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postheadericon Healthy Juice Recipes With Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth

Healthy Juice Recipes With Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth

   Fruit & Fruit Juice Recipes

Why Juice?

Juicing has become a popular way to ingest massive amounts of fruit in a beverage.  I find myself enjoying juicing more and more to get all the fruits and veggies I need.  Over the years people have found certain foods help with certain ailments.  These ailments seem to be a majority of what our customers go through.  Whether it is arthritis, alkalinity problems, detox, or inflammation, we have a juice recipe here for you!  Best thing is that each one of these recipes has Food grade diatomaceous earth mixed in with it.  Please enjoy these healthy and tasty Juice Recipes with your Diatomaceous Earth!  You will need a juicer or if you do not have one, a blender works just fine.  To find out more about our food grade diatomaceous earth please visit our About DE section here!

Arthritis Juice W/ Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth

Watermelon and Blueberry Detox Juice Recipe


Basil – 3 Leaves

Blueberries – 1.5 cups

Cayenne Pepper – 1/2 teaspoon

Lime – 1/2 squeezed

Watermelon – 5 cups diced

1 Tablespoon of Food grade diatomaceous earth

How To Make:

Juice all ingredients and top with a sprinkle of cayenne pepper

You may blend in blender

Detox Juice W/ Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth

apple and broccoli juice detox


1-2 Green Apples Sliced and Skinned

3-4 Kales Leaves Destemmed

1 Cucumber Sliced

Head Of Broccoli Broken Up

Handful of Parsley

1/4 Jalapeno Pepper (no Seeds)

1 Thumb of Ginger Root Sliced and Deskinned

Ground Turmeric For Garnish

Tablespoon Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth

How To Make:

Juice all Ingredients and garnish with Turmeric

You may Blend in Blender

Upset Stomach & Colitis Juice W/ Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth

Beet and Orange Colitis Juice Recipe


1 Beet Sliced

6 Medium Carrots Skinned & Sliced

1/2 Cup Coconut Water

1 Thumb Ginger Root Skinned & Sliced

1/2 Fruit Squeezed

Orange Deskinned

2 Thumbs Turmeric Root Skinned and Sliced

Tablespoon of Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth

How To Make:

Juice all ingredients and garnish with Skin of Lime

You may blend in Blender

Alkalinity Boost Juice W/ Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth

Broccoli & Cucumber Alkalinity Juice Recipe


1/2 Cucumber Skinned and Sliced

2 Stalks Celery Sliced

1 Cup Shredded Leaf Lettuce (NOT ICEBERG!)

1 Cup Broken up Broccoli Crowns

Green Apple Deskinned and Sliced

Juice of 1/2 Lime

Tablespoon Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth

How To Make:

Juice all ingredients and garnish with slice of cucumber

You may blend in a blender

Anti-Inflammatory Juice W Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth


2 Thumbs Turmeric Skinned and Sliced

4 Medium Carrots Skinned and Sliced

1 Thumb Ginger Skinned and Sliced


Juice of 1/2 Lemon

3 Stalks Celery Sliced

1 Tablespoon Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth

How To Make:

Juice all ingredients and garnish with Lemon Skin

May blend in blender

Exercise & Workout Recovery Juice Recipes W/ Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth


Banana Sliced

8 oz Sweet Potato Chopped and Deskinned

4 oz Oranged Deskinned

1 Medium Carrot Chopped Finely and Deskinned

1 Tablespoon Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth

How To Make:

Juice all ingredients together and garnish with Orange and Carrot Peel

May blend in blender

postheadericon Build your own Solar Oven

Like the idea of baking without the use of electricity or gas?
Here is an easy project for you to do.
Just a few items is all that is needed.
For how to info  check it out here.

postheadericon Using a Food Dehydrator

While I was rummaging around in my basement last week I came across something I had bought at the junk store years ago.

I had paid a whole dollar for it and I don’t think it had ever been out of the box… A Food Dehydrator, HCIT?

Now I am not going to tell you I bought it with the intent of dehydrating food… I bought it because it was a dollar and it was brand new.

Gotta love a good junk store and I have a great one right up the road from me.. The Lions Den in Temperance, Michigan. I always enjoying going to that junk store and some days I get luckier than others. The day I found the food dehydrator was one of those luckier days. But then I moved it and I never saw it again until the other day.

Here in Michigan this is harvest season. So I thought I would plug it in and see what I could dehydrate. I started with herbs… oregano, cilantro, dill and one I forgot what it is but I am certain I will be able to use.

Next was peaches, my husband ate all of them within 2 days. I think he liked them. He brought me home huge beautiful mushrooms so they were next. Then it was onto bananas. My husband ate all of those in one night watching TV. I now have banana peppers in dehydrating. They smell so nice. I can’t wait to get them out to start something else. Hubby is asking for peaches again, so that will probably be next.

What a great little appliance this is. I plan on having it going 24/7 till I have nothing left to put in it, or until it stops working. As of now I know I have already gotten my dollars worth out of it.

Some site tell you to soak certain foods before you dehydrate them , other site tell you it isn’t necessary. Since  I am all for less steps I have not soaked anything.

I am debating on asking for a bigger more powerful dehydrator for Christmas but I think my silversmith class will win out.

Maybe if I am a good girl …. I will get both!

postheadericon Growing plants in a container garden

container gardening 1You do not need a lot of space to have a garden. For some people having a HUGE garden may be nice but for others a small garden grown in containers on a desk or patio might be the right way to go.

Few people have lots of space or the time for a HUGE garden. A HUGE garden does indeed take time…There is so much more to growing a garden than just preparing the soil and planting. Weeding and watering are 2 things that you really must keep up with in order to have a bountiful harvest. Many people find planting in containers is a much better way to go.

Growing herbs to have  handy for cooking is one of the easiest things to grow in your container garden. Your able to have a few containers dedicated to holding nothing but herbs or you can do what I do and plants the herbs in the same containers that I have flowers and/or vegetables.

Most herbs look great while they are growing.. so this would simply add charm as well as beauty to your container garden.

Tomatoes are probably the easiest to grow… cherry tomatoes, roma, or even big boys all do well planted in a container garden. Just make sure that the size of the container is going to be big enough for the roots to be able to expand and grow… and don’t forget to have drain holes in your containers.

What are some of the vegetables that you like to eat? That should be one of the first questions that you ask yourself and then plan your container garden accordingly.

When you are thinking about what to plant in your garden you really should read about the plants that you intend on growing. Some are much easier than others to grow. If your just starting out it would be very depressing to of started with a plants that is known to be hard to grow… I think it would discouraged you quickly from continuing your new hobby of container gardening if your garden was a bust!… I know it certainly would for me, though I am sure I would try again.. I hate to be defeated in ANYTHING that I attempt to do.

You will want to determine what plant will be for what container. Since I am a junk store shopper….. I usually have the container FIRST and then I think about what I am going to plant in it.

You will want to be aware of how much sun the area where you are going to have your garden gets. If it is full sun you will not want to buy plants that will do best in the shade or vise versa…. The area that I have my container garden in has a combination of both sun and shade. I always look for plants that say partial shade.

I can not stress enough to make sure your containers have drain holes. You don’t want your plants to be soaked with water. They must have drain holes to be able to grow properly. Good drainage and proper watering are 2 things you will learn as you progress with your new hobby of container gardening.

A container garden is able to get the same pests that any other type garden gets. When you have a container garden your able to put in a good potting soil. Might be a nice idea to add a bit of gravel or rocks to the bottom of your containers broken pots work well too. I mix diatomaceous earth to my soil before I fill my containers. Diatomaceous earth is one of natures miracles. You can read all about this wonderful product here…. .  This product is also excellent for keeping those nasty bugs off your plants leaves too. You will be amazed at all that it can do… Can you tell I love that stuff?

Container gardens can contain what ever it is that you want to put in them. Keep in mind how much sun the plants will need.. try to keep those that need FULL SUN together as well as lots of water and only water when dry. Your able to learn all of this by reading the tags on the seeds packets or on the plants that you are buying from the nursery…. They put those tags on EACH plant for a reason READ THEM!

Container gardening is not that hard but it does need some planning. It is a great way to be able to have a nice juicy mouth watering fresh picked tomato fresh from your own garden. You can also have an abundant supply of fresh herbs for cooking as well as any thing else that you planted…. Just out the door .. FRESH!

I enjoy my container gardens that I have on my backyard deck and on my front porch. I have flowers, herbs and vegetables all planted together in the same pots. Here is a wonderful book about container gardening…

postheadericon That is Not Tumor, It’s a Brain Worm

 Lauren Cox from ABC News Medical Unit has posted another wonderful in-depth story. This time about a parasitic worm eating Rosemary Alvarez’s brain. Yes you read that right… eating her brain. Can you imagine anything as gross and disgusting as that?  Many more people that you would think have worms/parasites. This is one woman’s story and it is extremely well written:


ABC News Medical Unit
Nov. 24, 2008

Late last summer, Rosemary Alvarez of Phoenix thought she had a brain tumor. But on the operating table her doctor discovered something even more unsightly — a parasitic worm eating her brain.

Alvarez, 37, was first referred to the Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix with balance problems, difficulty swallowing and numbness in her left arm.

An MRI scan revealed a foreign growth at her brain stem that looked just like a brain tumor to Dr. Peter Nakaji, a neurosurgeon at the Barrow Neurological Institute.

“Ones like this that are down in the brain stem are hard to pick out,” said Nakaji. “And she was deteriorating rather quickly, so she needed it out.”

Yet at a key moment during the operation to remove the fingernail-sized tumor, Nakaji, instead, found a parasite living in her brain, a tapeworm called Taenia solium, to be precise.

“I was actually quite pleased,” said Nakaji. “As neurosurgeons, we see a lot of bad things and have to deliver a lot of bad news.”

When Alvarez awoke, she heard the good news that she was tumor-free and she would make a full recovery. But she also heard the disturbing news of how the worm got there in the first place.

Nakaji said someone, somewhere, had served her food that was tainted with the feces of a person infected with the pork tapeworm parasite.

“It wasn’t that she had poor hygiene, she was just a victim,” said Nakaji.


Pork Tapeworms a Small, But Growing Trend

“We’ve got a lot more of cases of this in the United States now,” said Raymond Kuhn, professor of biology and an expert on parasites at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. “Upwards of 20 percent of neurology offices in California have seen it.”

The pork tapeworm has plagued people for thousands of years. The parasite, known as cysticercosis, lives in pork tissue, and is likely the reason why Jewish and Muslim dietary laws ban pork.

Kuhn said whether you get a tapeworm in the intestine, or a worm burrowing into your brain can depend on how you consumed the parasite.



How Humans Get Worms

Eat the parasite in tainted meat and you’ll end up eating the larvae, called cysts. Kuhn said in that case, a person can only end up with a tapeworm.

“You can eat cysts all day long and it won’t get into your brain,” said Kuhn. Instead, the larvae go through the stomach and mature in the intestine.

“When it gets down into their small intestine, it latches on, and then it starts growing like an alien,” said Kuhn.

Once there, the tapeworm starts feeding and gets to work. A single tapeworm will release 50,000 eggs a day, most of which usually end up in the toilet.

“They can see these little packets pass in their feces,” said Kuhn. “And … sometimes people eat the eggs from feces by accident.”

Kuhn said it is then feces-tainted food, and not undercooked pork, that leads to worms burrowing into the brain.

Unlike the cysts, the eggs are able to pass from the stomach into the bloodstream. From there, the eggs may travel and lodge in various parts of the body — including the muscle, the brain or under the skin — before maturing into cysts themselves.

According to Kuhn, who has traveled to study this parasite, cysticercosis is a big problem in some parts of Latin America and Mexico where health codes are hard to enforce and people may frequently eat undercooked pork.

As people travel across the border with Mexico for vacation and work, Kuhn said so does the tapeworm. One person infected with a parasite, who also has bad hand washing habits, can infect many others with eggs.

“These eggs can live for three months in formaldehyde,” said Kuhn. “You got to think, sometimes, a person is slapping lettuce on your sandwich with a few extra add-ons there.”


Getting the Worms Out

Dr. Christopher Madden, an assistant professor in the University of Texas Southwestern department of neurological surgery in Dallas, has operated on a number of these cysts himself. He said not every worm needs to be surgically removed; those whose location is not an immediate threat to the patient’s health can be treated with medications that cause the worms to die.

But when the cysts are in problematic locations, as was the case for Alvarez, an operation is necessary. Fortunately, the long-term prognosis for most patients is positive.

“Most patients we see actually do very well with medicines and/or surgery to take out a large cyst,” Madden said.

Alvarez is not alone in accidentally eating tainted food, but Nakaji rarely sees cases so severe that people require surgery. Nakaji said he only removed six or seven worms in neurosurgery this year.

“But lodging in the brain stem is bad luck,” he said.

Nakaji said other parts of the brain have more “room” or tissue to expand around a growing cyst. However the brain stem, which is crucial to life, is only the width of a finger or two.

“She could have recovered,” said Nakaji. “But if the compression lasted for long enough, she could have been left permanently disabled or dead.”

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postheadericon Mycotoxins are a triple threat to dairy cows

I have always said that Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is good for everyone and everything.  This article talks about cattle benefiting from having DE added to their food supply.

Mycotoxins are a triple threat to dairy cows
By Peggy Coffeen, Agri-View

Mycotoxin challenges in the dairy industry are increasing. This is probably because of uncontrollable weather patterns that are beyond control, as well as the complex nature of dairy rations with multiple co-contaminants, which can cause increased severity of response. 

Lower milk production, reproduction problems and a depressed immune system… sounds like a recipe for disaster. While an array of factors can contribute to these dairy cow dilemmas, the common denominator here could be mycotoxins.

According to Dr. Trevor Smith, Ph.D., University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, these nasty compounds are showing up more frequently than in the past. Their various varieties and forms can be difficult to detect, but their toll can be devastating to a dairy cow.

“It’s clear that the mycotoxin challenges in the dairy industry are increasing,” states Smith. “This is probably because of uncontrollable weather patterns that are beyond our control, and also the complex nature of dairy rations with multiple co-contaminants, which can cause increased severity of response.”

It is often weather extremes that cause mycotoxins to manifest. Periods of excess moisture promote mold growth, while drought-related stress can be a contributing factor as well. “This last year, in 2012, we had a great example of that right here in the Corn Belt,” he said.

The most concerning mycotoxins for dairy producers are aflatoxin and Fusariums. Testing methods have been well-established for determining the presence of aflatoxins, as these compounds present a human health threat when found above regulated limits in milk. Surveys of the 2012 U.S. corn crop to date have indicated some frequency of aflatoxin, but largely within legal limits.

According to Smith, Fusarium mycotoxins are more complex with a larger number of compounds that vary widely in structure. This makes them difficult to detect in feedstuffs. Analyzing for a marker compound like deoxynivalenol (DON, also referred to as vomitoxin) serves as an indication that Fusariums are present, but the challenge here is that DON may occur in more than one chemical form. For example, in a modified form, it may bond with a glucose molecule that testing does not indicate. “Testing methods will not indicate the conjugated form of DON,” he points out, “so it’s toxic and undetectable.” Other glucose conjugates reported in recent years include zearalenone, fumonisin, nivalenol and fusarenon-X, as well as the very toxic T-2 and HT-2 toxins.


In addition to DON, there are more than 100 other structurally related toxins in the trichothecenes family of Fusarium mycotoxin. These toxins cause overall suppressed immunity and feed refusal, as well as hemorrhaging of the intestinal tract, ulcers, bloody scours and nutrient malabsorption. When zearalenone is present, it can bind estrogen and ultimately lead to reproductive issues, including abortions and infertility.

Significant amounts of fumonisin have been reported this year, which Smith says is “unusual.” The strain of Fusarium fungi that is a major producer of fumonisin is also a major producer of fusaric acid, but feeds are not commonly analyzed for fusaric acid. He points out that while it “takes a lot” of the compound to kill an animal, “it does not take a lot to affect it.” Even when consumed at low rates, fusaric acid can cause a drop in blood pressure that leads to edema and swelling of the udder and feet. When paired with DON, the two “synergistically” reduce feed consumption and cause loss of muscle coordination and lethargy.

Silages are the major source of mycotoxins in dairy feeds. Various toxins may thrive in aerobic conditions that result from poor initial compaction and improper feed-out. Some by-product feeds may also be of concern, like soybean meal. The potential for problems is dependent upon the amount of hulls intermixed with the feed because mycotoxin levels are highest in the hull.


The best way to reduce the negative impacts of mycotoxins is to avoid feeding contaminated silages and other feedstuffs. However, recognizing that may not be a feasible option, Smith suggests feeding mycotoxin absorbents. These are non-nutritive feed additives that pass through the cow’s digestive tract much like non-digestible fibers. They have the ability to attract and bind small molecules like mycotoxins and exit the body through manure excretion. Inclusion rate is key in the effectiveness of absorbents. If fed in excess, the highly branched polymers can also attract and excrete nutrients the cow needs, like amino acids, vitamins and minerals.

Absorbents are available in organic and inorganic forms. Inorganic adsorbents are either natural or synthetic silica-based polymers. Natural inorganic adsorbents (clays) would include zeolites, diatomaceous earth and bentonite. The synthetic inorganic adsorbents include HCAs, which are designed specifically to be effective against aflatoxins.

Organic adsorbents are carbon-based polymers and may offer the most practical use as a feed-grade fiber source with non-digestible properties. They include activated charcoal, lignin and the glucomannan polymer extracted from the cell wall of yeast. The advantage of the yeast cell wall polymer is a high surface area, which allows practical levels of inclusion (0.5-2.0 kg/ton). This minimizes the potential for adsorption of nutrients and essential intestinal metabolites.

Smith shares the findings of a study that looked at the effects of feeding dairy cows a ration containing naturally contaminated hay, silage, corn and wheat with 3.6 ppm DON (on a dry matter basis). The 18 mid-lactation Holstein dairy cows were fed this ration for 56 days and monitored for several metrics including immunologic response.

“When contaminated feed was fed, there was a significant reduction in the ability of immune cells to destroy pathogens,” he notes. However, the inclusion of an organic absorbent (modified yeast cell wall extract) in contaminated feed given to a sub-group improved white blood cell response and showed higher immunoglobulin (IgA) levels.

A significant elevation in blood urea was also observed when the contaminated TMR was fed, which Smith attributes to the DON reducing protein synthesis in the liver so amino acids that are generally absorbed in the digestive tract were oxidized for energy purposes. Urea levels were lower in cows that received the absorbent.

A separate study that looked at the effects of contaminated feed on calves yielded a similar affect. Veal calves fed corn high in DON showed reduced dry matter intake and a significant urea elevation. At slaughter, these calves had lower hot carcass weights, less backfat and smaller loin muscle area than their counterparts fed a diet that was not tainted by high levels of mycotoxins. Another group that was fed higher levels of DON with an organic absorbent, the modified yeast cell wall extract, showed more similar results at slaughter to the control group.

This information was presented by Dr. Trevor Smith during the Leading Dairy Produces Conference hosted by Land O’Lakes Purina Feed earlier this month.
This article was from

Mycotoxins are a triple threat to dairy cows – Ag Weekly


postheadericon Genetic Roulette—The Gamble of Our Lives

This Video is Shocking and Life-Changing.

You won’t look at food the same way again.

Genetic Roulette exposes the dirt behind Big-Biotech’s Big failed experiment.

Genetic Roulette—The Gamble of Our Lives was just awarded the Top Transformational Film of 2012 by AwareGuide! More than 15,000 people from 50 countries voted for 30 films, including three on this year’s Academy Award shortlist. But Genetic Roulette was the “clear winner” by a wide margin.

This Video is LONG.. but it is well worth taking time to watch it. It may save your LIFE.
Please watch and SHARE…