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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

As I listened to several different news reports last night that they are now considering selling genetically-engineered salmon, it finally dawned on me. I knew it somewhere in my psyche and taste buds, but the light never really came on.

For many summers now, addicted to watermelon, I wondered where the pits were. And why watermelons are getting more and more tasteless. I'd already ignored the tasteless tomatoes for years and accepted them. (and envied people with their own gardens who still grew veggies that tasted like they should)

Last weekend, I bought oodles of strawberries. I've been eating them non-stop, but last night, took a good look at their insides - just a shadow of their former selves. They taste like poodie. Those who've sold us the "these taste as good as the non-genetically engineered versions." NO THEY DON'T.

I hate all of these cloned fruit and veggies. And I love salmon. They said in these reports that, if you still want the "real" salmon, make sure to buy the ones labelled "wild salmon." And then someone asked the host, "what if the label is a lie?"

I'm tired of the lies we eat. They do not taste good.

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ERIN1957 9/22/2010 9:38AM

    ...thank you for bringing this here. We need to shop wisely and spend our money on health. We do have the power to change things with what speaks louder than a voice and that is our money. One by one we can change the world.Be informed, question and be healthy!

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LEONALIONESS 9/21/2010 8:48AM

    That's one reason I shop exclusively at Whole Foods Market - it's worth it to me to pay more for SAFE food. Also, I work there and I'm 1000% behind our food - I know how hard our buyers work and I trust in our stringent quality standards.

Do we sell some GMOs? Yes, we do. Mostly due to the fact that the vast majority of corn, canola, soy and cotton are GMO. However, as someone said above, organics disallow GMOs. Also, our private label (store brands) are always sourced from non-GMO seeds/products, even the non-organic stuff. Plus, that line is NOT expensive. Whenever they compare us to other stores in the area we are not the most expensive.

I haven't heard of GMO watermelon or berries being largely developed. that absolutely doesn't mean they aren't! I don't know it all - not by a LONG shot. I'm constantly surprised by what they do to food. :/ You could be tasting the results of breeding for quantity rather than quality. Rather like how Red Delicious apples are so bland now. They were bred to be so prolific that taste/texture was lost.

Our melons (conventional and organic) at work have been fantastic this year, ditto our berries. Luckily, melon is something local growers do here in MN and most of our melons have been coming from local farms. I've found that Driscoll's brand berries are the best tasting. We sell others but I only buy the Driscoll's - Naturpick and others disappoint.

Buy local, buy organic, avoid the GMO issue.
Also, the farm raised fish at WFM is NOT GMO.
We has incredibly strict quality standards on our seafood and GMO would be disallowed, for sure.


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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 9/21/2010 8:18AM

    I agree so much with what you posted.

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VALERIEMAHA 9/21/2010 7:59AM

    Don't panic; But organic! Part of the criteria for "organic" disallows anything GMO.

Oh, and in solidarity:


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JERSEYGIRL1950 9/21/2010 7:36AM

    Poodie???? emoticon emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/21/2010 6:47AM

    Thanks for posting this. I didn't realize that was why so many foods were becoming so tasteless.

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JLITT62 9/21/2010 5:18AM

    Yeah, I read that article too, and all I could think of was Jurassic Park. "Nature will find a way".

How stupid can people be?

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AYAMMAYA 9/21/2010 4:06AM

    Wow! I never thought of that Jesse! Although I really love strawberry season at the Carlsbad Strawberry Fields just north of the Flower Fields and Outlet Center. They are soooo juicy! The growers ship them green to Hawaii so when I was growing up, I NEVER understood why folks enjoy these bitter fruits. The outsides would ripen beautifully, but inside...blech!!! Now I LOVE strawberries, BUT cannot stand the sour pineapples that are shipped green, arrive here looking ripe and tast HORRENDOUS!!! EWWwwww ~ Another reason to eat local fruits and local veggies.
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CHERIRIDDELL 9/21/2010 1:35AM

    You are so right ,I have wild salmon for dinner tomorrow and I can guarantee it it was caught in BC and brought to me !!!!

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LOSE4LIFE10 9/21/2010 1:28AM

  I agree and High fructose corn syrup in everything also. Why can't we go back to basics!

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Great Reminder & Motivator - Visiting Urgent Care

Monday, September 20, 2010

This morning, I helped a friend by taking him to Urgent Care. Of course, this took up most of the day and I had the chance to sit in different department's waiting rooms to witness a variety of maladies. It was a great refresher course in why maintaining a healthy lifestyle is SOOOO important. When my friend thanked me for my help, I felt like thanking him for the opportunity to remind myself that staying the course - no matter the bumps in the road - is certainly worth the ride.

Wishing all a happy Monday.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/20/2010 10:42PM

    No kidding!! I used to work as a nurse on a "tele floor". It's for people with heart problems. At least 95 percent of the patients there were there because they had eaten too much and exercised too little during the course of their lives. I always wished I could make my kids work there, if only for a few days. What an eye opener.

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PEDIPOD 9/20/2010 9:12PM

    It's a shame that we have to experience pain to be grateful for being well -- good lesson for us all.

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ALEXSGIRL1 9/20/2010 8:13PM

    i so love people who say you dont need to go to the gym boy are they wrong. you are a true friend emoticon

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AYAMMAYA 9/20/2010 4:31PM

    What an awesome friend you are!!!
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LIBBYFITZ 9/20/2010 12:07PM

    emoticonIt is a bit of an eye opener! I have been having treatment for a sore foot and on Thursday I went into the bigger room where there were people with much worse issues than me!
Made me realize how fortunate I was that it was just a foot and not my whole leg!

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REBECCAMA 9/20/2010 10:18AM

  Very true!

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RAINBOWFALLS 9/20/2010 9:01AM

    Great point and good way to look at it! thanks for sharing.

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KEBH8694 9/20/2010 8:32AM

    very true

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KAT7457 9/20/2010 2:34AM

    its amazing what you all see in the ER clinics etc.

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CHERIRIDDELL 9/20/2010 1:13AM

    It is worthwhile to see the results of not taking care every once in a while just to shake us up isn't it?

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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Not for a New York minute. God bless the family and friends of lost loved ones. In a way, we all lost loved ones on that mournful day. Always in my prayers - I will NEVER forget.

God Bless America.

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KAT7457 9/20/2010 2:34AM

    ANEM to that

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CHERIRIDDELL 9/13/2010 1:43AM

    It is important to remember .Freedom isn't free.

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ALEXSGIRL1 9/11/2010 1:54PM

    i will never forget either.

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What about PH Strips?

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

I've been reading a lot about testing our body's alkalinity, and using PH strips. Anyone have experience using these and tips?

Overall, I guess I should send out a huge SOS.... I've lost a very dear person in July - the 8th in the last 2.5 years - and am rebelling in ways I know better not to do. Despite all the education, experience, platitude awareness, etc., my heart is just so broken that I am in a huge fog. Just don't care.

Wishing all a great day.

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LIBBYFITZ 9/1/2010 5:13PM

    Came across this blog through reading someone elses. Please look after you're self. Do you have a close friend you can be with. I am sorry for all you're loss and the sadness that comes with it. Are you're cats giving you lots of cuddles. I know I love to be with mine when I am sad. emoticon

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CHUNKSTER63 8/29/2010 6:14PM

    I am so sorry to hear of all the loss and strife that you are going through, your in my thoughts and prayers & that you will find peace & Joy once again. I know that it seems hard to imagine or feel that now but in time you will once again find them. God Bless you and know I am thinking of you and hold you close to my heart in these trouble times in your life.

Love always,

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FLAMINGOLESLIE 8/28/2010 11:21PM

    Please just hand it all over to the Lord. He will only give you back what you can handle WITH his help! God Bless You! emoticon

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TBRUGH78 8/28/2010 7:36PM

    I am so sorry you are going through such a hard time right now. I know it seems like things won't get any better, but it will! Don't give up. I firmly believe God never gives us more than we can handle! Hang in there!
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MICHELLELEE150 8/28/2010 7:34PM


you may have gotten all the info you needed on the test strips. I only have a little experience with it, basically got mine cheaply online and used them according to directions. I've heard it said that they can be helpful if you're following a more alkaline diet, which supposedly helps reduce inflammation. I hope that's helpful.

I also want to add that I'm sorry to hear you've had so much loss in such a short time. I hope you'll be very good to yourself as you grieve, and not beat yourself up. And I pray you find good people nearby who will love you through this, and be willing to listen. If you need it, my ear is here.

Take care,


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MARTY19 8/28/2010 3:22PM

    Oh honey, I am so sorry. I cannot imagine what you are going through right now, but my heart and prayers are with you.

Sometimes you just have to "Let go and Let God" Let Him handle this burden of grief for you. His shoulders are wider than yours.


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PMFISH 8/28/2010 1:22PM

    Have done the PH strips. Best way to keep body from being too acidic is a half lemon 3 x a day. I make lemonade and use stevia for sweetener - very enjoyable. Use fresh lemons. My homeopathic doctor told me about this and said do not drink orange or grapefruit juice. This confused me, because lemons are acidic. He told me lemons are the only ones that turn the alkaline juices on. Hope this helps.

Time drags when you are mourning or hurting, but in time it does get better. Pull up your boot straps and trudge forward! You can do it.


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CJKOMODO 8/28/2010 12:57PM

    I am so sorry for your losses. You are in my prayers. emoticon

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GRAYGRANNY 8/28/2010 11:33AM

    I am so sorry for all the losses that you have had recently and being in a fog would be more than normal. Give yourself time to heal (and you will) and take care of yourself in the meantime........WE CARE ABOUT YOU!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LINDA! 8/28/2010 11:00AM

    I suffer from major depression. It sounds to me like you are suffering from this. It is understandable, with all that you are going through. Just know that there is always help. Also, know that we will support you in any way that we can. Please take care of yourself. emoticon

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JOYATLAST 8/28/2010 10:23AM

    Keep reaching out! Broken hearts can be healed.

Love and Hugs,

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    Yes I know about pH strips.

*Veggies and fruit make your body basic/alkaline over time, raising pH (higher numbers).
*Carbonated beverages, meat, carbs, and sugar lowers pH to acidic (lower numbers).
*Diseases flourish in acidic lower numbers (cancer, fungus, many others).
*If your body is too acidic and you want immediate action (i.e. like for my sister's cancer) then you can use unfiltered raw unrefined apple cider vinegar, and/or fresh lemon juice, and/or baking soda, in water. These result in ash, and the ash is basic.
*But those are shortcut bandaids that do not give the nutrients and phytochemicals that raw fruit & veggies do, that the body requires to get well, detox, and stay well. So fresh toxin-free (organic) produce is the lifestyle change approach; the vinegar lemon juice & baking soda are shortcut "diet" type mentality that don't cut the mustard but may be used in critical situations to turn things around initially, while you are changing over to sufficient fresh produce taken on a daily basis.

pH test strips can be used for saliva OR urine. They each have different ranges.

pH test strips come with a color chart, you immerse for one second and then match the colors, while it's still moist, from your strip to the one on the pkg to determine your pH number, if you have the TriMedica roll I use.

The pH range overall is 0 - 14; 7 is neutral, less than 7 is acidic, greater than 7 is alkaline.

The pH of urine varies greatly depending upon what you ate, and morning is different from evening, and is overall less accurate, per the docs I've listened to. But the test strip mfrs prefer urine. Urine is ideally or normally approx. 5.0 acidic in the morning, to 7.5 alkaline at night. So urine's range is 5.0 - 7.5.

The pH of saliva is preferred by Dr.s Mark Starr and John Apsley, which is good enough for me. Because they really know what they're talking about, but I'm a clueless novice. The test strip mfr says the ideal pH range of saliva is 6.4 - 7.2. However Dr Starr talks about going higher that 7.2, with Dr's oversight, for patients like my sister and others who have other conditions that are known and ongoing. For myself trying to dodge Type 2, trying to dodge cancer, and having known thyroid issues, I am very comfortable with higher than 7.2 for myself. However if you control it naturally by eating fresh produce, the produce will regulate it for you exactly how high or low as your body needs.

You can purchase pH strips from health food stores, from,, and many other places online. I did not find them in any pharmacy nor box store. Swanson & Vitacost are the two I'm familiar with.

And finally the whole point of pH is not how acidic or alkaline you are. The numbers are just indicators, like reading the numbers on a thermometer, or stepping on the scale and reading the number. The whole point of pH is the internal voltage in your bodily cells. Read Dr. Tennant's book on bodily voltage, and using pH like a thermometer. Cancer, fungus, etc are only able to survive and work in cells with low voltage.

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NANCY- 8/27/2010 10:35AM

    I do not know about the PH stuff...

But did want you to know that you are cared for. I look forward to your presence here on SP. Hope you heart fills with the fond memories and helps clear that fog. It take time to heal. Be kind to yourself.
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ALEXSGIRL1 8/25/2010 9:13PM

    you may not care now but we care about you the fog will lift things will get better dont forget to stop by i will miss you much. emoticon

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JLITT62 8/25/2010 2:58PM

    What would that dear one say to you if they could see you not caring about yourself? Listen to them. I know they would tell you to take care of yourself because you are worth it, and that sabotaging yourself won't bring them back.

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PEDIPOD 8/25/2010 2:26PM

    Boy, I know that fog feeling very well. It is so important to appreciate that excess food won't clear that fog--NO HOW! We keep trying and wish it would work, but it never can.
I hope you manage to use good health as a way of coping. My best wishes to you!

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CHERIRIDDELL 8/25/2010 1:48PM

    I care hope you soon feel like coming out of the fog!I can remember feeling that way though treat yourself gently and remember you have people who care about you!!!hugs,Cheri

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LUCYSTARR2006 8/25/2010 11:21AM

    I lost my son in June so I hear you about not caring and being in a fog. It can be so hard getting up each and everyday. Hang in there and here is a big {{hug}}

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Still Struggling with Demon Caffeine

Monday, August 16, 2010

A brief history...I only started drinking coffee as an adult. In recent years, even a half of a small mug daily makes me feel yucky. So, about four months ago, I did a great detox for 95 days until I realized that the green tea I'd been drinking for the past month (and thought had no caffeine) had caffeine.

Even though it was a small amount and probably not bad compared to the benefits of the antioxidants, my psyche took this to mean failure. End of detox. Coffee cravings set in. Not that I enjoy the taste. I don't.

I went a bought a new little (4 cup) Mr. Coffee, hazel nut coffee, etc. I've been drinking a small mug of it for about five days now and feel totally awful. Troubled sleep, mega-jittery, and my body feels like I have mud flowing through it.

Isn't it said in lab experiments that human beings are the only ones who will continue to do a behavior despite negative consequences?

Have to tell ya, when I'm completely off caffeine, I have absolutely no energy. None. Zip. Yet, even with a small amount, I feel yucky.

So, where do I win in this battle? I don't know. I'd like to stop completely before I have too many days back into this behavior because my detox side effects are brutal and go on a long time. If I can cut that short, I'd like to do that.

Wonder why I have such a strong tie to coffee without even liking it? I've tried substituting herbal teas also. It must have a strong psychological reinforcement going on.

Wishing all a wonderful day.

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SUEJENN 8/22/2010 11:06PM

    When I drink coffee I feel very tired. My husband bought decaf one time and I didn't know. I was going through withdrawel and didn't know it. I thought I had the worse flu ever. For some reason I can have no coffee for a few days and I don't have any symptoms. I also cannot seem to use teas as an alternate to coffee. They just don't seem to have the body that coffee has. Oh well, I will find out soon enough. I start with no coffee on Sept.1.

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LIFES*2*SHORT 8/20/2010 10:01AM

  Wow... I've never heard of anyone having such a strong connection to something that they don't like. I have stopped all caffeine intake. I feel MUCH better. I think I don't get bogged down because I take a good multi-vitamin and also take a B50 vitamin. Seems to keep me going. Hopefully you'll find what works for you! emoticon

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    Very interesting. So sorry it makes you feel that way.

I'm glad it's not a demon to me.

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THEADMIRAL 8/17/2010 5:12PM

    Hi Jesse, oh dear, that nasty demon is pestering you AGAIN. Sigh. You haven't FAILED until you GIVE UP. Set a date and a time, and begin again. And just because I can't help asking, have you discussed your lack of energy with your doctor? I agree with you, it just doesn't make sense, but Something is going on. emoticon Vikki

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NANCY- 8/17/2010 5:22AM

    Negative consequences do not always work. Human aren't the only ones with this problem.
I understand your pain... I didn't like smoking anymore but keep smoking (heavily I might add) I replace smoking with strong cinnamon mints. got a while to help me change.
Finding a suitable replacement does help when dealing with addition and habit.
I have found a replacement for when I want soda.... I have sassafras tea. That keep me very happy.
Don't give up... keep looking you will find what works for you.

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CHERIRIDDELL 8/16/2010 12:24PM

    I have never been a coffee drinker so it is not something I struggle with but getting rid of Diet Coke is an equally tough battle!

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COURAGEG 8/16/2010 12:05PM

    Oh, how I feel your pain!

I too struggle daily with this deamon. I too have tried to substitute other beverages -- but nothing delivers the jolt I seem to require like coffee. I have been told that decaf coffee or green tea is a step-down solution and that if I just give it a try, eventually I won't be craving the boost coffee gives me, but I have never found that. Others have suggested other supplements to increase energy, but, like you, I find I want the evil java regardless of the physical consequences.

Whatever are we to do? If you ever figure it out -- let me know. I am in the throes of a fit right now. The mug is in front of me and beckoning me. Just one cup a day is better than three?

It's nice to know that others are lured in as well.

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