Manataka American Indian Council  Volume XIII Issue 01 January 2009


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Legends of Old: Cottontail Boy and Bluejay
Feature Story: Hopi and Navajo delegation warned Lehman Brothers

Letters to the Editor:

To Be A Tribe... Or Not; Maya Spirits
Organic Consumers: Avoid Genetically Engineered Sugar
Elder's Meditations: Chief Councilor, Leonard George
Health: FDA Scientists Revolt Against Corrupt Food and Drug Administration Officials
Plant Medicine: Mullein - Verbascum thapsus
Fluoride: Fluoride May Contribute to Early Puberty
Animal Rights and Wrongs: A U.S. Navy Needlessly Slaughters Whales
Endangered Sacred Sites: Oldest Skeleton in Americas






Cottontail Boy and Bluejay

A Nez Perce Legend


Many people were assembling nearby. Bear [xa' xats] and her friends, the Kill Deer Sisters, went out from camp going somewhere. They traveled along. Cottontail Boy [hayu' xtshatswal] and Bluejay [quya' squyas] saw them pass by and said to each other, "Oh, there they go. Let us banter with Bear as she passes." Cottontail Boy said to him, "Then you speak up to her."

Now he scoffed at her. He said, "You there who goes along hindmost. It is said of you that your vulva distends as large as the land that extends up the valley."

She came to a sudden stop. "Whom are you addressing?"

"You, of course."

"You should never say such things. Have a care, nephew. The eagles and sparrow hawks might hear you. They who want me for a wife, they might hear you. They will be the ones with whom you will trade at the marriage visit.  Who would ever say such things of anyone, nephew?" Thus she cajoled Cottontail Boy, as he sat there, and Blue jay, perched in a pine tree above.

Bear just talked and came up closer to them at the same time. Cottontail Boy reclined at the entrance of his lodge. But he craved Bear for eating. (It was for that reason they had shouted at her in the first place.) Now she came up close and cajoled them. At that moment she very quickly tried to catch Cottontail Boy, but he eluded her grasp by jumping away suddenly. She groaned with disappointment. "I missed him.

Nevertheless, I will never let him escape." Now she dug into Cottontail Boy's lodge.

But she grew tired presently and Blue jay said to her from above, "Aunt, I said nothing to you. I respect you. Cottontail Boy is given to saying things like that. I was even angry at him myself. Wait a moment and let me advise you, for you are just to avenge yourself. Build a fire there at the entrance. Build a fire there; and when you hear him cough ["lik, " 'lik", 'lik"" - - sound of choking cough] and choke, you will know that he is suffocating. Then you will smear yourself with pitch all around the crotch of your legs and squat over the fire. Then, just as Cottontail Boy dashes out, he will run squarely into this and stick."

"Yes, yes nephew; it is well you have advised me." Now Bear did this. She carried wood and built a fire at the door. Then she smeared with pitch that part about which she had become indignant. She smeared it with pitch well and squatted over the fire. The fire burned good and warm. Presently she heard the sound of coughing [""lik", 'lik", 'lik""].

"Now he is suffocating," Blue jay said to her from above. By this time the pitch had melted on her. Now, from inside, Cottontail Boy just poured forth coals and fire, showered fire on that part of her which was smeared with pitch. Oh! How she burst into flame because she was smeared with pitch. She leaped away and writhed about in agony, going this way and that. Then she fell dead. Cottontail Boy and Blue jay now barbecued Bear.

Taken from Tales of the Nez Perce by Donald M. Hines, Ye Galleon Press; Fairfield, Washington, 1999 [gathered from other source books dated between 1912 and 1949]

~Submitted by Blue Panther Keeper of Stories









Hopi and Navajo delegation warned Lehman Brothers
By Brenda Norrell, UN OBSERVER & International Report


Now, Lehman Brothers is bankrupt, discredited, and investors lose millions...

NEW YORK -- A delegation of Hopi and Navajo warned Lehman Brothers stockholders of the dire consequences of their actions in 2001.


In a rare move, censored by most media, an American Indian elders delegation warned Lehman Brothers, after it acquired the financial interests of Peabody Coal, of the spiritual consequences of mining coal on sacred Black Mesa and the aftermath of Peabody Coal's machinations that led to the so-called Navajo Hopi Land Dispute.  Lehman Brothers is now in the midst of financial collapse, with its bankruptcy producing a rippling effect throughout the world's economy.

Robeta Blackgoat protesting Black Mesa coal mining and slurry in Flagstaff, shortly before her death./Photo Brenda Norrell

At the time of the Lehman Brothers stockholders meeting in 2001, Arlene Hamilton bought two shares of stocks in Lehman Brothers to pave the way for the delegation to address the stockholders. Hamilton said her life was threatened because of this action. Shortly afterwards, Hamilton was killed in a car crash. Longtime Navajo relocation resister Roberta Blackgoat died in San Francisco at Hamilton's memorial.

A traditional Hopi was among those addressing the Lehman Brothers stockholders. His admonitions followed those of the late Hopi Sinom elders Thomas Banyacya and Dan Evehema, among the Hopi elders who warned of dire consequences, including natural disasters and worldwide consequences, if Peabody mined coal on Black Mesa and Navajos were relocated from this sacred region. The Hopi Sinom never authorized the establishment of the Hopi Tribal Council, which they referred to as a puppet government of the United States.


The traditional Hopi in the delegation told stockholders, "Lehman Brothers, even though we are just a few here, we speak for the Creator, who is the majority." Therefore we demand you stop the Peabody coal mining and the slurry. We demand again," said the Hopi elder who asked that his name not be published in the media.

"Traditional and priesthood people don't want this mining. The Hopi prophecies say that we have to protect land and life. If we don't protect our beautiful Earth --our Heaven, our Mother, we will suffer with her." He told stockholders that Hopis never signed a treaty with the United States and the current Hopi Tribal Council is not legitimate since it was created by less than 30 percent of the people.

Referring to the beginning of the turmoil, he said, "John Boyden was a lawyer who worked for Peabody Coal. He was instrumental to the creation of the Hopi Tribal Council.  "Our ancestors warned that someday this would happen. White men will say that it is our own people that sold this land. I will not accept this.

"Our roots are rooted in our villages and it goes up to the whole universe. If we break these roots the world will get out of balance.

"I pray for you and hope that we open your eyes and you find the majority in your heart."

Roberta Blackgoat, longtime resister and sheepherder from Cactus Valley, told stockholders the region of San Francisco Peaks is holy to the Navajo
people. Mining in the area of this sacred mountain is the same as desecrating an altar and church. It is making the people sick. "We can not go away to other places," Blackgoat said, adding that livestock confiscation is "starving the people."







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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.


American Indian Cold Christmas Cake Recipe

Dear Manataka,

Thank you so much for this recipe in the December issue! 


My mother made this EVERY year for my father and I never knew why....she would hide it so only he could have it....made with graham crackers and dates, and the binder was not sweetened condensed milk (probably because she wouldn't spent the money on it), wrapped tightly to a roll in aluminum foil. My guess is that his mother made it for his family (she was the Indian heritage) and my mother tried to mimic it. Bet she hadn't a clue of the native American origin!!!  He LOVED hazelnuts too...would pick what we had, which wasn't a whole lot....we have missed out on so much of our heritage denying the native mother sold that native forest 1/2 of our land almost as soon as he died...he kept it native. She is English/Scotch....  ~Deborah Massey


Love, light and peace

Dear Manataka Friends,


In this present now moment there is a simple question each of us can quietly ask ourselves and by embracing its affirmative answer, we open a whole new reality of potential before us.  This is most likely not a question you may have ever considered for yourself or one that you have heard discussed by others.  It is perhaps even one that you may wish to ignore at this stage of your journey.  Yet, this beautiful and amazing transformative power and potential remains ever present until such time you feel the strength and courage to ask and accept its reality in your heart.


Why ask ourselves this question?  Long ago we drifted away from our innate loving wisdom and allowed our consciousness to embrace the notion that our outer reality of form was our source of life.   We became mesmerized and subsequently reliant upon our creations and forgot the power within our own being.  Over time, this separation led to a sense of self doubt and with it, the corresponding manifestation we call fear.  Unaware of the ultimate effect of our ongoing outer focus, we handed down our beliefs, notions, perspectives and ideals from generation to generation, century after century, often without stopping once to go within and ask a single question as to whether what we believe or do is actually coming from our own personal truth.


We stand at the threshold of opportunity to reconnect with our heart and allow the fullness of our wisdom to once again guide us.  In an instant, we reverse the ignorance of ages by a clear and genuine acknowledgement of ourselves.  By our own choice, we release the boundless freedom and joy and accept the potential that heals not only ourselves, also each other and our wondrous planet we call home.  Can such a simple question really make this profound a difference?  Answer it honestly, willingly, with an open heart and without hesitation, and you may be surprised by you own undeniable conclusion. 


Do I love myself unconditionally?


What could there possibly be not to love?  Our size, shape, color, age, gender?  Our supposed status and achievements in life or the lack thereof?


Love, light and peace,


~Harold W. Becker, President and Founder, The Love Foundation, Inc.


To Be A Tribe... Or Not

Hi Manataka,

I am writing an educational paper and came across your website.  Can you please explain how you confirm or explain the following for me?   

What constitutes a state recognized tribe? Can anyone get on your website and say their family is a state tribe if they claim they are Indian? 

Does your non profit organization confirm their standings, state recognized or federal? What does state recognized Indian mean to Manataka? 

If I feel someone in my family is Indian, however, I know I am not, does that mean I can claim I am Indian because of them?   Could a non-Indian hold a position of authority in a state or federal recognized tribe? Thank you for assisting me in my writing.  Your help is greatly appreciated!

In Peace to you ~ Katherine Semidey


Recognition has broad interpretations among the states and the process of recognition is different in most states, therefore there is no single definition.  Not all states consider the term 'recognition' to mean a government to government relationship.   Yes, a non-Indian can hold a position of authority in a federal or state recognized tribe.  Their authority may not necessarily be derived from election, but more often by appointment.  The BIA is fond of meddling, brow beating, harassing, and threatening federally recognized tribes.


Manataka has no position on the question of recognition as our only function is to simply list those organizations that have been submitted to us by federal, state or tribal authority.


American Indian Christmas Traditions

Manataka Editor:

Thank you Floyd Looks For Buffalo Hand. I really enjoyed your piece on Christmas. Yes, everyday should be celebrated as if it were Christmas.  Americans are kind the days before Christmas except when they are buying gifts for others. They get cranky and pushy. Doesn't make much sense. As soon as the holiday is over everyone becomes separate and unfriendly once again.  ~Doreen Bender


Taking Photos of Mayan Benevolent Spirits?

Hi Manataka,

Since August of 2007, we have been cataloging photographs and videos of ["Benevolent Spirits] that until this point have never been documented     

The images appear in various shapes and sizes, and also seem to be making what look like “Aerial Crop Circles”.  We spoke with many individuals in the paranormal field and they feel these are related to the changes in the earth’s atmosphere and more photonic energy entering our planet.  We can feel their presence and believe they are “Benevolent Spirits” here to help our planet at a time in history where it is desperately needed. 


We believe that people will be amazed to know of their existence.  We have done some serious soul searching to decide when to release this information, and we strongly feel that the Mayan Prophecies are coming to pass, and the hour is upon us to enlighten the world to their existence and help awaken humanity to its calling.  


These benevolent beings could awaken the world to the previously unknown.  We truly believe that this could chart never before explored territory, much like the exploration of Christopher Columbus, to prove to the world that the earth wasn’t really flat at all.  


Many of the images appear to be very Mayan looking in their appearance which leads me to believe, did the Mayan civilization really have it right?  Will the year 2012 be what so many are now predicting, as the Mayan Civilization previously did?   


The patterns of “Sacred Geometry” are absolutely incredible.  We would welcome any information or possible interpretation for study to see if these beings could be sending messages for humanity at a time where help is so badly needed in the world.    Blessings, ~Linda & Larry


With Love, Respect and Gratitude

Dear Manataka,

I want to thank Manataka for the healing and understandings I have received. I am learning how to heal myself and work with the Earth and my surroundings despite the toxic environment that I now find myself immersed in every day.  I have received much more from Manataka than I can ever share or give back.  I've written three versions of this letter and it still doesn't come out right, but I'm still trying. With love, respect & gratitude, ~Kim Summer Moon


   Thankful for Thanksgiving Story

Dear Editor:


Today is Thanksgiving, and I am a 23 year old Lebanese, Italian United States born American living in Oaxaca, Mexico celebrating Thanksgiving  by myself for the first time in my life.  While in a country and a time in my life when searching for real truth is what I am most interested in, I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate Thanksgiving than by reading your article.   I am a teacher and I have taught about Thanksgiving (inaccurately, I might add) and I want to thank you on this very special day for putting together a synopsis of such a raw, real and holistic history and making it available. 


I am very interested in learning more about this history and will definitely be reading some of the books that you have recommended in your bibliography section. 


I am intrigued by the Native's History and I am actually working with the Native's here in Oaxaca and I hope to continue to learn more about the original people of this hemisphere, as I fear it is a history that we have so blatantly disregarded.  

Thank you again.  Have a Happy REAL Thanksgiving.  from the heart of Oaxaca, ~Alison Jian

Loves Thanksgiving Story

Gentle Persons:

I am a Chicago Public School Teacher facilitating grade six social science classes.  I also have several MAs, one of which is in multicultural education.  I am also privileged to be teaching several course in cultural diversity at the college level.

I cannot tell you how pleased I was to read the information about Thanksgiving from your site, the Manataka American Indian Council.  The extensive discussion for teachers is well written and thought provoking.  The materials for students are excellent, and I will be sharing both with my students this week in conjunction with reflective writing and discussion. Thank you again for making this information available and for younger students, as this sort of text allows students to ease into the ugliness of our past.  The memories of the past are not forgotten, and it is profoundly important that this information was made readily available from the Council.  Respectfully  ~Pam Alexandroff


[Manataka received one hundred and three letters of support about the Thanksgiving stories  We also received one nasty letter accusing us of hating white people because our exposing the Thanksgiving myths.]








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Tip of the Month:
How to Avoid Genetically Engineered Sugar

Over the past year, we warned its readers about the forced introduction of genetically engineered sugar beets into the U.S. food supply in 2008. The health and environmental effects of these crops are relatively unknown and have historically resulted in an increase in pesticide use. Most of the mainstream table sugar, cereal and candy companies have refused to ban genetically engineered sugar in their products, including American Crystal and Kelloggs. While OCA and its allies continue to work to remove this new biotech food from the mainstream market, before it becomes as ubiquitous as genetically engineered corn, soybeans and rBGH, we have some tips for consumers:

1) Purchase organic sugar. The USDA organic standards do not allow foods labeled as "organic" to contain ingredients derived from genetically engineered crops.

2) According to Ken Roseboro, the editor of The Organic & Non-GMO Report, two non-organic sugar companies that are still GE-free are Spreckels Sugar in California and Rogers Sugar Alberta, Canada. Spreckels is processing non-GMO beets because sugar beet farmers in California do not yet have GM sugar beet seed varieties. According to Roseboro, "I spoke with the plant manager and he said farmers would plant GM varieties as soon as they are available possibly by next year. Unless farmers are given extra incentives to grow non-GMO beets they will grow GM."  Maybe it's a good time to contact the company and let them know you'd like them to stay GE-free.

3) The OCA is continuing its campaign to pressure major sugar and candy companies to use GE-free sugar.

Social Justice News of the Month:
Recent Workers' Stand-off Not Seen Since 1930s

In an inspiring scene of solidarity, the likes of which hasn't been seen since the 1930s, more than 200 workers at a Chicago plant have refused to leave work after being unexpectedly laid off. Executives at the company, Republic Windows and Doors, announced massive layoffs after banks informed the company of credit cutbacks. Although Bank of America received a $25 billion taxpayer funded bailout, the financial behemoth continues to constrict credit, including cutting off operating credit to Republic Windows and Doors. In response to the layoffs, members of United Electrical Workers Local 1110 called for a sit-in at the factory. Worker backlash of this kind hasn't been seen in the U.S. since the Great Depression. Protesting workers wear signs reading, "You got bailed out, we got sold out."

Victory of the Month:
FDA Finally Admits Mercury Fillings May Damage Your Health

After years of pressure from scientists, citizen groups and health advocates, the FDA has posted a statement to its website that is nothing less than a watershed event in oral hygiene history (it's actually quite a bit more exciting than that may sound). Although the FDA has previously adamantly denied any and all scientific evidence pointing to negative health impacts from mercury fillings, the FDA has now posted the following to its website: "Dental amalgams contain mercury, which may have neurotoxic effects on the nervous systems of developing children and fetuses...Pregnant women and persons who may have a health condition that makes them more sensitive to mercury exposure, including individuals with existing high levels of mercury bioburden, should not avoid seeking dental care, but should discuss options with their health practitioner."

Alert of the  Month:
Proposed USDA Rule Could Harm Organic Farmers
The OCA alerted consumers on October 29th about a proposed rule that represents the broadest rewrite of federal organic regulations in history. OCA welcomes the new proposed rules in terms of closing loopholes relating to pasture and forage requirements that had previously allowed dairy companies like Aurora and Horizon to source their milk from giant industrial feedlots. Unfortunately, the new proposed rules also include a number of new cumbersome regulations that would cause tremendous hardship, or even put the majority of organic livestock farmers out of business. OCA also objects to the part of the proposed regulations that would allow non-organic cattle to be brought onto a certified organic dairy farm and then be considered organic. The OCA has joined together with the Cornucopia Institute and a number of the nation's leading organic certifiers to encourage the USDA to revise its proposed rule to crack down on factory farm abuses, and uphold organic integrity, without making it impossible for existing organic farms to operate and thrive.

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"It seems that if Elders can feel that you are open to learning, they are more than generous with their teaching."  --Chief Councilor, Leonard George

There is a saying, when the student is ready the teacher appears.  If the Elders sense that you are ready, they will help you see and learn
new things.  Most human beings love to share what they know with people who are excited to listen.  If you are talking to someone and you feel they really aren't listening, you won't want to tell them much.  Before you go talk to the Elders, examine your motives - are you really excited about listening to them?

My Creator, give me an open mind.

By Don Coyhis



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The Risks of Excess Belly Fat
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Verbascum thapsus

By Jim McDonald,


For the treatment of lungs, ear infections, swelling, anesthetic, relaxant, congestion and dry coughs, expectorant, urinary incontinence, spinal injuries.


Mullein is an easily recognizable plant found throughout Michigan in fields, meadows, and anywhere the ground has been disturbed. It is a biennial, putting forth a rosette of fuzzy leaves upon the ground the first year, and sending up its characteristic yellow flowered stalk the second. After seeding, the plant dies. The dead brown stalk is an excellent indicator of where to look for first year rosettes, as they can often be found within 15-20 feet from the dead stalk. All parts of the plant offer an abundance of healing medicine.

An infused oil of Mullein flowers is perhaps one of the first remedies to think of in treating an ear infection, easing pain and speeding recovery time. The oil is simple to prepare: Find an abundance of flowering Mullein, pick the flowers and let them wilt for a few hours to reduce their moisture content, put them in a small mason jar and fill to the brim with oil... you may need to top it off again the next day. Set the jar, tightly capped, in the sun for a month or two, and then strain the oil into clean bottles. Because the flowers are quite tiny, about the size of a kernel of corn, you'll need to have access to plenty of them, and use a small jar so you're able to fill it. This oil can be applied with a Q-tip and allowed to work its magic. Mullein flower oil is often combined with infused Garlic oil (which is antibacterial and antiviral), and there are few remedies as effective for ear infections... I've also used it to treat infected piercing (not mine... so don't go trying to figure out where I'm pierced:)! The flower oil also has an old reputation for deafness, though this assertion refers to problems arising from the accumulation of wax, in which the oil helps to clear the obstruction. It can be used to treat ear mites in animals. Prepared as a tincture, Mullein flowers act to resolve swellings and ease the accompanying pain. I used a combination of Red Root and Mullein flowers once to treat an abscess in the ear canal, and the pain and swelling were quickly resolved (I was pretty impressed). I've used the same combination, along with ground ivy, to successfully resolve Meniere's Disease that was just beginning to manifest.    The flower tincture used internally is also of aid in treating swellings, and acts as a local anesthetic.  It can also be mildly or even strongly relaxant; I haven't quite figured out why it affects some people strongly.

The leaves are the most commonly used part of the plant, and among the first remedies to be thought of in treating congestion and dry coughs, as they are an excellent expectorant. An expectorant aids the lungs in expelling mucous and phlegm by loosening it from the walls of the lungs and allowing it to be coughed up; thus, Mullein will stimulate coughing, even though that's the symptom being treated. What Mullein is really doing is assisting the body's natural response to congestion - coughing - to be more effective. A strong tea, the tincture, and even smoking the dried leaves can achieve this end. Mullein is especially good for treating dry coughs that shake the frame of the body, and should be thought of whenever there is "wheezing". I used a blend of Mullein and Plantain when I inhaled a bunch of plaster dust while cleaning it out of my house after the drywall was put in.  It coated my lungs, and I got quite sick, with difficult wheezy breathing.  The Mullein and Plantain started working immediately, and resolved the condition quickly.  Mullein combines well with myriad other herbs; New England Aster for quivering, reactive lungs, a bit of Lobelia for asthma, Wild Lettuce if the uppermost reaches of the lungs feel dry and tight... I could go on and on.

Few people know, though, that Mullein is also an excellent remedy for the lymphatic system. Folk herbalist Tommie Bass says it can be applied as a compress to any instance of glandular swelling. The physiomedicalist Dr. William Cook called Mullein an "absorbent" of "peculiar and reliable power." He recommended Mullein leaves be made into a strong decoction, then that water used to wet more leaves that were then applied externally over the swelling. To further increase the efficacy of the preparation, Mullein root would be taken internally. The use of Mullein flower tincture to relieve swellings is also due to its lymphatic actions, and among the various parts that can be used, I think it offers the most pain relieving qualities.

If few people know about using Mullein leaves for swellings, even fewer know about using Mullein Root for anything. Yet, it is an incredibly useful remedy. In addition to its effects on the lymphatic system, it is an excellent remedy for treating urinary incontinence and loss of urinary control due to a swollen prostate because it tones and strengthens the trigone sphincter at the base of the bladder. One of my students used an infusion of Mullein root to treat Bell's Palsy that occurred as a complication of Lyme's disease, and it resolved the problem completely.  Years after that David Winston told me he'd been using it for Bell's Palsy for well over a decade, and considered it useful in other cases of facial nerve pain, along with other useful herbs for facial neuralgia like Saint John's Wort and Jamaican Dogwood.

I also use Mullein root quite frequently to facilitate "proper alignment". It may be that there are broken bones I need to be sure line up, or it could be a spinal misalignment.  These are applications I picked up from Matthew Wood, though he uses Mullein leaves, saying, “It has a moistening, lubricating effect on the synovial membranes… so that it is hydrating to the spine and joints. It is often indicated in back injuries. People think they are untreatable and incurable, but an increase the synovial fluids will make the spine more pliable and comfortable. The vertebra will slip back into place more readily, pain and inflammation will decrease and the condition will get better."

I can personally attest to Mullein’s usefulness in treating spinal injuries, as I’ve used it for years.  The first time I ever used it, I woke up with my back out.  I couldn't stand up straight, and while my mouth was saying, "Ow, ow, ow..." within me I kept hearing "Mullein root, Mullein root, Mullein root...".  I drove out to a field where I knew it grew, and searched for it under the snow (Mullein's fuzzy leaves insulate it and it usually over winters).  I found some, and as I was digging it up I "heard" Mullein root stores up energy the entire first year of its life to put forth its strong, straight yet flexible flower stalk; and using it gives us access to that stored energy.  I chopped up a root, made tea, took a sip then a breath and was completely better.

A year or so after that (in which time I'd used the root a few more times, always to more or less immediate results), I suffered the rather dreadful "slipped disc" while, when changing a tire on the side of a dirt road my jack slipped and I jumped back away from the falling car with a heavy tire in my arms.  Along with chiropractic, I used the rather agonizing experience to figure out how best to treat this condition.  I ended up blending together a formula with Solomon’s Seal, Mullein Root, Horsetail and Goldenseal to excellent results (I daresay…).  This was created not so much as a pain reliever, but to restore strength and integrity to the disc itself.  To address the attendant muscle spasms (which were the worst part, in terms of outright agony), I used a combination of Black Cohosh and Arnica tinctures, taken in frequent small doses to help ease the sensitivity & reactivity of the muscles.  The results were excellent.  I could literally feel the disc growing stronger and the muscles relearning how to be relaxed.  Even now, after a few years, if I overdo it and feel even a twinge of sensitivity in the disc, a few doses usually completely removes the discomfort.  It's truly kick ass stuff.

Mullein root on its own, though, is also markedly effective.  Prepared either as an infusion or taken in small doses as a tincture, it's been a lifesaver for me when working a bit too gung-ho has me wake up the next morning with my back "kinked" and not quite able to straighten up.  I usually take about 7 drops of tincture, stretch out a bit, and the kink disappears and I feel perfectly aligned.  While the occasions when this has worked are too numerous to recount, it doesn't always work... just most of the time.  On the most recent occasion, the Mullein tincture didn't work immediately, but took about a week,  (used concurrently with an antispasmodic blend of Black Cohosh and Arnica, a bit of Saint John's Wort, and a visit to my chiropractor).  Among these, I know the Mullein was especially important because when I broke my bottle while away for the weekend, the stiffness and misalignment went from almost better to lousy.  When I resumed, virtually all the redoubled sensitivity dissipated and I felt more or less better in a couple days.

Others have found it useful as well.  On a recent visit to Michigan, Matthew Wood and I were talking about this little known use of Mullein, and comparing and contrasting his use of the leaves with my use of the root.  One of the participants, who, though completely new to herbalism and a bit overwhelmed by the onslaught of information, went the following week to get some Mullein (leaves; the root is quite hard to find, commercially) and sent me an email another week later, saying,

"I've suffered with a herniated disc (the one between the lumbar vertebrae and sacrum) since my son was 15 months old.  I ended up being on bed rest on a cortisone "blast" for a week at that time.  The disc is really thin and the area has been fragile since then.  So,  My  back got really whacked out a couple of weeks ago and I didn't want to go the Motrin route.  I purchased some Mullein tincture at my local health food haunt and by the time I was half way to Commerce (from Ferndale) to pick my son up my back was feeling so much better...  The Mullein has been a life saver."

While I haven't yet used the leaves in lieu of the root, I had a remarkably lucid dream about how the leaves could be picked proportionally along the flowering stalk to the area along the spine that is kinked.  So, I'll shortly be gathering mullein leaves and sorting them into "lower third", "middle third", "upper third" to see where that exploration leads.  I could tell more stories.  The point is, though, that this is an area in which Mullein excels, but is far too seldom used.  Hopefully these elaborations will begin to change that.

Perhaps, as opposed to a physical complaint, the need for alignment is energetic... someone is scattered all over the place, and needs to focus and direct their energies.  Mullein root will assist us in such a need.  Try carrying some in a medicine bag, taking a few drops of tincture or rubbing a bit into your wrists or temples.  Mullein is one of the plants that's ideal to use in such a way, as it's spirit has reached out and touched so many people I've met, and among those many who really weren't all on board with the idea of plants having a spirit and consciousness of their own.  For my part, I think I've had several epiphanies using Mullein each year since I began using it. 

I look forward to learning what it has yet to share with me...

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Submitted by:

Crystal Harvey, MAIC Correspondent

Fluoride Action Network


Fluoride Exposure May Contribute to Early Puberty

Up until the 1990s, no research had ever been conducted to determine the impact of fluoride on the pineal gland -- a small gland located between the two hemispheres of the brain that regulates the production of the hormone melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone that helps regulate the onset of puberty and helps protect the body from cell damage caused by free radicals.

It is now known -- thanks to the meticulous research of Dr. Jennifer Luke from the University of Surrey in England -- that the pineal gland is the primary target of fluoride accumulation within your body.

After finding that the pineal gland is a major target for fluoride accumulation in humans, Dr. Luke conducted animal experiments to determine if the accumulated fluoride could impact the functioning of the gland -- particularly the gland's regulation of melatonin.

Luke found that animals treated with fluoride had lower levels of circulating melatonin, as reflected by reduced levels of melatonin metabolites in the animals' urine. This reduced level of circulating melatonin was accompanied -- as might be expected -- by an earlier onset of puberty in the fluoride-treated female animals.

Sources:  Fluoride Action Network November 2008




No offense intended for any individuals or tribes.

Recordings of the FBI at the Pine Ridge Reservation.............

 The neighbor, "Hello, is this the FBI??

"Yes, this is the FBI what do you want?"

"I'm calling to report my neighbor Billy Two Teeth, he's an Indian and he's hiding marijuana inside his firewood."

 "Thank you very much for the call, sir."

The next day, the FBI agents descend on Billy Two Teeth's house. They search the shed where the firewood  is kept. Using axes, they bust open every piece of wood, but found no marijuana. They swore and cursed at Billy Two Teeth and left.

The phone rings at Billy Two Teeth's house, it's the neighbor, "Hey, Billy! Did the FBI come?"


 "Did they chop your firewood?"


 "Well Merry Christmas Buddy!"





U.S. Navy Needlessly Slaughters Whales

Whales around the world are  being assaulted by the United States Navy's use of ear-splitting mid-frequency sonar.

Federal law suits have been filed to force the Navy to begin taking humane precautions that would spare countless whales and other marine mammals from being maimed, deafened or killed during routine training.

Hundreds of whales have already died after getting blasted by mid-frequency military sonar. And scientists suspect that many more are being injured and killed without our ever knowing.

Mid-frequency sonar is designed to detect enemy submarines by flooding tens or even hundreds of square miles of ocean with sound waves. Warships carrying sonar blast the ocean with a noise level up to 245 decibels -- billions of times more intense than the level known to disturb whales.

That intensity of sound is roughly comparable to a Saturn V rocket at blast-off. Some beached whales have been found bleeding around their brains and ears after sonar training exercises.

But the Navy refuses to take common-sense precautions during sonar exercises that would prevent whales and dolphins from stranding, suffering and dying!

The mounting death toll is not only preventable, it is illegal. The Navy is violating the Marine Mammal Protection Act and other environmental laws by refusing to adequately protect whales during training and testing.

Whales should not have to die for naval practice. And the Navy should not get away with breaking our environmental laws, natural laws and God's law.

It is clear that our military will go right on conducting business as usual unless YOU intervenes to stop them.  Contact your senator and congressional representatives now.

Stop the U.S. Navy from needlessly injuring and killing whales in the course of routine training.






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Oldest Skeleton in Americas Found in Underwater Cave?

Posted by: "UCTP Office" 



Deep inside an underwater cave in Mexico, archaeologists may have discovered the oldest human skeleton ever found in the Americas.

Dubbed Eva de Naharon, or Eve of Naharon, the female skeleton has been dated at 13,600 years old. If that age is accurate, the skeleton—along with three others found in underwater caves along the Caribbean coast of the Yucatán Peninsula—could provide new clues to how the Americas were first populated.

The remains have been excavated over the past four years near the town of Tulum, about 80 miles southwest of Cancún, by a team of scientists
led by Arturo González, director of the Desert Museum in Saltillo, Mexico (see map of Mexico).

"We don't now how [the people whose remains were found in the caves] arrived and whether they came from the Atlantic, the jungle, or inside
the continent," González said.

"But we believe these finds are the oldest yet to be found in the Americas and may influence our theories of how the first people arrived."

In addition to possibly altering the time line of human settlement in the Americas, the remains may cause experts to rethink where the first
Americans came from, González added.

Clues from the skeletons' skulls hint that the people may not be of northern Asian descent, which would contradict the dominant theory of
New World settlement. That theory holds that ancient humans first came to North America from northern Asia via a now submerged land bridge
across the Bering Sea (see an interactive map of ancient human migration).

"The shape of the skulls has led us to believe that Eva and the others have more of an affinity with people from South Asia than North Asia,"
González explained.

Concepción Jiménez, director of physical anthropology at Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History, has viewed the finds
and says they may be Mexico's oldest and most important human remains to date.

"Eva de Naharon has the Paleo-Indian characteristics that make the date seem very plausible," Jiménez said.

Ancient Floods, Giant Animals
The three other skeletons excavated in the caves have been given a date range of 11,000 to 14,000 years ago, based on radiocarbon dating.

Radiocarbon dating measures the age of organic materials based on their content of the radioactive isotope carbon 14.

According to archaeologist David Anderson of the University of Tennessee, however, minerals in seawater can sometimes alter the
carbon 14 content of bones, resulting in inaccurate radiocarbon dating results.

The remains were found some 50 feet (15 meters) below sea level in the caves off Tulum. But at the time Eve of Naharon is believed to have
lived there, sea levels were 200 feet (60 meters) lower, and the Yucatán Peninsula was a wide, dry prairie.

The polar ice caps melted dramatically 8,000 to 9,000 years ago, causing sea levels to rise hundreds of feet and submerging the burial
grounds of the skeletons. Stalactites and stalagmites then grew around the remains, preventing them from being washed out to sea.

González has also found remains of elephants, giant sloths, and other ancient fauna in the caves.

Human Migration Theories

If González's finds do stand up to scientific scrutiny, they will raise many interesting new questions about how the Americas were first

Many researchers once believed humans entered the New World from Asia as a single group crossing over the Bering Land Bridge no earlier than 13,500 years ago. But that theory is lately being debunked.

Remains found in Monte Verde, Chile, in 1997, for example, point to the presence of people in the Americas at least 12,500 years ago, long
before migration would have been possible through the ice-covered Arctic reaches of North America.

Confirmation of Eve of Naharon's age could further revolutionize the thinking about the settlement of the Americas.

This September, González will begin excavating the fourth skeleton, known as Chan hol, which he says could be even older than Eve.

The Chan hol remains include more than ten teeth, which will allow researchers to date the specimen and gather information about Chan hol's diet.

"When we learn more about the [Mexican finds] we'll be able to better evaluate them," said Carlos Lorenzo, a researcher at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili in Tarragona, Spain, an expert on the subject who was not involved in the current study.

"But in any case, if it's confirmed that Eva de Naharon is 13,000 years old, it will be a fantastic and extraordinary finding for
understanding the first settlers of America."

González said he and his team hope to publish the full results of their analysis after the excavation of the fourth skeleton.

"We're not yet in the phase of research of determining how they arrived," he said. "But when we have more evidence we may be able to
determine that."

Source: National Geographic






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