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  2. Kathy Says:

    Hi Patricia in Japan. I read you comments on the ADR blog. I make animal fat soap.


    • patriciaormsby Says:

      Why thank you, Kathy! As you can see, I haven’t done anything with this blog. I tried to upload a photo, but it didn’t seem to go.

      • Kathy Says:

        Here’s the recipe:

        907 g lard (pig)
        1814 g tallow (beef/sheep/goat)
        1034 g water
        340 g sodium hydroxide (lye)

        Makes 9 lbs. of soap. Mold size: 20″ X 14″ X 2″ You easily have the recipe and use a smaller mold. Approximately 24 hrs. to set up enough to cut.

        Gives a hard but gentle soap. You can’t get sodium hydroxide from wood ashes but instead it is made from seaweed ashes and gives a hard soap. The lye from wood ashes is mostly potassium hydroxide and it gives a soft soap so is used for liquid soaps. The pioneers with their lye made from ash did have a problem with soft soap.

        Let me know if you need directions on making the soap. Lots of info on that but not much on using pure animal fats and no oils.

        Hope this is what you are looking for!


  3. patriciaormsby Says:

    The information about seaweed ash versus hardwood ash is new to me and very useful. Getting the lye is going to be the bottleneck for me, but I’ll go forward with this and print out the recipe for reference.


  4. inohuri Says:

    Cinnamon is also toxic. The bad coumarin extracts into oil if I recall correctly. Water extract is safe. Wish I had kept a link.

    For a high certainty experiment with silicon try Biosil. It is essentially a pharmaceutical. The early version tasted bad with preservatives but it did work.

    My second choice for silicon is Oat Straw. When I first started Oat Straw baths I could only tolerate a decocted a hand full. I eventually went to a feed store and bought a bale. I used maybe 1/4th of it. A large decocted pot was no longer enough.

    Could not find anything in Kampo.
    Other sources had side effects or toxicity or cost. Horsetail is not suitable for long term use. It contains nicotine and an anti enzyme for a vitamin function etc.
    Dulse and seaweed have silicon but they are limited by iodine, and sometimes arsenic.

    • patriciaormsby Says:

      Thank you, Inohuri! It’s good to see you here. I ought to put up a few posts.

      I am aware of cinnamon toxicity. If I take too much of it internally for too long, I start showing liver problems. What I am doing is putting on my face and neck and other public bits of me only about as much as would go into the average cinnamon bun (which I don’ eat), and just once a week, or as soon as I remember it. But I could try a water-based paste. Turmeric is liver-protective, but needs oil. It may be the reason for the combination.
      It may be the Japanese diet that provides then enough silica. Silica’s never talked about here. Their diet is full of vegetables, including lots of seaweed. The women age well here, and part of it is they keep out of the sun. But osteoporosis is prominent, and was my biggest concern going into menopause. I finally scheduled an appointment to get my bone density tested. My backbone’s stronger than the average 20-year-old’s. Hips a little less, but way above what is normal for my age.
      The main thing I was considering make up for was my eyes. The reason was I appeared on TV recently (a lot different from looking in a mirror), and they focused up close on my non-Japanese eyes with my sparse eyelashes. (Decades of barely controlled trichotillomania.) That embarrassed me. But I have yet to hear comments to this effect from anyone, so it is not a pressing issue.

  5. inohuri Says:

    This seems to be the only group that is dedicated to silicon.

    I read the Birchall papers about 1994. Funded by the evil Ciba as I recall.

    Bioinorganic Chemistry of Aluminium & Silicon – Keele University


    Chris Exley is their leader. Several videos on youtube pushing silicon – or perhaps I should say mineral water. He thinks the stuff I use should be useless. Mineral water contains other minerals such as zinc which assists my autoimmunities. (Adaptogens such as ashwagandha and reishi crash my immune system.)

    I have no idea how old he is but check out his skin. Fiji Water is the choice for him.


    • patriciaormsby Says:

      I’ll have to look into the silica content of our local water. People come from all over to collect the water here because it contains minerals that are hard to obtain, such as vanadium. Japanese love hot springs and bathe in them frequently. We go about once a week.

  6. Andrew Says:

    Hello, Patricia. I saw your comment about painful shyness today on the Ecosophia blog. I’m a member of the DOGD, and also a member of Toastmasters. My club has several boisterous loudmouths, a couple of stutterers, a few painfully shy folks… and everyone has improved in the Toastmasters program as speakers and conversationalists. It’s really quite well designed… and an improved version of the program has been rolling out worldwide over the last three years.

    It may not be for you. But I invite you to check whether there’s a club near you, and to give it a try — consider it a practical foray into rhetorical education. 😉

    In the meantime, thank you for what you do.

    • patriciaormsby Says:

      Thank you for your kind message, Andrew. You’ll have to tell me what DOGD is. Google shows me photos of cute puppies. Toastmasters would be such good idea–if only I had access to them! I am too remote from Tokyo, where I’m sure I could find them, probably near Yokota Air Base. They sound so nice. I haven’t spoken enough to know if I am a stutterer, but have wondered if I were in a wealthy family if I’d have been labeled that. Maybe I’m just hesitant No on has remarked, but then why would they?
      I’ve been featured on Japanese TV along with the other foreign Shinto priestess and will eagerly face the cameras with her again in a couple of weeks for national broadcast. Japan s not going “nationalist,” like we hear about in Europe, but like elsewhere, the young are beginning to look toward their roots again, and where foreigners have come in and reaffirmed the value of those roots, it seems to hold a fascination now that was absent for at least the past thirty years. My message is that it is a way to seek out happiness and meaning in a different direction in a world where that is becoming harder to find due to resource constraints. Of course, Japan’s traditions also have much to inform us all of sustainability.
      Actually, our third priest is a retired school teacher, and gave me good advice before when I spoke, and that speech went over quite well. In Japan, shyness and hesitance are seen as virtues, so my awkwardness might not be as big a drawback as I think. I compare myself to the other priestess, Cait, from Australia, and she is fluent and confident. Still, they seem to give us nearly equal airtime.

      • Andrew Says:

        DOGD = Druidical Order of the Golden Dawn, John Michael Greer’s organization. I did a quick search for clubs in Japan — and of course, most of the 187 clubs are in and around Tokyo, Osaka, and in the south and west…. many fewer up north, only one even near Sapporo.

  7. patriciaormsby Says:

    Yes, I just had a look, too, and while they aren’t in our city (Fujinomiya),there is one that is surprisingly close, given that I thought this would be related to American facilities (there is an American base near Mt. Fuji, but this doesn’t seem related). They appear to be Japanese, but emphasize speech in both Japanese and English. https://mishima-tmc.jimdo.com/what-is-mishima-toastmasters-club/ They’d probably be thrilled to have me there. I’m busy every Sunday this month, and early next month, and it’s still an hour and a half away, but given what’s going on in my life, maybe I really owe it to myself to visit them as soon as I can.
    In the meantime, I’m wondering if what I heard about years ago–standing in front of a mirror and practicing reciting my key spiel–would be worthwhile because I face the cameras again rather soon and one of the things I disliked about myself the last time was my posture.

  8. inohuri Says:

    Digital / computer smog can be detected with an AM radio tuned off station usually at the bottom of the dial. I stay just far enough away to not hear it on the radio. I test with the radio as little as I can because I tend to tune in to the EMFs and get worse. The weirdest part of this to me is that if I put my attention on the fields I react more so I don’t.
    I can’t tolerate a laptop because the fields are too concentrated. I do OK by distributing and distancing components. The fields reduce at the square of the distance.
    Steel cases also help.

    One test is to take an AA battery and put it between thumb and forefinger. Can you feel the current? I can’t anymore. I found one other who was EMF sensitive and she could feel it too.

    Patricia Ormsby said:
    “Our house has never produced nightmares for me, despite the blasted powerlines overhead(!) that limit the area within the house where I can spend time safely.” Was that you? If so you might become more and more sensitive and the solution is to move.

    • patriciaormsby Says:

      Thank you, inohuri! I’m glad to see I am not the only one on Greer’s blog aware of this.
      Any place where I am really stuck, I don’t try to test for EMF, because if I find it and there’s nothing I can do, it will only make me feel worse. About twenty years ago when I tried to use an a.m. radio in this house, there was nothing but static. I suffered from repeated allergy/cold symptoms if I slept in the loft, so I chose a place on the floor where I seemed to feel okay, and slept there. Before we actually moved in (this was a clubhouse and we were living in Tokyo until 2001), I took a Trifield meter and found high levels of ELF throughout, except where I had chosen to sleep. This was proof to me that I was affected by EMF.
      When we moved in here, it was for my husband’s failing health. We were both faring poorly in Tokyo. I protested to my husband about having to live with high EMF. He had a fit and smashed a bunch of things (a symptom of poor nutrition–it is rare for him to have a fit these days), so I shut up and found ways to cope: restricting my time in high EMF areas, including the space my husband assigned me as “my room” that was simply the corner of the clubhouse’s single large room. I also took to wearing protective clothing, the tin-fol hat worked for me.
      I got by for a long time. But then the 4G promotion committee showed up and said they would be bringing 4G mobile transmissions to our town and that it might interfere with our TV reception, in which case they’d help us with that. My husband asked them, “What if it hurts my wife’s health?” They just said the antenna was too far for that. No idea where it is. We’ve both suffered poor health since. I added a Faraday cage to the tent we sleep in, and I do okay there. (I never sleep in beds anymore. Always a thin mattress on the floor.) As transmissions increase, it is becoming harder and harder to do anything. When I had to file taxes, it was in a huge room with hundreds of computers and dozens of printers and they were having all of us input our data using the computers. Just standing in line, I nearly passed out. I finally had to get my husband to do it for me. I am having to zip in and out of supermarkets and let my husband stand in line for the cash register.
      The good news is we are moving out of this house under the city mains in about a year. I feel pins and needles just sitting here and I know my blood pressure will be high. It always is when I sit here. The only places I feel okay are the field blocked from the only visible cell mast by a house and in my Faraday cage. Even out hiking I don’t feel so well, though yesterday I found that when I needed to use my hands a lot on steep slopes that I began to feel better, so attempting to ground myself early on in the forest might help.
      The bad news is wherever we go now, if I use my Acousticom meter, it shows very high levels of radiowaves even far away from visible cell masts, especially out in the fields. The house where my husband proposes we move to is out in the fields. It should be ideal for me, but not with such extreme ambient levels. (This is so that people sitting in their homes can send videos to each other on their smartphones. Inside the house, the levels are quite low, and shielding would make the house livable.) I am going to have to take extra care. My brother-in-law is aware of my condition, but will be another complicating factor. I am considering renting a shack in a forest nearby, if I can find one.
      Oh gosh, what a long message this has become! You are probably aware of just how many people are willing to listen.

  9. inohuri Says:

    I never have tried the tinfoil hat. I am afraid it might help.

    I am mostly better with EMFs. A few years ago I wondered why people were complaining about wifi. Then I had to increase what had been very weak wifi into the next room. My sensitivity got worse until I had to just cut it off (and get honest and pay for my own internet). That sensitivity may have faded.

    Were you bothered by CRT monitors? When the flat screens came out I bought one as soon as I could find one for $200. There is a cone of energy that bothered me various ways, joint pain, muscles tightening etc. I ended up turning the monitor to the side as far as I could and only one shoulder would be a problem.

    Did you try to feel the current with a AA battery between thumb and forefinger?

    On a cheerier note I like this guy’s Tokyo photos. I wish there were coordinates so I could find them in Google Maps or Earth. Maybe there is exif data, didn’t think of that, should see what I can do.


    • patriciaormsby Says:

      (part of a longer reply to you below, which I misplaced) I found a photo with “Takadanobaba” which is about 10 km from Shintomicho, near Shinjuku, other photos show the Haneda Airport monorail, which would be between 2-10 km south of Shintomicho. In other words, he is wandering around Tokyo in the central area, mostly looking at suburban scenery, and it would be hard to tell exactly where most of the photos were taken.

  10. patriciaormsby Says:

    I tried the tin-foil hat early on, and it made a big difference. That was before I heard about the ridicule. These days I stitch the foil inside cloth. If most of the antennas are up high, it is a help. Otherwise it’s useless, except as a foundation for bee-hat type protection. That can help me cope, but the routers at the tax office were so strong even that was no good.

    This is a flat-screen computer, but the set-up I have seems to affect my left side, but it may be dirty electricity from lines my handyman husband has all over the place. Thank you for mentioning the cone of energy. I’ll see if moving further to the right is any help (it is apt to).

    I haven’t tried feeling the current as you suggested. I’ve always been very sensitive to electric current.

    Regarding the Tokyo photos, at first I thought they could be anywhere in Japan, but probably suburban Tokyo. I don’t know Tokyo’s skyline these days because it’s been 17 years since I lived there and 20 since I spent much time in central Tokyo. After scrolling down a way, I found the Shintomicho subway station. At least part of his photos are in that area, on reclaimed land near the Sumida River, maybe a 15 minute walk from Tokyo Station, not far from the Tsukiji fish market. One photo showed a ferris wheel, that on a newer reclaimed island in Tokyo Bay.
    Check out Wikipedia:

  11. inohuri Says:

    It was the old box like cathode ray tube monitors that have the cone of bad energy. I am the only one I know of who is bothered. The new monitors are OK once far enough away, far enough that an AM radio stops buzzing, a meter plus. I use Firefox with Reader View whenever I can.

    An old oscilloscope did the same and I prefer CRT in those. It will show EMI as a little fuzz on the trace. I just don’t get right in front for long.

    I did do a street view looking for the location of the photos with an English name but never found the exact location. Too many entrances and incomplete views. Fun anyway. I’m a snoop.

  12. inohuri Says:

    I read your comment on ecosophia.

    I have been wondering about you but didn’t ask because I was afraid I would make your sensitivities worse. I would have asked how you could use electric powered transit. It seems you no longer can.

    You are the only one I know of who has EMF sensitivity but does not mention “chemical sensitivities”.

    Are you familiar with Environmental Medicine terms like:




    4 day avoidance

    My concern is with routine exposure to toxics. If the exposure never stops for long enough their could be “adaptation”. Incense could be a problem.

    Please answer at the obvious g
    mail. This is completely public and you have already said something that most people would consider private.

  13. patriciaormsby Says:

    Thank you, Inohuri. I have had mild chemical sensitvities in the past, but I think the reason my electrosensitivity is so bad now is that I received an implant after being assured it would cause no problems. I am going to have a doctor ensure that there aren’t other issues going on, but will try to have it removed as soon as possible.

    Thank you for mentioning Environmental Medicine. I’ll try looking into it. Four-day avoidance, though…I have a Faraday cage, but I do have to go to the toilet now and then.

    I have chosen deliberately to be public about this issue. I hope to inform people about it. Someone needs to take the initial flak, then others can start discussing it.

  14. inohuri Says:

    I haven’t gone away. Tried to post yesterday and I don’t see it here. I was like drunk from too much good herbs which promotes detox.

    I should reconstruct what I wrote – this time in Notepad.

  15. inohuri Says:

    The purpose of Avoidance is finding what you don’t know. You already know you have sensitivities to EMFs but it would be more effective if you could somehow avoid that for a few days.

    What I did was not picky but it did the trick. My illness went from a vague general something very wrong to specific sensitivities and reactions. All I did was get everything out of my apartment that I thought might be toxic. I did not fast. I missed stuff like clothing that I just never guessed I was bothered by. Life became very inconvenient. Clothing I can detox has been hard to find beyond cheap blue jeans and white cotton almost everything else.
    Later I found I was reacting to stainless steel cookware (not kitchen knives) and table ware. I use Vision and enamel / granite ware pots, chop sticks, and ceramic spoons instead. I ought to go to Uwajimaya (Seattle department store) to buy more spoons.

    My last gf went to Theron Randolph and he found the reason why she was suicidal every winter was their natural gas heat. She was living in Chicago so he was local.

    I feel mean doing this. If you try it you could find you are adapted to some things you care a great deal for but are adding to your “total load”.

    excerpt from

    Randolph, who had been hospitalizing patients and testing them for their food sensitivities, found a critical element in many of his patients' recoveries was avoidance of environmental chemical exposures in their jobs and homes while in the hospital. He developed "comprehensive environmental control", a diagnostic approach in which patients avoid exposure to synthetic chemicals in order to facilitate diagnosis of chemical sensitivity.

    Briefly, this technique involves placing the patient in a specially constructed environment devoid of materials that off-gas; avoiding the use of drugs, cosmetics, perfumes, synthetic fabrics, pesticides, and similar substances; and having the patient fast for a period of days until symptoms resolve. This initial period of avoidance and fasting requires approximately 4 to 7 days on the average. During this time, the patient exhibits withdrawal symptoms such as headache, malaise, irritability, or depression. By the end of this time, the patient's symptoms, if environmentally related, should dear, provided that end-organ damage has not occurred. At the end of this avoidance phase, the patient reportedly has a markedly lower pulse rate and an increased sense of well-being, as well as resolution of symptoms. Drinking waters from a variety of sources also are tested to find one most compatible with the patient. Next, individual foods are reintroduced, one per meal, over a two-to three-week period. Following this, the patient is placed on a rotating diet of "safe" foods (i.e., foods that did not provoke symptoms for that particular patient). Finally, the patient is challenged with very low levels (levels routinely encountered in daily living) of common chemicals. Those exposures, both food and chemical, that induce symptoms are to be avoided.

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