Sorry -I can’t bring myself to do your Ice bucket challenge. I enjoy a good dare- It’s always good to bring awareness - in fun, creative ways / I don’t want to take away from that. but it had me thinking. Digging a bit deeper. I found that we may not be aligned - in our messages. So…- I thought Instead / I’d challenge ALS to stop Animal testing /— Recent experiments funded by the ALS Association, mice had holes drilled into their skulls, were inflicted with crippling illnesses, and were forced to run on an inclined treadmill until they collapsed from exhaustion. Monkeys had chemicals injected into their brains and backs and were later killed and dissected.What is the result of these experiments (other than a lot of suffering)? In the past decade, only about a dozen experimental ALS treatments have moved on to human trials after being shown to alleviate the disease in animals. All but one of these treatments failed in humans—and the one that “passed” offers only marginal benefits to humans who suffer from ALS. This massive failure rate is typical for animal experiments, because even though animals feel pain and suffer like we do, their bodies often react completely differently to drugs and diseases. According to the FDA, 92 out of every 100 drugs that pass animal trials fail during the human clinical trial phase.Sophisticated non-animal testing methods—including in vitro methods, advanced computer-modeling techniques, and studies with human volunteers, among others—have given us everything from the best life-saving HIV drugs to cloned human skin for burn victims. Trying to cure human diseases by relying on outdated and ineffective animal experiments isn’t only cruel—it’s a grave disservice to people who desperately need cures.Please, help scientists make real progress toward treating and curing human diseases by visiting HumaneSeal.org to find and support charities that never harm animals and which pour their time and resources into advanced, promising, human-relevant cures.
Via Pamela Anderson

Sorry -
I can’t bring myself to do your Ice bucket challenge. 
I enjoy a good dare- It’s always good to bring awareness - in fun, creative ways / I don’t want to take away from that. 
but it had me thinking. Digging a bit deeper. I found that we may not be aligned - in our messages. So…
- I thought Instead / I’d challenge ALS to stop Animal testing /— Recent experiments funded by the ALS Association, mice had holes drilled into their skulls, were inflicted with crippling illnesses, and were forced to run on an inclined treadmill until they collapsed from exhaustion. Monkeys had chemicals injected into their brains and backs and were later killed and dissected.
What is the result of these experiments (other than a lot of suffering)? In the past decade, only about a dozen experimental ALS treatments have moved on to human trials after being shown to alleviate the disease in animals. All but one of these treatments failed in humans—and the one that “passed” offers only marginal benefits to humans who suffer from ALS. This massive failure rate is typical for animal experiments, because even though animals feel pain and suffer like we do, their bodies often react completely differently to drugs and diseases. According to the FDA, 92 out of every 100 drugs that pass animal trials fail during the human clinical trial phase.

Sophisticated non-animal testing methods—including in vitro methods, advanced computer-modeling techniques, and studies with human volunteers, among others—have given us everything from the best life-saving HIV drugs to cloned human skin for burn victims. Trying to cure human diseases by relying on outdated and ineffective animal experiments isn’t only cruel—it’s a grave disservice to people who desperately need cures.

Please, help scientists make real progress toward treating and curing human diseases by visiting HumaneSeal.org to find and support charities that never harm animals and which pour their time and resources into advanced, promising, human-relevant cures.

Via Pamela Anderson

The Benefits of Turmeric
Turmeric is a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant of the ginger family. The average person may best recognize turmeric as a spice commonly used in Indian cuisine. The active compound curcumin is known to have a wide range of medicinal benefits including anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antitumour, antibacterial, and antiviral activities. In India, turmeric has been used for thousands of years as a remedy for stomach and liver ailments. Turmeric can also be used topically to heal sores due to its antimicrobial properties.
Turmeric is also the liver’s favorite spice and helps boost liver detox. It does this by assisting enzymes that actively flush out dietary carcinogens.
Turmeric Smoothie Recipe Ingredients:
• 1 cup hemp or coconut milk
 • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple or mango chunks
 • 1 fresh banana
 • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
 • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric (can be increased to 1 tsp)
 • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
 • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
 • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
 • 1 teaspoon maca (optional)
Add all ingredients into a blender and process until smooth. Try to drink this smoothie in the morning before you have anything to eat. It’s a solid way to start your day and pack your body full of antioxidants.
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The Benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric is a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant of the ginger family. The average person may best recognize turmeric as a spice commonly used in Indian cuisine. The active compound curcumin is known to have a wide range of medicinal benefits including anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antitumour, antibacterial, and antiviral activities. In India, turmeric has been used for thousands of years as a remedy for stomach and liver ailments. Turmeric can also be used topically to heal sores due to its antimicrobial properties.

Turmeric is also the liver’s favorite spice and helps boost liver detox. It does this by assisting enzymes that actively flush out dietary carcinogens.

Turmeric Smoothie Recipe Ingredients:

1 cup hemp or coconut milk

1/2 cup frozen pineapple or mango chunks

1 fresh banana

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1/2 teaspoon turmeric (can be increased to 1 tsp)

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ginger

1 teaspoon chia seeds

1 teaspoon maca (optional)

Add all ingredients into a blender and process until smooth. Try to drink this smoothie in the morning before you have anything to eat. It’s a solid way to start your day and pack your body full of antioxidants.

Via Collective Evolution

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Know that all of Nature is but a magic theater

That the great Mother is the master magician

And that this whole world is peopled by her many parts.

- Upanishads

Cooking Guide for Whole Grains

Millet
25 minutes cooking time.
1 cup dry grain to 2 cups water. (Some use 3 cups water to 1 cup grain.)
Yields 3 – 3 1/2 cups.

Quinoa
15-20 minutes cooking time.
1 cup dry grain to 2 cups water.
Yields 3 – 3 1/2 cups.

Brown Rice(long-grain)
40-45 minutes cooking time.
1 cup dry grain to 2 cups water.
Yields 3 cups.

Brown Rice(short/medium grain)
45-50 minutes cooking time.
1 cup dry grain to 2 cups water.
Yields 3 cups.

Brown Basmati Rice
30-45 minutes cooking time.
1 cup dry grain to 2 cups water.
Yields 3 1/2 cups.

Wild Rice
40 minutes cooking time.
1 cup dry grain to 2 1/2 cups water.
Yields 3 cups.

Cous-Cous (whole wheat)

Approx. 15 minutes cooking time.
1 cup dry grain to 1 cup water.
Boil water, add cous-cous, simmer for a few minutes then shut off heat. Let stand for several minutes with the lid on, then fluff with a fork. Cover again for another five minutes.

Kasha (buckwheat groats)
20 minutes cooking time.
1 cup dry grain to 2 cups water.
Yields 2 cups.

Amaranth
20-25 minutes cooking time.
1 cup dry grain to 2 1/2 – 3 cups water.
Yields 3 cups.
Has a slightly nutty flavor and a soft, sticky consistency when cooked. Gluten-free.

Pearled Barley
50-60 minutes cooking time.
1 cup dry grain to 2 1/2 cups water.
Yields 3 1/2 cups of cooked grain.
A hearty grain good for soups, stews and cold salads.

Kamut
100+ minutes cooking time.
1 cup dry grain to 3 cups water.
Yields 3 cups.

Bulgur Wheat
Can be reconstituted in boiling water.
1 cup dry grain to 2 cups water.
Yields 2 1/2 – 3 cups.
Cover bowl and let sit for 60 minutes or until water is completely absorbed by grain. Used to make Tabouli.

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Everything you choose to put your body through has a direct impact on your health, appearance, and mental function.

- Tracey Anderson

20 Houseplants to Clear Toxins From Your Home


1. Golden pothos (Scindapsus aures): Clears formaldehyde and other VOCs.


2. Ficus alii (Ficus maeleilandii alii): Good general air purifier.


3. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum): Clears benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene.


4. Lady Palm (Rhapis Excelsa): Good general air purifier.


5. Snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’): Clears formaldehyde.


6. Aloe: Clears formaldehyde and benzene.


7. Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis): Clears formaldehyde.


8. Dwarf/Pygmy Date Palm (Phoenix roebelenii): Clears formaldehyde and xylene.


9. Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema Crispum ‘Deborah’): Clears air pollutants and toxins.


10. Chrysanthemum (Chrysantheium morifolium): Clears benzene.


11. Gerber daisy (Gerbera jamesonii): Clears trichloroethylene and benzene.


12. Red-edged dracaena (Dracaena marginata): Clears xylene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde.


13. Weeping fig (Ficus benjamina): Clears formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene


14. English ivy (Hedera helix): Clears airborne fecal-matter particles.


15. Azalea (Rhododendron simsii): Clears formaldehyde.

16. Heart leaf philodendron (Philodendron oxycardium): Clears formaldehyde and many other air pollutants.


17. Warneck dracaena (Dracaena deremensis ‘Warneckii’): Clears pollutants such as those associated with varnishes and oils.


18. Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata Bostoniensis): Clears formaldehyde.


19. Bamboo palm (Chamaedorea sefritzii): Clears benzene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde.


20. Peace lily (Spathiphyllum): Clears formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene, toluene and xylene.

Via Care2

upclosefromafar:

peaceful-moon:

peaceful-moon:

Got this beautiful amethyst today.

thinking about wire wrapping this and making it into a pendant??

☼⊱☯~ℕirvana~☯⊰☼

upclosefromafar:

peaceful-moon:

peaceful-moon:

Got this beautiful amethyst today.

thinking about wire wrapping this and making it into a pendant??

☼⊱☯~ℕirvana~☯⊰

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10 Cruel Things Done to Farm Animals That No Sane Person Would Do to a Cat or Dog:

1. Cutting Their Tails Off
In order to prevent tails being mutilated or bitten off due to overcrowding in pens, tails are cut off shortly after birth, without anesthesia or pain killers.

2. Ripping Their Teeth Out
Piglets also have their teeth ripped out at the same time as they have their tails docked to prevent them from causing harm to each other when they’re confined in their tiny pens.

3. Locking Them in Cages Where They Cannot Turn Around
Factory farmed animals are often kept in cages where there is not even enough room to turn around, stretch their wings fully, or extend their legs.

4. Taking Away Their Babies Immediately After Birth
It’s standard practice to take calves away from their mothers within a day of birth, a process which causes immense emotional stress and deprives the newborn of its mother’s milk.

5. Forcing a Tube Down Their Throat
Geese in the foie gras industry are force fed huge volumes of corn slop through long metal tubes, giving them no choice but to consume it.

6. Stealing Their Milk
Cows produce milk to feed their own babies, yet in the dairy industry, they are hooked up to machines which steal the milk for human consumption instead.

7. Filling Them Full of Drugs to Make Them Grow Faster
Almost all farm animals on intensive farms are routinely fed drugs and antibiotics in order to make them grow much faster than nature intended. Chickens are forced to grow so big that many suffer from broken legs and joint troubles.

8. Branding or Tagging Them for Identification
One method of identifying cows and pigs is by branding them with a hot iron which causes considerable pain and discomfort. Another way of doing it, for sheep, goats, and sometimes cows, is by punching a tag through the ear, which is also very painful and can become infected.

9. Depriving Them of Sunlight
Locking animals away in darkness and depriving them of ever seeing the sunlight is an industry norm for many industrialized farms.

10. Slaughtering Them at a Young Age and Eating Their Dead Bodies
Farm animal lives are cut extremely short because as soon as they reach the desired size, or they become less productive milk producers or egg layers, they are sent to the slaughter for people to eat.

Even though society deems it acceptable to do every single one of these things on a regular basis to certain animals, if someone were to do them to a dog or a cat, they’d probably be arrested for animal cruelty.

The thought of cutting a dog’s tail off, ripping her teeth out, branding her instead of giving her a name, shoving her in a tiny cage for her entire life, making her have puppies and then taking them away, and continuing to milk her so that you can drink the milk, before finally killing her and making dinner with her carcass sounds pretty psychotic. Yet this is what happens to billions of farm animals every single year.

If the thought of doing this to a cat or dog makes you feel disgusted, then you should ask yourself — do you believe this is an acceptable way to treat any animal?

Via OneGreenPlant.org

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