Monthly Archives: June 2016

Baked beans

“Baked” beans


1.5 cups dried pinto, navy, kidney or lima beans; or a combination of beans
2 cups apple juice
2 cups water
½ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons molasses
½ cup ketchup
½ teaspoon vinegar
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 medium tomato, diced

Prepare this in the morning while you are cooking breakfast and making sandwiches for lunch.

Gather all needed supplies and ingredients [pressure cooker or cast iron |Dutch oven are great for this along with a straw box cooker]]

1. Wash hands in warm, soapy water.
2. Sort beans and remove any foreign material such as stems or rocks. Wash and drain
3. Add beans & all other ingredients to the apple juice and water bring to a boil
covered, maintain heating until you are done with breakfast, then kill the heat and
let soak over the day in the straw box cooker. This will retain the heat and allow the
beans to both absorb the fluid and start cooking.
4. In the early evening check to see how tender the beans are, then bring back to a boil
and cook until the beans are done.
5. serve over rice or bread [cornbread maybe]

Variants you can add diced ham, bacon or other meats, onions, bell peppers or celery.

Makes 6 to 9 servings depending on what you as variants and how much rice or bread that you like to use.

Fuel use is about one hour in the AM on the same fire that you were going to use anyway for breakfast and an hour or so in the evening so you end up saving a lot of fuel over the
original directions which called for boiling the beans for 3 hours and then baking in the oven covered for 3 hours and then uncovered for another hour. Or 7 hours active use of fuel

Medical Error Is Third Leading Cause of Death

A friend sent this to me… I made a few comments ***below.

Knowing a thing is different than being able to prove a thing. This is one of the reasons we advocate keeping a family member or friend with you 24/7 when you are in the hospital.

Cross ref this recent post in our blog.

We did not know of this study [below] when the above blog was written. ;]

Medical Error Is Third Leading Cause of Death in US
Marcia Frellick
May 03, 2016

Medical error is the third leading cause of death in the United States, after heart disease and cancer, according to findings published todayin BMJ.

As such, medical errors should be a top priority for research and resources, say authors Martin Makary, MD, MPH, professor of surgery, and research fellow Michael Daniel, from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland.

But accurate, transparent information about errors is not captured on death certificates, which are the documents the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) uses for ranking causes of death and setting health priorities. Death certificates depend on International Classification of Diseases (ICD) codes for cause of death, so causes such as human and system errors are not recorded on them.

And it’s not just the US. According to the World Health Organization, 117 countries code their mortality statistics using the ICD system as the primary health status indicator.
The authors call for better reporting to help capture the scale of the problem and create strategies for reducing it.

Cancer and Heart Disease Get the Attention

“Top-ranked causes of death as reported by the CDC inform our country’s research funding and public health priorities,” Dr Makary said in an university press release. “Right now, cancer and heart disease get a ton of attention, but since medical errors don’t appear on the list, the problem doesn’t get the funding and attention it deserves.”

He adds: “Incidence rates for deaths directly attributable to medical care gone awry haven’t been recognized in any standardized method for collecting national statistics. The medical coding system was designed to maximize billing for physician services, not to collect national health statistics, as it is currently being used.”
The researchers examined four studies that analyzed medical death rate data from 2000 to 2008. Then, using hospital admission rates from 2013, they extrapolated that, based on 35,416,020 hospitalizations, 251,454 deaths stemmed from a medical error.

That number of deaths translates to 9.5% of all deaths each year in the US — and puts medical error above the previous third-leading cause, respiratory disease.

In 2013, 611,105 people died of heart disease, 584,881 died of cancer, and 149,205 died of chronic respiratory disease, according to the CDC.

The new estimates are considerably higher than those in the 1999 Institute of Medicine report “To Err Is Human.” However, the authors note that the data used for that report “is limited and outdated.”

Strategies for Change

The authors suggest several changes, including making errors more visible so their effects can be understood. Often, discussions about prevention occur in limited and confidential forums, such as a department’s morbidity and mortality conference.

Another is changing death certificates to include not just the cause of death, but an extra field asking whether a preventable complication stemming from the patient’s care contributed to the death.

The authors also suggest that hospitals carry out a rapid and efficient independent investigation into deaths to determine whether error played a role. A root cause analysis approach would help while offering the protection of anonymity, they say.
*** this is not going to happen. The hospital will view it as admitting fault ***

Standardized data collection and reporting are also needed to build an accurate national picture of the problem.
Jim Rickert, MD, an orthopedist in Bedford, Indiana, and president of the Society for Patient Centered Orthopedics, told Medscape Medical News he was not surprised the errors came in at number 3 and that even those calculations don’t tell the whole story.

“That doesn’t even include doctors’ offices and ambulatory care centers,” he notes. “That’s only inpatient hospitalization resulting in errors.”

“I think most people underestimate the risk of error when they seek medical care,” he said.
He agrees that adding a field to death certificates to indicate medical error is likely the way to get medical errors the attention they deserve.

“It’s public pressure that brings about change. Hospitals have no incentive to publicize errors; neither do doctors or any other provider,” he said.
*** and EVERY incentive to cover it up.***

However, such a major step as adding error information to death certificates is unlikely if not accompanied by tort reform, he said.
***exactly! ***

Still, this study helps emphasize the prevalence of errors, he said.
Human error is inevitable, the authors acknowledge, but “we can better measure the problem to design safer systems mitigating its frequency, visibility, and consequences.”
They add that most errors aren’t caused by bad doctors but by systemic failures and should ‘not be addressed with punishment or legal action.
*** one of those systemic issues often is a staffing or ‘man power’ thing. The need to see more volume of patients or clients to be able to make the money needed to pay for the staff required to do the PAPERWORK that the government and insurance companies require is way out of control.

The authors and Dr Rickert disclosed no relevant financial relationships.
BMJ. Published online May 3, 2016. 
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Baking Soda Outside of Cooking more

Baking Soda Outside of Cooking

Take a mason jar or other clean empty jar with a lid. Put Baking Soda into the jar along with a plastic measuring spoon. Place 1 in the bathroom, 1 in the kitchen and 1 for the garden for easy use.

Take a mason jar or other clean empty jar with a lid. Poke holes in the lid with a screwdriver,
Put Baking Soda into the jar and place 1 in the kitchen, 1 in the bathroom and 1 for garden use.


Baking Soda has so many uses in the home as a freshener, cleaner, repel, reduce, remove, change, in the garden and as medication. I have also included some tips on storing Baking Soda. I did not include making washing soda out of Baking Soda, that is a full article itself and since Baking Soda is edible and Washing Soda is toxic, please do not get the 2 confused.

Can you think of any other uses for Baking Soda or in combination of baking soda with other ingredients? Let us know so we can add it to this blog

cross ref