Sunday, January 31, 2010

One Dream-Sarah's song for the Vancouver Olympics

Awww....Love You, Sarah.


Another PETA Victory!!


From an email I received....


In 1919 when the 'flu killed 40 million people there was this Doctor that visited the many farmers to see if he could help them combat the flu.
Many of the farmers and their family had contracted it and many died.
The doctor came upon one farmer and, to his surprise, everyone was very healthy.
When the doctor asked what the farmer was doing that was different, the wife replied that she had placed an unpeeled onion in a dish in the rooms of the home, (probably only two rooms back then).
The doctor couldn't believe it and asked if he could have one of the onions.
She gave him one which he placed under the microscope he found the 'flu virus in the onion.
It had obviously absorbed the bacteria, therefby keeping the family healthy.

Now, I heard this story from my hairdresser in AZ. She said that several years ago many of her employees were coming down with the flu and so were many of her customers.
The next year she placed several bowls with onions around in her shop and, to her surprise, none of her staff got sick.
It must work... and no, she is not in the onion business.

The moral of the story is, buy some onions and place them in bowls around your home.
If you work at a desk, place one or two in your office or under your desk or even on top somewhere. Try it and see what happens. We did it last year and we never got the flu.
If this helps you and your loved ones from getting sick, all the better. If you do get the flu, it just might be a mild case..
What have you to lose? Just a few bucks on onions!!!!

Now there is a P.S. to this...
I sent it to a friend in Oregon who regularly contributes material to me on health issues and she replied with this most interesting experience about onions:

Weldon, thanks for the reminder. I don't know about the farmers story, but I do know that I contacted pneumonia and needless to say I was very ill. I came across an article that said to cut both ends off an onion, put one end on a fork and then place the forked end into an empty jar...placing the jar next to the sick patient at night. It said the onion would be black in the morning from the germs.
Sure enough it happened just like that.... the onion was a mess and I began to feel better.

Another thing I read in the article was that onions and garlic placed around the room saved many from the black plague years ago. They have powerful antibacterial and antiseptic properties.

This is the other note.


I have used an onion which has been left in the fridge, and sometimes I don't use a whole one at one time, so save the other half for later.

Now with this info, I have changed my mind.will buy smaller onions in the future.

I had the wonderful privilege of touring Mullins Food Products, makers of mayonnaise. Mullins is huge, and is owned by 11 brothers and sisters in the Mullins family.
My friend, Jeanne, is the CEO.

Questions about food poisoning came up, and I wanted to share what I learned from a chemist.

The guy who gave us our tour is named Ed - he's one of the brothers.
Ed is a chemistry expert and is involved in developing most of the sauce formula.
He's even developed sauce formula for McDonald's.
Keep in mind that Ed is a food chemistry whiz.

During the tour, someone asked if we really needed to worry about mayonnaise.
People are always worried that mayonnaise will spoil.
Ed's answer will surprise you.
He said that all commercially-made Mayo is completely safe.
"It doesn't even have to be refrigerated. No harm in refrigerating it, but it's not really necessary." He explained that the pH in mayonnaise is set at a point that bacteria could not survive in that environment.
He then talked about the quaint essential picnic, with the bowl of potato salad sitting on the table and how everyone blames the mayonnaise when someone gets sick.

Ed says that when food poisoning is reported, the first thing the officials look for is when the 'victim' last ate ONIONS and where those onions came from (in the potato salad?).
Ed says it's not the mayonnaise (as long as it's not homemade Mayo) that spoils in the outdoors.
It's probably the onions, and if not the onions, it's the POTATOES.

He explained, onions are a huge magnet for bacteria, especially uncooked onions.
You should never plan to keep a portion of a sliced onion.. it's not even safe if you put it in a zip-lock bag and put it in your refrigerator..
It's already contaminated enough just by being cut open and out for a bit, that it can be a danger to you. (and doubly watch out for those onions you put in your hotdogs at the baseball park!)

Ed says if you take the leftover onion and cook it like crazy you'll probably be okay, but if you slice that leftover onion and put on your sandwich, you're asking for trouble. Both the onions and the moist potato in a potato salad will attract and grow bacteria faster than any commercial mayonnaise will even begin to break down..

So, how's that for news? Take it for what you will.
I (the author) am going to be very careful about my onions from now on.
For some reason, I see a lot of credibility coming from a chemist and a company that produces millions of pounds of mayonnaise every year.

Also, dogs should
never eat onions. Their stomachs cannot metabolize onions.

Please remember it is dangerous to cut onion and use or cook the next day.
It becomes highly poisonous for even a single night and creates toxic bacteria which may cause adverse stomach infections because of excess bile secretions and even food poisoning.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Vegetarian Aphrodisiacs! Vegetarians Make Better Lovers

  • Asparagus: Asparagus is high in vitamin E, which increases blood and oxygen flow to the genitals, and potassium, which is important for healthy sex hormone production, making this veggie a well-known aphrodisiac. Its suggestive phallic shape makes it as enticing to the eye as it is to the mouth. To get the best effect, eat this delicious and healthy vegetable at least three days in a row.
  • Bananas: A fruit with a sexy shape, bananas are said to contain chemicals that can lift your mood and make you more confident. Bananas are also famously high in potassium, a nutrient that aids in sex hormone production and boosts energy.
  • Berries: The perfect foods to feed your lover, strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries are high in vitamin C, which is important for making sex hormones and neurotransmitters.
  • Carrots: Carrots are bursting with vitamin A, a nutrient needed for producing sex hormones. For guys, vitamin A is vital for sperm production.
  • Chili Peppers: These sizzling veggies will spice up your meal and your evening! Adding chili peppers to your dishes gets your heart pumping and produces neurochemicals known as endorphins, which make you happier.
  • Chocolate: Nothing shows your love—or your compassion—better than a box of vegan chocolates for your sweetheart. Chocolate contains the chemical phenylethylamine, which is believed to stimulate romantic feelings by making you happy and excited. Its natural caffeine provides an added boost by giving you more energy.
  • Ginger: Seasoning your meals with ginger will enhance blood flow to all parts of your body as long as your arteries aren’t clogged up from eating the cholesterol and saturated fat in meat, eggs, and dairy products.
  • Licorice: A fun food to hand-feed your lover, researchers have found that the smell of licorice mixed with cucumber is the most sexually stimulating scent for women. Licorice is widely believed to produce feelings of love and lust—particularly in women.
  • Nuts: Men should eat cashews, pecans, almonds, walnuts, and other nuts to take in a healthy amount of zinc, which keeps men potent and prevents prostate problems. Nuts are also high in protein, which gives you the energy to keep you going throughout the day—and night.
  • Pumpkin: Neurological research has shown that the scent of pumpkin pie is a sexual stimulant for both men and women, increasing male penile blood flow by 40 percent. Pumpkin seeds are one of the best vegan sources of zinc, which for men is crucial for potency and in preventing prostate problems.
  • Soy: Soy isn't just protein-packed and amazingly versatile—it’s also great for the sex lives of both guys and gals. For women, soy's natural nutrients have been linked to less PMS and better lubrication (meow!). The benefits for guys are even better—soy has been found to lower men's chances for developing cancer of the prostate (a vital gland for keeping everything pumping in the bedroom). Researchers at Kansas State University found that soy protein was just as good as beef for guys trying to gain muscle mass. But quite unlike cow flesh, tofu and veggie burgers have zero cholesterol and almost no saturated fat, substances that lead to heart disease, impotence, and other not-so-sexy stuff, like bad breath and body odor.
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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Grounded.... or not!

My kids know the routine. When they get home from school they need to empty their lunch bags, put the ice pack in the fridge and do their homework. This is just the way it goes. On Monday morning as we were leaving for the school bus, Carter opened his school bag and pulled out the homework he didn't do and asked me to do it quickly for him!! Grade two, and he tried to get me to do his homework. I told him he was grounded (for the first time ever) when he got home. No playing hockey outside, no Wii, no DS, no friends over.... grounded. After he left for school I noticed amidst the chaos he had forgot to pack his shoes and would need them for gym, so of course they needed to be delivered to the school. Yep. He was grounded! As soon as he got home, he got right to work on his homework and then handed me this note.

How adorable is he....
He's so not in trouble in now.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Joan Jett Early 80's (funny rockstar video but really, she's still so cool!)

A Way To Remember All The Zodiac Signs

All The Great Constellations Live Very Long Since Stars Can't Alter Physics.

(Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces)

Thursday, January 14, 2010

When we connect....

“When we connect to what’s alive
in another person, the feeling is mutual.
And we both get a lift.”— Oprah Winfrey

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

“Often we don't listen to who we're meant to be because we're so
busy trying to live out someone else's ideas. But other people and
their opinions hold no power in defining our destiny.”— Oprah

“Real beauty isn't about symmetry or weight or makeup;
it's about looking life right in the face and seeing all its
magnificence reflected in your own.”— Valerie Monroe

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Makes My Soul Smile

Not everyone gets it when I say there are some people in this world who make my soul smile. It's a feeling I can't create myself but it can be re-experienced when I think of certain people who have made my world a brighter, more positive place. Sometimes it happens when I hear a heroic story, sometimes it's because of someone's actions when they handle certain situations in a good way. I've experienced it when I've spent time with children, old people, my husband and certain friends who have said the right thing at the right time. There is always a connection to my heart and then my soul smiles as a reaction to the warmth thats created. There are many things in this world that will make my heart melt but to make my soul smile is much bigger and doesn't happen as often. It's like going one step further, if that makes sense. It really isn't something that can be explained but when I read this quote I think it's one that describes what I sometimes mean when I say someone "makes my soul smile"....
"For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul." ~Judy Garland

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Life-long Vegetarian and proud to be Canadian. Really, I'm a little bit of everything, all rolled into one. I'm a bitch, I'm a lover, I'm a child, I'm a mother, I'm a sinner, I'm a saint (I do not feel ashamed) I'm your hell, I'm your dream (I'm nothing in between) You know, I wouldn't want it any other way..... (I'd like to think that song was written about me! lol)