Go placidly amid the noise and the haste and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly, and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant, they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself to others you may become vain and bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your career however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself, especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass. Take Kindly the council of the years gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture the strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars: you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be; and whatever your labour and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace with your soul. With all its shams, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
The mussel Mytilus edulis is a bi-valve filter feader in the Phylum:Mollusca. It is a marine creature which latches itself to rocks or other substrates within the sea in order to feed, grow and reproduce. Now we are just passing the middle of mussel season which runs from September to around April. In April they begin to spawn (release eggs) at this time they are not so good to eat as all their nutrients have been used for reproduction. By law all bivalves have to be washed in filtration tanks under a UV light to kill off any nasty bacteria/ virus’. They are cultivated all around the UK on socks/ropes or on the seabeds. I’ve been told that bed grown mussels tend to be better as they have to deal with being out of water when the tide goes out; this strengthens them. This makes they’re more plump and tasty. In contrast, rope grown mussels tend to be less flavoursome, due to the fact they have not had to adapt to being out in the air at low tide so often!
Mussels are a rich source of dietary DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) . This is an omega-3 fatty acid, very important for the heart, brain and eye health. Mussels are super nutrient dense with good levels of:
Zinc: Is an essential trace mineral, important for immune system function. It is also a potent antioxidant, neutralising free radicals that may contribute to heart disease. Research has shown that it may be very important for the release of calcium stores which move into heart cells. Correct control of these calcium gates (type-2 ryanodine receptors (RyR2) is necessary to prevent heart failure or irregular heart beats. Patients with congestive heart failure have been shown to have zinc deficiency. Zinc is involved in more enzymatic reactions in the body than any other mineral.
Selenium: Important antioxidant to protect DNA from damage. It fights cancer and protects against carcinogens by helping to produce a free radical scavenger called glutathione peroxidase.
Iron : This heme iron in the body is essential for the blood to carry oxygen. Women require nearly twice as much as men per day, until menopause. Sea food is a good source for this
Copper: Important for the myelin sheath which protects our nerves from electromagnetic fields. Alternation magnetic fields deplete this element.
B12: Vitamin B-12 is especially important for vegetarians who may be deficient in this vitamin. Important for red cell production. Important for maintaining the nervous system and mood regulation. B12 keeps homocysteine (a natural substance in the blood) levels in check; if this gets too high it can cause heart disease.
Iodine: Iodine is a trace element important to support the thyroid. An iodine deficiency can cause a slower heart rate. Having adequate amounts of iodine also lowers your risk of diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
If you have any kind of heart condition sea food needs to be high on your list for nutritional priorities. There are more mitochondria in the heart and brain than in other areas of the body. These energy factories for your cells require DHA for their membranes (minos layer) as do your cells. The healthier the membrane the better the cell can function. The retinal pathway (in the eye) is where sunlight enters your body and tells the SCN (Suprachiasmatic Nucleus) in the Hypothalamus to control your circadian rhythm. Basically giving the correct day night cycles to run on. This body clock (SCN) must run faster than all the others. This intern sets the other body clocks and that of your mitochondria. So your body is synchronised, autonomously working in harmony, all its parts. The retinal pathway requires DHA to function correctly; many hormones need to be made in the eyes in the morning via sunlight. DHA makes the cells better able to conduct DC electricity (electrons better). If you live in the northern hemisphere, sea food with this fat, is even more important. It helps your cells to run more efficiently in a cold low light environment. If you live at the equator where you have all round sun less DHA is required. You need less of it, as you have the sun to provide your body with a plentiful supply of electrons to help with energy production. DHA increases your redox potential (helps your body hang on to electrons) giving you a greater negative charge. Increasing your magnetic field. This means that your body will be able to regenerate itself better within our world of artificial EMFs which lowers our electrons, causing more sickness (inflammation). Artificial blue light at the wrong time of day, like in the evening after the sun has gone down, can inhibit melatonin production for sleep. This causes oxidative stress (more loss of electrons).
Attaining all your essential nutrients from food is the best way to get them and not in supplement form, as this is not natural to the body. Although sometimes, as with myself it has been necessary. Ultimately, we need to get in natural sunlight more and totally reduce our exposure to non-native EMFs.
If you fancy trying mussels, I would recommend going out to a good sea food restaurant first to see if you like them. If you do like them and you’re keen to have a go at cooking them yourself? Then please read on:
We tend to cook them, my wife and I about once or twice a month at this time of year! We cook them the French way with dry white wine, cream, butter, shallots and parsley. Magnifique! Some people have them with fries ‘moules et frites’. However, being heart healthy I try to limit the fried foods. So we have steamed potatoes with them or just a little sourdough bread. Added to this, maybe a little white wine too! Well, if you want to get started to cook them yourself, you will first need to find a good, reputable fish monger! By that, I do not mean going to your supermarket! No, you need to find someone local who specialises just in seafood, and is passionate about what they do and sell. After asking around you will get to know of a good place I am sure! I would suggest a kilo is enough for two people! Once you have your mussels you can keep them in the fridge for the day until in use, or if you must, for the next day but no longer! Best to cook them on the same day! I have made a video below if you are interested in following a quick French recipe ‘Moules Mariniere!’ What ever you do, I Hope you will enjoy them! God bless!
I am a fifty year old whom was diagnosed with paroxysmal a-fib (Intermitant Atrial fibrillation) in 2008. It is an electrical disturbance with the heart; the normal heartbeat or sinus rhythm is taken over by an irregular heartbeat, which they say usually originates via the pulmonary veins. I managed to control it myself for ten years, although when first diagnosed they put me on a pharmaceutical drug called Solitol, but I did not do well on it, so went off of it and was ok apart from the once or twice per month that I had a-fib episodes, which I managed to terminate myself by moving around, bending or drinking water. I worked in horticulture for many years, and found it difficult the following day after having been up in the night with with a-fib. I am unable to sleep with it, but just lay and try to rest, then move around, and or try and pass a stool to terminate it. I would still go to work though. In 2014 I was down to have an ablation procedure. Which uses radio frequency or liquid nitrogen via a catheter inserted in the groin to treat the source of electrical disturbance within the heart. However, due to financial and family circumstances I was unable to go ahead with it.
In 2016 I had a new facility built at work. Whilst on this new site, I started to have many headaches and suffered from insomnia. This in turn made my a-fib worse. I saw many NHS specialists, and they said that they did not know the cause , but maybe could treat the symptoms. I later discovered that Wi-Fi and a nearby cell phone mast were possibly the cause of my health issues. I also realised I had been near a cell phone tower on my old site, for at least fifteen years. I also read that the radio frequencies emitted or microwaves could cause irregular heart rhythm. I told this to the health and safety team at work, they just ignored it. After seeing my GP regarding this, I was then receiving phone calls from a psychiatric unit saying: “You really believe that radio frequencies can cause your headaches and irregular heartbeats? we want you to come in and see us please!” That went on for a week or two. Suffice to say, I never went to see them and told them to do their own research! By this time I had contacted Electrosensitive Society UK, they sent me some useful information, and letters for doctors. Although it is not a recognised condition in the UK like in Sweeden. I saw occupational health at work, whom said it was more likely caused by something else! Contrary to all the science out there that there may be a link!
That being said, after two years of suffering I had to tell my employer that I needed time off. I am also someone who never had the flu, maybe once or twice in twenty years. I then went off work for 2 months and had to go on pharmaceutical drugs as I was unable to cope, having a-fib nearly every night and day. I was put on Fleccanaide and Bisopherol, initially they were ok, then I became worse . I kept going to casualty at the hospital for 3-4 days in one week. However, they sent me home and said to wait until your consultant electrophysiologist appointment came up. I never made it that far as I had a massive heart attack (Widowmaker/STEMMI) whilst trying to sleep on the sofa. An extreme amount of pain covered my chest and my jaw. I was then rushed to ER and they saved my life with an angiogram procedure. Thanks be to God. I then was in hospital for a few days on various blood thinning agents via a drip, with a few electrolytes, thrown in! I Was then discharged back home on many large pills and got little if any sleep due to the irregular heart beats. In the March of the following year, after pushing many doctors and nurses. I had an ablation! I was really hoping this would fix the a-fib, but it did not. Although, the British Heart Foundation and others say it often takes two ablations. Fast forward 7 months, they just tried to put me on more and more drugs. I asked about another ablation. Which would be another five months away wait. From what the consultant told me he did not really know what was causing my problem. From what I know of my own episodes mine is associated with my digestive tract and vagal nerve and circadian ryhthm. I knew I had to do something for myself.
Do you Have a heart condition? Are you getting better? Do you want to improve your ejection fraction? Do you want to improve your quality of life?
If so please read on: I am now taking a supplement with my medications, and not because the doctor recommended it! As they do not! I just had to find something else to help, and hopefully help me improve! I needed some hope of a recovery or any quality of life. I then researched for about six months to find any kind of alternative: I tried homeopathy, which helped for a while and I may still use it again, to stop irregular beats / ectopics! I also tried remote healing with Body Talk: Where a practitioner in this field sends you healing from a distance from anywhere on the planet. This actually works and I found it helped me somewhat. I also have had healing at my local church, which I continue to have, that helped too! I would recommend that you to go for this, at least! I also tried taking more minerals and oils etc: like magnesium and cod liver oil, but these did not really change anything longterm. I am also taking probiotics, as your microbiome affects your heart health! Added to this, I had my back checked by a chiropractor and I do have a curvature, but the treatment did not help me, but it may help you! Then I realised that the pharmaceuticals I was prescribed, blocked the Coenzyme Q10 an enzyme which helps ferry electrons in electron train transport for energy production in heart cells. Added to this, that people on anticoagulants have a greater chance of getting Alzheimers! My blood thinner Apixiban (anticoagulant) also has SLS (Sodium Laurilsulphate) in it which is an anti bacterial and surficant (degreaser). I did not need that, since I had read how important the gut microbiome was for our health. These drugs also contain Titanium dioxide E171 (seventh or eighth most common metal on earth). However, when it is nano sized < 50nm it has been shown to be a toxin. There is also iron oxide which builds up in the organs, amongst other nasties. These are all substances which we should not have in our organs in large quantities. There is nothing that I have read that explains their benefits to health, only the negative effects. What are all these excipients doing in the drugs? I did try to find this out, with little success. Yes, they are important for holding the product together after swallowing etc. However, why are they (many 20 billion dollar companies) not using less harmful substances? I wanted something that was going to work in harmony with my body instead of hindering it. The doctors and consultants did not even want to talk about this saying that it was nothing to worry about. Even though, I had read to the contrary on many of the medical and pharmaceutical forums whereby people posted their new secondary health issues after going on some of these drugs for a time. For instance one man, complained that he now had liver cancer , where upon he had had no liver problems previously. I was unable to see a future for me on this path. It is important for any bodily recovery to believe in ones treatment and have faith in those who are prescribing a treatment. All these drugs just cover the symptoms by blocking certain metabolic pathways, stressing the body more. I decided, I had to find a cure and I am still on that path. I believe that all our healing is holistic. In other words, we have to look at the whole body and soul. However, I realised that I was unable to just go off of all the drugs. I needed an alternative to help me recover. After much searching and praying I found a supplement. I am not someone who takes supplements normally , I would rather take food as it is more recognisable to the body. I had to do something though. That would work, stop any blood clots, reduce my LDL cholesterol, and insulin levels, as well as help heal my damaged heart and improve my ejection fraction; which was still low at 45-50%. By the grace of God I found a naturopathic doctor whom had such a product that was able to do all this. Infact, this product is for any heart issues with no side effects, compared to pharmaceutical drugs. At first I thought it was not true! Until I had read all about it. I read the testimonies of people whom cancelled their heart bypass surgeries and even went off of all their heart medications. I am now on this supplement and have found it to have helped me, to have more stamina and less a-fib. Now I am off of the statin drug Simvistatin. I presently take this new supplement twice per day. If you are interested in allowing your body to help heal itself, click the link below. This will just help your whole heart health and circulatory system, clean itself up, and for sure let you drop the statin drug. If you have arteriosclerosis it will help remove this plaque, and stop it from reoccurring. Disclaimer: I am not a medical practitioner and am not telling you to go off of any medications, I just want you to get well! I wish you all the best for your health.
On the evening of Sunday the 9th December 2018, I reclined my armchair at home and tried to fall asleep. Then within 10 minutes I started to get a pain across my chest, which became stronger and stronger then going up to my jaw. I became cold an clammy. I immediately called my wife and asked here to phone the ambulance as the pain was so bad. The ambulance arrived within 4 minutes, they administered drugs and gas and took me to ER. Where upon in the operating theatre there was a consultant ready and waiting.
Whilst on the operating table I began to pray. As I did not know what was going to happen. The doctor said that the right side of the heart was blocked, and he had managed to unblock it. I was then taken up to the cardiology ward and administered more drugs to break down clots. I was then kept on a drip for two days. On the third day I was released with medication to go home. I am now at home recovering.
What I would like to say is: make sure you tell everyone you love them this Christmas. Make up with anyone if you have had a falling out. Don’t hold any grudges, or un-forgiveness against anyone. Ask God to forgive you of any sins. As non of us know the day nor the hour, when we shall depart from this world.
God bless and have a Happy Christmas. May the coming New Year 2019 bring you every good blessing
I first came across this South African species ‘The spider plant’ as a boy in the 1970’s smashing into it as I raced up and down the stairs. I was always surprised how they survived all the damage and why my mother had so many of them. She hung them over the stairway where there was little light too. Surprisingly, they have little to no pests. It is a plant that brings back many memories.
Species shown: Chlorophytum comosum ‘Vittatum’
A perennial to 50-60cm in height, with fleshy tuberous roots. Leaves: Extremely long, strap shaped blades, no teeth or hairs. Inflorescence: On stem in clusters of 1-6, they are white, 6 petalled with 3 veins on each petal. Cross pollinated by insects to produce seed. Variegation of the leaves does make it more attractive visually. However, this has no benefit to the plant as there is no chlorophyll within the white zones to photosynthesise, this is due to a mutation. The variety shown has white areas of the leaf in the centre, the other common variety which is variegated has the white on the outside Chlorophytum comosum ‘Variagatum’. Propagation is mainly by ramets (identical clones) daughters from the mother plant. produced on the nodes (joints) of the runner (lateral over ground stems). This is a form of asexual propagation.
These small new plantlets ‘spiderettes’, dangling all over the plant is where the name spider plant comes from; as the plant looks like it is covered with the creepy spiders. These small platelets fully formed with small roots can be cut off and potted up in John Innes 2 or similar growing medium. These runners are produced within the summer, if the plant is mature enough; has stored enough energy.
Apart from the lush green foliage, this plant was recognised by NASA over twenty years ago to be apt for the job of removing toxins from our dwellings. Especially, formaldehyde and xylene, which gas off from house hold furnishings, fixtures and fittings. It is basically a living hoover of toxins. We do need to bring more plants and animals back within our living and work quarters. Not surprisingly, it has been shown that when green plants were added to hospital wards people felt better!
Negative ions and their bearing on health: Negative ions in the air are biologically active and affect circadian rhythms (day/night body clock). They act on the parasympathetic nervous system (resting, relaxing part of the autonomic nervous system) relaxing the nerves. Whereas positive ions excite the sympathetic nerves (fight/flight autonomic nervous system). Manmade electromagnetic radiation creates positively charged ions. All pollutants are positively charged like diesel particulates, fungal pathogens (moulds), bacterial pathogens etc. These pollutants attract negative ions which then reduces the amount of negatively charged ions in the air. Plants actually produce negatively charged O2 (oxygen) and absorb the positively charged CO2 (carbon dioxide) and toxic gases. The fact that we have large air handling units, air conditioning units, coupled with electrical devices emitting EMF’s: computers, printers, SMART phones, TV’s, watches and swipe boards, creates more positive ions and perhaps ‘Sick Building Syndrome’. We need to balance things out with more plants!
The Amount of negative ions within different environments: Sea shore, by the sea 50,000 per cm3, countryside near trees 4000> per cm3, near cell phone masts 80-100 per cm3, offices 40-100 per cm3 and air-conditioned rooms 20 per cm3.
In fact, if there are less negative ions, put simply, we breath in less oxygen!
Negative ions have also been shown to influence your serotonin level (a neurotransmitter) keeping it in balance. This may have an influence on your mood and sleep patterns as serotonin is a precursor to melatonin production within the pineal gland.
A study carried out at Reading University in surrey Uk found that school children achieved higher grades in exams, when green foliage was placed within their study area.
The spider plant, not only looks aesthetically pleasing year round, removes chemical toxins including positive ions, gives back negatively charged oxygen and is easy to propagate!
The chances are you have an acquaintance / friend or family member whom may just have a spider plant! Ask them to do you a cutting in the summer!
Don’t over water, just keep moist in summer. During the winter keep indoors and reduce watering only giving a little when dry.
Temperature: Best grown out of cold draft in indirect sunlight between 18-30C
What I love about this species is that it is so simple to propagate and generally live with. Have a go at growing it and let me know how you get on? I would love to hear from you!