Manataka American Indian Council                      Volume XI  Issue 13 DECEMBER 2007


SMOKE SIGNAL NEWS

Manataka - Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow 

 

    

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Contents:              

Legends of Old: Fed by a Ghost
Feature Story: Manataka Fall Gathering 2007

Letters to the Editor:

Bent Trees, Tiamco and Meditations
Organic Consumers: Politics, Bad Milk, and Bovine Growth Hormone
Elder's Meditations: Pop Chalee, Taos Pueblo

Member Recognition:

Members In The News:

Amanda Morning Star Moore

Robert King Gray Hawk Coke

Health: Forced Medication.  Is Your Child Next?
Herbs: Graviola - Plant Medicine
Fluoride: Effects of chemicals are slowly coming to light
Animal Rights and Wrongs: A

Pharmaceutical Monster Take Over Vet Medicine

Endangered Sacred Sites: Help Stop The Desert Rock Power Plant

 

 


LEGENDS OF OLD:

 

Fed by a Ghost

A Blackfoot Story
 

Once a man was camping alone [with his family]. He had gone out to hunt by himself.

 

In the night they heard a voice saying, "My mother wants to use your pail."  Then the man said to his wife, "Woman, let them have it."

 

After a time the pail was brought back into the lodge, and they heard a voice saying, "You can eat what is in it. It is meat."

 

Now when they looked into the pail they found a piece of an old lodge-cover that had been boiled. 

 

After a while the Ghost came again and said, "You did not eat it. I will give you something else."

 

"No," said the man, "we do not need anything else. We ate it." He said this because they had hidden it.

 

"Well," said the Ghost, "I want to borrow the pail again."

 

So the man said, "Woman, let him have it."

 

After awhile the Ghost brought the pail filled, and said, "Here are some ribs and tripe."

 

Now, when they looked into the pail, they found some very old bones and sticks of wood, with no meat. The man said, "I am hungry, but I cannot eat that."

 

"Well," said the Ghost, "I shall send out a young man to kill some game."

 

Now the next morning, as the man was going out of the lodge he heard some one say, "Here is meat." On looking around he saw a buffalo-cow lying on the ground. Then he began to butcher. Now he was happy because he had something to eat. Now it has boiled over.


Anthropological Papers American Museum of Natural History, Vol. II, 1908.
From Blue Panther Keeper of Stories.

 


 

FEATURE STORY

 

Manataka Fall Gathering 2007

by Linda VanBibber, Kansas City, MO

 

The sweet scent of pine mingle with the smell of campfires as smoke rises from Gulph Gorge.  It is the time of the Manataka Fall Gathering and the People are setting up campsites throughout the day and evening on Friday, October 19th.   The gathering will be different this fall.  No press release was posted.  Invitations had to be requested.  The number has been kept small, by design.

 

My small right toe was smashed last weekend and is very painful after the long drive from Kansas City.  So I drive up the mountain for my morning ceremonies instead of making the climb to Goat Rock as is my usual custom.  Still, it is beautiful, and a hawk answers my song. 

 

Friday afternoon I roam through I roam through the Gorge, spotting familiar faces, although I still do not know many of the names.  I inhale the fall smells of the Gorge.  I visit with Jody.  I wave to others.  I visit with Don and his dogs. 

 

The wolf-dog wants to go for a walk and I offer to escort her.  Her beauty and energy inspire me. The next thing I know, we’re headed up the mountain, this blue-eyed wolf and I, sore toe and all.  She pulls me up the mountain.  Her excitement at the scents along the way palpable and contagious.  We find goat rock wrapped in yellow plastic caution tape with a sign indicating ‘danger’.  My companion slips under and I follow.  So we sit and rest upon the dangerous rock and sing a spirit song.  Again the hawk comes.  A blessing for the gathering and the People.

 

We travel down more slowly.  The scents for the most part already discovered and less interesting.  I love the smells on the Mountain and I envy her heightened ability to scent who and what has been this way.  It’s been many years since I walked with Wolf and I enjoy her company immensely.   I thank Don for allowing me this time with her.

 

After feeding my now ravishing hunger I return to find that Bear, Becky and Amanda have arrived and are setting up.   A fire is being started and chairs are being placed as the People begin to gather for the evening ceremony.  It is a joy to see these faces that have become my spiritual family.  Tammy ‘Healer Smiles a Lot’ and Stewart.  Jody and Dutch.  Patty Blue Star.  And many other faces that I know but cannot place names.  And some new faces, too.  We gather in an ever-widening circle.

 

The drum beat brings everyone together.  Under the direction of Amanda Morning Star the drum group has grown in both size and repertoire.  After several songs, Bear asks that everyone share something about themselves, their own journey to Manataka.  This is possible with this smaller circle and a sense of intimacy is apparent.  We are introduced to a new Fire Keeper, Tom, who performs his duties with great sincerity.  Also new are Angela and [name(s)?].   We have more drumming, more songs.  Uriah, the youngest drummer, shares her newly acquired ability to play Amazing Grace on the flute.  Her energy and beauty shine and she is pleased to share her new gift.  The atmosphere is warm and loving.  We are a community sharing peace.        

 

We are instructed to return the next day and gather around 1:30 here in the Gorge. Ceremonies will be held on the Mountain.  Some will walk, those unable or transporting necessities, will drive.  The location will be reveled tomorrow. 

 

The morning air is chilled as I return to the mountain early for my morning ceremonies.  Again I drive, wanting to save my throbbing toe for the ceremonial climb to come.   Again, the hawk joins me and I make note of it’s appearance, which does not usually accompany my morning prayers. 

 

After breakfast, I drive to visit with Becky, Bear and Amanda before the ceremonies.  I’m too late to visit with Becky.  She Vicki and Amanda are a bustle of activity gathering up the many things that will be needed on the Mountain.   Off they go, and I visit with Bear for a while as he recounts his recent visit to the Piute reservation and the workings of Spirit with him there.   Then we feed the dog and go to join the others at the Gorge.

 

When everything is ready Amanda sends out the call.  “The meeting is about to begin”.    Again, the fire is gifted, the drums are blessed with tobacco.  The circle of People join together in song and prayer. Amanda offers her services for learning traditional songs and invites everyone to join the drum circle.  Creator, through Don, blesses the Manataka drum circle with a new name: Rainbow Sisters Drum.  It fits.  It is a part of the beauty of the day.

 

We are ready to go up the Mountain.  Since most will be driving, it is suggested that all drive.  But there are two, Don and Robert, who want to walk.  I love walking the Mountain, so I volunteer to guide them as they have not been up before.  Robert has Wolf with him and I am reminded of my walk the day before with the other Wolf.  But he is quiet and stays behind.  I like his quiet energy. We rest, but only a little.  I don’t want the others who are driving to have to wait on us, so I push a little.   

 

We are the first to arrive a the designated meeting place.  We sing a little and wait on the others. Robert has been gifted with a walking stick on the mountain.  He sits and whittles away bark.  Soon Tammy joins us.  She has been only a few feet away, also waiting.  After a while we call Amanda.  They have not yet left the Gorge; they are waiting for a few more people who are to join us.  So we sit and enjoy the sunshine and weather. 

 

My small broken toe was quite painful as we sat.  But I had it propped up and soon a bee landed on my toe and started crawling around under it, between my toe and the 'flip-flop' I was wearing.  I was afraid for a moment that he would be trapped and sting my already swollen and sore toe.  But then I remembered a teaching I received last spring from Grandmother Wayanona Two Worlds concerning the vibrational healing powers of bees. So I carefully removed the shoe and that bee crawled around and around the toe, even in between my toes.  When he flew away, the pain was gone and has not returned again to that extent.  Healing in this place had begun, even before the ceremonies had started.

 

Eventually everyone arrived.  The Drum was set up.  The People gathered around as best they could is the small space available.  Rainbow Sisters Drum opened with song, calling in Creator, honoring our Mother Earth and singing us into community.  With the Making of a Relative ceremony we received three new members, Tom, Angela and Joyce into the Manataka Family.  The Naming ceremony followed, and four new names were announced: Angela Feather Walker, Vicki Little Flower Basket, were there to receive their names.  Amanda then announced two others who could not be present, but whose names had been given by Spirit: Blue Eagle Flies from the Netherlands and Dream Dancer from Australia.

 

These ceremonies were followed by a Healing ceremony.  When the Bears danced at Manataka many healings had taken place, including healings I myself received.  Since the Bears no longer dance at Manataka, this has been missing, so a different kind of Healing ceremony was given. The people who requested healing came forward to be surrounded by the People who joined hands and prayed.  The prayers were powerful and the Healing Spirit touched the people as Standing Bear removed what pain and suffering they would release.  Spirit was strong among the People.

 

Final prayers were spoken and Thanksgiving was made to Creator for these blessings.  The People returned down the Mountain, some walking, some driving.  All tired.

 

We walked back down, Don and I with Becky and Vicki.  I felt strong and focused as we followed the trails back and forth down the Mountain.  Don gifted me with the feather of a Red Tailed Hawk when we returned.  Again, Hawk appearing after praying on the Mountain.  I must meditate on these appearances of Hawk now that I am home.

 

Back in the Gorge people wandered in and out of the Circle.  Bear told stories.  Amanda sang and drummed with the Children, a most beautiful time.  And so ended the 2007 Fall Gathering of the People of Manataka. 

 


 

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR...

 

 

Manataka receives dozens of letters each week. Space does not allow us to publish all letters but we make a concerted effort to print letters that are representative of a majority. Let us know if there is a topic you feel needs to be addressed.

 

 BENT TREE MARKERS?

Hello Bear,

I am once again in need of information. Someone has given me a copy of the Three Rivers Edition of the Arkansas Gazette which had a story about bent trees which are believed to be old trail markers of the Cherokee. Since we have some trees of that nature in Horseshoe Bend and Violet Hill, the reader has asked me to come out and take a photo and do a story of our own on it. I would like to get any information I can directly from a historian if that's possible, however, I have written to Oklahoma and their communications secretary had never heard of this and she said she would have to try and find an historian to see if anyone knew. I thought I would ask you folks to see if anyone there knew any history or insights to this, I don't want to go by what the "scientists" say, would rather have truth to put into the article.  Thank you so much!  -Charlet Estes, The Pacesetting Times, Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas


Hello Charlet,

 

The story about bent trees (elbow shaped) being shaped by indigenous people as trailer markers has been around for a long time -- dating back to old settler days.  The oddly shaped trees may in fact have been used as trail markers by Indians and pioneers alike, but there is no evidence to support the idea that Indians ever took the time or the trouble to select specific trees to shape as trail markers in this manner. 

 

Shaping a tree to grow in a specific manner would take years to accomplish.  If a tribe of people were in an area long enough to complete this task, they would certainly be familiar enough with the area not to require such a marker.  And, a tree is a temporary though long lasting feature of the terrain that weather and other acts of nature can reshape overnight.  Therefore a tree, regardless of its shape is not always the best trail marker.  We also have elbow bent trees at Manataka (Hot Springs).  Then again, though the years we have seen the same phenomena in many places around the country. -- Editor

 

Elder's Meditation

 

"We create that bad among ourselves. We create it; then we try to call it devil, Satan, or evil. But man creates it. There is no devil. Man creates the devil."  --Wallace Black Elk, Lakota

 

Dear Manataka,

 

This is what I try so hard to tell people!!!!!!  Evil and bad are brought on by our own choice.  People know they are doing hurtful things yet do it anyway and then wonder why they get the reactions they do.  Some people will always find an 'excuse' for anothers' behavior.  Others will place the blame anywhere but themselves.  I have lived with my own self blame for a long time.  But I have finally gotten to a point where I can honestly say I'm working on it.  I only know two ways to be though.  All or nothing.  Selfishness and self centeredness surrounds me and I have to find a way to not let it affect my relationship with Creator.  I have to find a way to understand that others hurtful and selfish actions are not a reflection on me.  I know the truth and if others fail to realize it or make excuses for me and my reactions to their thoughtlessness instead of getting to know and believe the real me, it's their loss.  Yesterday's meditation was about breaking emotional ties that are hurtful as a way of healing.  All or nothing.  Those ties will eventually not hurt so bad to let go.  They are not healthy. ~Night Sky Watcher Leach

 

Tiamco: Mystical Solar Temple of Ancient Time

 

Manataka,

 

Thank you so much for this story about Tiamco.  I too feel that I am not from here and have a strong longing to go home (where ever that may be). But for now, I try to stay in the moment. My family think that I am strange but I love them anyway. I have many questions and I know that I will find the answers there if only I learn to listen and trust what I hear. That was a beautiful story.  Love and Light  ~Patty

 

 

Sioux Need Help Again

Dear Sisters and Brothers of the soul.
 

The first snow is threatening to fall here this coming week. Even though my physical body is busy packing for the move to even a more Northern climate my mind is filled with the needs of the people. I can fully understand the need for heat and for fuel as this is also one of the reasons I will make  my move before the big snow arrives in Dec.
 

I was sent an email by my Sundance sister in CO who informed me that the medical clinic on the Rose Bud was out of fuel and had to shut it doors.
 

Will this never end I say?? It will only end when we make enough of the powerful leaders aware of this situation. Needless to say my mail to the BIA and other people in charge of Indian Affairs is frequent.
We are still collecting clothes warm coats and hats gloves and mittens any and all other items of clothes for children infant to size 12.
 

All donations for fuel and food for the winter can go to the Link Foundation which is the only one I know that directs ALL of the funds to the people.  You may not think you can do much but even 10 dollars buys wood or food and fuel for a family in need.
 

I say follow your heart either write letters of support or if you can send funds to the people direct.
 

You can find information about Link Center Foundation and this heat assistance program at the following link:
www.LinkCenterFoundation.com
 

There are several places you can click on the homepage to find more information about the organization and the heat assistance program and the people involved.

You will also find the information of how and where to send either check or credit card donations at this link....
http://www.linkcenterfoundation.com/id8.html

 

Love and blessings for those who already have helped through out the years. Waynonaha

 

 

 

 


 

 

ALERT OF THE MONTH:
SENATE PREPARES TO RUBBER STAMP "BUSINESS AS USUAL" FARM BILL

The Senate Agriculture Committee approved its draft of the $300 billion 2007-2012 Farm Bill last week. The 1300-page bill, now headed to the main Senate floor, includes, as usual, billions of dollars of taxpayer subsidies for chemical and energy­intensive crops, factory farms, and junk food purveyors, while "nickle and dime-ing" organic agriculture, conservation, nutrition, and alternative energy programs. Let your Senators know you want to eliminate all taxpayer subsidies, other than those designed to make our food and farming system healthier and more sustainable, and specifically you want a "Fair Share" for organics commensurate with our current 3% market share. Besides billions in corporate subsidies, this version of the Farm Bill includes implementation of the controversial National Animal Identification System (NAIS). NAIS would require that all farmers, even those with just one cow, horse, or chicken, to implant their animals with an electronic tracking device and permanently report their movements to the USDA. This expensive Big Brother procedure, which lobbyists crafted so as to exempt factory farms, could put many small family farms out of business. Please contact your Senators to cut corporate subsidies, eliminate NAIS, and support increases in funding in the Farm Bill for for conservation, organic agriculture, healthy food and beginning farmer programs.
Take Action: http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_7765.cfm

 

PRODUCT PLUNDER OF THE MONTH:

Aurora Milk is NOT ORGANIC. 

"ORGANIC" DAIRY FEEDLOT DRAWS HEAT OVER BUMPER CROP OF INSECTS
The recent class action lawsuit launched by organic consumers in 27 states against Aurora "Organic" Dairy isn't all the controversial dairy giant has to contend with. Last week, one of Aurora's 4,500-head "organic" dairy feedlots came under scrutiny by the Gill County Colorado board of commissioners. It seems that Aurora's malodorous operation has generated a literal bumper crop of cow manure along with millions of flies. "I would like this dairy to disappear," said Wendy Rogers, who owns a farm next to the dairy. "The dairy is too big to manage naturally." In a four-hour hearing, County Commissioners threatened to revoke Aurora's permit or limit the number of cattle allowed on the feedlot.. According to Aurora's CEO, Marc Peperzak, reducing the thousands of cows on the factory farm would be "impossible," costing Aurora "millions."County Commissioners cast a split vote offering the factory farm a second chance. If the fly problem is not mitigated by August 2008, Aurora will lose its organic dairy farm permit. Learn more: http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_8003.cfm
  Reminder: Aurora's "organic" milk is sold under the following private labels: Costco's "Kirkland Signature," Safeway's "O" organics brand, Publix's "High Meadows,"Giant's "Natures Promise," and UNFI's "Woodstock Farms."

HEALTH NEWS OF THE MONTH:
SUNLIGHT CUTS RISK OF MANY CANCERS, ESPECIALLY BREAST CANCER

Two new studies indicate exposure to the sun may actually be beneficial in regards to fighting cancer. Researchers from Stanford University reported their findings in the American Journal of Epidemiology last week indicating that women who had higher sun exposure had their risk of advanced breast cancer reduced by almost half. According to a second research team who studied more than four million people in 11 countries, the risk of internal cancers except for skin cancers was lower among people living in sunny countries. According to the researchers, "Vitamin D production in the skin seems to decrease the risk of several solid cancers, especially stomach, colorectal, liver and gall- bladder, pancreas, lung, female breast, prostate, bladder and kidney cancers." Although food provides some vitamin D, nearly 90 per cent comes from exposure to sunlight.
Learn more: http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_7956.cfm

GOVERNMENT COVER UP OF THE MONTH:
MONSANTO TRIES ONCE AGAIN TO FORCE-FEED CONSUMERS rBGH

The good news is that a critical mass of dairies and supermarket chains are banning Monsanto's Bovine Growth Hormone, bowing to to consumer pressure. The genetically engineered cow hormone is banned in most industrialized nations, due to its negative health impacts on cows and cancer risks to humans, but Monsanto Corporation, the manufacturer of the drug, is apparently still determined to force-feed rBGH to U.S. consumers. Under pressure from Monsanto, the notoriously pro-agribusiness Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) has recently announced new regulations outlawing the labeling of dairy products as rBGH-free. The twisted rationale for the ruling is that truthfully labeling dairy products as rBGH-free is "making it hard for consumers to make informed decisions." In other words allowing consumers freedom of choice is bad for Monsanto's profits, and the profits of Pennsylvania's factory style dairy feedlots who continue to inject their animals with the drug. PDA listed 16 companies that will be required to remove rBGH-free labels by December 31, 2007. In the meantime, Monsanto is working to pass similar anti-consumer laws in other states. The OCA plans to join our allies and stop this latest episode of biotech bullying. 
Learn more: http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_7941.cfm
 

This article is brought to you by ORGANIC BYTES, from Organic Consumers Assoc.  http://www.organicconsumers.org/
 

 

 

 


 

ELDER'S MEDITATION

 

"The dances are prayers." -Pop Chalee, Taos Pueblo

When we dance to the drum we pray to the Creator and attract the heartbeat of the earth.  We never dance without reason; every dance has a purpose. We dance for rain; we dance for healing; we dance for seasons; we dance for joy; we dance for our children; we dance for the people; we dance for courage. The drum plays to the beat of the heart, to the beat of the Earth. The drum connects us to the Earth while we dance our prayers.


Oh Great One,

let my dance and prayer be
heard by You.

By Don Coyhis

 


 

MEMBER RECOGNITION

 

 

Manataka "Spirit Award"

for exemplary volunteer service to the organization and community, this months'

award by unanimous decision of the Elder Council goes to the following member:

 

Amanda Morningstar Moore was selected for the honor because of her tremendous accomplishments during the past two years.  Like most rebellious teens, Amanda sought refuge in modern life style and all its distractions.  Then she was surrounded by her elders sisters in the Manataka Women's Council and her life direction changed.  Today, she sings beautifully as Manataka's Drum Leader.

 

"...I come to Manataka events with open arms as if welcoming new knowledge into my essence. It’s about the sisterhood. All with common beliefs and goals searching for the betterment of mankind. Creator gives us the world as our oyster and Manataka teaches you to seize it. I’ve learned an immeasurable wealth of knowledge from the Manataka way of life..."

Regalia Winning Awards Moore Grandkids & Amanda See the Tatoo?
 

 


Manataka Members In The News

 

 

 

Portrait of a Manataka Elder

 

Robert King Gray Hawk Coke

 

“The Creator has blessed me by allowing the autumn

 of my life to be happy and fulfilling in many ways.”

-- Robert Gray Hawk

 

 

 

 

Born in Dallas, Texas on April 19, 1930, Robert Gray Hawk King Coke, is now 77 years old and the newest member of the Manataka Elder Council.  A Cherokee descendent, Coke brings a wealth of knowledge and wisdom to the Manataka American Indian Council. 

 

I was born and raised in Dallas, Texas and moved to New Mexico and Mexico as a youth as my entrepreneurial parents operated several types of businesses around the country.  We traveled to 46 states and I learned a great deal about living life to its fullest from my well-educated and progressive parents.  Dad graduated medical school, but did not practice medicine preferring the rough and tumble excitement of commercial business.  My mother, a good business manager in her own right, helped me to understand how to apply their teaching in my life.

 

After graduating from high school Coke entered New Mexico Military Institute as a cadet and earned a bachelor of science degree in biology.  In 1952 he was commissioned Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army during Korean War.  He served at the Brooks Army Medical Center at San Antonio, Texas and had a tour of duty in Europe.       

 

After returning home, Robert Coke, entered pre-seminary school Austin College with a major in Philosophy.  He continued his education by earning a degree in Bachelor of Science in Engineering and a Bachelor of Business Administration at Southern Methodist University. 

 

By age 30, Robert had built a business as a residential building contractor and a few years later, he joined the family business that had interests in lumber mills and building supplies.  As the Chief Engineer and head of production, Robert began a new division building components for residential and commercial business applications.  Coke was a building contract or over twenty years.

 

In the early 1960’s Coke joined the research and teaching staff in the Real Estate Department at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.  While at SMU he taught night classes and bought his ideas and experience together while planning “Goals for Dallas”, in innovative and visionary municipal development project.

 

It was during this time that Robert began to rediscover his American Indian ancestry and his Red Road spirituality.  One time at a college workshop, he overheard a conversation about Indian ceremony between two presenters.  Without thinking, he corrected several points of the conversation without understanding how he knew the right answers.  Something inside Robert triggered his memories and his long journey back to the foundations of his life began. 

 

“I knew then I was spiritually at home,” says Robert Gray Hawk.

 

After many decades past, at age 77, Robert King Gray Hawk Coke says the Creator still honors him by sending more masters to teach his the sacred Ways. 

 

“In looking back at my life, I see that academia and business helped to make me a better living, but it was the spiritual path of my ancestors, bothers and sisters that gave meaning and purpose to my life,” said Elder Coke.

 

In 1996, Elder Coke was elected Chairman, of the American Indian Heritage Association.  The next year, Elder Coke went on a pilgrimage to Manataka as an ambassador for the American Indian Center of Dallas.  He met Lee Standing Bear Moore and other Keepers of Manataka and began a new path on his journey.

 

Elder Coke and his soul mate, Vicky McBain joined Manataka over ten years ago and both have become valued members, trusted confidants and wonderful friends. 

 


 

HEALTH WATCH... 

 

Forced Medication

Could Your Child be Next?

from Dr. Joseph Mercola

 

State mandated drugging of children as young as three years old is a disturbing yet growing trend. Here Gregory Hession, J.D., recounts one of his cases where he tried, in vain, to uphold a heartbroken mother’s wishes not to drug her six-year-old mildly autistic son, who had been taken into state custody after her refusal.

Without the presence of a single doctor, the court decided to put the child on five powerful anti-psychotic drugs, even though none of these drugs have been approved by the FDA for use in children.

 

Peter Breggin, M.D., author of Toxic Psychiatry and other books about the use of psychiatric drugs, maintains that no psychiatric drug treatment corrects or improves existing brain dysfunction (such as a biochemical imbalance.) This, he says, is a major misunderstanding about psychiatry that the profession tries to hide because it places these drugs outside the scope of proper treatment for mental disorders.

 

The central reason for today’s mental health diagnoses run amok is the fact that without a diagnosis code, your insurance company cannot reimburse your mental health provider.

 

All mental health diagnoses are codified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM), originally published in 1952 by the American Psychiatric Association (APA). At that time, it had 112 entries.

 

Since then the APA has added hundreds more, based on the current whims of the profession and the most current in-vogue maladies.

 

The current DSM-IV and the soon to be released DSM-V include such gems as:

These absurd codes make it possible for your mental health professional to invoice for your visit, no matter how normal or innocent the real problem might be. And with the bill comes a label, and most often a drug.

 

Sources:

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HERB WATCH...

 

GRAVIOLA

Family: Annonaceae
Genus:
Annona
Species: muricata
Common name: Soursop, Graviola, Brazilian Paw Paw, Corossolier, Guanabana, Guanavana, Toge-Banreisi, Durian benggala, Nangka blanda, Nangka londa
Part Used: Leaves, Seeds, Fruit

 

 

 

 

 

 

DESCRIPTION

Properties/Actions: Antibacterial, Anticancerous, Antiparasitic, Antitumorous, Antispasmodic, Astringent, Cytotoxic, Febrifuge, Hypotensive, Insecticide, Nervine, Pectoral, Piscicide, Sedative, Stomachic, Vasodilator, Vermifuge
Phytochemicals: Acetaldehyde, Amyl-caproate, Amyloid, Annonain, Anomuricine, Anomuricinine, Anomurine, Anonol, Atherosperminine, Beta-sitosterol, Campesterol, Cellobiose, Citric-acid, Citrulline, Coclaurine, Coreximine, Dextrose, Ethanol, Folacin, Fructose, Gaba, Galactomannan, Geranyl-caproate Glucose, HCN, Isocitric-acid, Lignoceric-acid, Malic-acid, Manganese, Mericyl-alcohol, Methanol, Methyl-hex-2-enoate, Methyl-hexanoate, Muricine, Muricinine, Muricapentocin, Muricoreacin, Myristic-acid, P-coumaric-acid, Paraffin, Potassium-chloride, Procyanidin, Reticuline, Scyllitol, Stearic-acid, Stepharine, Stigmasterol, Sucrose, Tannin, Xylosyl-cellulose

Traditional Remedy:

One-half cup leaf infusion or bark decoction 1-3 times daily or 1-3 ml of a 4:1 tincture twice daily or 2 to 5 grams of powdered leaves in tablets or capsules twice daily.

 

Graviola is a small, upright evergreen tree growing 5 to 6 meters in height with large dark green and glossy leaves. It is indigenous to most of the warmest tropical areas in South and North America including the Amazon. It produces a large heart-shaped edible fruit that is 6-9", yellow green in color, with white flesh. The fruit is sold in local markets in the tropics where it is called Guanabana or Brazilian Cherimoya and is excellent for making drinks and sherbets and, though slightly sour-acid, can be eaten out-of-hand.

 

 

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FLUORIDE WATCH...

 

Effects of chemicals are slowly coming to light

By Steven L Harlan, M.D.

 

A May 27 article, "Research Links Sarin Gas to Gulf War Syndrome," was breathtaking. Researchers now are convinced that accidental sarin gas exposure was particularly harmful to soldiers who were also using insect repellent and a product called PB. The article states that these agents probably combined to allow more sarin, harmful chemicals and viruses to cross the blood brain barrier and cause more damage to brain cells.

This barrier is physiologic, and made up of robust membrane function that prevents many harmful chemicals from reaching brain cells. This Gulf War syndrome story is very likely a model for the epidemic of Alzheimer's disease that is now ravaging 60- and 70-year-olds in America.

Iowa has a stable population with very obtainable family histories, and for the past century, many citizens living into their 80s. With visionary leaders, Iowa could, relatively inexpensively, lead the nation in identifying contributing causes for the looming Alzheimer's epidemic.

Pharmaceutical companies have quietly stopped using aluminum in antacids. Manufacturers now believe that hot food touching plastic materials is bad, because plastic chemicals will leach into foods. Teflon is banned in California because it is potentially harmful, but "only if you heat it." Quietly, many physicians have begun to consider the temporal link between the fluoridation of drinking water and the timing of the neurologic disease increases since the 1970s.

The concern being that, like the Gulf War syndrome story, fluoride could be affecting what crosses the blood brain barrier, and in what amounts.

Until our leaders do more, I remain one of those kooky physicians advising patients and friends to drink filtered water, don't let hot food or hot drinks touch plastic, cook with cast iron, look for food in glass and waxed paper containers and be careful about microwaving food.

- Steven L Harlan, M.D.,

 

Submitted by Crystal Harvey, MAIC Correspondent

Fluoride Action Network

 

 

 

 

 


 


FUNNY BONES

No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.

 

 

Camping Under The Stars



The Lone Ranger and Tonto went camping in the desert. After they got their tent all set up, they fell sound asleep.

Some hours later, Tonto wakes The Lone Ranger and says, "Kemo Sabi, look towards sky, what you see?"

The Lone Ranger replies, "I see millions of stars."

 "What does that tell you?" asked Tonto.

The Lone Ranger ponders for a minute, then says, "Astronomically speaking, it tells me there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, it tells me Saturn is in Leo.  Time-wise, it appears to be approximately a quarter past three in the morning. Theologically, it's evident the Lord is all-powerful and we are small and insignificant.  Meteorologically, it seems we will have a beautiful day tomorrow.

 What's it  tell you, Tonto?"

Tonto is silent for a moment, then says, "Kemo Sabi, you dumb ass, someone has stolen the tent."
 

 


 

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Pharmaceutical Monsters Take Over Veterinary Medicine

Dogs and cats drugged with chemicals for profit
by Mike Adams

 

Big Pharma has successfully completed its takeover of veterinary medicine in the United States and other first-world nations.  Knowing that massive profits could be generated through the bodies of pets, drug companies have spent two decades pursuing an aggressive campaign of rewriting vet school curricula, influencing veterinarians and brainwashing pet owners into thinking their dogs, cats and horses need drugs in order to be healthy.  It was an easy sell:  most consumers already demonstrate a cult-like belief in pharmaceutical medicine thanks to a barrage of direct-to-consumer advertising funded by deep-pocketed drug companies, and it was only a minor shift to get them to believe animals need synthetic chemicals in their bodies, too.

So today, the majority of veterinarians in the United States now practice chemical-based medicine on pets.  At the first sign of any health symptom, they slap the animal with a prescription for expensive, patented pharmaceuticals.  Arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, cancer and even depression are now being treated with dangerous prescription medications.  Earlier this year, the FDA gave approval for Prozac, a powerful mind-altering drug, to be prescribed to dogs, and many of the most common drugs for people are now routinely used in pets (including chemotherapy drugs for cancer treatment).
 

What's next, Ritalin for puppies?

Ten years ago, it would have seemed absurd to diagnose a dog as suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, but today, it's no more insane than the mass diagnosis of human children with this utterly fictitious disease designed to do one thing:  sell profitable amphetamine drugs to children...)
 

Pet health is now in rapid decline

The result of all this is that our dogs and cats are sicker than ever.  Ask any vet who's been practicing for more than ten years:  they've never seen such an increase in the rate of liver disease, nervous system disorders, cancers and diabetes.  Ever wonder why?  It's because pets are being routinely poisoned with pet food and pet medicine.  Popular anti-flea and anti-tick medications, all by themselves, are so toxic to the liver of any animal that if they were prescribed to humans, their side effects would make the Vioxx fiasco look like a harmless prank.
 

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NO COAL FIRED POWER PLANTS! NO MINING OF COAL!

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HELP STOP THE DESERT ROCK POWER PLANT!
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Time is running out!  These signatures will be delivered to legislators who will be voting on the Desert Rock power plant. We have a very short amount of time to gather the names of people in opposition. Your help is appreciated!

The Desert Rock power plant would be the third power plant on the Navajo reservation, south of Shiprock, NM.  Elders and community members have been camped out in resistance to the power plant since December.
We are now at the State Legislature in New Mexico opposing two bills that would give the power plant an $85 million tax credit.

The 1,500-megawatt coal-fired energy plant would pump more than 10 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere annually, increasing the state of New Mexico's carbon dioxide contribution by at least 25
percent. The existing power plants in this area have been extremely devastating to the environment and the people of the area.

Please support Dooda Desert Rock, SAGE Council, and others as they work to stop this power plant from being built.

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