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<b>As Time Goes

by Randall Prue

As times go "bye", new times are greeted. The cycles of the spiral of life unfold. At a certain point in a life, we get to look back and say things like, "I remember when you could drink that water." This allows you to annoy young people. Things that are commonplace to youth are curiosities to older generations. Bottled water now comes in a small bottle with a nipple on top to facilitate drinking on the go. Previous generations would have quenched their thirst at a public water fountain.

I must have reached the ruminating stage of my life, because I now remember when bottled water was ridiculed by far more people than it is today. I was surprised the other day when a neighbour expressed his opinion that two of us were wasting our money buying bottled spring water. He drinks the safe town water for free. Another change in my own life is that I no longer try to convince these people of anything. They have access to the same newspapers that I do. There are two recent newspaper articles in front of me -- one from Vancouver and one from Washington -- which deal with cryptosporidium and giardia in public water supplies causing serious illness and death.

I also remember that Steak Tartar was popular with whoever it was that ate it -- raw ground beef. I wonder if you can still order that in any restaurant anywhere! Also in front of me is a single sheet of paper printed on both sides with some household uses of hydrogen peroxide. It is one of many that has come my way as a result of investigating oxygen therapies. Reading this handy information reminds me of choices I have made throughout my life and reminds me of how slowly anything changes on this planet. Good luck to you if you would like to have your place of residence improve its water before the next lethal outbreak of whatever is coming next.

To continue along the same lines as the August O Zone leads me to this reminiscent mood. Less than a year ago, I was invited to dine. The table setting was superb; the recipe was impressive and the presentation was flawless. Meat balls were served. The best laid plans do go awry and the cooking of the meat was just a little badly timed -- they were raw in the centre. I considered my options, which included eating the meat to be polite, but fatal is pretty definitive so I ruled out that option.

The company was not of the ilk to drink bottled water, so I continued to eat the rest of the meal. Someone asked why I wasn't eating the meat balls which led to having them cooked longer and to a heated discussion during which I learned that no one at the table had died yet from eating hamburger meat (in case I hadn't noticed the absence of corpses). Only people in newspaper stories die from eating raw meat.

Times have changed, but not everyone is changing with the times.

According to information I have gathered concerning oxytherapy, dogs and cats do not have the same digestive system as humans. For example, dogs apparently do not produce catylase -- the enzyme that cleaves peroxide in a human system. According to Dr. Richard Pitcairn (Dr. Pitcairn's Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats, Rodale Press), dogs can handle raw meat and he highly recommends it.

All things considered, and while I do feed my dogs very good food, I am not willing to take a chance by giving them raw meat as it comes from the grocery store. In another book, Reigning Cats & Dogs (author & publisher not available today -- email if you really want it), I found a section entitled "Poultry and Salmonella". The author recommends soaking poultry in food-grade peroxide before feeding it to pets, to kill salmonella bacteria and because it is a natural preservative. Her recipe is 1 tablespoon of 3% in 6 ounces of purified water poured over one pound of ground meat and left to soak for an hour while refrigerated. She warns about using too much peroxide and recommends including the peroxide and water in the recipe, as opposed to discarding it.

While I consider Dr. Pitcairn's book to be more complete and a much better guide for pet owners, I have chosen to be more careful with raw meat than he recommends. I soak raw meat in peroxide before feeding it to my dogs.

In "Home Uses of Hydrogen Peroxide -- Food Grade", the anonymous 2-sided sheet of tips, I see this: Add 2 ounces of 3% hydrogen peroxide to your regular washing formula. Your glasses will sparkle!

While I have noticed that things do seem particularly clean when I use peroxide in my dish water, that's not why I do it. About 25 years ago, I was sharing a house with 2 other adults and one child. Someone noticed that if we used a little bleach in the dish water, colds and flus did not run through the house. Since then, I have always used very hot water and bleach to wash dishes. More recently, I have replaced the chlorine bleach with peroxide.

Also from the anonymous tip sheet, some advice for your plants:

One ounce of 3% (or 16 drops of 35%) in a quart of water. Water or mist plants with this solution.

Because of my experience in the horticultural industry -- too bad it's an industry -- I can state that this is a much better idea than what is commonly practiced. Once upon a time...

Shopping for imported plants at a modern greenhouse/factory full of them, the manager proudly boasted how cleverly they force-fed the plants. The 20-20-20 fertilizer they used would burn the plants if used when the soil is dry. That should have told him something about using the stuff in the first place, but they were determined to use it. If they fed the plants (the fertilizer is added to water) while the soil was wet, they ran the risk of fungal infection of the roots (fungus thrives where excessive moisture and lack of oxygen prevail). To prevent this, they added fungicide to the chemical fertilizer solution and then watered all the plants that were already watered with more water and two chemical products. These are the plants you see for sale just about everywhere.

Watering plants is always a question of balancing water and air available to the roots. When the soil is dry, roots get much-needed oxygen. When watered, they get much-needed water. This is why clay pots, which are porous, make for much healthier roots. Putting peroxide in your plants' drinking water seems to me like an excellent way to ensure sufficient oxygen to the roots. If you're asking why plants don't just get oxygen naturally, you have to bear in mind that a potted plant is divorced from most of the natural processes. Tap water contains less oxygen than rain water and probably contains chlorine.

For my potted plants outside, I keep buckets out to catch rain water. If you're using tap water, you may want to consider allowing the chlorine to escape for at least a few hours in an open bucket of water -- the wider the opening, the better. Add the peroxide just prior to watering.

From the anonymous tip sheet, which contained not a single lottery number or horse race result, I see that fish farms are also using peroxide (at 5 parts per million in the make-up water) to reduce fungal growth on fish. Tropical fish raisers are using 1 oz. of 35% to 20 gallons of water.

Right off the top, this tip sheet mentions that 45.6% of the earth's crust and 20.95% of dry air is oxygen. Must be important stuff. Someday, I'll have to condense and report some amazing research work done and then discouraged -- all in the last 50 years -- about how this came to be. It started in the ocean, fed by microscopic diatoms and the simplest of the sea algae, then spread to the atmosphere, where monoatomic oxygen -- the heart and soul of oxygen therapies -- began mating into pairs and became the gas we need to survive -- the very basis and foundation of our life form.

Debates and Decisions
The website was recently honoured with a high rating among websites. This does not surprise me, but it pleases me. See if you can find another site with as much information from such a wide variety of sources. Much of it is the type of technical information and double-blind studies that debates are made of. At the same time as I end that sentence with a preposition, I end this article with more of my philosophy.

While my dinner hosts debate heatedly the relative possibility of being hit by a bus versus contracting hamburger disease; while my neighbour carefully avoids wasting his hard-earned money on water that does not contain fecal matter; while tending to plants remains a chemically-polluted industry void of consideration for the plants without with we cannot survive, the debates rage on. The debate will continue until the cows come home, or come down with the next new disease.

In the meantime, some of us are making choices for ourselves. My life is not determined by what should be but is not, nor by political and economic circumstances. Life itself rules my life. Things are not as they were. The water isn't safe to drink. The same system that produces highly toxic house plants produces the food you eat.

Why do we all have compromised immune systems? Are you one of those people who believes that if something was harmful, someone else would do something about it -- would take care of it for you? Life is changing more rapidly than it ever has. The choices are yours.

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