Spagyric: Making Your Own Medicine

Estimates say that up to 90 percent of pharmaceutical drugs owe their origin to plant and herbal remedies that have been in use for millennia. Using reductionist science — the questionable skill of tearing apart natural substances to isolate what modern scientists call “active ingredients” — Big Pharma produces potent versions of medicines that often cause more harm than good. Disrespecting the holistic nature of healing, modern science extracts isolated chemicals that can be patented for profit. Yet there is a way to optimize the healing potential of natural substances without compromising their innate characteristics. That method is the ancient art of alchemy using the Spagyric process. Big Pharma doesn’t do it that way but you can make medicinal…

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Preseason Favorites on a Roll

Seismic shifts in conference alignment have been rocking college athletics over the past few seasons, and it appears likely that Creighton could get caught up in the shift. Speculation has been running wild around the Creighton program in recent weeks regarding the Jays’ future conference plans.
Last month the presidents of the 7 Catholic colleges that compete only in basketball in the Big East Conference elected to defect and form their own league. DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, Seton Hall, St. Johns, and Villanova are expected to add either 3 or 5 teams to their ranks, with Creighton’s name high on the list of potential new members.

The timing has never been better for Creighton to…

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Cosmic Forecast, Jan. 10-16

Happy Cazimi New Moon in Capricorn, at 1:44 in the afternoon (Omax time) on Friday the 11th. Very lucky; especially for Capricorns and Libras, old people, old rich people, yogis and yoginis, Tantrikas, bosses, fathers and very horny old goats! How’s your little “goatee”? We’ll see…?

j CAPRICORN (12.22-1.20)  Are we having fun yet? Well, for you, Zippy, the fun’s just begun! You’re on a run to seize the Sun, just caught by the Capricorn Cazimi (which means “Heart of the Sun”) New Moon on Friday the 11th, at a quarter of 2:00 in the afternoon. Make a wish a half hour before or after (either way), and see what your gods/loa/saints have…

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News You Can Use

Time for a news recap so here’s some stories you may have missed during the end of the Mayan Calendar.

Frankenfish on the menu. This has been all over the news. Our friends at the Food and Drug Administration have ruled in favor of genetically modified salmon coming to your table unannounced, that is, without a label. (Incidentally, the FDA is headed by Michael Taylor, a former vice president of Monsanto, the main genetic engineering company in the world. Taylor also served as an attorney and lobbyist for Monsanto prior to his appointment as “food czar.”) The GM salmon merges DNA from an eel and two salmon species that do not interbreed in nature. For those wondering, in…

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Cosmic Forecast, Jan. 3-9

There will be no weekly Planet Power forecast for Jan. 3. Instead, we're pleased to bring you our annual look at what lies ahead for you in the year ahead. Please check out the 2013 Preview at

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Cosmic Forecast, Dec. 27-Jan. 2

It’s a Full Moon weekend! Happy Full Moon in Cancer (before dawn on Friday the 28th), in opposition to Pluto, which is conjunct the Sun. Have a Happy New Year’s, and let’s see what 2013 has to offer thee. Peace and love shall conquer all. There are no mistakes, if you do what you do for the experience. “Are you experienced?” From the “Voodoo Child,” musical mystic and black master of the white Stratocaster, Jimi Hendrix.

j CAPRICORN (12.22-1.20)  WOW! Wasn’t that quick? Wham, bam, thank you Ma’am! In and out like a cub scout. You know what I’m talkin’ ’bout! Happy New Year’s early, Squirrely/Shirley! Mars entered your sign around mid-November, settin’ you up…

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The Bullets No One Talks About

In the wake of current events that have shaken this time of year usually filled with joy and cheer, we ask how to stem the rising tide of mass violence. Restricting access to extreme armament is one topic. Corralling people targeted as “mentally ill” and forcing treatment on them is another. That response is particularly chilling in view of the role those very psychiatric drugs play in violence.

Drugs that go by names like Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Ritalin, Xanax, Luvox and others are connected to violent side effects. Warnings on many psychiatric drugs say they may cause things like suicidal thoughts, homicidal inclinations, hallucinations, mayhem, aggression and other violent acts, in short, the very things they are supposed…

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Bud Rising

When Terence "Bud" Crawford defends his WBO lightweight title June 28 at the CenturyLink Center, he'll fight for himself, his tight-knit family and a...

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Bo Pelini behaved as if he had coached his last game at Nebraska, based on his sideline and post-game decorum, or lack thereof. That was the...

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Attention to detail

If not for Sam Burtch, the most dramatic play of this Nebraska football season might never have happened.

If not for Burtch, Ron Kellogg III...

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Planet Power: Nov. 21 - 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving. Let’s be nice to each other and cultivate warm thoughts. You are what you think…


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Planet Power: Nov. 14 - 20, 2013

This issue marks my 17th year here at The “READER.” Thanks to John, Eric, my beloved Carrie, et al., for all your help, encouragement and...

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Planet Power: November 7 - 13, 2013

The new Aquarian-Age astrology is/will be ruled by the planet Uranus (yeah, I’ve heard that joke before). Traditional astrology, prior to the...

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Planet Power: Oct. 31 - Nov. 6, 2013

Happy Halloween! Let your subconscious desires flow as the twilight fades into the black of the night of the year. Don’t fear the night. You have...

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Gut Reaction

Flip Wilson, groundbreaking comedian of the 1960s and ‘70s, elevated two comic catchphrases to status in the American vernacular. His stage...

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Next to air, water is the most vital element for human survival. The human body is 75 percent water. You knew that. But if you’re under the age of...

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There is no dearth of stupid human tricks. We are at once our own worst enemies and defilers of Planet Earth. It’s just the way it is. Maybe it goes...

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Here’s Why

When I was nine years old, my sister took me to work with her on a summer Saturday. She sat me down in the Children’s Department of the old Omaha...

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