Posted by: colegrove | Thursday 7 May 2009

Swine Flu, Genealogy, & Peru

NaomiWolfRecommended Reading

Hello world!  It’s been a while since I’ve written about the random thoughts in my head, but here I return to resume.  Of late I have been doing some reading, in particular two of Naomi Wolf’s books.  I finished The End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot. Very informative.  Now I am on to her sequel, Give Me Liberty: A Handbook for American Revolutionaries. Soon if I remember to, I will post some wonderful reviews of them.  I plan to begin that book as soon as I’m finished with the quick moving Trace Your Roots with DNA: Using Genetic Tests to Explore Your Family Tree. I thought to myself that I needed a break from politics and genealogy is always something I can delve into with joy!  Not that I need any specific information from any DNA test, but I would like to know for sure which Y-DNA Haplogroup I am in. It’s neat to be getting a refresher course with the above named book, as well as learning new things!

Who are we?

Every so often, I find myself stopping and pondering ‘who I am?’  I, just like every single person – living, dead, or yet to be – are completely unique individuals.  No two, even identical twins, are the same.  In and of itself, that first concept is amazing.  Not only the fact that our genes are different, our minds, experiences, and thoughts as well.  We were all created and are each special.  We are not mere chemicals.  It’s not just chemical reactions that appear to be thoughts, we are intelligently made – and each unique.  That concept is amazing.

relationsWhat makes this strain of ponderings all the more mind-blowing, however, is that though, we were given the breath of life from the creator, we are not completely ‘just’ ourselves.  We contain the DNA and the genetic material of 2 parents.  It’s like we are 50% of each of them, in a way.  They in turn were created from 4 grandparents – or 25% each of who we are; they from 8 great-grandparents (12.5% of us); and so on.  Each generation the figure of people doubles: 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, 256, 512… and on and on.  Amazing.  Each person in history that we are descended from is vitally important, not just in and of themselves, as we are important in and of ourselves.  Each of them left a legacy of life that spans decades, centuries, and millenia.

I don’t even know if I am making any coherent sense anymore, so I better move on to the next topic.

Quinoa Stuffed PeppersQuinoa-Stuffed Peppers

So, the wife and I were looking through some magazines for some interesting recipes last week and came across in Vegetarian Times, this one for Quinoa-Stuffed Peppers and thought we’d try it.  It was AMAZINGLY GREAT!  Disclaimer: I didn’t see a copyright on the website, so I reprint it here for you to enjoy:

INGREDIENTS

Serves 6-8

  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped (1 cup)
  • 2 Tbs. olive oil
  • 2 ribs celery, finely chopped (1/2 cup)
  • 1 Tbs. ground cumin
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (2 tsp.)
  • 1 10-oz. pkg. frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 2 15-oz. cans diced tomatoes, drained, liquid reserved
  • 1 15-oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3/4 cup quinoa
  • 3 large carrots, grated (11/2 cups)
  • 11/2 cups grated reduced-fat pepper Jack cheese, divided
  • 4 large red bell peppers, halved lengthwise, ribs removed

DIRECTIONS

1. Heat oil in saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and celery, and cook 5 minutes, or until soft. Add cumin and garlic, and sauté 1 minute. Stir in spinach and drained tomatoes. Cook 5 minutes, or until most of liquid has evaporated.

2. Stir in black beans, quinoa, carrots, and 2 cups water. Cover, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 20 minutes, or until quinoa is tender. Stir in 1 cup cheese. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.

3. Preheat oven to 350°F. Pour liquid from tomatoes in bottom of baking dish.

4. Fill each bell pepper half with heaping 3/4-cup quinoa mixture, and place in baking dish. Cover with foil, and bake 1 hour. Uncover, and sprinkle each pepper with 1 Tbs. remaining cheese. Bake 15 minutes more, or until tops of stuffed peppers are browned. Let stand 5 minutes. Transfer stuffed peppers to serving plates, and drizzle each with pan juices before serving.

quinoaQuinoa

Quinoa is a grain-type food.  Pronounced “Keen-wah”; its actually not a true grain, but the edible seeds are many times used as if they were one.  Full of Vitamin B9 / Folic Acid, and Iron, they can be an excellent food during pregnancy – or anytime.  The leaves, which are rarely found in The United States or Canada, are also eaten as a leafy vegetable.  Native to South America it was held sacred by the Incas and is still grown all over Peru, Bolivia, and Ecuador.

South American Mysteries

machu-picchu-peruSpeaking of South America: ever since I heard of the valley of Vilcabamba, Ecuador, and it’s health and long-lived people, I have been fascinated by the areas pre-Incan past.  Many sites around Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia have emerged in the last century from tops of mountains and out of jungle brush. Sacsayhuaman, Cusco, Ollantaytambo, Machu Picchu, and many other megalithic sites defy imagination.  In some places there are cut stones over 200 tons in weight that were some how moved miles from the quarries to tops of mountains where the oxygen in the air would make it impossible for people to move 100 ton blocks (today), let alone 200 tons.  One of those unsolved mysteries.  Tales of Lost Cities, underground ancient tunnels spanning hundreds of miles, Tayos gold (even former Astronaut Neil Armstrong went on an expedition), and even the elusive Twelve Muribeca (or Muribecca) Pyramids have fascinated my imagination since I heard of them.   I encourage everyone to check them out online.  Maybe even make a trip to Ecuador, Peru, the western Amazon of Brazil, or northern Bolivia.  I’m not big on airplanes, so I may have to road-trip it down there one day myself!

Vitamin DSwine Flu / Bird Flu

So, in the news lately they have been fear-mongering – ahem – reporting on the possibility of a pandemic of Swine Flu.  Well, I have some thoughts as to this Swine Flu thing.

First of all, the chances that the strains of influenza from all those sources (human influenza, bird, and swine, etc.) could all form together and mutate in such a way is almost impossible.  Could it not be man-made in a labratory somewhere?

VitaminCSecond of all, it is unlikely to actually become a pandemic by itself.  It would need a big vehicle – like vaccinations – to help it actually spread to healthy people. The Swine Flu hype will be a big push for pharmaceutical companies to get more money to make a vaccine that will then give them more money as they distribute it.

Those two opinions above are consistent with the words on the Georgia Guidestones, a mysterious Masonic monument near Alberton, Georgia: “Keep Humanity Under 500,000,000″.

View Dr. Stanley Monteith’s monograph “Population Control Agenda” here:http://www.radioliberty.com/pca.htm

OliveLeafThird: the actual amount of deaths so far are far fewer than deaths from accidents, deaths from regular flu, and many other common ailments.

GarlicNow, it could become something more than it is now, but vaccinations are not the answer.  The majority of the people who died of the Spanish Influenza of 1918 were vaccinated against it.  There are simple common-sense NATURAL things everyone can do to help keep themselves healthy:

  • The Obvious: get enough sleep on a regular basis, keep your hands clean by washing frequently, get outside more and make sure air is circulating at home.  oregano-oil
  • Vitamin D: The sun is one of the most powerful forces to keep us healthy.  Get at least 30 minutes of full exposure per day.  When sick, or in winter, take liquid supplement of Vitamin D3.
  • Vitamin C: 500 mg three times per day, or if sick 500-1000 mg every 4 hours
  • Garlic: a major germ fighter
  • Oil of Oregano: know to kill swine flu in the lab
  • Olive Leaf Extract and Olive Leaf Tea
  • Grapefruit Seed Extract: This one go easy on.  I haven’t taken this one personally yet however.
  • If things ever get really bad.  Stay away from people (work, school, etc.) and that may be the best time to find a cabin in the woods to weather the storm.  If there will even be one.
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