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Tree frogs in my garden: Health Ranger photos show delightful result of chemical-free gardening

Sunday, August 12, 2012
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: tree frogs, Health Ranger, garden

Tree frogs

(NaturalNews) I've got tree frogs in my garden! As the pictures below show in up-close detail, these tree frogs like to climb our broccoli plants. It's not just one frog, either; we've got dozens of frogs climbing around the garden, appearing each night and often singing with their high-pitched, cricket-like sounds.

Why is this a big deal? Because frogs are highly sensitive to toxic chemicals. Any garden that's laced with toxic pesticides and fungicides won't support abundant frog life. As such, the spotting of a population of healthy, vibrant frogs on your own land (or in your garden) is a sure sign that you're avoiding chemicals and practicing organic agriculture.

Taking a tree frog for an accidental trip to Austin

The other night I drove to Austin for a late-night secret meeting with a source for an upcoming story, and on the way back, I discovered that one of these tree frogs had snuck into my car and was trying to get out by hopping onto the window. Shocked to feel a frog climbing around my left arm, I immediately knew I had to help this frog get back to the garden. Yet my car was almost out of gas, so I needed to stop and refuel to make it home.

This resulted in a bizarre, desperate effort to keep the tree frog contained inside the car while I exited the vehicle and refueled. If the frog had escaped, it would have died in the harsh environment of the city of Austin, so I was determined to keep it safe and get it home.

After successfully navigating the refueling effort, I noticed the frog had curled up into "dehydration prevention" mode, where they minimize their skin surface exposure to conserve water. These frogs need a lot of moisture, and I could tell this one was starting to dry out. His skin color went from the usual bright green to more of a gray color.

So I hurried back to the ranch, and thankfully the traffic was clear because it was late at night. I drove right up to my garden, turned off the car, and picked up the frog from the car floor. I grabbed the garden hose and soaked an area under a fig bush to make it as wet as possible, then placed the frog in the wet grass. His skin sort of stuck to my skin with a kind of "tacky" feel. After I set him down, I sprayed the tree frog with a bit more water, using gentle water pressure from the hose. Once I was satisfied he was safe and sound, back home in the wet, chemical-free garden, I made a mental note: Check my car for tree frogs in the future, before driving to Austin!

Here are the photos of a tree frog in my garden. I can't say if it's exactly the same tree frog I saved, because we now have lots of these:

Here's another:

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About the author:Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on Amazon.com) and a globally recognized scientific researcher in clean foods. He serves as the founding editor of NaturalNews.com and the lab science director of an internationally accredited (ISO 17025) analytical laboratory known as CWC Labs. There, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for achieving extremely high accuracy in the analysis of toxic elements in unknown water samples using ICP-MS instrumentation. Adams is also highly proficient in running liquid chromatography, ion chromatography and mass spectrometry time-of-flight analytical instrumentation.

Adams is a person of color whose ancestors include Africans and Native American Indians. He's also of Native American heritage, which he credits as inspiring his "Health Ranger" passion for protecting life and nature against the destruction caused by chemicals, heavy metals and other forms of pollution.

Adams is the founder and publisher of the open source science journal Natural Science Journal, the author of numerous peer-reviewed science papers published by the journal, and the author of the world's first book that published ICP-MS heavy metals analysis results for foods, dietary supplements, pet food, spices and fast food. The book is entitled Food Forensics and is published by BenBella Books.

In his laboratory research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products.

In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Through the non-profit CWC, Adams also launched Nutrition Rescue, a program that donates essential vitamins to people in need. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.

With a background in science and software technology, Adams is the original founder of the email newsletter technology company known as Arial Software. Using his technical experience combined with his love for natural health, Adams developed and deployed the content management system currently driving NaturalNews.com. He also engineered the high-level statistical algorithms that power SCIENCE.naturalnews.com, a massive research resource featuring over 10 million scientific studies.

Adams is well known for his incredibly popular consumer activism video blowing the lid on fake blueberries used throughout the food supply. He has also exposed "strange fibers" found in Chicken McNuggets, fake academic credentials of so-called health "gurus," dangerous "detox" products imported as battery acid and sold for oral consumption, fake acai berry scams, the California raw milk raids, the vaccine research fraud revealed by industry whistleblowers and many other topics.

Adams has also helped defend the rights of home gardeners and protect the medical freedom rights of parents. Adams is widely recognized to have made a remarkable global impact on issues like GMOs, vaccines, nutrition therapies, human consciousness.

In addition to his activism, Adams is an accomplished musician who has released over a dozen popular songs covering a variety of activism topics.

Click here to read a more detailed bio on Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, at HealthRanger.com.

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