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Way back when I was a teen I had 3 dogs and inherited a baby duck. The duck was raised with the dogs and actually seemed to believe it was a dog. It tried to howl when the dogs howled at emergency vehicle sirens, it chased dogs and cats away from our yard along side the other dogs. fought over bowls of dog food. It didn't seem to do the peeing on every post thing though.
They wrestled, played, and slept together.
Then a huge house down the street caught on fire (we called it The Adams Family house) and tons of giant rats came out of it's basement scattering throughout the neighborhood.
They ate everything they could find and began eating into other houses. Some were over 3 lbs and a foot or so in size!
We tried traps and most would just run off with the traps or chew them to pieces!
Then one day I came out to feed our dogs and our duck-dog and couldn't find the duck...
As I began searching for it I came upon a gruesome scene out by our garage behind a large rubarb plant... I found duck feet and a few feathers... and that's it! I saw rat foot prints all around them. I saw droppings and then I noticed rats watching me from around the borders of our yard. I grew pissed.... I went and told my Step Dad.
That night, we poured a bag of dog food in a garbage can top and put it right where they had killed and eaten our duck.
Then we sat in my bedroom windows with what was then known as CB-Caps or silent 22 caliber rifle ammo.
We had a dim light set up near the pile of dog food and scopes on both rifles.
We literally stayed up all night creating piles of rats until the sun came up.
It took about a week of shorter evening and night time sessions like this to attract and clear the neighborhood of all these huge pet eating creatures.
I do missed that duck.... The rats... Not so much...
An attack on someone I care deeply about vs their life, I'm crystal clear on what side I'd stand on in such a scenario.
Never mind that they wiped out our every year organic garden of food that was almost ready for harvesting.
On a parallel note check this out and leave comments below on what this says to you and perhaps share this with others and share your stories of such relationships.
The High Fat Raw Vegan crowd and the Paleo crowd have for the longest time now raved on an on about how the amounts of fat (more than 10% of their total daily caloric intake) is so good for them and that sugar is hell fire and brimstone bad for you.
Here is a video that breaks it down into science that can be verified all over the place:
To really get the broadest sense of the big picture this video touches upon I highly recommend that one get a copy of Douglas Graham's book The 80-10-10 Diet Click Here
Collaboration is working with each other to do a task and to achieve shared goals.
It is a recursive process where two or more people or organizations work together to realize shared goals, (this is more than the intersection of common goals seen in co-operative ventures, but a deep, collective, determination to reach an identical objective) — for example, an endeavor that is creative in nature—by sharing knowledge, learning and building consensus. Most collaboration requires leadership, although the form of leadership can be social within a decentralized and egalitarian group. In particular, teams that work collaboratively can obtain greater resources, recognition and reward when facing competition for finite resources.
Competition in biology, ecology, and sociology, is a contest between organisms, animals, individuals, groups, etc., for territory, a niche, or a location of resources, for resources and goods, mates, for prestige, recognition, awards, or group or social status, for leadership. Competition is the opposite of cooperation.
It arises whenever at least two parties strive for a goal which cannot be shared or which is desired individually but not in sharing and cooperation. Competition occurs naturally between living organisms which co-exist in the same environment. For example, animals compete over water supplies, food, mates, and other biological resources. Humans compete usually for food and mates, though when these needs are met deep rivalries often arise over the pursuit of wealth, prestige, and fame. Competition is also a major tenet in market economy and business is often associated with competition as most companies are in competition with at least one other firm over the same group of customers, and also competition inside a company is usually stimulated for meeting and reaching higher quality of services or products that the company produce or develop.
Competition can have both beneficial and detrimental effects. I think in most cases these days detrimental. Many evolutionary biologists view inter-species and intra-species competition as the driving force of adaptation, and ultimately of evolution. However, some biologists, most famously Richard Dawkins, prefer to think of evolution in terms of competition between single genes, which have the welfare of the organism 'in mind' only insofar as that welfare furthers their own selfish drives for replication. Some social darwinists claim that competition also serves as a mechanism for determining the best-suited group; politically, economically and ecologically. Positively, competition may serve as a form of recreation or a challenge provided that it is non-hostile. On the negative side, competition can cause injury and loss to the organisms involved, and drain valuable resources and energy. In the human species competition can be expensive on many levels, not only in lives lost to war, physical injuries, and damaged psychological well beings, but also in the health effects from everyday civilian life caused by work stress, long work hours, abusive working relationships, and poor working conditions, that detract from the enjoyment of life, even as such competition results in financial gain for the owners.
The tendency toward extreme, unhealthy competition has been termed hyper-competitiveness. This concept originated in Karen Horney's theories on neurosis; specifically, the highly aggressive personality type which is characterized as "moving against people". In her view, some people have a need to compete and win at all costs as a means of maintaining their self-worth. These individuals are likely to turn any activity into a competition, and they will feel threatened if they find themselves losing. Researchers have found that men and women who score high on the trait of hyper-competitiveness are more narcissistic and less psychologically healthy than those who score low on the trait. Hyper-competitive individuals generally believe that "winning isn't everything; it's the only thing".
We are all too familiar with Competition becoming Hyper-Competitiveness. It's a sickening sign in society on so many levels.
As our World View has evolved it's become crystal clear to many that we all live on a round ball that actually has no boundaries other than the mental projections that have been super imposed to create the illusion of separation and competition amongst groups.
Bit by bit we are erasing those lines as we step back and see that the so called leaders of these groups tend to be these narcissistic mouth pieces for those still trying to maintain social and economic competition over our realization that we do in fact care for our neighbors well being and our own. We also realize that there are far more ofus than there is them (those who have creatively constructed the illusion that they are "The Great Oz" behind the curtain....
Most of us when it comes to creating a lifestyle that allows for both quality and quantity of personal freedom acutely realize that the modern day J.O.B. (Just Over Broke) is designed to segregate us from our power to do anything other than put more Life Force and Time in at work trudging away on the "Dread-Mill" of squeezing out just enough cash every 2 weeks to hopefully make the money to pay the bills and have enough left over to make it to the next paycheck of paper to be dumped into that endless Black Hole again.
For me I have felt all alone in that fighting to NOT go over edge of Niagara Falls again all my adult life. How about you?
I've gone over that edge a few times in this lifetime and let me tell you... It wasn't pretty nor fun... I am thankful for my lifetime of sticking to maintaining a very high level of physical and nutritional fitness as that foundation I can see these attributes gave me the resilience to claw my way back each time to have another go at finding a way to truly create the Leverage to overwhelmingly go against societies currents towards calmer waters and perhaps even go ashore. (Which is code in this lifetime for whatever resources one needs to more than meet their day in and day out needs for safe and cozy shelter, quality foods, staying connected to others and sources of education.)
I can finally share that the day has emerged whereby a team of others who have been over those falls and back have met up and decided that isolation, division, separation, competition, and all it's cousins is not how best to bring together the ideas, talents, efforts of many to create the leverage so many of us need to be able to not just go against the current at the top of the water fall that wants to suck all of our time, money and creativity away but to create a solution that puts us all upon still waters where the slightest effort can create massive results in any direction we so choose. Hang with me.... I will unpack this concept more as we go along.
Thus the reason for this post.
Galileo Galilei said “You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help him find it within himself.”
Meaning if you don't have the encoding within you of the framework of what your seeking outwardly you will never recognize it outside yourself.
How many of you wish that you could do something for a living that involved your getting paid for your expression of the talents you enjoy expressing the most and that because your talents, like combining the ingredients in a great meal of others talents and effort, created an astoundingly tasty and nourishing meal, experience, or something far more valuable than any one of us expressing solo?
What if you and those other collaborators got paid a growing amount to more than cover your monthly money needs and that money was paid to you every month just like once a plant breaks through the soil air is provided as a matter of coarse?
What if life got that easy? Would you be able to accept and handle being appreciated and liberated from your commute, time clock, time and money worries.... For your truest contributions to a collective or collaborative effort?
Would you be able to accept that because all your doing is what you love and the sum of all participants efforts means the goal can be accomplished in minutes instead of weeks worth of time but you get paid or rewarded anyways for a week or even more equivalent time - work - effort - would that be OK with you?
Well such a Collaboration Community has emerged.
This is your formal invitation to come explore a whole new paradigm in practical income generation as a side effect of your doing whatever your talents are and time allows.
When I was a child with just a budding curiosity about mans use of and pursuit of technology, I asked one of my uncles why was technology important?
He said, "The purpose of technology is to accomplish more work with less effort and free people up to pursue more lofty aims in life."
I thought that made a whole lot of sense. As I fast forwarded into my teens and calculators and eventually computers cam along I began to realize that something wasn't right. Instead of civilization being freed up of the burdens of enough nourishing food and water on tap, a decent place to live, an ever expanding source of education to learn about what's new and cutting edge and useful I saw that people were being subtly and not so subtlety being forced into working more and earning less. Of doing task that demotivated them instead of inspiring them.
It's taken me decades to sort out just what happened to derail that original premise my uncle spelled out... While every day for decades now I have had this same burning question in my heart of.... If we can and do produce far more food, homes, transportation, and even information than our global society can use at any given moment then why and what is keeping so many in need and even dieing from unmet needs? Who is manipulating the supply of everything to create such supply shortages?
We've all seen the figures on how much was given to banks to bail them out during the 2007-2008 recession. We've also seen the figures of how much per day, month, year is being spent on the false cause wars. We've probably also seen the calculations that show that each of these areas of spending a piece could have fed, sheltered, educated every man, women and child on the planet.
Just recently we were media prodded in an attempt to launch another war only to have that over shadowed by a possible bankruptcy of the USA in almost the same week as the Federal Government shut down due to no agreement to deeper into debt while unable to pay even the interest on current debts.
I recently began to come upon documentaries and discussions online about how nations could come pay off their debts and end welfare and unemployment.
I would challenge you to watch the following video and then comment, repost, Like or what have you on this topic.
I believe it's an idea who is desperately trying to be born...
It's been going on for generations.... Like a fish who is unaware of the water around it most have no gap in consciousness to question the nature of their reality.
Then suddenly I came along and shared this...
Are you beginning to see why I continue to offer you means to become home based employment wise? You will need that level of freedom to further explore and move around in the new vision you now have of the nature of our collective reality.
Human Farming The Story Of Your Enslavement
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Freedom is When You've Got Nothing Left to Lose.... and you'll taken totally responsibility for where you are...
Most will read the above sentence and primarily think of not having anything materially to hold one back.
A few will think it means they no longer have to defend their former position on something and can proceed with courage, boldness and a clear consciousness of knowing they are "On Their Pathway of Destiny."
If you've read a few of my prior post, you will see that I've used references to the movie "The Matrix" more than a few times. This movie is relevant because it so lucidly illustrates the effects of the unquestioned "Factory Farm Induced Belief Systems.
Morpheus in The Matrix stated it so eloquently.... "Like a "Splinter in the Mind"....
Having questioned so many aspects of The Matrix we all are born into I recognize that we all must interface with it in a day to day sense but that our interface need not be as unconscious or under the hypnotic trance as "The System" wants us to.
What do I mean by that?
Here are some of the key questioned areas that will unpack and give you food for thought upon in this post and all to come.
Do we need to believe such things as:
Being poor is noble and good....
Money is bad and you had to do something bad to get it....
Our beliefs about sex....
I'm not OK if I don't get a degree, decent paying job, car, house, spouse, produce kids, contribute to a retirement program, qualify for credit, etc...
I need a full time job, work hard....
Fitness and the pursuit of Health is fine as long as it doesn't interfere with work....
That's not what the commercials, my factory farmed education and my parents told me was food!
I - we need to have full medical coverage no matter what and get vaccinated and take the medicines the doctor prescribes or suggest to us and get regular check ups if we want to stay healthy...
If your not patriotic your a traitor and a Communist....
If you don't vote you have no say....
We must have a government to maintain order and laws...
Our current system of government is the best there is or can be and just get over it and march to the beat of everyone else trying to make it work...
You need to be realistic and stop questioning so much. Just be happy for what you've got.
My sole mission is inspire you to question the nature of what you have perceived as "Reality" for you and to become Self Aware of the larger picture of the Nature of the Reality we all are waking up within. It's not until we are awake that we can begin to find freedom.
In the movie "The Matrix" the central character is called "Neo"
Neo is an ordinary guy who in his questioning of the true nature of reality wakes up into a level of perception where he realizes that his ordinary every day life is just the surface of a much more rich, deep and meaningful understanding and experience of life.
As his perceptions sharpen and expand he learns that he is here for something much larger than just tick tocking his life away at some boring job.
One day he decides it's either ALL IN to find out how far his inner "Rabbit Hole" goes (The Red Pill) or dieing of either boredom or being used to death by the ordinary world and his life amounting to nothing (The Blue Pill)
He takes the dive.... and unlocks doors and experiences he never knew he had the keys to go through....
Each one of us is a Neo in search of the "Red Pill" exit ramp from ordinary life to the Extraordinary Life our souls tell us every day is just a thin, shear curtain pull away.... Yet each morning we re-awaken back into our tick-tock other dream world only to find that we must get up, suit up, and trudge off to slog along on the hamster wheel like job thing another day just to grind out a few more dollars that seem to get vacuumed out our hands the moment we get them resulting in the need to go repeat this cycle until we die....
HEY YOU! YOU FELL ASLEEP ON YOUR KEY BOARD! YEAH YOU! WAKE UP! WAKE UP NEO!
1970's Doctors said I had some kind of lower back - hip deformity where I was destined to have back and hip problems and never be able to lift heavy things. I proceeded to become a World Class Bicycle Road Racer and Competitive Natural Body Builder. In the 1980's I was in involved in a hit in run that left me with neck, joint, and nerve damage. Doctors said my high level athletic life was over.... I became a top level speed skater, power lifter, mountain bike racer, martial artist..... What this video then tell me..... What's your excuse?
For those still sitting on the fence wondering what they should be eating to optimize their body's systems for ideal or genetic potential this video should inspire you to jump off the high fat, high protein, low carb, limited performance pier....
For more on this way of fueling and funding and Unlimited Lifestyle of Freedom and Super Fitness, see the link list to the right of this post.
I get approached pretty frequently about participating in someones run or walk or hike for the cure of something. I always decline the offer. Why?
Here is example of one of my responses:
Thanks for including me. I'm a bit more direct than these type of programs as I've learned they primarily enrich the researchers pockets so much that they become addicted to the cash flow scheme part of the quest and creatively, never find the supposed cure and fail to acknowledge information present them about the actual cause and cure presented by others that might threaten their paychecks.
Alzheimer's is caused by the consumption of animal fats, proteins, hormones, and other dead, cooked and processed food and drink like items that result in the pollution of the blood stream in such a way as to cause our glucose molecules (blood sugar) to become stuck to the excess fatty acids in a blood serum (plasma) that has become acidic in pH. These glucose molecules become too large to leave the blood stream through the capillary walls into the cells where the glucose was destined to be burned. This obstruction is what the medical view labels "high blood sugar", not noticing what "caused" the sugar to get stuck there or and not remembering that even in medical school they were taught that every cell in the human body runs on glucose or blood sugar.
That same animal fat - fatty acid makes red blood cells sticky and causes them to clump and eventually plug capillaries and even larger arteries and veins. All this leads to arterial inflammation which spreads inflammation to other systems causing Western Medical Researchers to ascribe every known label of illness we have and the opportunity to exploit the symptoms for profit by creating drugs people are told to buy monthly creating residual income for the medical cartels (which is slang for Health - Blind as a Bat!) and surgeries for high ticket one or multiple shot billable surgical income.
It's a corrupt and morally indefensible pattern in my view that I have committed my life to revealing and to those who recognize these patterns, hidden agendas and the need for what to do instead, I offer what you and I have discovered as the healthy solution. Living Raw Fruit - Vegan Human Design honoring menus combined with lifestyle implementation of at least Body Weight Aerobic and Strength Building Fitness, along with Transitioning Oneself from other sources of chronic negative stress like Hamster Wheel like J.O.B.'s that steal Life Force and Personal Time. Never mind your right to a Living that Sets You Free instead of just enough to stay Enslaved to your Employers cause.
I teach ordinary Awakening Interested Parties how to apply the same Leverage Principles that the 1% use to create at least a more than enough cash flow, so they can set themselves free to pursue and question deeper interest than the daily "chase the buck" game and set others free. All of these added together produces a personal stress reduction (the bad kind) that allows the body to stop polluting and destroying itself and the addition of being able to choose healthier fuels, rest. Awakening Spirits tend to not abuse their abundance of health, fitness, and cash to exploit others but instead to help others awaken further also.
That's how I roll....
Does this speak to something in you that sees beyond what you are currently pursuing?
If so you have now become aware that the doorway to the next level in your life is actually unlocked by your simply choosing to stay awake while absorbing this illuminating new information.
To give this new awakening practical legs, the next step is to both apply it and become an inspiration to others and by example you will find yourself in situations to pass your journey born insights on to others as they come knocking.
This blogs Link List to the right of this page contains many of the keys I have discovered so far to unlocking more doors along the way. Explore and implement as many as you find inspiration to do so..
This post is to clarify why I am adamant in my posting about the need to strongly consider transitioning from your traditional job to becoming self funding through the creative adoption of the newest financial tools that I have found to not only liberate us from the hamster wheel furious pace of the traditional J.O.B. (Just Over Broke model), but give us the breathing room to ponder even deeper questions about the nature of the tribal, local, national and global belief systems that try to mold and corral our perceptions and actions.
My aim is to reveal what is already here. What has been creatively hidden, especially through intentional deception by sources we may or may not have been made aware of.
I want every man, women and child to know of the variety of choices they can exercise and the power of those choices in the moment and over time.
The following video is a tool to help anyone who really wants to know what has been hidden from them and why. I hope it causes you to question and to seek new, more liberating answers.
"What happens when a communist country makes a film about how unhealthy North Americans think, live, treat the planet and treat each other? Well, we watch in complete horror because it's so accurate and then we ponder how we've gone so long without seeing what we really are and what we're really doing over here." Please note also that the strategies described in this video are the same strategies used for animals raised in factory farming to a large degree.
To put it bluntly...Yes..That is what they are saying and that is what is true... The problem with our society today is that we accept things to readily. We've been taught that it is a bad thing to question authority. When in reality, the only thing that keeps us moving forward as a species is constantly questioning everything. If a society cedes the right of inquiry, that society will inevitably become detached from reality, because the powers that be manufacture a reality that works for them alone. Understand too that this depicts that both sides are propaganda machines. This is also why I think it's becoming time for mankind to embrace something like http://TheVenusProject.com but with bit more organic view that as outlined. Liberate Yourself: http://www.Solavei.com/LandSurfer and turn what was intended to trap and enslave you into "Bolt Cutters" to access your Innate and Inalienable Freedoms. Share, Like, Repost, Comment Erskien Lenier LandSurfer
Remember how the whole forest was a root connected network on Pandora? Watch this....
Scientists Discover That Plants Communicate via Symbiotic Root Fungi
One organism is responsible for this amazing biochemical highway: a type of fungus called mycorrhizae. Plants can communicate the onset of an attack from aphids by making use of an underground network of fungi, researchers have found.
This is just a tiny beginning for man-killers (not man - kind yet) awakening to the larger picture.
I meet people every where I go and since I tend to run just about every where I go the conversation often comes around to "How can you want to run so much and so far and barefoot or in those little sandal like things?
Just as I do with those who get curious about why my diet is primarily raw fruits, greens and veggies, I tell them... Take a crawling toddler and place it in a play pen. Put an assortment of pieces of ripe fruit, a puppy, a baby chick, a duck, a bunny in there with it and watch it naturally select it's native and natural food.
So it is with running.... Watch a just beyond walking - wobbling baby beginning to run all the way up (for most) to about a Kindergärtner to 1st Grader out at recess or lunch break running on the play ground. Or pull up any video or movie that involves aboriginal people from any where in the world where shoes are not the norm and notice how they run. They lean forward from the ankles (not the hips), lift their foot off the ground directly underneath their pelvis (and not extending the quadricep, straightening the leg to "pole vault" out in front of themselves), they "allow their falling forward momentum of the ankle level lean + the springy reaction force of the ground contacting ball of the foot of the other leg to create natural momentum of which the hips (centers of gravity) flows forward beyond the landing point of the lowered foot, allowing rapid (180 contractions or steps per minute) contraction of the hamstrings and a Land Surfing like gracefulness of "Flowing Across the Land" instead of "Leaping into the Sky only to Crash Back into the Earth" losing all momentum and having to leap all over again (Pavement Pounding as most soon to be wounded runners call it)
Here is the visuals of what that looks like:
Visualize what you see here while your out running until you feel and experience from the inside what you see in your minds eye. Every step is a "Learning Moment".... Be there... Feel... Listen... Look... Learn... Adapt... There will come a run when suddenly it feels as if the Earth like tread mill is spinning by under your feet instead of you pushing your mass across the stationary land. Then you will know what Natural Running is and never want to stop :-)
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I here pretty regularly that people diagnosed with either form of diabetes use what the traditional medicine quack quacks push about sugar and diabetes.
Check this out:
To get a copy of "The 80-10-10 Diet" by Dr. Douglas Graham see the link to right of this post with the image of the books cover.
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When I people find out that I am fueled by primarily raw fruits, greens and veggies they wonder if I ever eat anything that has been cooked or what would I likely eat when I go over to someones house for dinner?
Here is a good example:
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Jobs can be a very inefficient way to make some extra cash or even enough cash to get done what you need to do. Working more hours or taking on a second or even third job is just further lifestyle depreciating for all of us.
As most of you know I have a few irons in the fire income stream wise as I believe in diversity of sources of income. In this era, things can and do change because of the pace of technology evolution, the markets interest, and new opportunities being born in the gaps of change.
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They say we only use about 10% of our brains capacity throughout most if not all of our lives. I say that's also true of our fitness potential of which must be fueled by the very freshest and most potent human species appropriate fuels available on the planet.
I've personally experienced and continue to watch those around me and my cyber friends struggle with the limitations of having the stresses of ordinary life drains and restrict our ability to be free enough to train, rest and express to our own souls rhythms. I'm very intimately experienced with the restrictions of both not having enough time and money to just get on with life and just do the stuff of life that really matters instead the task an employer wants done for a hand full dollars in exchange for my ever so priceless time.
Friends.... Every one of us has only so many days upon this Earth journey.... Don't waste it Dread Milling your life away inefficiently creating just enough cash flow to let you sniff your potential but never getting to live it day in and day out....
It's your heritage and right to live your dreams. Let no one and nothing stop you from moving on to The Next Level in your Life.
Aching for the tools to be able to bridge the gap from where you are in life to the life you know is your truest destiny?
Here is what I have found to be perfect bridges to creating more money in less time each week until all you have is all your time and more than enough cash flowing on auto pilot to do what ever it is you live to do as long as you want to and where ever you want to.
Explore... and choose to create your Ideal and Truest Life.
the Portuguese found the banana on the Guinea coast and carried it with
them to the Canary Islands.
Spanish priests are credited with having
introduced this fruit to tropical America when they arrived as
missionaries in the sixteenth century. Now, the banana can be found in
all tropical countries.
The first known species of banana is the plaintain. or cooking
The plantain has a salmon-colored and gummy texture, and a
slightly acid taste. This fruit has been a substitute for bread or
potatoes in many countries, and is slowly being introduced to the United
Bananas are usually harvested green, shipped green, and ripened by
wholesale fruit jobbers in air-conditioned ripening rooms.
Michel variety is the most popular of the many varieties.
the largest and most compact bunch, which makes it easier to ship. The
thick skin of the banana protects the soft fruit.
Other popular varieties of banana are the Claret, or red banana,
a gummy flesh;
the Lady Finger, which is the smallest variety,
but has a delicate, sweet flavor;
and the Apple, which has an acid
flavor and tastes somewhat like a mellow apple.
In the tropics, bananas are often cooked and served with beans, rice,
or tortillas. In the Latin American countries, the ripe banana is
sometimes dried in the sun in much the same manner as figs and raisins.
They arc often sliced when ripe and left in the sun until they are
covered with a coating of white, sugary powder that arises from their
The banana has no particular growing season. A ripe banana is firm,
with a plump texture, strong peel, and no trace of green on the skin. A
skin that is flecked with brown means the fruit is good.
Fully ripe bananas are composed of 76 percent water, 20 percent sugar, and 12 percent starch.
The sugars in the banana are readily assimilated, and they contain
many vitamins and minerals, and a great deal of fiber. They are
excellent for young children and infants and are good in reducing diets
because they satisfy the appetite and are low in fat.
Because they are so soft, they are good for persons who have
intestinal disturbances, and for convalescents. Bananas feed the natural
acidophilus bacteria of the bowel, and their high potassium content
benefits the muscular system.