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RUSSIA

In search of the Vedruss civilization.
The inexplicable similarity of Sanskrit and Russian.

Sanskrit and Russian

The Vedruss civilization, which Anastasia discusses, sank into oblivion in the distant past. It disappeared so long ago that finding traces of its existence is a complicated matter. Because of numerous wars, revolutions, and mass movements of ancient peoples, there remain for us no literary sources regarding the existence of this civilization. But folklore and tales have remained, which transmit ancient histories and traditions in allegorical form. The language also remains. It is the language we shall talk about in this article.

As early as the 19th century, linguists noticed the connection between Sanskrit and the European languages, especially the Slavic languages.

For many centuries, Sanskrit was the official language in India, just as Latin was in Europe. Sanskrit is used as the language of the liturgy, the holy texts - the Vedas. All the mantras that are repeated during yoga exercises are spoken in Sanskrit. As noted by linguists who are familiar with Sanskrit, this language is an ideal, perfect language, capable of expressing any shades of meaning, even the most subtle. For this reason it is called the language of consciousness, or the language of Nature. This most ancient language - today dead - is considered to be the father of all languages of the Indo-European group.

In all European languages are found a great number of words having the same root, but the common ground ends there. But in the Slavic languages, in addition to the coincidence of 60% of word roots, the very structures of the languages, which change the least over time, are identical.

In 1963, Durga Prasad Shastri, an Indian professor of Sanskritology, arrived in Moscow. After several days, he declined to use an interpreter, since the people around him, he claimed, were speaking some form of ancient Sanskrit, and he understood them.

From the lecture "Link Between Russian and Sanskrit" given on Feb 22 1964 in Moscow by Prof. Durga Prasad Shastri at the Indo-Soviet Cultural Society:

"If I were asked what two languages of the world resembled each other most, I would reply without hesitation: 'Russian and Sanskrit.'...

When I went to Moscow, the Manager of my hotel game me the key for Room No. 234 and said: 'Dwesti tridtsat chetire'. For a moment I could not understand whether I was standing before a pretty girl in Moscow or I was in Banaras or Ujjain of our classical period of some 2,000 years ago. In Sanskrit 234 is 'Dwishat tridasha chatwar.'

When I was visiting village Kachalovo, 25 km from Moscow I met there a lady in her fifties. She introduced me to her son and daughter-in-law: "On moy seen i ona moya snokha" [Hi is my son and she is my daughter-in-law].

How I wished that Panini, the great Indian grammarian who lived some 2,800 years ago, could listen to the language of his own times so wonderfully preserved with the least possible variations in this part of the world.

The Russian word "seen'[syn] is 'son' in English, and 'soonu' in Sankskrit. Also, 'madiy' of Sanskrit may be compared with 'moy' of Russian and 'my' of English. But it is only Russian and Sanskrit in which the possessive pronoun 'moy' and 'madiy' must be changed to 'moya' and 'madiya' because it qualifies the word 'snokha' [daughter-in-law] which is feminine. The Russian word 'snokha' is 'snukha' in Sanskrit and can be pronounced either way. Here the relationship goes beyond the son on to the wife of the son too by similar words in both languages."

Here is another Russian sentence; 'To vash dom, etot nash dom'. [That is your house, this is our house] In Sanskrit it is: 'tat vas dham, etat nas dham.'

The young languages of the Indo-European group, such as English, French, German, and even Hindi, which directly goes back to Sanskrit, must use the verb 'is,' without which the sentences given above cannot exist in any one of these languages. Only Russian and Sanskrit can manage without the link verb 'is,' while remaining completely correct, both grammatically and idiomatically.

The word 'is' is also very similar in both, 'est' in Russian and 'asti' in Sanskrit and yet another 'estestvo' in Russian and 'Astitva' in Sanskrit meaning 'existence' in both..."

Further comparative studies of the two languages revealed common laws for the transformation of pronouns into adverbs, of verbal nouns, similar rules for the declension of nouns and the conjugation of verbs, changes of adjectives according to gender and number, etc. Both languages use both prefixes and suffixes in an equivalent manner, prefixes and suffixes that impart to the newly formed words not only a close, but almost identical meaning (not to mention a significant similarity in sound).

But several scholars have gone further. The Indian historian B. G. Tilak analyzed the hymns of the Rig Veda and offered his conclusions in the work The Arctic Home in the Vedas, which was first published in 1903. In this book, Tilak translates and analyzes the hymns of the Rig Veda, which contain a number of indications that their authors were familiar with the natural realities of the Arctic, which were accurately and systematically reflected in the prayers addressed to those gods to whom were attributed the role of manifestations of atmospheric forces and terrestrial phenomena. Moreover, Tilak revealed in the hymns the path of the increase in the duration of the "sun months" corresponding to the movement of the ancient inhabitants of the polar region from north to south. He also suggests that those persons who brought the Vedas to India had blue eyes and light hair. And his most important conclusion is admittedly the suggestion that the distant ancestors of all Indo-Europeans underwent their initial formation in the last interglacial period, which lasted from 100,000 to 35,000 years BCE. The beginning of the last ice age displaced the people to the south, to the mainland, where their further dispersal began.

White Gods. Shiva
White Gods. Shiva
Sanskrit and Russian
God Shiva (or Rudra in Rig Veda) is often depicted as blond man with blue eyes and pale skin.

Tilak was able to understand and decipher the contents of the priestly texts of all Vedic literature with such thoroughness, perhaps, by virtue of the fact that he was born and grew up in a family of Brahmins, and from his childhood heard the Brahmins' performances in song and their explanations of the hymns. His further education broadened his knowledge of the Vedas, and in addition helped him penetrate the secret meaning of their many allegories and metaphors, penetrate the conventional secret language of magical appeals to the gods, a language beyond the comprehension of Western investigators.

In the 20th century, representatives of all sciences involving the distant past (paleoclimatology, geology, oceanology, glaciology, etc.) confirmed that, until the last glaciation, a warm climate prevailed in the areas of the high northern latitudes. The dry land that once existed there was swallowed by the ocean after the melting of the glaciers, and in our northern seas only islands and extensive areas of shelves and shoals remain of it. On these most ancient lands, the human groups of our common distant ancestors once arose and developed.

Sanskrit and Russian
"Departure of the Hyperboreans" by Vsevolod Ivanov

It is possible that these northern people, who spoke a "Common Slavic" language, which subsequently became Sanskrit and is preserved as a living language in the Slavic languages, could have been the Vedrusses themselves, and that it is in the Arctic where traces of their vital activities must be sought.

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Ringing Cedars. Kin's Domains Svetoruse

Wholesome vacation in Kin's domains for adults and children from June 15 to 22, and July 20 to 27, 2013

A wholesome vacation in Kin's domains for adults and children.

We invite you to Svetoruse to be our guests from June 15 to 22, and July 20 to 27, 2013!

Our settlement is located in Kamyshlov District, Sverdlovsk Oblast.

Ringing Cedars. Kin's Domains Svetoruse

Here you will be able:

- To feel the natural atmosphere of a working settlement;
- Take a tour of three or four Kin's domains;
- Visit these classes and master classes:

  • On planting trees and creating nurseries;
  • Bee-keeping;
  • "The vegetable garden and animals in our life";
  • "Artistic burning onto silk";
  • Wood sculpture using power tools.
Ringing Cedars. Kin's Domains Svetoruse
Guest House

There will also be a discussion on "Man and woman—owners on a Kin's domain," a guitar evening, creative concert, sports.

Here you will restore your strength and health by eating food grown with love, by sweating in a bathhouse and swimming in a river, by walking in a forest and enjoying the sounds of nature, and by taking pleasure from an evening around a campfire.

Ringing Cedars. Kin's Domains Svetoruse
Guest House

For children, this will be an introduction to a completely different life.

Our prices for accommodation in individual rooms for 1 to 3 persons (built-in sleeping places with bedding), four vegetarian meals, tours, discussions, classes and master-classes are:

For an adult: 6300 rubles for 7 days;
for children up to one year old: free;
for children from 1 up to 5 years old: 3500 rubles for 7 days;
for children from 5 up to 10 years old: 5900 rubles for 7 days.

In the event of an arrival for a shorter period, the cost for the first day is 1200 rubles.

Paid separately: bathhouses (100–250 rubles per person); boating, additional master classes (as requested).

Our Contacts:

Polina: 8-912-683-93-24
Alena: abiyanova@mail.ru

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UKRAINE

Kin's Settlement "Rayskaya Dolina"

Ringing Cedars. Kin's settlement

We are enthusiastic about inviting good neighbors!

A pilot project is in progress in Odessa Oblast: on the basis of two dying villages a new type of settlement is being created, Rayskaya Dolina Kin's Settlement, consisting of Kin's domains, and supported by the oblast and district administrations, the oblast and district councils, and the National Movement for the Protection of the Earth All-Ukrainian Social Organization.

Ringing Cedars. Kin's Settlement
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Ringing Cedars. Kin's Settlement

The Kin's domains are being created both on former village homesteads—through the village administration - as well as on lands registered for farming activities - through the district administration.

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Ringing Cedars. Kin's Settlement

The village has a school designed for 200 persons; the number of students in 2012 was 26. The school has spacious classrooms, a sports hall, workshop, and cafeteria.

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There are three stores in the village.

Ringing Cedars. Rayskaya Dolina

Our Contacts:

Vladimir: 0674843503, petrusheff@gmail.com
Olga Ognetova: 0973709388, vesna_19@ukr.net

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Kin Space online Community

New social network www.kin-space.org has been created in order to connect and assist like-minded individuals - readers of Ringing Cedars book series, people who care about tomorrow, and those who are longing for healthier happier lives.

Kin-Space has a potential of becoming a huge resource and is already able to offer its users an opportunity to find a soul mate, have a personal page, form clubs, connect with friends, communicate through the forum and messaging, create events, find eco-villages, educate yourself on various topics with the use of Kin-Space Resource Library, and much more.

Please take a look at Kin-Space Resource Library (http://www.kin-space.org/m/library/home) because this is the place that is meant to become your guide and inspiration in many vital matters from birth to food, from gardening to culture, and more. Articles are dedicated to encourage and support social and personal change towards green sustainable living.

Some other things you would probably want to know about Kin-Space: it is free of charge, it is well organized and secure, and it enables the information flow, including video and music.

If you have sustainability in mind, Kin-Space will prove itself to be useful to you. You may register and participate in the project by following the link www.kin-space.org. As Kin-Space project is very young, any kind of feedback is very much appreciated: info@kin-space.org.

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Ringing Cedars Of Russia's Facebook Community

Ringing Cedars of Russia has created Official Facebook community, which allows Ringing Cedars' friends to share knowledge and ideas, instantly interact with other members, and receive occasional news and updates.

Please fill free to engage in social discussion or leave feedback on our "Wall". The "Wall" section will be periodically updated to include the latest news on variety of health related topics.

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Poetry, art, music, photography and anything else that flows from the heart.

Art by Cheryl Rose

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"Anastasia"

THE DIVINE SENTIMENT

the sun shines for you always, the earth spins for us always,
each tree, each flower, grows for our breath and for our eyes, during the night, we are able to delight,
to see each star, because the planet allows us to stand, gravity treats us well and allows us to grow,
upon this grand podium of life.
each apple treats us well, because we belong here,
to grow here, to live here and to plant more for next season,
but to share our dna with the earth, its a collection of songs woven in twos,
its that culmination of beauty that arises within us,
through the mutual bond that happened some millenniums ago in the shrine,
we are truly divine,
we are a nation of bodies representing the axis- in full circle,
its a movement that goes unseen,
but will never be expansive unless you listen in silence.
the crickets sing and the birds sing, we all sing, its a way of life,
good morning, good evening and goodnight.

~by Eo Jadius, Australia~

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Please send us your poetry and art inspired by Anastasia ideas. The best will be published in our monthly online Newsletter and Facebook. We accept your artworks at info@ringingcedarsofrussia.org

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You can now discuss your ideas on the following topics:

Let's build a strong community together. Support each other with positive thoughts and create a real plan for making our dreams come true.

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Posted by 'puebloparaiso' in a topic 'purity of thought'. Join the discussion of this topic here:

I have been wondering about this topic for 2 years now, and after re-reading A Course in Miracles, and The Disappearance of the Universe & Your Immortal Reality by Gary Renard, I have also come to the conclusion, as others have hinted at herein, that "purity of thought" really is Truth. Now, as most are aware we classify Truth in 1 of 2 ways...

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How Public Education Cripples Our Kids, And Why

by John Taylor Gatto

public education

John Taylor Gatto is a former New York State and New York City Teacher of the Year and the author, most recently, of The Underground History of American Education.

I taught for thirty years in some of the worst schools in Manhattan, and in some of the best, and during that time I became an expert in boredom. Boredom was everywhere in my world, and if you asked the kids, as I often did, why they felt so bored, they always gave the same answers: They said the work was stupid, that it made no sense, that they already knew it. They said they wanted to be doing something real, not just sitting around.

They said teachers didn't seem to know much about their subjects and clearly weren't interested in learning more. And the kids were right: their teachers were every bit as bored as they were.

Boredom is the common condition of schoolteachers, and anyone who has spent time in a teachers' lounge can vouch for the low energy, the whining, the dispirited attitudes, to be found there. When asked why they feel bored, the teachers tend to blame the kids, as you might expect. Who wouldn't get bored teaching students who are rude and interested only in grades? If even that.

Of course, teachers are themselves products of the same twelve-year compulsory school programs that so thoroughly bore their students, and as school personnel they are trapped inside structures even more rigid than those imposed upon the children. Who, then, is to blame? We all are.

My grandfather taught me that. One afternoon when I was seven I complained to him of boredom, and he batted me hard on the head. He told me that I was never to use that term in his presence again, that if I was bored it was my fault and no one else's. The obligation to amuse and instruct myself was entirely my own, and people who didn't know that were childish people, to be avoided if possible.

Certainty not to be trusted. That episode cured me of boredom forever, and here and there over the years I was able to pass on the lesson to some remarkable student. For the most part, however, I found it futile to challenge the official notion that boredom and childishness were the natural state of affairs in the classroom. Often I had to defy custom, and even bend the law, to help kids break out of this trap...

Is it possible that George W. Bush accidentally spoke the truth when he said we would "leave no child behind"? Could it be that our schools are designed to make sure not one of them ever really grows up? Do we really need school? I don't mean education, just forced schooling: six classes a day, five days a week, nine months a year, for twelve years. Is this deadly routine really necessary? And if so, for what?

Don't hide behind reading, writing, and arithmetic as a rationale, because 2 million happy homeschoolers have surely put that banal justification to rest. Even if they hadn't, a considerable number of well-known Americans never went through the twelve-year wringer our kids currently go through, and they turned out all right. George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln? Someone taught them, to be sure, but they were not products of a school system, and not one of them was ever "graduated" from a secondary school.

Throughout most of American history, kids generally didn't go to high school, yet the unschooled rose to be admirals, like Farragut; inventors, like Edison; captains of industry like Carnegie and Rockefeller; writers, like Melville and Twain and Conrad; and even scholars, like Margaret Mead. In fact, until pretty recently people who reached the age of thirteen weren't looked upon as children at all. Ariel Durant, who co-wrote an enormous, and very good, multivolume history of the world with her husband, Will, was happily married at fifteen, and who could reasonably claim that Ariel Durant was an uneducated person? Unschooled, perhaps, but not uneducated...

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Maturity has by now been banished from nearly every aspect of our lives. Easy divorce laws have removed the need to work at relationships; easy credit has removed the need for fiscal self-control; easy entertainment has removed the need to learn to entertain oneself; easy answers have removed the need to ask questions. We have become a nation of children, happy to surrender our judgments and our wills to political exhortations and commercial blandishments that would insult actual adults.

We buy televisions, and then we buy the things we see on the television. We buy computers, and then we buy the things we see on the computer. We buy $150 sneakers whether we need them or not, and when they fall apart too soon we buy another pair. We drive SUVs and believe the lie that they constitute a kind of life insurance, even when we're upside-down in them. And, worst of all, we don't bat an eye when Ari Fleischer tells us to "be careful what you say," even if we remember having been told somewhere back in school that America is the land of the free.

We simply buy that one too. Our schooling, as intended, has seen to it. Now for the good news. Once you understand the logic behind modern schooling, its tricks and traps are fairly easy to avoid. School trains children to be employees and consumers; teach your own to be leaders and adventurers. School trains children to obey reflexively; teach your own to think critically and independently. Well-schooled kids have a low threshold for boredom; help your own to develop an inner life so that they'll never be bored. Urge them to take on the serious material, the grown-up material, in history, literature, philosophy, music, art, economics, theology - all the stuff schoolteachers know well enough to avoid. Challenge your kids with plenty of solitude so that they can learn to enjoy their own company, to conduct inner dialogues. Well-schooled people are conditioned to dread being alone, and they seek constant companionship through the TV, the computer, the cell phone, and through shallow friendships quickly acquired and quickly abandoned. Your children should have a more meaningful life, and they can.

First, though, we must wake up to what our schools really are: laboratories of experimentation on young minds, drill centers for the habits and attitudes that corporate society demands. Mandatory education serves children only incidentally; its real purpose is to turn them into servants. Don't let your own have their childhoods extended, not even for a day. If David Farragut could take command of a captured British warship as a pre-teen, if Thomas Edison could publish a broadsheet at the age of twelve, if Ben Franklin could apprentice himself to a printer at the same age (then put himself through a course of study that would choke a Yale senior today), there's no telling what your own kids could do. After a long life, and thirty years in the public school trenches, I've concluded that genius is as common as dirt. We suppress our genius only because we haven't yet figured out how to manage a population of educated men and women. The solution, I think, is simple and glorious. Let them manage themselves.

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Learning by Making

by Dale Dougherty

learning by making

American kids should be building rockets and robots, not taking standardized tests.

On a morning visit to a Northern California middle school, I saw not a single student. The principal showed me around campus, but I didn't see or hear students talking, playing, or moving about. The science lab was empty, as were the library and the playground. It was not a school holiday: It was a state-mandated STAR testing day. The school was in an academic lockdown. A volunteer manned a table filled with cupcakes, a small reward for students at day's end.

This is what the American public school looks like in 2012, driven by obsessive adherence to standardized testing. The fate of children, their schools, and their teachers are based on these school test scores. I wondered what kind of tests the students were taking. The California Department of Education's STAR website has sample test questions, and I started looking through them randomly. Soon, I came across the following reading comprehension question about the proper use of a microscope, shown in the illustration below.

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The illustration is the prelude to the actual question, which is:

The microscope lens should initially be placed close to the glass slide:

A. Because focus is achieved by moving closer to the specimen.
B. Because the specimen on the slide will be in perfect focus.
C. To avoid breaking the glass slide when adjusting the focus.
D. To maintain distance from the microscopic stage.

Try to guess the right answer. I'll be honest. I couldn't figure it out. Worse, I didn't care to. Here's how kids answer the question.

Results:

A. 28 percent of students gave this response.
B. 22 percent of students gave this response.
C. 41 percent of students gave this response. (Correct response)
D. 8 percent of students gave this response.

Nearly 60 percent of kids do not give the correct response. This is what test designers want. As an educator once told me, if the question was such that everyone got the right answer, then it wouldn't be a good question. The corollary is that there are a lot of things that most kids know that we don't test.

Reading the sample question made me think what it would be like to be tested on the procedure for silencing a cellphone. Imagine how hard it would be if you had never used a cellphone.

As I examined the test question, two things became apparent.

  • The test has become a teaching tool. Since students weren't expected to know from experience what a microscope is, the test must explain what a microscope does, what the parts are named, and how to use it.
  • It failed to convey that the whole purpose of having a microscope is to see things that you can't see with the naked eye.

I told my son-in-law about this particular question because he had just graduated from the wine program at U.C.–Davis, where he used a microscope quite a bit. He told me that at a recent family event he brought out his microscope to show what a drop of wine looked like under magnification. His grandmother, who had never looked through a microscope before, stepped up to take her first look. "My," she said, "it looks like little grapes." Everyone laughed, thinking she was somehow confused. Her grandson spoke up excitedly telling everyone that Louis Pasteur made the same remark upon seeing yeast cells for the first time under a microscope.

The most disturbing thing about the test question is that the test has become a substitute for direct experience. A drawing replaces reality. Too often in schools we are teaching science from textbooks—that is to say, on paper.

Learning by Doing, Learning by Making

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"Learning by doing" was the distillation of the learning philosophy of John Dewey. He wrote: "The school must represent present life—life as real and vital to the child as that which he carries on in the home, in the neighborhood, or on the playground." He also wrote that "education is not preparation for life; education is life itself."

As the publisher of Make magazine and Maker Faire, I find Dewey's views refreshing and relevant. I see the power of engaging kids in science and technology through the practices of making and hands-on experiences, through tinkering and taking things apart. Schools seem to have forgotten that students learn best when they are engaged; in fact, the biggest problem in schools is boredom. Students sit passively, expected to absorb all the content that is thrown at them without much context. The context that's missing is the real world.

Each year at Maker Faire in the Bay Area, we have an Education Day, when kids get to meet makers and see their creative projects. The kids interact with robots, rockets, and all kinds of contraptions. They get to make things themselves. One comment I hear from kids was that the experience was "real." It's a telling comment, because so many kids have come to see school as isolated and artificial, disconnected from the community.

The maker movement has the opportunity to transform education by inviting students to be something other than consumers of education. They can become makers and creators of their own educational lives, moving from being directed to do something to becoming self-directed and independent learners. Increasingly, they can take advantage of new tools for creative expression and for exploring the real world around them. They can be active participants in constructing a new kind of education for the 21st-century, which will promote the creativity and critical thinking we say we value in people like Steve Jobs.

At an educational workshop where I made my case for making, there were a number of rather skeptical educational bureaucrats who kept asking how we assess or measure something that's experiential. How do we measure engagement? I was rather frustrated, to be honest. How do we know children are learning if we can't test it? I put it back to them: "How do we know what we're testing is real learning?"

I continued to think about the questions for several months. Then one day I had it in a sentence. "Making creates evidence of learning." The thing you make—whether it be a robot, rocket, or blinking LED—is evidence that you did something, and there is also an entire process behind making that can be talked about and shared with others. How did you make it? Why? Where did you get the parts? Making is not just about explaining the technical process; it's also about the communication about what you've done.

This kind of conversation is the core of Maker Faire. Makers bring what they've made and share it with others. They answer questions and explain how things work. They get feedback and meet others who have insights into what they've made. We might consider it a performance-based assessment, just like what happens in the work world.

As I walked around the middle school with the principal, we were looking at rooms that could be used to create a maker space for students. We walked into an empty room that once was the metal shop. It was perfect. I could imagine it having tools and materials and workbenches. I could imagine groups of curious kids being active, social, and mobile. She said her students would be very happy. "They never get asked to create anything," she told me.

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Iron Deficiency Anemia

Is Anemia More Common in Vegetarians?

by Jodi Morse

anemia in vegetarians

Iron deficiency anemia is a fairly common problem. Since red meats, poultry and liver are well known sources of iron, there is a popular belief that anemia tends to be more common in vegetarians. Is this true? Here are some of the things that you should know about how a vegetarian diet affects your risk of being anemic.

No Link Between Vegetarianism and Anemia

According to a Vegetarian Resource Group article by Reed Mangels, Ph.D. and R.D., surveys have shown that iron deficiency anemia does not affect a higher percentage of vegetarians than meat eaters. Thus, if you are a vegetarian, your risk of anemia is no higher than if you were a meat eater. Since the link between anemia and vegetarianism has not yet been proven to date, people who do not eat meat do not need to take precautions to prevent an iron deficiency.

Why Vegetarians May Not Be Affected by Anemia

There are a few reasons why vegetarians may not be any more affected by anemia than other people. For starters, diets which are high in iron-rich vegetables (e.g. spinach, broccoli, beans, soybeans, lentils, chickpeas, kale) can help prevent this deficiency. In addition, vitamin C plays an important role in the body's ability to absorb iron. Many vegetarians have diets which are rich in vitamin C due to the high levels of fruits and vegetables that they eat. Vegans may be at a lower risk of anemia since they do not eat dairy and calcium can prevent iron absorption.

How Everyone Can Prevent Iron Deficiency Anemia

Vegetarians do not need to take additional precautions to reduce their risk of iron deficiency anemia, but they should follow the same measures to prevent anemia as everyone else. Eating iron-rich foods is a good start. It is also ideal to take a daily iron supplement. Increasing your intake of vitamin C can help increase iron absorption. You should try to avoid consuming calcium at the same time as iron supplements or iron-rich foods. For example, spinach or broccoli can be eaten by itself, but adding cheese can reduce your body's ability to absorb iron.

Overall, it is important to keep in mind that the myths are not true: vegetarianism does not increase your chances of becoming iron deficient. Meat eaters and non-meat eaters are both at risk of experiencing anemia. The best thing that you can do is follow a well-balanced diet and take preventative steps to reduce your risk of iron deficiency anemia.

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31 Iron Rich Foods for Vegetarians and Vegans

Many vegetarians and vegans worry about getting enough iron in their diet. Since meat is traditionally thought of as the main source of iron, vegetarians need to find different sources to help them reach their recommended amount of iron each day. Fortunately, there are several delicious and easy-to-prepare options that are both rich in iron and vegetarian-friendly.

Brussels Sprouts

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You may have resisted Brussels sprouts as a kid, but they're hard to resist once you learn just how healthy these tasty veggies are. Brussels sprouts are a viable source of antioxidants, vitamins, folate, and fiber. Plus, they're an excellent source of iron, and an obvious choice in helping to prevent fatigue and other symptoms of iron deficiency.

Serving Size (1/2 cup), 0.9 milligrams of iron (5% DV), 28 calories

Raisins

Like other dried fruits, raisins are nutrient-dense treats that contain large amounts of iron. It's easy to add a handful of these subtly sweet treats to your cereal, yogurt, oatmeal, or salads as part of a balanced diet. To get the most out of your next handful of raisins, combine them with other healthy foods containing vitamin C. This will make it easier for your body to absorb the iron found in raisins.

Serving Size (1/2 cup, packed), 1.6 milligrams of iron (9% DV), 247 calories

Lentils

Many vegetarians worry about not getting enough iron or protein in their diets. Lentils can solve both problems, and then some! These colorful legumes are packed with vitamins and nutrients including iron, protein, and essential amino acids. Plus, they're easy to cook and make a great companion to many meals. Lentils are traditionally used in Indian and Middle Eastern dishes, but they can spice up your soups, stews, pastas, and more.

Serving Size (1 cup, boiled), 6.6 milligrams of iron (37% DV), 230 calories

Dried Peaches

If you're trying to get more iron in your diet, opt for dried fruit as opposed to fresh. Dried fruits pack more nutrients, including iron, per serving. Dried peaches make a great breakfast companion, a delicious addition to salads, and an easy snack throughout your busy day. A serving of dried peaches contains about 9% of your daily recommended iron, without weighing you down with lots of sugar and calories.

Serving Size (1/4 cup), 1.6 milligrams of iron (9% DV), 96 calories

Pumpkin Seeds

If you stopped eating pumpkin seeds when you stopped carving pumpkins as a kid, now is the time to start back up again. A handful of pumpkin seeds, or an ounce, contains about one milligram of iron. That's about 5% of the recommended daily value. Pumpkin seeds provide the most benefit when eaten raw, but they still pack an iron punch when roasted for no more than 15-20 minutes.

Serving Size (1 ounce, about a handful), 0.9 milligrams of iron (5% DV), 126 calories.

Soybeans

Soybeans are another super food that packs protein, unsaturated fat (the "good fat"), fiber, and minerals such as iron. A single cup of mature, boiled soybeans contains nearly half the recommended amount of iron your body needs daily. Another great thing about soybeans is their versatility. Season these nutritional powerhouses to your liking, or add them to soups or chili for a healthy and delicious meal.

Serving Size (1 cup, boiled), 8.8 milligrams of iron (49% DV), 298 calories

Pinto Beans

Pinto beans contain a splash of color and a spattering of essential vitamins and minerals. Among them is iron, and it comes in no small quantity; just a cup of boiled pinto beans yields about 21% of the recommended daily value. Pair these colorful legumes with whole wheat rice for a virtually fat-free meal that's as easy on your wallet as it is on your waistline. Or, enjoy them with your favorite veggies to introduce even more iron into your diet.

Serving Size (1 cup, boiled), 3.6 milligrams of iron (21% DV), 245 calories

Arugula

Dark greens such as arugula have countless health benefits with a tiny calorie count. Vegetarians should consume plenty arugula, particularly for its rich iron content. Adding several servings to your diet each week can greatly improve the health of your red blood cells. The easiest way to enjoy arugula is in a green leafy salad, but you can also enjoy it in soups, as a pizza topping, and sautéed with pasta and other dishes.

Serving Size (1/2 cup), 0.146 milligrams of iron (1.8% DV), 3 calories

Whole Wheat Pasta

Vegetarians should enjoy whole wheat pasta as part of a healthy balanced diet. Eating pasta is a great way to curb your cravings for carbs while getting essential minerals such as magnesium, calcium, potassium, and iron. While white pasta contains these minerals as well, it can also weigh you down with extra carbs and calories, so choose the much healthier whole wheat pasta options.

Serving Size (1/4 cup dry), 0.4 milligrams of iron (2% DV), 44 calories

Collard Greens

With staggering amounts of calcium, high levels of vitamin A, and several cancer-fighting elements, what's not to love about collard greens? Vegetarians have another reason to love these dark green veggies, because they're also high in both iron and vitamin C. To get the most out of these essential nutrients, use raw collard greens in a salad that's filled with other iron-rich vegetables. The vitamin C in collard greens makes it easy for your body to absorb iron from other sources.

Serving Size (1 cup), 2.2 milligrams of iron (12% DV), 11 calories

Sesame Butter (Tahini)

Sesame butter, also known as tahini and often associated with hummus, can provide the body with a tremendous amount of iron. If you're already eating plenty of iron-rich fruits and vegetables, tahini can be an excellent addition that will help you reach your daily iron needs. Many people eat tahini as is, but you can also use it to add some flavor to your favorite vegetables or to dress up a salad.

Serving Size (1 tablespoon), 0.4 milligrams of iron (2% DV), 86 calories

Dried Thyme

With dried thyme at your disposal, cooking and eating your favorite vegetables will never get old. Thyme offers a unique lemon-pepper flavor that works well in many dishes. It also offers plenty of essential iron. In fact, dried thyme is one of the most iron-rich herbs you can find. And with so few calories, it makes a healthy, savory addition to your meals.

Serving Size (1 teaspoon), 1.2 milligrams of iron (7% DV), 3 calories

Black Beans

Beans are good all around; they're easy on your health and your budget. Black beans, in particular, are loaded with fiber, protein, and iron. That means they satisfy hunger while providing an energy boost that lasts for hours. Vegetarians who are concerned about getting enough iron need only add a one-cup serving of black beans to get about 20% of their daily recommended intake.

Serving Size (1 cup, boiled), 3.6 milligrams of iron (20% DV), 277 calories

Brown Rice

Brown rice is one of the most versatile foods on Earth. It's a staple in several cultures' cuisines, and it's widely regarded as an important health food. It's naturally rich in fiber, it helps rid the body of toxins, and its high iron content also helps fight anemia and fatigue. Cook a serving of brown rice along with your favorite beans or veggies for an iron-rich meal that will keep you feeling full for hours.

Serving Size (1 cup), 0.8 milligrams of iron (5% DV), 216 calories

Prune Juice

There's a bit of a stigma when it comes to prune juice, but learning about its bounds of health benefits might help make it more appealing. Give it a chance and you might find that prune juice is not only delicious, but it's also a potent source of iron. Its high vitamin C content makes it easier for your body to absorb the iron, so have a glass with your next meal to get the most out of the other iron-rich foods in your diet.

Serving Size (1 cup), 3 milligrams of iron (17% DV), 182 calories

Oatmeal

Iron deficiency can be greatly reduced by adding oatmeal to your diet. Just a half-cup serving is packed with almost two milligrams of iron. And with loads of other nutrients, oatmeal is a fantastic health food that everyone should be eating more of. It's an easy and healthy breakfast food, but you can also use oats to make granola, cookies, and other sweet treats that are both delicious and nutritious.

Serving Size (1/2 cup), 1.7 milligrams of iron (8% DV), 154 calories

Dried Apricots

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Apricots are an excellent source of iron and other nutrients. They can be consumed raw, canned, cooked, and dried, but dried apricots provide your body with the most benefits and the largest amount of iron. When apricots are dried, they lose their high water and sugar contents without losing their highly nutritious qualities. Just a handful of dried apricots can provide you with up to 35% of your daily iron intake. They make for an easy snack throughout the day, or chop them up to serve with other fruits or over a salad.

Serving Size (1/2 cup), 2 milligrams of iron (8% DV), 78 calories.

Potatoes

Potatoes are one of the most versatile foods out there, and they're also one of the best iron-rich food options for vegetarians. Since potatoes are also packed with vitamin C, it's easier for your body to absorb the iron it needs. Potatoes work equally well as a side dish and a main attraction, so combine them with other iron-rich foods for a healthy meal any time of the day.

Serving Size (1 medium potato with skin),3.2 milligrams of iron (18% DV), 278 calories

Tofu

Though tofu is typically associated with Asian cuisine, this versatile and nutritious food has made its way to dinner tables around the world. And rightfully so: tofu is highly nutritious and rich in iron and other essential minerals. Though most people know about the health benefits, many aren't sure how to prepare tofu, or they're unimpressed with its bland taste. Fortunately, tofu has a wonderful ability to take on the flavors of the sauces and seasonings it's prepared with, so learning to love it is as easy as choosing your favorite ingredients and going from there.

Serving Size (1/2 cup), 3.4 milligrams of iron (19% DV), 88 calories

Sun Dried Tomatoes

Besides their mouth-watering taste, one of the best things about sun dried tomatoes is their high iron content. One cup contains nearly 30 percent of your recommended daily iron intake. Another great thing is that you can use them in so many ways. Sun dried tomatoes make a tasty addition to omelets, pasta sauce, pizza, sandwiches, salads, and so much more. They're also high in healthy lycopene, antioxidants, and vitamin C, so add them to your diet for a health boost all around.

Serving Size (1 cup), 4.9 milligrams of iron (27% DV), 139 calories

Molasses

If you ever get tired of eating fruits and vegetables as your main source of iron, switch it up by adding blackstrap molasses to your meals and even your beverages. Just a teaspoon of tasty molasses added to your toast, cereal, sandwiches, milk, or water contributes about 5% to your daily iron quota.

Serving Size (1 tablespoon), 0.9 milligrams of iron (5% DV), 58 calories

Lima Beans

Lima beans are one of the most ancient cultivated crops, and they're still renowned as a delicious and healthful food to this day. Enjoy just a cup of lima beans with your favorite meal you'll get an incredible 25% of your iron for the day. Lima beans should never be consumed raw, but cooked lima beans have a unique flavor that can be enjoyed as is or enhanced with your favorite herbs and spices.

Serving Size (1 cup, cooked), 4.5 milligrams of iron (25% DV), 216 calories

Whole Wheat Pasta

When buying bread, opt for unprocessed whole wheat over refined white bread. Whole wheat bread is a great source of fiber, B vitamins, protein, and iron. And unlike white bread, it manages hunger for longer while keeping your blood sugar in check. If you're worried about getting enough iron, but endless supplies of iron-rich veggies leave your appetite unsatisfied, a slice of 100% whole wheat bread will help you feel fuller for longer, while providing an energy boost that lasts for hours.

Serving Size (1 slice), 0.7 milligrams of iron (4% DV), 69 calories

Black-Eyed Peas

Like other legumes, black-eyed peas are a rich source of iron. A serving size of one single cup can supply up to a quarter of your recommended daily iron intake, while providing you with other health benefits as well. They also contain a respectable amount of vitamin C—enough to make it much easier for your body to absorb the essential iron.

Serving Size (1 cup, boiled), 4.3 milligrams of iron (24% DV), 220 calories

Broccoli

Though many vegetables contain lots of iron, many also are packed with iron inhibitors, which means your body is unable to absorb much of the iron. Fortunately, cruciferous veggies like broccoli are also filled with vitamin C. This plays a huge role in helping your body absorb and digest the essential iron. Eating a serving of broccoli every day is a great way to get more iron into your diet.

Serving Size (1/2 cup), 0.3 milligrams of iron (2% DV), 15 calories

Kale

If you need more iron in your diet but can't afford a jump in calories, kale is a fat-free super food that will provide your body with a mountain of nutrients and only a handful of calories. One of the cruciferous vegetables (in the same grain as broccoli, collard greens, and Brussels sprouts), kale helps fight anemia and fatigue with a high iron content. If you have trouble eating it raw, try sautéing it, throwing it in your soup or on a burger, or making delicious kale chips in your oven or food dehydrator.

Serving Size (1 cup), 1.1 milligrams of iron (6% DV), 1.3 calories

Dark Chocolate

By now, most people know that dark chocolate is good for your heart (in moderation). But did you also know that it's loaded with iron? A 100 gram serving size contains about 35% of your recommended daily intake. Of course, this sweet treat should be eaten in moderation, but it can certainly be enjoyed as part of a balanced, iron-rich diet.

Serving Size (100 grams), 6.3 milligrams of iron (35% DV), 578 calories

Sunflower Seeds

iron rich food

Sunflower seeds are known for their impressive supply of vitamin E, but they also pack plenty of essential minerals, especially iron. A one cup serving supplies nearly half your body's daily iron needs, so if you're not enjoying this easy and tasty snack regularly, now is a great time to start. Sunflower seeds can be found at your local grocery store year round.

Serving Size (1 cup), 7.4 milligrams of iron (41% DV), 269 calories

Peas

Fresh and cooked peas have a slightly sweeter taste than many other vegetables. And like other green veggies, they're rich in iron and other nutrients. It's easy to incorporate these tender veggies into your favorite meals, and a mere half-cup serving provides about 7% of the daily recommended value of iron. Cook a serving as a standalone side dish, or incorporate peas into your salad, soup, and pasta dishes.

Serving Size (1/2 cup), 1.2 milligrams of iron (7% DV), 62 calories

Strawberries

Eating fresh strawberries is a great way to ramp up your daily iron intake. Not only are strawberries a viable source of iron (a pint constitutes roughly 9% of the daily recommended value), but the high vitamin C content helps your body absorb more of the iron it needs. Strawberries make an excellent side to any breakfast dish, they're great in an afternoon smoothie, and you can also serve them as a sweet after-dinner treat.

Serving Size (1 pint), 1.5 milligrams of iron (9% DV), 114 calories

Cooked Spinach

Boasting a long list of vitamins and nutrients, spinach consistently ranks at the top of the "super food" lists. Among other myriad nutrients, cooked spinach is an excellent source of iron. And since this leafy green is also loaded with vitamin C, your body will have no trouble absorbing all that iron. Spinach can be eaten raw, but cooking it first will provide greater amounts of iron, among other benefits.

Serving Size (1 cup), 6.4 milligrams of iron (36% DV), 41 calories.

There's a misconception that vegans & vegetarians are more likely to suffer from iron deficiency than their meat-eating counterparts. In fact, vegetarians have tons of iron-rich options in the form of fruits, vegetables, beans, grains, and more. Most of these colorful foods also contain several other essential vitamins, nutrients, and minerals, so adding these healthy, iron-rich foods to your diet can improve your health in many great ways.

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Stressed in the City: How Urban Life May Change Your Brain

by Alice Park

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I live in New York City, and for me, there's nothing that compares to its culture, energy and convenience. I'm not alone in feeling this way — more than half of the world's population now lives in urban areas.

But I also know that when it comes to mental health, the urban lifestyle may not be such a good thing. City dwellers tend to be more stressed and have higher levels of mood disorders and psychotic illnesses such as schizophrenia than those living in rural or suburban areas. And now researchers say they have uncovered certain changes in brain activity that could potentially help explain why.

In an international study, researchers at University of Heidelberg and the Douglas Mental Health University Institute at McGill University report in the journal Nature that people who live or were raised in cities show distinct differences in activity in certain brain regions than those who aren't city dwellers.

Those who currently live in the city, for example, showed higher activation the amygdala, the brain region that regulates emotions such as anxiety and fear. The amygdala is most often called into action under situations of stress or threat, and the data suggest that city dwellers' brains have a more sensitive, hair-trigger response to such situations, at least when compared with those living in the suburbs or more rural areas.

The study also found that people who were raised in the city during their first 15 years of life were more likely to show increased activation in another brain region, a more global regulator of stress known as the anterior cingulate. In these individuals, the change appears to be more permanent than in people who move to cities later in life, says Jens Pruessner, director of aging and Alzheimer's research at the Douglas Institute and one of the study's co-authors, because it occurs during an important period of development. Living in the city during your early years "means you will become more alert to [stress] situations via the anterior cingulate for the rest of your life," he says.

The researchers came to their conclusions after conducting a stress test on volunteers while their brains were imaged with functional MRI to detect which areas of the brain were more or less active when the participants felt stressed. The stress was applied by asking people to solve difficult math problems, either under time pressure or while enduring criticism from researchers for their bad performance.

The research team then correlated the participants' brain scan results with information they provided about where they currently lived or where they were raised. Activation of the amygdala increased in step with the population density of participants' home towns: from rural areas to small cities to large urban settings.

The researchers think it is the social aspects of urban living — the stress of living and dealing with lots of people, and feeling more anxiety, fear and threat as a result — more so than other urban factors like pollution or noise that explains the higher stress-related brain responses among the city dwellers.

Although it would seem that the more people were faced with stress, the more they might tolerate these annoyances and even become immune to them — thus lowering, rather than increasing their threshold for triggering the stress response — the new findings suggest otherwise. Even after years of city living, people remained highly alert and anxious, which indicates that the stresses of city life may be both constant and diverse and not easy to adapt to.

"City people may never really face the same stresses," says Pruessner. "Even though the type of stress may be similar, such as time pressure or being stuck in a commute or meeting a deadline, it's always distinct enough that you don't have the chance to habituate to them."

So what does this mean for avid city livers like me? I'm not giving up my urban lifestyle, but I may have to balance the high-energy hum of city activity with more downtime. "In general when it comes to stress, it's important to keep a balance," says Pruessner. "These results suggest the need to keep things in balance so after a period of working hard, you balance that with a period of off-time as well."

That sounds good, but in the city, that's a lot easier said than done.

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5 Reasons Singing Is Good for Your Health

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The YOU Docs love good music (one of us, Mehmet, cranks up Springsteen in the operating room; the other, Mike, is a huge fan of both classical piano and Frankie Valli). But when it comes to singing, we don't care whether you're first soprano in the church choir or you just belt out off-key oldies in the shower with the door locked. Bursting into song lifts your health in ways that surprise even us (and might make the cast of Glee America's healthiest people). The benefits should get you singing out even if you can't carry a tune in a bucket.

1. LOWERS YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE. You may have heard the heartwarming news story about a woman in Boston whose blood pressure shot up just before knee-replacement surgery. When drugs alone weren't enough, she began singing her favorite hymns, softly at first, then with more passion. Her blood pressure dropped enough for the procedure, which went off without a hitch. Now, we're not suggesting you trade blood pressure treatments for a few verses of "Amazing Grace." But try adding singing to your routine. It releases pent-up emotions, boosts relaxation, and reminds you of happy times, all of which help when stress and blood pressure spike. (Check out these foods that can lower your blood pressure, too.)

2. BOOSTS YOUR "CUDDLE" HORMONE. Yep, oxytocin, the same hormone that bonds moms and new babies and that makes you and your partner feel extra close after a romp in the hay, also surges after you croon a tune with your peeps (your pals, not those marshmallow chicks!).

3. ALLOWS YOU TO BREATHE EASIER. If you or someone you know is coping with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), singing just twice a week could make breathing feel easier and life feel better. In fact, in England there are "singing for breathing" workshops. The benefits, said one person with the lung disease, "It makes me feel on top of the world . . . and it makes COPD a lot easier to live with." Why wait for a workshop? Try crooning a tune or two on your own. (See what other benefits deep breathing can bring you.)

4. HELPS YOU FIND SERENITY AFTER CANCER. Surviving cancer is a major milestone, but afterward, you still have to cope with the memories (tests, diagnosis, treatments) and quiet will-it-come-back worries. Vocalizing can help you blow off steam and stress. Turns out that singing actually calms the sympathetic nervous system (which tenses up when you do) and boosts activity in the parasympathetic nervous system (which makes you relax).

5. REWIRES THE BRAIN AFTER A STROKE. Plenty of people who've survived a stroke but lost the ability to speak learn to communicate again by singing their thoughts. Singing activates areas on the right side of the brain, helping stroke survivors to take over the job of speaking when areas on the left side no longer function. Called melodic intonation therapy (MIT), it's used in some stroke rehab programs, and insurance may cover it. Ask about it if someone you love has speech difficulties from a stroke.

That's not all singing can do. It also helps everyday health, increasing immunity, reducing stress for new moms, quieting snoring, easing anxiety in ways that may also ease irritable bowel syndrome, and simply making you feel happier. That's a great return on something you can do in a choir, in your car, with your kids, in the shower, or even (you knew we were heading here) in a glee club. Here's how to put the "glee factor" to work for you:

Off-key? Squeaky? Tone-deaf? You may get more out of it! In one study, amateur singers felt a rush of joy after warbling, but trained professionals didn't experience any extra elation from singing. Too bad for them, good news for us and for you. You don't have to be good to feel the benefits!

Hymns? R&B? Hip-hop? It doesn't matter. Just choose tunes that mean something to you. You'll pour more heart into singing and conjure up good memories and healing feelings. You like almost everything? Songs that let you hold long notes tend to pack in more emotion, so "Summertime" by George Gershwin may work better than "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy."

Get the kids in on the act. Thanks to the TV show Glee, glee clubs (also called show choirs) are getting hot in schools across the United States and Canada. That's great, because kids get a special set of benefits from musical expression, including better grades, less risky behavior, even higher SAT scores. Now those are good reasons for all the "gleeks" to belt out "Don't Stop Believin'."

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Companion Planting
Vegetable Gardening Plant Combinations

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Companion planting and combining means growing plants together that like or benefit each other. Vegetable companion gardening can have a real impact on the health and yield of your plants.

Householders and flatmates know only too well that you've all got to get along for happiness and health to prevail. Bingo with plants too!

In nature everything interacts to create a whole life force. This is a basic understanding... that everything organic and living has a mutual influence on every other living thing.

Every plant has an effect on every other plant and every creature has an effect on every other creature.

Over time, gardeners have observed these interrelationships, and scientists have studied them.

It's well worth while reading a little bit about how and why companion planting is so important before we get into which specific plants go with what...

Plants, unlike many people, are not timid. They are always actively engaged in growing as fast and as strong as they can and re-populating their species. They do all this by sending out root hairs as far into the soil as they can depending on their surroundings.

They select and reject nutrients; they create in their structure and the environment, complex chemical compounds, such as perfumes, pollen, essential oils, growth inhibitors, hormones, enzymes and some minute trace elements.

Different species accumulate certain substances that affect the surrounding ecology, often once the plant has died and the decaying tissue is carried away and re-deposited by insect droppings, or other go-betweens.

Nature's Way of Companion Planting

The companion effect happens naturally in the wild. Flora and fauna of fields, meadows, forests, swamps and deserts, all evolve for mutual benefit. It may seem like survival of the fittest, but the truth is some species prefer to grow with specific others, balancing out their differences and providing ideal conditions for optimising their unique traits.

Plants don't like to fight for their food, so shallow rooted plants prefer to grow near deep rooted plants and each can get their nutrients from different levels. Some smaller plants like a bit of weather protection from bigger plants. Conversely, dry loving plants sulk if grown alongside plants that thrive with wet feet.

Just like us, life's too short for putting up with bad conditions... so aim for the good life for your plants too!

Home veggie gardeners of course usually like to grow their food on as much available space as they can. They don't want weeds, pests or ornamentals occupying valuable real estate!

But flowers for example make good companion plants as well as adding beauty. They can attract predators to go after pests and they bring bees to your garden for pollinating your fruit.

Aromatic weeds and herbs help confuse hungry pests that might go after your crops. Their fragrances can distract pests away or mask the odor from the pests' normal favorite plants.

Companion Planting Chart for Vegetables

Vegetable

Good Companions

Bad Companions

Asparagus

Basil, tomato, Nasturtium, parsley, basil, dill, coriander, marigold, aster flower
(Parsley and marigolds repel asparagus beetles, solanine in tomatoes protect against asparagus beetles)

Onion, garlic, potato,

Beans

Carrot, cabbage, cauliflower, cucumber, celery, corn, marigold.
(Corn protects against wind, sun and provides climbing support. Squash has deep roots, beans are shallow and squash smothers weeds and provides a living mulch)
Cucumber, strawberries
(Particularly go well near dwarf beans)

Chives, leek, garlic, onions, tomatoes, peppers

Broad Beans

Brassicas, carrot, celery, corn, lettuce, potato

Fennel

Beets

Broccoli, lettuce, onion, sage

Bean (pole and runner)

Broccoli

Celery, chamomile, mint, dill, rosemary
(Dill attracts beneficial wasps to help control pests including cabbageworms. Rosemary repels cabbage fly)

Oregano, strawberry, tomato

Brussels Sprouts

Potato, thyme, dill

Strawberry, tomato

Cabbage

Beetroot, bush beans, celery, mint, onion, potato, oregano, dill, chamomile, sage
(Aromatic plants like onion, celery and herbs help keep cabbages pest free)

Strawberry, tomato
(Although tomatoes and cabbages usually repel each other, the solanine in a few nearby tomatoes will help deter diamondback moth larva)

Carrot

Bush beans, pole beans, lettuce, onion, garlic etc, parsley, rosemary, pea, radish, tomato
(Onion family plants, parsley and rosemary deter carrot rust fly)

Dill, parsnip

Cauliflower

Peas, beans, celery, oregano
(Peas and beans help fix nitrogen to supply to cauliflowers)

Nasturtium, peas, potato, strawberry, tomato

Celery

Cabbage, cauliflower, leek, onion, spinach, tomato
(Leeks like similar high potash growing conditions as Celery and celeriac)

Parsnip, potato

Chard (Swiss chard, silverbeet)

Cabbage, endive

Corn

Beans, cucumber, melon, peas, pumpkin, potato, radish
(Peas and beans supply nitrogen)

Tomato
(The same worm (tomato worm and corn earworm) likes both plants)

Cucumber

Beans, peas, celery, lettuce, pea, radish, nasturtium, corn
(Nasturtium deters cucumber beetles and harbour beneficial spiders and beetles. Corn protects against bacterial wilt virus)

Cauliflower, potato, basil and any strong aromatic herbs

Eggplant

Beans, capsicum, potato, spinach, peppers
(Beans repel Colorado potato beetle which attacks eggplant)

kohlrabi

Onions, beets, lettuce
(Lettuce repels earth flies)

Strawberries, tomatoes, pole beans

Leek

Carrot, celery, onions, strawberry
(Carrots deter leek moth. Celery and celeriac like similar high potash growing conditions as leeks)

Lettuce

Carrots, radishes, strawberry, cucumber

Beans, beetroot, parsley

Melon

Corn, radish

Potato

Onion

Broccoli, cabbage, carrots, lettuce, strawberry tomato, beets, tomatoes, summer savory

Beans, peas

Pea

Beans, carrot, corn, cucumber, radish, turnips, spinach, mint, potatoes

Onion family

Potato

Horseradish, beans, corn, cabbage, pea, eggplant
(Beans repel Colorado potato beetle. Horseradish protects against potato bugs and stimulates growth)

Cucumber, tomato, Jerusalem artichokes, pumpkin, squash, sunflower, raspberries
(Cucumbers, tomatoes and raspberries attract potato phytophthora blight)

Pumpkin

Corn, beans, peas, radish

Potato

Radish

Lettuce
(Repels earth flies)

Spinach

Strawberry, celery, cauliflower, eggplant, radish
(Leafminers prefer radish leaves rather than spinach)

Tomato

Asparagus, celery, NZ spinach, carrot, parsley, basil, marigold, garlic
(Garlic protects against red spiders)

Corn, potato, kohlrabi, fennel, cabbage and other brassicas

Turnip

Peas

Zucchini

Nasturtium, flowering herbs
(Flowers attract bees for pollination)

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Growing Vegetables and Flowers in Harmony

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There's a bit of fabulous chaos happening in the gardening world. Beans are happily climbing with clematis. Herbs are cohabitating with echinacea. Food is growing with flowers.

It used to be that vegetable gardens were stuck in an out-of-sight corner of the backyard. Flower gardens occupied the high profile spaces around our homes. Not any more. Plants are busting out of their traditional roles and growing together - wherever - in harmony.

"We've been boxing things up too much," said horticulturalist Erica Shaffer, " Why do we have to have a perennial garden, or vegetable garden? Why can't we just GARDEN?" This isn't a new idea. For centuries the French have had formal decorative and functional potager vegetable gardens. In medieval times, wealthy Englishmen added herbs and flowers to their kitchen gardens.

Interplanting flowers and vegetable does more than pretty-up the veggie patch. Integrating flowers into your vegetable gardens or growing vegetables in with your flower borders can be fun and beneficial.

"Flowers bring in the pollinators and beneficial insects," said Shaffer. Pollinating insects like butterflies and bees are crucial for vegetable development. With squash, for instance, you can have lush vines and leaves topped off with stellar large flowers, but if those flowers aren't pollinated, no squash will develop. Beneficial insects are also important because they target and organically control many pests, like the tomato hornworm for example.

Shaffer also says adding flowers and herbs to your garden, repels some pests. "While I have yet to see a nose on any insect," Shaffer said, "Mixing flowers and herbs up with vegetables, confuses critters." Different smells camouflage each other and fewer pests are drawn to your garden, she said.

As interest in growing our own food increases, many gardeners are adding vegetables to their borders and flower gardens.

Vegetable plants rival ornamental plants in their beauty. Delicate white snap pea blossoms sit on top butterfly-shaped leaves as wispy tendrils curl and dance. There's added benefit in that pea tendrils are edible and an attractive addition to salads.

Exotic looking kale with tall, sturdy, yet ruffled leaves could substitute for elephant ear or banana in a landscape. Yet, you can't add elephant ear to a stir-fry. Kale is jammed packed with vitamins and minerals. Dill or fennel foliage is feathery and delicate. Fine foliage herbs are comparable in texture to ornamental grass and would be perfectly at home in a perennial border.

While some veggie plants are easily seen as decorative, Shaffer says beauty is in the eye of the beholder with some veggie plants.

"If you're still harvesting tomatoes in September from a plant in your front yard," said Shaffer, " maybe you won't judge the plant so harshly if it's beginning to look a little ragged."

There are things to consider when adding vegetables to flower gardens. Shaffer said she would think about how many rabbits are in your neighborhood. Planting vegetable among ornamentals provides more hiding space for rabbits making it easier for them to wipe out your harvest.

It is also necessary to match vegetable and ornamental plants with the same growing requirements. Vegetables need six or more hours of sun and they need good soil. If you aren't interested in sequentially planting vegetables in your flower beds, choose vegetables with a long growing season. Peas and some leafy greens, while attractive during the cool seasons of spring and fall, don't handle heat. That might be fine in a perennial bed that fills out in summer, but if you need summer interest, beans, corn or melons have longer growing seasons.

To keep things pretty while growing flower and food together, Shaffer suggests pondering some classic landscape design rules. Cluster plants in multiples of three or five and vary height and textures of the plants your choosing.

Remember that beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder. So just garden. If growing food is the most important thing to you, express yourself and go nuts with veggie plants in your landscape. If flowers are your thing, train morning glories up your cornstalks. The most beautiful thing of all is finding your personal vision in the garden. Chaotic or not.

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How to Garden by Combining Flowers and Vegetables

By Eulalia Palomo

Planting flowers in a vegetable garden has benefits beyond aesthetic appeal. Flowers in the vegetable garden attract beneficial insects, deter pests and improving soil conditions. And, if you chose the right flowers, you can eat them too. The practice of planting flowers and vegetables together is referred to as companion planting. With the rise in popularity of organic and sustainable growing practices, growing flowers and vegetables together in companion planting is enjoying new popularity. Does this Spark an idea?

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Prepare the planting bed for your vegetable garden. Before planting a vegetable garden, spread a 2- to 4-inch layer of rich compost or well seasoned manure over the area. Work the organic matter into the top 6 to 12 inches of the soil using a garden fork.
  2. Plant the vegetable seedlings grouped by species and variety. Check the specifications for planting depth and distance between plants for each vegetable crop.
  3. Plant marigolds throughout the vegetable garden. Space each marigold plant about 3 inches apart and 3 inches from the other plants. Marigolds have a strong scent that discourages harmful insects from the garden. Plant marigold seedlings the same depth as they are in the nursery pot.
  4. Plant sunflower seedlings around bean plants to attract beneficial insects and provide light shade from scorching afternoon heat. Space sunflowers 6 inches from each bean plant.
  5. Put pot marigold plants near tomato plants and throughout the garden. Pot marigold deters asparagus beetle and tomato worm.
  6. Plant nasturtium next to cabbage, cucumber and lettuce plants to deter aphids.

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The Benefits of Bioenergy

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Biomass is considered greenhouse gas (GHG) neutral. The carbon dioxide (CO2) released from biomass during production of bioenergy is from carbon that circulates the atmosphere in a loop through the process of photosynthesis and decomposition. Therefore, production of bioenergy does not contribute extra CO2 to the atmosphere like fossil fuels.

Fossil fuels are a finite resource, developed through geological processes over millions of years and their use represents a one-way flow of GHGs from beneath the earth's surface to the atmosphere.

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by using bioenergy

The extent of GHG emissions reduction varies widely and depends on many factors including the biomass (feedstocks) used, how they are produced and procured and the type and efficiency of the technology used to produce bioenergy. Generally, GHG emissions reduction from bioenergy systems is greatest where waste biomass is converted to heat or combined heat and power in modern plants located near to where the waste is generated.

Bioenergy's GHG reduction benefits are potentially greater than those of other renewables. For example, stubble that is destined to be burnt in the field, can be harvested and combusted in an emissions controlled bioenergy plant. Hence, GHG emissions reductions are made twice – once in the field through reduced burning and again through fossil fuel substitution from bioenergy production.

Considerable research is underway around the world to quantify the total lifecycle impacts of various bioenergy and other renewable energy systems. For example, through the IEA Bioenergy Task 38 project 'Greenhouse Gas Balances of Biomass and Bioenergy Systems'.

Renewable energy

Bioenergy is a renewable energy that can generate many additional benefits, the extent of which depends on a combination of factors including the types of feedstocks used, how they are produced and transported and the efficiency of the technologies deployed to convert them to bioenergy.

Generating heat and electricity

Unlike most other renewable energy sources, biomass can generate both heat and electricity in a combined heat power (CHP) plant. This can then be used for a range of heating and cooling applications in industry, or for small communities.

Bioenergy qualities

BETTER AIR QUALITY

Bioenergy can provide air quality benefits where biomass residues that would otherwise be open-burnt in the field or forest, such as stubble, tree prunings or forest slash is removed and burnt in an advanced emissions controlled bioenergy plant.

BIOFUELS ARE BIODDEGRADABLE

Petroleum-based fuels and petrochemicals can be harmful to the environment and are major surface and ground water-pollutants. Biofuels such as ethanol and biodiesel, are less toxic and are biodegradable.

REGIONAL AND RURAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

International and Australian studies indicate that bioenergy creates many ongoing jobs; generally more than most other types of renewable energy.

Bioenergy helps stimulate regional economic development and employment by providing new, decentralised and diversified income streams from bioenergy and biomass production. This gives landholders more market options for their traditional agricultural and tree crops and for their use of waste streams such as manures. It may also open up opportunities to grow new crops, especially on marginal or low rainfall farmland, e.g. Juncea for biodiesel as a low rainfall break-crop.

New employment opportunities arise from growing and harvesting biomass, transport, handling, and through procurement, construction, operation and maintenance of bioenergy plants.

SUPPORTING AGRICULTURAL AND FOOD-PROCESSING INDUSTRIES

Using biomass can help build resilience in agricultural, timber and food-processing industries. Bioenergy provides a use for their waste streams, can help them reduce their energy costs and potentially add a new revenue stream if they can sell biomass-derived heat and/or export 'green' electricity to the grid.

COST SAVINGS

Using the right bioenergy technology in the right situation can help achieve greater cost savings than using fossil fuels. For example, areas that are reliant on LPG for heating (not linked to natural gas), areas remote from, or near the end of the power grid, subject to 'blackouts' and 'brownouts' and where electricity transmission losses and costs to upgrade the power supply are high.

LESS LANDFILL

Using waste streams to generate bioenergy saves the environmental and economic costs of disposal in landfills and reduces contamination risks.

ENERGY RELIABILITY AND SECURITY

Rural and regional energy reliability and security can be enhanced by providing a domestic energy source that can run continuously, or at peak times as required by the electricity market, with greater flexibility to ramp up production at short notice than large coal-fired plants.

A GROWING RANGE OF TECHNOLOGIES AND APPLICATIONS

There's a growing range of proven, adaptable technologies available for converting biomass into heat, electricity and biofuels.

Bioenergy and biofuel production can link with the development of other bioproducts and biotechnologies. For example, organic digestates produced as a bi- product of anaerobic digestion, can be used as a fertiliser or soil enhancer.

Biomass can produce useful chemicals as part of an integrated biorefinery system – similar to an oil refinery.

ALTERNATIVES TO PRESCRIBED FOREST BURNING

Bioenergy production can provide an alternative to prescribed burning of forests. Mechanical thinning and biomass removal for bioenergy can be used as a technique to reduce hazardous fuel levels, especially in areas where the cost and risks associated with prescribed burning are high.

Water quality benefits have also been recorded where fuel reduction burning is replaced with biomass harvesting. For these reasons, biomass harvesting and removal for bioenergy and other small wood applications is a technique widely used in forests and woodlands in the USA.

ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS FROM GROWING CERTAIN BIOENERGY CROPS

Bioenergy crops can be grown in areas that benefit from the additional vegetation cover. For example, trees can be grown and harvested for their woody biomass on farms in configurations that provide farm shelter, shade, salinity control, biodiversity and carbon sinks.

Species such as Mallee eucalypts are widely grown in Australia and, due to their ability to coppice, (re-shoot), are able to be repeatedly harvested and regrown to provide renewable energy and other regional and on- farm benefits.

Biochar and bioenergy

PRODUCTION OF BIOCHAR

Biochar is a stable form of charcoal produced from heating organic materials such as wood or agricultural residues in low oxygen conditions, known as pyrolysis and gasification.

Production of biochar through pyrolysis also yields bioenergy in the form of heat and bio-oil in varying amounts depending on the temperature and pyrolysis process used.

Biochar can also be produced through gasification though biochar yields are typically only around 1%, the bulk of the end product being syngas. Syngas, (also known as wood gas or synthesis gas) consists of a variety of gases, including hydrogen and carbon monoxide, which can be captured, cleaned and combusted to produce heat and/or power.

When well made, biochar can enrich soils, acting as a stable carbon sink for anywhere between 100-2,000 years. However, some of the more basic biochar pyrolysers, such as beehive burners and partially sealed smouldering wood stacks, can produce toxic gases and powerful greenhouse gases, such as methane. This result negates biochar's carbon sequestering benefits.

Well designed, modern pyrolysers can, however, capture and convert methane and hydrogen gases to renewable energy and manage emissions.

Biochar systems need to complete life cycle analyses to determine their climate mitigation potential using internationally accepted protocols. The International Biochar Initiative, (IBI) is preparing globally-developed and accepted standards for biochar characterisation and the development of standards pertaining to biochar production and utilisation.

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Biomass Boiler Efficiency

By Harry Sawyers

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What Is A Biomass Boiler?

A biomass boiler can also be referred to as a wood fuelled heating system. They work by burning wood (in the form of pellets, chips or logs), waste wood or even agricultural waste from poultry. They can be used to provide heating to a single room in your home. Alternatively, they can be connected up to your central heating and hot water system. A stove is generally used to heat a room whereas a boiler is used for the central heating and hot water. Biomass boilers can either be filled manually when required, or else they can work automatically, fuelling the boiler at set time intervals through the use of a mechanical arm.

It is estimated that a biomass boiler can save the average household up to £600 per year in fuel costs and most homes can accommodate them relatively easily. All you will need is some extra warm, dry space in which to store your fuel. However, some households who are in smoke free zones may not be able to make use of a biomass boiler, so it is best to check with your local authority if you are unsure.

Benefits

Biomass boilers provide you with a cost effective, eco-friendly way of heating your home using naturally sourced and affordable fuel. The price of logs etc. varies in different areas, but they will always remain a cheaper alternative to conventional fuel. If you have a biomass boiler installed you could be entitled to payments from the government's Renewable Heat Incentive scheme and the Renewable Heat Premium payment. These schemes have been introduced as part of the government's plans to meet targets regarding the UK's carbon emissions which must be lowered by 2050. The schemes will pay you a small fee for every unit of power your system produces. This, in turn, will provide you with another form of income which is tax free and index linked. As biomass boilers are considered a low carbon option, they will also significantly lower your own carbon footprint.

Efficiency

Biomass boilers are very efficient as they have been built using the best of modern technology. They will currently operate at 90% efficiency which is a huge amount more than with conventional boilers and electric heating systems. How efficient your system will actually be will also depend on how energy efficient your home already is and may also depend on the air flow around the boiler and the type of flue fitted. These boilers will work best when the home is well insulated to begin with and you may be advised to have additional energy efficiency work done to your home before the system is installed.

Generally, biomass boilers will work best when they are fuelled with logs and wood pellets. Heat and fuel are never wasted and they produce very little ash and smoke. Any ash that is produced can simply be used in your garden as fertilizer. When the logs are burnt, the CO2 that is released into the atmosphere is exactly the same as is produced when a plant dies naturally and is left to rot. Even if you take into account the emissions of fossil carbon dioxide produced in planting, harvesting and transporting your fuel, by replacing a fossil fuel source with wood you will be cutting CO2 emissions by an average of 90%.

To make sure your boiler keeps running at this high efficiency level, it must be kept in good working order. Fortunately, biomass boilers require very little in the way of maintenance and this can usually be carried out without expert help. However, to get the very best from your boiler to begin with, you should make sure you get a long standing company with a good reputation to fit it. They should be able to answer all of your questions and be able to advise on the best type of system for your household's needs. If possible, make sure you employ a company that specialises in this type of renewable energy source.

Costs

To purchase a biomass boiler, the average price will be in the region of £11,500. This will be for an automatic boiler that does not have to be filled manually. It is slightly cheaper to install a manual boiler, and room staves can be purchased from £4,300. From the boiler you can expect savings of around £600 if replacing an electric heating system and, remember, you could also be entitled to payments from government schemes.

If you are at all uncertain when it comes to any aspect of maintenance, the fitter should be able to tell you what to expect and how to go about doing this yourself. A full maintenance service should be carried out by the installing company approximately every three years, though, all in all, there is very little that can go wrong with a biomass system, generally making it highly cost effective and hassle free.

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The Amulets of Love

Everything in the world begins with love.

There exist "eternal" themes in literature and art. Epochs and generations replace each other… But love and faithfulness, wisdom and well-being, and family values immutably remain the most important notions for people. Poetry and songs are composed about them, masterpieces of art are created.

A belief in talismans has come down to us from the distant past, talismans that summon assistance in the search for one's only soulmate, to find love and happiness...

Love, like an invisible bond, connects kindred spirits. Irrespective of the subject, talismans of love are always made up of two parts, tied with a knot or fastened with a bead—the symbol of faith. Talismans consist of two small lathed figures, and are made according to an ancient ritual for the preparation of love talismans. An important part of this ritual is the random splitting of the solid cedar timber into two halves. After all, in life, love also seems to come randomly, but in reality it comes by the will of Providence...

Ancient symbols and signs that attract happiness, the observance of age-old traditions, the positive energy of the Siberian cedar—all this is combined together in each talisman of love in a sincere and refined desire—to find the wonderful feeling of love and preserve it for all one's life.

The talismans in question are made with spirit, with wise and good thoughts. After all, the more happiness and love there is in the world, the brighter and more joyous it is to live in.

THE ETERNAL LOVE AMULET

Ringing Cedars. Cedar Amulet Eternal Love

According to tradition, any bond consists of two parts, fastened by a knot. The Eternal Love bonded amulet is representation of the ancient legend about the origin of the Siberian River "Ob", which was born out of the love of young Biy and Katun, the khan's daughter:

"... Katun the khan's daughter and Biy the poor shepherd fell in love with each other. The cruel khan found out, and ordered that the lovers be separated. Biy and Katun then decided to flee. They escaped in the mountains, hiding from the khan's servants. The mountains were finally behind them, before them was a plain. The lovers now had nowhere to hide, and the pursuers were so close! … The lovers embraced, bowed down to the ground, and became rivers, joining forever and running ever further as the deep, mighty, Siberian Ob River."

The male and female figures are carved from a sheet of Siberian cedar that has been split into two and joined by a Heart - one heart for two.

THE SOULMATES AMULET

Ringing Cedars. Cedar Amulet Soulmates

According to ancient tradition, any bond consists of two parts, fastened by a knot. The "Soulmates" bonded amulet is carved from a single piece of cedar that has been split into two. The strength and energy of the male is symbolized by the Sun, the small female figure adorned with a Plant is the symbol of Life. Two lathed cedar beads are two individualities, which blossom in happy union, and on the reverse side of the amulet is a Heart - one heart for two.

THE YIN-YANG AMULET

Ringing Cedars. Cedar Amulet Yin-Yang

According to tradition, any bond consists of two parts, fastened by a knot. The "Yin-Yang" bonded amulet is the ancient sign of the Unity of the female (Yin) and the male (Yang) beginnings, fastened with the symbol of Faith—a bead. The wise men of the East advise: "Hold the opposite substances Yin and Yang, grasp the Living Fire of Truth." The sign of the Sun on the reverse is the symbol of the Energy of the Unity.

THE FLOWER OF SUN AMULET

Ringing Cedars. Cedar Amulet Flower of Sun

Two legendary natural materials have been combined as a health charm: cedar and listvenite. From ancient times, it has been believed that listvenite provides protection from snake bites, and relieves headaches and bone fractures. This stone possesses great power. And the cedar accumulates positive energy and shares it with people: the Siberian cedar is generous with health!

Ringing Cedars. Cedar Amulet Flower of Sun

It is not by chance that the listvenite is enclosed in a cedar frame: in this combination its power will not harm the owner, but become a shield against sickness and negative energy. The charm-like qualities for health are intensified by the ancient symbol of life and blossoms - the flower of sun.

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Customer Reviews:

I received my pendant a few days ago now and from the first night wearing it i could feel lighter in my body, no stress, no heaviness. It was also easier to access loving energy whereas before i used to have to meditate to feel *whole*. With treating pain, i didn't feel like it took it completely away, though i felt a *fighting feeling* going on, like it was trying to diminish the pain, which in that took most of it away.
I feel naked without wearing the pendant now, i never take it off..
Thank you so much for making these available to the world :)

Hayley,Australia

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I would just like to comment on the cedar pendant which I have been wearing for a month and a half. There is definitely a positive change in my life, both in personal and health. I wear it all the time and sleep with it in the night. I've bought many of them as gifts for friends and family. They are also very pleased with the pendants.

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I love the pendant. It is beautiful and energetically quite unique. I just came back from a consultation with Premiere Research Labs out here in Arizona and I had it muscle tested. It has produced some of the most bizarrely high vibe energetic fields when added to the biofield of the human body, and it just does not compare to other devices and/or natural substances sharing similar energetic imprints. I am deeply grateful. Thank you so very much!

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The first time I wore the pendant, I immediately felt some kind of energy surrounding me, it was warm and extremely pleasant. I felt so calm and relaxed, and actually the whole day I was extremely energetic. It is also my lucky charm, maybe a coincidence, but next day after I put it on I received a job promotion!

Katherine Fellis, CA, USA

My sister gave me a cedar pendant 2 years ago. I've worn it every day and have been polishing it with my fingers. People have been showing more and more interest in it and don't believe that the shine and polish has come from the oils on my finger tips alone! They are amazed at the beauty of the design and the fact that it's simply the natural rings presented from the simple cut. I can't wait for the colours to start coming out as it just gets more beautiful all the time.

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The antiparasitic properties of Cedar Nut Oil enriched with Cedar Resin

Scientists have revealed that cedar nut oil enriched with cedar resin is an excellent antiparasitic agent. In the electronic testing of food products with regard to their antiparasitic effect, 46 types of edible and aromatic oils were examined. The testing demonstrated that cedar nut oil enriched with cedar resin possesses elevated antiparasitic properties. Here, then, lies the secret of its cleansing, regenerative, and medicinal effect.

Over the past twenty years, scientists have conducted a large number of studies and have ascertained that the cause of many serious illnesses (including cancer) are parasites. There exist more than 40 types of parasites that take up residence in the human body: in the intestines, liver, lungs, reproductive organs, beneath the skin, etc. The parasites suck out fluids, poison the blood, and suppress immunity. As a result, a person develops diseases that lend themselves to treatment only with difficulty: migraines, chronic tonsillitis, bronchitis and acute respiratory infections, poor cardiac health, diseases of the liver and kidneys, ulcers of the stomach and intestine, diabetes mellitus, obesity, schizophrenia and epilepsy, suicidal tendencies, and others.

Cedar nut oil enriched with cedar resin kills parasites while not traumatizing the liver and, to the contrary, restoring a person's health potential.

Cedar resin is a most powerful antiseptic. The data from medical studies indicates that, when cedar nut oil enriched with cedar resin is ingested, there is an increase in the blood of the content of phagocytes, which destroy viruses and foreign pathogens, including parasites. The composition of cedar resin includes terpenes and essential oils - biologically active substances that have antimicrobial, bactericidal, anti-inflammatory, and antiparasitic properties. It is these biological substances that give the resin its bitter taste. The bitterness of the resin, in its turn, stimulates the action of the spleen, which receives and renews old blood. Besides that, it manufactures a special microflora that has a destructive action on parasites. It is essential that the spleen be supported with cedar nut oil enriched with cedar resin since it assists in the cleansing and renewal of the blood. The oily consistency and bitterness of cedar nut oil enriched with cedar resin also stimulates the formation of the full complement of bile secretions, which also participate in the antiparasitic defences of the organism, since they possess bacteriostatic properties.

Because of its wide spectrum of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, cedar nut oil enriched with cedar resin facilitates the removal of residues from the organism and restores its immune system and stimulates the production of leucocytes and macrophages, which recognize and attack parasites travelling through the blood channels of the organism. As it cleanses residues from the organism, cedar nut oil contributes to the destruction of the parasites' comfortable living environment, and also dissolves the toxic products of their activity, impedes the process of their reproduction, and removes dead parasites from the organism.

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Many modern antiparasitic agents successfully fight parasites, but few people know what harm they do to the organism. The majority of drugs contain toxins intended to poison the parasites, but the person is also the recipient of the poisoning. First and foremost, these toxins are neutralized by the liver, and it is precisely the liver that suffers the most as a result. Following the extended ingestion of antiparasitic medications, the liver becomes enlarged, and the person acquires a dysfunction of this organ forever. In this situation, the combined use of antiparasitic agents and cedar nut oil enriched with cedar resin will help the liver withstand the medicinal therapy more easily, since cedar nut oil lessens medicinal intoxication, and protects liver cells and promotes their renewal.

Since it is a food product, cedar nut oil not only gently cleans parasites from an organism, but also restores the mineral balance of an organism that has been infected with parasites.

Medical studies of patients infected with parasites have revealed that these patients have all suffered from a silicon deficit. In the human organism, silicon actively participates in the processes of survival. About 38% of our health is based on silicon (M. G. Voronkov). With a lack of silicon, the distribution of the energy supply is disrupted in the human organism and, therefore, so is the metabolism, since more than 70 chemical elements are simply not assimilated. The composition of liquid mediums is changed, their properties as electrolytes do not correspond to the requirements of the human organism's normal existence. For the existence of parasites, just like all living creatures, silicon is essential, therefore, when parasites find their way into the human organism, it is precisely silicon that they begin to take up first.

Cedar nut oil enriched with cedar resin was analyzed for its elemental and biochemical composition at the Institute of Chemical Kinetics and Combustion and the Central Siberian Botanical Garden of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Using the method of synchrotron radiation X-ray fluorescence analysis, approximately 20 elements were found, including phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, sodium, calcium, iron, manganese, copper, zinc, molybdenum, aluminum, iodine, boron, nickel, cobalt, lead, strontium, silver, and silicon. The scientists concluded that cedar nut oil enriched with cedar resin not only restores any silicon that has been lacking, but also supplies 19 other essential elements to the organism, allowing them to be assimilated well.

Thus, cedar nut oil enriched with cedar resin assists in gently cleansing parasites from the organism and restoring its healthy functioning. The consumption of cedar nut oil enriched with cedar resin is recommended for all members of the family for cleansing parasites from the organism, as well as for preventive purposes.

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Customer Reviews:

The Siberian Nut Oil with Cedar Resin is amazing! I have been taking it for the past two weeks and the nests of parasites are no match against the power of the oil. It feels like the oil wraps itself around the parasites and creates a barrier, minimizing the damage of the die off.

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Our Unique Production Technique:

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The brand name "THE RINGING CEDARS OF RUSSIA" stands for business integrity, decency and the highest possible quality of product. All products marketed under this brand name convey the primordial power of Nature and the warmth of our hearts. We offer:

A variety of high-quality cedar products, including cedar nuts and cedar nut oil.

Huge plantations of cedar trees grow in the Siberian taiga, said to be the ecologically purest area of the world. The virgin forest of the taiga has never been treated with any chemicals or artificial fertilisation, nor abused by agricultural machines.

Cedar nuts (the seeds of the cedar tree) take two years to mature, during which time the tree accumulates a huge volume of positive cosmic energy. Crops of nuts are harvested manually by people lovingly devoted to this task, working in a pleasant environment without undue haste to create unique products full of positive energy reflecting the infinite powers of Nature. Specific preparations include:

We pick only cedar cones which fall naturally from the trees, thus ensuring that only ripe cones are selected. We always avoid hitting the trees to shake unripe cedar cones down (as happens with some other commercial operations) -- a practice which causes the nuts to lose their healing power.

Cones are then manually shelled with the help of wooden shell-removers. Nut centres are separated from their shells using wooden rollers.

Cedar nut oil and cedar nut flour marketed under our brand name are obtained by the cold-pressure method, using manual wooden oil-presses.

Cedar nut oil is then stored in special containers and packed in a small village near Novosibirsk by name "Kandayrovo" using unique technology to avoid any contact with metal. The whole process is strictly supervised to ensure it complies with all sanitary requirements.

Final products are placed in special packaging to prevent daylight penetration, and stored at a temperature of 0C to +5C to better preserve the product's natural components. The resulting product is a bright gold-coloured liquid with the pleasant smell of cedar nuts. It is a 100% natural product with strong healing powers.

SIBERIAN CEDAR NUT OIL

Siberian Cedar nuts (cedar nuts) contain about 60% oil. They are therefore pressed to obtain Cedar nut oil, which is available on the market as a very expensive gourmet cooking oil. Cold pressing in all-wooden presses is preferred to retain the nutritional properties of nuts and derive the oil of highest quality.

The Cedar nut oil bearing "The Ringing Cedars of Russia" brand comes exclusively from wild-harvested Siberian Cedar nuts - one of the most nutritious Cedar nuts in the world. In comparison, other Cedar nut oils are usually pressed from the Italian pignolia Cedar nuts, which are not nearly as potent and are often harvested from trees growing in plantations. Our Siberian Cedar nut oil is extra virgin (100% cold pressed from freshly shelled raw Siberian Cedar nuts), whereas most Cedar nut oils on the market are either not cold pressed or even pressed from roasted (!) Cedar nuts, which significantly decreases the oil value. Finally, "The Ringing Cedars of Russia" Siberian Cedar nut oil is the only one which is available on the market anywhere in the world pressed with wooden presses in accordance with traditional techniques described in Vladimir Megre's life-changing book "The Ringing Cedars of Russia". In contrast, all other Cedar nut oils are pressed using steel presses, which immediately degrades them (contact with steel oxidizes some of the Cedar nut oil's most important ingredients such as vitamins, and is known to remove the 'life force' from the oil).

Cedar nut oil has also traditionally been used in ancient Russian and European natural medicine to cure a wide array of ailments - ingested (decreasing blood pressure, boosting immune system resistance, etc.) or applied externally (a range of dermatological disorders). It is also used in expensive cosmetics.

Cedar nut oil contains pinolenic acid, a polyunsaturated fatty acid, and is marketed in the U.S. as a means stimulate cell proliferation, prevent hypertension, decrease blood lipid and blood sugar, and inhibit allergic reactions.

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QUINOA WITH CEDAR NUTS, GREEN ONIONS, AND CILANTRO

Cedar Nut Recipe

Ingredients:

1 T cedar nut oil
1 C quinoa, rinsed (unless the package says it does not need to be rinsed)
1 3/4 cup vegetable stock
1/2 tsp. Vege-Sal (or a slightly smaller amount of salt)
3/4 cup cedar nuts, toasted in a dry pan
1/2 cup sliced green onion
2 T finely chopped cilantro (or flat-leaf parsley)

Preparation:

Heat the oil in a heavy pot with a tight-fitting lid. Add quinoa and saute for 3-4 minutes, or until the quinoa starts to smell toasted. Add the vegetable stock, being careful if the stock sputters up from the hot pan. Add Vege-Sal or salt, stir and bring the mixture to a boil; then lower heat to a simmer and let the quinoa cook covered for 15 minutes (or until all the liquid is absorbed.)

While quinoa cooks, toast the cedar nuts in a dry frying pan over high heat, just until the nuts smell toasted. (This will only take 1-2 minutes if the heat is high; don't let the cedar nuts get too brown or they will taste bitter.)

When quinoa is done, let stand covered for 5 minutes. While quinoa stands, slice green onions and chop cilantro (or parsley.) After 5 minutes, fluff quinoa with a fork. Stir in toasted cedar nuts, sliced green onions, and chopped cilantro. Serve hot or warm.


POMEGRANATE, PISTACHIO AND CEDAR NUT COUSCOUS

Ingredients:
1 1/4 cups dried couscous
1 1/4 cups boiling water or veggie stock
salt and pepper
1/2 cup fresh pomegranate seeds
1/2 cup roughly chopped pistachios
1/4 cup cedar nuts
1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves, roughly chopped
1/3 cup thinly sliced red onion (optional) parsley leaves to garnish

Dressing:

4 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon cedar nut oil
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
1 garlic clove
salt and pepper
1/2 cup tightly packed parsley leaves
Preparation:

Add the couscous, salt and pepper and boiling water to a bowl and stir until combined.Cover and allow to sit for 5 minutes or so until all of the water has been absorbed. Fluff up the couscous with a fork.

Add the pomegranate seeds, pistachios, cedar nuts, parsley and red onion to the bowl with the couscous. Toss to combine. Set aside.

Add all dressing ingredients to a processor and pulse until combined.

Pour the dressing evenly into the bowl and carefully toss until combined.

Garnish with extra parsley leaves and serve immediately.


FRESH BUFFALO MILK RICOTTA WITH ORANGE MARMALADE, HONEY AND TOASTED CEDAR NUTS

Ingredients:
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1/2 cup good-quality orange marmalade, warmed
1/2 cup orange blossom honey
3 tablespoons cedar nuts, toasted

Preparation:

Divide the cheese among 4 bowls. Top the cheese with a large dollop each of orange marmalade and honey. Sprinkle with the cedar nuts.

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