Consider this… IF we were to ever experience a true SHTF collapse in this nation, most of us know that within days… FOOD will be of the utmost concern.
A supply will exist in all of our local grocery stores… for about 3 days to a week (without resupply). A supply will exist in the transportation network trucks who were traveling to resupply the grocery stores. And a massive quantity of food will exist in a place that most people will not be aware of. I’ll bet that many people do not realize the amount of food that is held in these distribution centers.
To the best of my research, Walmart today has 41 operating Grocery Distribution Centerswhich supply all of their retail super-center stores with groceries and perishables. While there will be massive spoilage of fresh food during a true SHTF scenario, these distribution centers will still contain massive amounts of other food. Remember a year or so ago when Wallyworld got busted for selling food as organic when it wasn`t. How Herbalists can Integrate with Integrity - Herbalists are one of the last health care modalities that remains unlicensed. Plant Walk -On this walk we would meet local plants and discuss the importance of botanical characteristics (an examination of their individual parts), the plantsa€™ relationships with other plants, ethical and practical ways of wildcrafting species we see, plants from other areas that have similar uses, and real-life clinical applications. GI Tract Protocol - The GI tract protocol can be used for normalizing varied types of chronic digestive problems.
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Due to the fact that I am working on my last three weeks of the semester while my husband is on a business trip,A  I have decided to re-post articles worthy of being passed along. For those who are not familiar with the name,A  Paul Bergner is the director of the North American Institute of Medical Herbalism in Boulder, Colorado whichA  offers introductory, advanced, and clinical training in medical herbalism and clinical nutrition in the vitalist tradition. For those interested in more information,A  please check out the websites above you will find a wealth of information. The process for making HFCS is to chemically strip the sugars off of the starch in corn, freeing them up.A The process of making of agave nectar is similar (this is not agave sap), but the sugars are chemically stripped off of inulin starch, inulin being a fructo-oligosaccharide, having fructose as the dominant sugar in the chain, so the agave nectar might be 80-90% free fructose instead of 55% like the HFCS in soft drinks.
I like to think that my childhood was unique but honestly there are a great number of folk out there who grew up in a very similar manner to me. There is a point to all of this.A  Herbalism is newer to me than the natural family living. I honestly am not sure of the answers but I thought I would throw the question out there as it is rumbling around in the back of my brain.A  What have you been thinking about today? Nutrition plays a vital role in a healthy nervous system but before you even think about what foods to eat, you should look at your eating patterns.A A  Are you skipping meals while taking in large amounts of stimulants or sugars? B Vitamins are also important to a healthy nervous system but it is important to note that there is too much of a good thing.A  Taking large doses of B vitamins (specifically B12)A  can lead to anxiety attacks and panic disorders.
As I examined the packets, I continued to like what I was reading and is there ever there a lot to read.A  These might be the most informative seed packets I have ever run across! All-in-all it seems like a good company and I plan on spending a good share of my gardening budget at their website. A lot of herbalists talk of using herbal infusions to support your body during and illness or perhaps as an alternative to a nutritional supplement in the form of a nourishing infusion. They are quite useful; I have been making herbal preparations, for years now,A  with good results. You don’t hear many of them mentioningA  spaghetti sauce as an decoction although the acidic base of tomato sauce is wonderful for drawing minerals out of foods. Keep in mind I am not talking about the watered-down, additive-laden prepared foodstuff you buy at the the megamarket.A A  I am talking of preparations you make yourself. I don’t remember exactly when it occurred to me that soups and broths are really just giant pots of herbal goodness.
I realized that I don’t know that I ever have put our spaghetti sauce recipe on the blog, so I though I would use it here as an example of the herb to food ratio that is health-producing. Beverages don’t have to be the boring preparations many people think of as medicinal infusions, either. There is an added benefit of incorporating these beverages into your daily diet.A  I have experimented with many different ways to get little ones to eat their herbs. I also dona€™t like using them from a sustainability standpoint.A  I dona€™t want my well-being to be dependent on any industry and it would be rather hypocritical of me to talk a good game about local sustainable food systems when half my nutrients are arriving on a boat from China.
For the next couple of weeks, I am going to post about different ways eating and cooking with herbs can help to improve your health. In the event of a local natural disaster, such as a severe winter storm, hurricane, or earthquake, do you really want to be part of the chaotic rush of people flooding your local grocery store and fighting over the last box of mac-n-cheese? In the aftermath of a local natural disaster, do you really want to be dependent on FEMA to feed your family?
What if you are forced to shelter-in-place because of a viral outbreak or chemical contamination in your area? What if an economic or credit crisis shutdown the banking system (and all commercial trade and food transportation systems) for an extended period?
What if food prices soared for any reason, be it a major drought, a geopolitical event, an energy crisis, or just old-fashioned Wall Street profiteering.
All of these are legitimate concerns for any conscientious person, but there is one other reason to embark on a food storage program that has nothing to do with any a€?doom or glooma€? scenario: It can save you a significant amount of money over the long term. Most home food storage plans use a combination of foods that have been preserved in one of three ways: by canning, by dehydration, or with the use of a retort oven.

Description: These products need no introduction as they are firmly established within our modern daily life.
Price: Canned goods are generally much cheaper than other types of preserved food, and sometimes are cheaper than their fresh counterparts.
Easily Traded: During a worst case scenario, canned goods can be easily traded for other goods, and because nearly everyone is familiar with them, they may even serve as a default currency in some situations.
Shelf life: Research studies have shown that canned goods have a shelf life from two to seven years, depending on the food that is canned. Ease of Preparation: Canned goods can be eaten right out of the can, either cold or heated, and dona€™t need extra water for cooking. Nutrient Retention: Though there is significant nutrient loss during the canning process, canned goods retain their nutrients well during storage. Quality: While their quality might not be great as compared to fresh foods, most people are at least familiar with consuming these goods. Description: Another common commercial preservation method involves drastically reducing the moisture content in foods to create an unfavorable environment for spoilage.
Reduction In Weight: Both dehydration methods can reduce the weight of fruits and vegetables by 80-90%, and meats by 30% (as compared to their fresh equivalents). Space Saving: Air-dried foods are often marketed as taking only one-fifth the space as canned goods, but this assumes that you dona€™t have to store the water needed to rehydrate them. Shelf Life: At best, dehydrated foods remain viable (edible) for about twice as long as their equivalent canned goods, though many companies selling these products claim much longer shelf lives for their products. Nutrient Retention: Dehydrated foods are often marketed as being superior to canned goods in retaining nutrition, but this is not really true in the most practical sense. Quality: Most people equate rehydrated air-dried foods with the taste and texture of ordinarily cooked foods.
Description: Retort foods are typically packaged in multilayer laminate pouches that are vacuum sealed and then heated to 240-250A° to sterilize the contents. Less Deterioration During Processing: The thin pouches allow for shorter sterilization periods than canning, which allows them to retain more nutrients. Lighter: Pouches weigh less than cans, providing for easier mobility and storage in some situations.
Quality: Most opinions are that the food is equal or superior to frozen food in taste and texture. Price: Typically three to four times more expensive than canned goods, and about on par with freeze-dried goods.
Storage: Storing large quantities of these products requires packaging to hold them in place, and this extra packaging negates much of their space-saving benefit. Preparation: Like canned goods, retort products can be eaten straight out of their packaging, or placed in boiling water for a few minutes to heat them. Raising the Bar of Resilience by Doing the Stuff Student of the Gun 035 – Police Training: Kill People Holding Guns?
When the cashier scans your groceries across the laser bar code reader to ring you up, this data is tracked in real time directly to their inventory control and ordering system. As you can imagine if something disrupted the data networks, electricity or even the fuel for the semis that deliver these goods, it would be a very short amount of time before the shelves at the groceries stores would be bare. I don’t believe that you have to necessarily stockpile tons of foods, but you really should take your Food Storage to the next level. We didn’t have to buy bulk survival foods, we have the same brands and types of foods as before, just more of the canned and dry varieties. This space also gives me room to store the extra foods we’ll be canning once we harvest this years garden crops. Primitive skills DIY Home Water Filter Disaster Readiness Planning using Google Maps Dollar Crash a€“ What then?
And, I’ll bet that not many people even realize that their grocery store food comes from these distribution centers. It is interesting to note the locations of all the Walmart Grocery Distribution Centers in the United States which I have listed here for your reference. Using your powers of concentration, visualize a white light flowing from the palms of your hands and from your heart center, which is situated just in front of your breastbone. When you start to feel this power flowing in you, then say out loud the girls’ names. This will be a combination storytelling class as well as practicalities of gathering plants. This will lead into Skullcap’s specific indications and contra-indications illustrated with colorful case histories, as well as the ecology and specifics of a number of western Scutellaria spp. Many clients have compromised GI tracts from a fast food vegan or other extended elimination diets, protein deficiencies, or multiple nutritional deficiencies. California Hispanic herbalism differs from the Mexican or Tejano, or Southwest traditions due to the various native and foreign cultures which helped form it.
Special focus will be placed on of the body as a dynamic ecosystem instead of a battlefield. Jim and Kiva will explore the underlying elements of traditional western herbalism, including sense-based herbal energetics, primary herbal actions and ways of integrating these essential components into an effective healing practice. Join Jim McDonald in an exploration of the fundamental role of diaphoretics in immunity, and how they can be used to support and enhance the body’s vital response to infections from influenza to the common cold. Although Mercola is a little distasteful in his sensationalism, what he says in this case is true. Even though digestion of the disaccharide to the monosaccharides take some time and acts as a partial brake, because the extracted sugar is very concentrated, compared to eating a naturally sugary food, the glucose and fructose surge in the system. A  So it is with a little bit of bemusement that I watch the latest explosion of the back-to-the land movement because I really never left it. A A  I giggle when we make homemade macaroni & cheese to take someplace and it is viewed as some sort of accomplishment because in my family that is pretty standard fare.
A  IA  suppose I started the path about fifteen years ago although I have only been studying seriously about six years (around the same time I started blogging). A  How do we keep the message of the websites of today from being lost in a internet archive in the same way the poster above was lost in a file cabinet?
Bring to a boil; then lower heat and simmer for about 30 minutes, until the broth is thick.
A  I thought I might offer a bit of advice as to how to eat your way to a healthier nervous system. The fun doesn’t stop on the outside though, so be quite careful when opening your first Botanical Interests seed packet.
A  My Trionfo Violetto Pole Beans outgrew and outproduced my Kentucky Wonder Beans.A A  I think my Dwarf Blue KaleA  might still be alive out there under the piles of snow. You also don’t hear hot sauceA  tossed around as an herbal preparation but these are both excellent examples of ways you can incorporate more herbs into your diet. A A  It was probablyA  have been shortly after Darian became a vegetarian and I made my first batch of homemade vegetable broth.A  I know I definitely had a handle on it by the time I was making garlic broth to use in soups. While I am sure that in cases where a blood test has shown there to be a deficiency, supplements can be useful to catch the body up.A A  I prefer to avoid the deficiency in the first place.

A This is one of the reasons that I tend to focus on using herbs and foods that I can grow or wild-craft in my area.
A When you dona€™t eat properly, your body does not find the nutrition in the food you eat, it will find the nutrients someplace in your body such as your bones, muscles or brain matter.A  A This is especially true of protein which your body will leach from your muscles or brain matter and vitamins and calcium which your body will take from your bones. Would you have enough food in your home to stay there for an extended period, or would you be forced to expose your family to the threat to obtain food? Are you confident that you would be able to find someone willing trade their food for your dollars (or silver and gold coins)? How much money you save depends on which approach to home food storage that you take, but before we delve into that, leta€™s take a detailed look at the three different types of food products used in home food storage. Below you will find a description of each of these preservation methods, as well as the pros and cons for each. A study at Bringham Young University showed that canned goods only suffered a 10-30% loss in micronutrients (vitamins), and no significant loss of their macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates, and fats) over time. When you take into account the nutrient losses associated with blanching, drying, storage, and preparation, the total amount of nutrient degradation in dehydrated foods is about equal to that of canned goods. As a rule of thumb, one pound of dehydrated vegetables or fruits needs 1 gallon of water for rehydration, while a pound of meat or eggs need about one-third of a gallon. Freeze-dried foods have an almost fresh-like texture, but are usually considered to have less taste than air-dried foods. Having these extra cans made it essential to have some FIFO (First In First Out) can dispensers, which make thing so much easier. As long as you rotate your supplies, this can be done with minor modifications to normal shopping habits. If you suddenly had to go without a paycheck or two, wouldn’t it be nice to have to the piece of mind knowing that you had some food to get you through? Covert Prepper Backpack Uncommon Bug Out Bag Items a€“ 11 uses for a Frisbee Becker BK2 Companion Survival Knife Bilderberg Behind Terrorist Attacksa€¦..
This class explores some of our options as herbalists to bring our unique set of skills and medicines to a wider audience.
Symptom pictures range from full-blown chronic fatigue symptoms to multiple food sensitivities and brain fog. Included are foundational elements of working with the whole person and the whole plant rather than isolating or compartmentalizing either human or herb. Special attention will be paid to the differentiation and use of diaphoretics that stimulate, relax or do both at once.
The four pillars of evaluation and treatment - 1) energetics, 2) organ systems, 3) action and 4) specific indications. In nature typically in a piece of fruit, the sugar is a mixture of sucrose (glucose bound to fructose), free glucose, and free fructose.
The glucose enters the controlled glycolysis pathway, but the fructose bypasses it, and floods the Krebs cycle and the related fat-building pathway in large amounts, symbolically like a -flood- into those pathways below the control point in glycolysis. A  You need to eat enough to provide your body with the foods you need.A  It is almost impossible to do this with two meals a day so your body begins to crave foods that will give it that quick energy fix.
There is nothing quite so satisfying as a healing soup simmering away slowly on the stovetop, while the flavors and properties of the herbs flow gently into the food. A Dona€™t fight with yourself (or your family) to entirely give up a questionable food substance, just dona€™t abuse your body with it and use the healthiest form of the substance possible. A A vast majority of health complaints in this country; fatigue, mental fogginess, depression, etca€¦ are caused by your bodies natural response to incomplete nutrition. Air-dried foods can be soaked in cold water for several hours, or cooked in boiling water for 20-25 minutes to prepare them for consumption. Even after installing better, deeper shelves I really can’t keep any major amounts of food.
It will draw heavily from my 5 years working at a mixed modality (conventional and holistic) free clinic in my hometown as well as other places I have volunteered. Humans have no natural mechanism to deal with this, so the liver does 3 things, start making a lot of of fat and, if chronic, increasing the enzymes that manufacture fat, reduce the production of ATP via the Krebs cycle, and become resistant to the effects of insulin which would otherwise tell the liver to stop releasing glucose into the system. A A  EvenA  though that changed a bit when my parents moved us to town, my family hung on to a great deal of that lifestyle.
Unfortunately in our society,A  candy bars and coffee are far more available than a leafy green salad or a whole-grain snack.A  You have to plan a bit more to provide yourself with healthy alternative but it is completely worth the effort. Air-dried foods shrink significantly during their processing, becoming brittle and hard, while freeze-dried foods are typically spongy in texture. A large piece of this class will be devoted to answering attendeea€™s practical questions about their personal situations and how they can bring their skills forward. If we would fill our bellies with fruit we would still only get a relatively small amount of free fructose. Current scientific A thinking on the adverse metabolic effects of sugar, the cluster of diseases that appear when the sugar trade emerges in a region, is that the overfeeding of the fructose pathway and the resulting consequences are responsible for the insulin resistance and obesity. Most of it seems much like sucrose, 45 percent glucose and 55 percent fructose, not all that different. A  Once you address your eating patterns, you can begin to look at the nutrients your body needs to properly support your nervous system.
Bee pollen is an amazing nutrient which I should devote a whole blog entry to, but I do worry about our dwindling bee population and the availability of this nutrient.A A  Consequently,A  I use it sparingly and with a great deal of respect for the creatures who created it in mind.
It’s much cheaper and easier for them to use their computerized inventory system to order exactly what they need when they need it. If we digest starch that has fructose in the chain of sugars in the starch, that is really slow.
The problem is that in HFCS, the fructose is -free- it does not have to be split from sucrose, and is not bound to fiber.
The result is that in the Krebs Cycle, the entrance of glucose into the cycle is highly regulated by enzymes, when ATP is adequate to high, if forms a brake on the glycolysis pathway, but fructose, on the one hand, enters the cycle one step below the control point.
Historically, anthropologically, evolutionarily, we didn’t need to evolve a control on the fructose metabolic pathway.
A few years ago, the lead article in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition proposed the introduction of unbound liquid fructose into the food supply as -the- cause of the epidemic of obesity and diabetes that began to manifest around 1980 and continues to expand today.A Free liquid fructose appears to be benign or even beneficial because there is no spike of glucose, or even of insulin after ingesting it. If the natural pathway for glycolysis is like water rushing down a white water canyon, with a dam at the bottom to prevent flooding, the natural fructose pathway is like a small stream that enters -below- the dam with no control on it.
There is instead a spike of fat in the form of triglycerides, but no one notices that (only fasting TG are even measured in routine lab tests). And as the liver adapts to habitual use of sugar or fructose, -then- insulin resistance is increased and insulin and glucose rise to higher levels than before and the individual becomes pre- or full blown diabetic.

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