Friday, October 04, 2013

Loggers v Sassafras. Sassafras Wins

Forestry revenge.  Or clearing the way for fruitfulness?

At our sassafras walk, some 3 1/2-4 miles around a ridge-top reservoir, woods and dikes and bogs,  the loggers came through. They had permission of the forestry-district commission authorities, but there was devastation nonetheless. Does clear-cutting serve the long term health of a woods walk? Perhaps. Watchful waiting needed. Cautious optimism.

Meanwhile, experience with me the sadness at groves of sassafras apparently mindlessly mowed down and uprooted out. Do public utilities (our MDC at the reservoir) and loggers have any sense of differentiation between plants? Will the trillium survive?

As to the trillium, doubtful. Perhaps the sassafras can survive, with its millennia of experience under stress.  Underground runners, rev your engines.

 Sadness. Watchfully wait.

Some sprigs survived.  

Can one or two survivor sassafras root another thriving grove.

Update.  The prospects for our few clumps of sassafras look okay, several months after the forestry management.  Some sassafras that had been in groves, are peeking up yet again. 

Sassafras regeneration. For the species that survived Hiroshima, this is not surviving.  Forestry is not atomic bombs.  Underground runners:  whether the tactic relates to plants, or to heretics, or other dissenters, does nature say this:  if under stress, go underground if needed, wait, nurture yourself as you can, poke up a cautious head later, and see if you can survive despite them.

So far, for the MDC in CT, signs show that sassafras will rise again. 

Will exploration of its healing qualities, its attribute of enhancing insect repellence (read, bedbugs) and then congeniality, fellowship, someday outweigh the element of ecstasy that some can use to their own uses.  Perhaps.  What to control, and how, and why make sassafras a demon under the false flag of "carcinogenic" when the testing for that was intrinsically flawed.

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Sassafras on the Menu. Foraging and Lunch

On the back of an old newspaper recipe clipping can be a delight.  Turn over the sweet potato steak fries (oven-roasted crispy with cumin and coriander) and see this, date and source unknown, but probably New York Times:  caption in a section of community events -- Foraging for Lunch. For your ready rsvp, you may attend a luncheon of foraged ingredients such as "wild watercress, nasturtium leaves and sassafras...."  Quick!  How is the sassafras to be served?

What delectible portion -- tender spring rootlet, leaf, bark brewed? A foraging menu.  Yes.

We are too late.  The event was on Saturday, 11:30 AM-3:00 PM at the what? Kin Shop, 469 Avenue of the Americas -- aha!   New York. At 12th Street intersection. Cost - high for many luncheon places, but routine for NY -- $50 per and if you want a cocktail with "drinking vinegars," pay another $25.  And the phone number is given which, mercifully, we omit here.

Now to look up the Kin Shop. Kin as in relative? No, silly.  This turns out to be a Thai restaurant, see .  And in Greenwich Village.

And they received further featuring in 2010 in the New York Times, see

Now, make a reservation. A search of the menu does not show sassafras, but you can ask. What are drinking vinegars?

Monday, October 17, 2011

Hymn to Falsification: Suppressing Science, History, Natural Remedies, For Lucre.

Industry Tests With Self-Serving Results.
A Process of Medical Research.
Hymn to Falsification, Inadequacy.
1.  Research, Once it Tilts Itself to Its Advantage, 
Hopes that Nobody Checks Later.
Once a conclusion is reached, 
2.  How can there be fair checks on earlier daft conclusions, 
Can sassafras or any herb with healing, insect repellent qualities, survive the drug companies.

Hymn to falsification, inadequate, nonobjective research, and ignoring the human element in any remedy.  Do we dare ask what is "right" and if we want to encourage this or that, especially abuse.

We know well that there are remedies for desired outcomes -- the issue is more than "safety", and fast profits, but related behavior encouragement, is that so?

  • We know there are ancient plants, remedies, that have aided humanity for eons -- there, the issue becomes, in part, corporate suppressing the natural remedy because it cannot be patented 
  •  We know there are scientifically safe ways to suppress implantation of a fertilized egg in the womb -- there, the issue becomes in part, behavioral.  Do we want to encourage abusers and little boys to go ahead and force themselves, telling the little girl she just has to take a pill.  Until we can control men forcing, the pill for under 17's, or pick your age, only encourages abuse, exploitation.
What greater goal to human profiteering than falsification for profit,  and misrepresentation and exploitation avenues, in Profit's Name.  What remedies did the old wives have for young ones enceinte?  Who was burned for daring to upset the Order. Procedures suppressing natural remedies, outside the control of the Institutions.  How long? (shall we add, How Long, O Lord, How Long?)

Falsify medical research reports, omit, use faulty procedures.  Is that so?  Have we reason to trust testing by those with financial gain at stake in the outcome? Have those human shortcuts to a foregone conclusion affected medical research reports enough to warrant retesting.

Sassafras may yet hold cures.  Think of your old music appreciation course:  There used to be an old ditty for remembering a major musical work's theme, Beethoven.   "Bum da bum (buddly um bum).  Bum Bum bum bum bum Bum da bum.  (buddly um bum) Etc. Bum da bum.  Biddly bum bum. Bum da bum.

Now think:  "Plagiarize. Buddly um bum. "That's why the good Lord made your eyes."  Buddly um bum.

And now yet again, the hymn of medical research reports:  "Falsify. Buddly um bum. That's how corp profits aggrandize."

Is that so? Biddly um bum,Bum-da-bum.   Research report procedure.  Win now, falsify, then duck.

3.  Falsification for Profits News:
"Those who falsify history routinely take the path of omission. They ignore crucial facts and important pieces of evidence while cherry-picking from the documentation to prove a case."  

This, from The New Republic's review 4/7/2011 at page 29, of three books on Palestine and Israel (books by Ilan Pappe who is claimed to be falsifying here), review by Benny Morris entitled The Liar as Hero. See

Monday, March 07, 2011

Cheer Patent Expirations. Tax-Funded Public Sector Research to Replace.

FDA is Cordially Invited 
to this Public Sector Research Opportunity.
Sorely needed.

All We Are Saying: is
Give Plants a Chance.

Here:  Tax funded public research.  An update. Private Sector cannot look after our health without skinning us alive.  The private sector wants profits.  So it limits its research to areas where profit can be made.  That leave other healing routes unexplored -- like your own backyard. Or elsewhere, where healing things grow, in areas yet unbuilt.

What if the best healing is in areas where there is little profit -- plants, things in your own backyard -- like sassafras.  Of course, with money to be made,  private sector people will oppose, and try to duplicate in the blinkin' lab whatever the sassafras does in the wild, yes, in a big expensive lab, then patent and charge for it.  But what if the plant itself is better, on its own;  and what if the lab tests on it in itself distort what the plant can do if it is not under stress. Exclude plant defenses in analysis.

Time to get the private sector out of controlling research.   Government: the Public Sector.  Support and fund research into our own backard sassafras so we can leave the private sector alone, at least more of the time. Both have a place.  Time to get the private sector and the lobbies out of the driver's seat on our health.

The American People

Cordially Invite

The FDA and Its Mindful Minions 
(Excluding the Non-Mindful Ones)
To Reconsider Past Flawed Testing

That Led to 

Flawed Conclusions

That Plant Healing

Particularly Sassafras

Is Not Helpful to Humans.

Speaker:  NYT 

RSVP this post.

This is an invitation, very formal since informal proposals get nowhere, for the FDA under an enlighted administration to look again at sassafras as a possible healing agent, despite past testing that was (we think) flawed.   Is that too much to ask? Sassafras is all over the place.  Just tell people how to use it and they don't need doctors, sometimes, in some cases;  or they just enjoy their root beer more.

New information and supporting information is coming in all the time that our forms of lab testing are just plain wrong. They are geared to the profit market, have no incentive to research for health in other ways, and sell us ailments undreamed of.

Does this make sense to you? 

Listen to and experience the side effects of the drugs the salespeople are selling.  Is it worth it if you are not in extremis? Faced with that, are you sure of the research that set the lab ahead of what is out there in your own back yard for your affliction du jour.  The topic is this:  in research, lab folks use the same plants over and over in the lab (they don't use them once, then dump them and harvest some more in nature).  Of course, ask your doctor; but if you get a blank look back, you are on your own.  So go to the FDA.

Basics for the FDA: 

Ask.  Please.

Does that overuse of the same plants and their progeny create -- in the plant itself, as a defense against its leaves or stems or roots constantly being hacked off -- a defense in the form of heightened toxins, or whatever, to keep those inhuman humans away. And that in turn distinguishes those over-harvested plants from natural ones with milder toxins in the wild, toxins that could be used by the plant if needed and increased, but dormant otherwise.

Could the sassafras' ability to defend result in its demonization by the FDA -- for that very ability to defend itself. Should we allow second looks, using unharried plants?  Yes.

Interesting article affirming how plants under siege (as in labs) increase the very toxins that the lab then condemns:  Is that so?

The New York Times says that heightening of defenses is a normal plant response, see NYT Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at D4.  See No Face, but Plants Like Life Too.

What is in extremis anyway.  That means that you are so bad off you have no choice. Fine. Take the drug.  Otherwise you die.  Hair loss, muscle weakness, nerve damage, spasms, dizzies, listen to the ads, hands to head.  If you are not in extremis, Stop! 

If you are not in extremis, can you take some more time to get educated, trust your body, and try milder, less intrusive, forms of healing? 

Stakes if you stop.  

We here may drop dead tomorrow because we quit the drugs because the side effects of the statin medications were awful and I would rather walk than see the satisfaction of numbers come down, but don't let that deter you.  Muscle pain, weak, nerves going amok in the legs, heck -- give me my mobility.  Right now, off the medication, I feel fine -- after months and months, that is -- but don't let my demise from high cholesterol (if I do demise from it) deter you.  Vet everything for yourself.
Sassafras under stress.  Why used stressed plants as a measure of their healing capacity?

Sassafras under stress is not the same as sassafras without stress.  Are you? People:  different under stress, then when relaxed.

Reconsider health properties of plants.  This is an enlightened administration opposed by science-hating profiteers.  Is that extreme?  Who will research backyard healing, in an era of patents. No-one but the government will do that.  Private industry uninterested.  No profit? Private industry not interested.

What to think about in food choices.  

We do have to eat; but read the article and at least get a little sensitized.  Here's an odd thing for the modern objective age:  What if, despite no facial expression, a plant withdraws, "feels" pain, etc.  The living's desire to save itself is enormous. Chemicals get released to lure in third parties to fight you off;  internally, cellular troops are rallied - and the genome musters  "defense-related proteins".  Plants even move to get away, or nearer.  It may even matter if the plant is in the vicinity of a relative (!) See article.

Your choice, your risk.

Profit World.  

The profit world will never allow the FDA to show how natural backyard plants and trees can heal us.

Profit driving healthcare? Profits mean propaganda, sales.  Inapp.  Inappropriate, Inapplicable, Inapproximate.

Go back to the NYT -- we (or our enemies, etc.) justify slavery and genocide on grounds that these beings are not fully human, they don't "behave just as we do."  They don't feel the same pain, so it goes, not the same love, etc., as real humans so -- in the old days -- operate on the infant without anesthetic because after all he can't feel pain.  Can human love be found in same gender relationships?  No?  Get rid of them!  How to admit new members into our tribe, especially if they differ. 

So, to the Sassafras.  Lab tests, over time, toxicity in rats already allergic in their way.  Will the FDA in this enlightened adminstration reconsider?  What healing is there in this ancient plant we discard.

Want out app. 

Ailment? Appointment.
Test. Prescription. Insurance?
Goodbye. Thank you. Next?

Side effects? Grisly?
Ailment. Appointment. Prescribe.
New test. Same old. App. *


*  Our own GP does take time to talk, But who is selling even our doc on the drug to prescribe? Who trusts the sellers who do their own testing. Side effects in our household have been frightening to us. So we are on a body self-reset.  None of their stuff. Who are we when we are not on drugs?  Can our bodies recalibrate? Seek quieter, less forceful approaches. Stay tuned.

Drug company patents are expiring.  Few new drugs from them in the pipeline.  Costs of research skyrocketing.  Could this mean a sensible return to balance in health care:  see ://

Again.  Root beer. Real root beer. Review the bans.

Needed:  Multi-modal approach.  Acu? Chiro? Nutri? Explore. 

Friday, July 30, 2010

Furnishings by Sassafras. Solve Bedbugs. Learn from History.

Learn from History.  Sassafras.
Sassafras Repels Bedbugs  
Bedbug Infestation Begone!

Dear President Obama and Mayor Bloomberg and Residents Anywhere,

Use sassafras wood for beds and cupboards.  Itch and economy problems solved at one swat. Sassafras repels bedbugs. See ://; and ://

We hear that bedbugs are a problem in New York City, and elsewhere.

How medieval! See their history at ://

See the fuss, ://; :// ; and ://

We hear (know first hand!) that the economy is in a hissy fit and Governments balk at doing anything anyone else can get credit for.

Solve both.

Leave them, the nonlegislating legislators at state and fed, and start a new industry:

Furnishings by Sassafras. Cupboards, beds, bureaus, etc.

The wood is a natural repellent to insects and rodents, see other posts around here, and making a economy crop out of all the sassafras we have in this country makes sense.

Thank you. We have natural resources, resourceful people who want to work, a need for new kinds of jobs. Go. Employment and a good night's sleep. What's not to like.

Sassafras enthusiasts.