Turkey Tracks: Worms in My Basement

Turkey Tracks:  May 21, 2013

Worms in My Basement

I have worms in my basement.

Vermiculture Worms.

They eat my garbage.

Actually, they eat the mold my garbage makes at it…ages.

They don’t smell.

They have likes and dislikes.  They are not crazy about citrus.

They live in this box in the utility room:

Worm box

It’s warm in the utility room.  They like warmth.  See the vent holes on the sides of the box.  Screens taped on the inside keep the worms from exploring more of their habitat.

Here’s what the inside of the box looks like:

Worm box inside

You can see they’ve disposed of all their food except for some stray egg shells.

See the black dirt?  The worms make all that dirt.  Worm dirt sells for about $17 a bag.  It’s black gold.

Here’s a close-up of the worms in their black gold:

Worms and their dirt

The chickens LOVE to get a handful of worms thrown to them.

I cover the worms with a layer of shredded paper.  I keep a shredder in the office, and sometimes I shred newspapers if the supply of shredded paper runs low.  I got a decent shredder last year after trying to manage a small, cheap one for some years.  When it broke, I upgraded slightly, and I think that’s been a good trade-off as I’m not putting a whole lot of paper into the waste stream.

The new shredder cross-cuts the paper, which means it dissolves quicker:

Worms, paper shredded fine

Here’s the new shredder and TWO bags of shredded paper–all made with no fuss, no jamming, no cuss words…

Worms, paper shredding

In the summer, I empty the worm bin onto a tarp.  The worms retreat to the bottom of the pile, and I skim off the black gold and put it into the garden.  The chickens LOVE to help with this task.  I round up some worms to go back into the box and feed them and cover them up again.  The rest of the worms go into the veggie garden.  These worms live near the surface, so they don’t survive in a really cold winter.  I think they might winter over in a milder winter however.  At the very least, they aerate the soil and add in protein.

Vermiculture worms are very different from outdoor Maine worms.  Those guys can be as long and as thick as a small snake.  Vermiculture worms are reddish, smaller, and thinner.

I like having worms in the basement on a cold, snowy day when I don’t want to plow through drifts to get to the compost bins that live back of the garage.

Whatever the reason, I like having the worms in the basement.

PS:  there are many web sites about vermiculture.

Interesting Information: Osteoporosis Cure

Interesting Information:  May 21, 2013

Osteoporosis Cure

I’m behind in my reading and reporting.

Blame it on the inherited ipad where I am playing “Word” with kin, friends, and at least one former highschool classmate.  It will keep my brain active, right?  And it allows me to stay connected in a whole new way, right?  I hope so, as I love language and words and am learning so many new ones.

I finished the winter 2012 WISE TRADITIONS, the journal of The Weston A. Price Foundation, the other day.  There is always such good information in it, and it’s free on-line to any reader.  (I get a hard copy because I write all over the pages taking side notes, making comments, circling important information, and so forth.)  This issue is on the importance of fat-soluble vitamins–and I will write more on that tomorrow.   Remember that I am reading so I can report back to you and if you want to read more, you can follow in my footsteps and go to the texts I surface for you.

A letter called “Geriatric Rickets” caught my eye, written by Philip Ridley of London, UK.  His mother suffered from osteoporosis–a disease he believes (as I do) that is caused by malnutrition from the diet his (and our) health practitioners have been pushing for the past forty years or so–low-fat, high-sugar, high-carb intake.

First, Ridley’s mother stopped taking the osteoporosis drugs “given for free in the U.K. on the National Health Service.”  Ridley notes that

these drugs operate by inhibiting osteoclasts and stimulating osteoblasts.  The former break down old bone cells and the latter build new bone cells.  The problem with meddling in this process is that strong bones require the renewal of old bone cells with new bone cells.  The drugs therefore increase brittleness and they also do nothing about the malnutrition that causes weak bones in the first place.”

Ridley also notes that “women at the final stages of geriatric rickets are given an infusion of these toxic drugs directly into the marrow.  I have heard from families that this is the most painful treatment.”

Ridley’s mother CURED her osteoporosis by eating “bone broths, sourdough bread [fermented foods], butter, soaking of beans and grains, raw grass-fed Guernsey milk, two Royal Blend high-vitamin butter oil and fermented cod liver oil capsules per day, liver and bacon once a week, and an herbal remedy for strong bones.”  Ridley’s mother “had always had grass-fed meat, wild fish, and fresh vegetables, but lacked the fat-soluble vitamins as a result of following the lowfat diet since it was introduced into Britain in 1983, when skimmed milk first came available.”

Ridley and his mother spent “the last decade since her diagnosis waiting for the horrid, inevitable broken hip or back bone.”  But, Ridley reports that her last bone density test showed that she no longer needed to be followed for osteoporosis.  Her diet had healed her bones.

Ridley also notes that the only nutritional supplement  given for osteoporosis in the UK is calcium tablets.  But, calcium given this way “simply calcifies the soft tissues in combination with the low fat diet they promote.”  When people ask Ridley how to strengthen bones he says “eat bones.”

Ridley dams the way doctors and Big Pharma work together to put women on drugs–and what he says is true in America as well:

Geriatric rickets is becoming a silent, worsening epidemic amongst women because the bone density tests kick in for all at around sixty-five years of age, and, much like the cholesterol levels that lead to statin prescriptions, the triggers for bone density treatment are manipulated to catch the greatest number of customers for the drug companies.”


Doctors in the NHS also get performance-related pay based on the number of women tested and the number of women who test negative who hare placed on the drugs.  Most women nowadays will, as a result of lowfat diets, suffer low bone density, so a vast number of women are now being put on these toxic drugs, yet they could all be saved anguish if we would only call osteoporosis what it is and treat it accordingly.

That would be “geriatric rickets.”

Ridley also notes that “routine bone density tests most likely also cause cancer because they use radiation.”

I could add that when I came to Maine, I had arthritis in my right hip and terrible back pain.  I know my bones are much stronger now as a result of how I eat.  My gums don’t bleed when I go to the dentist.  And I’ve (knock on wood) had no new cavities–a sure sign of malnutrition.  I refuse to get any more bone density tests.  Or, mammograms, for that matter.  And I’m not going to go through the airport x-ray machines any more either.

I also have well water, which means I am no longer getting any fluoride.  For about two years after we came to Maine, I could hardly sleep at night from the pains in my bones.  I was restless and twisted and turned.  I just plain hurt.  I think it was the fluoride coming out of  my bones–and fluoride has been shown to make bones brittle, not strong.  There are a number of essays on this blog addressing the fluoride–which is one of the biggest scams in our lives today.  There isn’t any science behind adding it to the water and a LOT of science showing how dangerous it is.  Anyway, I don’t have these pains any more, and I can feel such an improvement in the health of my bones.

Here’s the whole letter if you want to read it:  http://www.westonaprice.org/letters/letters-winter-2012.