Health ~ Ancient Mega-Virus That Does Not Resemble Any Virus on Earth Is Set To Be Revived

NASA researchers working on the Arctic ice (NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre / Flickr)
NASA researchers working on the Arctic ice (NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre / Flickr)

Evoking visions of mad scientists, French researchers are set to revive a mega-virus dormant for 30,000 years that they discovered in the permafrost of the Russian Arctic.

The researchers, from the French National Center for Scientific Research, say they will take precautions to revive the specimen under safe laboratory conditions. They published a paper detailing their research in the journal the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The group of researchers is headed by Jean-Michel Claverie, who runs a laboratory at the French center.

American scientists revived the Spanish Flu virus in 2004 to try to understand its extreme virulence. That virus killed tens of millions of people. The researchers went to Alaska and took samples of lung tissue from a woman who had been buried in permafrost. Using those samples and autopsy tissues, these U.S. scientists pieced together the code for the eight genes. The scientists did the work at what ABC.net calls a “top-security” laboratory of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia.

The French scientists, who awakened another Siberian virus, known as Pithovirus sibericum, in a petri dish in the lab in 2013, warn that climate change may awaken dangerous viruses in areas of the far north where soil or permafrost is melting and believe it is better to ‘know the enemy’. They found it near the same area as the latest discovery, which they named Mollivirus sibericum.

This is the fourth prehistoric virus found since 2003.

Perhaps the most ground-breaking aspect of the research from 2013 and 2015 is the fact that these Siberian viruses don’t resemble any other virus known on Earth. Modern viruses are tiny and have only a few genes. But Pithovirus sibericum and Mollivirus sibericum contain 500 genes, placing it in a new category of viral giant, a family known as Megaviridae. “Sixty percent of its gene content doesn’t resemble anything on Earth,” said Chantal Abergel, a fellow researcher and wife of Claverie.

Another virus, found in 2003, Pandoravirus, has 2,500 genes. In comparison, the HIV virus has only 12, and Influenza A has eight.

The French researchers call the two viruses they found giant viruses. To qualify as a giant virus it has to be more than a half-micron long—1/1000th of a millimeter.

Pithovirus sibericum is infectious to amoebas but does not appear harmful to human cells, the researchers said. It was found in a 100-foot-deep sample of permanently frozen soil taken from coastal tundra in Chukotka, near the East Siberian Sea.

When they announced the finding of the first virus in 2013, Claverie said: “The revival of viruses that are considered to have been eradicated, such as smallpox, whose replication process is similar to that of Pithovirus, is no longer limited to science fiction. The risk that this scenario could happen in real life has to be viewed realistically.”

Exploration of the Siberian permafrost is expected to increase as it is thought to contain 30 percent of the world’s oil reserves, gold deposits and other key minerals. There is therefore a danger that viruses which humans have never encountered before, and have no immunity to, could emerge from the ice. Claverie called for safeguards against awakening viruses that were once dangerous, such as smallpox.

Ian Branam, a spokesman with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, responded to questions about precautions and safety around virus reanimation. He said in e-mail to Ancient Origins that protocols vary around the world but added:

“Precautions taken include personal protective equipment such as gowns, masks, gloves, shoe covering, etc. Powered respirators are often required as are shower-out procedures when exiting the lab. The lab itself needs to be limited access in a secure facility and have negative air pressure so flow is always into the lab when doors are opened. Waste is sterilized before removal and exhaust air is filtered. Personnel are monitored for any potential symptoms of infection and usually can be asked to record viral signs or check in one or more times a day to confirm no symptoms (fever, etc.)”

CDC technician dons an older-model positive-pressure suit before entering one of the CDC’s earlier maximum containment labs.

CDC technician dons an older-model positive-pressure suit before entering one of the CDC’s earlier maximum containment labs. (Wikipedia)

When asked how the French scientists could know if the Siberian virus could infect amoebas but not humans, he replied: “Without knowledge of the specifics, it could be because contemporary viruses like it infect amoeba. When obtained, experiments will probably be conducted to see if it is infectious for other organisms using cell lines and possibly animal models if infectivity is suspected on the basis of the in vitro cell lines.”

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Herbalogy ~ Three Wild Herbs for Lucid Dreaming

Do you remember what you dreamt about last night?  How about the night before?

For thousands of years, we humans have placed a ton of value on the content of these bedtime reveries, deriving inner wisdom and even premonitions from them. Dreaming feels like a birthright, an extra sense that allows us to process both rationally and spiritually while our body rests up.

They are one of behavioral science’s biggest mysteries, with no agreed-upon theory of their origin and specific purpose. For some, dreams occur nightly, but others never experience them at all.

One thing is for sure – many who don’t dream wish they did.

Since I was young, I’ve had them on a regular basis, but have always known there were deeper places to go in this state of consciousness.  The quest for many is to achieve the lucid dream, or “knowing we’re dreaming” inside the dream.

The lucid dreamers I know are able to navigate their dreamscape with an awakened mind, asking characters they come across pretty insightful questions about their spirit path. They can run, jump, and fly at will, gaining profound inner wisdom from the experience.

If you would like to dream more at night, and perhaps experience the magical lucid dream, there are three wild herbs that have been used throughout time to accomplish just that.

The herbs below are all 100% legal, and easy to get ahold of. However, please do your own research before trying any of them – herbs are medicine and they should be treated with proper caution.  These plants each have a variety of other medicinal uses, but we’re focusing solely on their dream-enhancing effects.

Wild Asparagus Root  Asparagus racemosus

wildasparagusrootThe Chinese word for wild asparagus root is Tian Men Dong – or heavenly spirit herb. For millennia, it’s been cherished by shamans, monks, and yogis for its heart-opening effects.

Also known as “The Flying Herb”, it’s believed that wild asparagus root helps one fly through the universe at night, achieving magnificent dreams. The wisdom schools of ancient China placed much
value on dream work, namely lucid dreaming.

In Chinese folk medicine, it is believed that this particular herb has a direct and positive effect on the heart energy, dissolving the dualities that come with our physical incarnation – black and white, left and right, inside and out. This allows our consciousness to blossom into infinite space while we sleep.

Preparation: the best way to use wild asparagus for this particular purpose, is to brew a tea of either the fresh or dried root.  Keep in mind that a tea from the freshroot will be much more potent.

Valerian Root Valeriana officinalis

valerianrootThis herb has been used in folk medicine for centuries as a calming aid, muscle relaxant, and to promote deep sleep.  Because lucid dreaming usually requires a heightened state of slumber, it has become a commonly reported side effect of valerian root.

Many also report that valerian greatly improves the ability to remember their dreams. Robert Monroe, a famed specialist in Out Of Body Experiences, once said “Most of us dream, and those who don’t simply are not remembering them.”

Imagine an herb that not only promotes deep states of sleep that are fertile ground for vivid dreams, but also boosts our ability to remember what happened the morning after.  Valerian might be just that.

Warning: Because there isn’t enough information available regarding its effects during pregnancy, women who are expecting are better off avoiding it altogether.

Keep in mind: If you already experience extreme dream states, you might think twice before trying valerian.  It can intensify your nocturnal adventures quite a bit – which is wonderful when you’re having a good dream, but not-so-great if you’re having a nightmare.

Preparation: Valerian is most commonly brewed in a tea, but be careful to use water that is hot, but not boiling, in order to preserve the delicate oils in the root. Some also prepare a tincture from the dried or fresh root (this can usually be found at health food stores).

Mugwort – Artemisia vulgaris

mugwort1Very common throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, mugwort has a rich history of use, both as a medicinal and metaphysical ally.  In the middle ages, it was known asCingulum Sancti Johannis, because Saint John the Baptist famously wore a belt of it whenever he traveled through the woods.  It is referenced often in Celtic and Norse mythology as a magical plant that can ward off evil, and was hung in doorways and burnt as incense to clear stagnant air and prevent illness.

Mugwort is known as “Molush” by the Chumash Indians of California, and its Paiute name translates literally to “Dream Plant”.  It’s often smoked in indigenous ceremonies, and interestingly, is also hailed by various tribes for its power to ward off evil, bad spirits, and disease.

Known for its dream-enhancing effects, many report that it magnifies the brilliance of color and overall duration of their mid-slumber journeys. On a personal note, I’ve had some lovely experiences with this one ☺

Mugwort grows just about everywhere. You’ll often find it underfoot, whether in the woods or walking through an overgrown urban environment.  Is it sheer chance that this sacred herb that reportedly heightens consciousness is sprouting up all around us?

Preparation: Like the two plants mentioned above, Mugwort is quite often taken as a tea, but can also be smoked in a pipe. The leaves of the Mugwort plant are what contain the active chemical constituents.

We wish you wonderful and wisdom-packed journeys tonight, and many nights thereafter. Remember, like any good herbalist, we each need to do careful research on the medicinals we choose to work with – this is a central pillar of the plant path.

Everyone deserves to dream!

Prayer To The Earth Mother

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Earth mother
mother earth
heart of my heart
breath of my breath
blood of my blood
flesh of my flesh
bone of my bone
life of my life
She who IS
everything to me
everything of me
I see you
I hear you
I have ever known you
I will forever love and honor you
Embrace me
that I may feel what you feel.
Awaken me
that I may see what you see.
Nurture me
that I may be as you are.
Teach me
that I may know what you know.
Bless me
that I may authentically reflect your beauty
Stay with me
that I may forever change and grow
and BE ONE with you.

― Leesa Wilson | The Gypsy Priestess

Hygeia Enters Virgo and Squares Saturn 2015-09-19

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Hygeia (health, healing and healthcare professions) enters Virgo (arguably its home) on September 19th and almost immediately squares Saturn at 0 Sagittarius.  Both Virgo and Sagittarians will likely “feel” this day, but so will Pisces and Gemini.  This is especially true for those who birthdays (Sun or other planets) are near the “cusp” including late Leos, Scorpios, Aquarians, and Taureans.  (Birthdays a few days before or after February 18th, May 21st, August 23rd, and November 22nd).

Here is the chart for entry of Hygeia into Virgo:

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Health and healthcare issues are likely to be prominent on this date, particularly for those with birthdays “near” the dates previously mentioned.

Here is the chart for the square:

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We note significant 5th Harmonic activation at this time.  A 5th Harmonic pattern resembling a Yod is in play, and we believe that this represents an opportunity…

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Difference Between Shinto and Buddhism

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Shinto vs. Buddhism

Shinto or kami-no-michi (the original traditional term) is the natural spiritual cult of Japan extensively followed by the Japanese people. Shinto or literally meaning the way of the Gods was originally adopted from the ancient Chinese inscriptions. The very word Shinto is the combination of the two terms, “shin” or ‘shen’ meaning gods or spirits and “tō” or “do” denoting an idealistic path of study or path of existence. On the other hand, Buddhism is a tradition envisaged as the ultimate path of salvation which is to be achieved through an imminent approach into the absolute nature of reality and existence.

Shinto essentially integrates the various religious practices consequent of the diverse regional and local prehistoric traditions that were practiced in ancient Japan. On the other hand Buddhism takes within its purview many diverse traditions, religious practices and spiritual beliefs which are majorly based on the teachings of the Siddhartha Gautama Buddha.

Shinto is a unique religion where the ritual practices, actions and rites are a lot more significant than the words or preaching. On the other hand, Buddhism is a religion that does not recognize many religious rites or practices. It primarily focuses on the relation and study of the words and philosophies of the Buddha and the paths of existence as showed by him.

Shinto exemplifies the worship of the abstract forces of nature, the ancestors, nature, polytheism, and animism. The central focus remains on ritual purity which revolves around the honoring and celebration of the existence of Kami which is the ultimate spirit of essence. In a differing way, the foundation of Buddhism lies on the performing of altruism and following the paths of ethical conduct. Some of the common practices of Buddhism are cultivation of wisdom through meditation and renunciation, invocating the bodhisattvas and studying the scriptures.

Buddhism has two main branches termed as Mahayana and Theravada. Mahayana includes the traditions of Pure Land, Nichiren Buddhism, Zen, Shingon, Tibetan Buddhism, Shinnyo-en and Tendai whereas Theravada centers on the thoughts from the earliest surviving School of Elders. But Shinto has no branches and exists as one single institution of ancient Japanese religion.

Summary:

1. Shinto is an ancient religion from Japan whereas Buddhism is a tradition envisaged in India by Siddhartha Gautama.
2. Shinto originated from ancient Chinese inscriptions, whereas Buddhism has its inception in the thoughts and teachings of Gautama Buddha.
3. Shinto lays importance to religious actions and rites rather than words and preaching whereas the foundation of Buddhism is the words and preaching of Buddha. Buddhism focuses on an altruistic life that leads to salvation.
4. Buddhism has religious branches in the form of Theravada and Mahayana whereas Shinto has no such religious sects.
5. Shinto worships the forces of nature, polytheism and animism whereas Buddhism is all about following an ethical code of conduct in one’s life and practice meditation and renunciation.

 

Mercury Retrograde ~ in Libra

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The third Mercury Retrograde Cycle of 2015 occurs in Libra (15o 55″) on September 17 at 6:09 pm Universal time,1:09 pm Eastern time and 10:09 am Pacific Time

Mercury goes direct in Libra (0o 54″) on October 9 at 2:57 pm Greenwich or Universal time, and 9:57 am Eastern time, 6:57 am Pacific Time.

Mercury enters the Pre-Shadow August 28 and is last in the Post-Shadow on October 24
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The calendar highlights the significant phases of Mercury Retrograde using different colors:

The Mercury Retrograde Pre-Shadow phase is shown in blue, with violet indicating where the effect tends to be felt more strongly.

The Mercury Retrograde phase is shown in light red, with the time that Mercury is in Retrograde Station indicated in dark red. During the retrograde phase, a darker color is used to highlight the time when Mercury is moving more slowly and when its effect tends to be felt more strongly.

The Mercury Retrograde Post-Shadow phase is shown in brown. The Mercury Direct Station, as Mercury stops its retrograde motions and is about to move forwards again, is indicated in dark brown. While Mercury is still moving slowly and has not speeded up, the effect of this phase tens to be felt more strongly and is indicated with a darker color.

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Just a quick little astrology heads up: Mercury will be retrograde from September 17th to October 9th. If you’re Mercury sensitive like me (I have six Mercury-ruled planets in my chart – yikes!), you may have already been feeling the energy the last two weeks. This is called the “shadow period” and sometimes it feels worse than the actual retrograde. I like to think of it as “planetary PMS”.

What I’ve noticed: especially bad driving and funky communication – especially of the passive-aggressive type.

It might be wise for all of us to pay close attention to how we are communicating with others during this period. For example, if someone is trying the passive-aggressive shuffle with you, call them out on it. Or, if you are leaning in that direction, stop and ask yourself if there is a healthier way to get your needs met. The wonderful thing about retrogrades is that they give us an opportunity to review how we’re operating. These next few weeks are a good time to check in with yourself, especially in the relationship department. (By the way, that extends to ALL relationships, not just romance.)

Poem ~ “Write With Spirit,” by Allison Nappi

fuji_at_dawnBut can you love me in the deep? In the dark? In the thick of it?

Can you love me when I drink from the wrong bottle and slip through the crack in the floorboard?

Can you love me when I’m bigger than you, when my presence blazes like the sun does, when it hurts to look directly at me

Can you love me then too?

Can you love me under the starry sky, shaved and smooth, my skin like liquid moonlight?

Can you love me when I am howling and furry, standing on my haunches, my lower lip stained with the blood of my last kill?

When I call down the lightening, when the sidewalks are singed by the soles of my feet, can you still love me then?

What happens when I freeze the land, and cause the dirt to harden over all the pomegranate seeds we’ve planted?

Will you trust that Spring will return?

Will you still believe me when I tell you I will become a raging river, and spill myself upon your dreams and call them to the surface of your life?

Can you trust me, even though you cannot tame me?

Can you love me, even though I am all that you fear and admire?

Will you fear my shifting shape?

Does it frighten you, when my eyes flash like your camera does?

Do you fear they will capture your soul?

Are you afraid to step into me?

Surely you have seen the jungles: meat-eating plants and flowers armed with poisonous darts.

Do not worry. They belong to me, and I have invited you here.

Stay to the path revealed in the moonlight and arrive safely to the hut of Baby Yaga: the wild old wise one… she will not lead you astray if you are pure of heart.

You cannot be with the wild one if you fear the rumbling of the ground, the roar of a cascading river, the startling clap of thunder in the sky.

If you want to be safe, go back to your tiny room: the night sky is not for you.

If you want to be torn apart: come in. Be broken open and devoured. Be set ablaze in my fire.

I will not leave you as you have come: well dressed, in finely threaded sweaters that keep out the cold.

I will leave you naked and biting. Leave you clawing at the sheets. Leave you surrounded by owls and hawks and flowers that only bloom when no one is watching.

So, come to me, and be healed in the unbearable lightness and darkness of all that you are.

There is nothing in you that can scare me. Nothing in you I will not use to make you great.

A wild woman is not a girlfriend. She is a relationship with nature. She is the source of all your primal desires, and she is the wild whipping wind that uproots the poisonous corn stalks on your neatly tilled farm.

She will plant pear trees in the wake of your disaster.

She will see to it that you shall rise again.

She is the lover that restores you to your own wild nature.

I’ll always love you 🌹

Robert Hughey, Curator.

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Happy Birthday, Ganesha Ji!!

The most important day of the year to clear obstacles in your life is Ganesha’s birthday. This is a very special time that happens once a year, when Ganesha will take on your karma, and dissolve all obstacles that lie in your future. All rituals and prayers to Ganesha become tremendously magnified during this time, and we have put together 3 packages to help you take advantage of this special power time.

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The elephant head of Ganesha has a tremendous amount of importance because the elephant is associated with Supreme Intelligence. That’s why Ganesha is represented as the Isha, the Lord or the General of the Ganas (Angels).

Ganas are Super-intelligent beings. These are the soldiers in Heaven and they have a tremendous amount of psychic powers. They don’t fight wars like we do with nuclear weapons. They do it with psychically driven weapons.

He is the head of all these soldiers with psychic powers, so you can imagine the kind of intelligence that Ganesha possesses.

The worship of Ganesha represents acquisition of psychic powers and Supreme Intelligence.

Why the elephant head? The elephant is the most intelligent animal according to Indian scriptures and also according to Aristotle. He said that no animal is more intelligent or smarter in wit than the elephant. Aristotle said this long before scientists found out the importance of the elephant brain compared with the human brain like is happening now.

Worshiping Ganesha on his birthday every year has tremendous significance for everyone wanting to develop their intelligence.

Ganesha, Custodian of Intelligence, can give you shortcuts so that you don’t have to grope in the darkness.

That is what Ganesha does.

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Never Underestimate the Power of Divine Archetypes like Ganesha!

Archetypes are able to help us in our day to day life. They have a higher intelligence. They can inform us and warn us of dangers ahead of time and give us a better intelligence. Ancient Scientists of different cultures understood Archetypes and used them in their daily lives.

Obstacles Are Standing Between You & Success

Obstacles are the karmic road blocks we experience in life, interwoven into the very fabric of our destiny. They are responsible for the hardships we face, especially delays, and setbacks, as well as frustration and failure. Ultimately, they block success, both materially and spiritually, and if they are not removed, they make it nearly impossible to reap the fruits of your efforts no matter how hard you try, or how well-intentioned you may be. The Archetype Ganesha, however, has the solution.

The Archetype Ganesha is a universal one that can be found in many cultures all over the world. He is sought by regular people, Mystics, and even by the Gods for his unique ability to both foresee and remove all known and unknown obstacles that lie in the future. Ganesha has the power to take your karma and transform it to ensure an utterly successful and prosperous future. He can give you the ability to enjoy effortless success and unimpeded growth in all areas of your life.

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A Celestial Climax

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Yesterday, the New Moon Solar Eclipse opened the gateway to an astrologically supercharged window divinely designed for manifesting your deepest soul desires … But it gets better, amidst all this, comes a rare “8888” day on the 17th … a day that is between a New Moon Solar Eclipse and Supermoon Lunar Eclipse, and also the first day Mercury goes retrograde. BIG things are brewing …
Two powerful eclipses define September 2015, and this means it’s a month of tremendous shifts!
The entire world will experience sudden and profound change this month. Eclipses open up portals of transformation. They align the Sun, Moon and Earth, and this alignment happens twice within two weeks, so eclipses always RESTART us in some major way – like rebooting your computer and beginning with a fresh screen.
September’s two eclipses are definitely going to transform us even deeper than usual!
 
For one, a magnificent code of infinite resources and abundance is activated:
 
2015 is an 8 Universal Year
September is a 17/8 Universal Month
A double 8-8 is magnified throughout September
8 symbolizes eternity, leadership, prosperity and strength – and
8 is a visual reminder that the spiritual and mundane, the above and the below, are all one and not separate!
The first eclipse, a VIRGO Solar Eclipse occurs on Sunday, September 13.
13 symbolizes empowerment through life, death and rebirth.
During this New Moon Eclipse, the Sun and Moon are forming a harmonious trine to Pluto – a planet that ALSO governs life, death and rebirth!
And Pluto even lies at 13 degrees!
This amazing Eclipse code is followed by an equally magnificent day, September 17, when THREE astro-numerology events occur AT ONCE!
On September 17…
Jupiter forms an exact opposition to Neptune
Saturn finally moves from Scorpio into Sagittarius
Mercury goes retrograde
September’s 17 Month number is doubled up on the 17th.
The moments surrounding this first New Moon eclipse on September 13 and the events four days later on September 17 will bring the energy of the year to a climax.
(That radical shift will culminate with the big Full Moon Blood Moon Eclipse on September 27th and 28th.)
Have a wonderful, life-changing Eclipse weekend!

The Elders September Transmission ~ The Pyramid Above the Arctic and Wave X

There does exist a pyramid above the Arctic whose purpose is
balancing the poles of the planetary grid and of consciousness
once frozen in time now melting down and shifting on all levels.

The Keeper of this Pyramid is known by the frequency name,
Sophia Hokhmat, Creator of all knowledge and wisdom.
 
Sophia creates an ever-expanding body of knowledge
flowing through the consciousness matrix,
where souls experience.
There they may study the natural laws of creation,
then learn and develop their abilities to think and
understand that which is occurring in their realities.
 
For it is in Sophia’s matrix that the souls
understand the connection of all things
to this matrix,
to the 12 pyramids,
and to the Central Source
that acts as a hub in the center of all of this,
the creational energy that gives life to the 12 pyramids,
and all that they create as expressions of the geometric design.
 
Within this frozen monolith one understands how a soul is created
and how that soul can manifest in many realities at the same time,
taking knowledge from the matrix with each experience.
 
Within this pyramid, one can create and access great
wisdom by mere thought. And that thought is linked
to all other thoughts, which bind the souls together,
and that in one nano-second of your timeline all
information is learned and understood by all.
 
It is now time to travel to the Halls of Knowledge
created within this Pyramid of Ice and Light. You will
combine your mind and consciousness with the matrix.
Then you will understand all things in your world.
Thoth the Atlantean

Food for the Spoiled Rotten Mutt in Your Life

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Thanks much to our Mom, Rita, for sharing the recipe that keeps her elderly dog going. The human food she makes is amazing – we can say for sure that he’s one lucky dog! Read on:

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I just wanted to share a recipe with you that I cook frequently for my still at home family – in the pressure cooker! One ill and aged family member refused food until I started cooking this. Give it a try this winter, it smells delicious. Perhaps in the slow cooker or a dutch oven if you don’t use a pressure cooker.

3 ¾ pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut in small cubes
½ Tablespoon olive oil
1 ½ cups low sodium chicken stock
1 small handful of rice

Sauté chicken in the olive oil over medium heat, add the stock and rice, put the lid on and bring up to pressure in your…

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