Sunday, April 26, 2015

Circle of Hens

The circle has no beginning or end and no one really knows what came first, the egg or the hen. But one thing is certain, there is a circle of life in the hen. The hen has no beginning or end.

 As long as we have hens and roosters, we will have eggs, and those eggs, when not eaten, will hatch. Those hatchlings will grow and lay more eggs to be eaten and hatched.  This is a wonderful cycle. Even if we choose to raise a few birds to eat, we will most definitely have more eggs that we can imagine.

The chicken can also be used to represent how each day should be, like a circle.  Each morning the sun rises with a whole new day to experience so we can be used to produce eggs and fertilize.  Each night we close our eyes with the satisfaction of completing our day as it should be.  If we are blessed with another morning, we start over again, ready to hatch and fertilize what comes our way.

We started with 10 guinea hens and 9 silkie chickens.  

A few months later, we had eggs. 

 Not much time after that, we noticed that a few of the hens were sitting on their eggs.

 We now have 11 additional silkie hens and they are really getting big!  

In less than a year, we have nearly doubled the amount of birds and have enjoyed many dozens eggs.

The next step is to determine which birds will be a permanent fixture in our bellies or keepers for reproduction.  In any case, this is full circle! 

We gave the birds a pep talk and explained the circle.  “You all have options; layers, fertilizers or food on the list for the recipe book!”  (Hum, which one will it be; baked, fried or sautéed?  Or maybe just chicken and rice soup!  Or better yet chicken bar-be-cue!) Whatever the case, we calmly explained to each and every one, “you all have your duties and you must now choose!”

As the chicken, we all must choose where we are in this circle.  We have many choices but one thing is for sure, there is no beginning or end as long as we are alive.  If we are not laying or fertilizing, then we have become the last on the list, as food for Mother Earth!

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Nanticoke Lenni Lenape Tribe Announces New Scholarship

The Nanticoke Lenni Lenape Tribe announced that the Memorial Estate of Francis W. Welder has committed $10,000 to our Tribal College Fund Scholarship Program. The program will provide 10 student members of the Nanticoke Lenni Lenape who have financial need with support to attend colleges and universities nationwide.

The Tribe is so honored to be the first recipient of this memorial fund and scholarship program for our Native American students.  Collaborations like this help dreams come true and allow our students to expand their desires in education.

Many of these students have a difficult time paying their way through college. Accruing enough funds to turn a collegiate dream into reality isn’t easy but this one act of kindness is certainly doing its part to ease the financial burden.

Countless people of have lost sight of the important contributions Native People have made – and are making – to our culture and our economy. Their continued contributions are critical to our country’s success.

Interested students must complete the Application and mail no later than May 22, 2015 to be considered.  Awards will be announced at the annual powwow on Sunday, June, 14th, 2015.

About Francis W. Welker

Francis W Welker born January 26, 1919, died May 7, 2014.  Mr. Welker donated these funds in honor of his immigrant ancestors who were assisted and survived because of local Lenape People.

About Nanticoke Lenni Lenape

The Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation is the northernmost of three interrelated tribes of the area of the Delaware Bay.  We are a made up of the American Indian families from southern New Jersey and the Delmarva Peninsula who remained in our ancestral homeland after many of our relations were removed to the west and to the north as far as Oklahoma and Canada.  Centuries ago, our Lenape and Nanticoke ancestors were among those locally referred to as “Cohansies,” “The Indians of Cohansey Bridge,” Alloways,” “Little Siconese,” among other names. Source:

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Get Your Balance Back - Acid and Alkaline, That Is!

The Indigenous have always known what is now discovered in health circles.   There has been much recent talk about acid/alkaline imbalance.

Let's see if we can clarify how both experts and ancient wisdom recommend we correct this imbalance.

The problem 
Your body functions best when neither too acid nor too alkaline. Unfortunately almost all of us have become acidic due to diet, drinks and stress -- both psychological and from pollution. Acids can build up in our body, causing systems to be out of balance.

The effects 
According to Dr. Stefan Kuprowsky, "Acid wastes build up in the body in the form of cholesterol, gallstones, kidney stones, arterial plaque, urates, phosphates and sulfates. These acidic waste products are the direct cause of premature aging and the onset of chronic disease."

When this occurs, the body will restore its optimal pH by depleting certain minerals, such as potassium, calcium and magnesium, from organs and bones. In addition, your immune system may become fatigued from dealing with an excess of acid. Your body then stores acidic wastes in 'hiding places' such as muscles etc. rather than releasing the acids into the bloodstream.

As Dr. Robert Atkins, the well-known author, health and diet expert, notes: "Just about every condition I can think of, from arthritis to diabetes to cancer, is associated with acidity."

"The countless names of illnesses do not really matter. What does matter is that they all come from the same root cause...too much tissue acid waste in the body!" Theodore A. Baroody, ND, Ph.D.

What can be done? 
A vast body of research reveals that you can help neutralize acid build-up in the blood and maintain a balanced pH, by taking some simple steps, such as:

What is the "right" water? 
"International studies show that populations with little or no history of illness, such as cancer, drink higher pH (alkaline) waters. After all potential risk factors were considered and factored out, it became evident that they had been drinking waters with a pH of 9.0 to 10.0." Dr. Leonard Horowitz in "Aids and Ebola"

Alkaline ionized water "first came to notice in Japan, where researchers noted that people drinking water that came from certain fast- moving rocky mountain streams enjoyed extraordinarily good health. It turned out that this naturally occurring water was alkaline and had a different structure and electrical properties." Larry Clapp, PhD. in "Prostate Health in 90 days"

Alkaline water is produced at home with a small kitchen appliance called a water ionizer (long in use in Japan and Korea).  As water ionizers have become popular in North America, more health professionals have had the opportunity to evaluate their effects on clients:

Sue Pollock, N.D. writes, we can "assist the body in being more alkaline with ...drinking alkaline water."

"I believe that the best water is water that is alkaline (reduced) and purified using a small device known as a water ionizer." (Dr. Stefan Kuprowsky)

"It is my opinion that ionized water will change the way in which all health practitioners and the public approach their health in the coming years." Dr. T. Baroody in "Alkalize or Die."

Why not just rely on a change of diet?
According to Sang Whang, researcher and author of "Reverse Aging", the danger is that we might omit important foods:

"Since the waste products that we are trying to discharge are acidic, the right kind of water is alkaline water...My personal recommendation is to enjoy the foods that we like, but do not over-eat or exclude any food. Eat in moderation following the professional dieticians' "balanced diet" concept, and let alkaline water do the job of cleansing acidic wastes."

I know it has been said that we cannot turn one hair white or black, however, I do know, for a fact, from experience, that when my levels are abnormal, I turn gray and when I am balanced, they turn back to brown.

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Monday, April 6, 2015

Awareness of Food Additives and Their Addictive Properties

Most of us consume at least one product daily that has the effect of a stimulant and that eventually becomes an addiction or disrupter.

These products include bread, energy drinks, soda and juices, tobacco, betel nut, betel leaf, strong coffee, strong tea, mahuang, and alcohol.

There’s no one who does not know that products like these, consumed in excess, can severely harm our bodies. Yet, we still find them hard to resist. The need to eat stimulant food is a simple human weakness that has existed for ages: humans (and many animals) have always indulged in foods that give a sort of emotional high. In clinical terms, this means rapid heartbeat, a little sweating, dilation or constriction of the pupils of the eye, a warm flush on the face, and a sense of greater sensitivity, concentration and perception.

These sensations of ‘high’ die down within a few hours, and we are left feeling listless and low. This leads to a craving for that food again, to experience the high one more time. And there we are going round and round in a vicious circle.

Our most consumed staple, BREAD, contains one awful additive, bromines! Bromines are endocrine disruptors, and are a part of the halide family, components that includes fluorine, chlorine and iodine. What makes it so perilous is that it seeks the same receptors that are utilized to catch iodine.

Every time you eat bread in a restaurant, bakery or even a fast food hamburger or hot dog bun you are consuming bromide, as it is utilized as an additive and a part of flours.

The utilization of potassium bromate as an added substance to breads and prepared products has been a gigantic supporter of bromide in Western societies.

Bromated flour is enriched with potassium bromate. Food companies claim it makes the batter more versatile and helps it to rise. On the other hand, some companies and other effective groups have figured out how to utilize just unbromated flour with none of these supposed claims.

Potassium bromate is additionally found in a few toothpastes and mouthwashes, where its’ included as a germ-free and astringent. It has been found to cause draining and irritation of gums in individuals utilizing these items.

If you consume a lot of bromine, your body will be unable to absorb the iodine that it needs. Since bromine acts like iodine, your body is robbed of a necessary ingredient, yet you crave it even more. Iodine is imperative to each tissue in your body - not simply your thyroid.  If iodine is not absorbed, then obesity is most likely the result.

When you eat an addictive food, it stimulates the hormone like substances found at the end of your nerves, which triggers an avalanche of similar stimulatory substances and you experiences a high. As the substances near the nerves are depleted, you get into the low phase, which leads you to crave that food again. This yo-yo phase of nerve stimulation and depletion leads to a pattern of addiction.

Consuming addictive foods is one of the oldest unhealthy food practices and, despite a revolution in health consciousness; it shows no signs of dying out.

People who consume medications for the heart, hypertension and asthma have to be very careful about the interactions of the drugs with stimulant foods, as mixing the two can be fatal. After years of experience, all doctors know how difficult it is to break the food addictions of their patients. So like them, I can only advise a good compromise. If you can’t break the addiction, then at least you should practice moderation.

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Friday, April 3, 2015

My Opinion of the Importance of Herbs and Healthy Aging

Many herbs can help you maintain good health. If you are healthy, you will feel better in all areas. Herbs are like vitamins. Herbs are all natural however, they must be highly respected and not taken for granted. The healing properties must be carefully studied prior to testing each one.

Herbs are used for many reasons. Herbal teas can be used to cleanse the digestive system, or overall internal body. Herbs can be used as medicines, vitamins, supplements, etc. It depends on what you want to use the herbs for that will determine which ones you acquire. You will find herbal teas to treat common colds and other common ailments as well. Herbs are available to help reduce wrinkles, or other aging consequences.

One of the most highly beneficial herbs for blood type O, Chickweed, is abundant in this area.  Chickweed is sometimes considered a nuisance, however, the benefits out-way the trouble and chickweed can be eaten like spinach and is considered an alterative, which benefits the entire body.  Some other popular herbs include Kava-Kava. Kava is used to reduce anxiety. Kava will help you relax and sleep well. Another herb is Plum Flower. The herbs are used to treat people who suffer with various illnesses, including migraines, hypertension, cancers, heart disease, gastro intestine problems, and common headaches and so on. Emperor is great for the souls who feel restless often. GUI-PI supplements are great for workaholics. The herbs work to nourish the mind. ELEUTHERO- supports the system by providing you with improved blood circulation. Gingko Biloba is a great herb that increases blood circulation. The herbs will help the lungs function proper, while distributing or promoting oxygen flow, which in turns produces freedom of blood flowing to the brain.

If you have difficulty with joints and muscles, which may be caused by arthritis, bursitis, or some other type of joint, muscle, or spinal disease you may find benefit from herbal tea pills. Inflamed joints cause pain and swelling. You will find Joint specific tea inflammation pills that assist with relieving you of these symptoms. During your mid-age years you may take delight in the rejuvenating teas. The teas will help you feel good. On the market, you will find many helpful herbs that promote healthy aging.

One of the better herbs for those suffering with memory loss or forgetfulness is Ginkgo Biloba and Sage herbs that support healthy brain functions. Gingko Biloba and Sage is designed to enhance mental alertness is a great cleanser as well. Give Sage a try for a great memory!

You can find all sorts of herbs you want at high quality stores, however, please research the better quality stock that you can find through Vitamin World or Puritan's Pride
. It is good to check out the herbs online, since you will have additional details that help you to learn what herbs are used for. Just remember to ask your family doctor before you take herbs. Some medications work against herbs despite herbs come from natural resources.

Herbs are natural, so in most cases herbs are very good to take. Herbs can cause side effects like many other drugs sold, so they must be respected and research is recommended.

Finally, you should visit your doctor first, if you have health problems before taking any herbs, over-the-counter meds, or vitamins. For this reason you should decide at your own risk. Most importantly however, you want to consider the herbs and its purpose first.  This article in no way makes any claims to cures and is only meant for advice from experience.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Developing the Indigenous Soul for Happiness

It is the indigenous instinct of every human being to be happy and to escape all the miseries of life. Happiness is the normal condition, as natural as the landscapes and the seasons. It is unnatural to suffer and it is only because of our ignorance that we do suffer. Happiness is the product of wisdom. To attain perfect wisdom, to fully comprehend the purpose of life, to realize completely the relationship of human beings to each other, is to put an end to all suffering, to escape every ill and evil that afflicts us. Perfect wisdom is enlightened joy.

Why do we suffer in life? Because in the scheme of nature we are being forced forward in time too quickly and we lack the spiritual illumination that alone can light the way and enable us to move safely among the obstacles that lie before us. Usually we do not even see or suspect the presence of trouble until it suddenly leaps upon us like a black bear. One day our family circle is complete and happy. A week later death has come and gone and joy is replaced with agony. Today we have a friend. Tomorrow he will be an enemy and we do not know why. A little while ago we had wealth and all material luxuries. There was a sudden change and now we have only poverty and misery and yet we seek in vain for a reason why this should be. There was a time when we had health and strength; but they have both departed and no trace of a reason appears.

Aside from these greater tragedies of life innumerable things of lesser consequence continually bring to us little miseries and minor heartaches. We most earnestly desire to avoid them but we never see them until they strike us, until in the darkness of our ignorance we stumble upon them. The thing we lack is the spiritual illumination that will enable us to look far and wide, finding the hidden causes of human suffering and revealing the method by which they may be avoided; and if we can but reach illumination the evolutionary journey can be made both comfortably and swiftly. It is as though we must pass through a long, dark room filled with furniture promiscuously scattered about. In the darkness our progress would be slow and painful and our bruises many. But if we could press a button that would turn on the light we could then make the same journey quickly and with perfect safety and comfort.

The current method of education is to store the mind with as many facts, or supposed facts, as could be accumulated and to give a certain exterior polish to the personality. The theory is that when we are born we are a completed human being and that all that could be done for us is to load us up with information that would be used with more or less skill, according to the indigenous native ability we happened to be born with.

The theosophical idea is that the physical man, and all that constitutes his life in the physical world, is but a very partial expression of the self; that in the ego of each there is practically unlimited power and wisdom; that these may be brought through into expression in the physical world as the physical body and its invisible counterparts, which together constitute the complex vehicle of the ego's manifestation, are evolved and adapted to the purpose; and that in exact proportion that conscious effort is given to such self-development will spiritual illumination be achieved and wisdom attained. Thus the light that leads to happiness is kindled from within and the evolutionary journey that all are making may be robbed of its suffering.

Why does death bring misery? Chiefly because it separates us from those we love. The only other reason why death brings grief or fear is because we do not understand it and comprehend the part it plays in human evolution.  But the moment our ignorance gives way to comprehension such fear vanishes and a serene happiness takes its place.

Why do we have enemies from whose words or acts we suffer? Because in our limited physical consciousness we do not perceive the unity of all life and realize that our wrong thinking and doing must react upon us through other people a situation from which there is no possible escape except through ceasing to think evil and then patiently awaiting the time when the causes we have already generated are fully exhausted. When spiritual enlightenment comes, and we no longer stumble in the night of ignorance, the last enemy will disappear and we shall make no more forever.

Why do people suffer from poverty and disease? Only because of our blundering ignorance that makes their existence possible for us, and because we do not comprehend their meaning and their lessons, nor know the attitude to assume toward them. Had we but the wisdom to understand why they come to people, why they are necessary factors in their evolution, they would trouble us no longer. When the indigenous nature's lesson is fully learned these mute teachers will vanish.

And so it is with all forms of suffering we experience. They are at once reactions from our unfortunate misgivings and instructors that point out the better way. When we have comprehended the lessons life teaches we are no longer necessary and disappear. It is not by the outward acquirement of facts that we become wise and great. It is by developing the indigenous soul from within until the Great Spirit illuminates the being with that flood of light that is unnamable!

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