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Issue 424 In This Issue April 4th, 2015

Editors Corner

As you most likely know, California is severely lacking in rainfall, and water in general, so it stands to reason that their snowpack is also lacking, but just how much? Apparently it is about 6 percent of normal. Click here

Humans need water, and it really helps if it's fresh and clean. Fracking can mess with the local water supply, and because of this and other reasons, it does not seem like an ideal way to extract resources from the ground, especially if the people doing it aren't following the rules. Click here

Some places are turning to rain water to help solve their water woes, or at least make a more unique product. Click here

That's it from me. Enjoy your Easter, and I'll see you next week.

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Are You Using Knowledge, Or Is Knowledge Using You?
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I began my apprenticeship into my family’s tradition in San Diego, California, when I was fourteen years old. My seventy-nine-year-old grandmother, Madre Sarita, was my teacher and the spiritual head of our family. She was a curandera, a faith healer who helped people in her small temple in Barrio Logan, a neighborhood in San Diego, with the power of her faith in God and love. Since my father was a medical doctor, the juxtaposition of the two forms of healing allowed me to see our tradition through different points of view.

Though she spoke no English, my grandmother gave sermons and lectures across the country. My apprenticeship began with translating my grandmother’s lectures from Spanish to English. For many years, I awkwardly stumbled over her words, and my grandmother would just look at me and laugh.

One day, she asked me if I knew why I stumbled. I had all sorts of answers: you are speaking too quickly, you don’t give me a chance to catch up, some words don’t have a direct translation. . . . She just looked at me silently for a few moments and then asked, “Are you using knowledge, or is knowledge using you?”

I looked at her blankly. She continued, “When you translate, you try to express my words through what you already know, what you think is true. You do not hear me; you hear yourself. Imagine doing the same thing every single moment in life. If you are looking through life and translating it as it goes along, you will miss out on living it. But if you learn to listen to life, you will always be able to express the words as they come. Your knowledge has to become a tool that you will use to guide you through life but that can also be put aside. Do not let knowledge translate everything you experience.”

I nodded in response, but it didn’t dawn on me until many years later what my grandmother was truly talking about. Throughout life, we constantly narrate, or commentate on, everything we do, say, see, touch, smell, taste, and hear. As natural storytellers, we continuously keep the plot moving forward, sometimes missing millions of subplots that are developing on their own. It is like taking a sip of wine and saying, “It’s a bit dry; it has definitely aged well, but I can taste the bark. I’ve had better.” Instead of simply experiencing the joy and flavors of the wine, we are analyzing the flavor, trying to break it down and fit it into a context and language we already know. In doing this, we miss out on much of the actual experience. This is a simple example of how we narrate life—explaining it, but, more importantly, justifying and judging it. Instead of taking an experience for what it is, we create a story to make it fit our beliefs. During Madre Sarita’s talks, I had to completely shut down my thoughts, because if my mind’s commentary got in the way, I would miss out on her message. With this simple process, my grandmother showed me that if we only see the world through the filters of our preconceptions, we are going to miss out on actually living. After much practice, I eventually learned to close my eyes, shut out the world that existed outside my head, and translate every single word she said accurately.

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Garden Watch

It’s April: What to do in the Garden
Welcome to Spring! And April… a month full of gardening to-dos. It’s a great month for planting just about everything, including trees (Arbor Day is Friday, April 24th this year) and woody shrubs, perennials, grasses, ground covers and vines and vegetables and fruits.

Outdoor Planting
In zone 5 where I garden (find your planting zone here), April gardening to-dos include starting our vegetable garden outside. Now’s the time to plant lettuce, peas, onions, radishes, spinach, kohlrabi, carrot seeds and cauliflower, broccoli and other cool season vegetable seedlings. It’s also a good time to plant perennials including asparagus (use two year roots), rhubarb and strawberry plants. The perennials will provide you with harvests for many future years to come. We’re also planting flower seeds outdoors including sweet peas, cleome, poppies, calendula, allysum and baby’s breath.

Indoor Planting
If you haven’t started your heirloom tomato, pepper and other warm season vegetable seeds, you can start those indoors now. If you start some annual flowers like nicotiana, zinnia and other warm season seeds in peat pots, it will be easier to put them exactly where you want them after they are seedlings.

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Food Watch

Common food additives alter gut microbes, causing inflammation, colitis, obesity and diabetes
A class of food additives used in nearly all processed foods may be partially to blame for inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) such as Crohn's disease, and may also lead to obesity and diabetes, according to a study conducted by researchers from Cornell University, Emory University, Georgia State University and Bar-Ilan University in Israel, and published in the journal Nature on February 25. The study was funded by the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America and the National Institutes of Health. The researchers found that emulsifiers, detergent-like additives used to improve the texture of food and lengthen its shelf life, alter the composition of the gut's microbiota. This change leads to an increase in inflammation that has been linked with various health conditions. "These results ... suggest that the broad use of emulsifying agents might be contributing to an increased societal incidence of obesity/metabolic syndrome and other chronic inflammatory diseases," the researchers wrote.

The importance of gut bacteria
The human gut is home to roughly 100 trillion bacteria of a wide variety of different species, collectively known as the microbiota or microbiome.

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How Some Breweries Are Turning Rain Into Sustainable Beer
Blue skies and a chance of beer rain? An emerging trend in the beer world is using harvested water to create rainwater beer. A few handfuls of craft breweries in Portland, Oregon are going to be having a brew-off next month. But what makes this beer competition special isn’t just the awesome microbrews. These Oregon breweries are creating rainwater beer, using residential harvested rainwater. It takes about five liters of water to produce a single liter of beer, so repurposing rainwater in the brewing process is about more than just a hipster trend. It’s about water security. Portland isn’t the only town where rainwater beer is a thing. Jester King brewery in Austin, Texas announced that they’ll be using rooftop collection to gather around 10,000 gallons of water per year for their brewery. Unfortunately, not all cities are embracing rainwater beer. Yet. Here in Atlanta, Five Seasons Brewing was way ahead of its time – they began producing rainwater beer back in 2009. I was so excited to try their new brew, but the day that I made it out there, they’d run out. It was a best seller, and it was conserving water in the midst of a crushing drought here in north Georgia. Unfortunately, not long after they launched their rainwater brew, regulators shut it down.

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On The Lighter Side

32 Fascinating Animals You Probably Have Never Seen Before

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RSE Newsletter

“UFO Sightings: Top 10 States With Highest Number of Reports”-WA no. 3, added to #Ramtha on UFOs, scroll to April 2:
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Guest Speaker Marshall Barnes - Live Stream Open to the Public Sunday, updating his time travel work:
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“Tesla Announces A New Home Battery – Living Off The Grid Will Soon Be Status Quo” Ramtha on sovereignty:
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TWO upcoming, dynamic #RSE Scholar Lectures Series - Live Streams Open to the Public:
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“California Imposes Unprecedented Statewide Water Restrictions” scroll down to Apr. 1, added to #Ramtha on water:
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Ann Moss – Personal Healing from the Blue Body® Advanced Workshop:
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“MRSA superbug killed by 1,100-year-old home remedy” – #Ramtha: “It is time to be that which nature will preserve.”
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A Special Message to you from #JZ - An Intimate Day with #Ramtha 2015 schedule is on, as Yelm's was recently first:
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"Antarctica just had its warmest day on record” added to #Ramtha, "the great Atlantis, is melting away."
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In The News

California’s snowpack is at a record low
April 1 is supposed to mark the high point of California’s snowpack. It’s when officials estimate how much water they’re going to see flowing into reservoirs as winter’s snow melts during the spring and summer. But after this hot, dry winter, there wasn’t much to measure, and the snowpack came in at a shocking 6 percent of normal — an all-time record low. The previous record for low snowpack was the 25 percent of normal recorded this time last year, as well as in another period of record drought, from 1976-1977. California has been in the throes of a drought that is now in its fourth year, and that has been linked to climate change. “So we’re not only setting a new low, we’re completely obliterating the previous record,” David Rizzardo, the chief of snow surveys for California’s Department of Water Resources, said during a teleconference held by the water-focused nonprofit Circle of Blue. The gripping drought has prompted California’s governor to announce statewide mandatory water restrictions for the first time. In a state that gets up to 30 percent of its water from snowpack, residents and officials are bracing for worse impacts, including more blows to a state agriculture that has already lost billions, crucial ecosystems impacts, and an increased risk of major wildfires.

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'Return To Life': How some children have memories of reincarnation
“He said mom, I have something I need to tell you,” she told TODAY. “I used to be somebody else.” The preschooler would then talk about “going home” to Hollywood, and would cry for his mother to take him there. His mother said he would tell stories about meeting stars like Rita Hayworth, traveling overseas on lavish vacations, dancing on Broadway, and working for an agency where people would change their names. She said her son even recalled that the street he lived on had the word “rock” in it. “His stories were so detailed and they were so extensive, that it just wasn’t like a child could have made it up,” she said. Cyndi said she was raised Baptist and had never really thought about reincarnation. So she decided to keep her son’s “memories” a secret— even from her own husband. Privately, she checked out books about Hollywood from the local library, hoping something inside would help her son make sense of his strange memories and help her son cope with his sometimes troubling “memories.” “Then we found the picture, and it changed everything,” she said. That photo, in one of the books from the library, was a publicity shot from the 1932 movie “Night After Night,” starring Mae West in her film debut. “She turns to the page in the book, and I say ‘that’s me, that’s who I was,’ Ryan remembers.

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Something Worth Knowing

Frackers near you could be breaking the rules — and you’d probably never know
One of the biggest differences between fracking and other kinds of industrial development is that fracking often occurs extremely close to towns and homes. That’s because oil and gas wells take up far less space than open-pit coal mines and cement factories. One 2013 analysis estimated than at least 15.3 million Americans have a gas well within a mile of their home. So you might think that data on the performance records of oil and gas companies — how often they have spills, or exceed air pollution standards, etc. — would be readily available to locals who have an immediate stake in knowing about what’s going on in their backyard. Not so, according to a new study from the Natural Resources Defense Council and the FracTracker Alliance, a nonprofit that collects data on the gas industry. Thirty-six U.S. states have active oil and gas operations. But according to the report, just three of these states have readily accessible databases that the public can use to see which drilling companies have been cited for violating environmental rules or other standards.

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Health Watch

How Being Too Clean Can Lead to Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, Celiac Disease and More
“Lisa’s Crohn’s disease improved with whipworm. Hookworm sent Dan’s multiple sclerosis into remission, and likewise Josh’s psoriasis. A bad case of chiggers calmed Lawrence’s autistic outbursts, and whipworm infusions have improved him further still,” writes Abigail Zuger M.D. in the New York Times article, A Messy, Exuberant Case Against Being Too Clean. No, this isn’t science gone horribly wrong. Researchers are beginning to suspect that our obsession in the West for cleanliness is actually backfiring and leading to a shocking spike in autoimmune disorders and other diseases — asthma, diabetes and food allergies, even cancer and heart disease, to name a few. In response, scientists are entertaining the idea of an unconventional approach to combating these illnesses: fecotherapy. Is this the future of healthcare? The introduction of microbe-rich particles into the body (including parasites), which encourage an internal landscape similar to our distant ancestors, without the risk of potentially life-threatening illness? Moises Velasquez-Manoff, author of “An Epidemic of Absence,” believes we’re heading in that direction.

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CDC building 'police state' registry system to track your vaccination status
Imagine a world in which the government has free access to your private medical records for the purpose of ensuring your compliance with official vaccination mandates. The United States is on the cusp of such tyranny with an Immunization Information Systems (IIS) program currently being built by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that will make your vaccination status available to health authorities, healthcare providers and "other authorized stakeholders." The CDC describes the program as a system of "confidential, population-based, computerized databases that record all immunization doses administered by participating providers to persons residing within a given geopolitical area." In other words, it's a vast network of tracking systems that keep tabs on who's getting jabbed in accordance with official guidelines and who's choosing to opt for natural immunity instead. As explained by The Greater Good documentary writer and director Leslie Manookian, IIS is a vaccine registry system designed to identify and track areas of so-called "undervaccination" for which intervention by government jackboots is necessary to achieve certain vaccination targets -- in this case, that means a 95 percent or higher vaccination rate across the country.

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