Mission for humanity
Detox from Radioactive fallout from the last 66 years 🙂
The fallout from all the nuclear testing, the use of nuclear weaponary and the various nuclear accidents have increased our collective degenerative diseases burdens, and of future generations.
So I am simply giving you pointers here of things that may help you detox this burden.
Please do your own research for more indepth information. I found the below website helpful in understanding the science behind radioactive fallout:
Radioactive fallout contains very harmful particles.
That includes radioactive isotopes of many elements that in their normal state are essential to human health.
Iodine which seems to have been mentioned alot is just one of them. Some of the others include: iron, cobalt, zinc, selenium.
I would tackle the problem in a number of ways:
1) Mineralize yourself with all the essential elements (not just iodine)
2) Do a general detox according to your unique health and comfortzone
3) Make sure you get all the essential fatty acids in your diet
4) Drink around 8 to 10 glasses of water everyday
5) Get as much exercise as you can, massages and detox baths
6) keep a balanced emotional, mental attitude
7) Feed your spirit with intangibles of your persuasion.. religion, nature ..whatever..
8) Consider fasting or eating a little less (This is only for someone with no major health challenges)
All vegetables in particularly the following: Spinach, cabbage, beetroot, carrots, kelp, kombu and other sea vegetables
All low sugar fruits in particularly the following: non sweet fruits like tomatoes, avocados, cucumbers, corgettes, peppers
All good quality nuts and oils particularly the following: Brazil, hemp oil, linseed oil, olive oil, coconut oil, black seed oil
Sprouted lentils and beans/ cooked lentils and bean, brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat, millet
Water, red wine, grape juice, aloe vera juice, noni juice, wheatgrass juice, celery juice, wild greens juice, green and black tea
Sodium bicarbonate, MSM, all spices and herbs mentioned below
Turmeric, cinnamon, cloves, chillies, ginger, rosemary, coriander, olive leaf
Multivitamins, MSM, spirulina, chlorella, sodium bicarbonate, epsom salts, fullers clay, resveratol, cysteine, lipoic acid, glutathion, potassium iodide, uranium nitricum, coq10, krill oil, melatonin
Miso soup, reishi mushroom, organic yoghurt and eggs, bee polen, royal jelly, Indian black salt
N.B Potassium iodide tablets can cause allergies in those over 40 in particular as per one source of information.
Avoid altogether if you can th following: white sugar, white bread, fried foods, junk food, junk drinks, alcohol other then wine.
Do not follow the above prescriptively however do the best you can under your circumstances.
All the best
Just an update, I found the following website very informative
Hmmm.. It was S C A R Y!!! And exciting because finally..F I N A L L Y I had hope that the shackles of extreme pain caused by arthritis COULD be broken!
I had put my hope in “science” finding a cure. But every year they spewed out the same carrot on a stick..”the cure is coming”…. just like their phoney “war on cancer” … tut… well I waited over two decades and the cure never came..
So, I took RESPONSIBILITY of MY health in MY own hands.
This raw food melarchy was getting results for other people and I also knew that the Hindu yogis had practiced this way of eating for centuries and they lived healthy long lives. Some claim to be hundredS of years old..
I wanted to try it. I was SICK and TIRED of living in constant pain. Just the severity varied..it was always there lurking in the background like a stalker..
So I was READY for the fight.. like a boxer in a ring..
Ready to fight for my health
ready to fight my average, addictive lifestyle
ready to fight my emotional attachment to food
ready to fight my dependence on outside forces to help me heal (even though they did not get the results)
ready to fight my reverence to the modern doctoring system
ready to fight the fear of what my family and friends and neighbours would say
ready to fight my negative traits
ready to be PAINFREE! 🙂
Going raw was like re-learning to eat and more importantly re-learning to live.
For the first time I started to “join the dots” about the grave implications for the planet and humanity of how modern food is produced. As food is central to ones life, I feel I and humanity need to pay attention to how our food gets on our plate from where, how, by whom etc it is grown.
For me this is a BIG ISSUE and thus has had a massive impact on my lifestyle and my value system because I have found that it is all connected to the astronomical animal and human suffering inflicted on our behalf.
I want no part in it.
It is part of the disease of modern life that we have become accustomed to the suffering of others and we can just “switch off” to this reality. However the financial crisis seem to be awakening many out of their comatose to the reality that one day it may be US that are suffering, starving, being terrorized…. Basically all the abuse the majority of humanity is living under..
So once the decision was made then came the actual living through the process and facing the demons I mention above.
That was TOUGH but the positive health results came so quickly that it felt like I had just won the lottery and this smile came into my heart that was euphoric and its still here 🙂
So, a lot can be done to ensure that people do not have demineralised bones.
One important step is to redefine ones nutritional truths. For me one such
“truth” is the misplaced reverence behind cows milk.
The human body is magnificently engineered. Even if we place less then ideal substances such as cows milk, it will attempt to digest it the best it can.
This ability varies from person to person.
The body takes out useful nutrients and stores away the poisons or/and excretes the poisons. For example, a malnourished child needs fat and various other things found in cow’s milk. The body tries to thrive on this less then ideal substance and to an extent it does in that the human does not get symptoms such as allergies etc straight away usually. And even when they do the connection between the milk and the illness is not made. This situation can be likened to putting a mixture of diesel and petrol in a petrol only car. It may manage to go but the engine will get damaged or not perform at its best.
In India where many children were/are malnourished, cow’s milk is highly revered. Thin children grow quickly on a diet of milk and dairy. Many a poor mothers have seen their children outwardly thrive on cow’s milk.
Ok, let us see how cow’s milk works.
The average dairy cow of yesteryears reached sexual maturity at the age of 24 human months. Imagine this tiny little calf turned into a fully grown animal within 2 years. Nature by design made this milk very rich and full of natural growth hormones suitable for an animal that had to grow into an adult within 2 years.
A human child having this on a regular basis would also be affected by these growth hormones, the fat, the proteins etc and grow quickly. Growth in size is the indicator used to measure health by most people, (as that is what they are taught) they will accept milk as having given their child health.
But this milk with the high phosphorous content and low magnesium content is much harder to digest and assimilate. The child may develop asthma, allergies etc. (Most mammals stop producing the enzyme lactase to digest the lactose in milk by the weaning stage. Humans are no different) In the absence of lactase the human body gets poisoned by the presence of cows milk.
The below information is from www.notmilk.com
“Formula-fed babies, at the age of three months, were secreting low levels of serum antibodies to bovine proteins contained in their formula.”
“A Prospective Study of Humoral Immune Response to Cow Milk Antigens in the First Year of Life” Pediatric-Allergy-Immunology, August, 1994, 5(3)
“Most formula fed infants developed symptoms of ALLERGIC rejection to cow milk proteins before one month of age. About 50-70% experienced rashes or other skin symptoms, 50-60 percent gastrointestinal symptoms, and 20-30 percent respiratory symptoms. The recommended therapy is to avoid cow’s milk.”
“Epidemiological and Immunological Aspects of Cow’s Milk Protein ALLERGY and Intolerance in Infancy.” Pediatric-Allergy-Immunology, August, 1994, 5(5 Suppl.)
NEW YORK TIMES - WEDNESDAY, MAY 5, 1999, Page B-1 "38% ASTHMA RATE FOUND IN HOMELESS CHILDREN" A photo of a small African-American boy wearing an oxygen mask accompanies Three hundred lines of text. One sentence is devoted to the probable cause: "...exposure to factors like cockroach feces, dust mites, mold, dampness, rat and mouse urine and crowded living conditions." Homeless people live in shelters and get free room and board. They get FREE cheese and milk which serves as the foundation of their diet.
My mother lost two brothers both at the age of six months. They went to sleep seemingly healthy and never woke up. Many seemingly healthy babies died in the olden days. I wonder how many died because of their inability to digest cow’s milk?
A worst scenario has existed for the last few decades due to the quality of the milk. And that is the modern factory farmed cows and the pus, antibiotics, GM hormones infested milk they produce.
The modern cow is injected with so much growth hormones (bovine growth hormone) that it is forced to reach sexual maturity in 12 months. You don’t have to imagine what this does to all those who consume its meat and milk.
As the child grows quickly the parents encourage the consumption of dairy, believing it is and it will strengthen their children’s bones. They marvel at their children getting even taller than them. Girls start menstruating from around the age of 10 onwards.
At this point I would like to bring you to the rule mammals generally follow regarding life expectancy.
That rule is: Multiply the years taken to reach sexual maturity by six. This is not something I have made up but an observation made by zoologists.
So, a cow that is allowed to live the course of its life naturally without being injected should have a life expectancy approximately of 12 human years.
Could we not deduce then that humans who reach sexual maturity earlier will die earlier?
Well let us look at what is actually happening to us through the modern diet, medication and lifestyle.
Diseases of old age are hitting people at much earlier years.
Below I will quote from the following website the conclusion to a very interesting article on health and longevity.
In spite of the fact that those who have a vested interest in our current orthodox medicine based health care system have a history of putting a spin on figures related to health trends, there is absolutely no doubt that the practice of orthodox medicine has coincided with a continuing deterioration in major public health indicators. The following health indicators confirm this simple fact.
- Heart disease and cancer death rates have increased by more than 200% – 300% in the past 100 years and the incidence of heart disease is still increasing.
- Health surveys reveal that an increasing number of people are suffering from one or more chronic illnesses.
- The incidence of various disorders, including diabetes and obesity, are increasing throughout the Western world.
- There has been no increase in total life span or longevity over the past century. Although we are managing to prolong the lives of many who are ill we are also becoming sicker earlier in life.
- More people are spending a greater period of their lives suffering from one or more disabilities. This is not related to increased life expectancy.
- There is a continuing increase in the per capita use of medical services – although more people are going to the doctor more often, they are becoming sicker in spite of reductions in smoking and increasing use of diet and exercise programs. (people change diet slightly eg 5 portions of fruit etc a day but the old staples such as dairy and excessive consumption of protein are still there generally..)
- There continues to be an astonishing increase in the use of pharmaceutical products and prescription drugs – a fact which correlates with a deterioration in public health. The more drugs we take, the sicker we are becoming.
- The incidence of iatrogenic diseases is increasing alarmingly and has now become the third leading cause of death behind heart disease and cancer.
The direction in which public health is progressing under the influence of scientific medicine is made abundantly clear by the astonishing rapidity with which the three leading causes of death have skyrocketed to their current positions of ascendency. There is no cure in sight for the current epidemics of heart disease, cancer, and iatrogenic disease. If our health care system remains fundamentally reductionist, symptomatic and interventionist, all the available evidence indicates that these, and various other chronic diseases, will be the diseases of the future. Holistic therapies such as nutrition on the other hand, increasingly offer an effective solution.
It is my wish that the independent scientific information offered in this article opens a door of curiosity so you may investigate further e.g see how you feel after a few days/weeks without any dairy… so as to draw your own conclusions. 😉
I am often asked this question as my diet is mainly vegan.
Calcium, that’s an interesting one because it is not just its gain we need to concentrate on but the reasons for its abnormally high loss we need to be aware of.
The following information highlights some of the key things that need to be considered regards calcium:-
- Guard the calcium and other minerals in your bones
- The acid alkaline balance
- Mineral rich foods for healthy bones
- The ovaries
- The para-thyroid gland
- Birthing children
- Remain a stress free zone
1) Guard the calcium and other minerals in your bones
Well I start of with the habit of not throwing away my existing calcium 😉 This calcium loss occurs through certain foods. For example when one eats excessive amounts of protein. Excessive protein in the diet causes a leaching of calcium from the bones. Osteoporosis (extreme loss of calcium) is most rife in the countries with the highest protein and milk intake (for example USA and Finland). Many scientific studies reported in many medical journals point to this fact.
Dr John McDougall, a leading medical authority on dietary association in the US stated
“I would like to emphasize that the calcium losing effect of protein on the human body is not an area of controversy in scientific circles. The many studies done over the past 55 years consistently show that the most important dietary change that we can make if we want to create a positive calcium balance that will keep our bones solid is to decrease the amount of proteins we eat each day. The important change is not to increase the amount of calcium we take in.”
In March 1983, the Journal of clinical Nutrition reported the results of the largest study of this kind ever undertaken. Researchers at Michigan State and other universities found that, by the age of 65 in the United States:
Male vegetarians had an average measurable bone loss of 3%
Male meat-eaters had an average measurable bone loss of 7%
Female vegetarians had an average measurable bone loss of 18%
Female meat-eaters had an average measurable bone loss of 35%
The above is an extract from the book “A Diet For A New America”
In order to absorb calcium, the body needs comparable amounts of another mineral element, magnesium. Milk and dairy products contain only small amounts of magnesium. Magnesium is the center atom of chlorophyll. What the iron atom is to human blood, the magnesium atom is to plant chlorophyll.
Intake of magnesium through diet and supplements is positively associated with bone density throughout the whole body, particularly in older white adults according to research published in the:
Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
“Osteoporosis is caused by a number of things, one of the most important being too much dietary protein.”
“Countries with the highest rates of osteoporosis, such as the United States, England, and Sweden, consume the most milk. China and Japan, where people eat much less protein and dairy food, have low rates of osteoporosis.”
Nutrition Action Healthletter, June, 1993
“What appears to be important in bone metabolism is not calcium intake, but calcium balance. The loss of bone integrity among many post menopausal white women probably results from genetics and from diet and lifestyle factors. Research shows that calcium losses are increased by the use of animal protein, salt, caffeine, and tobacco, and by physical inactivity.”
Neal Barnard, M.D., Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine, Understanding Health, December, 1999
“Dietary protein increases production of acid in the blood which can be neutralized by calcium mobilized from the skeleton.”
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 1995; 61 (4)
“About 50,000 Americans die each year of problems related in some way to osteoporosis.”
Osteoporosis International 1993;3(3)
“Even when eating, 400 mg of calcium daily, one can lose up to 4% of his or her bone mass each year while consuming a high-protein diet.”
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 1979;32(4
“Increasing one’s protein intake by 100% may cause calcium loss to double.”
Journal of Nutrition, 1981; 111 (3)
“The average man in the US eats 175% more protein than the recommended daily allowance and the average woman eats 144% more.”
Surgeon General’s Report on Nutrition and Health, 1988
The above percentages were written in the days when the RDA (recommended daily allowance) of protein was 100g a day. In the recent past we have been told RDA has been changed to RNI and the new protein allowance is 50g a day. But most people are not aware of this as the scientifically outdated but still heavily marketed mantra by the governments, food industry and education system still preach the old myth. So the consumption of excessive protein is still the “nutritional truth” in much of humanities psyche.
2) The acid alkaline balance
The pH of pure water is neutral. The human body is approximately 75% water. Most of the cells of the body at large work best in a neutral pH. The metabolism of excessive protein produces uric acid. Uric acid is one of the metabolites that acidify the blood. The blood compensates this state by drawing out the alkaline calcium from the bones to neutralise the acidic blood back to a neutral state. This is the basic mechanics of osteoporosis as far as dietary implication is concerned.
3) Mineral rich foods for healthy bones
I eat mineral rich foods that the human body can assimilate easily, unlike the calcium in cow’s milk. Cow’s milk although rich in calcium is also rich in phosphorous. Scientists have found that the human body by design is unable to assimilate calcium from foods low in their calcium/phosphorous ratios. These foods include cow’s milk and flesh foods.
The human body assimilates maximum calcium from foods with the highest calcium/phosphorous ratios and magnesium rich foods such as green leafy vegetable, sprouted seeds, nut milks, fruits and vegetables. For example sesame seeds and almonds are very rich in calcium. I balance that with silicon rich foods such as cucumber and raw corgette (zuchinni). Horsetail infusions are excellent as an addition as horsetail is one of thee most richest sources of silicon. Silicon’s benefits to health seem to have been underplayed. My own experience with this is amazing. Fortunately for me I have loads of horsetail growing by the river on my land and I have harvested much of it this year!
While on the subject of food:
Caffeine tends to promote calcium excretion in urine.
Sunbathe daily to give the body the opportunity to make its own adequate supply of vitamin D.
Exercise helps to keep bones strong. For those that are not very mobile or need extra protection I suggest a daily 10 minute body massage with a vibrator. NASA-funded scientists have done preliminary studies that suggest that astronauts up in space might prevent bone loss by standing on a lightly vibrating plate for 10 to 20 minutes each day. Held down with the aid of elastic straps, the astronauts could keep working on other tasks while they vibrate.
The same therapy, they say, might eventually be used to treat some of the millions of people who suffer from bone loss, called osteoporosis, here on Earth!
6) Your ovaries
Surgical removal of the ovaries is a cause of bone loss and eventual osteoporosis in many unfortunate women.
Why are so many women advised to have hysterectomies with the additional removal of the ovaries? My mother was a victim of this 24 years ago and for the last 15 years approx has had dowagers back, which has got progressively worst, despite having a vegetarian diet rich in dairy foods.
7) Your Para-thyroid gland. The main known purpose of the para thyroid gland is maintaining calcium levels. Attention to its health is imperative.
8) Bearing children is known to protect women from osteoporosis.
9) Remain a stress free zone
In Chinese medicine, osteoporosis is considered a physical manifestation of not feeling supported in life.
A happy positive attitude whatever your circumstances will impact your health positively.
In the days when I was to a large degree, ignorant to the importance of live foods, positive mental attitude to health etc I lived an extremely ill, stressful life. Any extra stress would send me reeling onto my knees and I coined a phrase:
“I have gone acid”.
My whole body would feel like it was filled with a burning acid. I don’t know how many times I repeated these words to my husband. He took it in quietly.
However, after 16 years of seeing my constant suffering he presented me with raw live food knowledge and the raw challenge and like my true hero joined me and our children on the raw challenge even though he had no outward symptoms (healthy). I am forever indebted to his quiet spiritual powerhouse stance that saved us from so much wretched misery.
Well the answers to the title lie in the link below.
I am sharing this because I think alot of people could lead much happier more fulfilling lives if we took on board the reasoning and actioned at least some of the suggestions. (See below if you can’t be bothered to go to the link for the whole article 🙂 . I am going to share with you guys some of the stuff I have done and am doing, (in PINK). I have found it very challenging at times.. sometimes I have felt completely alone and lonely.. like when I went raw (raw food diet) and lost tonnes of weight besides the arthritis… I was breastfeeding at the time too. It would have been so easy to give up and go along with “regular” humanity but I chose to go it alone with my family while others told me we were wrong. Neighbours, relatives, friends and family..all thought we were wrong. Thankfully our incredible health improvements along with time to adapt to new health ideas/truths bought the realization of the miracle we and they had been witness to…
Nowadays everyone is much more aware about the connection between food and health but 12 years ago it was a different story…
“The 2008 price shocks in oil followed by the financial collapse have led many people to begin taking measures to become more self-sufficient. And recently the ominous signs of food shortages, the weakening dollar, and the rising price of oil all point to a similar atmosphere as 2008. Some have taken steps to conserve electricity, reduce spending and consumption, while others are planting kitchen gardens and installing solar panels on their homes. Even living off the grid is becoming a mainstream concept for those seeking independence.
Indeed, becoming more self-sufficient is proving to make common sense whether one anticipates more hardship to come or not. Sure, many of us would love to live completely off the grid without giving up everyday comforts, but this is not practical for most of us. However, there are many steps that can be taken to move towards self-sufficiency which can be relatively painless and quite rewarding.
The following are 10 suggestions that can lead to independent living:
1. Reduce your debt: Especially get your credit card debt under control, since it is entirely corrupt. Call your credit card companies and ask for a work out plan similar to what they received from the taxpayer bailout. If they don’t cooperate to your satisfaction, there are some reasons not to pay at all. I have stopped using my credit card.
2. Reduce your consumption: Evaluate your current budget and determine absolute necessity. Push your comfort level to find areas where you can scale back, and then identify comforts that you’re willing to sacrifice. I am going cold turkey and reducing the size of my wardrobe. It is disgustingly large! 😉 Food wise.. well being a longterm “high raw foodist” twelve years approx..I can live on what most people would call next to nothing 🙂 I have been sleeping on the floor on a thin mattress for the last two years most of the time. I have streched my comfort zone far and wide.. I have no problem living without electricity and I do cold water bucket bathing if I have to.. did it for a year recently…
3. Reduce energy use: Change light bulbs, have entertainment systems plugged into a splitter that can be shut off completely to reduce phantom charges, etc. Carefully plan shopping trips and other transportation needs. I tend to buy locally when I am staying in my apartment and when at the land some neighbour usually turn up with food they have grown and we always have some fruit in season on our land. At the moment there is an abundance of moscatel grapes. In a few weeks the figs will be ready too. Some wild greens are available year round. I have watercress at the moment.
4. Store energy: Always have back-up propane storage and a large wood pile for a rainy day. Investing in a generator of some kind (even a solar generator) will be money well spent. Ok have the wood, propane and geni.
5. Invest in food storage: With a falling dollar and rising food prices, why not create a food savings account? Get some good books, dehydrators and vacuum sealers for storage methods. Best storable food items are grains (rice, beans, flour), canned goods, seeds, and some prepackaged items. I learnt to bottle food last year. I still have some jars of tomato sauce! Drying veg is pretty easy and I did that too. But not this year! Will have to do it soon.
6. Produce your own food: Replace your lawn with a garden, fruit trees, and keep chickens. Go on hunting and gathering adventures for nuts, fish, and wild game. Store extra garden seeds! I have every intention to get my vegetables growing once I start living at my farm again. I have crates of nuts from last years harvest. Got to collect for this year though (almonds) the pecan nuts will be ready in autumn.
7. Learn new skills: Surf the Internet, read books, and take courses in practical skills like gardening, cooking with whole foods, composting, carpentry, alternative energy, natural health and wellness etc. I have a few of the above skills but what I really want to learn is how to make cloth and natural cosmetics.. more then just soap and creams..
8. Start a side business: Turn your passion or hobby into a small side business to make some supplemental income. Who knows, it may become your path to full financial independence. Yes have thought many times before about this as I do have some amazing experiences and skills which could help many. I need to get my book out. Just was not sure about publishers etc so it is sitting there doing sweet nothing… I want it as an e-book for starters…
9. Install alternative energy: Start with small installations like a solar hot water system, a solar freezer, a solar attic fan, or a wood stove etc. If you have limited funds, tip-toe your way to independence. It would be good to get a solar powered pump as mine uses petrol (gas). I have solar panels for my electrical needs.
10. Suggest solutions for your community: Start or join a local cooperative for food, products, and services. Engage your local community in discussions to take steps for self-sufficiency. Share your story and build support. To be honest I have been involved with this on the fringe only… but ..I am glad to say we are due to take the plunge and join such an organisation in September and get more involved 🙂
These steps will save money as we move closer to the ultimate prize of independence. Each action we take to live more simply frees us from the control systems put in place to make our lives more complicated, more toxic, and less independent.”
If you want to know why I was doing this please check out below.
The late nights have caught up with me and dished out what I deserve 😉
Personal vibrant health needs us to respect all aspects of our humanity…
and I haven´t..
On the positive side it is a really “good” cold… my symptoms are mild.. no headache, no achy body… Just a lot of phlegm.
I have drunk loads and eaten little.
For breakfast today I had one apple, one orange and a stick of celery all chopped up with a sprinkling of Spirulina.
For lunch I had a small salad made with lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, raw onions, celery and chick peas.The dressing was made with fresh chopped mint, lots of dried garlic, salt, lemon juice and olive oil that my friend made using olives from his land. It was bliss.
It is nearly 7 in the evening and I don´t feel hungry just thirsty.
To quench my thirst I drink water but I love infusions too. I have just made a pan full of infusion using the following herbs:
olive leaves (immunity) sage (digestion) horsetail (rich source of silicon, great for bones, hair, teeth and skin), fennel leaves (digestion) and a few rose petals from a bunch of roses my friends gave me (love 🙂 )
The last few posts have been quite… intensive in their subject matter.. Stuff by Alex Collier for example may seem far-fetched but it is hard for me to imagine he is not sincere in what he is expressing…
The MMS information from Jim Humble is pretty interesting too. I am going to make the MMS and see how I get on… This fungus thing is hard to shift… and I really struggle with a fruitless diet ie no sweet fruits…
I really hope that you guys will at some stage make the time to look up for yourselves regarding Alex and Jim´s info… it is time-consuming and mentally taxing too for some I imagine…
Personally speaking… Alex´s experience of humanity on other planets ties in with the words of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji TO ME. He stated 500 years ago there are hundreds of thousands of skies like the earth´s sky… so for me it is no big deal or surprise that there may be life in these “skies”…
My daughter is doing my head in as she is talking to me and says I am ignoring her 😉 haha.. taste of her own medicine..
I guess I better go and chat with her… yeah I am very mumsy and I like to be around for my kids.
Hope you are all well and before I go, a big thanks to slashingtongue x