A Simple Recipe For A Homemade Non-Toxic Fabric Softener

I think he means “dryer sheets,” but see fabric softener.

"Fabric softeners are one of the most unnecessary dangerous chemicals that you may be using in your home, and it’s important that you stop right…

…we have been gravely misinformed and maybe we have believed that there are some kind of standards set in place by our governments, unfortunately, it seems that these protection agencies, for the most part, don’t have our best interest in mind. So, with that in mind, it is up to us to be aware of what we are purchasing…"

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Iodine and Saline Kill Viruses

Seems you can put a cotton ball impregnated with iodine and saline in each nostril and breathe quite well:

Iodine and the 1918 Influenza Pandemic

Dr. David Derry, MD, wrote a very interesting article entitled "Iodine: the Forgotten Weapon Against Influenza Viruses". The abstract of his article is shown below.

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After the 1918 Influenza Pandemic which killed an estimated 30 million people, governments financed research on the Pandemic's causes. Over 25 years, influenza viruses were isolated and methods for killing them with various agents discovered. Iodine was the most effective agent for killing viruses, especially influenza viruses. Aerosol iodine was found to kill viruses in sprayed mists, and solutions of iodine were equally effective. In 1945, Burnet and Stone found that putting iodine on mice snouts prevented the mice from being infected with live influenza virus in mists. They suggested that impregnating masks with iodine would help stop viral spread. They also recommended that medical personnel have iodine-aerosol-treated rooms for examination and treatment of highly infected patients. Current methods of dealing with influenza infection are isolation, hand washing, antiviral drugs, and vaccinations. All of these methods can be improved by incorporating iodine into them. When impregnated with iodine, masks become much more effective, and hand washing is more effect when done with mild iodine solutions. Isolation techniques coupled with aerosol iodine would make them safer for patients, medical personnel, and all persons working with the public. Public health authorities could organize the distribution of iodine and at the same time educate the public in the effective use of iodine. Oral iodine might also boost body defense mechanisms in the upper oral and respiratory mucus."

Be Ready for the Next Power Failure

A cousin just installed a 16kW generator to power the whole house. It goes on and off automatically, triggered by power failure and restoration, and runs on natural gas. See video here.

It costs about $4K plus installation. Various models on www.generac.com. He says, “I was going to use a smaller, less costly unit, but the trade-off is to then have a more labor-intensive installation of selecting only critical circuits to power. Also, I did not find portable units that run on natural gas, which this does. I don't have to store any fuel. As to neighbors hooking up, I planned for that, as the power is adequate. Next-door neighbors on both sides can plug in. BYOC (Bring Your Own extension Cord). Some goodwill to offset the 60 dB noise, about as loud as an air conditioner (I am told).”


UPDATE: As a postscript, yesterday, four days after the installation completed, we lost utility power at 9:30 AM and it is still not restored. Expected soon. Very heavy winds caused havoc with downed trees over a widespread area. As to the generator, it started automatically and functioned flawlessly all day. I manually stopped it at night to eliminate noise and save fuel cost, then turned it on this morning. When power restores it will shut off automatically. I hope your electric power source is more reliable!

Palacsintas

Markowitz recipe. (pronounced pah-lah-CHIN-tuhz). Makes 4 or 5.

  • beat well 2 eggs
  • Add a pinch of salt
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • beat/mix in blender until has a loose consistency.
  • Add ½ cup water and some flour while mixing, until thick enough
  • As a test, dip spoon into mix and let the mixture drip
  • Make sure it does not drip too fast or too slow
  • If too thick, add water
  • If mixture splashes, add some more flour.
  • Pour some oil to frying pan then pour mix. As soon as it forms and start to show large bubbles, turn it over for a minute or so. Take it out of the frying pan and dry it on a paper towel if you wish.
  • Stuff it with your choice: seasoned mushrooms, salty cheese, sweet cheese etc.