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    May 15, 2020 by Brandy Vencel

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    :: 1 ::

    For my birthday, my husband gave me a far infrared heating pad. Hello, where have you been all my life? I love it already.

    His purchase was precipitated by one of my science rants. I made the mistake of **noticing** when someone said my heated car seats are a source of EMFs. I don’t actually use them, but it made me wonder about my heating pad. So I went down that rabbit hole and decided my heating pad was a source of EMF radiation I no longer wished to be exposed to.

    Thankfully, these far infrared ones not only exist. I was pretty excited, and I’m happy so far with the effects.

    There are all sorts of possibilities for the use of infrared light.

    :: 2 ::

    Let’s talk about how the news tries to manipulate you using images. I can’t tell you how many times lately I’ve seen articles using dramatic images meant to make a point, but if you know where the images come from, you begin to lose the little remaining faith in media you have.

    Learning to do a reverse image search can come in handy. Teaching your children how to do it, is basically giving them a Defense Against the Dark Arts class.

    I recommend using this site. It gives you three options. You can download the image yourself, and reupload it to the site. That’s option one. You can use the image URL (which you can usually find using a left mouse click and then clicking “copy image location”). That’s option two. Or you can search by keyword. That’s option three, which I’ve never used.

    Once you choose your option and enter the necessary data, scroll down and click “search similar images.” After that, be prepared for the fun. A good example is when Orange County opened their beaches, and the papers accused everyone there of not social distancing using photos from a beach … on the east coast. The accusation may or may not be true, but we rightfully doubted it since friends who were there reported the opposite was true and the paper couldn’t manage any authentic evidence to the contrary.

    Warning: if a photo has gone viral, it will look authentic for perhaps the first 10 Google pages (not exaggerating) before you realize that regardless of the popularity, it’s actually from something else, somewhere else, or just stock photo. You will have to dig. And, of course, not all images are deceptive.

    I use lots of stock photos, but then again I try not to use images to prove my point. True story: for years I refused to put any images on this site. I wanted this to be a place of words and good thinking rather than impressions. Unfortunately, Google started punishing me, so I gave in and considered it an opportunity to make things prettier.

    :: 3 ::

    We did our seasonal clothing switch a few weeks ago. I don’t know about you, but it all feels very complicated. Son O. still technically needs shoes (though I gave in and he’s now using his good church shoes to play in — it’s not like the Tyrant will let us go to church anytime soon).

    I ordered some things online, which I dislike doing because I never know if it’s going to fit. But pajamas seemed safe. How are you clothing your children? With second-hand stores closed, are you having to adjust your budget?

    Of course, some of you were never put under house arrest, and others of you live in places where you are gradually having your freedom returned, so maybe it’s not an issue for you? Tell me about it in the comments; I’m curious.

    :: 4 ::

    We’ve got a new Scholé Sisters episode out today and Kevin Clark is the featured guest! This conversation was soooo good.

    :: 5 ::

    This month in 2014:

    Even now, when I feel like my homeschool is spiraling into chaos, I realize I’ve allowed the habit of interrupting each other to creep in.

    :: 6 ::

    Podcast episode of the week:

    • The Ben Shapiro Show: Ep. 1004 – The Rewriting Of America
      • I’m sharing this for about the first half of the episode. The rest of it is news on coronavirus, etc. that is probably outdated by now. The part that is unique content is on the 1619 Project and its attempt to reframe the American narrative. Listen and be informed. Also, if you grew up only reading Howard Zinn, start reading other stuff quick. It helps if you look at primary sources.

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  • Reply Valerie June 15, 2020 at 9:41 am

    Can anyone link me to the photo from the East coast that was used as a California beach photo? Or any other photo where reverse image search would yield something? I’m trying to show my son, but we are getting photos that seem legit.

    • Reply Brandy Vencel June 15, 2020 at 12:35 pm

      Hmmm… I’m trying to think of something off hand. Here is my advice for now (since I don’t have anything stored): try searching for images of Seattle riots. My understanding is that Fox News was accused of using photos of arson fires in Minneapolis to illustrate the CHAZ in Seattle. I haven’t had time to check if that’s true, but the search might prove instructive (one way or the other because he’ll know they were accused of doing so, so here’s how we fact check that).

      If I find anything this week, I’ll come back and link it here!

  • Reply Kt May 18, 2020 at 3:03 pm

    Do you read Hormones Matter? They have some interesting thoughts on coronavirus (and everything, really). The two main contributors wrote a book about thiamine [vitamin B1] deficiency and high calorie malnutrition in modern western societies. One of them, Derrick Lonsdale, is a retired paediatrician who is arguably the world’s greatest expert on thiamine. If you like Chris Masterjohn and Greg Russell-Jones (- he’s a great guy and his B12 oils are wonderful), I think you’ll like Lonsdale’s stuff, though he’s looking at the issues from a slightly different slant.

    I knew you were into some of the similar nutritional stuff I was, Brandy, but it’s not often I’ve come across other people who like the IMOA! 🙂 There was a time when I spent a *lot* of time on that site.

    In my experience, molybdenum is a mineral in which most people with poor health are deficient. I re-learnt recently that supplementing boron made super-high molybdenum need go away here. I don’t have concrete evidence, but I think it was to do with reducing free copper levels (since copper is able to bind to molybdenum in some forms at least). Certainly boron supplements stopped the need for molybdenum supplementation, and bloodwork showed that the previous really high free copper had come down to zero. Morley Robbins from the MAG group used to reckon you need boron to make ceruloplasmin, which you need for proper copper handling, though I’ve never really researched it.

    • Reply Brandy Vencel May 18, 2020 at 4:18 pm

      Okay I have NEVER met another person using RJ’s B12 oils!! I feel like we should throw a party or something. Those have majorly changed my life. ♥

      I haven’t read Hormones Matter and I have NOT heard much about boron (though I went through a time where I made boron water concentrate and splashed it in water glasses all around — sounds like I should return to that).

      I look forward to becoming familiar with this Lonsdale person! Thank you!

  • Reply Adele May 18, 2020 at 11:58 am

    We use Thredup for my girls because they are so tiny all the normal pants fall off of them we we have to buy certain brands. We also have gotten muck boots from the farm store, because you can’t function on a homestead in March with holes in your muck boots. Mostly we’re just dealing with skimpier than normal clothes, which is possible for now because we’re opening up here in Wisconsin.

  • Reply Jamie Buckland May 18, 2020 at 9:50 am

    WV is opening up and I am thankful. With you on the clothes/seasons. I’m guessing you’ve already thought of this, but is it possible to reach out to those close to you, maybe your church circle, to see if anyone is cleaning out what you need? I have so much stuff here I’ve been trying to find people I can just drop it off to! But looks like I’m going to have to spend my year’s earnings on Amazon to get me and my 17-year old each a pair of 7″ thick-thighed athletic shorts. Sigh.

    • Reply Brandy Vencel May 18, 2020 at 10:24 am

      That’s a good idea! Admittedly, our church has a lot more young children than older children, but still might help.

      Sorry about the shorts. I had trouble finding some even when shops were open and felt like I spent a million on simple white shorts to go under girls’ karate uniforms!

  • Reply Lucy barr-hamilton May 17, 2020 at 9:32 am

    We have shopped the handmedown cupboard (closet! ) for my son who is 8 and grown out of his age 10 clothes! The boy we get his clothes from is now 12 so I fear we may catch up and overtake him soon if my son continues on this trajectory (I am 6’1″ and husband is 6’4″ so it’s no surprise really! )

    My dd10 is super picky about patterns and genetically (from dh) like a beanpole so shopping for her is difficult as most clothes fall off her and aren’t long enough. But I found some great second hand dresses she approves of on eBay this weekend so they’ll keep us going for a couple of months!

    • Reply Brandy Vencel May 18, 2020 at 9:19 am

      Okay WOW on your heights! That’s amazing. I should check eBay. That’s a good idea.

  • Reply Leisa May 17, 2020 at 6:42 am

    I moved from Washington state (by Mystie) a month ago to south-east Idaho a month ago. It was tough moving without any second-hand stores open to donate my stuff to. Luckily, a friend took my stuff and will donate it for me. We are reopening things here which has been a nice change from lockdown.

    • Reply Brandy Vencel May 18, 2020 at 9:15 am

      Oh wow! I hadn’t thought about how that would affect moving!

  • Reply tess May 16, 2020 at 1:59 pm

    I bet you do love your IR heating pad. 🙂 Going dutch on an IR sauna a few years back has proved itself over and over to be a long-term blessing. 😀

    • Reply Brandy Vencel May 16, 2020 at 2:34 pm

      Ooh! A sauna! That sounds amazing, though admittedly the heating pad is easier to store. 😉

  • Reply Jennifer May 16, 2020 at 12:51 pm

    Thank you for the reminder to consider the source of the photo.

    The same is true for photos in the southeast. I have seen photos attributed to Jacksonville Beach that were actually taken another time or of a different place. Even taking a photo while standing on the beach isn’t an accurate representation because of the perspective. The JAX mayor finally posted drone photos taken of the beach in an attempt to combat the false news and accusations thrown at him from across the nation. The beaches are open and people ARE distancing.

    • Reply Brandy Vencel May 16, 2020 at 2:35 pm

      I always think something must be lacking in the paper’s or website’s ethics if they feel the need to falsify the photos!

  • Reply Nicole May 16, 2020 at 5:19 am
    Just wanted to share this. He talks about the virus being a Black Swan and it made me think of some things you have shared.

    • Reply Brandy Vencel May 16, 2020 at 9:41 am

      Ooh! Thanks! I’ll enjoy reading that, I’m sure! ♥

  • Reply rahime May 15, 2020 at 8:30 pm

    I read something early on about melatonin possibly preventing/treating covid-19 and started supplementing with it (and it has had the wonderful “side” benefit of helping my sleep). 😉

    • Reply Brandy Vencel May 16, 2020 at 9:42 am

      Ah! Good call!

      And glad to hear you are sleeping. You have always been on my favorite insomniacs, you know. ♥

    • Reply Hilary S May 16, 2020 at 2:54 pm

      I thought you might like this video, this doctor posts updates everyday that my husband watches. This is from a few weeks back, and it’s crazy when he gets into the protective measures he goes through, buy he spends a few minutes on what supplements he takes and why. My husband bought zinc and quercetin after watching this.

  • Reply Valerie Henderson May 15, 2020 at 8:58 am

    So many links i want to read, and so little time! You always give me much yo think about.

    • Reply Brandy Vencel May 15, 2020 at 11:58 am

      Ha! This one was particularly overloaded, I KNOW — and I actually saved some things for next week. I think I have a sickness. 😉

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