to the Creole’s culinary use of its root. But aside from these, sassafras root is filled with nutrients and beneficial components, which include tannins. Some of the benefits of sassafras tea include the following:
• Contains possible diuretic properties. Sassafras has been used to promote urination, sweating and fluid congestion drainage.7 As a diuretic, sassafras may help facilitate detoxification and uric acid flushing.8
• May reduce inflammation. The anti-inflammatory properties of sassafras may assist in inflammatory conditions like arthritis. It may also help alleviate pain and discomfort caused by these conditions.9
• May help alleviate eye infections. The pith of the sassafras plant was originally used as a mucilaginous demulcent for eye infections.10 A demulcent functions as a protective layer for inflamed tissues, easing and combating further irritation.11
In addition to these, sassafras has also been used to help alleviate various skin conditions, mucositis, sprains and urinary tract infections.12 But take note that sassafras tea should not be taken for long periods of time due to the possible side effects posed by safrole. To benefit from this tea and greatly reduce the risk of complications, limit your intake to a maximum of 2 cups per day.
Here Are Sassafras Tea’s Nutrition Facts
Sassafras contains numerous beneficial active compounds, including asarone, alpha pinene and tannins. Here are the nutrition facts of sassafras tea:13
Sassafras Tea Nutrition Facts
Traditional Native American Tea Serving Size: 1 serving (8 fluid ounces with 1/2 tablespoon of honey)
Vitamin A 0.0 %
Vitamin B12 0.0 %
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Does Sassafras Tea Contain Any Caffeine?
It is unclear whether sassafras tea contains any level of caffeine. However, it was originally consumed due to its stimulant properties.14 In addition to this, safrole, one of the most abundant compounds found in sassafras, is a precursor to methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA), a stimulant and known hallucinogen.15
However, its apparent lack of caffeine does not mean that you can consume sassafras tea in excessive amounts. Remember that moderation is key, and getting too much of something may lead to other serious repercussions.
Here’s How You Can Make Your First Sassafras Tea Brew
Looking forward to your first mug of sassafras tea, but you’re not entirely sure how to brew your first batch? Here’s a recipe from Genius Kitchen you can try out for yourself:16
1. Gather or buy sassafras roots. Wash roots and cut the saplings off where the roots end. This part usually has a greenish hue.
2. Bring the water to a boil and add the roots.
3. Simmer until the water becomes a deep brownish red. Note that the darker the color, the stronger the tea will be.
4. Strain the water and add honey to taste. Serve.
How to Store Sassafras Roots or Tea
If you’ve just harvested plenty of sassafras roots to last the winter, the next question you’ll probably be asking would be on how you’d store them correctly. Here is a step-by-step guide from Cynthia Hoover on prolonging the shelf life of your sassafras roots:17
1. Shake the sassafras roots over the compost bin to get rid of any loose dirt.
2. Put the roots in your kitchen sink and submerge them in lukewarm water. Make sure you sanitize your sink before doing this step to make sure you’re not letting the roots come into contact with any substance.
3. Using a scrub brush, scrub off as much dirt as you can from the roots.
4. Once the roots are clean, make sure the roots are completely dried out before storage. You can dry them out using a dehydrator or simply using an oven.
5. If you plan on using an oven, set it to 120 degrees Celsius (248 degrees Fahrenheit). Place the roots on a baking sheet and dry them fully.
6. You may also use screens to dry the roots out in case you don’t want to use a dehydrator or an oven. Put the sassafras roots on screens and place in a cool, dry place. Sassafras roots dried using this method usually take about three to 15 days to dry out completely.
If prepared correctly, dried sassafras roots may last up to a year. However, to avoid possible adverse effects, just make sure you don’t overindulge and drink sassafras tea for long stretches of time.
Look Out for These Sassafras Tea Side Effects and Contraindications
While sassafras has potential health benefits, remember that drinking sassafras tea may also cause a significant amount of damage if taken in excess. Studies on sassafras show that safrole may trigger the development of liver cancer. A 1976 study shows safrole can lead to liver damage and cancer when administered orally or through a stomach tube. While safrole is present in other herbs and spices, including cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger, it only appears in these other foods in small amounts.18
Other side effects include hot flashes, increased perspiration, vomiting, high blood pressure and hallucinations. Take note that drinking sassafras tea when you’re pregnant is not recommended because of the limited studies that discuss its safety.19
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Sassafras Tea
Q: What is sassafras good for?
A: Sassafras root contains numerous beneficial components that may help improve immunity and promote body detoxification.
Q: Is sassafras tea safe?
A: The safety of sassafras tea has been a topic of debate because of the high amounts of safrole in it. However, moderate use of this tea may be beneficial to some people. Just make sure that you don’t drink excessive amounts of it for long periods of time. Limit your intake to 2 cups per day for no longer than a month.
Q: Where can you buy sassafras tea?
A: You can find sassafras teabags and fresh sassafras root at numerous health stores and online shops. Just make sure that you’re getting high-quality sassafras root so you can maximize the nutrients that this root contains.
Q: What is sassafras tea used for?
A: Sassafras tea may be used to help boost the immune system, promote detoxification and increase sweating. It is especially beneficial for people who are suffering from colds and the flu to assist the body in fighting off the infection.
Jill Redwood is sometimes referred to as Calamity Jill, a reference to Martha Jane Canary, better known as Calamity Jane. An American frontierswoman and professional scout, Calamity Jane was an acquaintance of Wild Bill Hickok and appeared in the Buffalo Bill Wild West show later in her life.1
But this is where the comparison ends. While Calamity Jane2 was known to be an itinerant alcoholic with no formal education, Redwood is a writer and environmental activist who spent her early adult life working in Melbourne, Australia, as a lab technician. Redwood has since been entered into the Encyclopedia of Women and Leadership in 20th Century Australia.3
In this short video, Redwood walks through her home and gardens, showing how she has successfully lived relatively independent of supermarkets, manufacturing and electricity for the past 30 years. Although a radical choice for most, Redwood has enjoyed her years living off the grid, is rarely sick and looks forward to remaining on her small farm for years to come.
Jill Redwood — Off-Grid Motivation for Clean Living
If you have ever dreamt about selling everything you own and living off the grid, being completely self-sufficient and in harmony with nature, you’re not alone. Redwood, a pioneer of this lifestyle, has been happily living for over 30 years on the edge of a forest in East Gippsland in Victoria, Australia. In these years she’s had no main power supply, main water supply, mobile reception or television.4
As an environmentalist, she works to protect the forests where she lives. Redwood hates supermarkets and only eats the foods she has grown in her backyard, or makes herself on her 15-acre property. She lived on a number of different properties before settling in 1983 on the land she now owns.
Redwood built the home herself, which she said took eight years.5 During that time she lived in a small dirt-floored bark hut on the property. With no building experience, she researched the type of houses early settlers had built and claims,6 “It’s just like baking a cake, you just follow the recipe.” In total, Redwood said the house cost less than $3,000 to build. Most of the money was spent on roofing and floor boards. The cracks in the timber walls were filled with a mixture of cowpats and lime.
The house is solar powered with hot water generated on her wooden stove. Her power use is limited to her computer, scanner and internet modem. She uses lights at night, a food processor and a radio on occasion. She says,7 “… when the sun really shines and there’s lots of power coming in, I’ve got a washing machine. That’s a luxury.”
Each of her decisions were made with an aim toward reducing her impact on the environment. She is passionate about preserving the environment and her local forest and believes her lifestyle should reflect her goals.8 While Redwood lives a solitary lifestyle she chose at an early age, off-grid living does not necessitate this choice. She felt her life was pointed in the direction of getting away from society and having her own little patch of land with animals. But, she had always preferred a solitary lifestyle.
Redwood’s Home Runs on the Sun
Redwood’s home is completely powered by solar panels. This technology had been very expensive for many years but costs have fallen and are now within reach of many homeowners. The consumption of nonrenewable resources such as oil and gas is finite, while solar energy panels harness energy from a completely renewable source, the sun. Using this you can light your home, produce hot water and run your electrical appliances.
The main benefit is it doesn’t produce any pollutants and is one of the cleanest sources of energy.9 In the past, a big disadvantage was the inability to use solar energy to power your home at night. Solar storage batteries, to store excess energy produced during the day, were cumbersome and expensive.
Today, many modern units use a process called net metering, a system hooking your home to the city’s power grid. This then measures the difference between the energy you give back to the grid during the day and the energy you use.
Net metering is a means of controlling energy deficits and is an easier and cheaper method of storing the excess power your home generates than batteries. In some areas of the country where it’s sunny for long periods of time, you may build up enough power in your home that the energy company pays you for supplying more energy than you use.
The cost of solar panels has dropped by 80 percent since 2008, and experts expect the cost to keep falling. Solar cells are priced per wattage they generate. In 1977, cells cost nearly $77 per watt. Today the cost ranges from $2.87 to $3.85 per watt.10 An installation on your home may cost nearly $17,000, but in the U.S., with tax credits, it can often be reduced to around $12,000.
However, you don’t have to buy your own solar panels as you can rent them. If you rent or lease, most companies provide free maintenance. Some states have an incentive program to encourage people to switch to more sustainable energy production, which may help you cover the cost of installing solar panels on your home.11
It takes the average homeowner between six and 15 years to pay off their solar panels. However, if you live in a sunny climate with a good incentive program from your state, you might accomplish it in as little as two years. Since the average life span of solar panels is 25 years, this may mean you save thousands of dollars on your power bill over the course of time.12 While solar power cells are an advantage in the city, they may be essential in remote areas without access to an energy grid.13
Water Use in the City
Redwood collects rainwater off the roof or from the local river where she installed a water wheel to get it out.14 She uses this to supply her farm with water for the plants, animals and her own needs. You may have the opportunity to discover a clean spring supply in your area by checking out FindASpring.com.15 You may also want to consider other tactics to reduce your water use and ensure a clean supply at home, including:16
• Shower water. Limiting your showers to five minutes may save you up to 1,000 gallons a month. Keep a 5-gallon bucket in the shower to catch the water as you adjust the temperature. You can use this to water your plants or even flush the toilet.
• Conservation. Consider installing water saving shower heads, faucets and toilets to reduce water use. Add a water barrel in your garden to capture rainwater to water your plants. Don’t run the water while you’re washing dishes or brushing your teeth — run it only when you’re using it.
Fix any leaking or dripping faucets or toilets as the water you lose can add up. Run your dishwasher and washing machine with a full load as half-loaded machines add up to gallons of wasted water. When you conserve electricity you are also conserving water since power plants need thousands of gallons to cool.
• Safety. Remember most water sources are severely polluted, so the issue of filtration to achieve a clean supply has become a necessity. If your home or community has older water pipes, or if you live near a military base or other sites using PFC-laced firefighting foam, the risk your water may be contaminated may be further magnified. As a general rule, I recommend using a high quality water filtration system unless you can verify the purity of your water.
To be certain you’re getting the purest water you can, filter at both the point of entry and point of use. This means filtering all the water coming into the house, and then filtering again at the kitchen sink and shower. Unfiltered water can also expose you to dangerous chlorine vapors and chloroform gas. The FDA and other U.S. government agencies report most homes in the U.S. have measurable levels of chloroform gas, courtesy of chlorinated tap water.
Unless you have a whole house water filter, chlorine will vaporize from every toilet bowl in your home and every time you wash your clothes, dishes, or take a shower or bath. Chloroform gas, chlorine vapors and the associated detergent byproducts may increase your risk of asthma, airway inflammation and respiratory allergies.
If you get your water from a municipal water supply and don’t have a whole house filter, it’s important to open up windows on opposing sides of your home so you get cross ventilation. Keep the windows open for five to 10 minutes a day to remove these gases.
Pesticide-Free Fruits and Vegetables, Summer and Winter
Redwood lives nearly 90 minutes from the nearest grocery store, so it’s no small feat to gather supplies.17 She doesn’t pop out to the store for food during the summer and winter months, but instead lives off the produce and dairy products produced on her farm. Eggs from her free-range chickens, milk from goats and pesticide-free fruits and vegetables sustain her through the summer months. Her garden produces an abundance, so she pickles and preserves to weather the winter months.18
You don’t have to live on a farm to grow some of your own vegetables, as many grow quite well in pots. In fact, with a sunny window, you can keep yourself in fresh herbs throughout the winter months.
Growing your own produce has the added advantage of knowing your plants are produced from non-genetically modified seed and grown without pesticides or insecticides, both of which can significantly change your gut microbiome and thus your health. To read more, see my previous article, “Pesticide Treadmill Jeopardizes Food Safety.”
Raising your own chickens for eggs is another opportunity to ensure you are eating safe food. As recently as the 1920s, chickens were raised primarily for eggs and not their meat. Unfortunately, over the past years, eggs were vilified after misconceptions regarding cholesterol content were highly publicized. In reality, eggs provide valuable vitamins, omega-3 fats and antioxidants, and are one of the best sources of choline.
The only better option to getting your eggs and chicken fresh from a local farmer is to raise your own backyard flock. This practice is growing in popularity and many cities in the U.S. are adjusting zoning ordinances to allow this practice. Requirements may vary depending upon your location, so please check with your city before taking the plunge. However, you might be surprised to find they already allow chickens.
You’ll immediately be able to tell the difference between eggs you got from your own hens foraging in your yard and those you purchased at the grocery store. Pastured eggs have a bright orange yolk compared to dull, pale, yellow yolks from caged hens.
If raising your own chickens is not appealing, you have other options. High-quality organic, pastured eggs may be grown locally and are becoming easier to find as nearly every rural area has individuals with chickens. If you live in an urban area, visit your local health food store for the quickest route to finding high-quality local egg sources. Look for farmers markets and food co-ops to meet people who produce your food. With face-to-face contact, you can get your questions answered and know exactly what you’re buying.
As with Emery’s previous remarks about “things”, I liked what Corey has posted here. The note I added to that post I repeat below (although it appears I changed on the “I will not be posting anything more about this” part of it, pardon for that).
[Kp note: I’m not posting the purported DW letter. For some reason, I cannot do that. That is between David and Gaia. And no, I’m not terminating my Gaia.com subscription. I am personally rising above all the talk and hype and YouTubes denigrating this or that or this or that. I will not participate in that. I am sticking by my recent post, “Until the time I hear from David directly…, I will not be posting anything more about this.”]
“We enjoyed a week in LA at Disclosure Fest where we also had meeting with a number of people and groups discussing working together in big ways. This includes the plans for a Mass Meditation event in Washington DC on 11/11/2018 during the military parade.
“These meetings should also lead to some very exciting announcements that will benefit our entire community and help us come together for our common goal of Full Disclosure. These announcements will completely displace the volume of upsetting and stressful evets that have popped up over the last week or so.
“After the week in LA we then flew out to Maui for 17 days. Thanks to our close friends… who live there, we were able to stay with them and have an epic adventure on a shoe string budget. Maui ended up being the perfect place for an unplanned sabbatical.
“So MUCH has gone on that we cannot talk about.
“As all of you are aware… While Stacy and I were in Maui, another public controversy arose with the unauthorized release of some alleged personal information and correspondence that has since gone viral… The only statement I can make right now is that “Legally, I am unable to publicly comment at this time”.
“I am responding very strongly, privately and in an ethical and legal manner. I hope to be able to make more of a public statement in the near future.
“We are under major spiritual and energetic attacks from very dark forces who are panicking at the notion of being exposed. This is the time of the “Great Revealing”. Nothing will remain hidden and everyone will be seen for who and what they really are.
“Please continue the strong prayers and protective energy work for my family and those working closely with me.”
We are looking forward to settling back in at home after a little over a month of travels.
We enjoyed a week in LA at Disclosure Fest where we also had meeting with a number of people and groups discussing working together in big ways.
This includes the plans for a Mass Meditation event in Washington DC on 11/11/2018 during the military parade.
These meetings should also lead to some very exciting announcements that will benefit our entire community and help us come together for our common goal of Full Disclosure.
These announcements will completely displace the volume of upsetting and stressful evets that have popped up over the last week or so.
After the week in LA we then flew out to Maui for 17 days.
Thanks to our close friends Amy and Jamie who live there, we were able to stay with them and have an epic adventure on a shoe string budget.
Maui ended up being the perfect place for an unplanned sabbatical.
I was able to have time to slow down and reflect on the incredible amount of stress, abuse, personal ‘dark alliance’ attacks, 3 deaths in the family in the last 19 months, my Father in Hospice and not doing well and the incredible weight of the responsibilities laid on my shoulders over the last 3 years were all crushing in on me.
Those are just the things we can make public… So MUCH has gone on that we cannot talk about.
Thankfully I had an opportunity to address most of these traumas to some degree and am feeling much better as a result.
Now, it is time to get back to work! These distractions can no longer delay this important mission.
Over the last 3 years, I have also had to deal with a number of individuals that have taken a very unhealthy personal interest in me to a point of having to obtain protective orders for my protection and the protection of my family.
The feeling of having someone strongly pursuing you based on fantasies or delusions is a creepy and sickening feeling that I wouldn’t wish on anyone.
As all of you are aware… While Stacy and I were in Maui, another public controversy arose with the unauthorized release of some alleged personal information and correspondence that has since gone viral.
Since then I have received a constant and steady stream of emails and messages on Facebook asking me to make a public statement.
The only statement I can make right now is that “Legally, I am unable to publicly comment at this time”.
What I can say is that I am responding very strongly, privately and in an ethical and legal manner.
I hope to be able to make more of a public statement in the near future.
I understand and appreciate how upset and confused many in the community are right now, rightly so.
It would be wonderful if we could focus on Unity and working together for Full Disclosure until more clarity can be given on these issues.
This will be our main focus at our upcoming Dimensions of Disclosure event here in Colorado this August.
We appreciate the huge amount of support that those in the community have shown over the last week.
The letters of support and donations have assisted us greatly both energetically and financially.
We also appreciate the energetic work many of you have been doing on our behalf.
We are under major spiritual and energetic attacks from very dark forces who are panicking at the notion of being exposed.
This is the time of the “Great Revealing”. Nothing will remain hidden and everyone will be seen for who and what they really are.
Please continue the strong prayers and protective energy work for my family and those working closely with me.
This stuff is very real as are the dangers to my family and those around me!
Thank You, from my whole family and those working closely with me!
I hope to be able to say more soon.
Stay tuned for some of the other announcements I alluded to in recent weeks during the Dimensions of Disclosure event in Loveland, Co in mid-August.
This event is turning into a major summit for our community that will determine how we move forward with these major plans.
We cannot wait to see you there!
Tickets are selling out fast! We are happy to be able to provide a streaming option for those who cannot attend.
Between Seattle toll booth charges hitting my bank account, money Heather needed to call her family, and a couple other unexpected debits, I need $150 to get through next few days until my ride sharing driving here gets approved by the vendor. Once that gets going I can leave you all alone for a while.
Thank you all for the help getting me to Knoxville. I didn’t know I’d be testifying as to Heather’s character but I am glad I was able to do so.
Now that the case is wrapped up for Heather I can blog more openly and frequently. As she put it this afternoon, its done! done! done!….
Terran to Denice: Does Stan know what these grids in Argentina are? I’m suspecting it’s Germans LOL..
Stan X: DEAR ONE/TERRAN. THE “GRID” AND STRUCTURAL ELEMENTS ARE KNOWN PLEIADIAN ARCHITECHTURE/DESIGN. ATTRIBUTED TO BASES NEAR AND BENEATH THE “CONTINENT” THAT ARE CONNECTED VIA TUNNELS AND RAIL TO ANTARCTICA. DATA COLLECTORS. STAN.X. END.
Terran: Stan, Is it ancient structures or recent?
Stan X: DEAR ONE/TERRAN. ANCIENT WITH RECENT DEVELOPMENT/UPGRADES. THE FACILITIES APPEAR TO BE FOR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT. BOTANICAL/BIOLOGICAL IN NATURE. DATA COLLECTORS. STAN. X. END.
Terran: Stan where are they getting water in that arid desert? Stan X: DEAR ONE/TERRAN. MOST LIKELY WELLS AND UNDERGROUND TRANSFER BOTH. TECHNOLOGY EXISTS FOR EXTRACTION IN A VERTICAL MANNER. DESALINATION IS NOT REQUIRED FOR DEEP EARTH/AQUIFER DRILLING. DATA COLLECTORS. STAN. X. END.
Terran: Is this a joint venture with an SSP faction?
Stan X: DEAR ONE/TERRAN. EARTH BASED WORK. NO DATA CONNECTING THE VENTURE TO ANY PARTICULAR SSP FACTION. DATA COLLECTORS. STAN. X. END.
Terran: Would this be “3D” Pleiadians?
Stan X: DEAR ONE/TERRAN. MOST LIKELY 3-D PLEIADIANS ASSOCIATED WITH ANTARCTICA RESEARCH BASES. DATA COLLECTORS. STAN.X. END.
Terran: Are there 3D Andromedans too?
Stan X: DEAR ONE/TERRAN. 3-D IS AN EARTH BASED TERM. FOR OUR REFERENCE YOUR USE OF 3-D REFERS TO LIVING AND BREATHING EARTH FORMS. THERE ARE KNOWN “3-D” FORMS OF ALL GALACTIC RACES. “AWAKE” AND “NOT YET AWAKE.” Stan X: THE “TERMS” 3D, 4D, 5D ARE TRULY “MISNOMERS” NOW AS ALL ARE MERGING/UNITING SWIFTLY. THE “UPGRADES” TO THE EARTH FORMS ARE RAPID AND NEARLY COMPLETE. DATA COLLECTORS. STAN.X. END.
Stan X: DEAR ONE/TERRAN. TO BE MORE CLEAR. WE DATA COLLECTORS ARE “INTERPRETING” YOUR USE OF “3-D” TO INLCUDE ONLY FORMS THAT ARE EARTHBASED. DATA COLLECTORS. STAN.x. END.
Terran: Is the different densities of Pleiadians due to being from different planets? Stan X: DEAR ONE/TERRAN. NO. WE ARE REFERING TO EARTH-BASED FORMS WITH PLEIADIAN ORIGINS PRE-EARTH. DATA COLLECTORS. STAN.X. END.
Denice: (I am feeling the confusion here in trying to distinguish between people who are here on earith, walking and working versus galactic forms)
Stan X: DEAR ONE/TERRAN. THE “ARGENTINA DESERT BASES” APPEAR TO BE ISOLATED BOTANICAL/BIOLOGAL LABORATORIES AND RESEARCH FACILITIES. DATA COLLECTORS. STAN.X. END.
Terran to Denice: (Sounds like there’s been earth based teams for quite awhile is what I’m getting and probably explains the Antarctic restrictions of free travel for humans)
Denice: ( yes. .sounds like a separation for some reason)
(TO BE CONTINUED, conversation interrupted due to time considerations)