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NOTE: This is an important herbal assist to your daily health and is easy to do even in an apartment in New York City. Grow some barley and trim them daily for your salads. You'll notice the difference. Thanks and enjoy.

Sent in from Divine Love Benestrophe Group.


BARLEY Hordeum vulgare

Cereal grain cultivated more than 10,000 years ago. Barley has been grown in the Nile valley since prehistoric times, for beer and bread. Commonly associated with Isis and Osiris. Planters containing barley have been found in Egyptian burial chambers.

Extremely hardy, barley can be grown from the polar regions to the tropics. Barley kernels are pointed at both ends while wheat is rounded at one end. Barley malt is made from barley that has been germinated and then dehydrated and sometimes toasted. Pearl barley is barley with the husk removed.

Demeter, the Barley Mother, as goddess of agriculture and fruitful earth, was worshipped through sexual rites in ancient Greece. It should also be noted that Jesus fed the multitudes with fish and loaves of barley.

One ancient ritual involving barley is reported by James Frazer in "The Golden Bough." "The seed is sown in moist, sandy soil, mixed with turmeric, and the blades sprout and unfold of a pale yellow or primrose color. On the day of the festival the girls take up these blades and carry them in baskets to the dancing ground, where, prostrating themselves reverentially, they place some of the plants before the Karma tree. Finally, the Karma tree is taken away and thrown into a stream or tank. The meaning of planting these barley blades and presenting them to the Karma tree is hardly open to question. We have seen that trees are supposed to exercise a quickening influence upon the growth of crops."
From: James G. Frazer, The Golden Bough



Principal use of barley is as grain for bread, for brewing beer, making whiskey and as food, fodder, and straw for animals. Barley is also used as a green vegetable.

Barley grass is very healthful and contains a wide variety of vitamins, minerals and nutrients. The leaves to about 1 foot high are digestable and contain iron, phosphorus, zinc, calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper, beta carotene, vitamins B1, B2, B6, B12, C, folic acid, pantothenic acid, fiber, chlorophyll, and many trace elements. The barley greens actually contain (weight for weight), 10 times the calcium in cows' milk, 7 times the vitamin C as in oranges, more than 4 times the iron in spinach, and about 80 milligrams of vitamin B12 per 100 grams.



Barley grass has long been known for producing strength and stamina.

The grass is believed to aid in general health and the juice to reduce wrinkles on the skin.

Barley paste and barley water have been used to soften the skin and reduce wrinkles.

Barley water is used to nourish people with fever.

The grain contains a fiber also found in oat bran(glucan) and reported to reduced cholesterol in the human body.

Barley grain was once the king of fermentation, producing strong alcoholic beverages.

Barley roots contain an alkaloid (hordenine) used to stimulate capillary blood circulation and is effective as a bronchodilator for bronchitis.

A little spice for the zest of life.
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The Skinny on Calcium

By Pat Curry
HealthScoutNews Reporter

MONDAY, Oct. 15 (HealthScoutNews) -- Got fat? Get milk.

That's the advice from scientists who bolster the view that a high-calcium diet is just as important as calorie counting and exercise if you want to lose weight.

Three separate studies related to calcium and body fat were presented recently at the annual meeting of the American College of Nutrition in Orlando, Fla.

Dr. Robert P. Heaney, professor of medicine at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., looked at body weight in almost 800 young and middle-age women and found that those with the lowest calcium intake had the highest body fat.

A woman was twice as likely to be fat if she were in the half of the group that had the lowest calcium intake, he says. "The bottom line is, for people who are trying to lose weight or are concerned about weight, the last thing in the world they want to do is get rid of high-calcium foods."

That supports another presentation by researchers from the University of Utah, who followed 50 children ages 4 to 8 over a period of six months. The kids whose diets were supplemented with more calcium and protein from dairy products gained less body fat than children in a control group, the American College of Nutrition reported.

The reason appears to be that calcium speeds up fat loss when you're dieting, and cutting calcium during a diet slows it down.

That's what word from Dr. Michael Zemel, director of the Nutrition Institute at the University of Tennessee, who presented a study on how the process works.

Because calcium is so important to the body's overall function, he says, when the body doesn't have enough calcium, its defense mechanisms kick in as protection. Part of that defense is a hormonal response that starts the process of making fat and slows the processes that break down fat.

"You're making more fat and breaking down less fat," Zemel explains, "so you get bigger, fatter fat cells. When we increase dietary calcium, we short-circuit this system."

In his study, the best results came from dairy products, as opposed to other foods that naturally contain calcium (for instance, broccoli), calcium-fortified products or supplements. That led Zemel to believe that there's more to the equation than just the nutrient itself.

"Every time we try to simulate the effect of food by singling out a substance, it's less effective," he says. "In milk and dairy, we haven't firmed up the other biological components. It's possible the whole is greater than the parts."

Unfortunately, none of the research found that you can melt pounds by eating a quart of fudge ripple every day. Calories do count, Zemel says, and there's no substitute for exercise. But once you address those issues, a high intake of dietary calcium serves as a switch to tell your body to burn excess fat more efficiently.

The optimum fat-burning range is 1,200 to 1,600 milligrams of calcium per day, Zemel says. There's no added benefit in going above that level. A cup of milk or yogurt or an ounce of cheese is considered a serving, and each of those provides about 300 milligrams of calcium. Most people need between two to three servings each day; growing children and teens, as well as pregnant and nursing women, should get three to four servings a day.

Too much calcium is actually bad for you, but there are no recorded cases of calcium poisoning from food. Too little calcium in the diet has been linked to a host of serious health problems, including hypertension, colon cancer and osteoporosis. Young women are at particularly high risk, Zemel says, because they think dairy foods are fattening and stop eating them.

"We're telling them it will help them lose fat," he says. "We know calcium-rich diets are good for a variety of chronic disease, but if you're 16 years old, you don't give a damn about those. You care about your weight, though. If it gets them to do something that's good for them for a number of reasons, that's fine with me."

What To Do

For some easy ways to boost calcium intake in your food, check out the American Dietetic Association Web site. Plus, here are some alternative food sources for calcium for those who are lactose-intolerant.

You can also view the American Academy of Pediatrics' calcium intake recommendations.



Labyrinth Walking is both a physical exercise and a spiritual exercise. Here is an introduction from the best site I could find on the net. Please visit them and enjoy their extensive effort. lessons4living.com

Your life is a sacred journey. And it is about change, growth, discovery, movement, transformation, continuously expanding your vision of what is possible, stretching your soul, learning to see clearly and deeply, listening to your intuition, taking courageous challenges at every step along the way. You are on the path... exactly where you are meant to be right now... And from here, you can only go forward, shaping your life story into a magnificent tale of triumph, of healing of courage, of beauty, of wisdom, of power, of dignity, and of love."

Caroline Adams We are all on the path... exactly where we need to be. The labyrinth is a model of that path.

A labyrinth is an ancient symbol that relates to wholeness. It combines the imagery of the circle and the spiral into a meandering but purposeful path. The Labyrinth represents a journey to our own center and back again out into the world. Labyrinths have long been used as meditation and prayer tools.

A labyrinth is an archetype with which we can have a direct experience. We can walk it. It is a metaphor for life's journey. It is a symbol that creates a sacred space and place and takes us out of our ego to "That Which Is Within."

Labyrinths and mazes have often been confused. When most people hear of a labyrinth they think of a maze. A labyrinth is not a maze. A maze is like a puzzle to be solved. It has twists, turns, and blind alleys. It is a left brain task that requires logical, sequential, analytical activity to find the correct path into the maze and out.

A labyrinth has only one path. It is unicursal. The way in is the way out. There are no blind alleys. The path leads you on a circuitous path to the center and out again.

A labyrinth is a right brain task. It involves intuition, creativity, and imagery. With a maze many choices must be made and an active mind is needed to solve the problem of finding the center. With a labyrinth there is only one choice to be made. The choice is to enter or not. A more passive, receptive mindset is needed. The choice is whether or not to walk a spiritual path.

At its most basic level the labyrinth is a metaphor for the journey to the center of your deepest self and back out into the world with a broadened understanding of who you are.




Here is a fun one from South Africa's Mossel Bay Yacht & Boat Club.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded pepper-jack cheese (6 ounces)
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup chopped green onion
  • 1/4 cup roasted red peppers
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) fresh cauliflowerets
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot-pepper sauce
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

  • A.Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat. Add green onions and saute about 3 minutes or until tender. Add 3 cups chicken broth; bring to boiling. Add cauliflower; return to boiling. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook about 6 minutes or until cauliflower is almost tender.
  • B. Whisk together flour and remaining 1 cup chicken broth in a small bowl. Stir into saucepan. Bring to boiling; cook, stirring occasionally 2 to 3 minutes or until soup is thickened.
  • C. Remove soup from heat. add cheese, stirring until melted.
  • D.Stir in roasted red peppers, salt (if using) and hot-pepper sauce, breaking up red peppers with a spoon.

    Thanks Mossel Bay.


    Test your knowledge of genetically modified food with this great quiz from a really fine site.
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    And here's a happy story to combat stress and anger

    From Rev Barbara C

    This is a good one (and short) Enjoy!!!

    A drunk guy staggers into a Catholic church and sits down in a confession box and says nothing. The bewildered priest coughs to attract his attention, but still the man says nothing. The priest then knocks on the wall three times in a final attempt to get the man to speak.

    Finally, the drunk replies, "No use knocking mate, there's no paper in this one either...

    and another

    From Jean Maurie P

    Jack decided to go skiing with his buddy, Bob. They loaded up Jack's minivan and headed north. After driving for a few hours, they got caught in a terrible blizzard. They pulled into a nearby farm and asked the attractive lady who answered the door if they could spend the night.

    "I realize it's terrible weather out there and I have this huge house all to myself, but I'm recently "widowed," she explained. "I'm afraid the neighbors will talk if I let you stay in my house."

    "Don't worry," Jack said. "Well be happy to sleep in the barn. And if the weather breaks, we'll be gone at first light," The lady agreed, and the two men found their way to the barn and settled in for the night.

    Come morning, the weather had cleared, and they got on their way. They enjoyed a great weekend of skiing.

    About nine months later, Jack got an unexpected letter from an attorney. It took him a few minutes to figure it out, but he finally determined that it was from the attorney of that attractive widow he had met on the ski weekend.

    He dropped in on his friend Bob and asked, "Bob, do you remember that good-looking widow from the farm we stayed at on our ski holiday up North?"

    "Yes, I do.

    "Did you happen to get up in the middle of the night, go up to the house and pay her a visit?"

    "Yes," Bob said, a little embarrassed about being found out. "I have to admit that I did."

    "And did you happen to use my name instead of telling her yours?"

    Bob's face turned red and he said, "Yeah, sorry, buddy. I'm afraid I did.

    Why do you ask?"

    "She just died and left me everything."

    (And you thought the ending would be different, didn't you?) Caught you smiling-- Keep it up!


    And an inspirational story from:

    I wish you enough...

    From Rev Libby Lou

    By Bob Perks, Professional Speaker, Author, and vocalist, member National Speakers Association and National Writers Association.

    Recently I overheard a father and daughter in their last moments together. They had announced her departure and standing near the airline security gate, they hugged and he said, "I love you. I wish you enough."

    She in turn said, "Daddy, our life together has been more than enough. Your love is all I ever needed. I wish you enough, too, Daddy."

    They kissed and she left. He walked over toward the window where I was seated. Standing there I could see he wanted and needed to cry. I tried not to intrude on his privacy, but he welcomed me in by asking, "Did you ever say goodbye to someone knowing it would be forever?"

    "Yes, I have," I replied. Saying that brought back memories I had of expressing my love and appreciation for all my Dad had done for me. Recognizing that his days were limited, I took the time to tell him face to face how much he meant to me. So I knew what this man was experiencing.

    "Forgive me for asking, but why is this a forever good-bye?," I asked.

    "I am old and she lives much too far away. I have challenges ahead, and the reality is, the next trip back will be for my funeral," he said.

    "When you were saying good-bye I heard you say, 'I wish you enough.' May I ask what that means?"

    He began to smile. "That's a wish that has been handed down from other generations. My parents used to say it to everyone." He paused for a moment and looking up as if trying to remember it in detail, he smiled even more. "When we said 'I wish you enough,' we were wanting the other person to have a life filled with just enough good things to sustain them," he continued and then turning toward me he shared the following as if he were reciting it from memory:

    "I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.
    I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.
    I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.
    I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger.
    I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
    I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
    I wish enough 'Hellos' to get you through the final 'Good-byes.' "

    He then began to sob and walked away.

    I wish you enough...


    This is the November 2001 Publication of BENESTROPHIC NEWS and is available for use as indicated by the tenor and statements contained within. Benestrophic News is intended as a source of enlightenment in every area of life and to bring good in all things.

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    Rev. David E. Howell