Health ~ The Aspirin Alternative Your Doctor Never Told You About

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Millions use aspirin daily without realizing its true dangers. The good news is that there is a natural alternative which preliminary research indicates is safer and more effective.

WARNING: Never discontinue a pharmaceutical product without the guidance of a physician. Doing so could have serious, if not life threatening side effects. This article is for informational purposes only. Nothing here is intended as or should be substituted for medical advice. 

Aspirin is taken faithfully by millions every day as a preventive measure against heart attack, often without the user having any awareness of the serious health risks associated with it, some potentially fatal. You can view over 60 adverse effects of aspirin on the’s aspirin research page if you have any doubts about how serious a concern this is.

Aspirin’s widespread popularity is based on its much-touted blood-thinning properties. But there are safer, surprisingly more effective and far more natural alternatives on the market today.

For instance, pycnogenol, a branded form of an extract of French maritime pine bark, can be found on the shelves of thousands of health food stores around the country, and unique among natural products, has a broad base of human clinical research supporting its use for a wide variety of health conditions. You can view’s pycnogenol research page take a look at the published research.

Moreover, in cross comparison tests, pycnogenol has been found at least as effective as aspirin in preventing blood from clotting, but at significantly lower doses and with a superior safety profile.

Cookie Chunk Krispie Treats


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Last night I was baking cookies with my friend and neighbor, Mary.  We made some traditional chocolate chip cookies, but also some butterscotch chip cookies.  Both were grubbin’!  We split the batch.  Tonight, only about two +/- of each were left.  I couldn’t let them go to waste but knew the quality would degrade over time.  So I did what any other rational person would have done- I made Krispie Treats out of them!

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Cookie Chunk Krispie Treats

4 cookies of your choice, chopped
20 large marshmallows
2 tablespoons butter
2 cups Rice Krispies

Lightly butter a 8×8 or 9×9 pan.  In a medium pot over low heat, combine butter and marshmallows, stirring occasionally until marshmallows and butter are melted together.  Once melted, remove pot from heat, stir in Rice Krispies and chopped cookies.  Pour mixture into prepared pan and press into pan with a lightly buttered spatula.

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Let cool…

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Daily Words of the Buddha for June 28, 2015

saṃyamena damena ca,
dīpaṃ kayirātha medhāvī
yaṃ ogho nābhikīrati.

By effort and heedfulness,
discipline and self-mastery,
let the wise one make for oneself
an island which no flood can overwhelm.


Dhammapada 2.25

The Dhammapada: The Buddha’s Path of Wisdom,
translated from the Pali by Acharya Buddharakkhita

Starcodes June 26, 2015 Heather Roan Robbins


This weekend we may feel deeply ambiguous about humanity in general and people in particular.  We can feel both content with our beautiful relationships and yet simultaneously cynically fed up with people’s inhumanity to people, torn between diving into life wholeheartedly and going on solitary retreat. Venus and Jupiter conjunct for many weeks in extroverted Leo call us out to the party, conference, or arts festival,  while the Moon in Scorpio and Sun and Mars in Cancer can leave us introspective, potentially suspicious, and in desperate need of some time alone.

Because of this conflict we may feel unusually tender or vulnerable and be tempted to overdo or overreact; we may want to leave town rather than take a break, or bite back rather than set a calm boundary. We may find great last-minute excuses to not join the parade. Maybe we need to fix the motor, dig in our…

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Daily Words of the Buddha for June 26, 2015

Saddhīdha vittaṃ purisassa seṭṭhaṃ
Dhammo suciṇṇo sukhamāvahāti.
Saccaṃ have sādutaraṃ rasānaṃ.
Paññājīviṃ jīvitamāhu seṭṭhaṃ.

Conviction is a person’s highest wealth.
Dhamma, when well-practiced, brings bliss.
Truth is the highest of tastes.
Living with discernment, one’s life is called best.
Sutta Nipāta 1.184
Translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Hawaiian Quilting: a Colorful Art Form


Missionaries taught quilting to the women of Hawaii who transformed it into a uniquely Hawaiian art form. The mild weather allowed far more time for details appliqué and quilting. Since one was not dependent on the quilt for warmth quilting was seen more as a leisurely activity that can be a good thing because it takes many months of hand stitching to complete.

Quilt motifs are drawn from forms of favorite plants. Hawaiian quilts typically have a central appliquéd motif and the stitch pattern often echo that design. The pattern of quilting is often likened to the imprint left by a patterned beater on Hawaiian kapa.

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Need a moment to breathe?  Then, allow your self the heart space to relax, even if for a few minutes … and use long, slow, deliberately deep breaths to re-center your Beingness … and end this mini Zen moment with a gentle smile.  This will help to lower your heart rate, which gives you back minutes of Life, as you tackle your next task with a more relaxed state of mind.  The Key?  ALLOW …