Wisdom From Puddleglum the Marshwiggle

Posted in Biblical, Creation/Evolution on March 14th, 2014 by dhawkinsmo

“I don’t know rightly what you all mean by a world,” he said, talking like a man who hasn’t enough air. “But you can play that fiddle till your fingers drop off, and still you won’t make me forget Narnia; and the whole Overworld too. We’ll never see it again, I shouldn’t wonder. You may have blotted it out and turned it dark like this, for all I know. Nothing is more likely. But I know I was there once. I’ve seen the sky full of stars. I’ve seen the sun coming up out of the sea of a morning and sinking behind the mountains at night. And I’ve seen him up in the midday sky when I couldn’t look at him for brightness.”

I love this scene of Puddleglum in C.S. Lewis’ “Chronicles of Narnia: Silver Chair.” The Witch of the Underworld has cloaked Puddleglum and his friends in a “green fog” which, together with he “thrumming,” is muddling their thinking.  She is trying to make them think there is no such thing as Narnia. But Puddleglum fights hard and eventually breaks the spell after stepping on the fire, filling the air with the the smell of “burnt Marsh-wiggle, which is not at all an enchanting smell.”  The reason I like this so much is because it’s exactly what is happening to us in our day. We are TRULY under a spell of a different – but all too similar – sort.  And the god of this “underworld” wants us to believe there is no Heaven. No Hell. No God. No Creation. And further, that the “civilized” world is “normal.” Or that Baptist churches are “right.” And that other churches are “wrong.” And other such “lies du jour.”

Well, sorry, I’m with Puddleglum. No church I’ve been to is completely “right.” And none completely wrong.  And civilization is NOT “normal.”  Far from it.  And there IS a God. And a heaven. And a hell.

Thanks, Puddleglum, for the inspiration.

The Effect of Nutrition on Virulence (Harmfulness) in Viruses

Posted in Healthy Food & Agriculture on March 11th, 2014 by dhawkinsmo

“The nutritional status of the host can have a profound influence on a virus, so that a normally avirulent virus becomes virulent because of changes in the viral genome. Our studies suggest that outbreaks of disease attributed to a nutritional deficiency may actually result from infection by a virus that has become pathogenic by replicating in a nutritionally deficient host.” 

American Society for Clinical Nutrition, “Nutritionally induced oxidative stress: effect on viral disease,” Melinda A Beck (2000) LINK HERE

Another interesting article by Melinda Beck HERE (full text).

Folks, this way of thinking is in line with Bechamp and opposed to his rival, Pasteur. It is also in line with the most famous nurse of modern times – Florence Nightengale. And Hippocrates. And, finally, Aldo Leopold, one the greatest ecologists of modern times. If we humans would simply work WITH nature as Aldo Leopold wanted us to do, instead of trying to “beat Nature into submission” (an impossibility), soooo many things would fall into place – food production, health care, economics – all sorts of stuff. As Joel Salatin likes to say “So what we’re trying to do is heal the land. That’s number one is heal the land. Everything else is secondary. Of course, what happens is, when you heal the land, you heal people, and economies, and communities, and all sorts of things.” LINK

Combatting Warped Ideas About “Modesty”

Posted in Biblical, Christianity/America on March 11th, 2014 by dhawkinsmo

Awesome article by Dale Fincher (PCC Grad). Long overdue. From the article … the entire article is 6 different blog posts, all linked from this one (the first one) … enjoy!

It’s summer time again!

Time to lather on some Summer Shame. The Lifeguards of Summer are on duty, keeping us safe. The whistles blows, fingers are pointed, and we are reminded of the “rules.”

Sadly, many of the well-intended Modesty Lifeguards come from the offspring of shame-based cultures which breed spiritual abuse. Many of the recent arguments could have been lifted straight from the rules of my alma mater, Pensacola Christian College. These assumptions can apply to many “social sins.”

I’ll take these post by post, tackling one at a time.

All women are sex goddesses that every man wants. (This post!)
Modesty is the opposite of sexy.
Only Men Lust.
Lust is the only sin that results from immodesty.
Christians must do all they can to keep themselves and others from lust.
If we do not keep others from sin, we are guilty of their sins too.
These assumptions, used in the “modesty” language today, are found in spiritually abusive cultures.

Wolves and Interesting “Permaculture” Scriptures: Working Less to Feed More People

Posted in Healthy Food & Agriculture on March 11th, 2014 by dhawkinsmo

Wolves_RiversSome of the key reasons I joined the Permaculture movement are found in Psalm 127:2, Matthew 11:28-29, John 10:10 and II Chronicles 7:14. Stick with me for a moment and I will explain what I’m talking about. Before I give you the Scripture verses, I want to share with you a nugget of wisdom from an influential Permaculture leader, Masanobu Fukuoka, author of One Straw Revolution

“I do not particularly like the word ‘work.’ Human beings are the only animals who have to work, and I think that is the most ridiculous thing in the world. Other animals make their livings by living, but people work like crazy, thinking that they have to in order to stay alive. The bigger the job, the greater the challenge, the more wonderful they think it is. It would be good to give up that way of thinking and live an easy, comfortable life with plenty of free time. I think that the way animals live in the tropics, stepping outside in the morning and evening to see if there is something to eat, and taking a long nap in the afternoon, must be a wonderful life. For human beings, a life of such simplicity would be possible if one worked to produce directly his daily necessities. In such a life, work is not work as people generally think of it, but simply doing what needs to be done.”

Now for the Scripture verses which have new meaning for me thanks to Permaculture leaders like Mr. Fukuoka …

First, Psalm 127:2 (NIV) – “In vain you rise early and stay up late toiling for food to eat, for He grants sleep to those He loves.” All my life it has struck me how hard we “civilized” folks work. Work, work, work. Very little time to think. Always working. Always tired. Always stressed out. Never much time to Read more »

70 Year Old Woman Looks 30 – “Let Food Be Thy Medicine”

Posted in Healthy Food & Agriculture on March 11th, 2014 by dhawkinsmo

Annette_LarkinsWow. You gotta see the news story about this lady. She is amazing.

Her mother and grandmother both died of breast cancer at 47, and 36 years old, respectively. Her grandmother’s sisters died of cancer at early ages. Diabetes runs in her family.

Annette Larkins is in perfect health and doesn’t take aspirin. In fact, she doesn’t take any medication at all, at least by the conventional modern definition. She is a fanatic of REAL medicine and lives by the quote, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” ― Hippocrates

Mrs. Larkins grows a plethora of fruit, vegetables, and herbs around and inside of her house. She collects rainwater and makes gallons of juice from what she grows. Wheatgrass is one of her specialties. She grows her own and drinks the juice regularly. Yet another anecdotal case of raw food and juicing providing overall health and endless youth. http://themindunleashed.org/2014/03/70-year-old-looks-30-reveals-fountain-youth.html

I’m fascinated with this particularly because I am more of a Weston Price guy – real meat, milk, eggs, etc – when it comes to food. But I cannot ignore the fact that Adam and Eve probably ate more like this woman eats and look how long they lived! (There were other factors with them too, yes, I realize that)

NOTE (3/24/14): Someone suggested that this lady might have used Botox to look so young.  So I emailed her and asked.  She said that she has not used Botox.

Sorry, I’m Not Buying Obama’s Russia / Ukraine Propaganda – Thanks World Net Daily!

Posted in Politics on March 6th, 2014 by dhawkinsmo

Watching the mainstream news, we are led to believe that “Putin is being a bad guy. Obama is the good guy and will impose ‘costs’ on Russia for their action.” Oh but wait. What about that little treaty that was signed in 1997 between Russia and Ukraine? According to World Net Daily …

“Russian troop movements on the Crimean Peninsula are permitted under a 1997 Partition Treaty signed between Russia and Ukraine, as long as there are not more than 25,000 Russian troops. At present, the Russians have about 16,000 troops on the peninsula, which means a further increase of troops would be permitted. The Kremlin contends the move is to protect ethnic Russians who make up a majority of the population on the peninsula and in eastern Ukraine. Moscow asserts that ethnic Russians, especially in the Crimea, are being threatened by ultra-nationalists, as WND recently reported.” http://www.wnd.com/2014/03/oh-russia-didnt-invade-ukraine-after-all/

Whoo boy. Here we go again. Another exercise in “reading between the lines” about what Obama (and his puppet masters?) are REALLY doing, similar to the 911 Event, though not nearly as big, hopefully. Remember also that US Intelligence was “unaware” of the troops movements.  Imagine that!  So let’s think here … Intelligence missed the troop movements.  Obama apparently isn’t aware of the treaty. Hmmm …

Do you buy that?  I don’t.  Something’s up, readers of Orwell.  As usual. Here’s another link corroborating WND’s story. LA Times piece about the treaty HERE.

What, exactly, is “up” Dave?  Well, I don’t know all the intermediate steps exactly, but I DO know the end game.  It’s described in Revelation 13.  It appears to me that powerful people behind the scenes are pulling the puppet strings of the politicians in order to accomplish their will, that is, a New World Order which will enslave us all.  Revelation 13 describes this in some detail.  But thankfully, Revelation also tells us of God’s government which will replace it!  “And He shall reign forever and ever!  Hallelujah! Hallelujah!”

Psychiatry Admits It’s Been Wrong in Big Ways

Posted in General Science, Healthy Food & Agriculture on March 6th, 2014 by dhawkinsmo

“In truth, the ‘chemical imbalance’ notion was always a kind of urban legend – never a theory seriously propounded by well-informed psychiatrists.” –Ronald Pies, editor-in-chief emeritus of the Psychiatric Times (2011) LINK TO ARTICLE HERE.

I’ve always felt that “something is seriously wrong with this picture” when observing various friends and relatives suffering from depression, bipolar disorder, etc and being administered mounds of drugs which had such obvious adverse effects on them. Then one day *I* was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and was administered meds myself. Funny how you get really motivated to understand something when it happens to you! Anyway, against advice from most people close to me, I stopped taking the meds prescribed to me and determined that I was going to pull myself out of “whatever-it-was” without meds. I’m so thankful that I did because frankly, the meds were killing me, making me stupid – it was as if I was walking around in a fog. It was horrible! Turns out that I was later rediagnosed by one of the leading court approved psychiatrists in my city as having experienced “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder” instead of bipolar disorder. Oops. Now, instead of walking around in a fog all day, (“stuck in molasses” as my biz partner described it) my thinking is clear, I feel great, I’m never depressed, I love life, I love my job and the people I work with, and I love my new long term career in Permaculture and I am back to being my normal, high functioning self. What was the stress? Not telling in this post so as to protect those who don’t want the public spotlight. But it’s an interesting story in itself and someday I may be able to tell it so that others can benefit. But for now, suffice to say that maybe you too are suffering from depression, mood swing, what-have-you. Well, I’m here to tell you that, based on my first hand experience, I firmly believe that there is hope for you outside of drugs-for-life. For two other important articles I have written on this topic, please click HERE and HERE or type “depression” into the search box on my blog, just over there on the right of your screen. A wonderful, Godly “elder statesman” counselor once told several of us in a church meeting …. “Sure, I believe in bipolar disorder. Everyone has it. Read Romans 7.” He was serious. Haha. Good one!

Clinically Indistinguishable From Polio Paralysis, But Twice as Deadly

Posted in General Science on February 28th, 2014 by dhawkinsmo

“Furthermore, while India has been polio-free [wild type] for a year, there has been a huge increase in non-polio acute flaccid paralysis (NPAFP). In 2011, there were an extra 47500 new cases of NPAFP. Clinically indistinguishable from polio paralysis but twice as deadly, the incidence of NPAFP was directly proportional to doses of oral polio received. Though this data was collected within the polio surveillance system, it was not investigated. The principle of primum-non-nocere [first, do no harm] was violated.” LINK HERE [emphasis mine]

–Indian Journal of Medical Ethics Vol IX No 2 April-June 2012, “Polio programme: let us declare victory and move on,” Neetu Vashisht1, Jacob Puliyel1, Department of Paediatrics, St Stephens Hospital, Delhi 110054 INDIA Author for correspondence: Jacob Puliyel: e-mail: puliyel@gmail.com

I had never heard about AFP before, had you? Credit Dr. Kelly Brogan for informing me via a Facebook friend. In turn, Dr. Brogan informed me about Dr. Suzanne Humphries, who does an excellent job explaining the polio vaccine smoke and mirror job in her 2011 article ‘Smoke, Mirrors, and the “Disappearance” Of Polio.’ Pictured above is Dr. Humphries’ graph showing that AFP (what would have been called polio in 1955) is continuing to increase. From Dr. Humphries’ article …

When people ask me where all the children on iron lungs are, I would answer that they should ask Dr. Douglas Kerr from Johns Hopkins, who stated on pg. xv in the Forward to Donna Jackson Nakazawa’s book “The Autoimmune Epidemic”…

Infants as young as five months old can get Transverse Myelitis, and some are left permanently paralyzed and dependent upon a ventilator to breathe… my colleagues at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and I hear about or treat hundreds of new cases every year.

Does the public have any idea that there are hundreds of cases of something that would once have been called polio, and some of those children will be dependent on a modern version of the iron lung? No. Parents today think that the Salk vaccine eliminated any need for ventilators, because the pictures of all these children on iron lungs are no longer paraded in front of people in order to create fear. Besides which, today’s “iron lungs” don’t look like a prototype submarine. They are barely recognizable as today’s “ventilators.”

Folks, “polio” – or if you please, the symptoms clinically indistinguishable from polio symptoms – is not being eradicated by vaccinations. That’s a lie repeated by many well intentioned people, including medical people who do not even realize it’s a lie that they have been fed.

How to Beat Mineral Depletion in Grocery Store Produce

Posted in Healthy Food & Agriculture on February 21st, 2014 by dhawkinsmo

Many people today are aware that our topsoils are not only being washed away by tillage, but also that they are depleted of minerals compared to what they used to be 100 years ago. Here’a an article that discusses this problem. LINK HERE. What to do about the problem? Well, this article is promoting ocean based fertilizers – which, I am sure, are great. But how much do they cost? Probably a lot. But hold on. Most people don’t realize that there is a solution available to this problem which can often be obtained for free. Yes, it’s possible to turn dirt, water, sunshine, minerals from deep in the ground, air and just a little bit of fun, healthful labor – nothing more – into the most nutrient dense, mineral rich fruits and vegetables on the planet. Purchase my $1 eBook to find out the solution. Yes, that’s right. Just $1. I absolutely guarantee that you will save many times more than the $1 you spend or your money back. If you implement this system, you will also have vegetables that are much better than grocery store vegetables and better than traditional home garden vegetables, full of the proper minerals to give you and your family the best health possible. My eBook tells you everything you need to know and tells my story as well. I’m not asking you to try something that I have not done successfully myself. Try it. You’ll like it! CLICK HERE to purchase “The Lazy Gardener” eBook for only $1.  Something else you should know – “Organic” doesn’t necessarily solve the mineral problem if by “organic” they simply mean “pesticide free.”  If “organic” produce is fertilized with fertilizers which contain the proper mix of minerals – such as (presumably) the ocean fertilizers referenced above – then great.  But not all “organic” produce is grown this way.

This system is SOOOOO easy too. Jesus said “Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.” For years, I labored and labored trying to get healthy produce from my garden. Then I discovered the natural (God’s) system and my gardening has been sooooo easy ever since! One more Scripture I want to share with you is found in Psalm 127 where it says “In vain you rise early and stay up late toiling for food to eat, for He grants sleep to those He loves.” Enjoy!

Global Warming, Gaia Hypothesis and Permaculture

Posted in Healthy Food & Agriculture on February 17th, 2014 by dhawkinsmo

I hear a lot of my friends say things like “global warming, schlobal warming! … that’s nonsense … look how cold this winter is” and “the global warming myth is just being used to control our lives more” and so on. Well, I have studied this a lot now and I would ask you to consider some points …

(1) Joel Salatin – America’s most influential farmer – recently wrote “History will vindicate Allan Savory as one of the greatest ecologists of all time.” “Folks This Ain’t Normal” (2011), p. 175 … OK, so what does Allan Savory have to say?

(2) Allan Savory wrote the following … “Simplistic and counter intuitive as it may be the fate of civilization today hangs on two slender threads – the correct management of livestock [WHAT??!!] and the rapid development of benign energy to sustain cities and mass transport. Excessive emissions of carbon and other gases from fossil fuels are not the only causes of global climate change, nor are they the greatest cause of climate change, as popularly espoused. … To avert disaster on a scale almost unimaginable a global strategy is required that addresses carbon emissions while effectively dealing with biodiversity loss and biomass burning to reverse desertification that is not caused by atmospheric carbon buildup.”

(3) N. Africa was once lush and fertile. Now it is a desert. What happened? Archaeological evidence indicates that it was improper agriculture – that is, agriculture that degrades soil, such as tillage and improper livestock management. See my article HERE for some science papers on this topic.

(4) Gaia Hypothesis. Lovelock and Margulis. No, this is not just New Age crap. It’s real science. One major part of it basically states that the earth’s Hydrologic Cycle is heavily influenced by terrestrial vegetative cover. In the recent book from MIT Press, “Scientists Debate Gaia” (2008), on page 303, we read “The results here are consistent with the results of other studies which demonstrate that the replacement of higher albedo desert with lower albedo vegetation in North Africa increases the regional rainfall by increasing the intensity of the summer monsoon.” Google it for yourself. In other words, overgraze N. Africa and/or till it to death by planting wheat, corn, soybeans, etc., thereby removing vegetative cover and guess what happens? Less rain. This in turns makes even less vegetative cover and before you know it … you’ve got DESERT, precisely what we have now in N. Africa – the Sahara Desert. I first learned about this mechanism from Joel Salatin in his book “Salad Bar Beef” and later confirmed it by Googling science papers like this one.

(5) Have a look at Google Earth and notice how many areas of the world are now desert or are quickly becoming desert. It’s scary. Allan Savory is right.

(6) If you do more reading along these lines, you find out that droughts and floods (and presumably ice storms and snowstorms) will become more severe and more frequent, the more we strip our land surfaces of vegetative cover.

What to do about this?

(1) Google Allan Savory’s TED Talk and watch it.  Allan Savory is one of the keynote speakers at the largest Permaculture event ever, next month.  Go if you can.  You can hear Allan, Joel and many other Permaculture leaders.

(2) Oppose tillage and support proper grazing management with your food choices as best you can.

(3) Realize that Jesus is coming back and will make a New Heavens and a New Earth (thank God!) but until that happens, the Genesis Stewardship Mandate has not been revoked. Let’s be good stewards!