Episode-1809- Listener Calls for 6-16-16 — 13 Comments

  1. I created a shed using two 40′ high cube shipping containers, with 16′ gap between them, sliding doors, dirt floor, and metal roof, using 8 concrete piers welded to the container corners. Only mods on the containers was a welded on lock box to prevent access to locks by bolt cutters. It is a fantastic secure storage and work space.

  2. It’s funny you mentioned the Juniper tree….My family chopped cedar fence posts back in the 30’s and 40’s…When i was a little kid my Great Uncle showed me the difference in the trees. A few weeks later my mother said something about cedar berries and I told her that was a Juniper tree…She got mad as hell at me LOL I told her, that her uncle showed me the difference and she was fuming, thinking i was lying LOL We got home and she called Uncle Frankie and he told her the difference, She asked why have we always called them Cedar trees, he said because we chopped cedar fence post for a living and
    everything was labeled as Cedar …She apologized to me, that was over 40 years ago LOL

  3. Many people buy local honey because it claims to alleviate allergies. I make over $100k/yr. selling honey, and unfortunately many of my customers buy it for this unsupported benefit.
    It kind of makes sense that eating a small amount of local honey throughout the year would accustom your immune system to not overract to pollen in the spring. However, the claim becomes extraordinary when we consider:
    1. There is almost no pollen in local honey
    2. If there was pollen in honey, it would be a kind of sticky pollen carried by pollinators; not the wind-borne pollen which causes allergies in people.
    3. If we did eat honey with some allergenic bee pollen (e.g. live-oak tree pollen); then we would be unable to digest the pollen grains. Pollen has a cellulose shell, and passes through us un-digested. Even bees cannot digest pollen and must ferment it before eating.
    4. If we could chew the pollen enough to digest a little of it in our stomach, it would be digested to amino acids, fats, and sugars–which would be absorbed by our small intestine. It would be like eating a sesame seed.
    5. If we could absorb the pollen grain whole and get this into our blood–we would have a massive immune system reaction in our blood, which might kill us. This happens every year to people with leaky intestines.
    6. If, somehow, we could get the pollen from our lips to our nasal passages–what effect would this have?

    If we could do all the above, it wouldn’t matter, b/c we have upper respiratory allergic reactions to allergenic inhalents. We breathe in pollen from the grasses in the fields, the pollen hits the inside of our nose, the pollen releases chemicals and enzymes to break down the pollen’s cellulose shell–and we have a localized, histamine-activated reaction in our nose (nasal passages). The pollen grain is attempting to fertilize the inside of our nose, and our nose cells are trying to kill it with chemicals. We sneeze and our nasal passages swell with blood from the effects of the nose cell chemicals.
    I have asked hundreds of people why they believe local honey relieves allergies, and they all mention one of the above un-supported/extraordinary ‘reasons’. Funny how people believe that eating honey would expose them to more allergenic pollen than just breathing in airborne pollen. Of all popular non-science-based beliefs, this myth is the most common I have found in any field.

  4. Feedback on link. I like it. It points me to something new and different. I vote for keeping the rotating method/product going.

  5. On your turtle problem: When I was a kid we used to catch snapping turtles with a hook and line over night from golf course ponds. We would take 10-12 three foot wooden stakes for a 1/10 acre pond and use about 75′ of nylon twine tied to each of them. On the twine we used a large fishing hook (maybe a 6/0) and a piece of chicken thigh. Drive the stake in the ground and toss the hook in the pond in the evening and come back the next morning to pull them in. Unless you have large fish this might work for you.

    • My 300 channel cats would pick it clean and it ain’t that big of a turtle. Like about a small plate sized map turtle, his head will meet a pellet soon. Long term I need to set up a permanent trap to keep them controlled.

      Your method is great for snappers though!

  6. On the honey / allergy issue, I unexpectedly reduced my spring allergies by about 90% by going gluten free. My wife and I decided to try it for a couple of months and at which time we found out she is intolerant of gluten. So we continued to be gluten free as a family to make things easy within the household. I noticed no difference until spring when my severe allergies I’ve had for over 25 years were all but gone. I have run into a few people with similar results. It might be worth trying and if it doesn’t help you aren’t out anything.