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Health Benefits of Pepitas – Pumpkin Seeds

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Yep, this is all that cyber-space needs right now – another “health benefits of ___” post/article to enter into the world wide web of propaganda, incorrect info, etc., but I haven’t did one in a while, so I figured that now is as good a time as any.  The reason why I seem a little less than motivated to write about such subjects anymore, is that it gets old hearing about how all of these foods have “health benefits” and how it is such an amazing tidbit of knowledge to realize that eating certain foods may be beneficial to your health.  Pardon me, but I often say in response to such claims, “no shit!”  Candy bars, cakes, pies, twinkies and doughnuts, for example, don’t grow off trees or from the ground; so yeah, I’d say that some of these other naturally grown foods may have more benefits; don’t ya think?

Basically what I’m trying to say, is that anything organically grown from the ground that isn’t poisonous or toxic, will most likely have at least some type of health benefits.  If that wasn’t the case, it would be like saying that some fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, etc., are not good for you.  Now of course, if you are allergic to certain types of foods, it wouldn’t be a healthy choice to eat them, but that still doesn’t take away the “health benefits” that they may have for others.  On a better note, there are, as they say, “super-foods” out there that do seem to contain a significant amount more benefits for your health than other foods, and those are the ones I would concentrate on more, at least when it comes to talking, writing or reading about them.

Anyway, that’s enough senseless drivel for now, so lets get back to the main topic…

Today, I chose Pepitas and/or Pumpkin Seeds to briefly talk about.  As many of you may already know, seeds, nuts, and legumes are packed with a high concentration of nutrients and calories and are often put in the same group – due to similarities.  These energy rich seeds, nuts, and beans are also easy to add to any diet.  …On this post, we are not talking about nuts and legumes, as they are all so very common.  However, pepitas are not as typical and many people have never even ate them before.  Although, I must say, I still prefer sunflower seeds over pumpkin seeds, without a doubt…

Before we go any further, since some of you that are not familiar with the term, may be saying: “pepitas…  what in the hell is that?”  Pepita (from Mexican Spanish: pepita de calabaza, “little seed of squash”) is a Spanish culinary term for the pumpkin seed, the edible seed of a pumpkin or other cultivar of squash. The seeds are typically rather flat and asymmetrically oval, and light green in color inside a white hull. The word can refer either to the hulled kernel or unhulled whole seed, and most commonly refers to the roasted end product.  Pepitas are a popular ingredient in Mexican cuisine and are also roasted and served as a snack.  Marinated and roasted, they are an autumn seasonal favorite in the rural United States, as well as a commercially produced and distributed packaged snack, like sunflower seeds, available year-round.

Personally, I just call ’em pumpkin seeds.  I’ve recently ate them for the first time, both hulled and unhulled versions, and they wasn’t bad; they were kinda different, something that seems to taste better as you eat more and more (sort of like an acquired taste), but other than eating them for the health benefits, I’d probably only normally consume them in certain types of cuisines, soups, salads, mixed with other foods and whatnot…

—Health Benefits of Pepitas – Pumpkin Seeds:

* They promote prostate health; maybe that’s why you will often see pumpkin seed extract in male performance pills.  Eat up, guys…

* Many studies claim that the consumption of pumpkin seeds help improve bladder function and how they also supposedly help prevent the formation of Kidney Stones.

* They contain L-tryptophan, a compound that is often touted for being effective against depression.  I knew somebody before, that ate raw pumpkin seeds because it made them “feel happy,” so maybe there is some truth to that…

* Pepitas are packed with fiber, protein, and other healthy nutrients such as: manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, tryptophan, iron, copper, zinc, vitamin K.

* They are a natural anti-inflammatory, which you can read more about this type of subject, here:  “Heart Healthy – Anti-Inflammatory Sources

* Pumpkin seeds are used in many cultures as a natural treatment for parasites, and they are also included in other various types of natural remedies.

* Pepitas contain phytosterols, which are compounds that have been shown to reduce levels of LDL cholesterol and also protect against many cancers.  If you’re interested in the cholesterol subject, visit the blog post:  “Cholesterol Myths Debunked

There are other beneficial properties, when it comes to pumpkin seeds, but I just listed a few of the most commonly talked about.  If you’re looking for other informative writings that relate to health and well-being, you may want to visit one of my other blogs that specializes in such things:  “Health & Fitness Guru Blog

—Related Links:  “Health Benefits of Laughing,” “Health Benefits of Beer & Alcohol,” and the “Health Benefits of Hot Peppers.”  Cheers!

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Does Telekinesis or Psychokinesis really exist?

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I’ve been hearing about this type of phenomena for years, even as a small child, but does it really exist?  This amazing feat of mind-over-matter and/or the ability to move objects with mere thought, perhaps may be more properly known as (PK) “psychokinesis,” although I usually hear it called (TK) “telekinesis.”  Personally, I don’t care what you call it; I just want some real, raw proof that it actually exist without all the inconclusive evidence, failed test results, magic tricks, mental delusions and any other grey area that covers the land of utter hooey.

Don’t get me wrong, I used to be more into this type of stuff and my curious mind would rarely rule out something as impossible unless I knew for sure, but as the years pass by, it seems that more and more people are obsessed with miraculous magic, mythical gods, fictitious fantasies full of fairy tales, and so on.  I suppose people are getting bored with actuality and want to create a newfangled, altered reality that simply isn’t even there to begin with.  This brings us to one of the many subjects that fit within the walls of “real or not real” and/or “exist or nonexistent,” and that being Telekinesis – a.k.a. Psychokinesis.

Okay, I’m not going to drag this subject out further than it should, so I’ll be rather quick; if you’d like to add more to this particular blog post when I’m done, there’s always a comment field that you can blast your opinions into.

Now, I’ve read a fair amount about psychokinesis over the years, but never really took it that serious.  I always figured that it would be a big stretch for the mind to be able to noticeably move objects using brain power alone, and that if it was ever able to be achieved, it would take years of practice to be able to barely move a tiny object a fraction of an inch.  What makes the possibility of telekinesis the most interesting to me, is not the actual moving of objects with your mind, but all the scientific laws that it would destroy in the process.  I’m still undecided – when it comes to whether or not it exist.  Personally, I’ve never really messed with it that much because I figured that, even if I did succeed in the manifestation of my TK or PK abilities, my life would not change or be impacted much if I could make a tiny object move a fraction of an inch by concentrating for extended periods of time.  …Talk about a waste of time!

At any rate, when speaking about measurement and observation, parapsychology researchers describe two basic types of measurable and observable psychokinetic and telekinetic effects in experimental laboratory research and in case reports occurring outside of the laboratory.  Micro-PK (also micro-TK) is a very small effect, such as the manipulation of molecules, atoms, subatomic particles, etc., that can only be observed with scientific equipment. The words are abbreviations for micro-psychokinesis and micro-telekinesis. Macro-PK (also macro-TK) is a large-scale effect that can be seen with the unaided eye. The adjective phrases “microscopic-scale,” “macroscopic- scale,” “small-scale,” and “large-scale” may also be used; for example, “a small-scale PK effect.”

So as you can see, some folks are so desperate to prove that telekinesis / psychokinesis really does exist, that they are willing to test down to the microscopic particles, such as atoms and whatnot…  Ha-ha!   Even the macroscopic-scale of measurement during some of these TK tests, involves very tiny objects.

In closing:  The sad reality is that regardless of all the claims thus far, there hasn’t been anyone who has proven to the scientific community without a shadow of doubt, that psychokinesis exist without magic tricks or trickery, bogus tests results, scams, con-artist acts, flimflams, and so on…  I can tell you one thing, if a person can actually look at an object and fling it across the room just by thinking about it, with the way the world’s communication and media is today, they will be on the news and a global star within hours.  Of course, they will also most likely be subjected to a battery of strange lab tests, so if you really can lift your couch up off the floor just by thinking about it, you might want to keep quiet about it unless you like a bunch of people wearing white coats, shoving probes up your ass…  Ha-ha-ha!

Maybe Telekinesis should just be for entertainment on the Television and Psychokinesis should just be a sport for the PsychopathsDoes TK and PK really exist?   If so, is it on a large enough scale to really count?  What’s the largest object you have moved with your mind?  You tell me…

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Related link:  “Egyptian Magic – The Book

Can you see or sense anything outside this 3 dimensional realm?

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The reason for this post, is due to a comment I received on another blog of mine.  A few months ago, I did a post on a “Myths, Legends, & Folklore” blog of mine with a title:  “Share your supernatural, occult, ghost stories…”  On that post, it gave the readers a chance to share any type of ghost stories they have been told by friends, family and/or that they have personally experienced and whatnot, that related to the supernatural, poltergeist, etc.  Well, I also made it very clear how all comments will be deleted that are not related, and so on.  Outside of the usual spam, the only comment I got so far was from some self-proclaimed, all-knowing, occult master of anything outside of our current 3 dimensional realm of physical existence.  Yeah, sort of like the religious folks who seem to know all about everything that can’t be proven… uh, yeah, you get the drift.

However, since I deleted his/her comment on my myth blog (since it absolutely did not relate to the “share your ghost stories” concept), I decided that, due to it still being an interesting subject, I would post it here and make a blog post about it.

The self-proclaimed occult master’s comment was:  “If you have seen a ghost with your eyes while in a state of awake consciousness – you are psychic.  Ghosts do not exist on the third dimension of reality.  Your body and 5 traditional senses cannot see or sense anything outside the physical 3rd dimensional realm.  In order to know, see or sense beyond the traditional 5 senses you must shift your consciousness to a higher vibration, that of the 4th or 5th dimensions. Your eyeballs do not see ghosts or energy – your pineal glad or third eye is the eye that sees.”

Okay, instead of turning this post into a rant featuring my disgust for all of these people who seem to know everything but can never prove a damn thing, I’ll just move right along and maintain a semi-tolerance for asininity.  You know, they do say that often times the true kooks and insane lunatics are simply failed mystics…  ha-ha!

Okay, so the occult master says that we sense and see all of this energy and ghost stuff with our pineal gland.  Well, since I work night-shift, maybe my pineal gland is not active enough to see all of this boogy-boogy, nifty, illuminating bliss that only occurs outside of our physical dimensional realm of reality.  Damn, this sucks!  Y’all lucky bastards… Ha!  The reason why I say mine may not be active enough to see outside of our current 3 dimensional realm, other than the fact that I don’t take illegal drugs, is because the pineal gland’s known primary function is to produce melatonin – and it only does that in complete darkness and I’m in light most of the time – due to working the graveyard/night-shift. 

For example, per Wikipedia: “The pineal gland is a small endocrine  gland in the vertebrate brain. It produces the serotonin derivative melatonin, a hormone that affects the modulation of wake/sleep patterns and seasonal functions;  in humans and other mammals, the light signals necessary to set circadian rhythms are sent from the eye through the retinohypothalamic system to the suprachiasmatic nuclei (SCN) and the pineal;  the secretory activity of the pineal gland is only relatively understood; historically, its location deep in the brain suggested to philosophers that it possessed particular importance; this combination led to its being a “mystery” gland with myth, superstition and occult theories surrounding its perceived functions.”

Okay, now that we have this “3rd eye” concept out of the way, and realize that we have yet to fully understand the mystery of the human brain and its surrounding parts, and that we are obviously designed to see and sense within our current 3 dimensional realm AND why some people and their crazy pineal glands spend all of this time trying to sense things that are not tangible whatsoever, will also remain a mystery until the, uh, uh, I don’t know, the “great awakening into the 5th level of existence” occurs?  Yep, your guess is as good as mine…  Dang, this mystic stuff is fun…  Ha-ha! 

Okay, I’m getting sidetracked here…  Now what about this 4th and 5th dimension that the occult master spoke about?  How do we, as the occult master says, “shift your consciousness to a higher vibration?”  Hmm, fascinating…  You mean to tell me that there are people out there who can shift their consciousness like a transmission with gears, into a higher vibration that takes them into other dimensions?  Damn, this whole time, I always called that “imagination.”  But the occult master, along with many other mystics, call this a “shift in consciousness.”  Where is some good hallucinogenic drugs when you need them?  Shit, I’m all out!  Ha!

All of this “can you see or sense outside our 3 dimensional realm” crap, reminds me of a post I did last year:  “4th & 5th Dimensions, Time Travel & Parallel Universes.”  It was thought-provoking, but I didn’t get all super-mystic or claim to be all-knowing like a lot of folks do – when it comes to these unprovable subjects.

In closing, maybe some people can sense or see outside of this lovely 3 dimensional realm, and maybe I’m just jealous that I haven’t unlocked the properties of the universe like a lot of mystics say that they have.  Maybe I’m just too dumb to understand outside of what can been seen, felt, tasted, or proven to exist.  Maybe that’s why a lot of religions started when they still thought the earth was flat.  Maybe I’d be better off, with my understanding of the universe that surrounds me, if I just started acting like a kid again and started using more imagination along with making stuff up as I go.  You know, it was really fun to believe in Santa Claus living at the North Pole – as it sure made Christmas time more interesting as a small child – even though it was a complete lie filled with fictitious bull-shit.  Surely you remember the Tooth Fairy as a kid?  Was there really piles of gold at the end of the rainbows and how about those Leprechauns, as well? So hell, why should I not give it another shot?  Ha-ha-ha!  I don’t know about you, but the ancient astronauts would probably be slightly pissed about our current level of intelligence on planet Earth.  This place reminds me of Kindergarten through 3rd grade, except this place most likely used to be High School, long, long, ago…  Cheers!

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Related blog links: 

Metaphysical Crystals & Healing Stones” & “Christian’s Version of “Hell” makes No Sense!

Devil Monkey, Jersey Devil, & the Kraken…

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This particular blog post is more or less a promo for another blogspot blog of mine, that features myths, legends, and folklore – along with other interesting, bizarre, and uncertain topics.  However, the “myth blog” I’m speaking about,  is currently on hold like a few of my other blogs – due to me trying to figure out which domains work better for certain subjects and whatnot – when it comes to search results, SEO, and/or Internet traffic.

Okay, that’s enough chatter about why I’m doing a quick promotional combo post to promote another blog of mine, so lets get on with the featured attractions of mythical madness……

Have you ever heard of a “Devil Monkey” or perhaps a “Jersey Devil” or maybe even the wicked sea monster known as the “Kraken”???

First of all, lets start with a quick depiction of the fierce Devil Monkey:

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WHAT’S A DEVIL MONKEY??? 

Per Animal Planet via the Discovery Channel:  “The United States and Canada aren’t home to any modern-day primates, which makes the appearance of a giant monkey-like creature in rural areas even more bizarre to those who’ve seen it. Dubbed the devil monkey, this primate-looking beast reportedly has pointed ears, a baboon- or dog-like snout, a bushy tail and only three toes on each of its narrow feet. Ranging in height between 3 and 8 feet (0.9 and 2.4 meters) tall, this strange monkey gets around on all fours and travels by jumping. Devil monkeys are supposed to be aggressive, especially toward dogs and humans, and by most accounts, they are carnivorous and feed on livestock. This fearsome monkey makes a wide range of evil-sounding noises, including hoots, whistles and screams.”

For the image credit, a video link, and additional reading about the Devil Monkey, go here:  http://animal.discovery.com/tv/lost-tapes/meet-the-creatures/devil-monkey.html

WHAT IN THE HELL IS A JERSEY DEVIL???

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THE LEGEND OF THE JERSEY DEVIL per Animal Planet via the Discovery Channel: “The legend of the Jersey Devil dates back to 1735. One of New Jersey’s earliest residents, “Mother” Leeds, was wife to a drunkard who did little to help care for their 12 children. When she discovered she was pregnant with a 13th, she screamed “Let this one be the Devil!” The child was born on a stormy night. Seemingly normal at first, the baby transformed into a hideous, growling creature with hoofed feet, clawed hands, glowing red eyes, bat-like wings and a forked tail. The devilish abomination slaughtered its mother and father, several of the midwives and many of its siblings. It then flew up the chimney and escaped to the Pine Barrens.”

For the image credit, additional reading, and a video link about the Jersey Devil, go here:  http://animal.discovery.com/tv/lost-tapes/jersey-devil/

What in the mythical kingdom of malign beings and oceanic mayhem, is the “Kraken” about?

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Kraken are legendary sea monsters of massive size, said to have existed off the coasts of Iceland and Norway.  The sheer size and fearsome appearance attributed to these mighty beasts of the deep sea, have made them common ocean-dwelling monsters in various fictional works.

The legend may have originated from sightings of actual giant squid (who knows?) that are variously estimated to grow 40 to 50 feet in length – including the tentacles.  These deadly creatures normally live at great depths, but have been sighted at the surface and have reportedly attacked ships, and so on…

To read more about the “Kraken,” visit:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kraken

Okay, although this post was mainly a bunch of copy & paste material with a few edits and resource links, it is a good example of the interesting subjects you’ll find within the Myths, Legends, & Folklore genre.  To read more about this type of stuff, as well as having original content and commentary (unlike this post), visit the blogspot blog:  “Myths, Legends, & Folklore,” and feel free to leave comments on anything that tickles your fantastic fancy.  There is currently 50+ posts on that myth-related blog…  Cheers!

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Garden Pest: Tomato Hornworms

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As I mentioned on my “Garden Season of 2011” post, I was doubting if I’d even put out a garden this year – especially since I was moving, in between two houses, getting a late start, etc.

Well, I ended up planting a corn field over at the other place I left that was for sale, and a small tomato patch at the new house.  Last year, the biggest garden pest I had was Japanese Beetles.  Those pesky little beetles were eating the corn silks and part of the ears last year, but I planted my corn later this year and, for whatever reason, I didn’t have a problem with ’em this particular growing season.  Actually, I figured they would be the type of garden pest that would get worse each year until I totally moved my crop to a different area.  Anyway……

This year, and for the first time in my gardening career, I have had problems with my tomato plants.  I’ve heard of cutworms or whatever, but I’ve never had dealings with Tomato Hornworms before!  Those bastards can really do some damage, as they are some serious freakin’ gluts!  Look below, for a couple pictures of those fat, green caterpillars with horns:

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Yeah, they are fat, green, and have a red horn sticking out – near their bunghole region.  Of course, a lot of people may be looking for the “how to remove” advice, but I’m going to keep it short.  Personally, other than the enjoyment of working in a garden, I mainly grow the food I plant to have organic produce from fertile soil that, in return, has a  full, rich flavor that you can’t find at your common grocery stores.  So, I manually remove these garden pests when possible and go ahead and accept the fact that some of my yield goes to the insects and animals, etc.  But what is left, will be totally organic.

Now, if you are a big fan of insecticides and poisonous sprays, I recommend that you get one that is especially formulated for caterpillars – if Tomato Hornworms are your problem.

These green, hungry devils eat like crazy; they eat the tomatoes and the plant itself.  It often looks like somebody went by and trimmed your plant with scissors.  However, they are not cutworms, but similar; cutworms usually cut your plant off close to the base.  To rid yourself of them, it is good to not let the weeds build up around your plants, which act as a breeding ground, till the ground as often as needed, and to place tin foil, cardboard, etc., around the base of your tomato plants.  Of course, there is insecticide for cutworms, as well; I just try to steer clear from poisons and chemical sprays.  Hell, if I wanted my garden to be full of chemicals, I’d just not ever plant anything and would buy all my produce at the local market.

Well, I mainly wanted to do a quick post over the Tomato Hornworm in case people are out there searching online using phrases like “these damn green worms are in my garden and eating my tomato plants,” etc.  If I would have kept a check on my tomato patch more often, I could have removed them quicker and less damage would have occurred.

At any rate, good luck with your crops!  Cheers!

Update:  Due to a special request/question in the comment field, below is a picture of what the Tomato Hornworms ultimately turn into, which is a Five-spotted Hawk Moth:

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Short Poem: Jekyll & Hyde

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Jekyll and Hyde is destined for the same fate as when 2 walls collide.

It is where you separate the Yin and the Yang to form two individual entities from the same mind;
good and evil, weak and strong, timid and aggressive, all from one but never at the same time.

Whether it is a scientific potion, like in the movie, that brings it out,
or perhaps drugs and alcohol or a particular detestation of society that makes your inner Hyde shout,
you should always be aware of what triggers this malign, divisive spirit and what it’s really about.

Jekyll, Jekyll, why are you so cowardly weak and meek?

Hyde, Hyde, why are you so damn furiously rude and crude?

Attributes are abound from both characters of black & white, left and right, but never good when totally separated;
knowing how to balance the force of Yin & Yang within, and to use both accordingly, is what should be demonstrated.

If you ever find yourself in this Jekyll and Hyde dilemma, perhaps you need to fuse your mind back together;
if you never rid your own self of this poisonous potion of inner conflict, you may never live happily ever after…

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Often referred to as a “split personality,” the concepts behind Jekyll and Hyde are actually very fitting for people living in a world of chaos and ongoing conflict.  I know I’ve had my inner Hyde come out many times throughout my life, but the bad thing about Jekyll, is that he will often get took advantage of or run over; basically, being too nice isn’t always a good thing either…  So overall, it is best to mix your inner Jekyll and Hyde together and honestly express yourself as you truly see fit…

To read more about the actual story, visit:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strange_Case_of_Dr_Jekyll_and_Mr_Hyde

If you’d like to watch/purchase one of the old black & white movies or the ones available in color, click the image below to visit the search results page:

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