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Food is a Love Note from God

Food is a love note from God. Its letters are written by the rays of the sun. It says I love you and I shall take care of you and sustain you with the offerings of my earth. If we take time to read the love letter, by chewing carefully and feeling the messages that are stored in food by the sun, earth, wind, water, and even by those who have grown, harvested, and prepared the food, its assimilation takes on a whole new meaning. This is a specific way of receiving God's grace, a holy sacrament to be experienced slowly, carefully, and consciously."

~ Gabriel Cousens

The this in the last sentence, This is a specific way of receiving God's grace, he is speaking about the act of eating. He wrote a whole book about it: Conscious Eating.

I didn't used to get it. As recently as 5 years ago, I would make fun of my wife, Samantha. I would moo like a cow, and exaggeratedly chew like a cow, making goofy munching noises if she wanted to go to a vegetarian restaurant.

One time, her sister May, and their mom were visiting us here in America, and we took them to New York, to check out the spectacle there.

(To me, their mom is like a creature from a different planet. Because I can't communicate with her directly - she speaks the local dialect (spoken nowhere else, but on the tiny island of Taiwan), broken Mandarin, and just a few words of Japanese and English.

It is through the the most rudimentary of language - a combination of all four of the above - that I communicate with her. My bond with her is a bond of love, that runs through both Samantha and May. My love bond to May also runs directly through Samantha.

So strange it is, I often wonder. How these two individuals, Samantha and I, from opposite ends of the Zodiac and the planet, ended up together. )

in New York, Sam found some funky vegetarian place, and took (dragged, in my case) us all there. After looking at the menu, and all the green foods, and salads, and other green stuff - I got up and left. I went down the street to some hole in the wall and had some chicken.

Mmmmm! Chicken!

That basically sums up what I thought about vegetarianism at the time.

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But a transformation has taken hold. By the end of my first cycle here at the Daily Paul, my health was in disrepair. I started smoking again at the RNC in 2008. (Fuck! After 5 years!) Was drinking lots of beer, and not moving around much. Mostly perched here behind the computer.

It was stressful. I gained a lot of weight. I loved fast food. McDonalds.


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But then there came a crisis point.

Crisis points are basically mostly same in all cases: Will things continue on as is, or will there be a radical shift?

The Government is currently at a similar crisis point. (And most people don't realize that)

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My personal radical shift was helped along by Renato D'Amico, of East Boston. Like me, Renato was an interloper. Going along for the cosmic ride, and both he and I were playing our cosmic hands to a T.

He's Agent of Love, and I suppose he recognizes me as the same.

Agents of Love. We are out there. We vibrate on a slightly higher frequency than the rest. You've probably met our kind. If so, you know what I'm talking about. And if so, you know what is worth striving for in this world.


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One day I'm over at Renato's and he's got this video on Netflix, Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. I was just getting ready to do a juice fast, so this was a great coincidence! A synchronicity, as it were.

I had done juice fasts in my early 20's, and found them oddly exhilarating in their own quiet, subtle, and slow way. You become so much more aware of your body.

Watching that movie really motivated me. It was a fantastic motivator! I fasted for 20 days, alternating between enemas and saltwater flushes to clear the accumulating toxins.

There's a word for what your body does when you fast, and the word translates to: self digestion. The sick and the old cells get munched down first. You lose weight. You feel light. You feel empty. You don't get sleepy after lunch. Strangely, you have more energy than before - more than when you were eating.


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Motivated to maintain that feeling after my most recent fast, I got an Omega Juicer, and a Vitamix, and a dehydrator. (The first thing I made with that dehydrator was a batch of beef jerky, with the mix that came with it. It was so salty, and so filled with MSG - I would discover later that night, as I awoke from sleep, sweaty and parched - that it really turned me off to beef jerky.

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Meanwhile, Renato's got a life long friend who was dying of cancer. Searching for a cure, Renato takes him to the Hippocrates Institute in Florida, which is a complete vegetarian, living-foods based program.

"It's all about the food, Mikey. It's all about the food."

That's what Renato says.

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Renato's friend came back from Hippocrates looking like a million bucks. Renato still has that picture of him in the kitchen. His friend looking young, energetic, happy, and alive.

Filled with optimism.

But he couldn't stick with the program. Loved his S.A.D. diet too much. Loved his Standard American Diet (Lifestyle).

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When Mario passed away, that is when I stepped in to Renato's life.

We had known each other before - we went to Minneapolis together in '08. We experienced drama on the grandest stage. It reached a fever pitch with me screaming in his face in the lobby of the delegates' hotel after the coronation of John McCain.

But the only reason I was screaming at him was because I knew he could take it. Nothing about that night was his fault. (Obviously.)

But Renato's a man, and as such, always extolling on the virtues of being a man. We were both alternate delegates, him from District 7, and me from 8 (or was it the other way around?) (Our state got re-districted, and I don't even know what district I'm in anymore.) At any rate we were there together, and we were friendly, but until Mario died, he wasn't really a friend.

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Renato's a Scorpio, and Mario was a Taurus, like me. As far as signs go, we're directly opposite each other on the Zodiac. "Look at that - one Taurus leaves my life, and another walks through the door." That's what Renato says.

You can believe whatever you want. I believe that what people believe becomes their reality.

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Renato really got turned onto the raw food lifestyle, and then found the Ann Wigmore Institute, which he said was even better than Hippocrates. He made it sound great. So I put it on my list of things I definitely want to do someday.

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This summer, someday rang a bell. It said, "go!" For reasons that, in the end, probably won't work out, and will never come to fruition, I was impelled to go to the Ann Wigmore Institute ASAP. Chop Chop. On the double.

Get on the website. Look at the schedule. Ok - there's a course in two weeks. Get on the horn. Do you have space? Yes? Sign me up! Here's the credit card. Book the flight. Got a free flight on United, thanks to points. Get ready. You're leaving for Ann Wigmore's in two weeks.

That was back in mid-August.

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I had no idea what to expect. Renato had told me some, but imagination is always different from reality. One thing he did say was, "Michael, there is so much love there."

And he was right about that. That was where I heard the above quote for the first time.

Food is a Love Note from God

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And that is the message I will bring back to my sister-in law May, who was diagnosed with cancer and given a sentence of 3 to 6 months to live. Samantha's sister. The one we brought to New York. Samantha was so happy to bring her to that funky veg place in Manhattan. And there I was mooing like a cow, making fun of Sam, and disappearing down the street to some hole in the wall to eat greasy chicken.

That May. She was just in Japan with us, on that trip that we took to Japan. She looked perfectly fine and healthy then. But mysteriously, she did get violently sick on our last night there - vomiting up her food. At the time, we thought she ate a bad piece of fish. That incident is viewed differently in light of her diagnosis.

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Samantha was in Taiwan last week with her sister. Dealing with the stress of trying to get her sister a bed at the hospital. Socialized medicine in Taiwan. That makes the $3 doctor visits nice (including prescription medicine), but situations like this -- not so much.

I was here alone. Worried. Heartbroken. Getting drunk and making belligerent posts on the Daily Paul. Acting like Miley Cyrus.

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If only she had known. If May had known what I learned there, she never would have gotten sick in the first place.

People are so ignorant about food, and their bodies.

FOOD IS PRIMARY, people. You are what you eat. HEALTH IS PRIMARY. Without health, you have nothing.

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Just a week earlier, we'd learned that one of Samantha's mentors, and a member of her PhD committee, Dr. Paul Spears, had passed away. He was another Agent of Love.

It has been a gloomy month.

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Add to the gloom the government shutdown, the guy setting himself on fire, the police shooting and killing that woman, and. Yeah, gloomy pretty much sums it up.

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But all through this, God is there. His silent presence remains. And daily you get a love note. Several love notes from God each day. Make sure that you're paying attention!

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BTW, the author of the quote, Gabriel Cousens, has a website called


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I had to become very ill--

in order to make serious changes in my diet.

I believe that God intended food to be *our* medicine--

it could be, but then Monsanto and so many other entities have threatened the safety of food--

Still, a lot of people are fighting back, and there are organic farmers and gardeners rising up in power--

Thank you for sharing your story.

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

God Is The Force of Identity

God is the Force of Identity; the force that created and governs the Universe according to His LAW OF IDENTITY - A is A. God is Supreme. God is a Trinity: Reason, Love and Freedom. Reason, Love and Freedom are supreme. When your reasoning and actions includes all three of these attributes, you will know the blessings of God, the source of all that is and ever will be.

God simply put is "The Creator and all of creation"

God "is" everything.

You are inseparable from "all that is"

Enlightenment is elegantly simple.

Enjoy your beingness in "all that is".


"Take hold of the future or the future will take hold of you." -- Patrick Dixon

Thank you.

Michael, this is a great message, and one I live by.

I've been all over the world, and people I've met respect it everywhere.

I'll leave it at that.


There's a word for what your body does when you fast, and the word translates to: self digestion. The sick and the old cells get munched down first.

Autophagy... Which apparently kicks in within 18-24 hours of a fast. If one is keto-adapted, going 24 hours without food is pretty easy. If you want to maximize your autophagic effect, try going on a water only fast for a week.

You lose weight. You feel light. You feel empty.

That's what happens when you're using fat as fuel...

You don't get sleepy after lunch.

Ah, "the itis." Technically called reactive hypoglycemia, caused by over secreation of insulin in response to a glucose-laden meal.

"From what I can see from the video, Jon looks to be sporting a little abdominal obesity, which would imply a degree of insulin resistance and hyperinsulinemia. People with this disorder tend to over secrete insulin in response to carb intake causing an overshoot and reactive hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), which will indeed result in sluggishness."

Strangely, you have more energy than before - more than when you were eating.


Neither strange nor a paradox. That's exactly how you should feel when you're using fat (dietary or stored) as fuel. Fat supplies more ATP than glucose. If you're able to use fat effectively as fuel (keto-adapted), you will literally have more energy than if you're burning glucose.

Leptin and your health Dr Rosedale

Daily Peace,

...Gold, Love...
and Peaceful Daily?....There are no coincidences, it's been said.

Thank you for sharing this.

"Beyond the blackened skyline, beyond the smoky rain, dreams never turned to ashes up until.........
...Everything CHANGED !!

Well Formulated Ketogenic Diet...

And that is the message I will bring back to my sister-in law May, who was diagnosed with cancer and given a sentence of 3 to 6 months to live. Samantha's sister... Samantha was in Taiwan last week with her sister. Dealing with the stress of trying to get her sister a bed at the hospital. Socialized medicine in Taiwan. That makes the $3 doctor visits nice (including prescription medicine), but situations like this -- not so much.



Why We All Don't Get Cancer -- Sloan-Kettering

From Mooo to cluck, eh?

Nice post.. how weird is this http://www.realfood.com/

Ann and I took a class together at UCLA. Check out her recipes.. Real Food Daily is a major popular vegetarian restaurant in Santa Monica

Here's a great snack recipe for you:

Get some sliced rella/ nut cheese/ soy cheese, cut the slices so you have triangles.. microwave on microwave safe plate, triangles spread about 1/2" from, few at a time.. on high, about 2 minutes, until very crisp. These make great chips.. rellas come in a lot of varieties, so you can do swiss chips, or cheddar or jalepeno jack.. and they are crisp enough to hold guacamole, salsa, hummus, great treat with soups and salads too.

Think that being overweight might indicate a lack of love, receiving, so the food becomes a replacement?

Grager, I took you off 'IGNORE" to see what your persona was up


If anyone took you seriously, like I did. This should be the end, regardless of what Continent they live on.

All I can say to you mercifully, is that I'm very thankful that your government described dislexia seems to have been cured for your post.

I'll wait a few days to see if I should put you back on ignore.

I'm wondering if you EVER have seen a live chicken at this point.

I started watching.

You are all now on ignore.

Gods Grace came to me on Monday this week.

We are pretty good eaters here. I am the cook in the family and I cook the "italian" way, even though I am Irish. I grab the first few things I see in the pantry and fridge and develop a 4 course meal from scratch in about 45 minutes and I don't mean to brag, but we absolutely never go out to eat because the kids would rather eat in. My friends can't believe it, until they sit for dinner and then they begin to understand. Our pantry is always filled with the basics; unrefined grains, brown and raw sugars, bulk spices, and a selection of rice and a few sacks of beans. We get 2 dozen eggs a week from a friend that has a farm and we stock the fridge with standard GMO milk, butter and yogurt. Along with that I make a trip around the grocery (literally) every week, never touching the inner isles except for a few cans of beans, picking up various GMO produce, meat, and dairy to fill out the palate.

I went to go pick up the kids from the babysitters on Monday and she had a 10 lbs box of apples sitting on the table. You couldn't tell if they were green or red apples because the skin was completely covered in mold. I asked her where she had gotten the apples. She said that a friend of hers had a few dozen trees and these were the left overs from the farmers market over the weekend. The best ones were picked out and these were left over. She said she was getting ready to carry them into her back yard and dump them into the woods to see if she could attract some deer for the kids to see. Her yard is adjacent to the largest forest in the state of Ohio and it is crawling with all kinds of critters this time of year looking for an easy meal going into winter.

I coaxed her into giving me half the apples and I told her that I would bring her a suprise tomorrow to feed the kids.

I had 45 minutes before I headed up to the local YMCA to mentor a few dozen kids for an hour and a half so I set the oven timers and started peeling. Threw some butter, brown sugar, oatmeal, and some salt together. Threw it all in a few pans and into the oven and went off to the YMCA with the kids.

We got home the same time my wife got home from work and we warmed up some chicken noddle I had made over the weekend and then we all went to town on the cobbler. It was like heaven.

I dropped the second pan of cobbler off at the babysitter's the next morning and when I picked the kids up that afternoon, Ms. C had a tear of joy in her eye.

She said that when she ate her cobbler today with the kids and remembered how disgusting those apples looked when she gave them to me, that she had a moment of God's grace and she thanked me for that moment.

Well, of course I was moved quite a bit. It was a moment for me as well.

And I now have a free, completely organic, non GMO apple supply for life and you can't beat that, even with a stick.

God Bless.

God Bless.



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Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

Love is food! For the soul!

Love is food! For the soul!

Here is something anyone may

Here is something anyone may find useful in view of an economic collapse.
This is what happened and how I did it.

I felt the same love in food from God found in nature too Mr. Nystrom :). I found a way to heal myself using food from outdoors and adding only oatmeal and bread for volume. Here is my story succinctly put as i can.

I would go out and look at useless plants common to my area. Inspired to go look from people on youtube, but hopless that I would actually find anything to help me, because I had ZERO experience.

I always had this feeling that what I needed was far away and costs a lot. I also did not want to go about it the usual herbal way. I wanted to test the theory that I found out about in the books.I began thinking even If I did find what i needed in the wild, I wouldn't know what to do, Its not clean, it won't be what I need, I don't know how to identify it properly.... I would go to the parks in Texas and just look at plants, fueled by desperation and suppressed by low energy chronic fatigue syndrome and fatigue from the heat (this summer).

I would laugh at myself for being in the heat with no energy looking at grass weeds and trees saying I'm going to kill myself out here and someone will find me laying dead with a leaf in my mouth. Once two cops showed up male and female and explained they were looking for stragglers and homeless. I get the feeling someone saw me but they didn't hassle me because I don't fit the type. (Having a camera helps -I was taking Pictures)

I explained I was into botany and was studying plants. And proceeded to show her the plants I had learned including poison Ivy. She said " well your braver than me I couldn't do that.
I started out looking for the one plant that would cure me. And One by one instead of that- I found that astonishingly most plants are edible, but you need to learn what you are doing, and that synergistically, they work together. It's called intuitive healing.

Basically I had a moment where I was standing under a poplar tree inspired from the day before. I felt the sun hitting my skin as I simply chewed a new leaf. A tingle went up my spine I hadn't felt since I was young, recharged me, and I knew I was onto something big. It brought new meaning to what I heard when they said plants are our memory.

I just closed my eyes and I could feel this calm awareness. I took a deep breath, and it was amazing. Eventually I found out tree leaves are edible too including Mulberry, Pine, and Elm. That's mostly what I saw. I wasn't eating for delicious taste, I was eating to heal.

I'll say you can defintley kill yourself listening to this story the wrong way. So for anyone who is dead broke, here is a way I found around this.

1. Know what is poisonus first ( what will kill you) and study them greatly(there is not many)
2. Find out what you are toxic and allergic to by using the crush test
3. If you do this enough you can find what your body needs including protein. From things that don't look like protein. Remember Elephants and Giraffes Eat plants and have plenty muscle.
4. If you do this you can acclimate yourself to your own method
5. I have found I can identify 5-10 edible plants which I have never seen before in under 25 minutes if I had too. If there is a reaction on the skin I switch arms to continue testing.
6. I created a hit list- When I received a positive response I added it to the daily intake, and disregarded the neutral or negative ones.
I read that you can crush a small piece of leaf and put it on the pocket of your elbow and test too see if a plant is poisonous part by part (leaf, seed,fruit etc)! And check for a skin reaction in that area. But it takes 20 min each time(they say) and then you test in the mouth. I found that for me it only takes 30 SECONDS TO A MINUTE.

I'm thinking they say that in books because you can kill yourself by easily by not being careful. My point is I feel a STRONG signal that lets me know this plant is reacting positively to my chemistry and is something I need. And I have this involuntary "breathing in reacting that takes place" just from rubbing in leaf juice to my elbow.

I didn't think that was possible and was tripping on this, still tripping now. Anyway This reaction is what gave me the ability to find out what plants I needed without having to go back and forth to Google or my book guides when I forgot to bring them out with me.

Basically at times I wouldn't know what I was taking. All I knew is that it was good and I would find out what it was later from properly placed keywords and a Google image search.

This was important when I couldn't find the plants that were in a book.
Part of the reason I did this is to for survival reasons in the event of a collapse. I found I need to store what I found. And I found I can powder leaves easily by drying them in an oven and then use a mortar and pestle or a cheap grinding machine, to create a healing powder mix, and that stores a long time.
After having done this I feel way more secure and closer to God and nature. The sense of power out there is amazing. That's my crazy story, Continue on...



Peter Bane - How I'm Preparing for the Local Future: Permaculture

Thanks! I started watching

Thanks! I started watching this as I was scanning the page for videos and ended up looking looking into David Holmgren that he namedropped. Then I came back and realized you sent it to me. Ah funny....

That IS amazing !

Can you explain how you do the crush test and what indicates a positive result ?

I have been a raw foodist for about 4 or 5 years now, and I know that our bodies can heal virtually anything when provided with the right nutrients and absence from stresses. The idea of living straight from the wild sounds very liberating to me. Thank you for your story !

Freedom is a byproduct of acceptance - judge not.

Oh! I didn't see your

Oh! I didn't see your comment. Your Welcome! Glad to help and interesting name you have.
For me, I already had some relationship with paying attention to how I feel physically in my limbs. Basically closing the eyes and just sensing how my head feels or stomach or any part.

Something such as concentrating on your hand and at first you simply realize its there, then begin to feel the warmth or coolness, then the blood pressure, then sensing the tension that maybe makes you want to ignore it, or to adjust it's position to feel more comfortable.
And then becoming aware if you have an absences of feeling or " Dark areas" that feel weird in your body.

So on to the plants, I was overwhelmed with how many different ways plants can grow with the different species change how a plant may slightly look, not to mention its different stages throughout the year.

I didn't know what I was doing. But I knew I had to turn all of my mental chatter into tangible observable record and decided to be methodical.

So I would go out and see how a plant looks and if it was not one of the poisonous ones I would take a leaf and crush it to see how it smells. This just let my mind and body know what may happen. This view changed sometimes as I tested.

To get STARTED in this I had to choose a leaf I felt was most probably safe and could produce moisture when I crushed and rolled it. I simply gathered enough leaf to feel satisfied about the moisture I could produce then rubbed it in like an ointment, in the bend of the top of my elbow.

I didn't think anything would happen and was only looking for a negative reaction, such as dermatitis or a small rash. And I knew if the plant is not poisonous or toxic- and my body doesn't need it, it will just pass neutrally. I did not expect the positive side, which was an involuntary breathing in that started out I guess as a yawn from the diaphragm but was just a satiated, or satisfied breath. And all from something that touched the outside of my body?!?

The only thing I can compare it to is the feeling you get when it rains, or someone pats you on the back or after a good meal at thanksgiving dinner. You maybe able to test the effect here also, but skip to 1 min 40 sec. Or 3:58. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HerDHfFZM8g

It could have been easily missed by me, and I think it did at first but at one point I had a dejavu moment and decided to ask, did that leaf just do that?

Once I learned It was possible to do that. My mind started racing with all of the things I could test including anything from fast food restaurants. To Everything I usually eat, or that I was eating before I restricted myself completely, from certain foods, including different candies.

This is when I realized snickers specifically, was terrible for me! And I didn't need a lab test or internet research! But now... I could search for the hidden candy treasure that didn't cause me to "meltdown". I mean I already new too much sugar was bad, but there was something about the combination of ingredients some have. I don't know what it is but something is different between certain types of candy.

My positive breath reaction coincided with a loosening of a problem area in my lower back that was holding tension. I didn't even know it needed to be released. To be balanced I had already been taking a few herbs and found at times if I take them again they are a part of the synergistic component.


1. Find a calm place to test where you are undisturbed

2. Take a moment Close your eyes and sense how you feel to begin with.

3. Check your arms for bumps that may already be there that could give a false reading.

4. Create moisture, place on elbow and rub in. (Some leaves have low moisture and are too difficult to just crush. They need added bit of water to sit in and release constituents.)

5. Close your eyes again and attempt to sense any changes ANYWHERE.(i.e muscle pressure, heartbeat/rhythm, tingles, prickles, hot/cold, Energy shifts or moving energy, mind opening up/less fogginess etc.

6. Once you have waited a safe amount of time (books say 20 min)
take another small piece and place it behind the lip and wait same amount of time. (You may confirm your original experience or not...

7. Repeat with each part of the plant you want to consume- fruit, leaf, seed, twig, root, (Ex. Yew tree everything deadly except the berries.)

8. Eat a small piece to see how you react if any and you are on your way...

9. Review your safety method carefully until you know it well. Forgetting an important step on a new plant can obviously kill, so assume it will.

Once you are sure you won't keel over, and you want this particular plant to be a part of your HIT LIST, it is safe to do so. Always pay attention to detail of parts of the plant that tell you who it is.

Notice Texture, shape of leaf, leaf arrangement etc., even if you don't have the words for it. This will help in possible poisonous or toxic look-alikes. Keep practicing visualization and you will get better and better.

At first it is scary so be careful follow the safety considerations and your intuition. This processed helped to tune my intuition.

I have found ants like to consume the same things as humans and bees land on things we eat as well. Sometimes I am drawn to plants which have holes in the leaves. And certain flowers catch my attention.
Hope I answered your question!


Pretty intense

Have you seen the movie Into the Wild ? It was a true story about a young guy who gives up everything to just live on the move. At the end of the movie he goes into the wild to live completely free from all constraints, eating what ever was growing.

The problem was that he identified a poisonous plant poorly and it had the effect of preventing food digestion or absorption, so he ended up starving to death from the poison. I would imagine that this might be a hard reaction to detect at first.

I do believe that we have the ability to sense and know what is and isn't good for us, and it sounds as though you may have cultivated it to the point where it is reliable. I'm just not sure that I'd be ready to bet my life on my own sense just yet. However learning about the edibles that grow in ones area can only be beneficial.

I think that the plants that grow in the wild are probably the most nutritious of all.

Freedom is a byproduct of acceptance - judge not.

Hunter Gatherers...

...he goes into the wild to live completely free from all constraints, eating what ever was growing.

I do believe that we have the ability to sense and know what is and isn't good for us, and it sounds as though you may have cultivated it to the point where it is reliable. I'm just not sure that I'd be ready to bet my life on my own sense just yet. However learning about the edibles that grow in ones area can only be beneficial.

The Hadza aren't confused about living in the wild: http://humanfoodproject.c...

Once they had cleaned out – by hand – the contents of the stomach (“cleaned” is a generous word), they carved pieces of the stomach into bite-sized chunks and consumed it sushi-style. By which I mean they didn’t cook it or attempt to kill or eliminate the microbes from the gut of the Impala in anyway. And if this unprecedented transfer of microbes from the skin, blood, and stomach of another mammal wasn’t enough, they then turned their attention to the colon of the Impala.

I think that the plants that grow in the wild are probably the most nutritious of all.

Organ meats are more nutritious...


ODAP poisoning

The problem was that he identified a poisonous plant poorly and it had the effect of preventing food digestion or absorption, so he ended up starving to death from the poison. I would imagine that this might be a hard reaction to detect at first.

How Chris McCandless Died

ODAP was identified in 1964. It brings about paralysis by over-stimulating nerve receptors, causing them to die... Considering that potentially crippling levels of ODAP are found in wild-potato seeds, and given the symptoms McCandless described and attributed to the wild-potato seeds he ate, there is ample reason to believe that McCandless contracted lathyrism from eating those seeds.

To paraphrase Homer Simpson, "The seeds are profecting themselves somehow!"

The idea of living straight

The idea of living straight from the wild sounds very liberating to me.


Applying hunter-gatherer anthropology to mind, body, and tribe. Our ancestors existed for 1+ million years in small groups with a level of equality and play that modern humans are incapable of reproducing in the context of civilization. This group aims to distill the salient features of that lifestyle and apply them in the situation known as life.


Lamb of God (for us nonvegans)

Cooking Poem: How Shall I Dine

-- By: Jonathan Swift 

Gently blow and stir the fire,
    Lay the mutton down to roast,
Dress it nicely I desire,
    In the dripping put a toast,
That I hunger may remove:
    Mutton is the meat I love.
On the dresser see it lie,
    Oh! the charming white and red!
Finer meat ne’er met my eye,
    On the sweetest grass it fed:
Let the jack go swiftly round,
    Let me have it nicely browned.
On the table spread the cloth,
    Let the knives be sharp and clean:
Pickles get and salad both,
    Let them each be fresh and green:
With small beer, good ale, and wine,
    O ye gods! how I shall dine.

Awesome Mich~ael

Thanks for posting...I can always count on you to enlighten me..


Not Weird At All, Michael

....just overlapping and multi-purpose. As you probably are aware, when we ask to be a messenger ...unconsciously or consciously, serve by delivering messages, working unknowingly with the angels...we become conscious that we just "may" be part of a large volunteer squad.

As I head for the hospital for a bronchosophy where twelve samples for biopsy will be taken on the heels of a chest xray which led to a CT scan which led to a PET scan etc. And, all of this has taken place after having been healthy and not seeing a doctor for over a decade, moving to a bew city and almost giving up on finding a doctor who would take a new (just turned 65) medicare patient.

I am now in a caring environment..family, friends and medical people...however, have critically timely decisions to make in line with your post. Thank you for volunteering...thank you for serving...thank you for delivering a message ....


oh Michael

I love reading your heart posts- ever consider writing a book? Do it
this is a sign :-)

We rec'd a wake up call in '07. We eat our own heirloom organic food and we juice daily. Our home is chemical free, everything from the flooring to the cleaning supplies. It takes a jolt to go this way, but it is amazing after you take the plunge. We don't get sick. Meditate. A new epoch for humanity is manifesting before your eyes!


Awsome post, Michael!

I can't tell you how happy I am to read such words from you.

I relish natural food. I like to eat it as naturally as possible with minimum prep, minimum cutting. I like to peel things myself, not juice too much. I use my teeth as a natural juice machine.

Some more good words for you regarding love.

"God is love." 1 John 4:8

"Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee." Jeremiah 31:3

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16

"But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8

"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you." John 15:13-14

"Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another."
1 John 4:10-11

Love you, Michael

Freedom is the ability to do what you want to do.
Liberty is the ability to do what you ought to do.
"Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." 2 Corinthians 3:17

Grace before Meals

A man decided to skip Mass one Sunday and head to the hills to do some bear hunting. As he rounded the corner on a perilous twist in the trail, he and a bear collided, sending him and his rifle tumbling down the mountainside. Before he knew it, his rifle went one way and he went the other, landing on a rock and breaking both his legs. That was the good news. The bad news was the ferocious bear charging at him from a distance, and he couldn't move. "Oh, Lord," the man prayed, "I'm so sorry for skipping Mass today to come out here and hunt. Please forgive me and grant me just one wish . . . Please make a Christian out of that bear that's coming at me. Please, Lord!" That very instant, the bear skidded to a halt, fell to its knees, clasped its paws together and began to pray aloud right at the man's feet. "Dear God" the bear said, "Bless this food I am about to receive."

Leges sine moribus vanae

Food is a love note from God

Michael, your post speaks the obvious. It speaks true.

Thank you for writing your thoughts, the forerunner of words expressed, words put to the outside; thank you for typing your mental words, your words from the inside, your thoughts. This post is the best post I've read in a while. Simple and profound. Thank you.

School's fine. Just don't let it get in the way of thinking. -Me

Study nature, not books. -Walton Forest Dutton, MD, in his 1916 book whose subject is origin (therefore what all healing methods involve and count on), simple and powerful.