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Ochratoxin in Breakfast Cereals

Nutrition Video - Wed, 10/20/2021 - 06:50
One of the few food contaminants found at higher levels in those eating plant-based diets are mycotoxins, fungal toxins in moldy food ingredients, such as oats.

I Go to Sanibel – You Get a Sale

Survival Podcast - Tue, 10/19/2021 - 10:09
Okay I thought about it and if I am going to spend 10 days fishing you guys should get something too right?  Well, call it a last minute gift for some but how about and MSB Sale? Okay this will … Continue reading →

Building Our Home: The Basement

Homestead Honey - Tue, 10/19/2021 - 08:46

To tell the story of a simple basement I should backtrack to the beginning of our time here in Vermont. We moved here in August 2018 with a few plans in place: A beautiful rental house, a school we adored, and the knowledge that some close friends from Oregon and Missouri lived nearby. After many, ...
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Jack’s Cooking Hacks and Cheat Codes – Epi-168- TSP Rewind

Survival Podcast - Tue, 10/19/2021 - 08:00
Today is an episode of TSP Rewind, commercial free versions of past podcast episodes. Today’s episode was originally Episode-2190- Jack’s Cooking Hacks and Cheat Codes and was originally published on March 27th, 2018. This series of rewinds running from Oct. … Continue reading →

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup – A Thick & Creamy Fall Soup Recipe

Old World Garden - Tue, 10/19/2021 - 07:26

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup is one of our favorite soups that we make every year. Not to mention, that is one of the healthiest soups as well. It is so …

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Most Women May Experience at Least One False-Positive Mammogram

Nutrition blog - Tue, 10/19/2021 - 07:00

Odds are most women will get at least one false-positive mammogram, but, thankfully, most women who are called back for further testing of a suspicious mammogram finding do not end up having cancer after all. 

In response to the Swiss Medical Board’s recommendation against women of any age getting routine mammograms, critics suggested that instead of completely phasing out screening programs, we should leave it up to each woman individually to make her own judgement once she’s fully informed about the pros and cons. “On the basis of the same information, some women will choose screening, and others will not.” I completely agree.

When it comes to medical treatments, I think most patients understand there are risks and benefits. Drugs can have side-effects, and surgeries can have complications. So, you make your decision based on whether you think the benefits outweigh the risks—but “patients have been taught to think differently about screening. There are no harms. It’s always good to know. It is just about gathering information. Of course you want it. It is a brain-dead decision. In reality, the truth is more nuanced. There are benefit and harms to consider in screening—just as there are in treatment.” 

“In the case of screening mammography, the most frequent harm is a false-positive result,” where they think they see something on the scan, but after further testing, including more x-rays, ultrasound, or a biopsy, it turns out to be nothing. Phew! As I discuss in my video Consequences of False-Positive Mammogram Results, this can cause a “roller coaster of emotions.” Experiencing a false-positive result can be an agonizing experience, one that “might profoundly influence the woman’s life.” Some women can experience depression, anxiety, and lack of sleep over it, even months later. Further, even after getting the all clear, breast cancer worries can persist a year or more later. Beyond psychological effects, if they have to go in for a biopsy, the post-procedural pain can sometimes continue for days or weeks, even with the use of local anesthesia during the procedure.

“These adverse consequences would be less concerning if false-positive mammograms were an uncommon event.” Unfortunately, most women will experience at least one false-positive mammogram within ten years of annual screening. The odds that a single mammogram will produce a false-positive in North America is only about 10 to 14 percent, but that’s much higher than in Europe, for example, where it’s only about 1 in 20 or 1 in 50. Why the discrepancy? It’s thought that American radiologists are so afraid of being sued for malpractice that the bar they use is much lower, and that seems to be fine for a lot of women. When asked, many felt it would be worth it for ten thousand women to have to go through false-positives if it saved one life, and this sentiment was shared by many women who themselves had experienced false-positive results so they had first-hand knowledge. In fact, most women don’t even want to take false-positives into account when deciding about screening—but some women do.

For some women, going through a false-alarm isn’t a big deal, but for others, it can be really scary. Some women who were interviewed going through the process were described as being in a state of “emotional chaos” facing a possible cancer diagnosis. Waiting for the results was particularly hard for some women because it was constantly on their minds. After it was over, many women were able to just brush it off, whereas others experienced “persistent anxiety” even though they were given the all-clear.

Studies have noted increased anxiety, on average, even months after being called back for a suspicious mammogram that turned out to be nothing. In fact, a study of hundreds of women who experienced a false positive found that some appeared to be suffering the consequences even years later. The women were followed for “a period of three years after being declared free of suspected cancer,” and the experience still seemed to haunt them. So, maybe we shouldn’t just dismiss these false alarms. Regardless, women should be informed of the possibility and reassured that most women who are called back for further testing of a suspicious mammogram finding do not end up having cancer after all. This may put their minds at ease a bit, as they go through the process and wait for the final results. 

There is just so much confusion, combined with the corrupting commercial interests of a billion-dollar industry, when it comes to this topic. As with any important health decision, everyone should be fully informed of the risks and benefits, and make up their own mind about their own bodies. This is the fifth in my 14-part series on mammograms. For the others, see: 

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • Critics of the Swiss Medical Board’s decision not to recommend routine breast mammograms at any age suggested that each woman should choose whether to be screened or not after she’s fully informed of the pros and cons.
  • Although most patients understand prescriptions drugs can have negative side effects and surgeries can have complications, for example, screenings have been presented as being benign, information-gathering tools without potential harms.
  • The most frequent harm of screening mammography is a false-positive result, which often leads to further testing, more x-rays, ultrasound, or biopsy and can cause emotional distress, even months later.
  • Most women will experience at least one false-positive mammogram within ten years of annual screening.
  • Studies have found increased anxiety months and even years after being called back for a suspicious mammogram that was ultimately found to be nothing.

For more on breast cancer, see my videos Oxidized Cholesterol 27HC May Explain Three Breast Cancer MysteriesEggs and Breast Cancer and Flashback Friday: Can Flax Seeds Help Prevent Breast Cancer?

I was able to cover colon cancer screening in just one video. If you missed it, see Should We All Get Colonoscopies Starting at Age 50?.

Also on the topic of medical screenings, check out Flashback Friday: Worth Getting an Annual Health Check-Up and Physical Exam?Is It Worth Getting Annual Health Check-Ups? and Is It Worth Getting an Annual Physical Exam?

In health,

Michael Greger, M.D.

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Did Venezuela’s State-Owned Bank Collapse?

Organic Prepper - Tue, 10/19/2021 - 06:00
by J.G. Martinez Disclaimer: Please note,  every bit of experience shared here is personal, as every situation is, and one should not take this as “financial advice.” 

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Out Back with Jack – Epi-2978

Survival Podcast - Mon, 10/18/2021 - 11:09
Today we we have our Friday show,  “Outback with Jack”.  These podcasts will be generated though back porch live steam sessions done early on Friday mornings.  That will be approximately 0730-0830 CST. These podcasts will are a lot like old … Continue reading →

Govt. Deploys Stringent Mandates, Fitness Passports to Fight Obesity Pandemic

Organic Prepper - Mon, 10/18/2021 - 07:28
by Aden Tate the author of The Faithful Prepper and Zombie Choices

Editor’s Note: Yes, this is satire.

Obesity is no longer an epidemic. Clearly, it is now a … Read the rest

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The Dangerous Effects of Heavy Metal Music

Nutrition Video - Mon, 10/18/2021 - 06:50
How might we moderate the rare but very real risk of headbanging?

Low Carb Baked Pork Loin with Zucchini and Peppers

Real Food RN - Mon, 10/18/2021 - 05:03

This pork loin recipe may look gourmet but it's super easy to throw together and only takes 35 minutes to make. You'll have a nutritious, tasty dinner on the table in no time!

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How To Build An Amazing DIY Fire Pit – Without Breaking The Bank!

Old World Garden - Sun, 10/17/2021 - 06:48

You might be surprised at just how easy it can be to build your very own incredible, low-cost diy fire pit in your backyard. And, just how multi-functional it can …

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Homestead Stories: Fungus Gnat

Insteading - Fri, 10/15/2021 - 16:57

“Not again,” I groaned. Perhaps I should have said, “Gnat again?”

It seemed every time I opened a new bag of potting soil, my house became infested with these fruit fly-like critters. I know fungus gnats are not harmful, but they multiply fast. It had only been a week since I opened a new bag of soil, and already my pots were hopping with gnats. The windowsill was black with a thick layer of dead and semi-dead gnats with enough on the floor to shovel like snow. Ugh! I had to do something.

ian jacobs // flickr

I didn’t like the idea of tossing gnat-infested, potting soils in my garden, but sometimes that was the most efficient way of eliminating the problem. And once I opened another new bag of potting soil, I could be faced with another dilemma — would it be infested? It was time to take action to preserve my soil and plants, and (yes) my sanity. Fungus gnats beware, I’m on a rampage! A chemical-free rampage, of course.

What Is a Fungus Gnat? 

What are these little menaces? And are they harmful? Perhaps not harmful in small numbers, but certainly invasive and annoying. I once thought they were fruit flies. They certainly look like them and they multiply as quickly, flittering about with reckless abandon. I have a friend who works in a garden center, and she set me straight. Fungus gnats feed off the biodegradable material found in potting soil. In a sealed bag, they hibernate; once the bag is opened and the is soil distributed in pots, it’s a free-for-all for these gnats. The eggs, buried just beneath the soil, hatch at an alarming pace, and the fruit fly look-alikes are everywhere.

Fungus gnats infest potting soils and other container mixes — anywhere there’s a source of organic decomposition. Basically, the larvae that hatch from the annoying eggs feed off the fungi and organic matter found in soil. Although fungus gnats are not harmful to humans, they can be devastating to plants. Why? Because, once they’ve multiplied and are out-of-control, they start chewing on plant roots to create their own edible rotting food, slowly killing the plants. Not a good thing.

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Gnat Removal Solutions

Whatever you’ve used for fruit flies will also work for fungus gnats — to a certain extent, at least. There are fruit fly traps and specially formulated sticky tapes that attract both fruit flies and fungus gnats. But, whilst they may do really well with fruit flies, these solutions are merely a band-aid, fixer-upper to a problem that’s far worse.

nikk // flickr

Part of the problem with fruit fly remedies is the sticky potion that attracts fruit flies is sweet, not fungal. And as we’ve just learned, fungus gnats are attracted to fungus (rotting vegetation).

Scotch Tape

I’ve had marginal success by wrapping scotch tape, sticky side up, around my infected (and soon-to-be-infected) pots. The problem is, fungus gnats have to land on the sticky surface to be caught. With nothing rotting on the tape to attract them, it’s merely a coincidence if they land and get stuck. I may have caught half a dozen fungus gnats using either the sticky fruit fly trapping tape or regular scotch tape. Not much of a solution for a problem far greater than half a dozen fungus gnats.

Apple Cider Vinegar

I’ve also put out jars of apple cider vinegar, loosely wrapped with plastic that has holes punctured in the top. This method is marginally effective in attracting fungus gnats. The goal is to trap them in the jar and hopefully drown them in the sticky sweet syrup. Once again, this is more of a fruit fly remedy, as the sweetness attracts fruit flies, not fungus gnats.

I’ve taken the vacuum hose and sucked them all up, even right off the soil’s surface, only to find a resurgence of many more fungus gnats by the end of the same day.

The best solution when suddenly infested? Get rid of the soil — plants, pots, and all. Not my favorite.

Alternate Solutions

There’s always the option of spraying plants with insecticidal soap, or (as my grandmother used to do) rescuing the left-over dishwater (from handwashing dishes — which many people don’t do anymore) and spraying it over the plants. Both methods have marginal effectiveness, but it’s always good to have something nontoxic handy should the fungus gnats find a way to multiply again despite all your good efforts.

Another alternative is to cover the top layer of soil with sand or decorative moss soil covers. This keeps the fungus gnats in the soil, deterring them from laying eggs.

Be Proactive Before Gnats Hatch

What I really needed to do was get rid of the fungus gnats before they hatched. That meant I needed a way to sterilize the soil as soon as I opened the bag. I did my research. Some sites suggested baking the soil in the oven. Others suggested microwaving it. Somehow the baking idea didn’t attract me as baking anything dries it out and I didn’t want to totally obliviate the soil of its good nutrients. I decided to give microwaving a try.

Sound messy? Well, yes, it can be. But there are ways to prevent too much mess.

1. First, I placed an old towel on the bottom of the microwave. I chose my pots (plastic with no metal adornments as I was, after all, planning to put the soil-filled pots in the microwave), cleaned them thoroughly, and sterilized them with boiling water before filling them with soil. Those fungus gnats can hibernate forever and if there’s any remnant of soil or rotting substances in the pot, you can be assured there are eggs waiting to hatch.

2. Once the sterilized pots cooled, I cut a suitably sized (depending on the shape and size of your pot) piece of landscaping fabric. If you don’t have any, an old T-shirt does the trick. Just don’t use one with lots of dye in it, especially if you plan on growing edibles. I placed the fabric at the bottom of the pots, and then filled them with soil from the newly opened bag. I placed four pots (this will vary depending on the size of your pots and microwave) on the toweled surface and covered the pots with another old towel.

3. I microwaved the four pots on high for two minutes, then carefully removed the now very hot pots from the microwave, setting them aside while I prepared four more pots. Once I had all my pots ready, I placed them on equally cleaned and sterilized trays, and set them in my garden window to allow the sun to dry the soil. I left the pots there, with no seeds or seedlings planted, and no watering for a week, before proceeding with my next step.

4. Then, it was back to the microwave which was smelling intensely like a garden nursery. I removed the towels and cleaned the inside of the microwave thoroughly with soapy water. Then I took a glass measuring cup, filled it half full of water, added some dish detergent, and placed the glass cup in the microwave. I microwaved it on high for one minute, then removed the cup and dumped the contents. The microwave smelled fresh again, but I left it open for a few hours to finish airing out.

More Preventative Measures

I store unused potting soil in a sealed plastic container. Leaving the soil in open potting soil bags encourages more fungus gnat breeding. The sealed plastic container is devoid of oxygen, which is necessary for the survival of fungus gnats and their eggs.

Also, never reuse potting soil. It’s an invitation for fungus gnat trouble. Instead, I dump my used potting soil outside in the garden, where the fungus gnats can enjoy the seasons, hopefully freezing to death in the winter months.

Let’s See if It Worked

After a week of sitting in the garden window with no sign of erupting fungus gnat eggs, I decided to add some water. I had read somewhere that it was better to water from the bottom as the fungus gnats were usually in the top layer of soil. It was best to keep the top layer dry to discourage the egg-hatching and subsequent infestation. It made sense, since the plant roots were well ensconced in the soil and would benefit more from the water than the top part of the plant. I half-filled the trays under every pot and allowed them to sit a few more days.

katja schulz // flickr

Satisfied my plan had worked, I breathed a sigh of relief and planted my seeds and seedlings, continuing to water from the bottom and not too much at a time. It’s also important not to allow the pots to sit in water for too long. After about an hour, I drained the remaining water to allow the pots time to dry out again before re-watering.

So if you’re tired of those annoying fungus gnats, you know the ones that flutter around like fruit flies and multiply exponentially, you now have a few tips to keep the problem under control. No more “Gnat again” scenarios in this household, that’s for sure.

Balkanization: History Lessons from Selco

Organic Prepper - Fri, 10/15/2021 - 13:20
What really happened to bring about Balkanization in the former Yugoslavia? Selco, a survivor of the Balkan war that erupted, talks about what came before the war…and how that bears … Read the rest

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Out Back with Jack – Epi-2977

Survival Podcast - Fri, 10/15/2021 - 09:01
Today we we have our Friday show,  “Outback with Jack”.  These podcasts will be generated though back porch live steam sessions done early on Friday mornings.  That will be approximately 0730-0830 CST. These podcasts will are a lot like old … Continue reading →

The Best Apples for Hard Cider

Homestead Honey - Fri, 10/15/2021 - 08:48

As we select fruit trees for our homestead orchard, I’m considering how we will actually use the fruit we grow. With apples, for instance, one of the primary ways we preserve and enjoy apples is making hard apple cider. So, as I research apple varieties that will do well in our zone 4 climate, I’m ...
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Here’s What You Need to Build a Forager’s Toolkit

Organic Prepper - Fri, 10/15/2021 - 07:47
by Aden Tate The author of The Faithful Prepper and Zombie Choices

Why build a Forager’s Toolkit? Well, as the world experiences further supply chain disruptions and food shortages, … Read the rest

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Cattle Panel Chicken Tractors

David the Good - Fri, 10/15/2021 - 07:31

Early this week we finished building a cattle panel chicken tractor from 2x4s and 2 cattle panels.

I discuss the pros and cons as we build and test it.

After posting my build, my friend David shared pictures of a single cattle panel chicken tractor he’d built – I have to share it with you too!

 

David’s Cattle Panel Chicken Tractor Design

The latter two pictures are the cattle panel chicken tractor in progress, the top image is it finished.

I asked David how he decided on the plan and he said he just eyed it out and started building. That’s my kind of construction! Except his tractor looks better than most of what I build.

One change I would make on this design is adding hardware cloth instead of the wider wire fencing on the outside. That will keep it free from smaller predators such as rats.

More Chicken Tractors Incoming

The main problem with the cattle panel chicken tractor I built is the weight. It’s very strong, but too heavy. It’ll work, especially now that I figured out how to add wheels, but it’s not idea. I understand the PVC design better now. The next one will probably be made from PVC.

What? Another chicken tractor?

Yes. You see, we had some new friends arrive yesterday. In a box.

Hey guys, let’s get out of that bow and into the guest room, okay?

Wow. There are a lot of you!

Yes – we got chicks in the mail. We bought from Valley Farms Hatchery in North Alabama and were very pleased with how happy and healthy the chicks are. The order is a combination of production brown egg layers and Red Broilers for meat. The latter can be raised to adulthood and reproduced, unlike Cornish Cross birds. They take longer to hit a good slaughter weight but the meat is reportedly better tasting.

I am looking forward to seeing how they grow (and taste). We’ve eaten Cornish Crosses in the past, raised on grass, and found them to be delicious. We’ve also eaten hens and roosters from various non-meat breeds and enjoyed them. I don’t mind a tough chicken, as the flavor of a free-ranging bird is significantly better than anything you can buy at the grocery store.

In fact, I find grocery store chicken disgusting and usually refuse to eat it. Homegrown is a different animal.

A Final Announcement

Finally, I am pleased to announce the release of WINNING THE WAR ON WEEDS by John Moody, published by Good Books.

This is the first book we’ve released by an author other than myself. John is an expert on small-scale farming and land management. The book is well-worth owning and I highly recommend it. We are quite pleased he trusted us to republish it in a new edition.

But enough for today – I have to go tend the chickens. Bawk bawk.

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Flashback Friday: Coconut Water and Depression

Nutrition Video - Fri, 10/15/2021 - 06:50
What is the science behind the marketing of foods for antidepressant effects?

Meet GEN’s new Team Members

Global EcoVillage Network - Fri, 10/15/2021 - 02:05

For several years, the GEN head office in Findhorn has had the privilege of welcoming a youth perspective from participants from across Europe thanks to the European Solidarity Corps (ESC, previously called European Voluntary Service). Funded by the European Union, it facilitates opportunities for 18 to 30 year olds to contribute to community initiatives while …

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