Thursday, December 30, 2010



Hi, I received notice that Arby's is giving away a free Jr. Shake, so I want to share the news with you. You get a choice of a vanilla, chocolate or Jamocha shake.

No other purchase is required, and there is a limit of one per person, per visit. You can print one for every member of the family, and go back every day until Sunday!

All you have to do is print the coupon, and bring it to a participating Arby's. Check out your local Arby's before printing the coupon to make sure they are participating.

You have to use the coupon by Sunday, January 02, 2011.

Here is the link to the coupon.


Saturday, December 25, 2010


Hi, I hope everyone is having a wonderful Christmas Day.

I thought I'd post a couple of wonderful videos featuring one of my favorite songs, to go along with this day.

Pick your favorite one, and.......



Friday, December 24, 2010


Hi, I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas.

I thought for today I would post the infamous story about the letter from little Virgina O'Hanlon in 1897, and the response by Francis P. Church in the New York Sun entitled, "Yes, Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus."

I'm sure most of you have read it at some point, but it is always fun to read it again, so here it is.

Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus

Editorial Page, New York Sun, 1897

We take pleasure in answering thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of The Sun:

I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, "If you see it in The Sun, it's so." Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus?
Virginia O'Hanlon

Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a sceptical age. They do not believe except what they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men's or children's, are little. In this great universe of ours, man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.

He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The external light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.

Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies. You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if you did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that's no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.

You tear apart the baby's rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived could tear apart. Only faith, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.

No Santa Claus? Thank God he lives and lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay 10 times 10,000 years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!!

From The People's Almanac, pp. 1358-9.

Francis P. Church's editorial, "Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus" was an immediate sensation, and became one of the most famous editorials ever written. It first appeared in the The New York Sun in 1897, almost a hundred years ago, and was reprinted annually until 1949 when the paper went out of business.

Thirty-six years after her letter was printed, Virginia O'Hanlon recalled the events that prompted her letter:

"Quite naturally I believed in Santa Claus, for he had never disappointed me. But when less fortunate little boys and girls said there wasn't any Santa Claus, I was filled with doubts. I asked my father, and he was a little evasive on the subject.

"It was a habit in our family that whenever any doubts came up as to how to pronounce a word or some question of historical fact was in doubt, we wrote to the Question and Answer column in The Sun. Father would always say, 'If you see it in the The Sun, it's so,' and that settled the matter.

" 'Well, I'm just going to write The Sun and find out the real truth,' I said to father.

"He said, 'Go ahead, Virginia. I'm sure The Sun will give you the right answer, as it always does.' "

And so Virginia sat down and wrote her parents' favorite newspaper.

Her letter found its way into the hands of a veteran editor, Francis P. Church. Son of a Baptist minister, Church had covered the Civil War for The New York Times and had worked on the The New York Sun for 20 years, more recently as an anonymous editorial writer. Church, a sardonic man, had for his personal motto, "Endeavour to clear your mind of cant." When controversial subjects had to be tackled on the editorial page, especially those dealing with theology, the assignments were usually given to Church.

Now, he had in his hands a little girl's letter on a most controversial matter, and he was burdened with the responsibility of answering it.

"Is there a Santa Claus?" the childish scrawl in the letter asked. At once, Church knew that there was no avoiding the question. He must answer, and he must answer truthfully. And so he turned to his desk, and he began his reply which was to become one of the most memorable editorials in newspaper history.

Church married shortly after the editorial appeared. He died in April, 1906, leaving no children.

Virginia O'Hanlon went on to graduate from Hunter College with a Bachelor of Arts degree at age 21. The following year she received her Master's from Columbia, and in 1912 she began teaching in the New York City school system, later becoming a principal. After 47 years, she retired as an educator. Throughout her life she received a steady stream of mail about her Santa Claus letter, and to each reply she attached an attractive printed copy of the Church editorial. Virginia O'Hanlon Douglas died on May 13, 1971, at the age of 81, in a nursing home in Valatie, N.Y.

Thursday, December 23, 2010


Hi, BlockBuster is giving away a free night's rental from a blue BlockBuster kiosk. Just enter in the promo code THANKU.

This offer is only good today, 12/23/10, and tomorrow, 12/24/10.


Friday, December 10, 2010


Hi, here is a great deal--it's free!

Amazon is giving away free Christmas songs.  For 25 days they post a new Christmas song from Dec. 1 to Dec. 25, 2010.  You can download any, or all of the ones posted so far.

Remember these downloads are free, and are in an MP3 format.

Here is the link.


Saturday, November 27, 2010


Hi, I hope everyone found great Black Friday sales.

I want to alert you that Ikea is having their free breakfast offer again this weekend.  Sunday, November 23, 2010 is the last day.

Limit one per customer.  Offer valid for one breakfast and one coffee.

As always check with your local Ikea to make sure they are participating. 


Thursday, November 25, 2010


Hi, Happy Thanksgiving!  I'm sorry I haven't been posting lately, I've been dealing with health issues and other things.  I have been keeping the Contests/Sweepstakes page current though, so don't forgot to click on that page to enter great sweepstakes easily.

I want everyone to know about a great deal I just took advantage of.  Amazon is giving away a $3 credit to use for any MP3 downloaded song you would like.

Use the code GET3MP3S and use it towards an album or songs at Amazon MP3.  I got 3 great old songs, that most of you probably wouldn't have heard of, since they are from before I was born.  I love the music of the 1930s and 1940s, especially of the WWII Big Band Era.  You can get 3 songs that you like since most of the songs are $.99 each. 

Hurry, you only have until November 29, 2010 for this great offer.

Here is the link.


Friday, October 29, 2010


Hi, IHOP restaurant nationwide will celebrate Halloween a little early this year, offering kids 12 and under a free Scary Face Pancake as part of its No Tricks - Just Treats program designed to provide kids with a safe and fun Halloween event.

The "design-your-own" Scary Face Pancake includes an oversized signature buttermilk pancake with a whipped topping mouth and strawberry nose, served with two mini Oreo cookies and candy corn on the side to allow kids to creat their own Halloween hotcake.

This will take place today, Friday, October 29, 2010, from 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Check to make sure your local IHOP is participating.  No other purchase required.


Wednesday, October 27, 2010


Hi, I just want to remind everyone to click on my Contests/Sweepstakes page on the top of this page to enter great sweepstakes. I keep that page updated, and make it very easy for you to enter a bunch of great contests and sweepstakes.

I go to the page almost everyday, and enter the sweepstakes almost everyday, myself, because it is so simple. I've set it up so that each link opens a new tab, so all you have to do is click, enter, and then close the tab, and go on to the next sweepstakes. Most of them are sweepstakes since you just have to enter your stats and move on. I've made it very easy, and I only listed good sweepstakes that have a prize or prizes worth your time entering, and only from reputable places.

I hope everyone wins something valuable.

Good Luck!

Good Health and Wealth,


Tuesday, October 12, 2010


Hi, the first 10,000 to respond will receive a canister of Scrubbing Bubbles Antibacterial Bathroom Wipes, a pouch of Pledge Lemon Clean Wipes, a pouch of Pledge Multi Surface Wipes, and a canister of Windex Original Glass Wipes.

That is quite a generous freebie, so there will be a lot of people responding.  Here is the link.  If you are interested hurry and sign up as this will go fast.

Good Luck.

Friday, October 8, 2010


Hi, I just want to let you know about the great freebie at CVS this week.  I believe it is running all week.  Sorry I just found out about it, but I think it is good through tomorrow (Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010).

Just take your Extracare Card into the store and scan it.  Every CVS store has a scanner (ask if you don't know where it is) and when you scan your card 4 or 5 coupons will come out.  One of the coupons is for $5 off any Halloween Costume, Accessories, or Decorations.  It seems as if you can only use each card once, and you must use the coupon that day, since it is a one day coupon, but hey, it's free!

Make it a practice every time you go into the store to scan your Extracare Card, as these valuable one day coupons pop up from time to time.  If you don't have a card yet, make sure you sign up, it is free also.

I got a long witches wig, and a vinyl tablecloth.  Both of these were $4.99 each, and totally free.  Use your spouse's card too so you can get two coupons.

Good luck.  I would love to hear what everyone got for free.

Good Health, and Wealth.

Monday, October 4, 2010


Hi, everyone.  Advil is giving away half a million bottles of Advil. 

Here is the link.

Hurry and sign up fast, as these free bottles of Advil will go fast.  You must be
one of the first 500,000 people to sign up to get a free bottle.

Good luck!

Thursday, September 30, 2010


If you missed the last Walgreen's free offers I  posted for you, you really missed out, so don't miss this one. This is for a free 8 x 10 collage print, again.  They are really nice. Just go to, click on the photos tab on top, and sign in or register for a free account.

Upload photos that you like. Click on gifts in photos, then collage prints, and order a 8x10 collage. Checkout and put in the coupon/promo code FBCOLL that will make the print free. Choose that you will pick up in the store to avoid shipping charges, which will make it totally free. Picking up in the store means you do not have to enter any credit card information.

You can upload up to twenty pictures for the collage and choose the type of border you want, I ordered mine with a black border. This is an another great deal from Walgreen's Photos, and would make a great gift, put it in a frame and it will be a very special gift for someone, or yourself. Walgreen's does a really good job with the photos so don't miss out.

Do it now, you only have until tomorrow October 1, 2010, when this free offer expires.


Saturday, September 4, 2010


Hi everyone, I want to let you all know that Ikea has another "Kids Eat Free" offer starting today, Saturday, September 4, 2010 to Monday, September 6, 2010. It is for 3 items, and the value is $2.49.

This is another great offer from Ikea. This is for all kids under 12 only, and no adult purchase necessary. Your kids can eat free everyday until then, so you are lucky if you have a participating Ikea near you. There is a limit of one free meal per child per visit.

Check out your local store to make sure they are participating, as store participation varies, and this is for U.S. stores only.

This would be a great place to bring the kids, and it could be a cost free day. Most Ikea stores have a free supervised playroom. You can shop, or just look around while they play, all in an nice air conditioned store, and feed them for free.


Friday, August 20, 2010


Hi, I wanted to post this video I found on youtube. There are many of these, but I think this is a good one. In the vein of getting healthy and wealthy, today's post will be on the latter.

I hope you enjoy it, and don't forget the headphones.

Good Health and Wealth,


Thursday, August 19, 2010


Hi, I should have the test results of my Heavy Metals & Mercury Levels Test in about a week. I'll let you all know the results. Then I start the Fulvic Acid, and I'll keep you abreast of that too. I really feel I will get good results from the Fulvic Acid.

If the test results of the heavy metals are low though, I'm not should how accurate the testing was. It was the best I could do now though, as hopefully my insurance should cover the cost of most of it. I really wanted the hair analysis test, as I feel that it is the most accurate, but that isn't usually covered by insurance. Traditional medicine really hasn't caught on yet, so what can we do? I chose what, to the best of my knowledge, is the next best, the 24 hour urine test. Anyway, I'm anxious to hear the results.

Free Redbox Promo Codes

Today I also want to also let you know that I've listed Free Redbox Promo Codes, on my "Free Stuff" page above, you can just click on it, or click here to bring you right to it.

Ways To Save And Make Money

You should check out all my pages at the top, especially the "Free Stuff," "Contests/Sweepstakes," and "Frugal Tips" pages which help you financially, since saving money, and possibly winning money is always good for the pocketbook!

Redbox Is Great Free Entertainment

Many of you are probably already familiar with the Redbox DVDs, as their kiosks seem to be all over the place. You can of course join online and have them delivered by the "other one", and pay for it, or you can just use the Redbox machines, which are so conveniently located, and the usual $1 a day rate is great, but the FREE rate is even better, LOL. They usually give out promos codes to use, and you just have to enter in the code at the machine which makes the DVD totally free, as long as you return it the next day. Check out your local locations, but usually you have to have it back to the machine before 9pm, if not you will be charged the $1 fee.

Find A Redbox Near You

The machines are everywhere, but if you are not familiar with them you can go to their website here, to find a Redbox in your local area. They also tell you if the machine in inside or outside. Many of the supermarkets near me have them, and of the two Shoprite supermarkets nearest me, one has one indoors, and the other one is outdoors (which is great to return it during the hours that the store is closed).

Redbox Codes Change - Check Back Often

I'll try to keep the Redbox Promo Codes current so that you can rent them every week. This is great if you have a DVD player. I really need to get one, I love movies, and as soon as I can afford to get one, I will be taking advantage of the Promo Codes too. Meanwhile, I hope my readers will check them out often, and enjoy the movies.

Don't forget to enter the sweepstakes I have listed on my "Contests/Sweepstakes" page too. I have only good ones listed, so that helps you weed out the junk. I try to enter every day myself, and I plan on winning something good very soon. I'll be sure to let you all know when it happens.

Good Health and Wealth,


Tuesday, August 17, 2010


Hi, I received information that Snapfish is offering today, Tuesday, August 17, 2010, a free 8 x 10 collage print, and it includes free shipping!

Just go to Snapfish here, and log in or create an account. Upload your photos, and make your 8 x 10 collage print (these make great gifts, especially when set in a frame). When you check out use the promo code GRANDSHIP to make it free.

You also get free shipping on everything today, and if that isn't good enough, if you are a new customer you also can get 20 free prints, which also ship free today! Great offer!

Don't forget it ends today. Enjoy!

Sunday, August 15, 2010


Hi, I've been away from regular posting for a while now, as I've been struggling with health issues.

Natural Cure For Thyroid Nodules

I planned on starting Fulvic Acid to cure my thyroid nodules, a couple of months ago. I've done a lot of research, and found out that it has proven to cure them at least according to treatments done in China. I've previously posted about it, so just do a search of my blog, and I have all the information you need there, including where to find the treatment, and treatment results done in China. The hold up has been my health challenges, and trying to decide the best Fulvic Acid to begin using, as there are many out there.


I've also been struggling financially, as I'm sure many of you are also. It is very difficult when you are not well enough to work, isn't it? So I had to wait until I could afford the Fulvic Acid.

My crappy water filter gave out for good too, and I had to get a new one, since pure healthy water is probably one of the most important things you can do for your health. It's also important to take the Fulvic Acid with pure filtered water. I finally got the Berkey Water Filter!

Fulvic Acid - A Great Chelator

I decided on what Fulvic Acid I would use, but then I decided to have a Heavy Metals Test done beforehand to determine what metal load I have, because Fulvic Acid is a natural chelator. I personally believe that a heavy metal load can contribute to thyroid nodules.

I then had to figure out what heavy metal test to have and decided on the 24 hour urine Mercury and Heavy Metals Test as it is supposed to be more accurate. I will start the test tomorrow, and I'll be starting the Fulvic Acid either this week or next. I may wait to get the test results back or I might not, but I do plan on starting out the Fulvic Acid gradually, which I would recommend to everyone, in case of severe detoxing. You don't want to overwhelm your system, you especially need to protect your liver.

I'll keep you informed in case any of you with thyroid nodules want to know.

Good Health and Wealth,


Saturday, August 7, 2010


Hi, I don't know how good this store, or any of the large membership club/stores are, but Sam's Club is having a free weekend which is good until tomorrow, August 8, 2010.

If you are interested in trying it out, this would be a good to time to check it out to see if it is even worth joining. Please call ahead of time to make sure your local store is participating.

Here is the link with all the details.

Thursday, August 5, 2010


Hi everyone, I want to let you all know that Ikea has extended the "KIDS EAT FREE" offer through Sunday, August 15, 2010. It is for 3 items, and the value is $2.49.

This is another great offer from Ikea. This is for all kids under 12 only, and no adult purchase necessary. Your kids can eat free everyday until then, so you are lucky if you have a participating Ikea near you.

Check out your local store to make sure they are participating, as store participation varies, and this is for U.S. stores only.

This would be a great place to bring the kids, and it could be a cost free day. Most Ikea stores have a free supervised playroom. You can shop, or just look around while they play, all in an nice air conditioned store, and feed them for free.


Tuesday, August 3, 2010


Hi everyone, I have a great offer to tell you all about.

You can sign up your children, up to age 12, to the Kmart Birthday Club.

As a member of the Kmart Birthday Club, your child will receive, on their Birthday,
a Birthday Fun Pack with surprise goodies, a Birthday Crown, $5 in Birthday Bucks
(redeemable at your local Kmart store), and a Happy Birthday Certificate.

Here is the link to sign up, and it has all the information.


Friday, July 23, 2010


Hi folks, I'm back.  I want to alert you to a new freebie so that you can take advantage of it.

Wonderful Ikea is having another weekend where kids eat free at participating US stores!
No adult purchase necessary. Here is the notice. It's on the bottom of the page.

As usual check your local Ikea to make sure they are participating.

This freebie includes today, Friday, July 23, through Sunday, July 25.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


Hi, Regal Entertainment Group which operates over 6,000 screens at about 550 movie theaters in 39 states are, again this year, offering free movies for families every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10:00am.

They call it the "Free Family Film Festival," and it runs from June through August.  They have been doing this since 1991. The movies may not be new releases, but it is still a fun time for the kids, and it's FREE.

These are kid-friendly movies that are G or PG.  You need tickets, and they are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Here is the link to all the information, and to find a participating theater near you.  The information is in the middle of the page.


Tuesday, June 22, 2010


Hi,  RiteAid is giving away a free 5x7 print or 5x7 collage. 

I just ordered mine, but never got a photo from RiteAid before, so this will be a first for me.

I don't know how long this offer is good for, possibly till Saturday, but I wouldn't wait,
because it might not be.  If you are interested, order it right away.

Pick up in the store to avoid shipping fee, which will make it totally free.

You must use coupon code FREE5X7JN at checkout to make this a freebie.


Thursday, June 17, 2010


If you missed the other Walgreen's free offers I have posted for you, you really missed out, so don't miss this one.  This is for a free 8 x 10 collage print, again.  I got one last month, and it is really nice.  Just go to, click on the photos tab on top, and sign in or register for a free account.

Upload photos that you like.  Click on gifts in photos, then collage prints, and order a 8x10 collage.  Checkout and put in the coupon/promo code GOBIG8X10 that will make the print free.  Choose that you will pick up in the store to avoid shipping charges, which will make it totally free.  Picking up in the  store means you do not have to enter any credit card information.

You can upload up to twenty pictures for the collage and choose the type of border you want, I ordered mine with a black border.  This is an another great deal from Walgreen's Photos, and would make a great gift, put it in a frame and it will be a very special gift for someone, or yourself.  Walgreen's does a really good job with the photos so don't miss out.

Do it now, you only have until Saturday, June, 19, 2010, when this free offer expires.

This would make a great Father's Day gift in a nice frame.


Thursday, June 10, 2010


Hi, Walgreen's is having another great freebie. 

Their photo department really does good work, so this is a great opportunity to try
them out, for free.

They are giving away one free photo folded card for dad in honor of Father's Day.

Just go and order the card online, and enter the coupon code DADCARD when
checking out, and order pick up in your local store, so that there will be no delivery
charge, which will make it totally free.  When picking up from the local store you
don't need to enter any credit card information.

I would do it right away before you forget, but you have until Saturday, June 12, 2010,
to order it.  Here is the link.


Wednesday, June 9, 2010


Hi,  I don't want to beat the dead horse, lol, but I want everyone to benefit from this as it is so valuable.

Remember this summit is totally free, just go to my previous post for the sign up link.  It runs for 10 days, and this is day 3, so you have missed 2 days, but you can still attend the rest.

I heard two great lectures that were fantastic so far.  One was on day 1, "Creating Abundance," and the second was on day 2, "Healing The Critical Internal Voice."

You can still sign up, you'll be sorry if you miss it.

Take care.

Good Health and Wealth,


Sunday, June 6, 2010


Hi, if you haven't signed up yet for the Free Online World Tapping Summit 2010, do so now.  Here is the link again.  You can also go to my post of May 17, 2010 for the link, and more information.

After you sign up, you'll get an email, and the opportunity to download 6 great MP3 bonus interviews,  which are free.  Then each day you'll receive the link to that day's two speakers.  You'll have 24 hours to listen for free.  They sell cds of the summit if you want to listen outside of the 24 hours, but it is totally free if you tap in each day to the presentations.

Hurry, it starts tomorrow, and runs for 10 days, so after you sign up check your email each day for that day's link to the speakers.  You'll be sorry if you miss it.

Check it out, it may be the best offer you'll find online.  I'd be interested in hearing if you liked it.


Good Health and Wealth,


Friday, June 4, 2010


Hi, sorry I haven't been posting much lately as I'm dealing with some health challenges.  I can't sit for very long, so I'm not able to sit for long at my computer.  I'll be back to regular posting soon, I'm sure, so thanks for your patience.

I don't know if you all saw this cute video.  I'm posting it in case you didn't, since we all need some positive thinking inspiration sometimes.

Jessica's Daily Affirmations 


I hope you enjoyed it.

Good Health and Wealth,


Wednesday, June 2, 2010


Friday June, 4, 2010, is National Donut Day.  This is not a joke, lol. 

Krispy Kreme is giving away a free donut on Friday.

While I don't recommend eating donuts, if you are healthy and eating a clean
healthy diet on a daily basis, then you could probably handle an occasional

Here is the link so that you can check out your local Krispy Kreme to make
sure they are participating, or you could just call them.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010


You can get a free I "Heart" Bacteria t-shirt, from Culturelle Probiotic.

Here is the link to order the free t-shirt.

Hurry, because this is only while supplies last.


Sunday, May 30, 2010

Not So Sexy: Hidden Chemicals in Perfume and Cologne | Environmental Working Group

Hi, I hope everyone is having a great holiday weekend.

I'm posting a link to a very important article from EWG.

I live with MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivies) and it is very difficult to function in society with it, as anytime people like me are around people with any kind of chemical smells, we get sick.  Many people  get very hurt when you mention it to them.  People that suffer from this ailment look normal, and people who don't have it themselves find it very hard to believe.

We are often referred to as the canaries, since we are the first one feeling the effects.  It happens more frequently with people that have any kind of auto immune diseases.  The fact is, though, that anytime  you can smell something it means the molecules are going into your nose, and consequently into your body.  You couldn't smell it if it didn't.  So everyone who can smell it is getting the chemicals into their bodies. 

That is one of the reasons I wanted everyone to read this article, so that everyone is at least aware of the chemicals they are exposing themselves to, and everyone else.  Remember also, that perfume and cologne are not the only things with "fragrance" added.  The list is endless, most things that you use daily probably have many dangerous chemicals in them.

I'll be posting more about this important topic in the future.  I hope you read the article, and peruse the rest of EWG's website.

Not So Sexy: Hidden Chemicals in Perfume and Cologne | Environmental Working Group

Good Health and Wealth,



Ikea is having another great free breakfast weekend in US stores,
this weekend May 29-31. 

Enjoy one small $.99 breakfast and a cup of coffee, for free.

Store participation varies, so check out your local Ikea.


Thursday, May 27, 2010


Free Glidden Paint - Get Two - Give Two

Glidden is having a great giveaway.  They are giving away two free samples of paint to you, and two free samples to your friend.

Each sample comes with a brush attached to the lid, and each one includes enough paint to cover three square feet.

The giveaway start on Tuesday, June 1, 2010, at 12:01 AM EST, and goes to June 7, 2010, or until supplies last, so get them quick.

Here is the link to check out the rules and details.


Tuesday, May 25, 2010


Hi, one of the main arguments for heavily pesticide sprayed conventional farming, is that without it enough food can't be produce to feed all the people in the world.  They claim people would die of hunger, to me that is ridiculous, and I would say that people are dying and will continue to die from all the chemicals and pesticides that are being used for farming conventional food.  Not only from the food, but from all the contamination of our water, air, and soil.

Experts, much wiser then myself have studied this and I'm posting another article by one of the experts, Andre Leu.  He covers many aspects of this debate, from the pesticides to the politics. His article brings evidence to show that organic farming can feed everyone, and is indeed much preferred, as we know our health is at stake with this argument.

I want everyone to keep in mind, that the organic farmers are presently doing a great job, and more and more is being learned every day, so even more improvements in organic farming will come in the future. 

Please take the time to read this interesting article by Leu, and you can arm yourself with the knowledge you need to support your choice for healthy living.  Let's all demand healthy affordable food.

Organic Agriculture Can Feed The World

By Andre Leu, Chair, Organic Federation of Australia

Several high-profile advocates of conventional agricultural production have stated that the world would starve if we all converted to organic agriculture. They have written articles for science journals and other publications saying that organic agriculture is not sustainable and produces yields that are significantly lower than conventional agriculture.

Thus, the push for genetically modified organisms, growth hormones, animal-feed antibiotics, food irradiation and toxic synthetic chemicals is being justified, in part, by the rationale that without these products the world will not be able to feed itself.

Ever since Thomas Malthus wrote An Essay on the Principle of Population in 1798 and first raised the specter of overpopulation, various experts have been predicting the end of human civilization because of mass starvation.

The theme was popularized again by Paul Ehrlich in his 1968 book, The Population Bomb. According to Ehrlich’s logic, we should all be starving now that the 21st century has arrived: “The battle to feed all of humanity is over. In the 1970s the world will undergo famines .. hundreds of millions of people are going to starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now.”

The only famines that have occurred since 1968 have been in African countries saddled with corrupt governments, political turmoil, civil wars and periodic droughts. The world had enough food for these people — it was political and logistical events that prevented them from producing adequate food or stopped aid from reaching them. Hundreds of millions of people did not starve to death.

The specter of mass starvation is being pushed again as the motive for justifying GMOs. In June 2003, President Bush stated at a biotechnology conference, “We should encourage the spread of safe, effective biotechnology to win the fight against global hunger.”

We must now ask ourselves: Is global hunger due to a shortage of food production?

In this first decade of the 21st century, many farmers around the world are facing a great economic crisis of low commodity prices. These low prices are due to oversupply. Current economic theories hold that prices decrease when supply is greater than demand.

Most of our current production systems are price driven, with the need for economies of scale to reduce unit costs. The small profit margins of this economic environment favor enterprises working in terms of large volume, and as a result the family farm is declining. Many areas of the United States and Australia have fewer farmers now than 100 years ago, and the small rural centers they support are disappearing. Hundreds of thousands of farmers have had to leave their farms in Argentina due to higher production costs and lower commodity prices. The sugar industry in Australia is on the verge of collapse for the same reason. Australian dairy farmers continue to leave the industry since deregulation forced down the prices they receive. Most of the major industrial countries are subsidizing their farmers so that their agricultural sectors do not collapse.

Europe, North America, Australia and Brazil are in the process of converting a large percentage of their arable land from food production to biofuels such as ethanol in an effort to establish viable markets for their farmers. The latest push in GMO development is BioPharm, in which plants such as corn, sugarcane and tobacco are modified to produce new compounds such as hormones, vaccines, plastics, polymers and other non-food compounds. All of these developments will mean that less food is grown on some of the world’s most productive farmland.

Grain farmers in India have protested about cheap imports that are sending them deeper into poverty. Countries such as India and China, once considered as overpopulated basket cases, export large quantities of food. In fact, India, one of the world’s most populated countries, is a net food exporter in most years.

South American rainforests are cleared for pasture that is grazed with beef destined for the hamburger chains of North America. Once the soil is depleted, new areas are cleared for pasture and old, degraded areas are abandoned to weeds. In Asia, most of the forests are cleared for timber that is exported to the developed industrial economies. One of the saddest things about this massive, wasteful destruction of biodiversity is that very little of the newly cleared land is used to feed the poor. Most of this production of timber and beef is exported to the world’s richest economies.

The reality is that the world produces more than enough food to feed everyone and has more than enough suitable agricultural land to do it. Unfortunately, due to inefficient, unfair distribution systems and poor farming methods, millions of people do not receive adequate nutrition.

Can organic agriculture feed the world?

Organic agriculture needs to be able to answer two major questions:
1. Can organic agriculture produce high yields?
2. Can organic agriculture get the food to the people who need it?

An editorial in New Scientist for February 3, 2001, stated that low-tech, sustainable agriculture is increasing crop yields on poor farms across the world, often by 70 percent or more. This has been achieved by replacing synthetic chemicals with natural pest control and natural fertilizers.

Professor Jules Pretty, director of the Centre for Environment and Society at the University of Essex, wrote, “Recent evidence from 20 countries has found more than 2 million families farming sustainably on more than 4-5 million hectares. This is no longer marginal. It cannot be ignored. What is remarkable is not so much the numbers, but that most of this has happened in the past 5-10 years. Moreover, many of the improvements are occurring in remote and resource-poor areas that had been assumed to be incapable of producing food surpluses.”

An excellent example of this type of agricultural extension has been published in the January 2003 World Vision News. Working in conjunction AusAID, World Vision linked farmers from the impoverished Makuyu community in Kenya with the Kenya Institute of Organic Farming (KIOF).

They arranged workshops where KIOF members taught the principles of organic farming, including compost making, preparing safe organic pesticides, organic vegetable gardening and organic care of livestock.

Maize yields increased by four to nine times. The organically grown crops produced yields that were 60 percent higher than crops grown with expensive chemical fertilizers.

The wonderful thing is that many of these farmers now have a surplus of food to sell, whereas previously they did not even have enough to eat. They are organizing marketing co-ops to sell this surplus.

The profits are going back to the community. They have distributed dairy goats, rabbits, hives and poultry to community members and have planted 20,000 trees, including 2,000 mangos. Several of the organic farmers are training many other farmers in the district and helping them to apply organic farming techniques to their farms.

The mood of the community has changed. They are now confident and empowered with the knowledge that they can overcome the problems in their community.

These types of simple, community-based organic agricultural models are what is needed around the world to end rural poverty and starvation, not GMOs and expensive toxic chemicals.

The Makuyu community in Kenya is not an isolated example. Professor Pretty gives other examples from around the world of increases in yield when farmers have replaced synthetic chemicals and shifted to sustainable/organic methods:
• 223,000 farmers in southern Brazil using green manures and cover crops of legumes and livestock integration have doubled yields of maize and wheat to 4-5 tons/hectare.
• 45,000 farmers in Guatemala and Honduras used regenerative technologies to triple maize yields to 2-2.5 tons/ha and diversify their upland farms, which has led to local economic growth that has in turn encouraged remigration back from the cities.
• 200,000 farmers across Kenya as part of sustainable agriculture programs have more than doubled their maize yields to about 2.5 to 3.3 tons/ha and substantially improved vegetable production through the dry seasons.
• 100,000 small coffee farmers in Mexico have adopted fully organic production methods and increased yields by half.
• A million wetland rice farmers in Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam have shifted to sustainable agriculture, where group-based farmer field schools have enabled farmers to learn alternatives to pesticides and increase their yields by about 10 percent.

Nicolas Parrott of Cardiff University, U.K., authored a report entitled The Real Green Revolution. He gives case studies that confirm the success of organic and agroecological farming techniques in the developing world:
• In Madhya Pradesh, India, average cotton yields on farms participating in the Maikaal Bio-Cotton Project are 20 percent higher than on neighboring conventional farms.
• In Madagascar, SRI (System of Rice Intensification) has increased yields from the usual 2-3 tons per hectare to yields of 6, 8 or 10 tons per hectare.
• In Tigray, Ethiopia, a move away from intensive agrochemical usage in favor of composting has produced an increase in yields and in the range of crops it is possible to grow.
• In the highlands of Bolivia, the use of bonemeal and phosphate rock and intercropping with nitrogen-fixing lupin species have significantly contributed to increases in potato yields.

One of the most important aspects of the teaching farmers in these regions to increase yields with sustainable/organic methods is that the food and fiber is produced close to where it is needed and in many cases by the people who need it. It is not produced halfway around the world, transported, and then sold to them.

Another important aspect is the low input costs. Growers do not need to buy expensive imported fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides. The increase in yields also comes with lower production costs, allowing a greater profit to these farmers.

Third, the substitution of more labor-intensive activities such as cultural weeding, composting and intercropping for expensive imported chemical inputs provides more employment for local and regional communities. This employment allows landless laborers to pay for their food and other needs.

As in the example of the Makuyu community in Kenya, these benefits lead to a positive change in the wealth and the mood of the community. These communities are revitalized, proactive and empowered to improve their future.

Can organic agriculture achieve high yields in developed nations?

Since 1946, the advent of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, improved crop varieties and industrial paradigms are credited with producing the high yields of the “green revolution.” Because organic agriculture avoids many of these new inputs, it is assumed that it always results in lower yields.

The assumption that greater inputs of synthetic chemical fertilizers and pesticides are required to increase food yields is not accurate. In a study published in The Living Land, Professor Pretty looked at projects in seven industrialized countries of Europe and North America. He reported, “Farmers are finding that they can cut their inputs of costly pesticides and fertilizers substantially, varying from 20 to 80 percent, and be financially better off. Yields do fall to begin with (by 10 to 15 percent, typically), but there is compelling evidence that they soon rise and go on increasing. In the USA, for example, the top quarter of sustainable agriculture farmers now have higher yields than conventional farmers, as well as a much lower negative impact on the environment.”

Professor George Monbiot, in an article in the Guardian (August 24, 2000), wrote that wheat grown with manure has produced consistently higher yields for the past 150 years than wheat grown with chemical nutrients, in U.K. trials.

A study of apple production conducted by Washington State University compared the economic and environmental sustainability of conventional, organic and integrated growing systems in apple production. The organic system had equivalent yields to the other systems. The study also showed that the break-even point was nine years after planting for the organic system and 15 and 16 years, respectively, for conventional and integrated farming systems.

In an article published in the peer-review scientific journal Nature, Laurie Drinkwater and colleagues from the Rodale Institute showed that organic farming had better environmental outcomes as well as similar yields of both products and profits when compared to conventional, intensive agriculture.

Gary Zimmer, one of the American pioneers of biological farming, runs an organic dairy farm with his son in Wisconsin. In 2000 one of his remineralized alfalfa (lucerne) fields produced a yield four times greater than the average for the district. He has increased the nutrient value of pasture by 300 percent and currently calves 150 cows every year without a single health problem.

Dick Thompson, a founding member of the Progressive Farmers of Iowa, engages in organic farm research in conjunction with the University of Iowa, the Rodale Institute and the Wallace Institute. He obtains some of the highest yields in his district using composts, ridge-tilling and crop rotations.

The innovative system of rotationally grazing several species of animals developed by Joel and Theresa Salatin of Polyface Farm in Virginia is one of the best examples of a high-yield organic system. They use 100 acres of dryland pasture to cell-graze cattle, sheep, pigs, meat chickens, laying hens, turkeys, pheasants and rabbits.

Their system is based on native pastures, without cultivation or new, “improved” pasture species. The only input has been the feed for the poultry. This multi-species rotational grazing system builds one inch of soil a year and returns the family 15 times the income per acre than is received by neighbouring farms using a set stocking of cattle.

Steve Bartolo, president of the Australian Organic Sugar Producers Association, produced similar yields of commercial sugar per hectare from his organic Q124 cane and his conventional cane in 2002. The average yield of sugar for his best organic cane “achieved higher tonnes per hectare compared to the average of all conventionally grown Q124.”

Greg Paynter, an organic farmer who works for the Queensland Department of Primary Industries, conducted the organic section of grain comparison trials at Dalby Agricultural College in 2002. The organic wheat produced 3.23 tonnes to the hectare compared to the conventional wheat yield of 2.22 tonnes. This trial was conducted during one of the worst droughts on record.

Graham McNally of Kialla Farms, one of Australia’s significant organic pioneers, consistently achieves yields comparable to those of the conventional farms in his region.

Dr Rick Welsh of the Henry A. Wallace Institute reviewed numerous academic publications comparing organic and conventional production systems in the United States. The data showed that the organic systems were more profitable. This profit was not always due to premiums, but was instead a result of lower production and input costs as well as more consistent yields. Dr. Welsh’s study also showed that organic agriculture produces better yields than conventional agriculture in adverse weather events, such as droughts or higher-than-average rainfall.

Will GMOs feed the world?
Argentina is a good example of what happens when a country pursues the policies of market deregulation and GMO crops. It is the third-largest producer of GMO crops, with 28 percent of the world’s production. By the 1999-2000 season, more than 80 percent of the total soybean acreage, or 6.6 million hectares, had been converted to GMOs. These are some of the results according to a study published by Lehmann and Pengue in the Biotechnology and Development Monitor:
• Declining profit margins — prices for soybeans declined 28 percent between 1993 and 1999.
• Farmers’ profit margins fell by half between 1992 and 1999, making it difficult for many to pay off bank loans for machinery, chemical inputs and seeds.
• A 32 percent decrease in producers — between 1992 and 1997, the number of producers dropped from 170,000 to 116,000, meaning 54,000 farmers were forced to leave the industry.
• At least 50 percent of the acreage is now managed by corporate agriculture.
• There is an increasing role of transnational companies in the agricultural sector.
• Industrialization of grain and soybean production has boosted dependence on foreign agricultural inputs and increased foreign debt.
• Removal of import tariffs led to the bankruptcy of domestic farm machinery manufacturers and a loss of employment.
• The commercial seed sector has become increasingly controlled by subsidiaries of transnational corporations.

Since the above data was published, the Argentinean economy collapsed, causing riots and the resignations of several governments. The country is now currently in deep debt, with its economy under the control of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. Its standard of living has declined, and thousands more farmers have been forced off their farms. Rural and urban poverty and hunger has increased.

According to Caritas Argentina, the social services agency of the Catholic Church in that country, over 40 percent of all Argentinean children are now undernourished: “World Health Organization standards for daily caloric intake are unmet for nearly 40 percent of Argentinean children under 18, and for up to half in the poorer northeast region of the country. Even in the comparatively wealthy capital city Buenos Aires, at least 19 children have died of malnutrition in recent months.”

If GMOs cannot feed the children in the country that is the world’s third-largest producer of GMO crops, how will they feed the rest of the world?

Conclusion: Organic agriculture can feed the world.

The data thus shows that it is possible to obtain very good yields using organic systems. This is not uniform at the moment, with many organic growers not yet producing at the levels that are achievable. Education on the best practices in organic agriculture is a cost-effective and simple method of ensuring high levels of economically, environmentally and socially sustainable production where it is needed.

Organic agriculture is a viable solution to preventing global hunger because:
• It can achieve high yields.
• It can achieve these yields in the areas where it is needed most.
• It has low inputs.
• It is cost-effective and affordable.
• It provides more employment so that the impoverished can purchase their own needs.
• It does not require any expensive technical investment.

It costs tens of millions of dollars and takes many years to develop one genetically modified plant variety. This money would be spent far more productively on organic agricultural education, research and extension in the areas where we need to overcome hunger and poverty.

Organic agriculture is the quickest, most efficient, most cost-effective and fairest way to feed the world.

Andre Leu is the president of the Organic Producers Association of Queensland and vice chair of the Organic Federation of Australia. He can be reached at P.O. Box 800, Mossman, Queensland 4873, Australia.

Andre Leu

I hope you enjoyed this article.

Good Health and Wealth,


Saturday, May 22, 2010


Hi,  I'm posting an article by Andre Leu, because it is very good, and well worth a read.

I'm constantly saying how organic food is superior to conventional, and worth the extra cost, "pay the grocer now, or the doctor later," but it is difficult to convince everyone of that.  Leu's article is great, because he backs up his premise with published studies and facts.  He is much more succinct than I, and his article is very complete, he references many aspects of organic food, not just the lesser pesticides.
He mentions nitrates, pathogens, and salicylic acid, keep and eye out for those, and how organic produce creates more antioxidants then conventional, and why.

Leu is from Australia, and I like that many of the studies of different countries are referred, and not just those here in the US.  Here is a link to the page of the references he used for this article, they are on the bottom of the page after the article.

Don't forget when you purchase organic produce, you are not only are helping yourself, and your family, but you are keeping all the synthetic chemicals and pesticides out of our environment, so you are benefiting us all.  Hopefully, if we all demand affordable organic food, the price will come down to a more appropriate level.

I hope my readers will spend the few minutes it will take to read his article, I think you will be pleased that you did.

The Benefits of Organic Food

By Andre Leu, Chair, Organic Federation of Australia


Many people purchase organic food because they believe it is healthier than conventionally grown food. The organic industry is constantly told that there is no evidence to support these claims. This article looks at published information that shows that organic food is substantially healthier than conventional food.
Research published in 2001 showed that the current fruit and vegetables in the USA have about half the vitamin content of their counterparts in 1963. This study was based on comparing published US Department of Agriculture (USDA) figures. 1
A scientific study published in the Journal of Applied Nutrition in 1993 clearly showed that organic food is more nutritious than conventional food. Organically and conventionally grown apples, potatoes, pears, wheat, and sweet corn were purchased in the western suburbs of Chicago, over two years, and analysed for mineral content. The organically grown food averaged 63% higher in calcium, 73% higher in iron, 118% higher in magnesium, 178% higher in molybdenum, 91% higher in phosphorus, 125% higher in potassium and 60% higher in zinc. The organic food averaged 29% lower in mercury than the conventionally raised food. 2
A peer reviewed scientific article published in the February 2003 edition of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry stated that organically grown corn, strawberries and marionberries have significantly higher levels of cancer fighting antioxidants than conventionally grown foods. Some of these compounds, such as Flavonoids, are phenolic compounds that have potent antioxidant activities. Many are produced in plants in response to environmental stresses, such as insects or competing plants. They are protective compounds that act as a plant's natural defense and also have protective properties in human and animal health.
The research suggested that pesticides and herbicides disrupt the production of these protective compounds.  Good soil nutrition appears to increase the levels of these natural compounds that have anti cancer, immune boosting and anti aging properties. 3
Another peer reviewed scientific study, published in European Journal of Nutrition, showed a higher level of a protective phytonutrient in organic food. Dr John Paterson and a team from the University of Strathclyde, UK, found that organic vegetable soups contain almost six times as much salicylic acid as non-organic vegetable soups. Salicylic acid is produced naturally in plants as a protective compound against stress and disease. It is responsible for the anti-inflammatory action of aspirin, and helps combat hardening of the arteries and bowel cancer.
The average level of salicylic acid in 11 brands of organic vegetable soup, on sale in Britain, was 117 nanograms per gram, compared with 20 ng/g in 24 types of non-organic soups. The highest concentration of salicylic acid, 1040 ng/g, was found in an organic carrot and coriander soup, while it was not detectable in four conventional soup brands.4
Two comprehensive studies have been published that compared the differences between organic and conventional foods. Both studies analyzed around 40 previously published studies, each independently of the other. One study was conducted in the UK by Shane Heaton for the Soil Society and the other in the USA by Virginia Worthington as a peer reviewed university graduate thesis. Both studies came up with similar conclusions showing that there is overwhelming evidence that organic food is more nutritious than conventional food. One of the authors stated: ‘On average our research found higher vitamin C, higher mineral levels and higher phytonutrients - plant compounds which can be effective against cancer. There's also less water in organic vegetables so pound for pound you get more carrot for your carrot.’ 5, 6
It is no coincidence that the consumer demand for food supplements has grown, as the amount of minerals and vitamins decline, in conventionally farmed food. Many people cannot get the necessary quantity and quality of nutrition from food grown from synthetic chemicals.
In the recent past there have been a number of media stories claiming that, because organic foods are grown with manure, they contain higher levels of dangerous pathogens. On investigation, all of these stories were proved to be false and most of the media presenters apologised publicly for promoting inaccurate and misleading stories.
It is a requirement of organic certification systems that animal manures are composted, or that two non-food rotations are grown on a manured site before it can be used for small crops. A United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) report concluded that the superior management practices of organic agriculture reduce E. coli and mycotoxin infections in food.
‘It can be concluded that organic farming potentially reduces the risk of E. coli infection - Two studies reported by Woess found that aflatoxin M1 levels in organic milk were lower than in conventional milk ... As organically raised livestock are fed greater proportions of hay, grass and silage, there is reduced opportunity for mycotoxin contaminated feed to lead to mycotoxin contaminated milk’.

The report further stated. ‘Animal feeding practices followed in organic livestock production, also lead to a reduction in contamination of food products of animal origin.’ 7
FAO (2000)
Food Additives
The use of antibiotics, anti-microbials, hormones and other growth promotants are prohibited in organic production. Where animals are treated with veterinary chemicals, they are not allowed to be sold as organic. Similarly the use of synthetic chemicals as preservatives, colourings, antioxidants etc are prohibited in the processing of organic foods. There is an increasing body of concern about these synthetic compounds in the diets of humans and animals used for human food. 5
Chemical Residues
Many studies show that most conventionally farmed foods have pesticide and other chemical residues. Repeated tests show that many of these foods can carry a cocktail of synthetic poisons.8,9,10,11
A growing body of science is showing that repeated exposures, to cocktails of small amounts of synthetic chemicals, have a range of adverse health effects. A recently published study shows that as little a one tenth of a part per billion of one commonly used herbicide can damage reproductive systems.12
Many scientists believe these exposures, of minute quantities of agricultural chemicals, are very significant for children. The United States Environmental Protection Agency is now in the process of reducing current chemical residue levels in food to one tenth of the present levels to lessen childhood exposure.9,11,13 
A study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control found a cocktail of many toxic chemicals in the blood and urine of most Americans that they tested. Other studies show that most living organisms carry a cocktail of synthetic man made chemicals. Only now are scientists beginning to understand the detrimental effects of minute amounts of these artificial toxins.9,10,14
Peer reviewed published research has demonstrated that many of these types of chemicals are known to disrupt the hormone, nervous and immune systems. The escalating increase of certain types of cancers such as lymphoma, leukemia, breast, uterine and prostate cancers are linked to agricultural and other synthetic chemicals. Similarly, a good body of scientific research also links these chemicals to the dramatic increases in autoimmune diseases such as asthma and chronic fatigue syndrome. Cancers such as Non Hodgkin’s lymphoma have gone from being one of the rarest cancers to one of the fastest growing cancers amongst people exposed to agricultural chemicals. 9,10,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23
A detailed scientific analysis of organic fruits and vegetables, published in the peer-reviewed journal Food Additives and Contaminants, showed that organic foods have significantly less pesticide residues than conventionally grown foods. 8
Most importantly scientific studies are beginning to show that that eating organic food results in lower levels of these pervasive chemicals in humans.
A study published in the peer reviewed journal, Environmental Health Perspectives, found that children who eat organic foods have lower levels of one class of agricultural pesticides in their bodies. The University of Washington researchers who conducted the study concluded ‘The dose estimates suggest that consumption of organic fruits, vegetables, and juice can reduce children's exposure levels from above to below the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's current guidelines, thereby shifting exposures from a range of uncertain risk to a range of negligible risk. Consumption of organic produce appears to provide a relatively simple way for parents to reduce their children's exposure to OP pesticides.’ 11
The use of soluble chemical fertilisers has resulted in high nitrate concentrations in many conventionally farmed foods, especially in fruits and vegetables. Leafy vegetables can have the highest concentrations. The leaching of these fertilisers has also resulted in high nitrate levels in some drinking water systems around the world.

High nitrate content in food and drinking water can be converted to nitrosamines that are carcinogens. Nitrates can impair the ability of the blood to carry oxygen, and may pose a risk of methemoglobinemia. 7

This is a condition that can occur in infants and adults with a diminished capability to secrete gastric acid. A rise in the pH in their digestive system allows bacteria to proliferate, increasing the transformation of nitrate to nitrite. When this nitrite is absorbed into the bloodstream, it oxidizes iron in the hemoglobin of red blood cells to form methemoglobin, which lacks hemoglobin's oxygen-carrying ability. In severe cases this can be one of the causes of Blue Baby syndrome, however in most cases the symptoms would be tiredness, lethargy and a general feeling of being unwell.

The nitrate content of organically grown crops is usually significantly lower than in conventionally grown products. The governments of Germany and France have encouraged conversion to organic farming in certain areas in a bid to improve water quality, particularly in relation to its nitrate content.7

The United Nations FAO states the case very succinctly. ‘It has been demonstrated that organically produced foods have lower levels of pesticide and veterinary drug residues and, in many cases, lower nitrate contents. Animal feeding practices followed in organic livestock production, also lead to a reduction in contamination of food products of animal origin.’ 7
The facts show that organic food has significant health benefits because it has negligible chemical residues, pathogens and higher nutritional values when compared to conventionally farmed food.

Andre Leu is the president of the Organic Producers Association of Queensland and vice chair of the Organic Federation of Australia. He can be reached at P.O. Box 800, Mossman, Queensland 4873, Australia.

Andre Leu

I hope you enjoyed the article.

Good Health and Wealth,


Friday, May 21, 2010


Tomorrow on Saturday, May 22, 2010, participating Walmarts will be giving away free ice cream sundaes, during the hours of 11:00 am - 4:00 pm.

The free ice cream sundaes will be made with Breyers new and exclusive flavors, and Blue Bunny Premium Ice Cream, and new All Natural Frozen Yogurt topped with Hershey's Chocolate Syrup, Reddi-wip, and Fresh Strawberries.  While supplies last.

Here's a link for you to check if a nearby Walmart is participating.  Just enter your zip code.

I don't recommend eating conventional ice cream, but an occasional treat is fine if you are healthy.  I post these Free - Frugal Alerts, and will continue to do so, so that you are all aware of the freebies, so you can save money.  If you choose to indulge in an occasional treat, it is certainly better to get it for free.

Thursday, May 20, 2010


Hi, you really can win a great prize in a contest or sweepstakes, and you can do it online.

1. Go to the top of my home page where I have at least 25 sweepstakes that you can enter every day. Click on the Contests/Sweepstakes permanent page at the top of my blog. I have made it very simple for you. I have posted links directly to the entry page of great sweepstakes and contests, all you have to do is enter. I've done all the work for you, because I have chosen only contests and sweepstakes that have good prizes that make it worth your time to enter, and are, to the best of my knowledge, reputable ones.

2. If you don't want to take advantage of what I offer on my blog, then you can go to contests and sweepstakes websites yourself, there are some good ones, and peruse the lists and choose the good ones, and set up a folder on your computer so that you can access them easily.

3. If you want to increase your chances even more, besides entering online, enter by any alternative means they allow. For example, they may allow snail mail, or entering by text.

4. Follow their instruction exactly. Many entries are discarded if the entry doesn't conform to their rules. You can leave optional information blank, but make sure you fill in everything that is required. Also, use the setup they require. For example, if they don't want hyphens in your phone number, leave them out. If you are sending an entry by snail mail, make sure you follow their directions exactly. If you have to send in a 3"x5" card make sure it is a card, not paper, and make sure your address it exactly as they require. In others words, don't waste your time, make sure you adhere to their requirements for a valid entry.

5. Use a type of automatic address filler, such as Autofill on Firefox. There are others, so choose the one you like and use it to make it easy to enter sweeps. Just be cautious, though, of the ones that say they do it all for you, as many sweeps don't accept those as valid entries. Use the auto fill ones, where you have to go to the entry form yourself, but they make it quick and easy to fill in your stats.

6. Do it everyday. Make sure you enter the ones that allow entry everyday, so that your chances are as good as anyone else. Make sure you don't miss a day, especially for a really good one that you want to win. On the other hand, make sure if they limit your entry to only one, make sure you don't enter it more then once by mistake, because sometimes they will invalidate all your entries and not even keep the first one, if you enter it more then once, even if by mistake.

7. Some say that if you enter at the very last minutes of a contest or sweepstakes, you have a better chance to win. I don't know if this is true, but if you can do it, why not try to increase your chances of a win.

8. Enter sweepstakes which offer a lot of prizes, because you have a better chance of winning something.

9. Enter sweepstakes which limit the entry area. For example if only a few states are eligible for entry, you will have a greater chances of winning. I've won a number of times with these types of sweepstakes.

10. Enter contests that require you to do something to win, unlike sweepstakes, especially if you have a talent. Maybe you are creative and could write a jingle or put together a great video. Don't limit yourself to sweepstakes if you think the contest prize is worth the effort.

It takes time and effort to make money this way, but you most certainly can do it. You need to have patience and work at it everyday. Take advantage of the tips I've listed, and I know if you keep at it you too will be rewarded for all your efforts with a win. Who knows, it could even be large prize worth a lot of money.

Good Health and Wealth,


Wednesday, May 19, 2010


Hi all, I just wanted to keep you updated on the Center For Food Safety (CFS) vs Monsanto, Supreme Court Case.  Below is an email I received last week from the CFS.

Dear Jeanne,

Update: CFS Fighting Monsanto in the Supreme Court!
On Tuesday April 27, 2010 the United States Supreme Court heard argument in the Center for Food Safety’s case against Monsanto (Monsanto v Geertson Seed Farms), the first-ever Supreme Court case about genetically engineered crops.  To briefly recap, the Center for Food Safety (CFS) spent the last four years successfully litigating against Monsanto and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) regarding the illegality of Monsanto’s pesticide-promoting, Roundup Ready Alfalfa.  We sued on behalf of our membership, representing a broad coalition of organic and conventional farmers who wished to retain the right to sow non-GE crops without contamination; public interest environmental organizations focused on the foreseeable environmental impacts of the crops on biodiversity; and consumers who demand the right to choose to eat GE-free, including many of you.

We believe that the Supreme Court argument went well for CFS.  Our legal team did a great job, in a hostile and challenging environment, against great odds. A decision is expected in June and there are many possible outcomes.  However, we still have a fighting chance.  We will let you know as soon as we hear word.

We could not do this important but immensely difficult work without your continued support and generosity.  Because of you, CFS has been able to take on Monsanto, one of the most powerful corporations in the world, and repeatedly win, driving them all the way to the Supreme Court.

CFS is still in need of your support for this groundbreaking legal case against Monsanto, to help cover legal fees and other costs associated with this case. Support is also needed so we can continue our legal and grassroots work to protect the food supply and hold the government and biotechnology companies such as Monsanto accountable for their actions.

Regardless of the outcome of this case, we are committed to protecting the interests of consumers, farmers, and the environment -- fighting the impacts of industrial agriculture and promoting the sustainable alternatives, through litigation where necessary.  CFS must continue our work to achieve more ground-breaking victories in protecting the future of our food and our environment. 
Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to CFS today to help us continue our good work to keep our foods and our farms free from GMOs. Together, we can create a new food future for ourselves, our farms, and our families.

P.S. – Donate today to receive a copy of In Defense of Food, Your Right to Know, our Non-GMO Shoppers Guide, and more!

That is the letter I received. I know they are always asking for money, but they are a non-profit, and you don't have to donate to visit their website and inform yourself of what is going on with our food supply.

Any of the links will bring you to one of their websites, and you should check it out for information about what is going on.  You can also peruse my blog and check out my posts about the GMOs.

In case you want to check out their website, and avoid the donation appeals.  Here is a link to their home page to read up about what is going on with our food, and what the future plans are for it.  I don't want anyone to feel you have to donate to arm yourself with important information to protect yourself, and your family's health.

I guess we will hear about the ruling in June, when a decision is expected.  I want to ask everyone to send good, positive thoughts and energy, or prayers, whatever you choose, to try and bring about the best result for our food safety, and all of our health and welfare.  Also, please spread the word, and pass this on to others, we need to shine a light on what is going on.  The more people that know about this, the less likely it is that those doing things for their own profit, to the detriment of our health, can get away with it.  Thanks.

Good Health and Wealth,


Tuesday, May 18, 2010


Hi,  did anyone else watch "American Idol" tonight?  Wasn't it fun?  America always seems to get it right.  The three that are left are really good.  I had originally liked sweet little Aaron, he was so adorable.  But tonight when Lee was half way through his first song, I knew who would win it.  He wasn't my favorite, in the beginning, but he really deserves to win it now.  I've really enjoyed his performances a lot this past month.  Has he improved or what?  So that's my prediction, Lee will take it.

The best one (in my opinion) doesn't always win, but I really think this year the best one will.   When Simon gave him the song "Hallelujah," one of the best songs ever, for his second song, I knew it would be great.  It was so cute to see Simon in a good mood for a change, lol. But Simon's new "hairdo" has got to go.  A part down the middle?! lol  Anyway, it was a fun night, I hope you all got to see it, and after Monday's "Dancing With The Stars," which was a fun night, too, I'm in my guilty pleasure reality show heaven, lol.

Crystal has been good too, she's just not my favorite, but I must say I loved what she said tonight.  She put it all into perspective when she said she had her favorite mike, her friends were there, everyone (her friends and family) is healthy and her son is healthy, so that made everything great, I thought she was very wise.

I always say the most important thing is your health.  Believe me if you don't have that, almost nothing else matters.  I've known of people with a great family, friends and wealth, who were very sick, and nothing else seems to matter then.  I just want to remind everyone to value, and take very good care of their health, as it really is the foundation for everything else.  Remember taking care of yourself is not selfish.  Do it for yourself, and your loved ones, and remember to be very grateful for that good health, gratitude is probably the most important thing of all.

I'm posting a video that someone posted on youtube of Lee DeWyze's performance of "Hallelujah" on "American Idol" tonight, in case you missed it, so you can enjoy it too.  As a bonus you get to see Simon's hair. lol

Don't forget to sign up for the 2010 Tapping World Summit.

Good Health and Wealth,


Monday, May 17, 2010


Hi, I hope everyone had a great weekend. I'm sorry I couldn't post this past weekend as it was a busy one. 

The 2010 Tapping World Summit Is Now Set

I attended the 2009 Tapping World Summit, and got a lot out of it.  I wanted to let you all know about it so that you could sign up and attend this year's Tapping World Summit.  The best thing is you don't even have to leave your computer, or chair.  This is an online conference, and the second best news is that it is free.

You've read many of my posts about EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) or as many now refer to it in the broader sense MTT (Meridian Tapping Techniques).  Whatever you call it you want to know as much as you can about it.

Sign Up For The Tapping World Summit Now 

I have a bit of conflicting information that it starts on June 6 and 7.  I'm not certain what it is yet, but if you sign up you will receive all the information, and an email will be sent with the link to attend before each session.  It runs for ten days.  It turned out that over 81,000 of us attended the 2009 conference.  Here is the link if you want to learn about it, and sign up thanks to Dr. Mercola.  Registration is near the top of the page, and also at the bottom of the page.  You only have to give your name and email address.

There will be many great speakers, and when you sign up you'll get five bonus interviews, one from Bruce Lipton, one of the leading experts in epigenetics, which I'm really interested in hearing, another  from Jack Canfield of "The Secret," and a few others.  So don't miss this amazing opportunity.  I'll "see" you there.

Good Health and Wealth,


Friday, May 14, 2010


Hi, I hope everyone has a nice weekend.

Are Peanuts And Peanut Butter A Healthy Or Unhealthy Food

Everyone is aware that many people are allergic to peanuts, and many schools even ban any form of peanuts because of the dangers to children who may be allergic.  Any severe allergy to a food, or something else, can be life threatening.  Everyone knows that.

What a lot of people aren't aware of are the other dangers of peanuts.  I don't eat peanuts, in any form, mostly because of that.  Peanuts can be confusing because we hear they contain a good fat, monounsaturated, but so does avocados, nuts and olive oil, which would be a healthier choice.  Peanuts also contain a high amount of omega-6, and a more balance omega-6 to omega-3 ratio would be best as in hemp seeds.

We also hear they are high in antioxidants and some vitamins and minerals.  The biggest claim to health lately has been that they contain resveratrol, which they do, but so do other foods, such as grapes, cranberries and blueberries, so you don't need to eat peanuts for that.

One problem with peanuts is that they are one of the most highly pesticide contaminated crops there is.  One important reason to only use organic peanut products if you choose to continue to eat peanuts.  Conventional peanut farmers have a disproportionately high rate of cancer, mainly because of all the pesticides they use, and because they eat a lot of peanuts.

Aflatoxins In Peanuts

The most important reason, outside of a severe allergy, is because they are often contaminated with aflatoxin.  Aflatoxin is a mycotoxin that is produced by many different species of a fungus called Aspergillus.  It is very dangerous, and it is a carcinogen.  It is so potent it has been know to wipe out complete tribes in Africa because of contaminated food there.  In smaller amounts it can be a slow killer, as in cancer, and is believed to cause liver cancer.

Aflatoxin can be in other products as well, corn is another likely one, which is another thing I don't eat.  Unfortunately, corn is in many products, especially convenience foods, as a by product, so if you eat processed foods it is almost impossible to avoid it.  Aflatoxin, can be in other foods as well nuts, grains, and dairy are possible, but much less of an issue then for the peanuts and corn.

Our government does sample testing of raw peanuts, and thet do not allow more then 20 parts per billion in the peanuts, so minute amounts are allowed.  They are tested when they are raw, and processing doesn't destroy the aflatoxin, so more can be growing in the peanut butter as it sits on the supermarket shelf.

Various peanut butters have been tested, and the leading major brands, among those containing aflatoxin,, has the lowest.  The store brands are next, and one of the worst offenders is the health food store peanut butter that you grind yourself.

I would recommend you never eat any peanuts and peanut butter, but if you choose to, please don't buy regular peanut butter.  Even with a minute amount of aflatoxin, if you eat it frequently you are no longer getting a minute amount, and do you really want to risk your health for peanut butter?

One Way To Mitigate The Risks Of Aflatoxin

The best way to avoid any risks from peanuts is to avoid eating them. There is something you can do, though, if you still feel the need to consume peanuts and peanut butter, even with all the risks.  One type of peanut has been fairly resistant to aflatoxin, and that is the Valencia peanut, which is grown mostly in New Mexico.  These type of peanuts, when they are grown in the southwest of the US, mainly New Mexico, grow in dry conditions not conducive to aflatoxin, a mold which likes moisture.

One problem is that not all Valencia peanuts are grown in that area, but most are.  If you use Arrowhead Mills organic peanut butter, you will avoid the pesticides and the aflatoxin, because it is made with organic Valencia peanuts, and that particular brand has never been shown to contain aflatoxin at all.  Although, that is no guarantee it will be that way forever, but it is certainly the safer way to go.

Now that you know, please be very careful with your use of peanuts and peanut butter, especially for children, as their health can be even more impacted then adults, because of their size, and their still developing immune systems.  They also tend to eat a lot of peanuts in candy products and desserts,  and peanut butter in sandwiches.

Good Health and Wealth,



Here is another great freebie.

Ikea is again having a kids eat free weekend.  

This weekend, May 14 - 16, 2010, that's 3 days, kids eat free at all 
participating US Ikea stores.

No adult purchase is necessary.

Here's the link to check out the details and locations.
It's on the bottom of the page.


Thursday, May 13, 2010


On Tuesday, May 18, 2010, Haagen-Dazs is having their free scoop day.

Between 4pm-8pm stop by a participating Haagen-Dazs store for a free
scoop of chocolate, vanilla, or coffee ice cream.


Wednesday, May 12, 2010


Hi, I wonder if any of you have thought about the dangers of products some of you use everyday.

The Proliferation Of Chemicals In Everyday Use 

Fabric softeners and laundry dryer sheets contain many toxic chemicals.  These chemicals cling to and embed into the fabric.  When you wear the clothes with these chemicals on and in them they get onto and into your skin.  Remember skin in penetrable.  If you doubt that, think of the medicinal skin patches doctors use to deliver a drug into the body.

The commercials for these products really annoy me, because they try to make it seem like these chemical sheets add freshness and cleanness to clothes, when all they add are fake chemicals and chemical smells. Many of these smells appeal to people, because they have been created with chemicals to deliberately appeal to people.

It is also upsetting, because all of these chemicals end up in our drinking water.  Remember the cycle of water?  What goes down the drains is recycled and eventually ends up in our drinking water. If you are using these products, not only are you absorbing these chemicals, as well as your family, and they are especially harmful to children, but you are adding to the pollution of our water, soil and air.  Everything we do effects many others.  Think Butterfly Effect.

Some Of The Chemicals Used In Dryer Sheets And Fabric Softeners

Here is a list of some of the chemicals used in dryer sheets and fabric softeners.  There can be many more that are not listed.

1.    Alpha-Terpineol: This can cause respiratory problems, including fatal edema, and central nervous system damage.

2.   Benzyl acetate: This is linked to pancreatic cancer.

3.   Benzyl Alcohol: This is irritating to the upper respiratory tract,
and causes central nervous system disorders, and in severe cases
even causes death due to respiratory failure.

4.   Camphor: This one causes central nervous system disorders.

5.   Chloroform: A neurotoxic, anesthetic and carcinogenic.

6.   Ethyl Acetate: A narcotic on the EPA's Hazardous Waste list.

7.   Ethanol: This is on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA)
Hazardous Waste list and can cause central nervous system disorders.

8.    Limonene: A known carcinogen.

9.    Linalool: A narcotic that causes central nervous system disorders,
and respiratory disturbances.

10.   Pentane: A chemical known to be harmful if inhaled.

Safer And Cheaper Alternatives That Really Work 

Many people say that they can't stand static cling, but I think you should be saying I can't stand putting dangerous chemical on, and in my, and my children's bodies.  Besides, there are many safer, cheaper alternatives that you can use to reduce static cling.

One of the best is about 1/2 cup of white vinegar in the final rinse.  The smell goes away once the clothes are dry, and it disinfects the clothes, and softens the clothes, and helps reduce static cling.  As an added benefit is helps remove some of the residual soap that always remains at the end of the wash.
If the vinegar isn't quite to your liking you can try adding baking soda, about 1/2 cup, to the final rinse.

Dryer balls are another alternative, and while they are made up of a chemical rubber type substance, they are much safer and work well.  At least they don't add any more chemical down the drain, and they are much cheaper since you can get them for a couple of dollars. 

You could also use a couple of balls of aluminum foil that you make by shaping aluminum sheets into balls, which works much the same way that the rubber dryer balls work.  If you miss having an added fragrance go with the natural essential oils, and added them to the final rinse or put a few drops on a wash cloth and throw in the dryer.

Please do the research for yourself, you don't have to take my word for it.  But please don't fall into the trap of thinking that "they" wouldn't allow anything into everyday products if they really caused any  harm.  Remind yourself of the chemicals added into cigarettes for decades, the lead added to paint and gasoline for years, and asbestos used in many products even to this day, just to name a few.

Take care and be well.

Good Health and Wealth,