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Interesting Information: “Is it Really Coconut Water?”

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Interesting Information:  November 18, 2013

“Is it Really Coconut Water?”

Bruce Fife, N.D., asks and answers this question in the July/August issue of Well Being Journal (13-16).

First, a definition:  coconut water is the water inside a coconut that pours out of the center when you open the coconut.

Secondly, real coconut water has amazing healing properties and is used in the tropics to fight dehydration and heat stroke.  Fife writes that “recent research suggests that it may also be useful in treating or preventing cancer, high blood pressure, atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), heart failure, stroke, glaucoma, kidney stones, osteoporosis, and Chron’s disease.”

Coconut water works at the cellular level to “extend the youth of cells.”  So,  yes, it might have some anti-aging properties.  And it works better to preserve transplant organs than the chemicals industry was using.

Thus, the market has picked up on coconut water and is presenting us with choices.

ONLY–and you know what’s coming now–most of what’s sold is NOT a product that will offer you anything but calories and sugars.

The GOOD NEWS is that there are some really good ones, and I’ll list those in a minute.  First, understand that the problem is that coconut water is harvested in the tropics and needs to come from young coconuts that haven’t aged unduly by long shipping times.  And, as Fife writes, “once the coconut is opened and the water extracted, it beings to ferment and the taste and smell rapidly changes.”  Thus, industry uses high-temperature/short-time pasteurization…which destroys some of the coconut water’s nutrients and much of its flavor.”  Additionally, some companies make a concentrate by boiling the coconut water down.  Of course that kills all the “good.”  And some companies attempt to dry the water into a powder that you reconstitute.

If the coconut water you’re looking at has been bottled or packaged somewhere where coconuts don’t grow, it’s reconstituted from a concentrate and likely has added sugars for flavor.  And the usual suspect preservatives.

Powdered coconut where you add the water is…useless.  Don’t even go there.


What you want to look for is coconut water that has been frozen on the spot and remains frozen until you thaw it or it’s put into a store’s refrigerated section.  Fife lists the best brand as HARMLESS HARVEST, sold at Whole Foods.  This product is completely raw and is not heat pasteurized.  (Guess where I’m stopping on my next trip to Portland, Maine.)

Exotic Superfoods (www.exoticsuperfoods.com) also freezes coconut water on the spot and can ship to you frozen.  I have no idea what it costs.

Any and Brian’s coconut water is listed by Fife as being solid.

Noelani Coconut Water and Beverage Company imports whole young coconuts from the Caribbean within two weeks, but they only service Connecticult, New York City, and northern New Jersey at the moment.

I hope this helps you discern how to buy this product and not to waste your money or spoil your health on a high-sugar highly-processed product.

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November 18, 2013 at 1:43 pm

Interesting Information: Can This Really Be True?

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Interesting Information:  November 18, 2013

Can This Really Be True?

Health officials recommend giving new-born babies a hepatitis B vaccine, followed by two more shots before 18 months of age.

Why? Since hepatitis B is NOT a childhood disease and not a common threat to newborn babies?

I stumbled on an answer in the July/August 2013 issue of Well Being Journal (page 47).  The story is from a March 26, 2013, posting on the Mercola web site:  “Teens Susceptible to Hepatitis B Infection Despite Vaccination as Infants.

First, hepatitis B is a “primarily blood-transmitted adult disease associated with risky lifestyle choices such as unprotected sex with multiple partners and intravenous drug use involving sharing needles.”

IN FACT, this article states “according to the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC):

`The primary reason that the CDC recommended hepatitis B vaccination for all newborns in the United States in 1991 is because public health officials and doctors could not persuade adults in high risk groups (primarily IV drug abusers and persons with multiple sexual partners) to get the vaccine.’

“But now,” the article continues, “new research has shown that by the time a child reaches his or her teenage years–the time when acquiring a hepatitis B infection may be more likely–the protection from the childhood vaccine may have long since waned.”

And that’s one of the dirty secrets about vaccines:  they don’t last.  So you’ll need to use more boosters along the way, with more junk injected into a body by its back door (a puncture wound).

So let’s be clear.  Our public health officials are choosing to put heavy metals and adjuvants like formaldehyde into newborn, fragile babies WHEN THEY KNOW THEY DON’T LAST.

No wonder 1 out 6 children today have neurological issues.

This practice is NOT about science or health–it’s about drug companies and self-interested doctors making more money.  And their vehicle is the “standards of care” that ensures that doctors have to suggest such a practice as this one or lose their licenses.

This is how industry works if it is not fettered to morals and ethics.

Vaccines are NOT safe for everyone.  They may not be safe for anyone, given their components.  But who know, since few are doing the science to justify them and the science that is showing they are not safe is being ignored.

A tiny newborn–not fully formed, needing adult protection and nourishment, struggling to get some purchase in this life…

Shame, shame, shame…

Do your research on this issue folks…

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November 18, 2013 at 1:12 pm

Turkey Tracks: Leah Day’s Video: Sewing Hexies

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Turkey Tracks:  November 18, 2013

Leah Day’s Video

Hand Piecing Hexies

The post previous to this one discusses sewing hexies at some length–and gives some current texts.

But, Leah Day’s weekly post this week consisted of terrific videos on how to design and piece hexies.

And, you should be aware that the old whip-stitching method has been, thankfully, replaced by a better method.

The Free Motion Quilting Project: 73. English Paper Piecing Part 2: Turning Hexagon Edges.


PS:  If you are a quilter and have not signed up for Leah Day’s blog, you might seriously want to consider doing so.

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November 18, 2013 at 12:48 pm

Turkey Tracks: I’m Obsessed: Hand Sewing

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Turkey Tracks:  November 18, 2013

I’m Obsessed


Hand Sewing

It’s official.

I’m obsessed with hand sewing.  I have one project going and two more planned.  And I can’t wait for dark to fall so I can settle in and hand sew while watching something fun on the television.  Though just at the moment I’m hand-quilting the clam shell quilt which is, as yet, nameless, but not homeless.  And, I’m putting the binding on the Winding Ways/Wheels of Mystery quilt which I’m naming “Earth.”

I think my obsession all started with Bonnie Hunter’s numerous posts on her hexie projects.  Hexies are all the rage in quilting these days, which I’m sure most quilters know.  And these projects are NOT your grandmother’s flower garden variety.

Or, maybe it was seeing the gorgeous quilt that Rhea Butler of Alewives quilting, in Damariscotta Mills, Maine, from Kathy Doughty and Sarah Fielke’s MATERIAL OBSESSION 2 book.  (Those gals are from Australia, the home of fantastic quilting.)

I did a hexie project a while back–a challenge to depict a grocery store product–I chose Green Hive Honey, a local raw, unheated honey.  That quilt was called “A Thousand Flowers” since that’s what it takes to make a ridiculously small bit of raw honey.  (You can search for it elsewhere on the blog.)  I found sewing the hexies tedious–especially the whip stitching that joined them.  And the stitches showed in a way I didn’t like.

BUT, But, But!  There is a better way to do this whole process.  And I began to discover that only recently with Micky Dupre and Bonnie Hunter’s book, RING AROUND THE HEXIES:  A Collaboration Celebration.

Hexie blocks

You can English Paper Piece the hexies and then the way you join them is NOT with whip stitching.  I’m posting a video from Leah Davis that’s a close-up of her hands piecing hexies in the “new” way in a separate post.  (Ask and you shall receive from the universe.)

So, Bonnie makes a pieced quilt, leaving, in the above case, blank black squares on-point.  Micky pieces a hexie formation–and she manipulates the hexies to get interesting color changes–and appliques her arrangement onto the quilt.  They are beautiful.  The resulting quilt is beautiful.

But, I think my own obsession stemmed from Rhea Butler’s quilt from MATERIAL OBSESSIONS–hanging in Alewives.  And somehow I did not take a picture of the whole quilt.

Kite Block book

That quilt is made of large hexies–all constructed from a kite-shape (a quadrilateral) that when combined forms a hexie.

Here are some examples of those bigger blocks.  You can see the “kite” in the dark, outer prints with circles–it takes two “kites” to form that dark patch.  The outer neutral fabric is also made of the “kite” shape.  The red dotted fabric is used to link a line of blocks together–it’s a large diamond shape.

Kite Template block

And, here hyou can see the kite shape a bit better:

Kite block 2

These big hexies are joined with interesting geometric shapes and lavish, BIG borders from contemporary fabrics.

Here’s fabric for my first try at these blocks–and you can see the kite template.  The dark fabric will be used on the outer ring.  I suspect the peach fabric will form the inner ring.

Kite Block fabrics

I was going to do these by hand, but Rhea says they sew well on the machine, too.  So, I’ll play around.

BUT, if I’m not going to hand-sew these, what is going to occupy my fingers?

This project I suspect:

Take a hexie and pull out the sides, and you get a “honeycomb” hexie.  And back in the day in England, a woman named Lucy Boston used that shape to construct the most amazing quilts.  Rhea Butler was already playing with this honeycomb hexie when I saw her last.

Here’s the book, done by Linda Franz, and a packet of honeycomb papers.  One varies the block by varying the fabric color within the block.

Honeycomb blocks

Whatever I do I’ll pull from the stash.

So, on to Leah Day’s excellent video.