Monthly Archives: January 2013


-Bull Thistle Wildflower Photo by Steve Dawes 2014

I recently did an email/blog on Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis(HTMA).

I got positive feedback on this from many recipients. So I have decided to repeat it.

I asked my Doctor what he thought and he told me to continue getting it done.

I get it done by my Naturopath Jean Reist in Dillsburg PA. Cost $58. Jean ((717) 432-3585) mails me a test kit and I have a friend take cuttings of hairs from the back of my neck and send back. In a few weeks I receive results — a printed report. I can follow up with Jean Reist telephonically or do a visit for a nominal fee.

The report is roughly 12 pages(booklet, color) of numeric and graphical information about how my body is doing with Nutritional Elements. The results also test for Toxic Elements and other Elements. The conducting Lab is Trace Elements. Inc. The Analysis categorizes each individual into metabolic type. ( Apparently I am a Type 4 Fast Metabolizer).

The Booklet also makes extensive recommendations based on the analysis for Diet and Supplements.

Although we are each the same, we have individual differences and environmental exposures. It’s better to know.

The analysis showed I was low in magnesium. Many of us are because magnesium is now deficient in our tillable soil. Magnesium is best absorbed through the skin.

This is why grandma used to tell us to take a bath in Epsom Salts (magnesium sulphate) if we sprained our ankle. Grandma was right. Magnesium is used in over 300 enzymatic reactions. Most Americans are Vitamin D and Magnesium deficient. ( For Vitamin D use Blood Test make sure 25-Hydrox block is checked).

I got some bath salts from Tammy Young ( Alternative Choices (717) 597-1228 in Greencastle PA). My magnesium is now normal.

Best Regards,
Steve Dawes, T-1 Certified Direct Jobber, Amsoil synthetics

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Estimating Fuel Savings

-Photo by Steve Dawes 2014

Only Certified Mechanical Engineers, usually with Mechanical Engineering Degrees, using 100’s of thousands of dollars worth equipment and ASTM testing standards can tell how good a lubricant is and what fuel economy improvements are at hand.

_Is there any chance that the average consumer can tell?_

Yes and No.

Keep in mind that fuel economy is determined by a lot of different variables.

Surprisingly one of the biggest is the weather. Frigid air is denser and more difficult to push through. Cold tires and pavement make for less traction. Also colder air temperature and colder fuel are more difficult for fuel systems to atomize. ( Variances are 5-30%). Everybody notices that in the winter they are getting poorer fuel economy.

This can totally wipe out real gains from using better components and premium lubricants from Amsoil.

But, there are of course many others: spark plugs, air filters, dirty fuel systems, faulty sensors, lubricity etc.

MPG gauges, if you have one, can be fooled too because they use the motors vacuum system to get their estimate. ( When your automatic transmission shifts to a lower gear your MPG gauge will report that your fuel economy has improved. This is not the case, your motor vacuum has changed.)

So, what can the average consumer do?

_Run a Controlled Experiment._

That’s one reason my Fuel Economy Cheat Sheet suggest doing the entire drive-train and using fuel additives along with other premium replacement part choices.

Prior to the age of ethanol we only had to use a fuel treatment once or twice a year. Unfortunately, the ethanol molecule separates from the petroleum molecule with the slightest condensation and sinks to the bottom of your gas tank.

Amsoil’s Performance Improver Fuel Treatment (PI) is designed to be used every 4000 miles. ( Also, Amsoil makes specific fuel treatments for diesels and small engines). Savings in fuel, on average, for someone who consumes 100 gallons of gas a month are roughly $45) Bottle PI costs $8.50 (Preferred Customer) so subtract that out.

Steve Dawes, T-1 Certified Direct Jobber, Amsoil Synthetics
(717) 658-1256

Anti-Oxidants Top 20

The USDA has developed a scale for antioxidant food content.

Known as the ORAC Scale. (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity).

I was surprised to see Artichokes rate so high.

Here are the top 20:

1.) Red Beans, dried 1/2 cup 13727
2.) Wild Blueberry, 1 cup 13427
3.) Red Kidney Beans, 1/2 cup 13259
4.) Pinto Beans, 1/2 cup 11864
5.) Blueberry, 1 cup 9019
6.) Cranberry, 1 cup whole 8983
7.) Artichoke (cooked), 1 cup(hearts) 7904
8.) Blackberry , 1 cup 7701
9.) Prune, 1/2 cup 7291
10.) Raspberry, 1 cup 6058
11.) Strawberry, 1 cup 5936
12.) Red Delicious Apple 1 5900
13.) Granny Smith Apple 1 5381
14.) Pecan 1 oz 5095
15.) Sweet Cherry 1 cup 4873
16.) Black Plum 1 4844
17.) Russet Potato 1 4649
18.) Black Beans 1/2 cup 4181
19.) Plum 1 4118
20.) Gala Apple 1 3903

Try to avoid canned foods. It’s easy enough to par-boil dried beans or soak them for several hours.

Anti-oxidants repair cellular damage from smoking, pollution, poisons, fried foods and as a by-product of normal metabolism.

Steve Dawes
T-1 Certified Direct Jobber, Amsoil Synthetics