Jan 232017
 

KENAF       

(Hibiscus Cannabinus)           Eddie Kenaf Field A                                                 Kenaf SeedsKenaf Leaf Everglades

 

By

Eddie D Katz

A cellulose fiber plant dating 4,000 years back with historical roots in North East Africa. Kenaf has a botanical relationship with cotton, okra and hemp; a member of the hibiscus family.

There are several varieties of Kenaf (broad and palmate- segmented like hemp) and has been studied since the 1930’s at the University of Mississippi. Tender young leaves are used as alternative forage for livestock and food eaten by Africans, East Indians and Asians for 1,000 + years. In Pakistan it is called “Gongoora”.  As food, for example, it is a great salad addition (green leafy texture like spinach with a citrus flavor).  Nutritionally potent with high levels of calcium, selenium, protein, omega fatty acids, nitrogen, etc.

Kenaf is totally earth-friendly.  All you need is water and fertilizer to grow as high as 20 feet in about 150 days.  Having no natural predators, growing Kenaf nourishes the soil and cleans the air.  The flowers are pretty yellow-white blooms with a deep red center that opens at sunrise and closes at night.  Harvesting Kenaf three times during the growing season (to 5 feet) produces tender young leaf for highest nutrition (wet or dry).  Food for humans–forage for livestock.Growing Kenaf for the rest of the season yields stock and core material that can be made into paper and textile products, animal bedding, soil remediation (pollution buster–water, land and air).  Highest organic oil absorbancy to a 92% clean up, starting as soon as you apply it.  One pound of Kenaf absorbs 1.66 gallons of oil or over 11 pounds of oil.  Amazingly absorbs hydrocarbon products up to 12 times its own weight.  Environmentally safe and correct.  A great alternative to plywood (save the old growth trees).  For the garden it’s a great mulch.

Much can be said! Food,Clothing, Building Material( Plywood, Brick, Plastics) Cleans the Soil,Water and Air.  A remedy that we should act on now.  Proven environmentally correct, one that should be used to make paper without killing trees and it doesn’t need insecticides or fungicides.  There’s no need for importing from out-of-state any type of sawdust (substrate), bedding for livestock, mulch for gardens.  EPA approved for 20 years.  Bioremediation (clean up method converting contaminants such as creosote preservatives, PCP-pentachlorophenol, petroleum products into harmless byproducts, i.e. carbon dioxide and water.  Kenaf contains indigenous hydrocarbons digesting microbes without any cultures, preservatives or stablizers.  We can balance our pollution problem right here, right now!  Use Kenaf everywhere.

OIL SUCK:  Just a little sucks a lot. Kenaf manufactured locally by American farmers, is all natural and biodegradable. Kenaf absorbs up to 12 times its own weight. Kenaf assimilates pollution. Kenaf is a remedy for balancing pollution from industrial, military and lakes.  Store 2-5 pound bags of Kenaf in cars, boats and trucks.  Helps keep available proven clean up materials close by.   Do your part–clean the ground and water.  It will help clean our air, an incentive to reduce greenhouse effects.  Need Seeds? Inquire about a Kenaf Presentation. Contact us at WellnessWillpower.

                               Future   Green   Industries

Personal use

  • Food (leaves raw or cooked) for Humans and livestock
  • Dehydrated — freeze-dried — juiced — pickled (picture of pickled Kenaf in oil and garlic)
  • High in nitrogen, protein, calcium, selenium, omegas
  • Seeds yield nutritious food grade oil

 Agricultural benefits

  • Soil remediation – biodegradable (can be disposed in compost)
  • Absorbs oil 12 times it’s own weight
  • Highest organic oil absorbency tested by the us navy
  • Nourishes the soil – soil less potting mix
  • Landfills/ restore environmental balance
  • Store 2-5 lb. Bags of fine dust in cars, boats, trucks
  •  Kenaf Cleans the air as it grows (more co2 absorption)

 Industrial applications                                                         Kenaf Absorbent

  • Building materials that are environmentally safe
  • Paper 100% free of tree and chlorine
  • Pulp — Pellets
  • Particleboard — Composites
  • Lost circulation media/Oil well mud mixed with kenaf fiber
  • Pavers — Block
  • Grass erosion mats –- Seeded mats — Mats for roads of the future
  • Thermo Plastic extender (bio-degradable plastics) — auto industry
  • Soil Neutralizer — landfills, farms, beaches
  • Filter Applications –- water treatment plants (pools, water and air)
  • Oil — Bio-fuel -– industrial lubricants -– cosmetics
  • Containment booms –- absorptive booms -– absorptive blankets
  • Insulation material –- non toxic

 Textiles

  • Clothing
  • Jute (java jute) Indonesia – Burlap North America
  • Cordage
  • Upholstery
  • Canvas – sails

 Animal Bedding                        Animal Bedding

  • Alternative to sawdust (premium grade) no need to import
  • Many times more absorbent than wood shavings
  • Animal litter – low dust – non toxic
  • Preferred for reptiles and horses with allergy problems

    KENAF

       Facts

1.  History: Indigenous of southern Asia, Africa, Middle East.

2. Age: Cultivated for at least 4000 years – originating in Egypt.

3. Yield: Kenaf may yield 6 to 10 tons of dry fiber per acre. Per year. This is 3 to 5 times greater than the yield for pine, which requires 7   to  40 years before they are ready for harvest. 5000 acres produce pulp to supply paper plant 200 tons a day.

4.  Fiber: The outer fiber or bast makes up 40% of the stalks dry weight; the inner fiber or core makes up the other 60%.

5.  Processing: Can be processed in a mechanical fiber separator similar to a cotton gin.

6.  Growth: In the right climate, kenaf grows 14 feet tall in 4 to 5 months and is an annual. Environmentally safe.

7.  Harvesting: Harvesting kenaf 3 times during the growing season (to 5 feet) produces tender young leaf for highest nutrition (wet or dry).

8.  Flowers: Kenaf flowers at the end of the growing season, producing showy hibiscus-like blossoms.

9.  Requirements: Requires a minimum of fertilizers, pesticides, and water in comparison to other row crops.

10. Growing areas: Almost all growing areas of U.S. kenaf, seed cannot mature. You need 60 to 90 days frost free to germinate. Arizona and southwest deserts can produce mature seed.

11. Seeds: 15,000 to 20,000 seeds per pound. Varieties include; Everglades41, Dowling, Whitten, tainung2, all have broad shape leaf, tainung2 has both palmate and broad shape leaf. Seed Price range: $8.50 for 240+, advance order: $2.80/lb. Minimum order 2000 lbs. (Kenaf.seed.com)

12. Absorption:  Cleans the air 3 to 9 times more than other plants in Co2 Absorption. Absorbs oil up to 12 times its own weight. Neutralizes oil toxicity up to 92%.

Summary: America has studied KENAF enough for 80 years. I have been knocking on heads to start businesses for 14 years now!

                     Just a little Sucks Alot

Better than any Sponge-  Absorbs 12 times its own weight-  Oil Spills are happening Now. Its time to get this green industry on line now!

By Eddie D Katz
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Jan 192011
 

             

Organic Amla Powder

 

 
 

Amla (or Amlaka or Amlaki) is one of the most frequently used ancient Ayurvedic medicines to treat a variety of disorders related to the digestive system, the lungs, metabolism, bleeding and even aging.

Most sites that sell Amla products describe the fruit’s rich content of vitamin C, (“The fruit contains the highest amount of Vitamin C in natural form “) which is often said to be responsible for several of the therapeutic actions of the fruit. They are wrong and have not really done their research and are just repeating (or copying verbatim) incorrect information that was put out almost 50 years ago. 

In fact, it has been shown that Amla does not contain any significant amount of vitamin C, but instead other organic acids (such as malic acid and mucic acid) and various common tannoids (small tannin-like molecules) and some unique tannins, one or more of which were mistaken for vitamin C in the initial tests conducted more than 50 years ago. Even so, at the levels described (at about 0.5-0.7% of the fruit pulp), the amount of vitamin C consumed would be small by modern standards.

The dominant active constituent of Amla is a group of tannins derived from gallic and ellagic acids, which make up a large portion of the extractable constituents and from other polyphenols. The fruit also contains flavonoids and kaempferol. The presence of a large proportion of tannins, the other polyphenols and flavanoids in the fruit easily explains many of the reported benefits of Amla, including treatment of respiratory and intestinal disorders, particularly intestinal ulcerations. In addition, polyphenols have been shown to have numerous health protective benefits, including lowering blood lipids and blood sugar, enhancing blood circulation, and blocking the action of carcinogens, which together contribute to the antiaging effect. The apparent superior effect of the mistaken “vitamin C” component is actually the more stable and potent anti-oxidant effect of the tannins, the other polyphenols and flavanoids in the Amla.

A compilation of applications for emblica fruits was carried out by several Ayurvedic writers during the last 25 years. The main applications are for:

* Digestive system disorders: dyspepsia, gastritis, hyperacidity, constipation, colic, colitis, hemorrhoids
* Bleeding disorders: bleeding hemorrhoids, hematuria, menorrhagia, bleeding gums, ulcerative colitis
* Metabolic disorders: anemia, diabetes, gout
* Lung disorders: cough, asthma
* Aging disorders: osteoporosis, premature graying of the hair, weakening vision
* Neurasthenia: fatigue, mental disorders, vertigo, palpitations

Amla has recently undergone preliminary scientific research, demonstrating invitro antiviral and antimicrobial properties. Experimental preparations have shown potential efficacy against laboratory models of disease, such as for inflammation, cancer, age-related renal disease, and diabetes.  A human pilot study demonstrated reduction of blood cholesterol levels in both normal and hypercholesterolemic men.

Amla is also a very fibrous fruit and these fibers are captured in Organic Amla powder.

How to use  Organic Amla Powder

 Organic Amla Powder (which has a somewhat spicy taste) blends well with soups, salads, sauces, gravies, meat and vegetable pies, rices, pastas, flours, spicy foods, pasta shell fillings and can be added to a variety of recipes. 2 tsps per day is the suggested use of the powder.

About the Amla Fruit

The Amla is the fruit of Phyllanthus emblica, also called Emblica officinalis. The plant, a member of the Euphorbiaceae, grows to become a medium-sized tree that is found growing in the plains and sub-mountain regions all over the Indian subcontinent from sea level to the foothills of the Himalayan mountains. The fruit is similar in appearance to the common gooseberry (Ribes spp., a type of currant), which is botanically unrelated to Amla. However, due to the similar appearance of the fruit clusters, Amla is usually called the “Indian gooseberry.”
 

 Astaxanthin

 

              

 Astaxanthin is produced by microscopic small plants: the micro-alga Haematococcus pluvialis. Haematococcus algae can contain up to 30 g of astaxanthin per kg dried algae. These micro-alga are eaten by marine animals including fish, crawfish, crabs and lobster. The Astaxanthin is responsible for the red colour of these animals. Another commercial source is from the ink coloured yeast Xanthophyllomyces dendrorhous.
Health Benefits of Astaxanthin
Astaxanthin is a powerful antioxidant – possibly 50 times stronger than vitamin C. The free radical scavenging activity of astaxanthin protects lipids from peroxidation and reduces oxidative damage of LDL-cholesterol (thereby reducing arterial plaque formation), cells, cell membranes, mitochondrial membranes. Astaxanthin increases strength and endurance.
Astaxanthin seems to improve the immune system by increasing the number of antibody producing cells. Astaxanthin enhances antibody production by exerting actions on T-cells and T-helper cells. Astaxanthin is used to treat neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson?s disease.
Astaxanthin protects the eyes and skin from sun radiation damage by quenching singlet and triplet oxygen. Studies with rats show that astaxanthin reduces retinal injury.
Studies have shown the anti-cancer effects of astaxanthin in rodents. The inhibitory effect of astaxanthin on cancer is stronger han that of beta-carotene.
Facts about Astaxanthin
Most Astaxanthin is not extracted from the marine plants but is chemically produced. In commercial fish and crustacean farms, chemically produced astaxanthin is added to feeds in order to improve the colour.

 RDA 10 mg.

Astaxanthin, unlike some carotenoids, does not convert to Vitamin A (retinol) in the human body. Too much Vitamin A is toxic for a human, but astaxanthin is not. While astaxanthin is a natural nutritional component, it can be found as a food supplement. The supplement is intended for human, animal, and aquaculture consumption. Astaxanthin has 100-500 times the antioxidant capacity of Vitamin E and 10 times the antioxidant capacity of beta-carotene. Many laboratory studies also indicate Astaxanthin is a stronger antioxidant than lutein, lycopene and tocotrienols. Currently, the primary use for humans is as a food supplement. Research shows that due to astaxanthin’s potent antioxidant activity, it may be beneficial in cardiovascular, immune, inflammatory and neurodegenerative diseases. Research supports the assumption that it protects body tissues from oxidative damage
References

Superorganicfoods.com

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astaxanthin

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Sep 182010
 

 

Organic Apple Cider Vinegar:

“Many herbalists recommend the use of raw, unpasteurized, unheated, organic apple cider vinegar as an important dietary ingredient for humans, farm animals and pets, including birds. The Encyclopedia of Natural Pet Care describes apple cider vinegar in this way: “Long a folk remedy, cider vinegar has been shown to improve the health of dairy cows, horses, dogs and other animals. It reduces common infections, aids whelping, improves stamina, prevents muscle fatigue after exercise, increases resistance to disease and protects against food poisoning. Cider vinegar is rich in the vitamins, minerals and trace elements found in apples, especially potassium; it normalizes acid levels [pH] in the stomach, improves digestion and the assimilation of nutrients, reduces intestinal and fecal odors, helps cure constipation, alleviates some of the symptoms of arthritis and helps prevent bladder stones and urinary tract infections.”

Vinegar Through The Ages

Vinegar has been used to cure ailments for centuries. For hundreds of years, folk medicine practitioners have recommended daily doses of apple cider vinegar, not only for specific medical problems, but also for overall food health. In Asia vinegar is called the friend of Chinese herbs because it is often used to process herbal preparations. It is also successfully used in modern Chinese medicine.

Historically, the origin of vinegar was never specifically noted. Vinegar was probably discovered when one of our ancestors found that wine exposed to the air would turn sour, thereby creating vinegar. It is amongst the oldest of foods and medicines know to man. For its healing ways, vinegar has been used for thousands of years. In 400 B.C, Hypocrites, known as the father of medicine, treated patients with vinegar, making it one of the world’s first medicines. Throughout biblical times, vinegar was successfully used to treat infections and wounds. For centuries medical textbooks have listed various ways to use vinegar. These uses include everything from keeping a sharp mind to purifying the waters of the body and to easing pain and alleviating dozens of other ailments. Modern laboratory analysis verifies the antibacterial and antiseptic properties of vinegar. Many of the old-time uses are just as applicable now as they were centuries ago. (Moore xii)

Natural Apple Cider Vinegar: One of Mother Nature%uFFFDs Most Perfect Foods

Fermenting sweet juice makes vinegar. The juice turns to wine or cider which is allowed to ferment a second time until the alcohol mixes with oxygen in the air, changing it into acetic acid and water. Natural—that is, undistilled, organic, raw, apple cider vinegar is often called one of Mother Nature’s most perfect foods. Apple cider vinegar should be made from fresh, organic, crushed apples that are allowed to mature naturally in wooden barrels. Natural apple cider vinegar, found in health food stores, should be a rich amber color with the “mother” quite visible as sentiment on the bottom. The strength of vinegar is important. All varieties of vinegar contain about 4 to 7 percent acetic acid, with 5 percent being the most common amount. Acetic acid is what gives vinegar its tart and sour taste.

There is nothing beneficial about commercial distilled vinegars except for pickling, cleaning and disinfection —they have no health value! They do not contain the health values of organic, raw apple cider vinegar with the mother( enzymes) still intact and viable. Distilled white vinegar and cider vinegar sold in supermarkets are considered “dead” vinegars with none of the enzymes and other live factors that make raw, unpasteurized vinegars so valuable. Distilling removes the beneficial “mother” from the vinegar, thereby, destroying the powerful enzymes and life giving minerals such as potassium, phosphorus, natural organic sodium, magnesium, sulphur, iron copper, natural organic fluorine, silicon, trace minerals, pectin and other powerful nutrients. Also destroyed are natural malic and tartaric acids, which are important in fighting body toxins and inhibiting unfriendly bacteria growth (Bragg 1- 4).

Apple cider vinegar has shown to be an extremely valuable constituent in the body’s biochemical operations and an essential building block in the construction of many complex substances in the body. Vinegar is low in calories and carbohydrates but does contain small amounts of calcium, phosphorus, iron and, of course, lots of potassium. A cup of ACV is 98.8% water, has 34 calories, a trace of protein, and no fat. (Moore p.viii) Acetic acid, the principal constituent in vinegar, plays an important role in the release of energy from fats and carbohydrates. It is of primary importance in the body’s metabolism.

Apple Cider Vinegar Can Make Any Living Thing Healthier

Dr. D.C. Jarvis, MD who wrote “Folk Medicine, A Vermont Doctor’s Guide to Good Health” and “Arthritis and Folk Medicine%uFFFD, is completely convinced that apple cider vinegar could make any living thing healthier. He believes, Potassium, which is found in just the right amounts in natural apple cider vinegar “is so essential to the life of every living thing and that with out it there would be no life. Potassium is the most important of all minerals that are necessary for good health.” Potassium’s main function is to promote cell, tissue and organism growth. It is necessary to replace dead cells and tissue. There is no better source of potassium than vinegar—particularly natural apple cider vinegar.

Dr. Jarvis believes Apple cider vinegar can help fight infection, simply by keeping fluids where they belong—in body cells, not in bacteria. Bacteria need moisture to thrive. As bacteria multiply, they will pull necessary fluids from healthy cells in order to flourish, particularly during times of stress when resistance is low. Stress is a major agent in causing a previously sub-clinical problem to break into a full-blown illness. If the process goes unchecked illness will occur. In order to defeat bacterial infections and illness it is important to keep moisture in the cells and prevent germs from depleting that moisture. According to Dr. Jarvis: “If there is enough potassium in each body cell, it will draw moisture from the [harmful] bacteria, instead of the bacteria taking moisture from the body cells.” Therefore by providing natural sources of potassium in the diet (fruit, berries, sprouts, edible leaves, edible roots, etc.) and including apple cider vinegar to that diet the body cells are provided with the necessary moisture-attracting potassium. It is interesting to note that many traditional medicines used to combat bacterial illness also work by depriving bacteria of moisture and thus keeping fluids inside the cells (O’Brien p40)

Acidic pH Balance Will Discourage Bacteria, Yeast & Fungal Growth

Apple cider vinegar destroys microorganisms, including bacteria, fungi, viruses and others, and prevents poisons from reaching the rest of the systems of the body. It has been proven to inhibit the growth of gram-negative bacilli, Pseudomonas, and Candida. The acid nature of vinegar makes the digestive tract environment unpleasant for germs and fungus. Apple cider vinegar has proven to be a natural treatment (and preventative) in simple cases of avian pediatric digestive disorders. Dr. Jarvis through his own research believes that apple cider vinegar will lower bloods natural alkalinity, bringing it closer to a natural healthy acid state. A naturally acidic digestive tract digestive, with the correct pH balance, will discourage bacteria and is less likely to grow yeast and fungus. Apple cider vinegar can assist the natural process of breaking food in the stomach. The acidic qualities of ACV will help break down protein, in the digestive system, for absorption into the bloodstream.

Apple Cider Vinegar On The Farm

For the past year and a half I have routinely added apple cider vinegar, to my baby birds’ hand-feeding formula, to all drinking water and sprinkled some on the food of the animals here at our aviary and small dairy farm. These animals include several species of breeding exotic parrots, chickens, ducks, dogs, cats and LaMancha dairy goats. The vinegar keeps the water bowls and bottles very clean and sanitary and the animals seem to love it— of course, the nutritional and health benefits are a plus. Apple cider vinegar added to young birds drinking water encourages early weaning and healthy weight gain and they will feather out faster. Adding a little raw apple cider vinegar to the hand-feeding formula water can prove nutritionally beneficial and help to inhibit the growth of yeast, fungus and bacteria. In formula a ratio of about %uFFFD tsp per 4 oz water is best.

You may safely add cider vinegar to food and/or drinking water, starting with small amounts and building up to %uFFFD to 1 teaspoon per 15 pounds of body weight or about 1 tsp apple cider vinegar (health food store variety best) to 8 oz water. That is about %uFFFD cup per gallon of water and/or you may sprinkle or spray small amounts on bird’s food. Gradually add small doses to food over time, you can help even the most finicky eater to accept this. Do not use metal food or water dishes when using vinegar, stainless steel is OK.

In Conclusion

Why Vinegar? Because it can be used medicinally, gets rid of poisons in the body, has disinfecting and cleaning properties and is a natural, nontoxic, biodegradable substance. That is, vinegar is an unadulterated food, a powerful cleansing agent and healing elixir—a naturally occurring antibiotic and antiseptic that fights germs and bacteria. We would be smart to make use of vinegar in our own lives and in our avian nurseries and breeding facilities. — For a healthier, stronger, longer life for our animals and ourselves.
 
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR DOSAGES AND RECIPES

For daily maintenance, weight loss and pH balancing, we now suggest the following:2 teaspoons of organic apple cider vinegar
16 ounces of water
Sip, don’t chug!We suggest 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in 16 ounces of water that you’ll sip throughout the day, rather than drinking the whole concoction at once 3 times a day. You will be keeping your pH in a constant, alkalized state by sipping this highly diluted dosage. Usually 1-2 tall glasses of the concoction are all you’ll need each day.If you drink a lot of water throughout the day, consider adding just a splash of apple cider vinegar to your glass/container each time you fill it up, rather than drinking the one, 16 oz glass of acv and water mentioned above.
For the record, we are not big fans of adding baking soda to apple cider vinegar, nor are we fans of adding any kind of sweetener to the acv/water solution. The baking soda works great for some people, but causes severe side effects in others.
Also, we know the Bragg brand is the most popular apple cider vinegar on the market, but we’ve had just as good results using Whole Foods’ organic and Trader Joe’s organic apple cider vinegar.
To detox: 2 TBLSP of organic ACV in a 1 or 2 Liter filtered water bottle (ie Smart Water, Evian, etc). 2 TBLSP = 1/8th cup. You can add more vinegar than this amount, however, make sure you dilute it with plenty of water. Do not add a sweetener. Drink this solution throughout the day. The solution will be cleansing your system and kidneys all day long. That’s the point.
 

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Aug 232010
 

Better than Bleach: Use Calcium Hypochlorite to Disinfect Water

June 19th, 2010

This article was originally posted at Survival Topics

Many ourdoorsmen, survivalists, and households preparing for emergency disasters rely upon common household bleach as a disinfecting agent to make water safe to drink.

Bleach will destroy most (but NOT all!) disease causing organisms (boiling water to make it safe to drink is always the best method).

What is not well known is Calcium Hypochlorite is far better for chemically disinfecting water.

Old Way: Using Bleach to Disinfect Water

I cringe to think how many people have expired bleach in their disaster emergency kits that will be used for treating polluted water.

Those of us who have emergency preparedness stocks of survival food and survival gear often keep a gallon or two of unscented household bleach on hand for making safe drinking water in large quantities. Bleach is often the chemical of choice because it is commonly available and frequently mentioned when discussing the how-to’s of drinking water.

Typical fresh household chlorine bleach has about 5.35% chlorine content (be sure to read the label).

To use household bleach for disinfecting water:

  • Add two drops of bleach per quart or liter of water.
  • Stir it well.
  • Let the mixture stand for a half hour before drinking.

If the water is cloudy with suspended particles:

  • First filter the water as best you can.
  • Double the amount of bleach you add to the water.

Why Using Bleach to Disinfect Contaminated Water is a Problem

A little known problem with long term storage of bleach in your disaster emergency supply cache is that it degrades over time. Consulting a Chlorox bleach representative produced this statement:

“We recommend storing our bleach at room temperatures. It can be stored for about 6 months at temperatures between 50 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. After this time, bleach will be begin to degrade at a rate of 20% each year until totally degraded to salt and water. Storing at temperatures much higher than 70 degrees Fahrenheit could cause the bleach to lose its effectiveness and degrade more rapidly. However, if you require 6% sodium hypochlorite, you should change your supply every 3 months.”

I cringe to think how many people have expired bleach in their disaster emergency kits that will be used for treating polluted water. Even what are considered reliable sources of information such as the EPA and the Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA will show you how to use bleach to disinfect water but will leave out this exceedingly important piece of information.

This is why I created Survival Topics – to give you the real information you need to survive.

So if bleach is unreliable for long term storage in emergency preparedness kits then what other commonly available chemical methods of disinfecting water are there? As it turns out a better solution is easily available.

Use Calcium Hypochlorite to Disinfect Water

A 1-pound pag of calcium hypochlorite in granular form will treat up to 10,000 gallons of drinking water

Calcium hypochlorite is one of the best chemical disinfectants for water, better than household bleach by far. It destroys a variety of disease causing organisms including bacteria, yeast, fungus, spores, and viruses. Calcium Hypochlorite when mixed with water becomes #Hypochlorous Acid.

Calcium Hypochlorite is widely available for use as swimming pool chlorine tablets or white powder that is much more stable than chlorine. This is often known as “pool shock”.

How to Disinfect Water Using Calcium Hypochlorite

Using granular calcium hypochlorite to disinfect water is a two step process.

  • To make a stock of chlorine solution (do not drink this!) dissolve 1 heaping teaspoon (about one-quarter of an ounce) of high-test (78%) granular calcium hypochlorite for each two gallons (eight liters) of water.
  • To disinfect water add one part of the chlorine solution to 100 parts water to be treated.
  • Let the mixture sit for at least one-half hour before drinking.

 Be sure to obtain the dry granular calcium hypochlorite since once it is made into a liquid solution it will begin to degrade and eventually become useless as a disinfecting agent. This also means you should make your treated drinking water in small batches, for example enough for a few weeks at a time at most.

Another plus for using calcium hypochlorite to disinfect water for emergency use is that a little goes a very long way. A 1-pound pag of calcium hypochlorite in granular form typically costs only a few US dollars and can be obtained in any swimming pool supply section of your hardware store or online. This amount will treat up to 10,000 gallons of drinking water, which is enough for a family of four for some six or seven years at a gallon per day per person!

Calcium hypochlorite will store for a long period of time and remain effective as a chemical drinking water treatment. So get rid of the household bleach and buy a bag of Calcium hypochlorite for your disaster emergency water disinfection needs. It lasts far longer and treats far more water than the traditional chlorine bleach water disinfection treatment. Back to top

Aug 192010
 

Chlorine Dioxide – DMSO Treatment

 

FDA Disclaimer

This treatment has not been evaluated by the FDA and it never will be evaluated by the FDA for two reasons:
1) This treatment only costs about $50 and it requires many, many, many millions of dollars to get a treatment approved by the FDA, and
2) The FDA does not research cancer treatments.

Introduction

This alternative cancer treatment, by itself, has been shown to be very effective against melanoma and squamous cell carcinoma. It should also be highly effective against uterine cancer since uterine cancer also spreads via microbes (e.g. “seeds”) and uterine cancer is also highly associated with microbes (though uterine cancer is also associated with root canals).

It should also be highly effective against AIDS. As a minimum it will help keep AIDS in check.

For other types of cancers its effectiveness has not yet been determined. However, because melanoma and squamous cell carcinoma include stationary cancer cells, and because this treatment is effective for these two types of cancer, it is expected that this treatment will be effective on other kinds of cancer.

This treatments has two major advantages over many other alternative cancer treatments:
1) This treatment was designed to revert cancer cells into normal cells, meaning if it is used properly it will not cause any type of swelling or inflammation, and
2) This treatment can be taken completely transdermally, meaning through the skin. This means those on a feeding tube or I.V. can use this treatment.

Critical Warnings

 

Do NOT Use This Treatment With Prescription Drugs

The DMSO in this treatment may enhance the effectiveness of prescription drugs, thus the cancer patient may effectively overdose on their prescription drugs. Use this treatment with prescription drugs with caution and close observation.

Warning For Women Who Are, or Who Might Be, or Who Might Become Pregnant

Women who are pregnant, might be pregnant, might become pregnant, or are nursing, should NOT take this treatment. The affect on an unborn fetus could be fatal to the fetus due to the high doses of chlorine dioxide in this treatment combined with the extremely low weight of the fetus!! In addition, fetus have many undifferentiated cells and this treatment will TARGET cancer cells, which are also undifferentiated!! Thus, this treatment may inadvertantly target undifferentiated fetal cells!!!!

TAKE THIS WARNING VERY, VERY SERIOUSLY!!!

Tumors

This treatment is not designed to shrink tumors, so if any tumors are in dangerous locations (such as they are pressing on the bile duct) do not use this treatment. use one of the treatments which shrinks tumors, such as the Cellect-Budwig protocol.

Also, if the patient has swelling in their brain, or any other dangerous condition, seek medical help immediately.



 

Cancer Theory Section

 

What Causes Cancer?

What causes cancer? Most people believe that it is DNA damage that causes cancer. While in rare situations, DNA can have a negative affect on a person’s immune system, DNA normally has absolutely nothing to do with the development of cancer.

The fact is that cancer is caused by a special type of microbe which gets inside of normal cells and turns the cells cancerous.

Actually, everyone has cancer cells forming in their body at all times. The immune system generally safely kills them. Thus, a weakened immune system, and many other things, can allow cancer cells to overcome the immune system. But the actual formation of cancer cells is exclusively caused by microbes which get inside of normal cells.

Dr. Royal Rife did an enormous amount of research into the relationship between microbes and cancer in the 1930s. He would inject mice with a virus and in 100% of the cases the mice would get cancer.

Dr. Rife proposed a cure for cancer which did nothing but kill these viruses. His cure was 100% successful. However, note that his cure had no intention of killing cancer cells or fixing DNA (which had not been discovered in the 1930s); its only goal was to kill microbes in the body. Once the microbes were dead the cancer cells were able to revert back into normal, differentiated cells.

It is very doubtful that Dr. Rife knew that the critial microbes which needed to be killed were inside the cancer cells, but electromedicine will kill microbes inside or outside of cancer cells.

But almost all natural substances do not normally get inside of cells, thus it is almost impossible for natural substances to kill the microbes inside the cancer cells. Natural substances can kill cancer cells and build the immune system, but they generally cannot kill microbes inside the cancer cells.

A detailed discussion of how microbes cause cancer can be found in another article. The cancer theory article also discusses the four different categories of treatments which can cure cancer. See this article:
The Theory of Cancer

You may have noted in the article just linked to that as long as microbe(s) are inside cancer cells, the cell is unable to revert into a normal cell.

The purpose of this treatment is to deal with cancer in two different ways:
1) By using DMSO as a “carrier” to get chlorine dioxide inside the cancer cells, the intent is to kill the microbes inside the cancer cells,
2) By using chlorine dioxide, all microbes in the bloodstream will be killed (technically: attenuated).

Because the immune system communicates using electrical signals, and because microbes emit electrical signals which interfere with the immune system communications, by getting rid of microbes in the bloodstream the immune sytem will be supercharged (this was the entire basis of using the Bob Beck Protocol for cancer).



 

What Is DMSO?

This treatment includes DMSO, which is technically called: dimethyl sulfoxide. DMSO is a purely natural product from the wood industry. Many, many millions of people have used DMSO around the world. Not one person has died from its use.

However, many people have difficulties working with DMSO. In some cases there is a skin rash which is simply too severe to continue the treatment. When you get your bottle of DMSO put one drop on your skin, spread it around a little bit and see if you have an allergic reaction (i.e. severe rash). If not, an hour later put 10 drops on your skin and spread it thin. If you do not have a reaction, go ahead with the treatment.

If you want to know more about DMSO, see this website:
http://www.dmso.org/articles/information/muir.htm

The Importance of the DMSO

This treatment uses DMSO and chlorine dioxide. Chlorine dioxide will be discussed below, but the big picture is that chlorine dioxide kills microbes and DMSO “carries” the chlorine dioxide inside of cancer cells.

The theory behind adding the DMSO is that the DMSO will bind to the chlorine dioxide (which is a known fact); then allow the DMSO to carry the chlorine dioxide through the skin (which is a known fact); then, once inside the skin, allow the chlorine dioxide / DMSO molecules to target the cancer cells (which DMSO is known to do); then the DMSO will drag the chlorine dixoide into the cancer cells (which DMSO is known to do); and then once inside the cancer cells the chlorine dioxide should kill the microbes inside the cancer cells (this is the only part that is speculative, but it is reasonable because chlorine dioxide works by chemical actions, not physical actions).

If you kill the microbe(s) inside the cancer cells, the cells will revert back to being normal cells without any type of debris from dead cancer cells. Thus, there is no swelling or inflammation. In fact, DMSO is known to help reduce swelling and inflammation.

But regardless of how many cancer cells it reverts into normal cells, what is known is that DMSO with chlorine dioxide will kill any microbes in the blood and thus will help build the immune system. Furthermore, by purely chemical means it will build the immune system in other ways.



 

What Is Chlorine Dioxide?

Chlorine dioxide has been studied by scientists for many years and has been mentioned in many scientific journals. However, it was Jim Humble who brought chlorine dioxide to the forefront of alternative medicine.

Jim used 15 drops of chlorine dioxide, followed one hour later by another 15 drops, to cure malaria. AIDS/HIV can also be cured with chlorine dioxide, though the administration of chlorine dioxide for AIDS uses injections. However, this article describes a very good AIDS treatment which may be just as effective as injections.

Another thing Jim Humble discovered is that chlorine dioxide can be made at home by mixing stabilized oxygen (also known as: sodium chlorite) with an “activator.” It is the “activator” which converts the sodium chlorite into chlorine dioxide.

Normal stabilized oxygen (e.g. Vitamin O, Aerobic O7 or Aerobic KO7) is usually between 3% and 7% sodium chlorite. This is NOT the same thing as table salt, which is sodium chloride.

Stabilized oxygen (i.e. sodium chlorite) has been used in alternative medicine for several decades. It is used primarily to prevent viral infections, such as colds and the flu, and to treat allergies.

The Miracle Mineral Supplement (MMS) is 28% sodium chlorite. The reason for this mixture is so that it will react more readily to the “activator” to make chlorine dioxide.

Vendors may sell bottles which recommend adding MMS to some form of vinegar. This is old technology. DO NOT USE VINEGAR WITH MMS!!! Vinegar can actually feed yeast infections.

The three things you can mix with MMS are (these are the three activators):
1) fresh squeezed lemon juice, which you squeeze yourself (filter out the particles),
2) fresh squeezed lime juice, which you squeeze yourself (filter out the particles), or
3) 10% citric acid (in liquid form)

Any of these three items will chemically react to the sodium chlorite to create chlorine dioxide. The liquid citric acid is the preferred item to mix with MMS. Liquid citric acid can be purchased over the Internet in liquid form or powdered form. If purchased in powdered form, it must be converted to liquid form before use. MMS should always be purchased from the vendor of MMS. MMS vendors have high turnover of citric acid, thus the product is always fresh.

10% citric acid, in liquid form, mixes better with sodium chlorite than lemon juice or lime juice. When using chlorine dioxide transdermally, meaning through the skin, 10% citric acid also penetrates the skin better than lemon juice or lime juice.

The things you should NOT mix with sodium chlorite are just as important as the things you should mix with it. For example, do NOT use any type of bottled lemon juice, such as ReaLemon, as it may have vitamin C added as a preservative.

The bottom line is to always use 10% citric acid, purchased from a vendor of MMS, or if you cannot get that, then use fresh squeezed lemon or lime juice (which you squeezed yourself). Nothing else is acceptable as an activator.

Also note the Miracle Mineral Supplement bottle should NOT be exposed directly to sunlight.

While you can buy chlorine dioxide over the internet, this website recommends that you make it yourself at home. You should make it at home and use it within two hours.

For more information about chlorine dioxide, see:
http://www.miraclemineral.org/

Items That Can Neutralize Chlorine Dioxide

This treatment can easily be neutralized by Vitamin C, immune builders, Protocel, Cantron, and other antioxidants. Because it is so sensitive to other substances, this treatment should generally be used by itself. Even Cellect includes immune builders, which can neutralize this treatment.

What this means is that if you want to use two alternative cancer treatments, this being one of them, in many cases the two protocols will have to be alternated (e.g. 10 days on one protocol, 10 days on the other protocol; and continue alternating the treatments every 10 days).

The following information from the Bill Henderson Newsletter will clarify these points:

  • They had started with just 2 drops of the MMS and worked up to a dose of 15 drops, twice a day. for ten days. There was no noticeable effect — no nausea, no diarrhea — nothing. They were aware of the effect of Vitamin C on the MMS, so they had moved the Heart Plus and Daily Advantage to later in the day.They did some research, though, and found that the Beta 1,3D Glucan immune stimulant is a strong anti-oxidant also. They were taking it at roughly the same time as the MMS. As soon as they stopped taking the Beta Glucan for a couple of days, the MMS had an immediate effect — diarrhea, cleansing — the whole thing.
    (Chemist) I am a chemist who bought your (previous edition) book and am receiving your e-newsletter (and I have cancer). I am not surprised to finally read in letter #114 that anti-oxidants ‘kill’ MMS. They should. And that’s what I have been telling a friend of mine who has lung cancer. However, anti-oxidants stay in the body for more than three hours. Ideally, if you have enough protection, you should have a more or less permanent steady state of them. The beta-glucan instance, where the people waited three DAYS, certainly suggests this also. I am not sure what the solution to the problem is, but if I were taking MMS (and I intend to) I would stop all anti-oxidants for a while to let the MMS work unhindered.”
    (Bill Henderson) As I mentioned in my last newsletter, the MMS is still in an experimental stage. I would certainly heed Robert Peterson’s advice. At least try discontinuing your use of the Beta Glucan, the Heart Plus and the Daily Advantage for a couple of weeks while you take the MMS. You need to be the judge of whether it is working for you. If you experience the normal MMS diarrhea after you stop the anti-oxidants, then it is probably working for you. This should not continue for long (a day or so). Then, you should begin to have normal bowel movements with no constipation.
    Bill Henderson Newsletter

In other words, do NOT use the chlorine dixoide protocol at the same time as any substance which has Vitamin C, or any other antioxidant, including immune builders. Wait at least a couple of days after discontinuing these treatments before starting the chlorine dioxide treatment.

Taking Chlorine Dixoide: Oral or Transdermal?

As the above quotes suggest, Vitamin C, other antioxidants and immune builders, should not be taken during the same time periods as MMS/Chlorine Dioxide. This is good advice.

However, the quotes above also indicate that diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, etc. are part of this treatment. This is true only if you take this treatment orally. It is the stomach which is causing these side-effects. If you take this treatment transdermally, meaning through the skin; the stomach, and the side-effects, can be totally avoided.

While most websites on chlorine dioxide suggest taking it orally, this website strongly suggests you take it transdermally. The only side-effect of taking this treatment transdermally, if you do it right, are possible slight burnings on the skin. This can be controlled by rotating where you rub it on your skin, spreading it very thin over a wide area of skin and by using skin creams to stop the burning, as long as the skin creams do NOT contain any antioxidants.

Skin creams should NOT be used for at least 15 minutes AFTER the administration of the DMSO.

But a more important advantage of taking it transdermally is that with transdermal applications, higher doses can be taken, and the high doses can be achieved much more quickly.

Patients with lyme disease, for example, may never be able to achieve doses higher than 1/2 drop (of MMS) if they use the treatment orally. But this is because of the stomach, not the body or the blood. By taking it transdermally, all stomach side-effects can be avoided and normal and even high doses can be achieved easily.

The use of DMSO for cancer patients is critical. Chlorine dioxide, by itself, will not get inside of cancer cells. The main reason for adding DMSO is because DMSO will “open up” cancer cells so chlorine dioxide CAN get inside of cancer cells. It is inside the cancer cells where chlorine dioxide is able to revert cancer cells into normal cells.

If you insist on taking chlorine dioxide orally, use DMSO a half-hour BEFORE taking the chlorine dioxide. Here is the oral use of chlorine dioxide article:
Chlorine Dioxide – Orally

More Information About Chlorine Dioxide

Chlorine dioxide is a molecule which is new in the fight against infections and cancer. It is particularly effective against cancers which are commonly associated with microbes. This includes melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma (both of these cancers spread via microbes), breast cancer (which is almost always associated with infections), cancers associated with yeast infections (e.g. uterine cancer), etc. In fact, chlorine dioxide by itself has cured advanced cases of melanoma. Adding the DMSO adds to its effectiveness in treating cancer.

Another advantage to taking chlorine dioxide transdermally is that for those with cancer, lyme disease, or other diseases where the disease has a localized presence, the chlorine dioxide can be taken through the skin right above the location of the disease.

For skin cancers, the chlorine dioxide may not be able to be put directly on the cancer. It depends on whether it is too painful. If it is not too painful, then put the mixture directly onto the skin cancer. If it is too painful, and if you are treating skin cancer, go to the home page of Cancer Tutor and search for “skin cancer” for other treatments.

Miracle Mineral Supplement Information: eBook 1 (free) and eBook 2 (About $10):
www.miraclemineral.org/

Important Comments

It should be remembered from the Stage IV” article (Stage IV article) that killing cancer cells is only half the battle with cancer. Protecting and strengthening the non-cancerous cells is just as important.

Thus, during this treatment, it is essential that the cancer patient be on a strong “cancer diet,” meaning an “anti-cancer” diet.

For example, as with all “cancer diets,” AVOID: sugar, refined flour, animal proteins, etc. during this treatment, as these things, and many other foods, feed cancer cells.



 

Ingredients Needed to Make a Batch of Chlorine Dioxide / DMSO

The ingredients in the protocol consist of:
1) MMS (Miracle Mineral Supplement – 28% sodium chlorite) – at least 4 bottles,
2) 10% citric acid (may come in powdered or pre-mixed liquid form),
3) DMSO – two 8 ounce bottles,
4) High quality skin cream which does NOT contain any added antioxidants

To buy MMS and 10% citric acid, here are two different vendor product lines:
Global Light Network
H2O Air Water America

There are many other vendors of MMS if you wish to use Google. Whatever vendor you choose make sure the package also comes with a form of citric acid.

DMSO usually comes in the form of 99.9% pure DMSO, mixed with 30% water. This makes a 70/30 ratio. Do NOT use DMSO with less than 30% water. Also, DO NOT use a DMSO gel or DMSO cream. These will not bind to chlorine dioxide!!!

Here is one of many vendors of DMSO on the Internet where you can obtain liquid DMSO:
http://www.myvitanet.com/dmsoliq70con.html

Note: Because MMS is sold as a “water purifier” and because DMSO is sold as a “solvent” (due to potential FDA persecution) most health food stores are reluctant to sell these products.



 

How to Make a Batch of the: DMSO / Chlorine Dioxide Mixture

How and when to take a batch of the DMSO / chlorine dioxide mixture will be discussed in a moment, but first, we need to understand how to make a batch.

READ THIS SECTION SEVERAL TIMES to make sure you aren’t missing anything. Especially read it AFTER making one or two batches!! You would also be smart to have a second person look at the instructions to make sure you both agree on how to make a batch.

Step 1: Measuring the MMS

Using the dropper on the lid on the bottle of MMS, put exactly 15 drops of MMS in a small bowl.

If you weigh between 110 pounds and 130 pounds, use 12 drops instead of 15 drops. IF you weigh 110 pounds or less, use 9 drops instead of 15 drops.

At this point you should ADD the correct number of drops of MMS to a small bowl.

Step 2: Measuring the Volume of the Activator

The “activator” will either be citric acid or lemon juice or lime juice. Each will now be discussed.

If the citric acid comes in powdered form, you need to mix it with distilled water before using it. Here is the formula for what to put in the empty bottle:
1) Put 2 TEAspoons of the citric acid powder in the bottle,
2) ADD 3 ounces (i.e. 6 TABLEspoons) of water to the bottle (preferrably distilled water or reverse osmosis water).

Note: If the vendor’s instructions are different than the above instructions, use the vendor’s formula.

This will fill about 3/4 of the blue or brown bottle. This formula has the correct 10% citric acid mixture. Use doses for the activator using the blue or brown bottle.

Lemon Juice or Lime Juice
If you use lemon juice or lime juice as the activator, make sure you filter out all particles using a common kitchen strainer.

The Volume of the Activator
Regardless of your weight, add One TEAspoon of the “activator” (e.g. 10% citric acid) to the MMS.

At this point you should ADD the correct volume of the activator (citric acid, lemon juice or lime juice) to the MMS you already put in the small bowl.

Step 3: Your FIRST Wait of 3 Minutes

AFTER MIXING the MMS (i.e. sodium chlorite) with the activator, stir the mixture, then let it sit for 3 minutes, stirring the mixture every 30 seconds. This three minute wait creates the chlorine dioxide.

Step 4: Measuring the DMSO

AFTER the 3 minutes needed to make chlorine dioxide, add the liquid DMSO to the mixture.

In the same small bowl add 1 and 1/4 TEAspoons of DMSO. In other words, this is added to the chlorine dioxide you made above regardless of your weight.

Step 5: Your SECOND Wait of 3 Minutes

After ADDING the DMSO to the chlorine dioxide you need to mix the mixture, then wait an additional 3 minutes, stirring the mixture every 30 seconds.

This is the SECOND TIME you have waited 3 minutes. This time you are waiting for the DMSO to bind to the chlorine dioxide.

After this second wait of 3 minutes you have a mixture which is defined to be “One Batch” of Chlorine Dioxide / DMSO.



 

Summary of Making the Batch

The steps above can be summarized thusly:

1) Put 15 drops (or 12 drops or 9 drops) of MMS in a small bowl,
2) Add ONE TEAspoon of the “activator” (citric acid, lemon juice or lime juice),
3) WAIT 3 minutes (stir at first and every 30 seconds) to make the chlorine dioxide,
4) Add 1-1/4 TEAspoons of DMSO,
5) WAIT an additional 3 minutes (stir at first and every 30 seconds) for the DMSO to bind to the chlorine dioxide.

You have now made one batch of: DMSO / Chlorine Dioxide!!

Putting DMSO / Chlorine on the Skin (Transdermal)

Now you can rub the mixture onto your skin. Spead the mixture so that it is thin on your skin. This way it will penetrate faster and will create less of a skin rash. It should be spread very thinly, over a wide area of skin. This will create less of a rash.

It should be mentioned that latex gloves, rubber gloves or any other kind of gloves should NOT be used to spread any mixture containing DMSO. The DMSO can pull the materials in these gloves through the skin. Always use bare hands to spread the mixture, no matter who is spreading the mixture.

NO sooner than 15 minutes after spreading the mixture a skin cream, which has no antioxdants, can be used.

The Second Time in the Same Day

If you are using the DMSO mixture transdermally TWICE a day, use a different spot of skin the second time you make the mixture. For example, if you used the left and right arm to spread the mixture the first time, then use the left thigh and right thigh the second time you spread this mixture on your skin.

By doing this, no spot of your skin will be used more than once per day. This gives your skin an entire day to recover.

NO sooner than 15 minutes after spreading the mixture a skin cream, which has no antioxdants, can be used.



 

When To Take the: DMSO/Chlorine Dioxide Mixture

The Chlorine Dioxide / DMSO protocol should be taken twice a day. The doses should be taken 12 hours apart or as close to 12 hours apart as possible.

For example, a person may take one batch at 8:00 AM (i.e. 0800) and another batch at 8:00 PM (i.e. 2000).

Each “dose” of the mixture should be taken one-half hour after a pure dose of 2 TEAspoons of DMSO.

So, for example, suppose you are taking the morning batch:
1) At 8:00 AM take 2 TEAspoons of DMSO
2) At 8:30 AM take the DMSO/chlorine dioxide mixture

Then, for the evening dose:
1) At 8:00 PM take 2 TEAspoons of DMSO
2) At 8:30 PM take the DMSO/chlorine dioxide mixture

Because the DMSO may cause bad breath, if a person has to leave their house during the day, they may want to use breath mints. If a second person spreads the DMSO on the skin of the patient, they will also have bad breath and will not be able to notice the breath of the cancer patient.

About the Morning Dose

Melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma and uterine cancer patients do not need to use any DMSO during the morning dose, if and only if they can take the chlorine dioxide orally. The reason is that the key to treating these kinds of cancer is two-fold:
1) Stop the spreading of cancer,
2) Kill or revert stationary cancer cells.

The morning dose, even without DMSO, will stop the spread of the cancer (in fact, that is why the doses are 12 hours apart) because these cancer spread via microbes in the bloodstream. The evening dose will help handle both of the goals.

For ALL OTHER types of cancer, the DMSO in the morning and evening is required. It is the DMSO that gets the chlorine dioxide inside the cancer cells.

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We all know that pets aren’t supposed to have people food. But let’s face it, sometimes, it happens…something falls on the floor when you’re cooking dinner, and Buddy is quickly there, vacuuming up the crumbs, or Felix steels something off the plate when you aren’t looking…

There are some healthy “people foods” for pets (only small amounts– not replacements for pet food). But there are also many foods that can be dangerous to our feline friends and canine companions.

Here is a handy list of the top common foods that are toxic to your pet along with tips on what to do if your pet happens to get a hold of any of these substances.

Avocado

While many pet owners say they feed their pets avocados with no problems, studies have shown that their leaves, fruit, seeds and bark can contain a toxin called Persin. According to the ASPCA, the Guatemalan variety, which is commonly found in stores, contains the most toxicity.

Onions, onion powder, chives and garlic

These all can lead to gastrointestinal irritation and red blood cell damage. All forms of onion can cause problems including dehydrated onions, raw and cooked onions. Cats are more susceptible than dogs, but it can be toxic to both.

Grapes and raisins

These can be toxic to dogs and cause kidney failure. Researchers say there are still many unknowns about the toxicity of grapes and raisins, including whether only certain types of dogs are affected, but it is advised not to feed grapes or raisins to dogs in any amount.

Yeast dough

Dough that is not cooked and contains yeast can rise in your pet’s stomach, causing pain, and can potentially cause the intestines to rupture. This risk diminishes once the dough is cooked.

Left-over bones

Left-over bones pose a choking hazard to pets, and they can also splinter and puncture your pet’s gut or intestine. Additionally, do not feed your pet undercooked meat or eggs, as they can contain harmful bacteria.

Foods with a high salt or fat content

Excessive fats can cause upset stomach and potentially inflame the pancreas causing pancreatitis. Salty foods can pose a risk for the development of sodium ion toxicosis, according to the ASPCA. Be aware that if your pet gets into food with a high fat or salt content, she could experience stomach problems including diarrhea and vomiting.

Chocolate, coffee, alcohol

According to the ASPCA, the substances in chocolate, coffee, and caffeine, methlxanthines, can cause vomiting, diarrhea, panting, excessive thirst and urination, hyperactivity, tremors, seizures, and potentially death in pets. The higher the cocoa percentage, the more dangerous the chocolate is, making dark chocolate more toxic than milk or white chocolate. All these products can cause vomiting, diarrhea and even death.

Sugarless candies (products sweetened with xylitol)

This compound can cause liver damage and even death in some more vulnerable dogs. Xylitol is in many products including gum, candy, sugar-free cookies and toothpaste.

Macadamia nuts

These nuts can cause weakness, vomiting, tremors and hyperthermia in dogs. Symptoms generally last up to two days, and usually appear within 12 hours of ingestion.

What do you do if your pet ate something poisonous?

If your animal is having seizures or losing consciousness, bring him or her to your veterinarian or emergency vet center. If your pet is not showing symptoms, but ingested something potentially toxic, call the ASPCA hotline at (888)426-4435. Have the following information available: the species, breed, age, sex, weight, and information about the product exposure. It is best to have the package of the product available for reference.