If myth is the forebear of a reemerging truth let’s examine Silybum marianim, the milk thistle. The prominent white veins in the deep green leaf of the thistle allegedly resulted when the milk of the virgin fell upon it, giving it special curing qualities. Apparently this is the only known; yet fortunately a readily available herb that will cure amanita mushroom poisoning, which if left untreated will attack and destroy the liver, resulting in death. It’s a very beautiful and easy plant to grow. The seeds are quite large, easy to germinate in damp peat moss or good seed starter. In a few months you can use the leaves for a salad; use a pair of scissors to trim the needles off; they are very sharp, so be careful they don’t get into the salad. I believe plants collect a portion of what they need from the cosmic retaining it in the plant or channeling it down to be stored in the root. The information could come from other planets, as well as thought patterns that might be present in the cosmic; complete patterns for preventing an ailment or curing it; a cosmic plan for perfect health. The toloache, the datura inoxia could be a vessel for gathering the information in the way I am referring to. I think this plant, although it is toxic, could be significantly affected by the cosmic. It has lovely white trumpet shaped flowers that point straight upward but seldom last more than 2 days. The seedpod has 3 compartments of 40, or very close to 40 seeds each, or 120 in the pod. 3 pods make 360 seeds, one for each day of the year, which may or may not be significant.

I have grown this plant for many years and I am still pondering over what hidden characteristics it could have; could the trumpet shape pointing to the sky gather information that travels down to the root and into the soil, or up into the seed? The root is a male or female shape, another interesting characteristic about the toloache suggesting that it favors or gathers gender sensitive information. Just a silly thought. Jonsig has a few of those! The teachings of Don Juan by Carlos Castaneda, a paperback that is readily available, explains in detail the psychedelic effects the Central American natives experience with a correctly cooked batch of toloache root. But to get off on a super trip they also chew on a few peyote cactus buttons, a double whammy to screw up your head for the same price. Should you for some stupid reason be tempted to include a leaf from this plant in your salad don’t do it. Besides being toxic it has a horrible taste so don’t intentionally ingest any part of this plant; if you collect the seeds store them safely where children cannot get at them. Better yet, do as I do; buy a fresh batch of seed in the spring or simply save the root and store it in damp peat moss. I did that with the roots of few plants I grew last year, I stuffed them all into a six-inch pot with peat moss. Within a few weeks they decided to grow, so I started watering them. One had a lovely flower this summer. Another not too common garden flower is the monkshood--- aconitum napellus---aconite. Bright blue flower spikes similar to a delphinium. It has been used since antiquity to make poison arrows. The plant contains aconitine; a powerful sedative but deadly if abused. No doubt there are plants that will cure any ailment known to man, if we are smart enough to find them; are able to travel to the far ends of the earth where they are to be found. But how do we recognize the plants we need to make us well, and how do we use them? If we use too much of a plant that will cure, it might prove to be toxic. A few micrograms of a poisonous plant might be the exact amount to affect a cure, while more could be fatal. Foxglove for example provides digitalis for heart problems.

But don’t get stupid and eat a handful of the seed hoping that will fill your heart with love; you’ll be joining your ancestors. Our trusted guide should be the wisdom and the knowledge of the elders. They have learned by trial and error what we need to know; we must listen to what they have to tell us, if they care to tell us. Many, if not most of our elders are a proud people and if we show disrespect to their knowledge, they might suggest we do it our way and suffer the consequences. But human nature being what it is we might think we know better than our elders. They never went to medical school, many never attended any school for that matter, but learned from their ancestors; old knowledge passed down through generations; thought to be a myth by today’s standards. How much better it is to pay heed to these old teachings; evaluate them very carefully in a serious effort to find the truth that has been embedded in them and known to our ancestors for generations. They are our link to the past and could well be our hope for the future. Our elders in our native population have a great deal of knowledge about common plants like the burdock which many people never tolerate on their property because a dog or a horse can become so loaded with burs, they’re in agony. Yet, especially when blended with other plant ingredients like sheep sorrel and turkey rhubarb in a way best known to our native elders, those plants enhance the immune system; our fortress against disease. In 1922, Rene Caisse a Canadian nurse received the formula for the remarkable Ojibwa healers cure for cancer. Nurse Caisse went on to treat thousands of patients with this herbal remedy at the recovery rate of about eighty percent. Dr, Charles Brusch, M. D., JFKs personal physician worked with Rene Caisse. Rene Caisse---1888---1978. May her soul rest in peace. But having written about our personal experience, please remember there is no guarantee that something is an absolute cure for any ailment. There probably never will be until the cause is isolated; then it will most likely be found to be the toxins we put into our bodies; on purpose, or

inadvertently while making our kitchen and bathroom clean enough to eat off the floor. Unfortunately, much of our younger generation isn’t listening. Fast cars, booze and drugs, offer an exciting lifestyle that robs too many youngsters of knowledge they might have had. When it’s too late I have heard many say, “I wish I had taken time to learn from my grandparents while they were alive.” How true, and more so when most information was passed on by word of mouth, so if you weren’t listening, you didn’t learn. You remained stupid, buster. There is still much information to be had now, as there always has been, and no doubt always will be, but to most of us it’s as if we were looking at a blank page waiting for the print to materialize. When the information you seek comes to your mind, you must (metaphorically) write it into that blank page yourself. Seriously though, you might think you are being silly to write something down that comes to your mind, so you discard the whole idea and go for a beer. Don’t do that now! Have that beer after your bank calls; your wife overdrew your joint account again. Make a note of that illusive thought; jot it down so you won’t forget it. When you do, more will begin to come till what you have written will start to make sense, be it ever so strange. If you fear you’ll be thought stupid, ready for the padded wagon, keep these ideas to yourself, which you should do anyway. Information always pops into your mind unexpectedly---as a thought or as a vision. Most of our brain lies dormant throughout our lifetime, inactive in the background as we cope with the constant struggle to make a living; feed the family; put the kids through school; build a new doghouse for Rover. Knowledge stored in memory might be almost, yet seldom completely forgotten. There is much knowledge deep in our memory, gathered not only during this lifetime, but also over many lifetimes. Hypnotic regression verifies this. Many think that’s a lot of hocus pocus, but I see no reason why it should be. Our memory is a vast storehouse of information an ever-expanding dairy

of notable events that occurred over many lifetimes. If we hope to access it, we must drive any nagging problems from our mind to overcome that mental block. There seems to be an emerging thought among the researchers of this phenomenon, that during the wee hours of the night you get the best results with your mental receiver. If you care to read Power of thought, a cosmic revelation, which happened to me at 2:30 AM. There may be a lot of truth to that wee hour stuff. Go for it! Jonsig Eirik