Manataka American Indian Council
Issue 13 DECEMBER 2007
- Preserving The Past Today For Tomorrow
LEGENDS OF OLD:
Fed by a Ghost
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
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
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.
Manataka Fall Gathering 2007
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
We are still collecting clothes warm coats and hats gloves and
mittens any and all other items of clothes for children infant to
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.
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:
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....
Love and blessings for those who already have helped through out the
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
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
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
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.
GOVERNMENT COVER UP OF THE MONTH:
MONSANTO TRIES ONCE AGAIN TO FORCE-FEED
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.
This article is brought to you by
ORGANIC BYTES, from
Organic Consumers Assoc.
"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.
heard by You.
Manataka "Spirit Award"
exemplary volunteer service to the organization and community, this
award by unanimous decision of the Elder Council
goes to the
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..."
||Moore Grandkids &
||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
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
Could Your Child be Next?
from Dr. Joseph
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:
Disorder of Written
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.
Common name: Soursop, Graviola, Brazilian Paw Paw,
Corossolier, Guanabana, Guanavana, Toge-Banreisi, Durian benggala, Nangka
blanda, Nangka londa
Part Used: Leaves, Seeds, Fruit
Antibacterial, Anticancerous, Antiparasitic, Antitumorous,
Antispasmodic, Astringent, Cytotoxic, Febrifuge, Hypotensive,
Insecticide, Nervine, Pectoral, Piscicide, Sedative, Stomachic,
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
|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.
READ LOTS MORE...
chemicals are slowly coming to light
Steven L Harlan, M.D.
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
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
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
The concern being that, like the Gulf War
syndrome story, fluoride could be affecting what
crosses the blood brain barrier, and in what
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
- Steven L Harlan, M.D.,
by Crystal Harvey, MAIC Correspondent
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."
RIGHTS... AND WRONGS
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
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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ACTION ALERT: SUPPORT INDIGENOUS
COMMUNITIES ON THE FRONT LINES!
NO COAL FIRED POWER PLANTS! NO MINING OF COAL!
HELP STOP THE DESERT ROCK POWER PLANT!
Click on this link to sign the petition!
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
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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