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Friday August 22nd, 2008

Everything Old Is New Again

Animadvertistine, ubicumque stes,
 fumum recta in faciem ferri?
Ever noticed how wherever you stand,
the smoke goes right into your face?)

Sayings of Josephus the Utterer

Hi folks,

This week we have:

Ancient Roman recipes.
Ancient Grecian Silver health secrets.
Ancient Joe Dolce songs.

Id quot circumiret, circumveniat.
(what goes around, comes around.)

Why do you think silverware was made from SILVER? Any ideas?  (See answer down below.)

In my opinion, Silver is more precious than Gold. (I know - I know: tell that to the Olympic Committee, Josephus!)

But just like VHS bullied it's way past BETAMAX in the videotape race - even though every serious film maker and audio engineer knows that BETAMAX eats VHS alive -  so, too, the TRUE VALUE of Silver has been left behind by the glitter of Gold.  Gold will increase your bank account but Silver can save your life.  

Before antibiotics became standard, pre -1935, SILVER was in the medicine cabinet. Things have certainly changed and it is legally dangerous even to suggest that the use of silver might heal something today.  But recently, with the development of antibiotic resistance in many diseases and the increase in the new strains of bacteria and viruses worldwide, there is renewed interest in silver.

Further down below, I will tell you the history of silver in medicine and show you how to make an idiot proof colloidal silver generator, which I learned from Dr Robert Beck, which will cost you about $10.00.

Marchin’ With Martin Luther King Jr’
Well, for the second week running now a song I wrote more than ten years ago is back in business.  One good thing, fellow songwriters, about writing a strong song: it never dies -  even though sometimes it can lay dormant for years. This week I was excited to find out that the great Celtic-Irish band, The BordererS, will be performing  ’Marchin’ With Martin Luther King Jr,’ in an upcoming gospel show. I’d like to see that!  The band was the recent winner of the Best Song - Gospel category in the Independent Music Awards in America. The BordererS and I may be joining forces to protest The Asia Pacific Defence and Security Exhibition (APDSE) international arms fair being held in Adelaide in November.

My Home Ain't In The Hall Of Fame’ - JD Crowe  and the New South
This album is named after a song I wrote back in the 70s. That’s over THIRTY years ago folks!   Am I that old? To lean on Latin again: Tempus Figit. This long unavailable 1978 classic is remixed & features Keith Whitley. Recorded at Electric Arts Studio, Madisonville, Kentucky. I love this record – a fantastic country-bluegrass album, and the late Keith Whitley does a brilliant vocal on my song. You can hear an excerpt here:



Hi Joe,
I was sent your "Dad" song lyrics from a dear friend with a request that I send you my "dad" song .. "One man's roof" So it is attached for you to listen to .. hope you enjoy it . . .
  . . . I've been writing songs for the past 45 years (around 450 songs) with limited success (in my eyes) .. I got a gold record for a Macedonian song I wrote (it's a long story) and recently had a whirlwind with a song I wrote for a laugh "Sudoku" that got taken up by Qantas, Virgin .. and a host of websites around the world .. weird stuff, this songwriting caper .. there is no logic to it .. just obsessive behavioural antics, on my part. I have written the scores to 17 doco movies and was recently honored as a life member of the Australian Cinema Pioneers ... but somehow it's not enough .. I'm still chasing the next song!
 "One man's roof" came about as a result of introspection when my father died and I realized how little I knew or understood him ... I'm actually understanding him better these days and my relationship with him has improved a lot (albeit that he is long dead) if you can catch that drift.
 All the best to you, Peter Levy

(Note: Contact Peter via his website for more information about 'One Man's Roof.')

What I’m Reading This Week

Rise to Rebellion, by Jeff Shaara. Events leading to the American Revolution.
How To Handle a Major Crisis, by Australian author, Peter Daniels. A book I have read dozens of times and will never sell.
Coraline, by Neil Gaiman. Scary children’s book about a girl who finds a door in her house which leads to an exact duplicate of her house with counterfeit parents who have buttons for eyes.
You Can Conquer Cancer, by Ian Gawler. Gawler is the inspiration for several of my songs. I met and studied meditation with him briefly. With a bone growth the size of a matchbox coming out of the centre of his chest, having gone through the gamut of traditional medical abuse, he had his leg amputated and was given two weeks to live. Refusing to accept this sentence, he went on a healing journey, completely cured himself and set up The Gawler Foundation, which helps thousands of other people.

What I’m Watching This Week

Weeds 3 (Series from the USA.)
Leadbelly, with Roger Mosely, directed by Gordon Parks. Hard-to-find Americana film from the 70s about the influential folk singer-convict. (USA).
Lilies, BBC series about the Moss sisters in the Liverpool of the 20s. (UK).
The Magnificent Rebel, with Carl Boehm. Old Walt Disney film on the life of Beethoven. Austrian Boehm is brilliant and, as well as a convincing actor, is an actual classical pianist.



“Too many people miss the silver lining,
 Because they're expecting gold.”
 Maurice Setter

The Greek physician, Hippocrates (who is considered by many as the father of modern medicine), wrote that silver could prevent disease and had special healing properties.  Herodotus, the Greek philosopher and historian, dates the use of medicinal silver to before the birth of Christ.  The Greeks, and many others, used silver vessels for water and other liquids to keep them fresh.

The ancient Chinese Emperors ate with silver chopsticks.

"Born with a silver spoon in his mouth" is not a reference to wealth, but to health. By using silverware, one regularly ingested small amounts of the metal, and this killed bacteria, bolstered the immune systems and improved general health. In the early 18th century, wealthy families gave their children silver spoons to suck on as protection from the horrific plagues that ravished Europe. Babies who were fed with silver spoons were healthier than those fed with spoons made from other metals, and silver pacifiers found wide use in America because of their beneficial health effects.

Dairy farmers often used silver milk pails to keep the milk from spoiling.

Pioneers trekking across the wild west generations ago faced many hardships. Keeping safe drinking water was one of them. Bacteria, algae, etc. found a fertile breeding ground in the wooden water casks that were carried on the wagons. They placed silver and copper coins in the casks to retard the growth of these spoilage organisms. They also put silver dollars in their milk to keep it fresh. 
Settlers in the Australian outback still suspend silverware in their water tanks to retard spoilage.

Silver water purification filters and tablets are manufactured in Switzerland and used by many nations and international airlines. 

Preventing growth of algae and bacteria in swimming pools is a similar problem that people face today. Electrical ionization units that impregnate the water with silver and copper ions are available today that sanitize the pool water without the harsh effects of chlorine.

Some 275,000 kg of edible metallic silver foil are eaten ever year in India.  This may be due in part to its use in Ayurvedic (traditional Indian) medicine as a tonic, elixir or rejuvenative agent for age or debilitating diseases.

At the turn of the century, Dr. William Halstead, one of the founding fathers of modern surgery, advocated the use of silver foil dressings for wounds. These dressings were used extensively until just after World War II, and were listed in the Physician’s Desk Reference until 1955, when the use of antibiotics became widespread.

During World War II (1939 to 1945), colloidal silver solutions were often used as a topical antiseptic and either taken orally or even injected as an antibiotic.

Silver also has had a significant impact on the treatment of burns. Twenty years ago it was common for the wounds of severely burned patients to become infected, which delayed healing and sometimes led to death.  Silvadene now is the most widely used topical treatment for burn therapy.  Today silver sulfadiazine is used by hospitals worldwide to kill bacteria allowing the body time to restore the area naturally. Sulfadiazine is a know antibacterial agent. Combined with silver, studies show it is at least 50 times more active than other antibacterial agents.

One out of every seven pairs of prescription glasses sold in the United States incorporates silver to protect patients eyes from sunlight. Silver halide crystals, melted into glass for sunglasses, change clear glass from 85 percent visible light transmission to 22 percent transmission in less than 60 seconds.

Silver was used to provide shuttle crews with pure water for drinking, air conditioning, food preparation and other operations. By establishing 100 parts of silver per billion parts of water NASA will totally eliminate the need for chlorine!

Silver is the best electrical conductor of all metals.

The toxic effects of silver is another matter. Silver is toxic when used in excess but appears to be harmless if used in small amounts. Critics of colloidal silver sometimes state that it has been known to cause organ damage, kidney damage, pulmonary edema, atherosclerosis and death. Many of these claims appear to be based on a research study on dogs in which the dogs were deliberately killed by extremely large lethal doses of silver in order to enable the investigators to study silver toxicity

Critics also say that there is risk of developing a condition called argyria in which excess silver is deposited in the skin and tissues causing discoloration and possibly other harm. This is possible and those who use colloidal silver need to be aware of it. The issue of toxicity is of major importance and it needs to be understood by everyone using colloidal silver. Since colloidal silver has become popular, numerous (probably tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands) of individuals have consumed colloidal silver, some of them in substantial quantities.  It appears that the modern low concentration versions of colloidal silver are better tolerated and eliminated from the body than those preparations from the early 1900's.  Still there is a lot that needs to be better understood about silver toxicity.

How Silver Lost Favour

Primum nil nocere
First and foremost, do no harm.)

During the 1930s, synthetically manufactured drugs began to make their appearance and the profits, together with the simplicities of manufacturing this new source of treatment, became a powerful force in the marketplace. There was much excitement and much to be gained by promoting the new 'wonder drugs' and at that time, no antibiotic-resistant strains of disease organisms had surfaced. Silver quickly lost its status to modern antibiotics. Interest in Silver as an anti-microbial medicine declined.

But . . . . . if silver is so effective and if a person can make their own colloidal silver for around $10.00, why isn't this knowledge shouted by medical professionals loudly and insistently?

The answer is simple and complete common sense.

Serious Reality Check: Obtaining FDA approval takes many years and can cost pharmaceutical companies tens of millions of dollars for clinical trials. The simple fact is that there is NO money to spend to do these trials on treatments that are UN-PATENTABLE and therefore UNPROFITABLE for the companies.

Read that last sentence again and think deeply about it. It will help you to understand why it is necessary to sometimes go outside of the System to find what you need.

Some other things you might want to know.

The cancer industry is a $200 Billion a year industry. That's right not $200 million but $200 BILLION !!!

Now if you had a large interest in such a huge market wouldn't you try to protect your industry and market share? Of course you would. And that's exactly what has happened and is happening today. Unfortunately we find ourselves living in a time where lies and deceit have been and are being used by government national bodies and foundations which were designed to research cures and treatments for cancer, not to focus on protecting their significant financial interest.

The wealthiest non profit institution on this planet is the American Cancer Society.

Did you know the worlds largest private cancer center Sloan-Kettering Memorial Hospital (SKMH) was established by Wall Streets top Banks and Corporations including a large interest from the Rockefellers. In today's society do the major corporations and banks place people before profit? Of course not!! Every day our newspapers in Australia tell us a story where our Banks and major corporations are putting profit before people.

Did you know that the major generous donators and financial contributors to the Sloan-Kettering Memorial Hospital include all the major chemical companies that actually supply the chemotherapy and drugs used to treat patients at the hospital !

Companies such as Bristol Myers spend over $1 billion dollars annually on cancer research to improve or introduce new chemo drugs. Bristol Myers supplies over half the worlds chemotherapy drugs. So they have a significant interest in the cancer industry. So significant is their interest that the board members that chair the largest cancer drug and chemical companies also chair or are board members of all the major cancer institutes. Funny that, one would think there is a conflict of interest here. They get around this simply by either not taking a salary or making it a voluntary position with the cancer centres. After all, the chemical companies pay them more than enough for being board members of the chemical companies themselves. For example the president and CEO of the Sloan-Kettering Memorial Hospital is also Director of Pfizer which manufactures chemotherapy and cancer related drugs.

Ok. Enough of the depressing news.

Now, let me show you how to make a simple colloidal silver generator. If you need to know about the finer points, you know what to do. Everything you need to know is on the internet, just ask a better question and go on the healing journey!  All the important links are listed below.

Dr Robert Beck.
Bob Beck is a physicist, holding a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Southern California. He also was previously a Professor at the University of California. He is also the inventor of the strobe flash light.
In the early 1990’s, Bob Beck came up with the idea of making ionic/colloidal silver using between one and three 9-volt batteries. He wanted to make it possible for individuals to make their own colloidal silver. When made electrically using only distilled water and silver wires that are 99.99% pure, the silver produced is free of impurities.   In the following video, he demonstrates how to make a simple colloidal silver generator. I know its simple ‘cause I did it myself in a half hour! This video, which you can download for free, is the best introduction to colloidal silver.

At the time of his passing, Beck endorsed only one company. He endorsed all products manufactured by SOTA Instruments Inc. Russ Torlage of SOTA worked closely with Beck in the last few years of his life.

Argyria and The Blue Man
(thanks to Jan Hiens)

Supplies in Melbourne:

Misc Parts:
Jaycar Electronics, Melbourne
45 A'beckett St MELBOURNE

Dick Smith Electronics

Pure 99.99 #14 Silver Wire:
(do not use sterling silver - only pure!)

John Lazos Precious Metals
Room 302
Third Floor
Century Bldg 125
Swanston St
Melbourne 3000


There are pros and cons about distilled water as well.  Distilled water is made by converting water into steam, leaving all trace minerals behind. The steam gathers and becomes water again. The advantages of using distilled water is that it is pure. The disadvantages are that the water is slightly acidic. Purifying water through a standard charcoal filter keeps a more alkaline solution. I use both distilled water and charcoal filtered water for colloidal silver. (Hey, a change is as good as a holiday.) Here are some of the other uses for distilled water:

Coffee grounds and tea leaves retain their richness and aroma far better than in other water.
Distilled water freezes faster than tap water and, due to lack of impurities, forms ice
that is shinier, clearer and harder.
You will find that flour is better absorbed into a batter mixed with distilled water than with tap water.
Distilled water adds immeasurably to the cleaning and detoxifying effects of fasting.
Seeds such as alfalfa and beans will germinate faster and achieve a higher percentage of
germination. Pure water is actually an essential ingredient in the fertilizers used for
hydroponic farming. Vegetables grow in a contamination free environment and thus retain
crispness and freshness for a longer period of time.
Using distilled water in batteries prolongs the life of battery.
Stem irons operate and look like new for a long time if distilled water is used. This is
because you do not get the build up of minerals which soil and block the steam vents
causing damage to the iron.
Distilled water can be used in Colloidal Silver generators.
Top-of-the-line photographic studios routinely use pure water as a part of the
development process to ensure perfect prints every time.

Warning: This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor.


Two researchers on a quest to prove the existence of Bigfoot say that the carcass encased in a block of ice - handed over to them for an undisclosed sum by two men who claimed to have found it - was slowly thawed out, and discovered to be a rubber gorilla outfit.

"Major Discovery" From MIT Primed to Unleash Solar Revolution
by Anne Trafton, MIT News
Scientists mimic essence of plants' energy storage system.
In a revolutionary leap that could transform solar power from a marginal, boutique alternative into a mainstream energy source, MIT researchers have overcome a major barrier to large-scale solar power: storing energy for use when the sun doesn't shine. Until now, solar power has been a daytime-only energy source, because storing extra solar energy for later use is prohibitively expensive and grossly inefficient. With today's announcement, MIT researchers have hit upon a simple, inexpensive, highly efficient process for storing solar energy.


Texas District Lets Teachers Carry Guns
A tiny Texas school district will allow teachers and staff members to carry concealed firearms to protect against school shootings when classes begin this month, provided the gun-toting employees follow certain requirements.



Wadali Brothers - Yaad Piya Ki Aayee
The Wadali Brothers (Puranchand Wadali & Pyarelal Wadali) are Sufi singers and musicians from Guru ki Wadali in the Amritsar District in Punjab, India.
(thanks to Stefan Abeysekera)


(Dried Broad Bean Puree with Wild Chicory)

This is one of the most ancient dishes on record. A staple in the plebian cuisine of Rome, it was already in existence at the time of the Egyptian Pharoahs. In Sicily, a variation is known as Maccu. The broad bean puree is something like a thick soup but leftovers resemble hard polenta and can be sliced and fried.

1 cup dried broad beans
2 small potatoes, sliced thinly
1 celery stalk, sliced finely
1 small onion, sliced finely
salt to taste

1 bunch wild chicory
1/2 cup olive oil
1 cup extra-virgin oil
(optional: chopped garlic)

Soak the beans overnight. Next day, cook until tender, about an hour or two. Drain and put in a saucepan, ideally terracotta. Lay the potato slices on top. Place the celery and onion slices over the potatoes. Add salt to taste and water to cover. Simmer over moderate heat for 1 hour, skimming from time to time. Drain off some of the water,

Meanwhile, clean the wild chicory and put it into a saucepan with just the water that remains from washing it. Cook with salt to taste, for 20 to 25 minutes. Saute in a skillet with the olive oil for 5 minutes to bring out the flavor. ( A little garlic is optional.)

Stir the beans often so that the mixture becomes a puree. When they have absorbed all the water, add the extra-virgin olive oil, mix well.

To serve: place the chicory in a small bowl and top with a scoop of puree. Some shavings of parmesan if you like.

The Magnet and the Silver Churn
      A MAGNET hung in a hardware shop,
And all around was a loving crop
Of scissors and needles, nails and knives,
Offering love for all their lives;
But for iron the Magnet felt no whim,
Though he charmed iron, it charmed not him,
From needles and nails and knives he'd turn,
For he'd set his love on a Silver Churn!
His most aesthetic,
Very magnetic
Fancy took this turn -
"If I can wheedle
A knife or needle,
Why not a Silver Churn?"

And Iron and Steel expressed surprise,
The needles opened their well-drilled eyes,
The pen-knives felt "shut up," no doubt,
The scissors declared themselves "cut out,"
The kettles they boiled with rage, 'tis said,
While every nail went off its head,
And hither and thither began to roam,
Till a hammer came up - and drove it home,
While this magnetic
Lover he lived to learn,
By no endeavour,
Can Magnet ever
Attract a Silver Churn!

~ WS Gilbert ~

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Review of the Week

'Exsisto Quietis' - (Shaddap You Face) Artist: Josephus Dolce

'Antiquis temporibus,
 nati tibi similes in rupibus ventosissimis exponebantur ad necem.
Caesar si viveret, ad remum dareris.'
('In the good old days, artists like this were left to perish on windswept crags.  If Caesar were alive, he'd would have been chained to an oar.')
reviewed in The Forum Weekly, by Seantors Fatuus, Medicullus, Severus, Beatus, Somniculosus, Verecundus, et Sternuens  
(Dopey, Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Bashful and Sneezy)

Joe Dolce Electronic Press Kit with Music and Video:


Roman Olympiad

A Roman Senator arrives home from the Forum and says to his wife:
"Cornelia, good-a news, my Olympic Condoms have arrived, I’m-a tink I'm-a wear the Gold-a one tonight !"
Cornelia says, "Hey, whatsa matta for you, Luigius? Why you no wear-a the Silver-a one and cumma second for a change?" (boomus boomus!)
(thanks to Terry Dwyer – translated into broken romanus by Josephus di Cunilingua)