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Bugs and Real Health

Posted 2/17/2015 6:58pm by Michael Scheidel.

Hey Good Folks!


Em and I were recently at a friend's house who was hosting a party.  During a conversation, Emily noticed a lady bug zip past her face and onto her delicious bite of puff pastry.  While some whinced, I scooped the hapless bug up and placed it on a perch above a door.  Then the conversation went to how infested some folks homes were with them; GOLD I thought!  I told just about everyone in the room that I would gladly take any lady bugs they had.  I must have sounded like a lunatic; however, I know their effectiveness in eating aphids which proliferate in greenhouses, especially in the winter.  So we came home with a bag full of bugs that the hostess had graciously donated to the farm and I released them into my nursery to start working.  Today I spent most of the day in our 80 degree nursery and seeded the last of my onions and leeks and the FIRST of our early spring head lettuce and kale.  Those lady bugs were feasting!   


On Saturday I was able to attend a Real Health Conference in Ronks, just outside Lancaster.  It was organized by an Amish business owner who hosted the event in his warehouse, among thousands of bags of agricultural products piled ceiling high, and hundreds of plain-clothed Amish.  There were at least 20 different talks, ranging from animal health, human health, and other agricultural issues.  I had a very hard time deciding which talk to attend! 

One of the most interesting talks I heard was about evaluating your livestock health by "reading their fur". Apparently a cow's fur will indicate many different levels of health.  I learned about swirls, escutcheons, knees, fertility, mad cows, breeding, and so much more.  Who knew that there are 12 hairs that will stand up on the back of a heifer to indicate fertility?  I didn't!  I walked away wishing I could sneak into someone's cow pasture and examine their herd!  I had to be happy to come home and take a good look at Lolipop and Ruby.  So far, so good.  It will be fun to apply what I learned when it comes time to buy more bull calves for meat, and heifers for our family's milk. 

Another talk I enjoyed was all about how minerals affect us.  We all know that minerals are important, and we try to get many from our food sources, but there is so much more to it!!! It is so complex, I thought my brain might explode.  There are 47 minerals in the cerebral spinal fluid which replenishes itself every 8 hours, kind of like amniotic fluid.  Truly, the life fluid in our bodies.  Most of us lack boron, the 2nd most abundant mineral in the fluid, and one with much value.  The majority of the population is lacking boron, magnesium, and lithium-which accounts for those affected by low sex drive, sudden anger, and cases of "brain fog".  It seems we all need to pay more attention to minerals and their applications.  I, myself, heard enough to convince me to get my hair analyzed to see what I am lacking and how much.  Maybe the results will explain my range of health quirks, let alone my mood quirks!  It is something my whole family will benefit from!

I learned so much more in such a short time that I can't possibly do it justice.  I just wanted to share a bit of what I learned and how it inspired me to, again, pay more attention to my health, and the health of the animals around us that provide, in some way, to that health.  When this conference comes around again next year, we will announce it to you so that you can have the opportunity to learn and be encouraged in our goal of good, sound healthy living.

Thanks for listening,



Gratefully Growing!

The Scheidels

Little Peace Farm