Interesting Information: Magnesium Stearate: A Dangerous Ingredient in Your Supplements

Interesting Information:  November 16, 2015

Magnesium Stearate:

A Dangerous Ingredient in Your Supplements

While watching “The Truth About Cancer:  A Global Quest,” the issue of magnesium stearate in supplements came up several times.

What, I thought?  More magnesium, and I’m already taking two kinds on purpose.  That’s probably enough…

So, I went and checked, and sure enough, there it was in the Curcumin I was taking AND a potassium/iodine supplement I was taking.


Apparently magnesium stearate is used as a binder in supplements and can be made of something like cotton seed oil, as that’s cheap.

I googled around and came up with this Mercola post, which speaks to WHY magnesium stearate is…toxic.  It can cause serious absorption issues.  I certainly don’t need absorption issues with all the food allergies (leaky gut) I already have.

Check out YOUR supplements, and read Mercola’s post?

A Dangerous Ingredient in Your Supplements

Turkey Tracks: My Hexie Project

Turkey Tracks:  November 16, 2015

My Hexie Project

The moment I saw Edyta Sitar’s book AND this amazing quilt last year in Houston, I knew I wanted to make the center of this quilt.  (I am completely intimidated by Edyta’s applique–but it is so beautiful, isn’t it?)

I so enjoyed talking to Edyta as well.  She is so pretty and so, so nice.  What a treat to meet her, and I have admired her quilting for some time now.


I got as far this fall as buying a 1,200 pack of paper piecing templates.  (I’m using 1-inch hexies, not the 7/8-inch Edyta used.  My goodness they are…small.)

I could not decide whether to use the more traditional colorway Edyta uses or to go for brighter colors with more whites and the wonderful white printed neutrals out now.

When I realized I could use my 2 1/2-inch squares to make the hexies, that cinched the decision.  That box is full and needs to be emptied.  And it is filled with more traditional colors.

Here’s a close-up of that cover:


I have one of the diamonds completed.  And I’ve cut and counted out the 532 neutral squares I will need and will take them with me to Charleston, SC, this week as a hand project while I am traveling and am away.

I had started sew/basting the neutral hexies.

BUT, guess what!!!!  You can glue them instead.

I like the Sew Line glue stick–and I got lots of refills…just in case.  (I tried another brand of glue stick and hated it–the glue was gummy and thick.)


And purchased some new straw needles, as I like the long, thin, flexible needle for hexies and bindings:


Best of all, while getting the glue stick at Alewives Quilting in Damariscotta Mills, Maine, I saw this GORGEOUS book.


Turns out there are quite a few tricks to English Paper Piecing.  I quickly discovered better ways to cover difficult shapes–like the diamonds with which I am also working.  (You leave the little flag/flaps in place and sew around them!)

Also, take a look at Leah Day’s video on sewing hexies together.  I really like her method as it does not EVER show the tiny stitches between the hexies.  That link is on this blog–search for Leah Day and hexies on the right side bar search button.  But, you could also just search her web site.

I’d like to say that this will be a winter project, but…hexies are slow for me…so who knows???

Books, Documentaries, Reviews: “Chemotherapy is a Waste of Money”

Books, Documentaries, Reviews:  November 9, 2015

“Chemotherapy is a Waste of Money”

Peter Glidden is a Naturopath.

Naturopaths get very similar training to MDs, except that NDs get a lot more education about nutrition and come at illness with an entirely different focus.  NDs believe in the innate ability of the body to heal itself IF it is getting the right nutrients and is in balance.  Curing illness, thus, requires restoring balance to the body and, maybe, the spirit/mental outlook on life.

MDs, especially today, manage disease and use technical methods that come from outside of the body and involve a “war on the body” mentality:  MDs cut, poison, and burn the body in an attempt to eradicate disease.

Glidden believes that there can be a strong roll for some surgery, especially in emergencies, but does not believe that strategies of poison and burning (radiation) work.

Statistics bear Glidden out.

Glidden’s book The MD Emperor Has No Clothes is an angry, bitter book.  But it clearly describes the differences between these two practitioners.


And, of course, there is a history to this bifurcation between NDs and MDs.  Mainstream medicine’s development reflects the development of a system of cultural power that was able to drive out its competition by labeling it “quackery” and by passing laws that disallowed its practices.  Yet, there is an absence of data to support cut, poison, burn as applied to disease–and glaring absences of science that should be explored, but…are not.  Meanwhile, the competition does have success rates.  Just look at the history of Burzynski’s treatments for brain cancer, or Hoxie’s plant/herb based treatments for cancer, or the many practices across the world today that are having an amazing success in healing cancer.  (You can explore this arena in the nine-part documentary series The Truth About Cancer:  A Global Quest, the work of Ty Bollinger.)

Mainstream medicine attempted to buy both Burzynski’s and Hoxie’s treatments, and when that did not work, has attempted to ban them.  Burzynski has won every legal battle thrown his way, and he has faced down something like 20 legal challenges.  The FDA even tried to steal Burzynski’s patents on his treatment formulas.   (There are two excellent documentaries on this slimy story.)  Hoxie moved his clinic to Mexico where patients are being cured daily.

Here in America, industry has us by the throat and is preventing any real exploration of what might work to heal cancer.  And, profiting mightily with surgery, chemo, and radiation.  And is busily trying to bring NDs into a role of helping poison/burn patients fare better than they normally do by inhancing needed nutrition.  In many states, NDs are not allowed to practice.  If you live in one of these states, try to find a chiropracter who has a lot of nutritional knowledge.  They often have very similar training to an MD or NDs.

Do note that two large studies in recent years have shown that the war on cancer, as it is being waged, is lost.  Chemo and radiation do not work.  Two large studies clearly show that hemo has a success rate of from 3 to 5 percent for all cancers.  New synthetic drugs that will cure are not forthcoming.  So, best we return to looking at how our bodies fit into the natural world (read plants here–which cannot be patented) and how to restore balance that actually cures the body.

Here’s Glidden on chemotherapy:

▶ Chemotherapy is a Waste of Money – YouTube.

Here’s something I truly believe, and I feel that this is the path to travel, especially after watching “The Truth About Cancer:  A Global Quest.”


Turkey Tracks: Allietare: Bonnie Hunter’s Mystery Quilt 2015

Turkey Tracks:  November 15, 2015


Bonnie Hunter’s 2015 Mystery Quilt

I’m ready!

I leave for Charleston, SC, to be with my family for Thanksgiving, but my fabrics are ironed and ready to go.

Allietare, writes Bonnie, is Italian, and means “joyful,” “abundance,” etc.  Bonnie, in her introduction at (the quilt’s instructions are on the top tabs), says this quilt was inspired by her recent trip to Italy.  She will post the first clue on Black Friday–so I will be a bit behind the starting gate as I will get home on Monday.  Guess what I’ll be doing first thing December 1st…

Here are my fabrics:

The colors:


The grey will be constant in the quilt.  The rest, in true scrappy fashion, I will mix up as much as possible.

And the neutrals and paint cards that serve as a guide:



Turkey Tracks: Recipes: Red Juice Green Juice

Turkey Tracks:  November 9, 2015

Red Juice Green Juice

Red juice is YUMMY!


I don’t like to mix red and green veggies when I’m juicing.  The juice looks like mud then.  Red and green are opposites on the color wheel, so to mix them makes a kind of brown color.

This juice includes the following:

One small beet

Three or four carrots–I love the rainbox carrots

LIME–about half a lime

GINGER–a knob of ginger the size of a…???…whole pecan

Half a red pepper

A chuck of red cabbage

An apple

Green juice is yummy too!


This juice contains the following:

Chard (fresh picked from the garden), but any of the good greens will do.




Ginger (always put in a knob of fresh ginger)


Green cabbage

Kolrabi pieces are a nice addition

Green pepper would be nice in this drink.  Parsley, too.  Maybe some other herbs.

You can feel the goodness ALL THE WAY DOWN when you make one of these drinks.  They are a powerhouse of nutrition for your body.

PS:  I have information on my juicer on other blog posts here.


Turkey Tracks: The Braided Rug I Wanted to Make

Turkey Tracks:  November 8, 2015

The Braided Rug I wanted to Make

I finished it.

And it’s just the rug that I wanted:




So now I’m happy.

It takes me about two weeks working at night while streaming something fun on tv to make one of these rugs.

The rougher one is happier at the back door:



See the little rough rug to the left?  It’s made from worn-out t-shirts knitted with a garter stitch.  It’s perfect for the dogs’ water and food bowls.


Turkey Tracks: Walking the Dogs

Turkey Tracks:  November 4, 2016

Walking the Dogs

When sister Susan came in mid October, we walked every day.

And I have been walking pretty much every day since as the weather has allowed the walking.

Walking is another of those activities that I’ve suddenly had energy for again.

I used to walk a lot, but when John was sick and after he died, I had no energy to walk.

Needless to say, the girlie rat dogs are in heaven.

Miss Reynolds Georgia, aka as The Beauty Queen, aka Rey Rey, is 13 years old now.  And, she’s pretty much deaf.  But she’s a game little dog and loves the daily walking.  She starts following me around shortly after her breakfast, wondering if its time to go out yet.  It’s like living with a child who is on a long car trip with you and who is asking “are we there yet” every few minutes.

Here she is–neither of my ratties will look at me if there is a camera in my hand.


I observed something really funny on our walk yesterday.

When we start out, especially if we walk Union Street in Camden which is a long straight road with a few hills/grades along the way, Penny is out front just moving along at a good clip, while Rey is behind us the full length of the retractable dog leash.  I thought Rey was just slower than Penny in catching all the delicious doggy smells along the way or peeing just where Penny already peed.

But, yesterday, when we turned around, Rey dashed to the front and started back the way we came at a no-nonsense good clip.


What’s going on with that?

Rey has always, always been timid about getting away from home grounds.  Even as a tiny puppy, she’d go about 50 feet from our yard and start worrying:  “Do you know where we are?  I think we’re lost.  I’m sure we’re lost.  Let’s go home now.  I don’t think you know what you’re doing.”

I thought that I’d just let her lead us and see what happened.  A mile later, we drew near the car, which was parked in a line of cars.  I thought for a minute that Rey would just walk past it, but halfway alongside the car, she stopped and sat down, just as good as a dog pointing a bird.


She’s like a horse heading back to the barn.

Next I took her on a circular two-mile walk where we would approach the car, which was off the road and in a parking lot, from an entirely different direction.

Again when we rounded the final turn and headed for the car, which was a good half-mile away, I watched to see if she would walk past the entrance to the off-road parking place.

Nope.  She turned into the lot and took me right to the car and sat down.

Rat terriers are so, so, so smart.

Rey also takes care of No No Penny.  She comes and gets me if Penny wants to go in or out.  She comes to get me when it’s time for her dinner.

I hate it that dogs have such a short life in comparison to our own time span.

Here’s No No Penny, who is a real rat dog–not a highly bred one that has been bred back to Chihuahuas to make them smaller.  She’s hunting for the chipmunks that live under the porch and fuss at her when she tries to huff and puff down the back seam of the porch floor where it meets the house wall.


Interesting Information: The Annual Physical Exam and Losing Insurance

Interesting Information:  November 5, 2015

The Annual Physical Exam and Losing Insurance

I lost my AARP Advantage plan this fall.


I’m not sure, but I’m wondering if it’s because I’ve not had a formal annual physical for about three years.  I’ve seen my primary care doc, but not in a way that allows for the checking off of the “annual physical” box–which would carry a different fee structure.

The AARP Advantage Plan is serviced by United Health Care–a huge insurance company.

About six months ago, I began to get calls from United Health wanting me to have a nurse come to my home.  I explained that I was really healthy and did not need a nurse.  Then I got some computerized robo calls asking for the caretaker of Louisa Enright (my name was horribly mispronounced).  I hung up on those.  Then I got a notice that my insurance plan was not being renewed.

I don’t know if AARP has made changes, or if United Health Care dropped this plan with AARP, or if United Health Care just dropped me because I had not had an a formal physical they could recognize.  The AARP representative seemed surprised when I called and said this plan was being dropped.

(I take good care of myself and am very conscious of my health and my body.  And a year ago, I had blood tests and worked with a PhD nutritionist to fine tune minerals and vitamins.)

Maybe United Health believes that having people go to a yearly exam saves them money in the long run.

Maybe.  Maybe not.

I feel like I am encouraged to do tests that are not good for my health or my body–like a mammogram, for instance.  And, frankly, hospitals are not safe places these days.  I have heard too many stories of people getting blood tests and walking away with some sort of infectious disease–some of which are not curable.

Here’s a conspiracy theory for you:  is there a profitable connection between the insurance companies and all the tests that are run?  I do know that insurance companies own hearing aid companies.  Maybe they own testing companies in some way as well.  Or, medical practices.  I wish someone would do this research as it is beyond my capabilities.

Remember, too, that docs rely on tests like annual physicals as part of their paychecks.  AND, many have financial relationships with testing companies.   So, it’s a rigged system that the smart consumer needs to recognize as such.

More importantly, I really felt I was being bullied by the insurance company.  I grew up in an era when you went to a doctor when you were sick.  And that doctor knew you well enough to see if you needed additional tests, etc.  There is a way that the health system in America is making people sicker and sicker, rather than curing them.  The over prescription of drugs is an easy way to make you sick.  Getting tests that involve radiation and smashed breast tissue is another.  And the truth is in on mamographies:  they do not catch fast-growing cancers and result in over-doctoring for no good reason and no improved outcome.

Anyway, Mercola has a recent post on the ins and outs of annual physicals–which includes tests that are probably useful.

Annual Physical Exams May Do More Harm Than Good

I’ve gotten new insurance.

And United Health Care (which has plans of its own in Maine) has had the doctor’s office call personally to schedule an appointment–which happened just after I had gotten new insurance that would take place immediately.

I set a date because I am afraid that if I don’t I’ll lose the new insurance too.

I’ve been bullied into this action, and I am NOT HAPPY about it.

I’ll go and courtesy and get the annual physical block checked off.  The doc will get her annual physical exam fee.  The insurance company will be happy.

It’s a rigged system driven by money, not good health considerations.

We are no longer “the land of the free,” but are still “the brave” to try to manage our lives outside all the industry tyranny that has us by the throat.

Turkey Tracks: Tales of Braided Rugs

Turkey Tracks:  November 3, 2015

Tales of Braided Rugs

Some years back I bought some green cotton sheets and some used men’s shirts in order to make a braided rug of recycled materials.

I finally got to this project this fall.

Can I say that the resulting rug is without a doubt one of the ugliest things I’ve ever made.


It’s one of those projects the maker looks at and thinks “what was I thinking?”

I had the yellow sheet strips already on the loom–and I should have taken them off.  Or done a different color rug.  I had one men’s shirt with yellow in it, and I think that’s where the trouble began.

Worse, I should never have put more of the yellow into the rug.

The two dark strips sort of in the middle are some of the men’s shirts, and these should have been gradually worked into the rug alongside the green sheets.  More like what is going on along the right side, before the yellow.  Also, the men’s shirts provide great material for quilting, but one can’t get long strips out of a shirt–and that means a lot of knots in a rug.

Whatever–these rugs wash and wear like iron, and it will be fine at the kitchen door.  Right now it’s living in front of the sink while I work on a new green rug that is more like what I imagined.  AND, I must remember that I have recycled materials that might have been trashed otherwise.


Meanwhile, I visited a friend who is making the most gorgeous braided rugs.  Here’s one that sits in her kitchen.


How yummy is this rug?


Gorgeous, gorgeous.

Her husband made her a bigger loom than I have been using, and its size is great in her kitchen.  She’s now working on a very soft rug, with lots of mellow and warm colors.  I can’t wait to see it finished.

Meanwhile, here’s the rug I should have made in the first place–it’s coming along nicely.  I will finish it tonight.


And into the kitchen it will go.

The rug on the floor was made a few years back from old sheets and bits of fabric.  It and its sisters are washing and wearing like iron.







Interesting Information: Vaccines: Mercury in Flu Shots

Interesting Information:  November 3, 2015

Flu Shot Season

Everywhere I go these days, there are signs advertising the availability of not only flu shots, but a host of other vaccines as well.

Who, may I ask, in the grocery store is qualified to give a flu shot???

Who in the grocery store is going to help you when you have a possible reaction.  (The most recent awards of the vaccine court have been for adults hurt by the flu shot.)

This analysis came through my Facebook account this morning, but it is not new information.



Giving this shot to a pregnant woman has never been tested for safety for her or for the baby.

Ditto for children or the elderly.

I heard an ad on the radio coming home today for a “super flu shot” for the elderly.

Dear god…

…do not forgive them for they do know what they are doing.