Kp Message 10-21-19… “Update” and “It’s very clear that…”

I’m glad I have all these images “in the Light” from past missions, because right at this moment, I cannot say I’m feeling that way. However…

The Light always “Wins Out”.

My mother is continually improving at her rehab place, and more and more I can see the clarity in her eyes and speech. There are a couple eating challenges, and strength challenges, but they are being addressed, and there appear to be no issues with her mental tools. She is very sharp and her memory is right on every time we ask her a question. That part appears to be 100%.

Father is doing quite well overall, and even though he has walking challenges, he is doing as much as possible on his own. I am helping where needed, and he always is willing to let me know when he needs help.

I have a system in place where if I’m away, he is always called on every hour, and there is a group of several people close by who are willing to go to the house and assist at a moment’s notice, if I am away (of course, I’m not going very far away, most days).

Now the “It’s very clear that…” refers to my “blogging and following stuff going on” part of my life. “It’s very clear that” I am not going to do that as much, nor as intensely. I’m more in a “reading a few things here and there” kind of mode, and will post a link when I sense that it is important to see.

Every day is involved with various “doing” items that are having to do with a) my father’s needs, b) my mother’s progress, c) this BAH* in which they live which seems to take several “doings” each day to start the day, then finish the day (Holy Crap this is not my way of living!!).

Yet, the Energies keep coming in, and rising in vibration, illuminating the Hell (shadows) out of everything, and clearing out what needs to be released and removed.

We’re all making it… Big time.

Aloha, Kp

* Big A$$ House

Elderberry Offers Powerful Protection Against Influenza

With flu season encroaching, many are looking for ways to boost their immune function without drugs. One of the natural alternatives making headlines for its ability to fight influenza and other viruses is the elderberry (Sambucus nigra).

According to a 2019 Herb Market report,1 sales of elderberry grew by 138.4% between 2017 and 2018 alone. The report theorizes that “Rising sales of elderberry, which is commonly found in products marketed for immune health, may have been related to the unusually severe flu activity reported for the 2017-2018 season in the United States.”

With sales on the rise, elderberry is also becoming more popular as a cash crop among farmers. As reported by the Agricultural Sustainability Institute in an October 1, 2019, article:2

Native California elderberries can be found at the intersection of sustainable farming, super nutrition and economic viability. Naturally drought tolerant, flavorful and packed with nutrients, they are capturing the interest of farmers, health-conscious consumers and scientists …

Elderberries occur naturally around the world. In California, Native Americans used the tree’s stems for making flutes, berries for food and purple dye, and bark, leaves and flowers for their purported anti-inflammatory, diuretic and laxative properties …”

For farmers, elderberry has additional benefits: The plant is drought tolerant, and attracts both pollinators and beneficial insects that prey on pests like aphids and spider mites.

According to one expert cited by the Agricultural Sustainability Institute,3 growing elderberry plants in hedgerows around the edges of farmland can lower a farmer’s pesticide costs by $300 per acre per year.

Elderberry Is a Powerful Antiviral

Elderberry contains zinc4 and antioxidants, including vitamin C5 and anthocyanin6 (a flavonoid found in blue and purple fruits and berries), known for their ability to boost immune function and inhibit cold and flu.

One 2004 study7 found taking 15 milliliters (just under 1 tablespoon) of elderberry syrup four times a day for five days eased symptoms of influenza four days quicker than a placebo. According to the authors,8 “Elderberry extract seems to offer an efficient, safe and cost-effective treatment for influenza.”

Most recently, research9 published in the March 2019 issue of the Journal of Functional Foods details the actual mechanism by which elderberry protects against influenza and other viral attacks. As reported by Science Daily:10

“Conducted by Professor Fariba Deghani, Dr. Golnoosh Torabian and Dr. Peter Valtchev … the study showed that compounds from elderberries can directly inhibit the virus’s entry and replication in human cells, and can help strengthen a person’s immune response to the virus.

Although elderberry’s flu-fighting properties have long been observed, the group performed a comprehensive examination of the mechanism by which phytochemicals from elderberries combat influenza infections.

‘What our study has shown is that the common elderberry has a potent direct antiviral effect against the flu virus,’ said … Torabian. ‘It inhibits the early stages of an infection by blocking key viral proteins responsible for both the viral attachment and entry into the host cells.’”

Interestingly, the elderberry juice not only was able to prevent the virus from entering and infecting the cells in the first place, but it also inhibited late-stage propagation of the virus in cells that had already been infected. What’s more, this late-stage inhibition was even stronger than its action during the initial infection stage.

According to Valtchev,11 “This observation was quite surprising and rather significant because blocking the viral cycle at several stages has a higher chance of inhibiting the viral infection.”

Elderberry Promotes a More Efficient Immune Response

The elderberry also promoted the release of certain cytokines (chemical messengers), which allow your immune system to mount a more efficient response. All of these antiviral activities were attributed to the anthocyanidin compounds in the berries, a compound known as cyanidin 3-glucoside in particular.

Other studies have reported a similar rise in cytokines. In one, TNF-alpha rose eightfold.12 As reported by The Ethno Herbalist, a website hosted by Kevin Curran, a biology professor at the University of San Diego:13

“… Barak et al. reported14 elderberry treatment initiated a significant increase in the inflammatory cytokines (IL-1, IL-6, IL-8 and TNF-?) … TNF-?, a tumor necrosis factor, is a cytokine produced by activated macrophages in response to infection from microbes, such as bacteria.

Macrophages are a critical cell in our immune system. Macrophages act like scavengers, scanning our body for dangerous debris or dangerous bacteria. It’s encouraging to see that elderberry boosts TNF-? levels, as it suggests this plant can enhance macrophage activity.”

More Evidence for Elderberry as Cold and Flu Support

Similarly, a 2019 meta-analysis15 of four randomized, controlled clinical trials concluded that:

“Supplementation with elderberry was found to substantially reduce upper respiratory symptoms. The quantitative synthesis of the effects yielded a large mean effect size.

These findings present an alternative to antibiotic misuse for upper respiratory symptoms due to viral infections, and a potentially safer alternative to prescription drugs for routine cases of the common cold and influenza.”

The risk of contracting a cold or flu tends to be heightened when flying, and research published in 2016 found elderberry supplementation can offer air travelers much-needed support as well. The study,16 published in the journal Nutrients, included 312 economy class passengers on intercontinental flights.

While the difference in the occurrence of cold symptoms was found to be negligible (17 in the placebo group compared to 12 in the treatment group), those taking elderberry were sick for a considerably shorter duration. The severity of their symptoms was also significantly milder.

Another Mechanism of Action

Another mechanism of action is related to gut bacteria. A 2017 study17 published in the journal Science found desaminotyrosine (DAT) — a metabolite of the gut microbe Clostridium orbiscindens — protects against influenza by augmenting Type 1 interferon signaling and diminishing immunopathology in the lungs. Type 1 interferons are polypeptides secreted by infected cells.18 As reported by

“The presence of DAT … a compound identified as being a metabolite in the gut after the consumption of key flavonoids present in elderberry … protects against damage from influenza. Therefore, a healthy balance of gut microbiota as well as flavonoid-rich foods/supplements like elderberry appear to be the magic cocktail for positively impacting immune health.”

Other Elderberry Benefits

Elderberry has also been shown to provide a number of other health benefits. For example, studies have found elderberry — taken either internally or applied topically in the form of an ointment — can:

  • Promote detoxification20 (oral)
  • Reduce your risk of diseases rooted in inflammation, such as Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, thanks to its anti-inflammatory activity21 (oral)
  • Soften skin and treat acne22 (oral and/or topical)
  • Soothe sunburn23,24 (topical)
  • Promote healing of sprains and bruises25 (topical)

How to Grow Elderberry

While many varieties of elderberry supplements are commercially available, you can also take advantage of elderberry’s many health benefits by growing your own.26

Elderberry plants can be grown in USDA zones 3 through 10, particularly in moist or wet locations. American elderberry plants can be propagated using germinated seeds, large plants that have been divided, root cuttings, or hardwood or soft-wood cuttings.27,28 You can buy the last two options from a reputable nursery.

The Utah State University Extension29 recommends planting hardwood cuttings in February or March before bud break, while soft-wood cuttings must be planted before July. If you have elderberry container plants, propagate them before summer heat sets in and after the threat of hard frost is gone.

When planting, provide at least 4 feet of space between plants in all directions, If you’re growing elderberries in multiple rows, make sure there is a 6- to 8-foot allowance between rows.

Elderberry plants grow best in fertile soil containing high amounts of organic matter and nutrients, with a neutral pH level. You can also add compost or other organic matter to boost the soil’s nutrient levels and capacity to hold water.

The plants need proper drainage to prevent root rots, so if you have heavy clay soils, consider forming raised beds to enhance drainage.30 Elderberry plants thrive best when they receive full sun, but provide shade when temperatures rise.31

While elderberry plants are drought-tolerant (provided that roots are able to anchor themselves32), they must be irrigated regularly to produce high-quality fruits. Elderberry plants need at least 1 to 2 inches of water weekly during the summertime. Mulching will help retain moisture and discourage weed growth.

Refrain from fertilizing elderberry plants at the time of planting. Instead, wait two months and then lightly apply some nitrogen (one-fourth cup ammonium sulfate per plant). Once the plants are actively producing fruits, give them 1 cup of ammonium sulfate per plant annually as fertilizer.

Pruning must be done annually, during February or March while the plant is dormant. Remove dead, damaged or diseased canes, and discard all 3-year-old and older canes to promote new growth and encourage younger canes to produce better fruits.

Elderberry plants are known to produce suckers — vertical growths arising from a plant’s roots or lower main stem.33 While suckers can be helpful when growing a native garden, they can become invasive. To prevent it from spreading too far, remove any suckers you find.

Harvesting and Storage

You can harvest elderberries once a cluster of flowers has opened. Elderberries that are ready for harvest have a rich and blue, dark purple or black hue, are slightly soft and are found in large bunches called umbrellas.34

According to the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service,35 the elderberry tree can yield a small crop after one year. The yield will typically increase after the third year.

Elderberry harvesting must be done from mid-August to mid-September, depending on your location and cultivar of the plant.36 To harvest elderberries, cut flowers and stems using pruners, right below the ripe berries.37

Avoid cutting the stems too short as they can be helpful when handling and preparing the berries. Discard immature berries38 and use fresh elderberries as soon as possible.

Wash the berries to eliminate insects or debris, then spread them on a dishtowel to dry for a few minutes. You can keep berries with stems intact in a container. Try to store the berries loosely so they won’t be crushed. Once done, seal containers tightly and freeze berries for future use.

You can also de-stem the berries before freezing. For best results, lay the elderberry stems on a cookie sheet and freeze uncovered for one to two hours. Once frozen solid, the berries can easily be removed from the stems using your hands. The berries can either be used immediately or frozen in a tightly sealed container.

For recipes and ideas for how to use the elderberry flowers for skin tonics and creams, see Grow Forage Cook Ferment’s elderberry article.39 In large amounts, the leaves have toxic effects, but can, like the flowers, be used topically to quell inflammation.40

The Demand for Frankincense Built Global Trade

Frankincense, which is also known as olibanum,1 was once as common in households as toothpaste and deodorant are today.2 High quality oil or resin is a product of the Boswellia sacra tree, commonly found along the Arabian Peninsula that is home to several countries, including Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates.3

There are 30 species of the Boswellia plant4 and frankincense is harvested from the B. sacra tree. The gum resin of the plant contains a volatile oil used in perfumes and incense.5

The incense continues to be used in the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches, and the resin is used in skin care products and in aromatherapy. Farms in East Africa and countries in the Arabian Peninsula have flourished where frankincense is routinely harvested and shipped around the world.

Frankincense has a long and storied history. The Bible records three Magi who brought gold, frankincense and myrrh as gifts to the Christ child.6 Pliny the Elder wrote it may be an antidote to hemlock poisoning. Avicenna, an Iranian physician, used it to treat a wide variety of ailments. It has traditionally been used in the Middle East to treat ulcers, high blood pressure, fever, indigestion and chest colds.7

Frankincense Supports Neurological Function

The widespread use of frankincense was in part related to the health benefits users experienced. Research published since 2000 shows it offers much more than a fragrant scent. In one study8 it was demonstrated that the resin from the Boswellia incites anti-inflammatory activity, inhibition of neurodegeneration and a beneficial effect on practical outcomes after a closed head injury in an animal study.

Authors of a second study9 confirmed these results and suggested incensole acetate, an element of the resin, may be a therapeutic treatment for ischemic neurological injury. Researchers have found frankincense is helpful for those who have central neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer’s.

They concluded that consistent use of frankincense may improve symptoms of Alzheimer’s-type dementia.10 In another study, in which scientists evaluated the central effects of frankincense, it was suggested:11

“The effect of frankincense is remarkable in increasing the number of dendritic segments and branching in the neuron cells of hippocampus, causing more synaptic connections in that area and, therefore, improvement of learning and memory.

Extensive studies on frankincense and its effect on neurophysiology could be a right approach in finding a possible new complementary or alternative natural medicine to control, cure, or prevent some kinds of neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.”

The administration of frankincense extract was also found to reduce brain atrophy and have a beneficial effect on those suffering from relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis.12 The effect of frankincense extract on peripheral nerve regeneration also yielded positive results in an animal model.13

More Health Benefits of Frankincense Oil

Author Connie Strasheim writes about the benefits she personally experienced from using frankincense essential oil,14 including “killing Lyme-related infections, especially mold; reducing Lyme disease symptoms like inflammation in my brain, and for helping to put me in a better mood when I have battled depression due to inflammation.”

Arthritic pain is another common condition suffered by those with Lyme disease. Research shows the extract of a rare Boswellia species — frereana — stops the production of molecules that break down cartilage.15 Authors of an article reviewing three studies16 by the Arthritis Foundation found frankincense was safe and effective for those with osteoarthritis, but the results for rheumatoid arthritis have been mixed.

Many have provided anecdotal and case study results supporting the health benefits associated with frankincense essential oil. In addition to the studies on arthritis, I’ve written about other benefits in my past article, “Top 11 Reasons to Start Using Frankincense Oil;” the substance notably:

Speeds wound healing17

Fights the appearance of photoaging, fine lines and skin roughness18

Reduces inflammation associated with bronchial asthma19,20

Reduces stress21 through the effects of a major element, alpha-pinene22,23

Boosts immune function24

Improves oral health by reducing plaque25 and oral microbes26

Reduces the buildup of phlegm and congestion in allergic rhinitis27

Improves digestion and treats digestive disorders such as chronic colitis, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease28

Fights cancer29,30,31

According to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, there have been two reports of side effects from the use of frankincense extract. The first was allergic contact dermatitis and the second was the development of a gastric bezoar in a 17-year-old girl with celiac disease who ingested a large amount.32

Frankincense oil is not recommended if you’re pregnant or nursing33 because not enough is known about it. There’s limited information on youth and children,34 too, so it is not advisable to consider frankincense oil in this age group either.

How to Grow a Boswellia Sacra Tree at Home

The Boswellia sacra tree may grow up to 25 feet tall, and it tolerates temperatures above 40 degrees Fahrenheit. You may choose to grow one from seedlings, which have a low germination percentage, or from cuttings.35 Cuttings should be taken from the sprouts at the base of the plant with the roots or they may be taken using a diagonal cut 8 inches from the tip of any healthy stem.

Use a pot with good drainage and fill it with one part sand and one part seed-starting mixture. Soak the seeds for 24 hours, then sow them while they’re damp. Sprinkle a light amount of soil and cover the top of the pot with plastic to keep it moist. Once the seeds have germinated, place the pot near a window or grow light and keep the soil slightly moist.

As the leaves form, transplant each into their own pot filled with one part marble chips and one part bonsai soil. Water once a week in the winter months and twice a week in the spring and summer. Place the pots indoors in an area with filtered light.

The trees grow best in 80 degrees F and appreciate fertilization once a week during the growing season (but none during the winter months). Keep the pots away from hot areas outside, such as the cement or blacktop, as this could cook the roots.

How to Use Frankincense

Frankincense essential oil may be used in a number of different ways at home. For example, you can:

  • Add a drop or two to a teaspoonful of your favorite carrier oil, such as moringa oil or coconut oil, for application on your skin. Keep in mind that while frankincense can be used undiluted, other types of oils must be diluted with a carrier oil before applying to your skin.
  • Apply a drop or two of frankincense on your pulse points or to a hot compress.
  • Add a few drops of the essential oil to your bath to create an aromatic soak. Your body may also absorb some of the oil. To prevent the oil from separating and floating on the surface of the water, first mix it with a small amount of full fat milk.
  • Use the oil in a diffuser or vaporizer made specifically for essential oils (do not add to standard humidifiers).

Is Red Meat Good? Why Experts Flip-Flop

Your health is highly dependent on nutrition and the function of your mitochondria. Mitochondria are the little powerhouses in each cell; when they’re not functioning well, your health is likely to be suboptimal. Mitochondria affect longevity, and problems with mitochondria have been linked to neurodegenerative diseases.

Lowering your exposure to pesticides and GMOs, particularly in meat and dairy, will help you enjoy a healthier life. A cow’s body is designed to eat and process grass, but the majority of beef and dairy in the U.S. comes from cows finished on grain. Unfortunately, this is the way of unethical, unhealthy and environmentally devastating concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) that dominate industrial agriculture.

There are a number of diet-based ways to sustain your mitochondria, and stearic acid found in grass fed beef may be one of the best. However, recent advice has recommended consumers steer clear of red meat. In 2014, consumers ate the lowest amount of red meat recorded since 1960.1

This may have been the result of several factors, including recommendations from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics claiming a plant-based diet may reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke,2 and a report by the World Health Organization concluding red meat is probably carcinogenic to humans.3

What About the Conflicting Information on Beef?

In a new analysis of past research data4 scientists looked at what effects a higher intake of red meat might have on cardiometabolic disease and cancer in adults. They examined trials that compared diets lower in red meat against those evaluating diets higher in red meat. The data were reviewed independently by two teams and researchers concluded:

“Low- to very-low-certainty evidence suggests that diets restricted in red meat may have little or no effect on major cardiometabolic outcomes and cancer mortality and incidence.”

The outcome was called “jarring” by Vox.5 Most media outlets are asking how scientists can flip-flop on the place red meat may safely hold in a nutritional plan. As Nina Teicholz, executive director for Nutrition Coalition, writes in the Los Angeles Times, most recommendations have been made with the aim of limiting saturated fats. She says:6

“A recent paper in the journal BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine consolidates 17 separate reviews showing these fats, whether from meat, cheese or coconut oil, have no effect on mortality. And if red meat causes disease by some mechanism other than saturated fat, no strong body of evidence has emerged to support it.”

As Teichholz points out,7 most nutritional guidelines are based on epidemiological studies that ask individuals to self-report over a long period of time. The researchers then observe and report on eventual health outcomes. While these types of studies may show an association between two factors, they rarely establish causation.

The Opposition Was Ready Before the Study Was Released

I should note that a few days after the study came out, The Washington Post revealed that the study’s authors had undisclosed conflicts of interest, in that the research group they worked with was receiving money “from a university program partially backed by the beef industry.” Study authors responded that their research was completed before the funding became available.8

Before the study was even released, though, one group9 had already galvanized supporters and filed a federal petition. They claimed there were false statements made, called the review an advertisement and requested the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) permanently prohibit the journal “from disseminating or causing the dissemination of the advertisement at issue.”

Additionally, they requested the FTC require the magazine to issue a retraction and corrective statement. A second press release on the same day questioned whether the new study might be “clickbait,”10 a reference to fake news, while ignoring evidence that unprocessed meat did not contribute to premature death.

In 201211 they commended a study from the Harvard School of Public Health in which researchers found a 13% increase in the risk of dying prematurely for those who ate unprocessed red meat every day. Compare this to what is known about eating processed meats — such as hot dogs, sausage and bacon — which increases the risk by 20%.

However, Harvard Medical School12 published a piece in which it was noted that results of the study were “somewhat less scary,” since relative risk was reported as opposed to absolute risk. The absolute risk of death in women eating one serving of unprocessed meat a week compared to eating two servings of unprocessed meat a day increased from 0.7% risk to 0.85% risk of death.

The increase in men went from 1.23% to 1.3% with an increase in eating unprocessed meat. In the same article from Harvard Health Publishing, they discussed a Japanese study in which researchers found no connection between eating a moderate amount of meat and premature death. In her piece in the Los Angeles Times, Teicholz concluded:13

“According to government data, despite a 28% reduction in red-meat consumption in the U.S. since 1970, some 60% of Americans now suffer from at least one chronic disease in which diet is a major risk factor. The Annals review is exactly what we need: dietary cause-and-effect information based on strong science.”

Cheap Meat and Dairy Are Expensive

In exchange for purchasing cheap meat and dairy products, you may be paying a hefty price on the other side. Pollution from CAFOs damages both the environment and human health. Secondly, meat produced in CAFOs is lower in stearic acid. In a study published in 2018 researchers identified14 “stearic acid as a dietary metabolite that is sensed by our bodies to control our mitochondria.”

In addition, they noted it helps decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer. In research involving flies, scientists found the insects had healthy mitochondria when stearic acid was added to their food, but they had fragmented mitochondria when fatty acid levels were kept low.15,16

Grass fed beef, coconut oil and cocoa butter are some of the healthiest sources of stearic acid. An analysis from the University of Illinois compared grass fed beef to the grain fed variety and found saturated stearic acid was 36% higher in grass fed beef than in grain fed beef. The researchers commented:17

“Thus, in equally fatty cuts of beef, there would be a higher content of saturated fatty acids in the grass-fed beef. In many traditional diets where the fattiest cuts and the fat itself were sought out, intake of these saturates would likely be considerably higher.”

Head to Tail Balances Your Nutrition

Early hunters opted to eat everything they hunted, from head to tail. This included organ meat and connective tissue. There’s a good chance their reliance on this practice provided them with energy and optimal health. Currently, it’s often just the muscle meat that’s sought out for the dinner table, rather than the organs and other body parts that might appear unsavory.

A hearty steak hot off the grill may seem more appetizing than hearts, livers and kidneys. However, as I have discussed in the past, many of these organs are more nutrient-dense with high amounts of minerals, fat soluble vitamins and protein.

These are often the densest source of nutrition, rich in amino acids and CoQ10. You feel fuller longer, and in eating organ meat consume a good source of choline, which is an essential nutrient for your brain. This practice also helps you build and retain muscle mass more easily. Another benefit is that organs are often less expensive since they are not as sought-after as other meat.

Regenerative Farming Practices Raise the Standard

Animals are an integral part of regenerative farming practices that help achieve healthy soil in which to grow crops. As noted above, eating pasture-raised beef is also healthier for the consumer. In this illuminating interview with Will Harris, owner of White Oak Pastures in Bluffton, Georgia, we discuss his pioneering efforts involving grass fed animals.

He’s a promoter of what he calls “kinder, gentler agriculture.” He points out that in nature, a cow has a life span of nearly 24 years. Those raised on feedlots are typically slaughtered at 17 months, at which point they weigh 275 pounds more than the typical mature cow. Harris says this is unnatural, and the obscenely obese creature would fail to survive in nature. He adds:

“If they were left beyond their 17 months in that feedlot environment where they’re gaining 4 to 5 pounds a day, they wouldn’t live very long. I’ve never done that experiment, but I’m sure they wouldn’t live to be 4 years old. That’s the difference.

When you eat one of these (grass-fed, pastured) animals, you’re eating a healthy animal in the prime of their life. When you eat that feedlot animal, you’re eating an obese creature that is dying of all the diseases of sedentary lifestyle and obesity that kill people.

A cow in a factory farm does not have a great life. A hog in a factory farm has a worse life. And I don’t think there’s a factory farm animal that has as bad a life as a chicken in a factory farm.”

Regenerative Farming: Key to Saving the Soil and Health

A second widely-publicized argument against eating beef is that conventionally grown beef is a major contributor to the Earth’s carbon footprint and all sorts of pollution. It’s important to note that farms like Harris’s are not contributing to local pollution, but are likely a big part of the answer.

It’s CAFOs that produce large amounts of animal waste while feeding grain and antibiotics to animals that are supposed to be eating grass. These operations are destroying local environments and damaging the food supply. One ranch in New Mexico uses 33 small pastures on an 18,000-acre ranch to rotate grazing; this practice is called adaptive, multi-paddock grazing.

This simple plan has allowed the rancher to increase the number of cattle and the biodiversity of native grasses across the pastures. Rancher Nancy Ranney says,18 “Not only is it a viable alternative, it’s a necessary management practice if you want to keep grasslands healthy and you want to have healthy soils.”

This process reduces erosion of the grassland ecosystem where uninterrupted trampling and eating can reduce a prairie to weeds and bare soil. When rotating grazeland operates on a natural range, it fosters a healthy ecosystem and stores large amounts of carbon in the soil, as Harris’ farm has demonstrated.

In an analysis of White Oak Pastures,19 soil samples were independently evaluated to quantify carbon sequestration. A life cycle assessment of the farm operation was also conducted. They found White Oak Pastures’ beef production had a net total emissions loss of 3.5 kg carbon dioxide per kg of fresh meat. In comparison, conventionally produced CAFO beef have a positive 33 kg of emissions for every pound of fresh meat.

Another study20 in the southern Great Plains region found similar results. In a study currently underway, scientists are finding that while cows produce greenhouse gases through digestion, managed grazing produces a carbon neutral system.21 As the positive results of rotational grazing are becoming more widely accepted, one survey22 of ranchers in California and Wyoming found two-thirds are using the program.

The potential for this type of program to significantly impact the climate is unknown, but in one review in Nature23 it was reported that carbon sequestration through managed grazing has the greatest potential to reduce animal agricultural carbon emissions. See my past article, “This 1950s Video Demonstrates Where Best Food Comes From” for where to find grass fed meat.

Weekly Health Quiz: Stretching, Sepsis and Sleep

1 Which of the following is the third most abundant mineral in your body and plays important roles in many bodily processes, including metabolism and detoxification?

  • Sulfur

    Sulfur is the third most abundant mineral in your body and plays important roles in many bodily processes, including metabolism and detoxification. Learn more.

  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Fluoride

2 Which of the following vitamins is required for proper blood clotting?

  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin K1

    Vitamin K1 is required for proper blood clotting. Learn more.

  • Vitamin K2
  • Vitamin B12

3 Which of the following has been shown to significantly improve outcomes in patients with sepsis?

  • Antibiotics and fluids
  • Intravenous vitamin C only
  • Intravenous vitamin C and thiamine in combination with hydrocortisone

    In 2017, a critical care physician announced the discovery of a simple and inexpensive way to treat sepsis using an intravenous cocktail of vitamin C and thiamine in combination with hydrocortisone. Learn more.

  • High-dose oral vitamin D

4 According to a scientific review of more than 300 studies, teenagers between the ages of 14 and 17 need how many hours of sleep each night in order to avoid health problems associated with lack of sleep?

  • 10 to 13 hours
  • 9 to 11 hours
  • 7 to 8 hours
  • 8 to 10 hours

    Science shows that to maintain good health, teenagers need between eight and 10 hours of sleep each night. Learn more.

5 According to the bulk of the scientific evidence, stretching before exercise:

  • Has no impact on your injury risk

    The bulk of the scientific evidence does not support the recommendation to stretch before exercising to prevent injury. The benefit seen in studies that support stretching before exercise as a way to avoid injury appears to be due to the warmup sequence, not the stretching. Learn more.

  • Is imperative for the prevention of injuries
  • Will decrease immediate performance
  • Will significantly improve flexibility

6 One of the largest and deadliest outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease in the U.S. took place in which city during 2014 and 2015?

  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Flint, Michigan

    The 2014-2015 outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in Flint, Michigan, was one of the largest and deadliest outbreaks in the U.S. The outbreak was caused by the decision to provide the city with water from the highly-polluted Flint River. Learn more.

  • Orlando, Florida
  • San Francisco, California

7 Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+) is:

  • A type of cell involved in cancer
  • An important antioxidant produced in your body
  • A coenzyme found in all cells, essential for over 700 enzymatic reactions

    NAD+ is a vital coenzyme found in all living cells. It’s essential for over 700 enzymatic reactions in your body, including ones occurring in your mitochondria. Without sufficient NAD, you’re likely to die prematurely. Learn more.

  • An enzyme responsible for oxidative stress

UK Police Investigate Transgender Being Turned Down For Porn Role as a “Hate Crime”

UK police are investigating the potential “hate crime” of a transgender woman being turned down for a porn role because she still has a penis.

Yes, really.

25-year-old Ria Cooper, who became the UK’s youngest transgender person 10 years ago, received messages on WhatsApp from on anonymous photographer who wanted to have sex on camera and sell the tape.

However, when the photographer found out that Cooper still had male reproductive organs, he said he couldn’t work with her because she “has a cock.”

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30,000 Kids Under Age 10 Arrested Since 2013

Arrests of children have skyrocketed over the last decade according to the latest statistics published by the FBI. Gone are the days of sending children to the principal’s office for a paddling. Now children as young as 6 are getting arrested in Police State USA.

The statistics, complied from 2013 to 2018, revealed more than 30,000 children under the age of 10 have been arrested, averaging more than six thousand kids per year. Equally disturbing is students 10-12 years of age topped 266,000.

In the past, students and children were disciplined with consequences such as time out and paddling. As more and more schools replace handling things internally with external police state options like school resource officers, children are ending up with arrest records and their fingerprints stored in databases.

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Civil Unrest Is Erupting All Over The World, But Just Wait Until The United States Joins The Party…

(Michael Snyder) All over the globe, the mood is turning sour. Anger and frustration are bubbling over, and protests are becoming violent in major cities all across the planet. In some cases economic pain is driving the protests and in other cases political matters are motivating the protesters, and it has been a very long time since we have seen so many angry protests happening all over the world simultaneously. Unfortunately, many believe that what we have seen so far is just the beginning.

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