Entries by darryl

Tooth and Paste

by John Mount, Woodford, QLD.

The ancient Greeks and Romans rubbed their teeth with small sticks wrapped in cloth and coated with the burnt and pulverised heads of mice, moles and rabbits, on the assumption that the toothy attributes of these small creatures would literally rub off on to the user. Other popular cleaners of the time were iron rust, pumice stone and the ashes of dogs’ teeth mixed with honey or human urine.

If the above dental ingredients turn you off, consider the effect of some of the later modern dental chemicals:

  • Hexachlorophene, an antibacterial agent so potent […]

Conditioners ‘Kill lice’

FORGET the expensive and harsh chemicals and shampoos – researchers have found the best treatment for head lice is white conditioner used on dry hair with a fine-tooth comb.

A two year study by Queensland Health researchers found chemicals were not the best way to rid children of head lice.

The tiny insects, which feed on the scalp, are only transferred by head to head contact and cannot be caught by sharing hats.

Queensland Health Minister Wendy Edmond said researchers had found head lice were resistant to some chemicals, but using an undiluted thick, white conditioner on dry hair smothered […]

US scientists say ‘toxic’ sugar is killing millions

Excerpt from the ‘Daily Mail’.

LONDON: Sugar is a poison and its sale should be as tightly regulated as cigarettes and alcohol, a group of scientists says.

They warn that sugary foods and drinks cause obesity, heart disease, cancer and liver problems.

They claim it contributes to 35 million deaths a year and should be controlled through taxation and legislation.

The article The Toxic Truth About Sugar, published in the journal Nature, adds: “A little is not a problem but a lot kills…slowly”.

The US authors warn that obesity is now a bigger problem than malnourishment across the worl, and […]

The Herbal Way of Life

Healthy Anonymous

A Fellowship ‘Encircling the Globe’

Each one, reach one
Each one, support one
Each one, teach one
To reach another one

Starting A Herbal Way Study Group, and experience you must not miss.

The kick you will get is tremendous. To watch people come back to life, to see them help others, to watch loneliness vanish, to see a fellowship grow about you, to have a host of friends—this is an experience you must not miss. Frequent contact with newcomers and with each other is the bright spot of our lives.

Water is a great pain killer

Next time you have a headache, leave the painkillers in the packet and just drink a glass of water.

Regularly sipping water can ease the severity of headaches and migraines, reducing the need for tablets.

Scientists found drinking about seven glasses a day was enough to ease pain and improve the quality of life in patients who regularly suffered headaches.

Researchers from the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands noticed in 2005 that a patient told to drink more for a bladder problem saw his migraines get better.

Lead researcher Dr Mark Spigt and his team recruited more than 100 […]

Mudbrick at COSME

At COSME (New Buildings, NSW), we were most fortunate to inherit mudbrick dwellings on the property.

The previous owners were very aware of the importance of living in harmony with nature; providing not only protection from the elements, but also creating calmness and tranquility within that space.

Being of the Buddhist faith they built a small cottage for the resident lama and a meditation hut overlooking the valley and the Towamba River. The main residence is also mudbrick with an excellent open plan design for coolness in the summer, and easy to keep warm during the cold winters here.

Living […]