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A Natural Solution 4 You
March 14, 2005 Edition
A Natural Solution 4 You

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A Note From Randal

Hello Everyone,

I have used recycled products for a long time now. However, I never knew dung could be recycled and in some countries be considered the norm. Take a moment to read the article below and I think you will find it “eye opening” to say the least.

We can’t wait for spring to come. In fact, some of our bulbs are sticking up already. I love the color the bulbs bring to the property.

Lastly, so many times we develop bad habits. In fact, the word habit often takes a negative connotation any time it is mentioned. Nature’s Sunshine wants to change that viewpoint, so they have developed a “Habit of Health” that is guaranteed to improve your health. Take a look below and acquire a good “habit” today.

We appreciate your readership and all you do to spread the word about our websites and ezines.

Until next time!!

Randal




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Health In The News
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Poop Paper - The Ultimate in Recycling :-)

Dung-based paper products help fund conservation programs. Elephant dung paper is a huge tourist product in Africa and Asia. In Scandinavia elk poop paper is the stationery of choice in most offices.

Dung paper is marketed through the Original Elephant Dung Paper Web site, which states that "Our paper is 100% bacteria free, 100% odor free, 100% recycled, & 100% handmade — with the exception of some help from the
elephants."

"Over 50 percent of what they eat comes straight out the other end," the company adds. "The elephants are kindly doing the first stage of any paper making process — getting the fibers."

Read the whole article here

Elephant Dung Paper Website


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Essential Oils For Health
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12 drops bergamot
24 drops clary sage

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Health News For Kids
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ADHD Kids Improve With Outdoor Time
From Psychology Today, March-April, 2004

Seven (7) percent of American kids suffer from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Now studies show that relief may come in the form of green fields, leafy trees and open sky.

Researchers at the University of Illinois have found that spending time in ordinary "green" settings reduces symptoms of ADHD when compared to time spent at indoor playgrounds and manmade recreation areas of concrete and asphalt. The findings were consistent regardless of the child's age, gender, family income, geographic region or severity of diagnosis.

The study builds on previous findings that adding grass and trees to the grounds of public housing developments is linked to fewer reports of domestic violence and stronger neighborhood ties.

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Nutrition Is A Choice
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Broccoli and Red Pepper Soup - 8 Servings
Vegetarian Times
http://www.vegetariantimes.com

I add most of the puree to the soup itself and reserve some for a visually appealing swirled garnish.

2 lbs. broccoli
1/3 cup unbleached white rice (preferably sushi or white basmati)
1 1/2 tsp. sea salt
2 qts. plus 2 Tbs. vegetable stock
1 1/2 lbs. red bell peppers (about 3 medium)
1 Tbs. olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. dried tarragon
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
Pinch cayenne pepper
Pinch white pepper
1/2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp. umeboshi vinegar
Juice of 1 medium lemon
2 Tbs. chopped fresh tarragon for garnish

Trim broccoli, peel and chop stems and reserve florets. In large pot, combine broccoli stems, rice, 1/2 teaspoon sea salt and 2 quarts vegetable stock. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes. Add florets and simmer 20 minutes more.

Meanwhile, roast bell peppers over an open flame or broil, turning with tongs until charred all over, about 10 minutes. Put peppers in brown paper bag for 10 minutes to sweat them. Removed loosened charred skins.

Chop peppers, place in blender or food processor and process until pureed. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt and remaining 2 tablespoons stock to liquefy. (This should yield about 1 1/2 cups.)

In large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Ad onion and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add garlic, tarragon, thyme and cayenne. Remove from heat and add to pot with broccoli mixture; simmer
10 minutes.

In blender or food processor, process soup, in batches if necessary, until pur?ed. Return soup to pot and stir in 1 cup of red pepper pureed. Reserve remaining pepper puree for garnish. Season soup with 1/2 teaspoon salt,
white pepper, apple cider vinegar, umeboshi vinegar and lemon juice.

To serve, ladle broccoli soup into serving bowls. Drizzle about 1 tablespoon of red pepper puree over each serving and swirl with knife. Garnish with fresh minced tarragon, if desired.

Per 1-cup serving: 124 cal; 7g protein; 3g total fat (0g sat. fat); 21g carbs; 0mg chol; 1,472mg sodium; 5g fiber

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Laughing Lines
Laughter Is Good Medicine
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I was telling a friend about my enrollment in a weight-loss program and how excited I was about the meetings.

"Sounds great," she said. "I'm almost tempted to join too."

"Well, next time I go," I replied, "I'll take you along."

"Okay," my friend responded, and then she asked, "Do they serve refreshments?"


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My wife and I were browsing in a crafts store when I noticed a display of country-style musical instruments. After looking over the flutes, dulcimers and recorders, I picked up a shiny, one-stringed instrument I took to be a mouth harp. I put it to my lips and, much to the amusement of other shoppers, twanged a few notes on it.

After watching from a distance, my wife came up and whispered in my ear, "I hate to tell you this, honey, but you're trying to play a cheese slicer."


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