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Cancer – $eriou$ Bu$ine$$


Did you catch Stateline last Friday? Troy Langman of Tascann will be along to talk to Astrotas about Medical Marijuana soon. Local lady Natalie Daly speaks out

And finally ““The Burzynski Research Institute, Inc. (BRI) announced today that U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has notified the company that its partial clinical hold on its IND for Antineoplastons A10/AS2-1 Injections has been lifted.  The FDA has determined that under its IND the Company may initiate its planned Phase 3 study in newly diagnosed diffuse, intrinsic, brainstem glioma.  The Company is continuing discussions with the Agency in an effort to finalize additional details of the phase 3 study protocol for the potential clinical trial.”

to honor the FDA lifting its ban on Burzynski, “Burzynski: Cancer Is Serous Business, Part II” is available to watch for FREE online, anywhere in the world, until July 15th: https://vimeo.com/69209285

You can also see part one online which was screened at Astrotas in 2011. Shontelle Hiron, the aussie Burzynski patient I contacted for more information before screening at Astrotas is not in either movie but she has her old Current Affairs TV clips online. Read more about her remarkable story here – http://wp.me/p18qSp-3C

The fight to allow any patient access to his treatment is far from over. It shocked me to learn that at the time my schoolfriend’s mother died of a similar tumour Shontelle was in Texas receiving this potentially curative treatment.

Weeds: Guardians of the soil


weeds: guardians of the soil by Joseph A. Cocannouer

that is a link to a free pdf copy from the Soil and Health Library. it is out of print now but I splashed out at abebooks and bought myself a secondhand hardback copy the other day after someone lent me theirs on the annual Astrotas weed walk.
weeds coveri have yet to find a modern equivalent, and as the soil health librarian, Steve Solomon, an expat american who now lives in Tasmania says;
” The wisest student learns from the originators of a body of knowledge because those who later follow in the founders’ footsteps are not trailblazers of equivalent depth. This is especially true of the writings from many post WWII academics and professors who mainly write because they must publish . . . or perish. Even when the earliest works in a field contain errors because their authors lacked some bit of data or had a fact wrong, their books still contain enormous wisdom. If nothing else, study of older books lets us discover that the conditions that prevail today aren’t the way things always were—whilst on some levels, some things hardly ever change at all. ” Australians may order/contribute electronic copies of out of print books on soil and health from him (including the weed book but the other link is quicker and is a nicely presented copy).
I love weeds 🙂 They do not try to kill me the way our cultivated plants do – i do not know why that is, touchwood. Perhaps it is because i have had a leaky gut and until now have not eaten them.

June 2013 meeting – Gluten Free Baking


Huge thanSkyranch van glow logo on whitek you to Robin and Jimmy Ellenberger of Skyranch, Tasmania’s only gluten free bakery , for the magnificent afternoon tea. This lovely couple was so full of energy  – they travelled all the way to us from launceston and then home to get the next day’s bake ready! Jimmy’s angel and devil food cakes along with Robin’s soft, fluffy fresh breads proved successful gluten free baking is just a matter of the right recipe. They are tested and compliant with australian standards for “gluten free’ labelling www.coeliac.org.au/professionals/food-manufacturer.html – be aware that international standards are often different to australian – the USA for instance is not as stringent. Labelling of general food stuffs is a bit hit and miss for gluten and you will have to be mindful of this when cooking  eg. Only apple cider vinegar does not have gluten. Interestingly Italy is very coeliac aware as all infants are tested at birth. You can walk into any restaurant there and get a truly gluten free meal prepared properly.

Robin has put so much time and talent into developing her lines – they are absolutely nothing like the crumbly supermarket lumps I have eaten from Woolworths. She is such a caring person she will bake to order for people who suffer from multiple allergies (legumes, yeast,other grains). She gave us the demonstration of how to make her signature yeast and gluten free ‘bunsky’ which is risen like a scone with soda water but has a smooth texture something like a choux pastry – in fact it’s delicious with sweet or savoury fillings. I had to bake up a batch of  bunskies premix  for a snack when i got home at 10 pm after the midwinter celebration at Reseed – and it was so quick  – the house was smelling popcorn yummy in 30 mins. A second batch disssappeared into the teenager on sunday dinner with lamb patties 🙂 I’m also wondering if the ‘wheat belly’ story is worth mentioning here http://www.wheatbellyblog.com/ as the Ellenbergers are the trimmest bakers i have every met. You will have to combine the wheat free change with a sensible diet all round – too much of Jimmy’s sugary cakes, or Robin’s Bunskies and the belly isn’t going to be any smaller.

Please see the Skyranch website for retailers, to shop online and to book a cooking class with Robin, also recipes and information on gluten/coeliac

Food for thought.

Perhaps this plant Oca (oxalis tuberosa) which is harvested now and common in Tassie amongst those in the know, can be used as a wheatflour subsitute – “The dried, frozen tuber is called khaya. If it is washed after freezing, a whiter product called okhaya is obtained which is considered to be of superior quality. The flour of the latter is used to make porridges and desserts. Oca is first and foremost a good source of energy; its protein and fat content is low.” http://www.fao.org/docrep/t0646e/t0646e0g.htm

pastor bruce french gave away a huge tubful to astrotas at a past meeting. expose to sunlight after harvest to sweeten and drop the oxalates. i’ve got them in my yard but was a bit scared to eat until i found this out ( mum had kidney stones) ref: http://www.thompson-morgan.com/how-to-grow-oca-new-zealand-yam

November 2011 – Mount Gnomon Farm visit


Visit to Mount Gnomon Farm, Penguin Braving the mizzle on their weekend off Eliza Wood, and Guy Robertson, agricultural scientist, VicePresident of the North-West Environment Centre, and chook fancier, kindly hosted a large group of Astrotasmanians at their ethical and sustainable farm in the stunning Dial Ranges where they raise free range Wessex Saddleback pigs, […]