Thursday, May 26, 2016

Nahko and Medicine for the People - Love Letters To God





Published on May 17, 2016

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Nahko and Medicine for the People is a music collective fronted by Nahko Bear. They have a new record this year, called "Hoka". We met the guys some time ago - this is "Love Letters To God".

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Lyrics


[Chorus]

Love letters to God
Wonder if she reads them, or if they get lost
In the stars, the stars, in the stars
So many parts to a heavy heart
If there’s no beginning, then where would you start?
Start, start, where would you start?

[Verse 1]

And dig, always dig a little deeper
Sometimes it’s hard to be my brother’s keeper
Universal test, feel the weight of my love put your hand on my chest
And rest
In the cradle of my arms
And to pick up that gun
My love we are destined to teach these ones to be brave
And never run away
In silence, never been so loud in the violence
When we’re fighting for a change, not afraid to lose it all despite all the rage
We are animals
And we cannot be caged
Provoke us to fight
So we burn a little sage and write poetry
Wiser than the enemy will ever be
The minority
And authority

[Chorus]

Love letters to God
Wonder if she reads them or if they get lost
In the stars, the stars, in the stars
So many parts to a heavy heart
If there’s no beginning, then where would you start?
Start, start, where would you start?

[Verse 2]

To the heavens
Flipping through my chapter seven
I live with the snakes in the great deception
And we’re asking
Is this the way we should go?
We walk the earth, baby yeah we got this
Focus, and it’s redirected
Grateful, and I’m resurrected
Stubborn, But I know the way
Take my hand
I won’t lead you astray
We will not go gently into the darkest of days
Grandma’s here, and she says persevere
Take a walk in her mocks sees a trail of tears
And our fears, are the same as they ever were beers[?]
Numb the pain of our holocaust years
Always mobbing and motion
Maybe, baby be an island over an ocean

[Chorus]

Love letters to God
Wonder if she reads them or if they get lost
In the stars, the stars, in the stars
So many parts to a heavy heart
If there’s no beginning, then where would you start?

Start, start, where would you start?


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Rise of Tart Cherry As A Medicinal Food by Linda Woolven & Ted Snider

The Rise of Tart Cherry As A Medicinal Food

by Linda Woolven & Ted Snider

Green Med Info.         18 May 2016


Tart Cherries are one of nature's unsung healing agents, able to help the body recover naturally from a myriad of different ailments. 


A Cherry on Top? The Rise of Tart Cherry       

Though proverbially, the cherry has always been on top, medicinally, it has always laboured near the bottom. While bilberry was accumulating studies on eye health, hawthorn berries were accumulating studies on heart health, cranberries were achieving fame for urinary tract health and blueberries were resolving high blood pressure and staking a claim to the antioxidant crown, cherries were seen as simply pleasurable, placing the entire weight of their health claim on a single half century old study showing that they could prevent attacks of gout [1].

In the past half dozen years, though, all that has changed, and the humble cherry is moving up the herbal hit list. Maybe there really is a cherry on top.

Gout

The first early gout study took sixty-two years to be replicated. A modern study of 633 gout sufferers found that eating cherries reduced the risk of having a gout attack by 35% and that supplementing a cherry extract reduced the risk by an even more impressive 45% [2]. After waiting over half a century, the next study took only one year to follow. This study gave gout sufferers a cherry juice concentrate (1tbsp=45-60 cherries) while they continued to take their medication. In the first part of the study, more than 50% of the cherry group were attack free at 60 days and could cut back on their meds. In the second, attacks were reduced by 50% in half the people taking cherry juice for four months or longer [3].

Insomnia

Soon it would be discovered that cherries could do more than prevent attacks of gout. In truly surprising research, cherries, it turned out, treated insomnia. The first evidence came from a double-blind study of fifteen healthy, elderly people with insomnia. Their average age was 71.6 years. For two weeks, they drank either two 8 ounce servings of Montmorency tart cherry juice and apple juice or a similar looking placebo drink. Though at the end of the study, the people still had insomnia, those who drank the cherry juice had moderately improved sleep. 

They experienced significant improvement on the Insomnia Severity Index, on how long it took them to fall asleep, on how often they woke up and on total sleeping time [4].

A second study found out how tart cherries treated insomnia. This double-blind study gave twenty healthy men and women 30mL of tart Montmorency cherry juice concentrate in 200mL of water twice a day for seven days. The dose was equivalent to approximately 90-100 tart cherries. Compared to a placebo fruit drink, the tart cherry juice significantly increased melatonin by about 16%. Cherries, it turned out, were improving sleep because they were a natural source of the sleep hormone melatonin. Compared to a placebo, the cherry group significantly increased the time spent in bed, had a significant 34 minutes more sleep per night and a significant 5-6% increase in the time in bed spent sleeping. The people on the cherry juice also spent significantly less time napping [5]. An earlier study had also found that Jerte Valley cherries increased melatonin and improved sleep [6].

Later, a fourth study would also find that, compared to placebo, a cherry product improved sleep efficiency, time taken to fall asleep, number of awakenings and total sleep time and that it increased melatonin [7].
Surprisingly, then, in a novel use of cherries, there is evidence that they improve sleep because they are a natural source of melatonin.

Exercise

In the same year the studies began to appear on insomnia, studies began to appear that demonstrated benefits for cherries for exercise. According to double-blind research on 54 healthy runners, when 355 mL of tart cherry juice was taken twice a day for seven days prior to a long distance run and again on the day of the race, the runners had significantly smaller increases in muscle pain than runners given a placebo cherry drink [8].

Subsequent studies would show that cherries improved the free radical damage and inflammation that resulted from exercise. In the first, twenty recreational marathon runners drank either cherry juice or a placebo for five days prior to a race and continued drinking it until two days after the race. Strength recovery was significantly faster in the cherry group. Furthermore, inflammation was significantly reduced and total antioxidant status was significantly greater in the cherry group [9]. A subsequent double-blind study would give either 30 mL Montmorency cherry concentrate (equivalent to about 90- 110 whole cherries) or a placebo in 100mL water twice a day for a week to sixteen healthy male cyclists. Blood samples were taken after the cyclists completed high intensity exercise. Markers of free radical damage and inflammation were again significantly better in the cherry group [10].

Although exercise is good for every aspect of health, prolonged exercise can suppress immunity. Because of this immune suppression, prolonged exercise is associated with increased respiratory infections. So, researchers tried giving twenty recreational marathon runners either tart Montmorency cherry juice or a placebo, starting five days before they ran their marathon and continuing until two days after they were finished. The dose of cherry juice was 236mL of fresh-pressed Montmorency tart cherry combined with apple (equal to 50-60 cherries) twice a day; the placebo was the same amount of a sugar-free fruit flavoured drink that looked like cherry juice. As in the earlier studies, the cherry juice significantly reduced inflammation after the race. C-reactive protein, a marker for inflammation, increased significantly less in the cherry juice group. 

Importantly in this study, both the number and the severity of upper respiratory tract symptoms (URTS) were significantly worse in the placebo group. Only the placebo group suffered more URTS after the race: while 50% of the runners who took the placebo had URTS at 24 and 48 hours after the race, not one of the runners who drank the cherry juice did [11].

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Nahko & Medicine For The People & Mihali Savoulidis - "Wash It Away"





Published on May 18, 2016

Nahko & Medicine For The People "Wash It Away" with Mihali Savoulidis of Twiddle.
Live at Higher Ground
Burlington, VT
5.12.16

Additional footage by Bob Wagner

www.goodwolfproductions.com

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Lyrics:

We are part of something special
we are part of something special we're a part of something special It's a crack in time a wrinkle Fallen from the nest, young eagle I will pull my feathers out stay humble stay humble stay humble stay humble stay humble Uncle Mana taught us like an elder took asunder older brother he said this is powerful country this is powerful country we felt like we were returning to our land rebels and the shepherds in the sea takers are taking what the leavers will leave so grieve me the black prince cicada such a loud voice for a tiny creature teach me to let go of all of my pain I do forgive, I don't forget these things I do forgive, I don't forget these things We burn the bluegum for a safe passageway drink of the earth smoke of the dirt and my warpaint was red ochre clay Hoka hey Red ochre clay Hoka hey Red ochre clay Our prayers igniting, cast out into the shire and the song of our struggle came straight from the fire, it goes: holy holy grandmother, we sing wash us clean of our pain and suffering give us strength for our new beginnings From my deepest grace I sing wash away, it will wash away lift ‘em up wash away, it will wash away lift ‘em up wash away, it will wash away lift ‘em up wash away, it will wash away lift ‘em up ooh lift ‘em up ooh lift ‘em up in my dreams a whirling aboriginal man gave me your hat and your past in one hand he said, you've come to be with rainbow serpent red hands red land red worship red hands red land red worship just then I heard bush mama crying in the chasms for the stolen generation and the children who haven't come home come home stay home come home come home stay home my bullets are my words and my words are my weapons so chain me to the pipeline for our rivers and mountains we sing today's a good day for my ego to die today's a good day for my ego to die spirit live on in my heart, in my body, my mind then sister crow came with the murder that day so he tattoed the bird nation onto our faces she said we sing to let go of all of our pain we dance the story to remember when things changed remember when things changed remember when things changed holy holy grandmother, we sing wash us clean of our pain and suffering give us strength for our new beginnings From my deepest grace I sing wash away, it will wash away lift ‘em up it'll wash away, it will wash away lift ‘em up it'll wash away, it will wash away lift ‘em up it'll wash away, it will wash away lift ‘em up ooh lift ‘em up ooh lift ‘em up ooh lift ‘em up ooh lift ‘em up ooh lift ‘em up ooh lift ‘em up We danced the ghost dance in two separate countries To this old song so familiar to memory the road will teach you how to love and let go it can be lonely but it's the only thing that we've ever known it can be lonely but it's the only thing that we've ever known Our mommas told us let go of jealousy and for vagabonds and vagrants, that won't come so easy we've come from nothing nothing we have come from nothing nothing I traveled halfway across the country and back only to find love undefined and I'm OK with that cause I'm gonna be a guardian be a man among men be a guardian be a man among men or be a woman among women be a guardian be my friend ooh be my friend teach me to love you in a different way same cuts same guts same crazy same cuts same guts same crazy it'll wash away, it will wash away lift ‘em up it'll wash away, it will wash away lift ‘em up it'll wash away, it will wash away lift ‘em up it'll wash away, it will wash away lift ‘em up