Sunday, September 27, 2009

Banning Bottled Water

September 26, 2009 05:07pm

THE very last bottle of still water has been run out of Bundanoon in the New South Wales Southern Highlands, as the sleepy hamlet officially became the world's first town to boycott bottled H2O.

The residents of Bundanoon in July voted 355 to one to ban commercially bottled water, in an effort to reduce the town's carbon footprint.

Bundanoon launched the Bundy-on-Tap initiative at a parade and an official switchover today, attended by 400 locals and visitors. Free water stations on the main street and school were turned on for the first time, while Bundy-on-Tap reusable bottles went on sale across the town.

The four water stations will be open 24 hours a day.

Free chilled water will also be available in the town's stores.

Bundy-on-Tap organiser and local businessman Huw Kingston said it was a proud day for Bundanoon, a couple of hours south-west of Sydney.

"From something to go from an idea to reality, I think there is a lot of pride in the town today," he told AAP.

Mr Kingston said the ban had put Bundanoon "on the map", and he was confident it would inspire other towns to adopt similar boycotts.

"It is catching on - there are a lot of towns worldwide that have been in touch about this, and obviously we're happy to help as a small community," he said.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Home Pesticides Linked to Childhood Cancers

Home Pesticides Linked to Childhood Cancers

by S. L. Baker, features writer

(NaturalNews) Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), a malignant disease of the bone marrow, is the most common cancer diagnosed in children. In fact, nearly one third of all pediatric cancers are cases of ALL. Although this form of cancer can be cured in many cases, in the worst case scenarios the cancer crowds out normal cells in the bone marrow, metastasizes to other organs and takes the lives of about 15 percent of the youngsters it attacks. What triggers so many kids, usually between the ages of three and seven, to develop this cancer in the first place? A new study just published in the August issue of the journal Therapeutic Drug Monitoring raises the suspicion that commonly used household pesticides are the cause.

Previous studies in agricultural areas of the US have shown strong associations between pesticides and childhood cancers but this is the first research conducted in a large, urban area to look at the connection. The study, conducted between January of 2005 and January of 2008, involved 41 pairs of children with ALL and their mothers and a control group of 41 matched pairs of healthy children and their mothers. The volunteer research subjects were all from Lombardi and Children's National Medical Center and lived in the Washington metropolitan area.

Urine samples collected from the children and their mothers were analyzed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to look for metabolites that provide evidence of household pesticide exposure. Specifically, the scientists were looking for metabolites associated with the pesticides known by their chemical name as organophosphates (OP). The researchers found evidence of the pesticides in the urine of more than half of all the participants, but levels of two common OP metabolites, diethylthiophosphate (DETP) and diethyldithiophosphate (DEDTP), were significantly higher in the children who suffered from cancer. What's more, the mothers who participated in the study filled out questionnaires that revealed more moms whose kids had cancer used pesticides (33 percent) than did the mothers in the control group (14 percent) whose youngsters were cancer-free.

"We know pesticides -- sprays, strips, or 'bombs,' are found in at least 85 percent of households, but obviously not all the children in these homes develop cancer. What this study suggests is an association between pesticide exposure and the development of childhood ALL, but this isn't a cause-and-effect finding," the study's lead investigator, Offie Soldin, PhD, an epidemiologist at Lombardi, said in a statement to the media. "Future research would help us understand the exact role of pesticides in the development of cancer. We hypothesize that pre-natal exposure coupled with genetic susceptibility or an additional environmental insult after birth could be to blame."

While the scientists aren't ready to flat out say pesticides cause cancer, when you look at the big picture and see what is already known about the havoc pesticides appear to cause in the human body, it makes sense for parents and parents-to-be to ditch pesticides -- for their own health and for the health of their children. For example, NaturalNews has previously reported on the link between residential pesticides and childhood brain cancer (, and the strong association between a serious pre-cancerous blood condition and exposure to pesticides (

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Living Off the Land(in Suburbia)

This video, should, so I believe, be viewed by us all, for it shows how it is possible to be virtually self-sufficient in suburbia. That it is not necessary to sell our soul to achieve a level of independance which most of us only dream of.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Mars Story

Twenty-eight years ago I found this Health Farm via word of mouth.

At twenty-one I had no idea what to expect let alone no food for 16 days - "water only", is that possible?

Now, many years later, burnt out with work, life, being a single parent - with a large number of holidays owing, I womdered, hoped, then discovered that John Fielder still existed, along with the farm.
To me the Perfect Holiday.
  • Time out of life
  • Fasting
  • Rejuvenation for an exhausted, neglected, and abused body.
  • Not to forget John's years of experience.
Today I am able to comprehend the essence of Raw Food - Natural Hygiene. Disease as being the process of cure - and that I am responsible for the outcome or future of each day I live in, all areas of my life.

My challenge, and I think this is important to say, is getting back out there " into life", maintain strength, determination, confidence to be an individual - facing ridicule, negative opinions, and being treated as a "Freak".

Simply, I guess we have but one life, and personally I don't wish to look into anybody's back garden, for should I do that, the weeds will be strangling my neck in my own.

I have had an amazing journey here. I've observed the process, let go and gone with it.

Time to rest. time to learn, time to lie around, meditate, time for healing, time to listen to everything, to watch, to be serene.

I feel gratitude to John's wisdom, guidance, grace, and patience with this human race.

I feel blessed to be the only person here at this time. I feel totally taken care of. I have been able to trust. Thank you Dr John.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Farm Up-Date

The refurbishment of the units has now been completed, and all being well will not be required again for another twenty years. Our on-going battle with the termites, I feel sure will never cease though.

Our Bullock's Heart custard apples are ripening at least two months early. Their flesh is more of a pink colour alongside that of the other varieties which is white.They are one of my favourite varieties of custard apple. They usually do not ripen until just prior to Xmas. The other varieties of custard apples have just completed their season.

The Jaboticaba's which grow into a small tree, and bear cherry sized fleshy fruits, are just commencing to flower, and will, hopefully, set a good crop for us this year.

This is both the flower and the fruit of the Jak fruit. When asked to describe what it is like, I have said it looks like crayfish, and tastes like bubble-gum. The fruit has been known to grow to 70 pounds in weight. The fruit grows on the main limbs of the tree, and on occasion can grow on the roots.

In this view you can discern the new mangos which have just set. Some of our trees appear to be setting fruit quite heavily, which augers well for the coming season. Of course, if it is too dry, they will drop quite a large percentage of their fruit.
Setting of the fruit can be effected by rain, which then washes the pollen out of the flowers and stops fertilisation. It can also be effected by wind which blows the pollen out of the flowers.

This is another variety of custard apple whose native habitat is central and south America, known as Rollinea Deliciosa. And delicious it is. This is a very young fruit and grows to the size of an apple, and even larger. Its flavour is remniscent of lemon meringue pie.

The citrus are just commencing to flower and set their fruit. The flowering and fruiting usually goes hand in hand with the ripening of the previous season's crop.

The Yellow Sapote, or lekuma, is another fruit native to central and south America. A very dense and rich fruit, one which nursing mothers require to be careful with, as if they eat too much, it can make their milk too rich and thus upset the baby. The name Sapote, in the local dialect, means fruit. So we have, Yellow, Black, White, and Green Sapote, all of which are unrelated botanically.

Our Papaya's are just setting their first crop. These will be our first crop since the fire. Papayas require well drained soil, and as we did not have an area suitable for them earlier than the beginning of this year, were unable to plant them previously. The normal time from planting to crop bearing is fifteen to eighteen months where we live. In a warmer climate it can be as early as twelve months.

The Sapodilla fruit, is about the size of a large egg, although there are a number of varieties which can be as large as a table tennis ball. In our area they are very slow growing, as can be seen though they are setting fruit. the whole of the fruit is eaten, skin and all. The flavour is remniscent of cinnamon. They are commonly known as chico chico.

Surprising as it may well seem, we are able to grow a variety of Mulberry here. And ours are fruiting at this very moment. Although they are a nice fruit to have, the variety we have available do not have the flavour, nor sweetness of those grown in the southern areas, nor those I have tasted in California.

This is another of our jak fruit trees which, as can be seen is loaded with fruit, some of which are in the stage of ripening. In the Asian countries they are cooked when green, primarily with vegetables, and used this way as they take on the flavours of other foods.

The Soursop, is the same botanical family as the custard apple, with one variety of custard apple being known as the sweetsop.
When opened the flesh and seeds appear to be vey similar to those of the custard apple, except the flesh is quite stringy, and is sour to the taste. And although it is quite a job to de-seed the flesh, many do so, and then blend the flesh in a blender, claiming it is much easier to eat that way, and enhances the flavour somewhat.

Many will ask the question as to how it is that I have a non-fruiting tree in the orchard? This tree is the Bottle Brush tree. And yes, it does not bear fruit. It is a native plant to OZ and adds a little colour to the orchard.

This is to show that the flower really does look like a bottle brush.

And to show that we do appreciate colour in our environment this is a Pink Bauhinia tree.

The Bauhinia's come in Pink, Blue and White. the one on the left being white. I have as yet to acquire a blue one.

Jan's Story

Sent: Wednesday, 16 September 2009 8:24 AM
To: John Fielder
Subject: Re: a Hello

Jan . delighted to have you run my email, as I consider you were the turning point of my outlook to maintaining my health, one has to realise they are responsible for their own lifestyle and currently I do not let others in mainstream alter my basic needs, my other goal has been to remove all negativity from my aura, have had to by pass a long term gal pal who basically made me feel like crap when in her company.

I always desire to return to your Farm day eh!

many thanks for the encouragement to take a new road, has been successful for me.....cheers Jan

----- Original Message -----

From: John Fielder

To: .

Sent: Wednesday, September 16, 2009 7:24 AM

Subject: RE: a Hello

Hi Jan,

So lovely to hear from you, and particularly with regards to your health maintenance. I commend you, and look forward to hearing from you again in 10 years with the same story.

May I request a favour? I would like to run your e-mail on my blog to encourage others. I would only use your Christian name. Please let me know what you think?

Kind regards,


John L Fielder,DO,DC,ND(Adel)

Osteopath & Lifestyle Consultant

Academy of Natural Living

From: .Sent: Tuesday, 15 September 2009 12:35 PM
Subject: a Hello

Jan . touching base John, I came and spent 4 days at the Farm in 1990 after a breast operation.

Have noted changes to the Farm, well done.

I am keeping good health actually for the past 10yrs or so this has been my mantra " maintain health.

Wishing you all the very best, cheers Jan

Friday, September 4, 2009

Mobile Phones and Brain Damage

As all those who know me will verify, I do not own, nor do I wish to own a mobile phone, convenient though they may well appear. I have always felt that the risk of harm from them is far too great to expose myself to such a risk. And any-way, we have lived and survived quite well prior to their appearance, for aeons of time, and their intrusion into our everyday life has, in my opinion, only further increased the stress under which we live. An intrusion, I believe we can well do without, along with the possibility of harm from the EMF's.

This new research further illustrates my point.