Monthly Archives: February 2019

The featured image shown above was taken by me over the skies of western Wyoming in February of 2018. Through all my travels in recent years, however, I realized this was not an isolated sighting of what is being termed “chemtrails”. I’ve seen these over the skies of SD, MN, and WI. While I have not seen our skies in the midwest littered as much as some pictures in areas of FL and CA, it certainly raises the question as to whether they will increase, what are they, and who is doing this.

As I started looking for information I found some seemingly credible websites. By far the most comprehensive I’ve found so far is Dane Wigington’s Geoengineering Watch.

In a 2016 article entitled To fight global warming, Senate calls for study of making Earth reflect more light, Science magazine explained: “Albedo modification would work by lacing the atmosphere with tiny particles or aerosols that would reflect sunlight and mimic natural processes. For example, in 1991 the volcano Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines spewed 20 million tons of sulfur dioxide into the stratosphere, which spans altitudes from 10 to 50 kilometers. There, the sulfur dioxide produced aerosols that reflected enough sunlight to reduce global temperature by an estimated 0.3°C for 3 years. Albedo modification might also work by using aerosols to seed cloud formation in a lower atmospheric layer called the troposphere.”

(So…mother nature can’t reverse all this global warming on her own? We must do it?)

While I have a tendency to prefer the big-picture view, I often skip over the details and make the simple and rational (if you believe in God) link between climate-engineering and the fact that we ought to not play God (lest we share in His wrath).

Proverbs 17:15 tells us: He who condones the wicked, he who condemns the just, are both an abomination to the Lord.

and,

Ephesians 5:11 tells us: Take no part in vain deeds done in darkness; rather, condemn them.

So taking a cue from Science magazine, to fight global warming we should make the Earth reflect more light. Bringing light to darkness requires the details of the evidence needed to spur real change.

So, what do we DO, short of living in a kerosene-lit shack on the beach?

I don’t know because when I think of the details I am overwhelmed. We can map out the chemtrail network, who’s doing what, who supplies the planes, verify the chemicals, find related legislation, track patents, consider health implications, follow the money, etc…

Bring light to darkness. But oh, how dark is the dark! It’s 70 years dark!

Climate modification has been going on for about 70 years. It seems that just now we’re noticing the physical effects in our environment and it’s hitting close to home (especially, and I’m sorry, for those in California).

Having been in medical research for 15 years, I decided to check the health impacts of the chemicals that are used for climate modifications. Those details will go in another post but following advice from the most recent video posted by geoengineeringwatch.org I did conduct a quick search on Beijing’s artificial winter weather and wound up with numerous articles on cloud seeding and it’s lengthy history.

The pictures I took, above, are not cloud seeding. In fact, the many times I’ve seen these types of trails are often on clear-sky days. The results of a quick search on cloud seeding brought forth even further details of just exactly, how dark the dark is.

Want a Weather Forecast? Ask Wall Street

Talk About High Pressure: If Wall Street Meteorologists Don’t Get Their Forecasts Right, Their Banks Can Lose Big

Well, if you can cloud seed to alter the weather (i.e., bring excessive rain, cause drought, etc…) AND you can wager on weather forecasts…

And that might be a post for another day, or for someone who wants to “follow the money”.

 

New yarn and new techniques brought my new favorite winter hats this season. Crocheted bean stitch, knit pillars, and a soft chunky yarn from Loops & Threads.

The top left pattern is a modified version of the Malia Beanie – Pattern by Little Monkeys Crochet at littlemonkeyscrochet.com. I modified this pattern by using a chunky yarn (rather than a worsted weight) and a K hook size – thereby decreasing the number of chains required for the vertical rows (I used 22: 18 for the main section and 4 for the brim). I also eliminated the 3rd round of the magic circle and worked directly from the 2nd round. To compensate for the loss of chains on the 3rd round of the magic circle, I (randomly and inadvertently) created 2 rows from each chain rather than moving to the next for every row. Also, for the large bean stitch, I pulled through after 6 sts on the hook rather than 8 – again, to compensate for the bulkier yarn. And finally, at the end of my rows, I crocheted (using a slip-stitch) the last row to the first (rather than sewing together). That gave me an additional row of a raised chain but I could have eliminated this by ending one or two rows earlier.

Added note on size: this hat turned out to be a Large, or possibly even XL. Since I was somewhat winging-it with the modifications I was really happy how it turned out but would like to try again with a little more systematic approach. Working from the 2nd round of the magic circle gives you 24 chains to work your rows from, and if you start 2 rows from each chain you’ll end up with 48 rows.

The bottom two hats use some of the Carbon Copy pattern from Sarah Keller at knotanotherhat.com.
Here again I used Loops & Threads, Charisma – a bulky yarn, with US 8 circular needles.
I inverted the purl rows for knit and used 2×2 ribbing for the brims.
With the blue I stopped short of a slouch hat because I wanted this for a ski hat and it turned out great – it’s warm and stays on tight! With the off-white I completed the full slouch but it makes a really bulky (read: heavy) slouch hat. It’s okay but not my favorite.
Regarding size: I cast on 72 sts and used about 10 rows of 2×2 ribbing for the brim. This created a ladies M/L.
Regarding the rows/pattern: After the brim I purled for 2 rows then knit for 6.
The “pillar” rows can be done in any way – on the blue hat I purled for only 1 row before beginning the 1×1 ribbing – but for the white hat I purled 2 rows before the 1×1 ribbing.
No matter how it’s done, the pillars give the hat some flexibility – especially important with a bulky yarn using size 8 needles – otherwise you get a stiff hat that’s not very form-fitting. Also, these are really quick and easy to make so I plan to do a few more and will try to post a standard size chart for the ski hat in S/M/L after a few more.

This is my version of Light & Up from Caroline Wiens. I used Schoppel-Wolle, Das Paar (Warmfront Color 2208). I’m calling it my passion scarf because I absolutely loved how it turned out. With over 200 sts on the needles at the end of the project, it takes some serious time and commitment to finish this scarf (kudos to all those who have, seeing the pictures on the link above there are some very pretty results with this pattern).

Also, I loved how the colors turned out with the Das Paar. I ran out of the it at the end and finished with a heavier weight, black yarn similar to Lion’s Brand Landscapes (100% acrylic) (you can see this in the pictures). Unfortunately, I finished this project over a year ago and can’t find the label for this yarn! It turned out nicely, however, because the smoothness and added weight eliminated the need for the tassels and gave it a nice border.

Every documentary and/or book I’ve linked on the sidebar should be watched or read by every American. These movies are an eye-opener into how some of our everyday conveniences are produced, marketed, and worst, accepted. I’ve now seen each of these twice, with exception to Super Size Me – which wrapped up my past week “food supply” documentary-binge.

You Are What You Eat was one of the first during my evolution into dairy-free breastfeeding. I had long been reading health and exercise magazines – especially Runner’s World, having then completed six marathons. So diet, exercise and nutritional education wasn’t a new topic for me; however, eating healthy, and eating well, was. For many years the goal was probably more along the lines of determining how big my pasta dinner could be given the number of miles run that day.

But having been witness to the drastic change in skin and stomach issues in my newborn by simply removing milk from my diet was what finally prompted me to give healthy food a new attitude. I’ve long had a huge sweet-tooth, enjoyed carbs, alcohol, etc…and was embarrassingly avoidant of vegetables. And it’s a little like the obvious elephant in the room when you realize the old mantra of “you are what you eat”…really means just that.

What’s worse is that for many people, they might think “well, duh”….however, for so many more, I believe, truly do not. Super Size Me clearly illustrates how the giant food corporations of today have utilized child-focused marketing to not only lure kids into wanting their food but to also give parents a false sense of safety in eating their “food”. To further that, the size and prevalence of the existence of these companies on every main street in nearly every American town only adds to that false perception of “safety”.

I also watched each of the bonus sections of the listed DVDs and have to admit, I was completely surprised and utterly disgusted at the condition of the french fries at the end of 8 weeks (see bonus to Super Size Me) – they were perfectly intact, appearing as if they had just been bought. Preservatives. Probably the most prevalent, yet least noticeable, agent affecting our health – and the very same reason you may have heard to “shop around the edges of your grocery store” (i.e., to evade processed foods in the center aisles). Never mind the empty calories and gobs of sugar dumped into processed foods – but what about the preservatives? If they can maintain french fries for eight weeks at room temperature, what are they doing to the cells in your body?

This is why “Never Fear Cancer Again” makes my list. The title itself makes one think of something they might see on the cover of The National Enquirer – a piece of fiction used only to make money – because after all, why would we need so much cancer research, chemotherapy, and huge research hospitals and clinics if such a “super cure” really existed? But this book bridges the gap between understanding which foods to buy and why to buy them. At the root of this book is cell health and it helps you understand things such as the gap between regenerative farming practices and not just healthy foods – but healthy foods which still contain the essential nutrients to actually have an impact on your health – even to the point, according to it’s author – to cure and prevent cancer. Prevention being the key idea.

So as a start, learning which foods are best is invaluable. But as you travel down the path of holistic health you’ll start to see why broccoli from the grocery store is far different than broccoli from a farmer’s market – and if you take it the next step – you’ll see how each level in the process – from choosing the food to farming, harvesting, storing, and cooking all have an impact on your overall health.

Ironically, I was surprised at the hesitance of some of the doctors in “Super Size Me” to believe that dietary modifications were going to have such an impact on the filmmaker’s overall health (which they did). Similar to how I was unable to find “dietary modifications” as the best first option in improving my crying baby. But as he states in the movie, we really need to move from a “Sick Care” mentality to a “Health Care” mentality…and it is up to each of us as individuals to be our own care provider.


I should probably break down this post because many of the topics here deserve their own space….

  • Changing the mentality/perspective on health care.
  • Changing the mentality/perspective on exercise.
  • Changing the mentality/perspective on the food we consume – as in, is cereal (for example) really good for us, or our kids? Or is it just the packaging and old thought processes that keep us consuming these types of products?
  • Examine other countries’ cultures, food habits, etc…in comparison (e.g., many countries in Europe have GMO labeling yet we do not?)
  • Offering up solutions for everyday mom’s and dad’s who want to fit this into their lifestyle and budget – IMHO this also requires a drastic change in mentality about how much we really need to eat, and what it is that constitutes a “good meal”. This is  tough one because our culture places a lot of emphasis on eating, and doing so with others, and as a group…so something to think about. Why not go for tea, rather than lunch? Etc. CA I know has raw food restaurants…something we don’t see much of in the Midwest….
  • Actually making the conversion. Having just spent a couple years with too much time on the road, and far too many gas station “entrees”….I completely understand about convenience. And sometimes something warm is just what is needed when temps drop below zero (especially here in the North). Not to mention, those McDonald’s french fries really do taste good. Ugh.

In any event, I’m hoping my movie-binge will help me jump-start the conversion I’ve been longing to make. I’m not sure I know anyone who isn’t concerned – whether its about weight or health or money it seems like there’s always talk about what we’re eating.

 

I had to post this as a phrase, or term, I want embedded in my mind. For almost a decade words, phrases, and acronyms like “organic”, “all-natural”, “GMO”, “IMG_0022BPA”, “rBGH”, “certified”, “soy lecithin”, “cow’s milk protein”, “high-fructose corn syrup”, along with additives, preservatives, and other words I can’t pronounce have tumbled around in my mind over many a shopping experience. While easier to avoid at local farmer’s markets, not so much at many regional grocers.

Following my experience with milk allergies, and a complete change in career path, everything in my inner-being continues to push me down the path of holistic health. And while I dream away the idea of a hobby farm raising my own cows, sheep, alpaca, and organic garden, the term “regenerative organic agriculture” just came full circle for me today while researching the Rodale Institute website.

It came full circle because as I’ve been considering work as a Holistic Health Practitioner, I’ve been reading “Never Fear Cancer Again: How to Prevent and Reverse Cancer” by Raymond Francis, M.Sc. This term, “regenerative organic agriculture”, brought to mind the chapters regarding the lack of nutrients in our foods given the depletion of the minerals in our soil. This book goes on to discuss how, even if you are eating a well-rounded diet including fresh fruits and vegetables, you may not find your health significantly improved.

A number of factors contribute to the decline in nutrients. Modern chemical farming with artificial fertilizers, harvesting before ripening, shipping, along with storage and cooking all have an impact on the nutrients available once the food hits our plates. But like so many issues facing our world today, we are quick to apply a band-aid to the problem as opposed to working at the root source of the problem.

Especially when it comes to disease, in general.

While this is simply a quick post to remind myself, and cement this concept in my mind, I can’t help but think C.S. Lewis sums up the band-aid issue rather well in his quote from Mere Christianity where he states: “There is nothing progressive about being pigheaded and refusing to admit a mistake. […] it is pretty plain to see that humanity has been making some big mistake. We are on the wrong road. And if that is so, we must go back. Going back is the quickest way on.”

Dairy allergies – the second round

As stated in my previous post, I wanted to bring light to what happened with the milk allergies at a later time. If you are experiencing this with your own baby, you are no doubt wondering, “When will things improve?!?! And will he/she ever grow out of this?!?!”

From our experience, we finally allowed small amounts of dairy around age 14 months (well, one of us did, the other did not). String cheese on occasion, then slowly and gradually other items such as ice cream or other milk/dairy/cheese products. I did my best to stick to the basics that, as a picky 1 year old, might normally allow. Organic chicken nuggets, unsweetened applesauce, steamed finger-sized broccoli (surprisingly!), raisins and whole foods as able.

But as the pickiness increased, my resistance to the “easy” foods decreased. I too, started to allow various cereals or string cheeses or cakes, even if they contained dairy.

That is, until around 2 years and 4 months of age….and this was when the nightly vomiting started. As it ran its course, a few nights in a row – and we went to the doctor. Then a few more nights in a row – back to the doctor again. And this went on for a few weeks.

Allergy skin tests, a top Peds GI doc, and an endoscopy to evaluate her esophagus (this was done to check for eosinophilic esophagitis (EOE) – which is a food allergy where the reaction occurs in the esophagus) – and there was nothing found. The best advice we were to receive was to use OTC GERD medications and that it was acid reflux. All this over the course of 2-3 months. And, this is where I’m forgetting, but even with the GERD medication, while it would seem to suppress the vomiting for a while, it would come right back.

She would vomit nightly, usually starting anywhere from midnight to 3am, and it would continue for a good hour or two. It was abnormal vomit; it was white and creamy and seemed to smell sweet – not like normal stomach acid. It would also have little chunks in it (I likened them to pineapple). In any event, as this went on for about 3-4 months, and despite the best, and well-intentioned efforts of her doctors, I was completely frustrated after the endoscopy (as this is not a procedure any mom wants to see their child go through, I get sad and teary thinking of it to this day – and if I had had this knowledge prior to then, I would have never gone through with it).

This is when I put my foot down on the dairy (as the other side was not as easily persuaded that the milk allergies existed – but was, however, having to deal with the vomiting as well). And as the ice cream was put on the shelf, the vomiting subsided, and nearly overnight.

She would later go on to have a few more episodes, as in, a single night with vomiting – throughout the next couple of YEARS. This was how dramatic and effective the result was – of removing dairy from her diet.

That said, I personally am not a big fan of dairy, but I do love cheese. I can, however, live without it if need be. The other side consumes it much more. In either event, the bright side to this story is that finally around age 5 she was able to tolerate dairy and has not much trouble with it since. So if you are a parent struggling with these issues early on in your child’s life, and love your dairy, there is hope.

My story isn’t to bash any one type of food or industry – but it is rather to bring relief to parents of little ones…and to perhaps shed light on some issues I do believe we are facing with our food supply. I plan another post about this when I talk about the GMO OMG movie and other documentaries I’ve watched on this very topic. But for now, hoping I can pass some hope to any tired or worried parents.