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War for the dolmens

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Announcer: These enigmatic structures are called dolmens by the local inhabitants. They are located in Krasnodar Krai[Pshada village near Gelendgik]

Some say that they were built by aliens from outer space, others consider them to be remnants of the legendary Atlantis.

Rumour has it that these ancient structures cure all diseases: cancer, infertility, impotence, and so on.

There are more than enough people wishing to be cured. And if there is a demand, there is bound to be a supply.

A serious war has developed for the right to organize excursions out to the dolmens and make money on this venture.

"My head spins when I touch the stones," says a woman.

Announcer: And not only does one’s head spin—people are experiencing wonders here that would amaze any skeptic.

Aleksey Romanenko, a Cossack, also laughed at the legend of the dolmens, but then, when near the dolmens, he unexpectedly experienced powerful strength. At 60 years of age the Cossack began to move heavy stones. And not surprisingly...

"It was precisely the stone called 'Mingir,' which symbolizes the masculine nature, according to the beliefs of the local healers, it restores masculine power," claims Aleksey Sazonov, a local resident.

Announcer: Aleksey Sazonov is a modern person, and does not believe in fairy tales, but has become convinced of the healing power of the dolmens through personal experience. For ten years Aleksey and his wife dreamed of having a child...

"I don't know, but there is something in the dolmens," says his wife. "We tried to conceive for a long time and, following a visit to the dolmens, Masha was born."

Ekaterina Sadunyan brought her little sons to the dolmens. Bagrat and Edik had never demonstrated any talents, but here they amazed everyone.

"The older one composes music on the dolmens, and the younger one writes poetry," says Ekaterina.

Announcer: Elena, another visitor, claims that the dolmens saved her following a serious stroke; and then she began to study their miraculous power.

Elena says:

"In the literature it is written that the dolmens were built on breaks in the earth's crust. Breaks in the earth's crust are areas of power. Our churches were also built according to the same principle."

Announcer: But nowhere is it written who built these miracle structures. But for certain it is known that the dolmens are older than the Egyptian pyramids - they are more than ten thousand years old. And the local residents claim it was exactly in these areas that the legendary Atlanteans lived.

"Perhaps it was aliens who built the dolmens, but I feel more comfortable with the version that it was nevertheless a previous human civilization - in order to pass on knowledge," adds Elena.

Announcer: The dolmens of Krasnodar are public archeological monuments and are located on federal land, so visiting them is free-of-charge. But businessmen have appeared, and have begun to make money from tourists. They earn millions of rubles for a season.

The largest number of dolmens is located in the village of Pshada, and it is there that a real war has broken out. The Cossacks and the local administration are fighting for the right to lease the land for the approach to the dolmens, and therefore for the right to bring in tourists.

The Cossacks believe that it is they who should protect the dolmens and, accordingly, accept money for visiting them. But Sergey Krasnov, the head of the administration, is refusing to extend the lease agreement.

"We do not pay bribes to the administration, do not give them the money they want from us," claims a representative of the Cossacks.

Announcer: Who owes whom, and how much? And why have the dolmens - by law free-of-charge - suddenly become terribly expensive? These questions, when asked of Sergey Krasnov, the head of the village administration, provoked an irritation that was difficult to understand.

But while these arguments continue, crowds of tourists are ruining the miraculous monuments, and in Pshada, the legendary village of dolmens, there will soon be nothing left.

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Kin's Settlement "Zarechye"

Zarechye is a Kin's eco-settlement in the Southern Urals, where life is beginning to be in full swing!

We invite all those who want to create a Kin’s estate to join us.

Our settlement is located in Chelyabinsk Oblast, approximately 60 km from Magnitogorsk. The railway station is Sklyar. There is more than enough land at the disposal of the settlement—308 ha. The land is open field—just right for the rapid progress of thoughts about setting up an estate.

There are several villages nearby so, if needed, there should be no problem with schools.

Contacts:Alexandre Antipov: 8-919-124-9223
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The Symbolism of Ancient Slavic Costume

Alesha and Elena by Boris Olshanskiy

From time immemorial the Slavs believed that clothing that has been made properly and with feeling not only adorns the person, but also offers protection from evil forces.

The traditional colour symbolism of the Slavs is interesting. Siberian shamans regarded the range of colours as an instrument for influencing a person's psyche. And not by chance. Luscher's well-known colour test reveals the significance of colours for people. The length of the light wave has its own frequency, which has an influence on a person's hormonal regulation and resonates (or does not resonate) with the frequency response of impulses generated by the brain. If the frequencies coincide, we like this colour, and vice-versa. It is also well-known that a person recognizes colour not only with the eyes, but also through the skin. For that reason, the colour of our clothing constantly exerts an influence on us, even if we do not see it on us. It turns out that the nerve fibre is an exact analogue for the light pipes well-known to modern technologists. V. P. Kaznacheev investigated the peculiarities of passing a laser beam through the tissues of the human organism and confirmed the soundness of the ancient concepts of human sensitivity to light. A laser beam, directed at an acupuncture point, follows along the bioenergetic meridian and, with the aid of a photomultiplier, can be recorded at another point located on the same "energy channel."

Our ancestors were aware of this. For example, they placed a red woolen shawl on an inflamed area or an erysipelatous inflammation; and if a person often suffered from hysterics, then sometimes the eyes were wrapped with a green cloth and he was placed for some time in a stack of freshly mown hay.

In the Slavic tradition, preference is given to clothing made of white linen, since according to Slavic folk concepts white represents absolute freedom from all obstacles, freedom for all possibilities. White also represents the resolution of problems, a new beginning.

It goes without saying that the everyday clothing worn by our ancestors was of the most varied colours and shades, but as far as the ceremonial clothing was concerned, it was white, which facilitated the perception of the secret rite occurring at the ceremonies. It was also considered that on white clothing one could see the undistorted colour of an aura, by which purity of intentions was judged.

In the same way, our ancestors believed that the human biofield “soaks” into clothing. It is precisely for this reason that in olden times, and also today, psychics can, by handling clothing, talk about the owner of the clothing, and a sorcerer can cause harm by using one thread taken from clothing.

Now it is not difficult to understand why a newborn's very first swaddling blanket was the father's shirt for a little boy, or the mother's shirt for a little girl. And afterwards, an effort was made to cut children's clothing not from newly woven linen, but from the parents' old clothing, so their biofield would protect the child from harm.

In the opinion of the ancients, it was necessary "to protect" all the openings in the clothing (collar, hem, sleeves), and in this way defend the energy centres and channels of the human body against the penetration of dark energies. The protective charm here was the embroidery, which contained all possible sacred images and magic symbols.

Paintings of Boris Olshanskiy

The basic colour in embroidery was red. This colour symbolized the fire of the sun and blood, personifying the life force and the masculine nature. Protective clothing for children was embroidered exclusively with red thread. Red organically complemented black - the colour of Mother Earth, the symbol of fertility, which women used to protect their womb from sterility. On men's clothing dark blue and green was often seen: dark blue, which symbolized the sky and water, did not permit the wearer to perish from the raging elements, and also facilitated reflection and self-improvement; while green, appearing as a symbol of vegetation and life, protected the wearer from wounds.

Even adornments were not donned for beauty by the ancients. That which we now call "jewellery" had a magical meaning in antiquity - they were sacred talismans.

Headdress "Kokoshnik"

In this regard, it is easy to notice that ancient Slavic women's attire included many more jewellery than the men's. The reason for this lay in the fact that a woman was considered to be more sacred than a man.

First, a woman bears children. This single fact immediately elevates a woman to a high, simply cosmic level.

Ancient people considered that when a woman gives birth, the sacred spirit of an ancestor enters her body to become flesh once more. Modern biologists write that it is precisely the woman who preserves the "golden fund" of the genes of her tribe, nation, race; the male as a biological entity is much more subject to all sorts of changes.

Second, it is precisely the woman who turns out to be the repository of the ancient wisdom of the tribe, its myths and legends. It is women who cultivate children’s philosophy and way of thinking, and narrate tales and legends about their family and people as a whole.

It is because of the fact that the woman was considered to be more sacred than the man that she required to be especially carefully protected. A thousand years ago, men not only wanted to adorn their daughters, sisters, and wives. They fully consciously strove to preserve and protect the most valuable thing their people possessed, strove to guard the spiritual and physical beauty of future generations against any type of encroachment.

Hence, traditional Slavic clothing and ornaments are a complex system of spiritual symbols and protective charms, each of which fulfilled a specific sacred function.

[Practically all ancient cultures shared similar views on the clothes. Clothes and jewellery of ancient Barbarians and Slavs had many similarities.];;
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Welcome to
SPACE of LOVE Magazine!

Sixth Issue is out!

Many of us agree that our planet and world are in profound transition - facing a turning point in human history. Some say that we as a people have had this same chance many times before in our near and far history. Each time, so history shows, humanity sank back once more, en mass, into the same spiritual sleep. But once more, we are also closer than ever to be able to turn this planet into the paradise it was meant to be.

At this time on Earth, more people than ever are committed to awaken and to stay awake even as a large percentage of the world's beautiful people are being hypnotized and mass-manipulated out of their divine powers by only a few dark minds. We seem to have forgotten our most inviolable power, to love each other and co-create this beautiful Earth as a Space of Love, the metaphorical and literal paradise-like garden it was meant to be.

We were inspired to create this magazine by the incredible wisdom and vision of a young, beautiful recluse living in the wild of the Siberian Taiga, Anastasia, and a courageous author, Vladimir Megre. He has recorded her amazing, encouraging story and wisdom for us in a series of ten books, and eleven million best-selling copies, translated into over twenty of the world's languages.

We create and write through this meeting place, this Space of Love, for those of us who are ready to help transform and see this planet as the luscious paradise it was meant to be. Anastasia envisions and holds for us a foreseeable future where every man, woman, child and animal can eat and live in peace and harmony.

Our mandate is to share writings and ideas which help us transfer this inspiring vision into joyful lives all over the world.

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"Radomir and Liubomila"

God's Song

Last night God sang me to sleep,
His voice chirping in evening's crickets,
I dreamed of the Perfection in His creations,
And awoke to dawn's song in the thicket.

His radiant smile was evident in my Luna Hibiscus,
Lavender Aster assured me His Peace,
I felt His morning yawn in the stillness of the air,
Showing me the way in the flight of geese.

“Father! I can see you everywhere!” I exclaimed,
As blades of grass still wet with dew,
Tickled my half asleep and groggy feet,
He blushing as I blew a kiss at morning’s hue.

Approaching a maple tree to gather its seeds,
I jumped once and twice, its bounty far from my reach,
Looking around to find myself height,
Found nothing and thought my goal seemed in breach.

Just then God’s arms came swooping down in a breeze,
Bending a plentiful seed-filled branch within my grasp,
Plucking seeds, smiling ear to ear, heart in Joy,
“Father, You truly are Present everywhere!” I did gasp.

My maple tree friend stood tall and proud,
She knew her offspring would adorn my Love-filled Space,
A family tree it would become delighting my children,
As God’s song and grace abounds in this heavenly place.



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Posted by 'Glash Lightning' in a topic 'A Question about a Character - and putting pieces together'. Join the discussion of this topic here:

There is something else that is worth mentioning...

Moses' original teachings and the Jews aside, Krishna's original teachings & ploughing aside, Christ's teaching aside, and Mohammed's teachings aside - the Priests no doubt amended them for their cause to separate Man.
There is something else that happened to Man before these fantastic and greatly appreciated revelations of Anastasia surfaced into the Public.
There is what is perhaps the most core fibre of luminosity within Man that is coiled up inside at the base of the spine. In Sanskrit, this is the primordial...

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Raise a Compassionate Child

By Elizabeth Foy Larsen

Want a child who really, truly cares about others? Follow this advice on raising compassionate children from experts and parents.

Supper was not going well for 2-year-old Benjamin. As his frustrations escalated to the brink of a full-on tantrum, his 4-year-old sister, Ellie, assessed the scene. "He's angry," she told her mother, Susan Rivers, of Newton, Massachusetts. "What can we do to make him happy?" With her mom's help, Ellie brainstormed a few options. Perhaps they could offer Benjamin a cookie. Or maybe playing with his Legos would bring him out of his spiral. "She was really trying to understand his feelings and figure out what strategies she could use to reduce his frustration and cheer him up," Rivers says.

Ellie's concern for her brother is touching, to be sure. But it could also be the key to her having a more joyful life. Empathy -- the ability to understand and be sensitive to other people's feelings -- helps us to be more deeply attached to our family, friends, and even strangers. "Empathy is probably the greatest single gift of our species," says Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D., a senior fellow at the Child Trauma Academy, in Houston. "We wouldn't have been able to survive without creating relationships and groups that could function together."

Putting yourself in someone else's shoes is also a crucial building block for other caring emotions. "It's how we develop gratitude, hope, and compassion - which is the ability to act on your empathy," explains Christine Carter, Ph.D., a sociologist and happiness expert at the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley. One study there found that kids as young as 18 months could master a key component of empathy: the ability to tune in to people's emotions. By age 4, they move beyond making physical caring gestures and start to think about others' feelings in relation to their own. Many of these responses happen naturally, but you can make a more conscious effort to promote empathy-boosting experiences for your children. Consider these 11 things you can do to raise a truly caring child.

Show Empathy to Others

Your son notices if you are rude to your server when she brings you the wrong order. That's why San Francisco mom Kat Eden tries to be understanding when others make mistakes. Eden follows up with her sons, ages 5 and 7, with statements and questions such as, "I wonder how the waitress was feeling when she gave me the wrong meal" and "How do you think it would feel to be that busy at your job?"

Write Genuine Thank-You Notes

Eden also helps her kids move beyond the standard "Thank you for the Polly Pocket" boilerplate by asking questions such as, "What would it be like if you spent a lot of time choosing a great gift for a friend and she didn't thank you?" and "How do you think Timmy will feel when he gets his very own letter in the mail?" Don't insist that your child pen the note herself -- if she's young enough that merely thinking about what to say is a huge task, write it for her and let her sign it.

Be Consistent

If you tell your daughter to be mindful that her words have an impact on others' feelings but then you turn around and lay into your husband for some minor misstep, you're sending her confusing messages, says Robin Stern, Ph.D., adjunct associate professor of communications and education at Columbia University's Teachers College, in New York City. So apologize to your husband in front of your daughter. Then say something like, "I was feeling really sad that Daddy had to work tonight, and I took it out on him. I'm sorry I acted mean."

Boost Her "Feelings Vocabulary"

Spend a few minutes each day pointing out different expressions and giving them a name - happy, sad, mad, angry. You can ask your preschooler to help make "feelings flash cards" by cutting out pictures of faces from magazines and gluing them to index cards. As your child gets older, the emotions can get more nuanced - surprise, shyness, confusion, irritation - and you can add body language to the facial gestures. When you read books together, encourage your child to name the emotions of the different characters.

Praise Each Other Daily

Use mealtime as an opportunity for emotional reflection. "Try to resist fighting about food so you can focus on simply being together," says Dr. Perry. That's what the Cleveland family, of Minneapolis, does. They start their dinners by having each person, including their sons, ages 10 and 12, offer one compliment and one thank-you. "Some nights it's as simple as the fact that we're having hamburgers, but they appreciate the effort I took to make them. It's a nice way to connect," says Anne, the boys' mother.

Recognize Kindness

When you watch your daughter offering a playmate some apple slices, call attention to it by saying, "That was very kind of you to give her a few when you didn't have very many." Then add something like, "I'll bet she was a little envious that you brought a snack to the park when she didn't. How do you think it made your friend feel when you shared with her?"

But Don't Overdo It

Sure, it's great that your son can thank the convenience-store clerk. But lavishing praise on him for fairly ordinary tasks won't make him more empathetic. "Overpraising is a distraction," says Polly Young-Eisendrath, Ph.D. "When kids expect praise for very small accomplishments, it actually gets in the way of their thinking about other people's needs."

Address Your Child's Needs

If it's the middle of the afternoon and your toddler is melting down, Dr. Carter suggests you say something like, "You probably need a nap. I get grouchy when I'm tired too. Let's go home and lie down." This shows in a warm and loving way that you understand and respect how she's feeling.


You may worry that introducing kids to life's harsher realities will be too upsetting. But the reverse is actually true, says Dr. Carter. "Ironically, when you expose children to the sufferings of others, they end up feeling grateful for what they have and proud of being able to help someone." Every Christmas Eve since her three children (ages 5, 8, and 10) were born, Heidi King and her husband have taken the kids to volunteer at a homeless shelter near their house in Tallahassee, Florida. "We teach them that they have been blessed and that it is their responsibility to help others," says King. "And I want them to see this as a responsibility - not an option. My 8-year-old, upon learning that a lunchroom lady's house had burned, took her piggy bank to school without telling me and donated the entire contents - more than $100. She thought they could use it to buy food."

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Brave New Child: 8 Smart Ways to Teach Independence, Self-Confidence and Resilience

By Robin Westen

If you're like me, the notion of "risk-taking" kids conjures up images of broken bones - or even worse. Yet whether it's a baby tasting a spoonful of strained spinach, a toddler taking her first steps, or a preschooler telling the truth about a mess he's made, all kids need a courageous spirit to adjust to the surefire changes that come along with growing up.

Get Ready, Set, Go!

When he was a toddler, my son, Gabe, loved to dress up as Superman. Turns out it was a pretty good choice. Fortunately, he didn't try to leap tall buildings in a single bound, but as he got older, he became a champ at mustering courage and taking a chance. If a magician at a birthday party asked for volunteers, his hand shot up. The merry-go-round's tallest horse always grabbed his interest. New friends? The more, the merrier. Unlike his nail-biting mom, Gabe was naturally spunky, so I had to learn early on to stifle my own anxiety, breathe deeply, and let him take safe risks.

A child's sense of bravery may also shift depending on the situation. "Some kids may hide behind a parent's legs when meeting strangers but be fearless when trying out a new scooter," says Susan Davis, Ph.D. "However, the good news is that all kids yearn to explore their world." That's why it's so important to encourage your child's sense of adventure and self-confidence. These smart strategies will do just that.

Be a Safety Zone

Some children try new stuff eagerly, while others hold back because they're shy or don't want to attempt anything until they're 100 percent positive they can do it right. Change your expectations to accommodate your timid child's uncertainty.

"Rather than getting annoyed that your kid is clinging to you in gymnastics class, for instance, just let her sit on your lap until she feels comfortable -- even if it takes a few sessions," says Dr. Hadley. If you don't push, you'll give her the space to get used to the idea of doing something new. And when the time is right, she'll have the confidence to give it a whirl.

That's the strategy Brattleboro, Vermont, mom Diana Whitney took when her 4-year-old daughter, Ava, was too nervous to go down the slide on their new backyard swingset. "I just waited for her to feel ready," she says. "Once her 9-month-old sister, Carmen, slid down without hesitation, Ava followed right behind." Courage can also be contagious!

Nurture a Conscience

"Young children are beginning to learn the difference between right and wrong, and to understand how others can get hurt," says Dr. Hadley. But it takes bravery to stand up for what you know is right when everyone around you isn't taking the high road. You can help by praising your child if she defends a child who is being teased ("That was really kind of you") or she returns a toy to its rightful owner ("You should be proud that you did the right thing").

Foster Bravery at Bedtime

Okay, this one may sound a bit wacky, but motivational speaker and performance coach Jim Fannin - who has conducted seminars for an estimated half million parents to boost their children's confidence - says that this trick really works with children who are 2 and older. After you have tucked your child into bed and he's almost ready to drift off to sleep, tiptoe into his room. Speaking in a low voice, slowly say, "I ... believe ... in ... you." The next morning, greet him with an upbeat message such as, "Good morning, Champ!" Repeat this three or four times a week. "Studies have shown that the mind is most receptive to positive suggestions just before going to sleep," says Fannin, who has seen great results from using this sort of direct messaging technique with children as well as champion athletes.

Go Slowly

Rather than expecting your child to plunge into a new situation, let her try it out. If she's anxious about making new friends, create a playgroup mixing old buddies with a couple of new ones. Doesn't like new foods? Serve something different alongside one of her faves. Dr. Hadley says, "A sense of familiarity creates an emotional safety net for cautious kids."

Hold On to the Lovey

It's natural to want your child to feel secure enough to leave home without his cuddly blanket or favorite stuffed animal-and, of course, you don't want him to take it somewhere and lose it. However, it's totally fine to let him carry his buddy around for as long as he needs to, says Dr. Reznick. "These objects give kids a feeling of power over their fear," says Dr. Reznick. "Wearing costumes or capes and even talking to an imaginary friend can have a similar effect." Just keep an eye on that lovey so it doesn't get left behind.

Play It Out

Hide-and-seek is a perfect game to help young kids learn to deal with separation and the unknown, says Dr. Davis. It takes them a step beyond what feels comfortable -- you're there, you disappear, then you're back!

Tune In

Instead of coaxing your kid to attempt a new sport or get on a bike, ask him to describe why he doesn't want to. "Listen without judging or trying to change his mind," says Naomi Aldort, Ph.D. Try saying "I see how scared you are. What do you think could happen?" By validating his feelings, you're helping him develop emotional awareness so he can make confident decisions. This paves the way to a more independent, responsible, adventurous life.

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What Are Probiotics?

Repeatedly demonstrated to aid gastrointestinal health in the human body, acidophilus and other probiotics are key elements of our overall health and well being. This is particularly true when we consider that many of our common-day chronic ailments begin in the digestive system. It is also true when we consider the sheer number of people that suffer from poor gastrointestinal health, a condition which lowers the overall level of good bacteria in the body.

Before we go into the multi-fold benefits of taking probiotics, let's define what probiotics are. The Joint FAO/WHO Working Group defines probiotics as "live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host."

In plain English, probiotics are a type of living bacteria that actually benefit your health when taken in the appropriate amounts. This friendly bacteria, located in the gastrointestinal tract, comes in a variety of forms. With more than 400 different bacteria living in the human gastrointestinal tract, the most common forms of intestinal probiotics are L. acidophilus and Bifidobacteria bifidum.

These bacteria act as balancing agents for non-friendly, pathogenic, gut-bacteria such as Candida or E. coli. When the "good-guys" are not present enough, a number of bacteria-related health problems such as digestive upset, headaches, sluggishness, irritability, cadidiasis (an overgrowth of the bacteria Candida albicans), and even anxiety can ensue.

Lactobacillus acidophilus is, quite possibly, the strongest of our probiotic fighters. Studies show that L. acidophilus actually creates a natural form of antibiotics in the body. This natural antibiotic increases our ability to produce antimicrobial action against the pathogens in the food we eat, the air we breath, and the things we come in contact with. Stress, unhealthy lifestyles, and most importantly, unhealthy acidic diets, destroy our natural amounts of probiotics. In this sense, it is a great idea to add a probiotic supplement to your diet.

The Health Benefits of Probiotics

The following health benefits are associated with the intake of daily doses of probiotics.

  • Enhanced immune system response
  • Reduces negative affects of taking many types of antibiotics
  • Aids in preventing and treating colon inflammation following surgery
  • Helps to prevent eczema in youth
  • Increased ability to digest food
  • Therapeutic for viral respiratory tract infections by enhancing the overall immune system
  • Reduces lactose intolerance
  • Reduces incidence of yeast infections, vaginitis and candidiasis
  • Increases ability to assimilate the nutrients from food
  • Alleviates many common digestive disorders such as constipation, diarrhea and IBS
  • Acts as a remedy for bad breath (halitosis)
  • Increases ability to synthesize vitamin B
  • Increases ability to absorb calcium
  • Promotes anti-tumor and anti-cancer activity in the body

Who Should Take Probiotics?

There is no question that candiasis sufferers require supplemental use of probiotics to replenish beneficial GI bacteria and rebuild the immune system. Even if you don't have candidiasis, environmental and food toxins, coupled with the high-stress lifestyle of most North Americans, are good indicators of the widespread need for probiotics.

This is especially true if you are consistently taking antibiotics, or if you have ever been on a course of particularly strong antibiotics, have frequent colds, or exhibit any symptoms of candida related problems. The reason for this is that antibiotics kill bacteria both good and bad. Despite their value, antibiotics have been overused to the point that there are at least two bacteria that have developed complete resistance to antibiotics. Needless to say, these bacteria present a serious problem to our health.

Studies on Probiotics

  • Studies show that probiotics improve the bio-availability of many important nutrients in the body such as zinc, iron, phosphorus, all of the B vitamins, calcium, copper, and magnesium.
  • A study on the probiotic strain B. infantis showed powerful abilites to normalize bowel function in patients suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
  • Probiotics have been shown to significantly lower the rate of diarrhea and diaper rash in babies' consuming infant probiotics.
  • Active bacteria cultures, such as acidophilus, have been shown to aid in reducing intolerance to lactose found in dairy products.
  • Several studies on probiotics have indicated that through the process of regulating intestinal transit time of fecal matter, probiotics can dramatically reduce constipation in the elderly.
  • Other reports indicate that some forms of probiotics, can aid in promoting the growth of healthy bacteria in the colon, significantly lowering the conversion of bile in the colon into carcinogens.
  • Some studies demonstrate that probiotics enhance overall immunity through a process of regulating lymphocytes and antibodies in the body.

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Dr. Perricone's No. 10 Superfood: Yogurt and Kefir

Kefir's Colorful and Romantic History

Kefir dates back many centuries - likely even longer - to the shepherds of the Caucasus Mountains, who reportedly discovered that fresh milk carried in leather pouches would occasionally ferment into an effervescent beverage.

Another legend, from the Islamic peoples of the Caucasus Mountains, claims that kefir "grains" were a gift to the region's Orthodox Christians from Mohammed, who strictly forbade their dissemination, because they would lose their "magic strength." Although Marco Polo mentioned it in his travel accounts, kefir and its secrets remained unknown outside the Caucasus region until reports spread of its value in treating tuberculosis, and for intestinal and stomach disorders. Russian doctors of the Victorian era believed that kefir was beneficial for health and the first scientific studies for kefir were published in the late 19th century.

This mildly self-carbonated beverage continues to be popular in the Caucasus, Russia and southwestern Asia, and recently gained wide popularity in Western Europe. In the United States, most natural food stores and the "whole food" chain markets found in urban areas - such as Whole Foods Market and Wild Oats - carry kefir. Given the ever-increasing popularity of yogurt and yogurt drinks here, I predict it won't be long before the big U.S. supermarket chains follow suit. However, as with yogurt, beware of products laden with sugars and fructose. Buy plain, unsweetened kefir and flavor with mixed berries, including acai.

Kefir's Health Benefits

In addition to kefir's ancient reputation as a healthy drink, it has been famously credited with the extraordinary longevity of people in the Caucasus. Hospitals in the former Soviet Union use kefir - especially when no modern medical treatment is available - to treat conditions ranging from atherosclerosis, allergic disease, metabolic and digestive disorders and tuberculosis to cancer and gastrointestinal disorders.

A number of studies conducted to date have documented kefir's ability to stimulate the immune system, enhance lactose digestion, and inhibit tumors, fungi and pathogens - including the bacteria that cause most ulcers. This makes a lot of sense as scientists have since discovered that most ulcers are caused by an infection with the bacterium, Helicobacter pylori and not spicy food, stomach acid or stress, as physicians erroneously believed for years.

Scientists are now discovering that a great many inflammatory diseases (including certain types of heart disease) can be triggered by a bacterium. And that provides all the more reason to enjoy kefir as part of your daily diet.

Yogurt vs. Obesity

A daily dose of yogurt is good for people of all ages. Yogurt is also important for those wanting to lose weight. As a milk product, yogurt is naturally rich in calcium. Research shows that calcium helps reduce weight gain. Even small changes in the calcium levels of fat cells can change signals within the cell that control the making and burning of fat.

The authors of a 2003 study at the University of Tennessee placed 34 obese people on a low-calorie diet. Sixteen of them were given 400 to 500mg of calcium in the form of a daily supplement. The other 18 people ate a diet higher in calcium - 1,100mg per day-in the form of yogurt. After 12 weeks, both groups lost fat. The supplement-taking group had 6 pounds less fat, but the yogurt group lost about 10 pounds of fat. And, those who ate yogurt discovered that their waists shrank by more than an inch and a half. In comparison, the supplement-taking subjects lost only about a quarter of an inch in waist size. Finally, a whopping 60 percent of the yogurt eaters' weight loss was belly fat, while only 26 percent of the supplement group's loss was belly fat.

This is very exciting news as belly fat - which doctors call visceral or intra-abdominal fat - is linked to high cholesterol, high insulin, high triglycerides, high blood pressure and other problems. Visceral fat may also secrete more disease-linked inflammatory molecules than other types of fat.

The study also reported that in addition to helping the participants lose more weight, the group that ate yogurt was about twice as effective at maintaining lean muscle mass. As the study director, Michael Zemel, PhD, stated in a news release, "This is a critical issue when dieting. You want to lose fat, not muscle. Muscle helps burn calories, but it is often compromised during weight loss." I couldn't agree more!

Always buy organic yogurt and avoid yogurt that contains thickeners and stabilizers. Also avoid yogurt that contains added sugars or sweetened fruit, as these upset the delicate chemical balance that allow the cultures to thrive. Sugars also feed the growth on unwanted yeasts, such as Candida albicans.

Kefir: Ancient Elixir of the Caucasus

I start every morning by pouring myself a glass of unsweetened whole milk kefir and add to it 2 tablespoons of POM Wonderful (pure pomegranate extract). I stir it up and it looks and tastes like a rich and beautiful berry smoothie. It is the perfect way to start the day.

Kefir (kee-fer) is a fermented, probiotic milk drink from the Caucasus Mountains in the former Soviet Union. The name kefir loosely translated means "pleasure" or "good feeling." Due to its health-promoting properties, kefir was once considered a gift from the gods. Fortunately it is being rediscovered and recognized for its many health and beauty benefits.

Kefir can best be described as a sort of liquid, sparkling yogurt, with its own distinct and deliciously mild, naturally sweet, yet tangy flavor - with a refreshing hint of natural carbonation. Its unique taste and almost mystical reputation as a longevity elixir explains why people all over Europe are making kefir (along with similar fermented drinks) their beverage of choice. Sales are even beginning to rival top soft drink brands.

Unlike yogurt, which is created from milk by adding certain lactic acid bacteria, kefir is made by combining milk with a pinch of "kefir grains" - the folk term coined to describe a complex mixture of yeasts and lactobacillus bacteria. The small amount of carbon dioxide, alcohol and aromatic compounds produced by the cultures give kefir its distinct fizzy, tangy taste.

Kefir also contains unique polysaccharides (long chain sugars) called kefiran, which may be responsible for some of its health benefits. Much of the Russian research on its health benefits remains untranslated, and Western research is in its early stages - but the results to date support kefir's impressive folk reputation.

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Get to know your parasite enemies

What types of parasites are there? And where do they come from?

According to "The Medical Advisor," the most common parasites that infest humans are pinworms, roundworms, hookworms, and tapeworms. There are also smaller parasites such as flukes, protozoa, amoebae, and fungi. Pinworms tend to live in people's lower intestinal tracts and lungs. To deposit eggs, the female worm leaves the anal area at night. This causes an irritating itch that, when scratched, transfers the eggs to the host's fingers and to whatever those fingers touch - throughout an entire household. The eggs are so tiny; they even float through the air! If inadvertently inhaled or ingested, the eggs hatch in the intestines and start a new cycle in a new host.

The roundworm that causes ascariasis enters the body in unwashed or contaminated raw food. It may also be picked up from soil. If you're wondering how they got into the soil - its usually because a pet or animal deposited infested feces into the soil. And be sure to wash the salad mixes that come in plastic bags. These have often been found to be contaminated by cow manure when the salad mix is prepared near a pasture.

Hookworms and threadworms enter the body in contaminated drinking water or through bare feet (yes, they pass right through the skin into the soles of the feet)! Then the larvae migrate to the small intestine, where they may live for several years, taking nutrients from the intestinal walls. And while they live in the small intestine, they lay more and more eggs. What happens to these eggs (also called ovum)? Some of the eggs are passed in the feces (and whatever those feces touch becomes contaminated). The rest of the eggs either hatch right there in the intestines to become mature worms that lay their own eggs or incubate to hatch at a future date. Research has shown that ovum can incubate 10 years or more before hatching!

You can contract the roundworm that causes trichinosis by eating raw or undercooked pork or game - which may contain living worm larvae encased in cysts. After your digestive juices dissolve the cysts, the larvae circulate through the blood and lymphatic system before digging into muscle tissue and forming a cyst with new larvae.

Tapeworms also enter the body in raw or undercooked beef, fish, or pork. In some cases, children swallow tapeworm-infested fleas or lice that live on small animals or household pets. And flukes are so tiny that they can pass through skin if you swim in a lake containing the small snails which harbor them.

Then there are the even smaller kinds - the protozoa, amoebae, fungi - that exist in water and food.

PARASITE: A living organism, which receives nourishment and shelter from another organism where it thrives.

HOST: An organism which harbours the parasite = US! and parasites are definitely one type of visitor that's not welcomed to the body.

The term parasite relates to 'any living thing that lives on or in another living organism'. Many parasites interfere with bodily functions, cause irritation; some destroy the host’s tissues and release toxins into the bloodstream.

There are 2 types of parasites. There are large ones referred to as worms and small ones that require a microscope to see.

Diseases caused by worms - round and flat worms.

The large worms while in an immature form can travel through your blood stream and infect any organ, gland or part of the body. Depending on the type of worm, they can grow anywhere from several inches up to many feet in length. They can lay thousand up to millions of eggs each day. The eggs stick to the walls of our intestines and can be microscopic in size. These large worms are called HEMINTHINS or INTESTINAL NEMATODES. The fish tape worm is the largest of the human tapeworms and can reach up to 33 feet in length or more! Beef and pork also have tapeworms.

Protozoal diseases - various amoebic infections (single celled, microscopic protozoa) The small ones travel through your blood stream like bacteria or virus. They reproduce by dividing themselves much like bacteria do. They too can invade any cell in the body. These small ones are called PROTOZOA.

There are also various classes of parasites depending on whether they live outside on the surface of the body or live inside the body of the host; either in the body's tissues, body's cavities, digestive tract or other organs, Worms of various kinds can enter the body through several avenues and if conditions are favourable for their development they may multiply. If this colony is not kept in check by the body's own defenses, the infestation soon becomes a burden on the body and health is downgraded.

Intestinal parasites are most often due to insufficient or negligent hygiene, poorly washed foods or polluted water. All of these undesirable invaders take nutrients from the body and excrete hazardous wastes, which are destructive to the body, irritating and injuring. For example, allergies, arthritis, asthma or even nerve disorders can often be directly linked to parasite infections. Mild parasite infections can be completely asymptomatic, which does not make them less hazardous. It could be that a mild vague feeling (not feeling 100%), digestive Problems, colic, irritable, fatigue, off colour and generalised or localised pruritus (itchiness) are experienced. Heavy infestations can cause Symptoms of abdominal pain and diarrhoea. Very heavy infestations can cause blood loss, anaemia, weight loss, appendicitis and even death!

The aim is to avoid becoming infected and strengthening the body to resist infestation. Worms l-o-v-e sugar, acid conditions and constipation. So therefore, a diet high in fibre and alkalising food is the best prevention and cure for infestations.

Symptoms of Parasites:

The word parasite comes from Greek meaning "one who eats off the table of another." Parasites eat and live off the food we consume, even our health supplements. They leave us the scraps. They often make us feel that we are not getting the nutrition from our food or that SOMETHING IS MISSING.

  • WATER RETENTION (mostly from tapeworms)

And the list goes on and on. We must now be realistic. If 85% to 95% of the population, healthy or sick, has parasites, any illness can be suspected as having as its cause, parasites!

It is now being considered that perhaps 50% of all cancer, diabetes, asthma, arthritis and heart disease comes from parasites!

What do Parasites do to us?

Parasites eat and eliminate wastes every day. They not only eat our food, BUT MANY OF THEM EAT HUMAN TISSUES. They also can eat the protein coating on your nerves.

Endo limax nana is a parasite that has been found to eat the calcium off our bones causing forms of arthritis. Entamoeba Histolytica can get into the liver, the lungs and the brain.


Many cases of chronic anemia can be from a parasite called HOOKWORM, also known as NECATOR AMERICANUS meaning AMERICAN MURDER. This parasite attaches itself to the lining of or intestines and bites into our blood vessels. It is capable of drinking an enormous amount of blood everyday. Hemoglobin levels as low as 15% of normal have been found in people with chronic hookworm disease.

Experts now feel that even seizures may be caused by parasites or even worms that can get into our brains!

Recently in her book, Dr. Hulga Clark speculates that Diabetes can be caused by a worm called a FLUKE which can get into the pancreas and cause it to malfunction. Many researchers, including myself, have seen this to be true! The TV show "60 Minutes" highlighted a story of many children who had bloated bellies and had died of unknown causes. It was found upon autopsy that these children had died of DOG HEART TAPE WORMS. Tape worms that these children had picked up from dogs and had infected their bodies.

It is now being considered that heart disease and heart attacks may be higher in dog owners as these owners have had their hearts infected by these worms. This condition has been confirmed by autopsy.

Another type of roundworm is called whip worms. They inject a digestive fluid into our colon which turns the tissue of our colons into a liquid which the worm then sucks up. Pinworms have recently been found in the uterus, vulva and the fallopian tubes of some of my female patients. This is because when the worm travels to lay its eggs, it can get lost on its way back to the colon. In other words, it travels out of the colon, out of the anus into the vaginal area and gets lost on its way back. It's no wonder women can get rid of their vaginal infects. Worms can be crawling out of the anus carrying bacteria and candida right into the reproductive areas.

And to make matters worse they do this at night while your asleep.

Parasites release toxic wastes. These wastes are actually their feces and urine. Parasite urine is practically pure ammonia. Parasite wastes stress the kidneys, liver and immune system.

How do we get parasites?

The primary way is from our food and water. Over 50% of our food and water is infected. Dr. Hulda Clark points out that much of the food we eat, the personal care items we use like shampoo, hand lotions and commercial cleaning solutions are high in solvents. The two most common solvents are BENZENE and PROPYL ALCOHOL. These solvents cause the microscopic eggs from parasites to hatch quickly in our bodies. Many years ago, before we were exposed to these chemicals, the parasite eggs would pass through our bodies leaving us safe. The eggs of parasites are microscopic and are the real danger. They can be passed sexually, through shaking hands, walking barefoot, eating or drinking from someone else's glass, bottle, can, fork etc., swimming in polluted lakes, rivers or streams, even by going to the beach.

Recent surveys have found that livestock inspectors might be missing as many as 1/2 of the parasite infected animals that go to slaughter.

Dr. Brooks claims that "eggs are readily transported through the air and it is not uncommon to find them in every room in the house...complications are much common in women then men."

Get to know your parasite enemies:

Ascaris Lumbricoides, large roundworm of humans, is the most common nematode parasite of humans, infecting an estimated 1.47 billion individuals. Pathology can result from pneumonia caused by the worm's migration through the lungs, blocking of the gastrointestinal track or the bile or pancreatic duct. Ascaris Lumbricoides is physically indistinguishable from Ascaris suum.

It is estimated that pinworms infect more than 400,000,000 people throughout the world (10% of humans), and in many areas of the world (e.g., North America and Europe) it is the most common nematode parasite of humans. On a world-wide basis, however, Ascaris lumbricoides ranks #1 infecting more than 1,000,000,000 people (25% of humans).

The Tapeworm genus Hymenolepis contains in excess of 400 species (according to some authorities), virtually all of which are found in higher vertebrates. The life cycles for most species are unknown, but it's likely that they all involve insects as the intermediate host (with a cysticercoid as the metacestode stage).

There are many species of hookworms that infect mammals. The most important, at least from the human standpoint, are the human hookworms, Ancylostoma duodenale and Necator americanus, which infect an estimated 800,000,000 persons, and the dog and cat hookworms, A. caninum and A. braziliense, respectively. Hookworms average about 10 mm in length and live in the small intestine of the host. The males and females mate, and the female produces eggs that are passed in the feces. Depending on the species, female hookworms can produce 10,000-25,000 eggs per day. About two days after passage the hookworm egg hatches, and the juvenile worm (or larva) develops into an infective stage in about five days. The next host is infected when an infective larva penetrates the host's skin. The juvenile worm migrates through the host's body and finally ends up in the host's small intestine where it grows to sexual maturity. The presence of hookworms can be demonstrated by finding the characteristic eggs in the feces; the eggs can not, however, be differentiated to species.

The mouthparts of hookworms are modified into cutting plates. Attachment of hookworms to the host's small intestine causes hemorrhages, and the hookworms feed on the host's blood. Hookworm disease can have devastating effects on humans, particularly children, due to the loss of excessive amounts of blood.

Juveniles (larvae) of the dog and cat hookworms can infect humans, but the juvenile worms will not mature into adult worms. Rather, the juveniles remain in the skin where they continue to migrate for weeks (or even months in some instances). This results in a condition known as "cutaneous" or "dermal larval migrans" or "creeping eruption." Hence the importance of not allowing dogs and cats to defecate indiscriminately.

Strongyloides stercoralis is an unusual "parasite" in that it has both free-living and parasitic life cycles. In the parasitic life cycle, female worms are found in the superficial tissues of the human small intestine; there are apparently no parasitic males. The female worms produce larvae parthenogenically (without fertilization), and the larvae are passed in the host's feces. The presence of nematode larvae in a fecal sample is characteristic of strongylodiasis. Once passed in the feces, some of the larvae develop into "free-living" larvae, while others develop into "parasitic" larvae. The "free-living" larvae will complete their development in the soil and mature into free-living males and females. The free-living males and females mate, produce more larvae, and (as above) some of these larvae will develop into "free-living" larvae, while other will develop into "parasitic larvae." As one might imagine, this free-living life cycle constitutes an important reservoir for human infections. The "parasitic" larvae infect the human host by penetrating the skin (like the hookworms). The larvae migrate to the lungs, via the circulatory system, penetrate the alveoli into the small bronchioles, and they are "coughed up" and swallowed. Once they return to the small intestine, the larvae mature into parasitic females.

S. stercoralis also infects humans via a mechanism called "autoinfection." Under some circumstances, such as chronic constipation, larvae produced by the parasitic females will remain in the intestinal tract long enough to develop into infective stages. Such larvae will penetrate the tissues of the intestinal tract and develop as if they had penetrated the skin. Autoinfection can also occur when larvae remain on and penetrate the perianal skin. Autoinfection often leads to very high worm burdens in humans.

Since the parasitic females live in the superficial tissues of the small intestine, and can be present in high numbers, they can cause significant pathology.

There are approximately 60 species of whipworms that infect mammals. Only two are considered here, the human whipworm, Trichuris trichiura, and the canine whipworm, T. vulpis. These two species have a high degree of host specificity, but canine whipworms have been recovered from humans on rare occasions.

Whipworms get their name from the characteristic shape of the adults. The adults live in the host's large intestine with their anterior ends embedded in the cells that line the intestine; each female can produce in excess of 10,000 eggs each day, and the worms can live several years. The eggs are passed in the host's feces, and they become infective in about three weeks. When an infective egg is eaten by the appropriate host it hatches in the small intestine, and the juvenile worm migrates to the large intestine where it reaches sexual maturity.

Most infections of whipworms are probably asymptomatic. However, because the worms live a long time and a person can be reinfected constantly, heavy worm burdens can develop. Symptoms of whipworm infection can include diarrhea, dysentery, and anemia. Heavy infections in children can cause mental and physical retardation. Diagnosis depends on the demonstration of eggs, which have a characteristic appearance, in the feces.

Fasciola hepatica the common name of this parasite, the "sheep liver fluke," is somewhat misleading since this parasite is found in animals other than sheep (including cattle and humans), and the parasite resides in the bile ducts inside the liver rather than the liver itself. This species is a common parasite of sheep and cattle and, therefore, relatively easy to obtain.

The adult parasites reside in the intrahepatic bile ducts, produce eggs, and the eggs are passed in the host's feces. After passing through the first intermediate host (a snail), cercariae encyst on vegetation. The definitive host is infected when it eats the contaminated vegetation. The metacercaria excysts in the definitive host's small intestine, and the immature worm penetrates the small intestine and migrates through the abdominal cavity to the host's liver. The juvenile worm penetrates and migrates through the host's liver and finally ends up in the bile ducts. The migration of the worms through the host's liver, and the presence of the worms in the bile ducts, are responsible for the pathology associated with fascioliasis.

Fasciola hepatica is found in parts of the United States, as well as in Great Britian, Ireland, Europe, the Middle East, the Far East, Africa, and Australia. Fascioliasis in sheep and cattle results in animals that show low productivity (low weight gain, low milk production, etc.).

What you can do:

Make sure that you wash your hands several times a day and especially after going to the rest room or if around animals. Never let your pets sleep in your bed or lick you on the mouth. Always wash yourself after a pet licks you.

Cook your meat and fish until it has no visible pink and is getting dry. I'm sorry, but that's the way it is. Do not leave food out over night. The longer food sits out, the quicker the incubation period for parasites can begin. Always wash or peel raw fruits and vegetables. RAW FRUITS AND VEGETABLES CAN BE BIGGER SOURCE OF PARASITES THAN MEAT!!. Do not allow yourself to remain constipated. If your bowels do not move at least 2-3 times a day read up on CONSTIPATION REMEDIES diagnosis, causes, relief and treatments. The longer your feces stays in your digestive tract the greater a chance you have for parasites to grow.


Prior to the 1930's it was very common that people would take castor oil, mineral oil or some type of herbal mixture to clear themselves of parasites. Each ethnic had their own way of doing this. This was done every six months, once a year or with the change in seasons.

In this way, people kept themselves clear of parasites. Medical doctors in the 1800's would commonly supervise the de-worming of their patients every 6 months, or once a year. Could this be where the traditional 6 month or annual check-up comes from?

In Europe, the medical community still recommends that you de-worm yourself, your animals and pets every six months.

If you are healthy, your body is handling the damage and poisons produced by these parasites and they are not producing disease your body. However, they may begin to produce disease at any time, depending on your life style, diet, and level of stress.

[In Russia a Turpentine Balsam was often used as a supplement for de-worming, since its natural bitterness kills parasites and its oily consitency prevents worms to hoock up to the intestine walls. Also the Turpentine Balsam boosts immune system which, in its turn, fights parasites.]

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How to build your immune system to fight off intestinal parasites

The first thing you do can do to make your body less hospitable to intestinal parasites is to build up your immune system. Strong immune systems will expel foreign objects in your body and cause your intestinal system to be inhospitable to parasites. You don’t want the parasites considering your intestines a luxury accommodation filled with all their favorite foods and nothing asking them to leave. Daily we are wearing down our immune systems with chemicals, food intolerances, lack of sleep, high levels of stress and an inactive lifestyle. By supporting your immune system and not overwhelming it, you will be keeping your immune system strong enough to fight off parasites.

Build a defensive immune system against parasites

Check your daily intake of these foods and nutrients to see if your giving your body what it needs to fight off the intestinal parasites that may be the cause of your intestinal problems.

  • Vitamin C increases the production of infection-fighting white blood cells and antibodies and increases levels of interferon, the antibody that coats cell surfaces, preventing the entry of viruses.[Viruses and infections also have parasitic nature.]
  • Vitamin E stimulates the production of natural killer cells, those that seek out and destroy germs and cancer cells.
  • Zinc increases the number of infection-fighting T-cells and have been claimed to decreased the severity of infections.
  • Garlic. Is a powerful immune booster that stimulates the multiplication of infection-fighting white cells, boosts natural killer cell activity, and increases the efficiency of antibody production.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids. The omega 3 fatty acids in cedar nut oil and fatty fish (such as salmon, tuna, and mackerel) act as immune boosters by increasing the activity of phagocytes, the white blood cells that eat up bacteria.

Wage war on parasites and the intestinal problems they are causing

Your armory:

  • Don't feed them! Avoid simple carbohydrates and all sugars but honey.
  • Increase your intake of cedar nut oil, raw garlic, pumpkin seeds, pomegranates, beets, and carrots. These are traditional remedies to kill parasites. In one study, researchers found that a mixture of honey and papaya seeds cleared stools of parasites in 23 out of 30 subjects.
  • Drink a lot of water to help flush out your system.
  • Increase your fiber intake, which may help get rid of worms by scraping clean the sides of your intestines.
  • Probiotics help keep your digestive flora healthy.
  • Digestive enzymes will help restore your intestinal tract to its normal state, which makes it inhospitable to parasites.

Now you know what they are, what they do, how you may have picked them up, how to eat to prevent them and how to eat to get rid of them. Don’t be overwhelmed, begin by making just one change today. If you make one change a week within a few months your body can be a parasite fighting machine and your intestinal problems can begin to be a distant memory.

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Greenhouse in a Swimming Pool - Winter Harvest

Salad greens, chives and braising greens thrive in this winter growing space, a greenhouse converted from an old swimming pool. Outside temperatures dipped down as low as 3F (-17C); yet this space remains productive without any additional heat. It is heated by the sun during the day, and stays relatively warm (around 32F (0C)) on coldest of nights. Plants are happy and harvest is in full swing.

This unheated growing space was created in an old swimming pool that has fallen into disrepair. Old swimming pools are hard fix; this one was built in the 1950-s and doubled up as water cistern for irrigating fields and pastures. It is made with poured-in-place cement and a 4'5" (1.3 meter) earth embankment on three sides - and making anything functional out of it was really an interesting project. Being a hole in the ground, it collects water (the old drain does not function); and also functions as a default catchment for autumn leaves. If left neglected, it could fill up with fallen leaves and branches within 2-3 seasons and become a problem, as happened with a number of abandoned pools in the area. It is simply unpleasant as it spells danger for children and animals.

Photo above is taken around 5pm in January - with low winter sun shining from the west (left side on the photo). Oriented long axis North-South, this old pool made a perfect shell for a sunken greenhouse. One half of the pool was covered with a roof; a South-facing wall completed the new growing space. Of course, when dealing with anything sunken, solar exposure (or lack of thereof) and water-harvesting virtues are to be considered. In other words it is likely that there will be some lack of sunlight from the shade cast by the surrounding walls; and water will collect in the lowest spot (i.e. under your feet) after each rain. Here in NM the rainfall is around 9" per annum, and though there are very heavy rains in the summer that flood the pool/greenhouse to about 3", such rains are followed by hot dry days and water simply evaporates without much damage. The floor in this (and most pools) is slightly uneven and most water does not even enter the greenhouse (a simple wooden threshold holds water back!). The old drain is not functioning, yet no problem so far after 10 years of use.

Some years we use fallen leaves that collect on the bottom of the pool and push them against north wall where they act as a sponge for extra water and decompose without any assistance into wonderful rich soil food - which, as you may guess, is then used in the greenhouse itself.

This greenhouse has another great advantage - being sunken into the earth it has a substantial thermomass, which means it is significantly more immune to temperature swings than a typical freestanding glass/plastic greenhouse. Less temperature swings means a longer growing season on both ends of the year - there is slower cooling off in the winter (plants stay cozy longer and grow better) and slower warming up in the spring (plants don't bolt so fast and they don't get infested with bugs due to unfavorable growing conditions). In general, when thinking about a greenhouse, it is best to choose an attached (to a house or another building) construction. In this case, the earthen banks serve as thick insulation from the elements, an attachment of sorts.

This particular greenhouse is a part of an active poultry/goat yard. This is why you can see some wood logs placed on the roof of the greenhouse (photo above) - this is to discourage goats from using the roof as their playground (yes, logs work). There is nothing more worrisome than an active goat family on the roof of the building while you are inside and under them!

Seven steps down, across the pool, through the door - welcome to the greenhouse. Since this is a permaculture greenhouse, it serves more than one function (Each element serves multiple functions in permaculture design; element being any object, thing, component or participant of the design). Besides growing greens, it is used as milk parlor for two dairy goats. To produce high quality raw milk, it is very important to have a clean, contained, dust free environment that is removed from the animal barn. The goats get milked in the greenhouse, which is easy to keep relatively clean (broom + occasional shop vac), and which stays considerably more comfortable and warm in the winter (try milking when your hands are freezing!!!) and cozy in the summer (no flies, no eager chickens interested in goat feed). On the photo above, Nubian goat Rosa is on the milk stand, eating her meal before being milked. Foreground shows blue barrels filled with water for additional thermomass (I started to paint one of them white to increase light reflection, but paint smell made me stop resulting in an ugly paintjob. I think it will remain that way for ever now.). Sun makes the water in those barrels warm (relatively speaking) and then the heat is radiated at night to keep the space yet a little warmer.

Another element to notice is insulation on the roof and back wall. Heat raises. It exits through the roof, in every building that has insufficient insulation. That is bad news for buildings made with glass and plastic roofs, such as greenhouses! One way to deal with this is to realize that in the winter the sun is quite low, most of it shines on the plants through the South glass wall; not as much through the roof. Therefore, if Northern half of the greenhouse is fully insulated, top and sides, there is no noticeable loss of light! Southern half of the space has partial insulation, and partial clear glazing - with heat losses occurring here for sure, but only via about 20% of total roof space. Take another look at the picture above to see how sun reaches directly to the far (Northern) wall; with the photo taken around 5pm in late January (short days, weaker sun).

In the summer the greenhouse gets a rest, as far as growing goes - the milk parlor use continues. Now we are experimenting with figs, artichokes and leeks and will probably keep it green year round. August - May is the main growing season for this space, with winter greens abundant and healthy as no bugs can survive the summer resting period with no greens to munch on.

Last word on keeping it warm in bitter cold. Soil and water barrels are placed on top of 2" insulation, so they don't "bleed" their heat into the surrounding cement. On coldest nights row covers are placed over greens to give them an additional cushion. Adding more water barrels or a large pond would be a good next step, as water stores heat and adds to the ambiance of any greenhouse. Happy growing!

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Greenhouse Vegetable Production

Soil Culture

The easiest way to get started in greenhouse vegetable production is to use the existing soil on site, but soils must be well drained. Soils can be improved by applying ample quantities of well-rotted livestock manure, compost, or composted livestock manure. Apply all manures before fumigation. Soils should be fumigated or sterilized with steam at least two weeks before planting. If the soil is steamed, maintain a temperature of 180°F for at least four hours. Avoid deep tillage after sterilization to prevent reintroduction of weed seed and disease organisms from below the sterilization or fumigation zone.

A soil test should be taken before planting to determine the amount of fertilizer to apply for each crop. All phosphorous and potassium fertilizers should be applied before planting and incorporated directly into the soil. Nitrogen fertilizers should be applied in split applications, part before planting and the rest as needed during the growing season. Nitrogen fertilizers can be applied as sidedressings or through a drip irrigation system. Secondary and minor fertilizer elements should be applied as needed.

Hydroponic Culture

Hydroponic culture of greenhouse vegetables involves the production of crops in sand, gravel, or artificial soil-less mixes in bags, tubes, tubs, tanks, or troughs designed to allow the circulation of nutrient media needed for crop growth. Unlike conventional soil culture, hydroponic culture of greenhouse vegetables is less forgiving and requires intense management. Although present automation systems can minimize fertilization and irrigation labor inputs, continuous monitoring of the system is important. Growers must be highly knowledgeable about plant growth, nutrient balances, cultural media characteristics, and plant physiology. Nevertheless, hydroponics allows the culture of greenhouse vegetables in areas where soils are not suitable for vegetable production.

Crops and Culture

Tomatoes are the most common vegetables grown in greenhouses, followed by cucumbers. Both are grown in the off-season (fall, winter, and spring) to take advantage of premium prices. Leaf and Bibb lettuces often are grown in the winter in cooler areas of the state. Other popular crops include bell peppers, eggplant, and herbs like basil.

Integrated Pest Management

Integrated pest management (IPM) is a holistic approach to the management of pests. IPM does not exclude the use of pesticides in the greenhouse. Rather, pesticides are used in combination with cultural, natural, mechanical, and biological control as well as insect monitoring to maximize the effectiveness of control methods. Reduced use of pesticides under more effective timing schedules reduces not only the adverse effects of these chemicals on the environment and people, but also reduces the chance of pests developing resistance. For more information on pest control techniques, contact your local county Extension agent.

Tomato Planting

One or two tomato crops can be planted in the greenhouse during the year. Planting, transplanting, and harvest dates will vary depending on location. As most tomato varieties will begin to ripen 100 days after planting, seed should be planted so the fruit begin to ripen soon after first frost for fall crops.

In cooler areas of New Mexico, tomato crops are generally planted in early July and transplanted to greenhouse beds in mid-August. Harvest will begin in October and may continue until early March. Harvesting may be terminated at an earlier date if heating costs become extreme. Late spring harvest can be accomplished by delaying planting until late fall or early winter. Planting dates in southern New Mexico should be delayed until mid-August or later due to hot weather in mid-summer.

Plants are best started in individual containers (plastic pots, peat pots, or cubes) to reduce labor costs and reduce transplanting shock. Use of commercial sterile potting mixes will decrease the incidence of seedling disease problems. Custom soil mixes can be used, but must be pasteurized to eliminate insects, diseases, and weed seed. Heating the moist soil mixture to a temperature of 160°F for 30 minutes will kill most pests.

Sow two to three seeds per pot (1/4-inch deep) and water. Then cover pots with clear polyethylene and place in the shade (70F) until seedlings emerge. Plastic should then be removed and the pots moved into full sun. Thin the seedlings to one plant per pot.

If possible, seedlings should be grown at daytime temperatures of 58-60F (nighttime 52-56F) for the first 10-14 days. This initial cold treatment should help seedlings develop larger cotyledons and thicker stems. Plants should also set more early fruit, increasing both early and total yields. Thereafter a daytime temperature of 70-75F (nighttime 60-62F) should be maintained. After the initial cold treatment, temperatures should not fall below 55F, which may cause rough, irregularly shaped fruit and stunted plant growth. Temperatures can be reduced slightly during cloudy days.

Irrigation water may have to be heated in the winter before use. Water less than 50F will chill the roots, causing poor growth. Plants should be fertilized weekly with a starter solution (1/2 ounce of 21-53-0 per gallon of water) in the irrigation water. As plants become larger, feeding can be increased to twice a week.

Transplants should be established in the ground beds approximately four to six weeks after seeding. Set transplants in the soil 1 inch deeper than previously grown. Space plants 15-18 inches apart in rows 3-3.5 feet wide. Water immediately after transplanting.


Plants should be trained as single (main) stems by removing all side shoots or suckers that develop between leaf petioles and the stems. Remove shoots by snapping them off, not cutting, as diseases can be transmitted on the knife blade. Vines can be supported by plastic or binder twine loosely anchored around the base of the plants (non-slip loop) and to overhead support wires (11- to 12-gauge) running the length of the row. Overhead wires should be at least 7 feet above the surface of the bed and be firmly anchored to support structures.

Twine should be wrapped clockwise around the vine as it develops, with one complete swirl every three leaves. The vine should be supported by the twine under the leaves, not the stems of the fruit clusters. Also wrap twine in the same direction, using clips or tape to keep vines from slipping down the twine. Do not try to wrap the twine around the growing tip because the tip may break.

When plants reach overhead supporting wires, untie the twine and lower vines and twine at least 3 feet. After lowering, vines should all lean in one direction in one row. Vines in adjacent rows should lean in the opposite direction. Retie twine with the vines to the support wire. Be sure to leave at least 4-5 feet of extra twine for this purpose when initially tying vines. Remove any leaves that lie on the soil.

About 40-45 days before terminating harvest, plants can be "topped" by pinching out the terminal growing tip. Keep two leaves above the top flower cluster. Topping vines will force remaining food reserves into maturing fruit already present on the vines. Continue to remove any suckers that develop.

As fruit mature on the lower part of the vine, pinch off older leaves below the fruit. This will provide better air circulation, which helps to reduce the incidence of disease and opens vines up for spraying and harvesting.

Growers should remove any deformed, immature fruit which will ultimately become culls. Removing excess fruit also will result in larger tomatoes at harvest that can be sold at a premium price.


Mechanical pollination of tomato flowers is generally needed in the greenhouse due to limited air movement and high humidity. An electric or battery-powered vibrator can be used to vibrate flower clusters just above the area where they originate from the stem. The vibration will release pollen necessary for pollination. This can be done twice a day (around 10:00 am and 3:00 pm). If tobacco mosaic virus has been a problem, the vibrator should be wiped after each use with a clean cloth or sponge moistened in a 5 percent chlorine solution. Because all flowers on a cluster do not open at the same time, the same cluster will have to be vibrated again as new flowers open. Air from a mist-blower also has been found effective in pollinating tomatoes.

A number of factors can result in poor fruit set. The most common problem is temperature extremes (above 90F during the daytime, above 75F at night, or below 57F at night). Other adverse conditions include high humidity, low light intensity, nutrient imbalances, pests, and water stress.

Plant Nutrition

Optimum soil pH for tomato production is 5.8-6.8. Depending on a soil analysis, phosphorous should be applied pre-plant incorporated at a rate of 200-400 lb/a of P2O5. Soils deficient in potassium may require similar quantities of potassium (K20). Both the phosphorous (treble-superphosphate) and potassium (potassium sulfate) should be incorporated to a depth of 8-12 inches. Approximately 50 lb/a of elemental nitrogen should be applied before planting. Additional nitrogen can be applied as a sidedressing or through the irrigation system as needed. Leaf analysis is the best way to determine additional nutrient requirements. Plants exhibiting deficiencies of minor elements such as iron or zinc can be treated with foliar applications of iron or zinc sulfates or chelates.


A mulch of clean straw can be placed around plants to a depth of 3-4 inches. Mulches will help conserve moisture and keep soil from compacting between plants. Mulches are most effective when used in combination with drip irrigation.


Fruit should remain on the vine for as long as possible for maximum quality. However, market specifications will determine whether fruit should be harvested earlier (light red stage). Plants are generally harvested two to three times a week. Fruit should be snapped from the plant leaving a small portion of the pedicel and green calyx bracts attached to the fruit, a distinct trademark for greenhouse-grown tomatoes.

Tomatoes should be graded using USDA standards. Most buyers prefer U.S. No. 1 fruit. The best market for greenhouse-grown tomatoes in New Mexico is between November and April.

Ripe fruit should be cooled to 55F for maximum shelf life, but never allow the temperature to drop below 50F. Light-colored fruit can be held at 70F until the desired color is achieved.

Greenhouse tomatoes are generally marketed in 8- to 10-pound baskets or cartons. Some two-layered cartons may hold 16-20 pounds of fruit. Cartons should be sturdy enough to prevent mechanical damage when handling. Fruit and packaging should be distinctly labeled with decals or other identification to distinguish them as greenhouse-grown tomatoes.


  • 'Tropic' - very popular; very firm, large, red fruited type (8-9 oz); resistance1 to Fusarium wilt (race 1), Verticillium wilt, early blight, gray leaf spot, and some leaf molds; tolerance1 to blotching and some races of tobacco mosaic virus (TMV).
  • 'Jumbo' - similar to 'Tropic'; excellent yields; more USDA #1 fruit (8 oz); resistance to Fusarium wilt (races 1 and 2) and Verticillium wilt; not resistant to TMV.
  • 'Floradel' - 6-oz fruit; resistance to Fusarium wilt, gray leaf spot, and some leaf molds.
  • 'Floralou' - excellent fruit quality and color; vigorous and productive plants; medium-size fruit; resistance to Fusarium wilt and gray leaf mold; resistance to fruit cracking.
  • 'Vendor' - develops good red color; medium-large fruit (4-8 oz); uniform ripening fruit; moderately firm; resistance to TMV (race 1), Fusarium wilt, and several races of leaf mold; fruit resist cracking.
  • 'Pole King' - 8- to 9-oz fruit; sturdy vines; resistance to Fusarium and Verticillium wilts.
  • 'Michigan-Ohio' hybrid - medium-large fruit (8 oz); resistance to Fusarium and Verticillium wilts; adapted to low light conditions.
  • 'Tuckcross O and V' - excellent fruit quality and color; very productive; small to medium-size fruit; minimal fruit cracking; resistance to leaf mold (one strain) and Fusarium wilt.
  • 'Trend' - high yield potential; large, smooth, red fruit; good crack tolerance; resistant to Fusarium crown rot.
  • 'Furon' - red, medium size, beef-steak type; good tolerance to cracking and russeting; resistant to Fusarium crown rot.
  • 'Husky Cherry Gold' - golden-yellow cherry type; vigorous vines up to 6 ft long; more compact and larger fruit than other cherry varieties; resistance/tolerance to Verticillium and Fusarium wilts.

Pest Control

Diseases are best controlled through prevention. Selecting a sunny site with a well-drained soil, sterilizing the soil, providing good air circulation, and monitoring your irrigation closely will help keep diseases to a minimum. Nevertheless, keep a good supply of recommended fungicides on hand with an appropriate sprayer that will effectively cover all plant surfaces.

Seedling diseases include seed rot (failure of seed to germinate due to fungi), stem rot, and pre- and post-emergence damping-off. Damping-off refers to the attack of seedlings before and after emergence from the soil. Symptoms include the development of dry or water-soaked lesions at the soil line, resulting in stem constriction and plants toppling over. Seedling diseases are most commonly caused by soil-borne fungi like Pythium spp. and Rhizoctonia solani. Soil sterilization, seed treatment with appropriate fungicides, and good cultural practices are the most common control methods.

Root-knot nematodes cause plants to become stunted and wilt (diurnal wilting is common). Roots develop knots, galls, or swelling. Secondary symptoms of nutrient deficiencies may result from the inability of roots to take up the necessary nutrients. Soil sterilization is the most effective control measure.

Verticillium and Fusarium wilts cause leaves to become yellow along the margins and between veins. Plants become stunted and wilt severely during the day, but recover at night. Eventually the entire plant dies. Vascular tissue is streaked brown (streaking occurs high on the stem and into petiole scars with Fusarium wilt, and occurs on lower stems and is not evident in petiole scars with Verticillium wilt). For best control, use soil sterilization and plant resistant varieties.

Leaf mold (Fulvia fulva = Cladosporium fulvum) is the most common and destructive disease in greenhouse-grown tomatoes, and is particularly severe under conditions of high humidity. Lower leaves develop pale green spots on their upper surfaces and eventually turn yellow; spots become covered with patches of olive-green to brown mold on the bottoms of leaves. Maintaining humidity below 90 percent by providing good air circulation will help control this disease. Use appropriate fungicides, resistant varieties, and soil sterilization for maximum results.

Gray mold (Botrytis cinerea) is a grayish, powdery, moldy growth on fruit, leaves, and stems. Use similar control measures as for leaf mold; resistant varieties are unavailable.

Early blight (Alternaria solani), which may occur at any time in the season, causes collar rot of seedlings and spotting on leaves and fruit. Note that concentric rings on leaves create a target pattern. Use similar controls as for leaf mold.

Bacterial wilt (Pseudomonas solanacearum) causes diseased plants to wilt and die rapidly (with no yellowing or leaf necrosis). The pith in the stem near the soil line will become water-soaked and dark. Best controls include good sanitation and soil sterilization.

Tobacco mosaic virus (TMV) disease reduces fruit set and quality. A mosaic or mottled appearance of the leaves is the most common symptom. Plants infected as seedlings are usually stunted and slightly yellow; the leaves also may be curled, small, or deformed. Greenhouse workers should wash their hands carefully with soap and water after using tobacco products. Remove any diseased plants as they appear.

Fruit rots are caused by fungi like Alternaria, Phytophthora, and Botrytis. Maintaining optimum temperature and humidity are critical for good control. Use of registered fungicides can help to reduce the incidence and severity of fruit rots as can good greenhouse sanitation. Handle fruit carefully to prevent bruising.

Physiological diseases that can cause problems with greenhouse-grown tomatoes are blossom-end rot and sunscald. Blossom-end rot occurs when tomatoes are stressed for water and calcium, resulting in the formation of a sunken, brown, leathery spot on the blossom-end of the fruit. Monitoring soil moisture and mulches will help prevent this problem. Over-exposure of the fruit to sun can result in sunscald. Training of vines and leaves to cover developing fruit should solve this problem.


Aphids are small, soft-bodied insects that insert piercing-sucking mouth parts into tomato plants to extract plant juices. Heavy populations can cause leaf curling and plant stunting. Aphids also serve as vectors for several plant diseases. Sticky honeydew produced by aphids may result in growth of black sooty mold.

Whitefly adults are small, winged, white insects 1/16" long. They suck juices from plants and, like aphids, whiteflies are vectors for some diseases. Honeydew produced by whiteflies also will support growth of black sooty mold.

Thrips are very small insects with piercing-sucking mouth parts that feed on plant juices. They can spread tomato spotted wilt viruses and cause premature blossom drop.

Spider mites are non-insect pests (related to spiders) that feed on plant juices on underside of leaves. Leaves may become stippled (gray) and covered with a fine web; defoliation can occur with heavy infestations. Mites are yellowish to greenish with a dark spot on either side.

Other insect and non-insect pests that can cause occasional problems include cutworms, earwigs, snails, slugs, and various caterpillars. Sanitation, soil sterilization, screens on ventilation fans, and appropriate insecticides should be used for maximum control of pests.

Cucumber Planting

Cucumbers generally grow more rapidly than tomatoes and produce earlier. They also require higher temperatures, which means they are generally grown as a spring or early summer crop. Daytime temperatures should be 80-85F (nighttime 65-75F). Soil temperatures should be at least 65F. Lower temperatures will delay plant growth and fruit development.

Cucumbers are heavy feeders requiring 300-400 lb/a of P205. Similar quantities of potassium are required. Weekly feedings with a balanced fertilizer (20-20-20) will be required for maximum production. Never stress seedlings for water or nitrogen.

Plants are best started in individual containers. As seed are often very expensive, sow one seed per container (1/4 to 1/2 inch deep) in a sterile potting mix with the spiked end of the seed up (root will emerge facing down). Water, cover pots with clear polyethylene, and place in the shade. Plants will emerge in two to three days at 80-85F. Remove plastic coverings when plants emerge and place them in full sun.

After plants have formed at least two true leaves, transplant them to their permanent location in the growing bed. Cucumbers will require 6-8 square feet of space per plant. Plants are generally spaced 2 feet apart in rows 3 to 4 feet apart.


Cucumber vines can be trained on plastic twine supported from horizontal support wires running the length of the rows (7-8 feet above top of bed). The base of the string can be anchored loosely to the base of the stem with a non-slip noose.

As the stem develops, it can be fastened to the string with plastic clips. Allow one stem to develop, removing all laterals and tendrils as they develop. Fruit buds should be removed from the first five leaf nodes. Thereafter, fruit can be allowed to develop, but continue to remove all laterals and tendrils.

After the stem reaches the horizontal support wire, it can be trained along the wire and then down another string suspended from the horizontal wire between the two plants in the row. The stem is then allowed to follow the string downwards to within 18 inches of the bed. It is then trained back up the original string with the stem forming a circle. Remove old leaves on the older part of the stem ahead of the developing stem terminal.

Fruit should develop at each node. Remember to remove all laterals and tendrils to encourage fruit production. Fruit production should continue for approximately 60 days.


Seedless (parthenocarpic) or all female (gynoecious) varieties are generally recommended for greenhouse cucumber production. These types generally produce higher yields and do not require bees for pollination. European seedless cucumbers are generally the most popular type of cucumber grown in the greenhouse. 'Mustang' is suitable for early or fall cropping and has potential for high total production. This variety has excellent fruit shelf life and color, with 12- to 14-inch fruit. 'Bronco' is suitable for very early spring or late fall cropping (low light conditions). It produces high quality fruit 12-14 inches long. Other popular varieties that have performed well include 'Sandra', 'Boneva', 'Daleva', 'Padex', 'Fertila', 'Factum', 'Femspot', 'Femfrance', 'Toska 70', 'Farbio', 'Corona', 'Sweet Slice', 'Radja', 'Bella', and 'La Reine'.


With good management, each plant may produce as much as 20-30 pounds of fruit over a four-month period. European varieties are generally harvested when fruit are 12-16 inches long and 3/4-1 pound in size. Fruit are often shrink-wrapped to prevent softening from moisture loss. Store fruit at 55F with 80-90 percent relative humidity.

Seedless European greenhouse cucumbers are distinctly different from traditional field-grown cucumbers. Because of consumer expectations for field-grown cucumbers, greenhouse cucumbers may require some market promotion. Excellent selling points include their seedlessness, dark green color, mild flavor, and thin, tender skins that require no peeling.

Pest Control

Diseases. Gummy stem blight (Didymella bryoniae) is a fungus that occurs on all above-ground parts of the plant causing extensive damage to leaves, stems, and fruit. Light brown to black lesions occur on leaves, at nodes, and in pruning wounds. Leaf lesions eventually dry and fall from leaves. Stem lesions can crack at the soil line, producing an amber-colored gummy ooze, and can girdle the plant resulting in death. This disease also can occur as grayish-green water-soaked lesions on fruit beginning at the blossom end and can develop on fruit after harvest. Control by using steam sterilization of soil, good sanitation, crop rotation, and good ventilation. Avoid night temperatures below 60°F and overhead irrigation. Use preventative fungicides.

Powdery mildew (Sphaerotheca fuliginea and Erysiphe cichoracearum) fungus first appears as pale yellow leaf spots. The spots rapidly enlarge to fine cottony growth on the leaf surface. The spots also can occur on the stems and fruit. The fungus causes severe stress on plants as leaves yellow and die. Powdery spores produced on the leaf surface spread from plant to plant by air currents. Control through good sanitation, preventative fungicides, and resistant varieties.

Other diseases that can occasionally cause problems include various viruses (cucumber mosaic and watermelon mosaic), gray mold (Botrytis), damping-off, and crooking. Crooking is a physiological disorder often caused by temperature extremes, excessive soil moisture, and nutrition imbalances. Fruit will become excessively curved, reducing its market value.


Insect pests include whitefly, thrip, leaf miner, and other non-insect pests like two-spotted mites. Insects can gain entrance into the greenhouse through vents, doorways, openings in the greenhouse, and even on clothing and equipment. Regular plant inspections are important for immediate and effective control.


Lettuce is generally grown when light intensities are low and temperatures are cool. Plants prefer a daylight temperature of 60-65F and a nighttime temperature of 50-55F. High greenhouse temperatures will often result in spindly growth and seedstalk development in some varieties. A crop of lettuce can be scheduled between fall and spring tomato crops.

Lettuce usually takes about one month from seeding to transplanting. Days to harvest from seeding may vary from 12-15 weeks in mid-winter and from 8-10 weeks in early spring. Under poor light intensities a 9 x 9-inch spacing may be used, while a 6 x 6-inch spacing can be used in the spring as light conditions improve.

Lettuce is a poor feeder, but requires a high level of nutrition. Apply a balanced fertilizer before planting with weekly nitrogen feedings as needed.

Leaf and Bibb lettuce varieties are the most common types grown in the greenhouse. Popular leaf lettuce varieties include 'Waldmann's Dark Green', 'Grand Rapids', and 'Ruby'. Bibb lettuce varieties include 'Ostinata' and 'Salina'.

Other Greenhouse Crops

Other crops that have done well under greenhouse conditions include sweet peppers, eggplant, and herbs like basil. Popular pepper varieties include 'Cubico' (red), 'Locas' (red), 'Samanta' (yellow), and 'Doria' (yellow).
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Eco-Friendly House Siding Options

If you're planning on repairing or replacing your home's siding, you've probably already thought about the cost, labor, and maintenance. But have you also considered where the raw materials will come from, or whether they were responsibly harvested or mined? What about once the siding reaches the end of its life, will you be able to reuse or recycle the materials? Because a home's exterior can reflect as much about the homeowner's green lifestyle as the interior, we've put together some of the environmental pros and cons of the siding options currently available.

The first way to make your siding project more eco-friendly is to carefully remove the existing materials. Fiber-cement siding, aluminum, stone, brick, or wood may all be reused in other homes and kept out of landfills if gently dismantled in a process known as soft demo. You can either deconstruct your house's siding and deliver the materials to a salvage yard yourself, or hire a soft demo contractor to dismantle, dig up, and sell the materials for you.

Engineered Wood

Hardboard, plywood, and oriented strand board (OSB) are made from wood chips or wood veneers bound with urea or phenol formaldehyde resin. Urea formaldehyde has been classified as a possible carcinogen and presents an off-gassing potential, though phenol formaldehyde off-gases much less. In addition, engineered wood is cheaper than solid wood siding, but has a questionable track record due to poor moisture resistance and dimensional instability. While OSB and hardboard use smaller, lower-grade trees than solid wood siding or plywood, and therefore present an environmental advantage, all engineered wood requires regular maintenance and repainting.

Eco-Friendlier Alternative:

: Bark siding is less cost-efficient, but it's superior to engineered, composite wood siding because it's renewable and biodegradable; contains no chemicals, preservatives, or borax; is resistant to weather without toxic sealants; and can last over 50 years without paint, stain, or other chemical protection.

Vinyl Siding

It may be inexpensive, durable, require little to no maintenance, and sometimes installed over existing siding, but it can also be harmful to human health and the environment. The energy-intensive process required to produce vinyl, or polyvinylchloride (PVC), creates a carcinogen known as dioxin, as well as a number of other highly toxic byproducts. When the dioxins are released into the environment either through manufacturing or incineration, they are consumed by fish and animals, which are then eaten by human beings. In addition to cancer, dioxins have been linked to hormonal interference and neurodevelopmental problems in children.

Eco-friendlier Alternative:

Cement Fiberboard is manufactured using cement, silica sand, and wood fibers, which are noncombustible and do not release toxins when installed. Not only is fiber cement siding an eco-friendly alternative to vinyl, but because it is grained to look like real wood, it is also a favorable choice to engineered, composite, or actual wood.

Eco-Friendlier Alternatives:

To lessen the impacts of masonry, look for salvaged stone or brick.

Aluminum Siding

It may have a high recycled content and be recyclable at the end of its life, but aluminum siding requires a lot of energy to produce. It can also be easily dented and chipped; it provides virtually no insulation; and it conducts electricity.

Eco-Friendlier Alternative:

An environmentally-friendly, sustainable product composed of bamboo fibers, post-consumer recycled paper, and recycled wood fiber. It's as durable as metal, brick, and stucco, but it doesn't support bacteria or fungus growth.
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Bark houses are built with nature's shingles

By Nan Chase

Building houses with bark shingles is eye-catching and sustainable.

The rustic bungalow near downtown Asheville is a traffic stopper. Covered in big overlapping shingles of tree bark – rather than the usual wood, brick, or stone – it looks odd, a bit like a square tree.

Although the unusual house appears antique and rooted in the past, it was completed just last year.

Bark may look old-fashioned, but as a recently rediscovered and reengineered building material, it fits the profile of a modern, environmentally sustainable choice for new construction – residential or commercial, interior or exterior.

The poplar bark from which the shingles are made is salvaged from timber operations, and otherwise would be burned, mulched, or left to rot. Among the benefits of top manufactured bark shingles: They contain no chemicals, having been processed solely with sanitizing kiln heat. Bark's insulating heft keeps heating and cooling bills low. Bark requires no paint, stain, or other treatments. And shingles can last 75 years or more without maintenance.

I've learned all this because that Asheville house is mine. What began simply as a way for my husband, Saul, and me to have a house that would never need painting – we worked as house painters in college – has grown over the past two years into a living laboratory experiment.

Saul and I didn't know what to expect from a bark house, or whether there would be anything to notice at all. But it does feel different: entirely wind resistant in a storm, slow to warm up in summer, and quick to warm up in winter.

"In the context of high design, it has tremendous appeal," says New York architect Andre Kikoski, one of the few professionals putting bark into sleek modern designs, including the internationally recognized Second Home Kitchen and Bar, in Denver.

"The appeal is universal," Mr. Kikoski says. He likes the interesting patterns of light and shadow that are created in the bark's furrows when light shines on it from various angles. "And it has amazing acoustic properties. But best of all is that people can't resist walking up to the material and touching it."

Although bark-covered structures date back millenniums in some societies, the first appearance of a neatly squared bark building shingle – from American chestnut trees – dates back to 1895 in the southern Appalachian Mountains. Architect Henry Bacon, who also designed the Lincoln Memorial, invented the style at the resort community of Linville, N.C., where he used hand-trimmed slabs of two-inch-thick chestnut bark to cover homes. Some of those summer homes are still in use today, the exteriors untreated in any way.

When chestnut blight wiped out the main source of bark in the early 20th century, bark houses were no longer built. But in the past two decades, bark shingles have made a comeback, now almost exclusively in poplar.

"It's fantastic, it's local, it's durable, it's cool," says Matt Siegel, green building director at the Western North Carolina Green Building Council in Asheville. But he cites the price of the shingles as a possible deterrent to increased use and says that installation takes more time.

Bark shingles can cost twice as much as conventional cedar siding, but the upfront costs even out over time, experts say.

"Twice the cost upfront sounds like a lot," says Brent Simmons of Banner Elk, N.C., manager of green programs and sustainable product sales. And that can cause homeowners concern. "But if you spread it over many years, the increase is less than 1 percent for the whole cost of the house. It's a minimal up-charge for something maintenance-free."

He adds: "The biggest variable is the maintenance schedule. Every five to 10 years, the homeowner may need to paint or stain [cedar shingles]." But not bark ones.

Michael Chandler, who is constructing a new 3,200-square-foot house near Chapel Hill, N.C., says that using poplar bark shingles rather than cedar siding will add about $12,000 to the cost. But there's an immediate advantage: "Bark is made to look old when it's new. That gives it a sense of having been there forever."

My husband and I have found the cost of heating our 1,400-square-foot, two-story house surprisingly low, and that means savings year after year. Our bill for natural-gas heating, on-demand hot water, clothes dryer, and stove has never exceeded $100 a month, even in winter. More surprising to me is how little we bother to use the air conditioning in summer. Although the house has a southeastern exposure, the thick bark – in conjunction with covered porches and indoor ceiling fans – can keep the temperature well below 80 degrees F. most of the time.

And bark's sound-insulating qualities are prodigious. With the windows closed, I may as well be in the country for all the traffic noise that intrudes from our busy street corner.

When buying bark shingles, consumers need to do their homework to make sure they're getting a product that lives up to its potential. Practice has shown that bark's longevity mostly depends on three things: how well it's dried by the manufacturer to kill any microorganisms and stabilize the product structurally; how well it's stored to keep it flat before installation, and how well it's installed.

To assure that bark shingles have been produced sustainably, consumers should make certain that suppliers guarantee that they use bark only from managed forestlands, with certification.

Buyers should also use builders who have been trained in bark installation, because the shingles require special handling and nailing techniques, and some unusual design considerations.

"It's not rocket science to put it on," explains builder Daniel Hemp, "but you have to learn how to do it right."

My own interest in building a bark house came while I was helping to write a book on the subject.

By the time Saul and I had the opportunity to build a new house on a vacant lot in a downtown neighborhood, the historical research for the book had convinced me that there was no other material so tough or so interesting, for the price.

We opted to go all the way rustic with peeled locust porch supports and railings that, like bark, will never need painting.

I have gotten used to my "funny-looking" bark house, even if passing motorists slow down and stare. Each shingle is unique, with lovely gray and brown patterns and bits of moss and lichen. Occasionally a squirrel pops its head over the porch railing, maybe looking for nuts on this curious "tree."

Blogging rumors to the contrary, these houses do not attract woodpeckers searching for bugs beneath the bark. Kiln-drying kills any insects and also the sugary layer insects may inhabit in living trees.

Mr. Simmons, whose own part-bark house mixes modern and traditional elements, finds that the bark is attractive to at least one bird species: Nuthatches perch on his house with seeds they want to crack on the hard, treelike surface, and he enjoys the up-close bird-watching.

"One time there were 10," Simmons says. "I couldn't get to my camera fast enough."
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The use of cedar nut oil in the treatment of gastritis,
erosive stomach and duodenal ulcers
(methodological recommendations)

These recommendations have been formulated by:
E.I. Filchenko, M.D.
S.V. Nizkodubova, D.M.S.
V.I. Karpitsky, M.D. and A.G. Petrenko, M.D.

Published reports attest to the high therapeutic effectiveness of various types of oils in various inflammatory processes. Cedar nut oil is distinguished from other well-known curative oils by its enriched content of various kinds of healing elements. It is a natural product used from ancient times in folk medicine. Cedar nut oil contains a large quantity of polyunsaturated fatty acids, including a significant quantity of fat-dissolving vitamins E and F, which are known for their high level of physiological and anti-acidic properties. The oil contains phosphatidic phosphorous, very important to bodily health, besides being a rich source of vitally important micro-elements: phoshporous, calcium, magnesium, manganese, copper, zinc, cobalt and iodine. Cedar nut oil contains up to 5% nitrogenous substances, of which 90% are amino acids, 70% of them indispenable acids - all of which testifies to its high physiological value.

Clinical tests of cedar nut oil have been conducted on patients at the Tomsk Scientific Research Institute of Balneotherapy and Physiotherapy. The aims were: to demonstrate the healing effectiveness of a given drug in both internal and external applications through sonic phonophoresis, to determine the dynamics of subjective and objective indications, to study the influence of cedar nut oil on the nutritional, secretory and excretive functions of the stomach and liver, to study its anti-oxidant properties, to work out the methodology of application to treatment, to determine its level of tolerance by patients under various prescribed methodologies.

The following methodologies were used for this purpose:

1. General clinical blood research (aspartate aminotransferase, alanine-aminotransferase, alkaline phosphatase, antioxidant activity, methane-dicarbonic dialdehyde).
2. General blood and urinal analysis,
3. Follicle-stimulating hormone with targeted biopsy.
4. Duodenal intubation with research into the chemical properties of bile.
5. Determination of the secretory function of the stomach.
6. Ultrasonic examination of the bladder, kidneys and pancreas.

The study comprised 30 patients under observation. Of these 25 had chronic erosive ulcers of the gastric mucosa, duodenal ulcers with accompanying cholane giocholecystitis of opisthorchosis etiology; the remaining five had chronic cholecystitis with chronic gastritis with a reduced secretory stomach function.

Two of the thirty subjects had reactive pancreatitis, while four had chronic hepatitis outside active procedures. With all 30 subject s motor dyskinesia of the bowels was observed.

Subsequently the subjects were prescribed a programme of treatment: one teaspoon of cedar nut oil three times a day over a two-month period. As a result of this treatment stomach pains were completely eliminated in all patients. Symptoms of dyspeptic disorder (nausea, heartburn, regurgitation and vomiting) were not to be found in a single patient. In 28 of the subjects a normalisation of bowel functions took place. According to follicle-stimulating hormone tests conducted 20 days after the treatment, ten of the subjects had experienced full recovery from ulcers and gastritis along with a reduction in inflammation of gastric mucosa and duodenal ulcers, as well as a reduction in ulcer size for the remaining 15 patients with erosive mucous stomach ulcers. There was a 50% reduction in the number of cases of fixed duodenal reflexes, according to endoscopic and laboratory tests. In evaluating the laboratory tests there was an indication of some reduction of acidity in the stomach juices in subjects with previously high acidic levels. The quantity of bilious discharge from the gall bladder doubled.

Thus, on the basis of the results obtained, one may conclude that cedar nut oil has a healing effect, meets a favourable reaction with patients, and can be applied to the treatment of digestive disorders. It is especially effective in curing erosive stomach and duodenal ulcers. During the remission stage one can apply phonophoresis of cedar nut oil to the projection area of the pathological process for a full and lasting hearling effect. When diluted with milk, the cedar nut oil has an anti-inflammation effect in treating cholecystitis and hepatocholecystitis.


1. Cedar nut oil is prescribed for 30 minutes or 1 hour before intake of food over a period of 21-24 days, with unhurried swallows of a teaspoon at a time three times a day. This is recommended for ulcerations located in the stomach or duodenum.

2. Cedar nut oil is prescribed for 1 hour before intake of food, diluted with milk (1 : 1) according to the method described above. This is recommended when ulceration is combined with chronic cholecystitis.

3. Cedar nut oil is prescribed internally according to variant # 2 with the following prescription of cedar nut oil phonophoresis. An ultrasound of the epigastrium is prescribed in a dosage of 0.2-0.6 Bt/cm2 in either pulse or continuous action over a period of 2-4 minutes, as well as of the paravertebral zone (intensity of 0.2 Bt/cm2 over a period of 2 minutes). Before the ultrasound the patient drinks 1 glass of boiled water. This is recommended when the ulceration is combined with chronic pancreatitis

4. In the case of post-excision disorders on account of ulceration, the treatment method may also be applied to patients operated on for cancer of the stomach.


1. Patients with erosive ulcers of the stomach and duodenum.
2. Patients with cholecystitis and hepatocholecystitis.
3. Patients with endogastritis or bulbitis.
4. Patients with chronic pancreatitis.
5. Patients with post-excision discorders on account of ulceration.

There are no known counter-indications to application.

Presented at the Tomsk Scientific Research Institute of balneology and physiotherapy of Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, Tomsk, Russian Federation, November 15, 1995.
Used by permission


In modern conditions of environmental pollution, acute and chronic lesions of the liver of chemical etiology are becoming increasingly more widespread.

The participation of the liver in the neutralization of toxins entering the organism defines its leading role in the maintenance of the chemical homeostasis of the organism in a condition of continuing pollution.

In this case, the chronic stress of the biotransformation processes in the liver over time leads to their decompensation, a result of which may be the development of disturbances in the basic functions of the liver (detoxification and protein synthesis).

The existence of phases in the development of these processes has been noted - from the adaptive hyper function of the liver to the development of an insufficiency syndrome and an exhaustion phase, with an increased predisposition to the development of chronic processes (including forms of hepatitis and cirrhosis with a decrease in the quantity of functionally active liver cells, and leading to atrophy) [b].

In this case, the first phases are asymptomatic, then nonspecific symptoms appear in the form of a lessening of fitness for work, lowering of mood, strength, etc.

On the basis of these concepts, a disruption of the reactions involving the biotransformation and detoxification of foreign chemical substances in the liver is increasingly more frequently associated with the development of a number of environmentally caused pathological processes, including chronic fatigue syndrome.

And in our time this is becoming ever more widespread among the population and is acquiring the proportions of a serious problem.

Correction at this stage consists of providing building material (proteins, unsaturated fatty acids, minerals, etc.) in quantities corresponding to the proportions of the chemical loads on the hepatic cells. In these conditions, it is necessary that all vitally important elements for maintaining the function of the cells, and especially the cells of the liver - the detoxification laboratory - regularly enter the organism.

The use of natural Ringing Cedars of Russia Siberian cedar oils, which are capable of providing the organism with the necessary set of natural nutritive components, is an important link in the correction of metabolic disturbances associated with environmental pressure.

Ringing Cedars of Russia Siberian cedar nut oils are a concentrate of a complete vegetable protein with a high content of the essential amino acid methionine, which plays an important role in the functional state of the cells of the liver. Methionine facilitates the excretion of fatty impurities from the cells of the liver; it converts, by methylation, toxic substances into nontoxic, which are subject to removal from the organism with the bile through the gastrointestinal tract.

The detoxifying function of hepatic cells is also maintained by the amino acids ornithine, threonine, taurine.

Ringing Cedars of Russia Siberian cedar nut oil provides the organism with polyunsaturated fatty acids and creates the conditions for the formation of complete cellular membranes, thus exhibiting a hepatoprotective effect.

The antioxidant properties of ascorbic acid together with the vitamins A, E, and F increase the membrane stabilizing effect and regeneration.

The mineral composition is characterized by a high content of macroelements: phosphorus, potassium, magnesium. The value of phosphorus, as an element participating in the building of phospholipids - the most important substances for maintaining the normal function of hepatocytes - makes itself evident in the reduction of fatty impurities in the hepatic cells and in the prevention of adipose degeneration of the liver (fatty hepatosis), which is frequently the initial stage in the development of chronic hepatitis and cirrhosis.

The regular ingestion of functional nutrition cedar products improves the functional state of the liver and bile ducts, and can be used for the prophylaxis of the pathology of the biliary system in conditions of environmental danger.

Program of support to the liver.

First month.

  • Ringing Cedars of Russia Siberian cedar nut oil, 1 tea spoon 1 times a day.
  • Ringing Cedars of Russia Siberian cedar nut oil enriched with resin 5%, 1 tea spoon 1 time a day.

Second month.

  • Ringing Cedars of Russia Siberian cedar nut oil enriched with resin 5%, 1 tea spoon 2 times a day.

Third month.

  • Ringing Cedars of Russia Siberian cedar nut oil enriched with resin 5%, 1 table spoon 1 time a day.
  • Ringing Cedars of Russia Siberian cedar nut oil enriched with resin 10%, 1 tea spoon 1 time a day.


5% Turpentine Balsam

Modern studies of the food allowance have revealed substantial deviations in the structure of the diet of the population from the formula of a balanced diet: a deficiency has been noted in micronutrients - vitamins, minerals, unsaturated fatty acids, and an entire series of organic compounds of plant origin; with regard to macronutrients, the food allowance is deficient in proteins and dietary fibers, and has an excess of animal fats.

The existing deficient structure of the diet exerts an unfavorable effect, first of all on the defensive strength of the organism - there is an increase in the risk of the development of different environmentally caused diseases.

Modern science possesses persuasive data to attest that, with the use of functional nutrition, it is possible to support an optimum level of vital activity and avoid many illnesses.

Ringing Cedars of Russia cedar nut products intended for prophylaxis and health improvement are manufactured according to modern conserving technologies, which make it possible to preserve all biologically active natural components in their primary form.

The series of health-improvement products based on Ringing Cedars of Russia cedar nut oil includes:
Cedar nut oil;
Cedar nut oil enriched with cedar resin 5%;
Cedar nut oil enriched with cedar resin 10%;
Cedar nut oil enriched with cedar resin 20%

Thus, functional nutrition of Ringing Cedars of Russia cedar products - cedar nut oil and cedar oil with cedar resin - are composed of a harmoniously balanced complex of biologically active substances, which exert a combined versatile action on organs and systems that are critical for the maintenance of the cleanliness of the internal environment of the human organism. They do not contain preservatives or toxic substances; and therefore, there are no contraindications to their use, with the exception of any individual intolerance to separate components.

The high biological activity of the natural components of cedar products under Ringing Cedars of Russia brand name and the complex action of balanced nutrients are responsible for the health improvement properties of these products in conditions of the influence of harmful environmental factors.

The use of Ringing Cedars of Russia cedar products intended for prophylaxis and health improvement is recommended for the inhabitants of large cities and environmentally unfavorable regions for prophylaxis and rehabilitation in the face of the influence of harmful environmental factors by maintaining the function of the liver and the immune system, as well as the organs of the excretory system.

N. A. Agadzhanyan, PhD, Professor.
Clinical and Experimental Lymphology Scientific Research Institute of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences
Novosibirsk, 2011

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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 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.



1 tablespoon cedar nut oil
1/4 cup thinly sliced shallots
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 head of escarole (about 1 pound), washed, dried and coarsely chopped
1/2 cup vegetable broth
1/4 teaspoon chili flakes
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1/4 cup cedar nuts, toasted in a dry skillet for 2 minutes until fragrant and golden brown


Heat the oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add the shallots and cook, stirring, until shallots are soft, about 2 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute more. Add the escarole and cook, stirring, until it has wilted, about 5 minutes. Add the broth, and chili flakes. Bring simmer and cook over a medium heat, stirring occasionally, another 3 minutes. Add the vinegar and cook for 2 minutes more. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in cedar nuts just before serving.


1/3 pound fresh green beans, ends trimmed, blanched in boiling salted water
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 tablespoon minced shallots
1 tablespoon cedar nuts
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
Pinch salt
Pinch freshly ground black pepper


Drain green beans well and pat dry.

Heat the butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the shallots and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly to keep from burning. Add the cedar nuts and cook, stirring, for an additional minute. Add the green beans and toss to coat evenly. Cook just enough to warm through, about 1 minute. Add the lemon juice, salt, and pepper and toss to combine.

Remove from the heat and serve immediately.



Shred 1 pound cold asiago cheese. Place 6 tablespoon-size mounds of cheese about 1 inch apart on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle each mound with 1/4 teaspoon each chopped cedar nuts and sage. Bake at 425 degrees until the cheese is golden and the edges are slightly crisp, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove each crisp with a thin spatula and gently curl around a rolling pin, then cool on a rack. Repeat to make about 24 crisps.

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Your healthy sleep for the entire night.

For the followers of a healthy life style and admirers of mountain fresh air, the cedar comforter will become a real treasure.

Made from a thoroughly purified film of cedar nuts, the cedar bedding products have remarkable orthopedic properties. It is flexible enough to provide firm yet comfortable support to the neck and spine which results in a deep, restful and healthy sleep.

The cedar nut film delicate aroma is able to create a virgin vastness of Altai Mountains and Siberian Taiga in your bedroom immersing your body and soul into atmosphere of comfort and coziness giving you refreshing rest.

Cedar nut film is a perfect temperature isolator, and because of this fact, the cedar bedding products keep thermal balance of the body protecting you from hypothermia at cool times and hyperthermia in heat.

The high hydroscopic properties of cedar nut film enable the cedar bedding products to absorb and remove extra moisture from your body. This property and the healthy thermal effect prevent accumulation of extra body fat.

The health benefits of a cedar comforter are immense:

- Antimicrobial properties of the cedar nut film purify the air in your bedroom

- The cedar film is rich in essential oils and phytoncides. The essential oils in the cedar nut film, get absorbed into the blood steam with every breath you take and expend your arteries, which allows for a much quicker blood circulation; and therefore is wonderful for prophylactics of various respiratory and cardiovascular diseases.

- Cedar comforter helps to eliminate depression, stress, and improves performance capabilities

- It lowers fatigue, normalizes arterial blood pressure and eases the symptoms of asthma and allergies.

- The antioxidants found in cedar nuts and cedar nut film, neutralize the toxins produced by your organism. At the body temperature of 36-37 C the antioxidants are easily absorbed by the skin leaving it younger.

- The folk healers believe that the cedar comoforter has fantastic healing properties, and when it is placed against a painful bodily area it has the ability to minimize the pain syndrome.

- The bioenergy healers claim that cedar comforter creates natural energetic shell of 1 meter radius that can protect your family from the harmful emissions of computer and home electric appliances.

Produced from a natural material, this comforter does not have any contraindications and prevents accumulation of static electricity.

Qualities: Cedar comforter under the brand name "The Ringing Cedars of Russia" has a distinct Cedar nut smell, possesses antiseptic qualities, and is of a medium softness.

Uses: For the full benefit of a healthy sleep.

Consists of: Fabric - 100% flax. Content: dried, extremely thin layer that exists between the nut and the shell of a Cedar nut. Fully natural and ecologically clean components.

Cedar Comforter has a great history in ancient folk medicine. Healers believed that Cedar has a variety of different benefits:
- Relieves nervous tension.
- Assists in deep relaxation.
- Assists in deep healthy sleep and rest.
- Assists in stress relief.
- Gives a feeling of morning freshness.
- Improves blood circulation.
- Normalizes blood pressure.
- Decreases pain in both spine and neck areas.
- Cedar ethers mobilize spiritual aspects of a Human being.

Cedar comforter under the brand name "The Ringing Cedars of Russia" is a unique product which carries the purity and power of the Cedar forest. It is made in consistence with ancient technologies.
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Now available 5%, 10% and 20% extracts.

Additional 5% discount on the price of Turpentine Balsam is applied on top of quantity discounts on this product!!!

INGREDIENTS: 100% natural Cold-pressed Extra Virgin Siberian Cedar (Pine) Nut Oil, 100% natural Cedar (Pine) Resin.

The oil from cedar nuts is being extracted for a long time in the Ural Mountains and Siberia. Our ancestors ate cedar nut oil and used it for medical purposes since the ancient times. In XIX century cedar nut oil could be bought on any Siberian market. It has been home-made with the use of only the simplest machinery. It has a soft taste, gold-and-amber color, and a wonderful smell of nuts.

In old Russian folk medicine consider that Siberian cedar nut oil eliminates a chronic weakness syndrome, increases overall strength of an organism, physical and brain activities. Siberian cedar nut oil taken regularly improves immune system. Any vegetative oil can be substituted by Siberian cedar nut oil, but nothing can fully substitute cedar nut oil. It can also be used as a facial night cream for returning a natural beauty of the skin.


1. Q: Is it Cedar Nut Oil?

A: This is 100% natural Cedar (Pine) Nut Oil cold pressed from wild harvested, organic, not certified cedar nuts, but it also has all the benefits of Siberian Cedar Resin. It was not blended with any other substance, it was enriched with Siberian Cedar Resin vitamins and minerals by means of extraction.

2. Q: How the extract is made?

A: The extract is made by inserting Cedar Resin in the Cedar (Pine) Nut Oil and is kept there under a vacuum for certain time, until Oil extracts all the minerals, nutrients and vitamins as well as natural color from the Resin. Its another name is Turpentine balsam.

3. Q: What is Cedar Resin Extract beneficial for?

Cedar Resin Extract has a lot of energy, it is a perfect anticeptic, strengthens the immune system and it's great for skin. It promotes the renewal of the structure and functions of the cells of the liver and pancreas. Resin Extract is great for infections, viral diseases, colds, soar throats.

The Cedar Resin Extract is also beneficial for:

  • all types of catarrhal diseases
  • bronchopulmonary and ear, nose, and throat diseases
  • diseases of the gastrointestinal tract
  • cardiovascular and endocrine diseases
  • skin and stomatological diseases
  • diseases of the nervous system
  • diseases of the locomotor system

4. Q: Are there any negative side effects?

A: There was no reported evidence of Cedar Resin Extract causing adverse reactions or negative side effects.

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History of Aromatherapy

For millenniums humanity has been discovering mysterious properties of plants. Knowledge obtained through experiments and researches and its systematization resulted in a new science - Aromatherapy.

Aromatherapy is an art of healing by means of plant aromas. Aromatherapy emerged long before it was thought as a science. Have you noticed how easily you breathe when you are walking in a forest? How nice it is to feel piny wood scent and redolence of green pine needles and resin! This is a natural aromatherapy.

According to the first manuscripts with fragrance recipes aromatherapy has been used for 6000 years! In Egypt the use of aromatherapy is confirmed by earthenware tablets that described embalming process by means of aromatics.

Ancient people perfectly understood aromatic and therapeutic properties of plants. Contemporary civilization just begins to uncover the value of aromatherapy hidden treasures.

In the ancient times aromatic, antiseptic, antimicrobial and wound-healing properties of essential-oil plants were known and widely used from Babylon and Persia to India and China. In the old medical texts of these countries, written around 3000 years ago, many herbs and their utilization were described. Plants whose aromas were able to impact on consciousness were burned during religious ceremonies.

The resins that were used for incense were highly therapeutic; they influenced on respiratory system and immersed priests into meditative state. Egyptians applied fragrances from perfumery and cosmetics to medicine and mummification. Some perfume jars still smell with fragrance that was kept there 3200 years ago. Also Egyptians used aromas for skin care, washing clothes, added them into vine and food. Frankincense oil used to be burned in honor of Egyptian God Ra, it also was a great component in skin care recipes. Cedar and Myrrh oils were used for embalming. As it turned out essential oils of cedar and myrrh contained elements with strong prophylactic and antiseptic properties, which allowed mummies be preserved for a very long time. Egyptians acquired a reputation of perfume experts; however, they were not familiar with essential oil extraction methods and used only infusions and ointments.

Greeks continued researches in aromatherapy. They found new uses for essential oils in medicine. Ancient thinker and pharmacologist Pedanius Dioscorides wrote a book about healing with herbs "De Materia Medica". This book had been very popular in Europe for 12 centuries. Many recipes offered in this book are still useful today. Another Greek physician Hippocrates - the founder of contemporary scientific medicine composed a work where 236 plants and their medical use were described. Reflecting Greek philosophy of his time, Hippocrates approached patient as a unified whole and as a part of nature. He believed that plants contain medical elements in optimal combination and thus they heal better when unprocessed or as natural juices.

Romans based their knowledge on Greeks' aromatherapy achievements. Their innovation was in bringing aromatic plants and ingredients from Aravia and Eastern India. With new plants more deceases could be cured. Romans paid a lot of attention to the aromatic properties of plants. In antique Rome and Greece perfumery with floral scents was booming, the essential oils were widely used in steam baths as a daily ritual. Many Greek doctors served in Roman army and carried their aromatherapy knowledge through different countries. Ancient Greek philosophers believed that essential oils were given to people by Olympus Gods as a means of supreme light, awakening love.

After the collapse of Roman Empire, Arabic perfumers improved aromatherapy knowledge. They were the first who applied steam distillation for extracting essential oil from rose petals. This invention is believed to belong to Avicenna, philosopher and a physician of Middle East. He described more than 800 medical means that were mostly of botanical origin. In his book "The Canon of Medicine" he described steam distillation method which is used nowadays as well.

European aromatherapy was developing in medieval times. During crusades Arabic fragrances were spread over entire Europe. Plant's medical properties were intensively studied at the times of pestilence spread. Branches of lavender and cypress were burned on the streets. It was the only protection against Black Death that people knew.

In the ninetieth century with the development of synthetic pharmacology the importance of aromatherapy began to decrease. However, when it was noticed that synthetic products caused multiple complications the interest in aromatherapy arose again.

In 1930, French scientist-chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse put into practice a term of Aromatherapy. His family owned a perfumery fabric, and, according to the legend, Maurice, working in a laboratory, burned his hand badly. By reflex, he dipped his hand into lavender oil that was standing by. Later he was so amazed watching mystical recovery and disappearance of scars on his hand. As a result he dedicated his live to researches about essential oil cosmetic and dermatological properties.

French physician Jean Valnet significantly expanded uses of aromatherapy. He was using essential oils for disinfection of wounds and for internal organs spasms relieving. In 1964 he published a book "Practice of Aromatherapy" triggering the aromatherapy practice in Europe. Homeopathic clinics, practicing aromatherapy were build in Paris, Sveden and England where obvious rejuvenation properties of essential oils were studied.

Contemporary aromatherapy is first of all a prophylactic and healthful method of maintaining good psycho-emotional and physical fitness. It is a therapy that relieves everyday stress and prevents development of infirmity. In Canada, US, Europe and Japan thousands of aromatherapy clinics operate, aromatherapy books are published and scientific laboratories are working, continuing the tradition of aromatherapy use.

With the growing popularity of aromatherapy many people get familiarized with therapeutic properties of essential oils and start using them at home on a daily basis.

On the current market the world leading Essential Oil company is Young Living Essential Oils. Young Living's line of pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils and essential oil blends are sourced from the world's finest plants. They are not diluted with chemical and synthetic additives and are carefully prepared to maintain plant integrity. This commitment to purity makes Young Living products the world's highest-quality essential oil line.

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