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November 15, 2013

Eco friendly bamboo socks

Bamboo

Bamboo Eco socks

Soft and comfortable.

Bamboo textiles are cloth, yarn, and clothing made out of bamboo fibers. While historically used only for structural elements, such as bustles and the ribs of corsets, in recent years a range of technologies have been developed allowing bamboo fiber to be used in a wide range of textile and fashion applications. Modern bamboo clothing is clothing made from either 100% bamboo yarn or a blend of bamboo and cotton yarn. The bamboo yarn can also be blended with other textile fibers such as hemp or even spandex.

Bamboo has gained popularity as a “green” fiber. Manufacturers tout the fact that bamboo can be cultivated quickly, can be used as a cash crop to develop impoverished regions of the third world, and is a natural fiber (as opposed to popular synthetics like polyester) whose cultivation results in a decrease in greenhouse gases. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bamboo_textiles

Bamboo leaves and the soft, inner pith from the hard bamboo trunk are extracted using a steaming process and then mechanically crushed. In part because of its luxurious softness, smooth hand, flowing and gentle drape, and easy price – at least compared with silk and cashmere – and Eco friendly cachet, bamboo has gained entry throughout the fashion industry. But it has been the trumpets heralding bamboo as the latest and hottest sustainable Eco-fabric that have been the most strident.

I personally live to ware bamboo socks. I use them for workouts, at home and for my travels. My feet don’t sweat and don’t smell! These socks are comfortable in cold and hot weather. Highly recommended.

April 11, 2013

Industrial farming poisons our planet

Poisoned water

ONLY AFTER THE LAST TREE IS CUT DOWN

THE LAST OF THE WATER POISONED

THE LAST ANIMAL DESTROYED

ONLY THEN WILL YOU REALIZE

YOU CANNOT EAT MONEY

Cree Indian Prophecy

http://youtu.be/c-WAGf-4gC8

Water

Author: Nathan
April 5, 2011

The memory of water

The source of life.

Water makes up 70 percent of the Earth’s surface and is the main component — about 80 percent — of all living things. But it is far from ordinary.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-d20NrDX9Es&feature=player_detailpage

Fascinating movie spans the globe to reveal recent discoveries about water, the most amazing yet least studied substance in the world. Witness as researchers, scientists, philosophers and theologians try to understand this unique liquid and all its miraculous properties still waiting to be discovered.

http://youtu.be/BWYlMSHOGBw

Water reacts to emotions

Crystals of water

With researchers decoding DNA and smashing open atoms, you might assume the science of everyday water, life’s most basic substance, is well understood. But recent experiments probing how water molecules link together have come up with conflicting results.

Scientists now admit they don’t understand the intricacies of how water works.

January 7, 2011

Mountains of plastic

Choking the Earth

When you shell out for bottled water, which costs up to 1,900 times more than tap water, you have a right to know what exactly is inside that pricey plastic bottle.

Most bottled water makers don’t agree. They keep secret some or all the answers to these elementary questions:
Where does the water come from?
Is it purified? How?
Have tests found any contaminants?
Among the ten best-selling brands, nine — Pepsi’s Aquafina, Coca-Cola’s Dasani, Crystal Geyser and six of seven Nestlé brands — don’t answer at least one of those questions.
Only one — Nestlé’s Pure Life Purified Water — discloses its water source and treatment method on the label and offers an 800-number, website or mailing address where consumers can request a water quality test report.
what exactly is inside that pricey plastic bottle.

Really!

A new EWG survey of 173 unique bottled water products finds a few improvements – but still too many secrets and too much advertising hype. Overall, 18 percent of bottled waters fail to list the source, and 32 percent disclose nothing about the treatment or purity of the water. Much of the marketing nonsense that drew ridicule last year can still be found on a number of labels.

Here the bottle water is rated.
So do yourself and Earth a fawor and please drink filtered tap water. You’ll save money, drink water that’s purer than tap water and help solve the global glut of plastic bottles.

November 2, 2010

Should you buy organic?

Dangerous food

Here are some shortcuts to getting the benefits of organic without the cost:

• Avoid synthetic colorants.
• Choose foods without labels, which are better than packaged foods.
• Wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly, preferably with a vegetable brush, which can enhance pesticide removal. Some foods absorb more pesticides than others and are easier to clean. The top five common items that I recommend always be washed are peaches, apples, sweet bell peppers, celery and nectarines.
• Peel fruit if possible since that removes pesticides and allows you to save money by buying nonorganic.
• Buy seasonal fruits. It lowers your grocery bill. And bear in mind, frozen veggies retain most of the health benefits of fresh ones.
Most important, remember: When it comes to food, buy organic if you can afford it to help the planet. If not, you can still eat healthily with a few precautions. Food is an affordable medicine for all of us.
Eggs
Organic.
The feed given to the hens may include organic supplements like flaxseed meal, which increases vitamin A and omega-3 acids and improves taste. The birds are better treated too, with more room to move around.
Price: $4.39 a dozen for grade-A large brown eggs
Conventional
The pluses are price and availability. It’s just easier and cheaper to buy nonorganic.
Price: $3.79 a dozen for grade-A large brown eggs
Verdict: Organic. The treatment of the birds seals the deal. An industrial hen in a battery cage is not a pretty sight.
Milk
Organic
Cows that produce organic milk are not treated with antibiotics or hormones; this is especially important, as drug-resistant bacteria and early-onset puberty in girls continue to be on the rise.
Price: $6.39 per gal.
Conventional
Cost. There’s real sticker shock in paying a $3.50 premium per gallon, especially if you have milk-gulping kids in the house.
Price: $2.89 per gal.
Verdict: Go organic if you can; the extra chemistry in commercial cows is just too much.
Steak
Organic
Grass-fed cattle have a higher ratio of omega-3 acids, which may reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease. There may also be a lower risk of E. coli transmission thanks to reduced crowding.
Price: $6.59 per lb. for 85%-lean ground beef
Conventional
One word: taste. Grain-fed beef is fattier; that means tastier. Another word: price. Grass-fed beef is simply out of reach for many people.
Price: $4.49 per lb. for 85%-lean ground beef
Verdict: Opt for organic if you can afford it; it’s better for you — and much better for the cows.
Fruits/vegetables
Organic
The pesticide risk is lower, and if the food is local and in season, it will taste better than produce that ripens during shipping. Better for the planet too.
Price: Bananas, 54¢ each.
Conventional
The price is lower, and not everyone has a handy farmers’ market close to home. There is not much nutritional difference between conventional and organic produce.
Price: Bananas, 45¢ each.
Verdict: Conventional. Eating any produce is better than not eating it at all. Price matters — though the environment does too.

How much water to drink?

Water of life

How much water should you drink each day? It’s a simple question with no easy answers. Studies have produced varying recommendations over the years, but in truth, your water needs depend on many factors, including your health, how active you are and where you live.

Although no single formula fits everyone, knowing more about your body’s need for fluids will help you estimate how much water to drink each day.

Hydration experts are ready to rewrite the popular dictum that people should drink eight glasses of water a day. Photo: Mark Thiessen, NGM Staff, with Dan Havens
Magazines, websites, even some medical texts recommend guzzling eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day. The bottled-water business loves it. Hydration experts, however, aren’t sure where the “8 x 8” rule came from—or whether it holds water.
Mike Sawka, a U.S. Army research scientist, thinks the origins lie in a 1933 study on rodent hydration. The research led to a recommendation of 2.5 liters a day, or 84.5 ounces of liquid, for a moderately active human to make up for water lost to sweat and excretions. Twenty percent typically comes from foods high in water—soup, ice cream, celery—leaving 67.6 ounces, or roughly “8 x 8.” (Exercise or heat adds to a body’s needs.)
Only you don’t need eight daily glasses of water. Other beverages count, even if caffeinated. “The body’s need to keep fluid trumps the small influence caffeine might have on losing fluid,” says University of Connecticut exercise physiologist Douglas Casa. Plus the body isn’t shy about liquid desires. Drink if you feel thirsty. If not, don’t. One exception: Hydrate before an intense workout.
When in doubt, check your urine. Dark yellow, says University of Pennsylvania nutritionist Stella Volpe, is the hue of dehydration. —Marc Silver

September 2, 2010

You’ve probably heard that “Evian” is simply “naïve” spelled backwards. OK, so the well-known company probably did not choose their name for that reason – but many people believe that consumers who buy bottled water are certainly naïve. After all, water is one of the most abundant resources in the world and is available for free from countless water fountains and sinks across the nation. Yet, many consumers are still willing to pay $3 a bottle of it.
In 2009, the U.S. Congress revealed that about 45% of bottled water comes from municipal taps – and then the bottled water company may or may not do some additional filtering before pouring it in their logo-stamped bottles. Still, Americans continue to buy more than 500 million bottles every week, making it the second most popular purchased drink (after soda).
Plastics you should avoid:
#3 polyvinyl Chloride (PVC), it has endocrine disruptors and probable human carcinogens.
#6 polystyrene (PS) can leach styrene into food and water.
#7 polycarbonate, contains a bisphenol-A (a hormone disruptor). However, it is used in most baby bottles, five-gallon water jugs and reusable sports bottles.

August 31, 2010

The new Earthjustice/EIP/Sierra Club report (PDF, 6MB) shows that at every one of the coal ash dump sites equipped with

coal ash dangers

Coal ash contamination

groundwater monitoring wells concentrations of heavy metals such as arsenic or lead exceed federal health-based standards for drinking water, with concentrations at Hatfield’s Ferry site in Pennsylvania reaching as high as 341 times the federal standard for arsenic.

A February 2010 EIP/Earthjustice report documented 31 coal ash dump sites in 14 states. The 39 additional sites in today’s report along with the 67 already identified by the EPA bring the total number of known toxic contamination sites from coal ash pollution to 137 sites in 34 states.

Together, the independent reports and the EPA’s own findings make clear the growing number of waters known to be poisoned by poor management of the toxic ash left over after coal is burned for electricity.

“There is no greater reason for coal ash regulation than preventing the poisoning of our water. We now have 39 more good reasons for a national coal ash rule,” said Lisa Evans, Senior Legislative Counsel at Earthjustice. “The mounting number of contaminated sites demonstrates that the states are unable or unwilling to solve this problem.”

“The contamination of water supplies, threats to people, and damage to the environment documented in this report illustrate very real and dangerous harms that are prohibited by federal law but are going on in a largely unchecked fashion at today’s coal ash dump sites,” said Jeff Stant, director, Coal Combustion Waste Initiative, Environmental Integrity Project.

“The health risks from exposure to this toxic waste are real and we cannot afford to ignore them any longer,” said Lyndsay Moseley, Federal Policy Representative with Sierra Club. “It is clear from this report that the closer we look the worse this problem becomes. The only real solution is for the EPA to adopt federally enforceable protections as part of its push to improve public health.”

Report Highlights:

Coal ash pollution poses serious health risks. People living near unlined coal ash ponds can have an extremely high 1 in 50 risk of cancer. That’s more than 2,000 times higher than what the EPA considers acceptable by coal ash (including scrubber sludge) now is at least 137 in 34 states.

Coal ash is putting drinking water from private wells at risk. Contaminated groundwater underneath at least 15 of the 39 sites is moving toward private water wells within two miles of site boundaries, according to monitoring data and public information on private well locations.

Coal ash threatens public water wells and intakes. At least 18 of the 39 contaminated sites are located within five miles of a public groundwater well that could potentially be affected by pollutants from these sites. At nine of those sites, there are at least five public water wells within a five-mile radius.

Coal ash toxins are threatening surface waters. In several cases coal ash dump sites are leaking their toxic cargo into rivers just upstream from the intakes for public water systems. Often, metals like arsenic are discharged to rivers through adjacent groundwater.

Most damaged sites are still active and virtually all show recent evidence of contamination. The damaged sites identified cannot be dismissed as a legacy of past practices that are no longer allowed today. Almost all of the facilities described in the report are active disposal sites.

Nearly 40 years after coal ash disposal stopped at the Montville site (CT), average concentrations of arsenic in groundwater collected in 2007-2009 still exceed the MCL by 21 times and are higher than measurements taken ten years ago.

Very good reasons for stricter regulations!

Meanwhile you need to take care of your health!

By Bob Dorris
So how do cold drinks damage your ability to process food and fluids?

Iced drinks are bad for your digestion

Drink warm

Here’s a simple analogy…
When you put water on the stove it moves faster… there’s more activity.
When you put water in the freezer it slows down (freezes)… there’s less activity.
Cold decreases activity. Heat increases activity.
Chinese medicine describes the act of digestion as a warm process.
Energy (and life itself) is warm. When we are dead we’re stone cold dead…
It has been shown through thousands of years of observation in China that if we drink chilled or cold liquids we decrease our digestive activity.
We hurt this warm process of digestion (cold negates heat).
FIRST OF ALL this causes food and liquid to be digested poorly. Similar to when your car can’t completely combust fuel food isn’t digested properly and you’re left with a “sludge” (which in Chinese Medicine is called “Stagnant food” and/or “Phlegm”.)
That “sludge” is often the root cause of problems such as a weak immune system, weight gain, fatigue, cysts, allergies sinusitis and certain types of headaches.
SECONDLY warming up the cold fluids consumes energy (heat) leaving you with a net loss of energy.
THIRD your weakened digestion now can’t produce good quality energy from the food you eat leaving you with less energy for your organs to function properly…
…do you get the picture? You can (and will) end up with nearly every disease imaginable.
What to do about this?
You might be lucky enough to have strong digestion and not feel too affected by cold drinks. Consider yourself blessed.
But if you’re already in a somewhat weakened state…
…drinking COLD drinks might be one of the “straw’s” that breaks the camels back. Here’s my advice:
If you have ice water with your meals -stop.
If you drink your drinks cold from the refrigerator -stop.
Drink no more than a teacup of room temperature or warm water (or green tea) with your meals.
If you eat at restaurants tell the waiter “No ice, please!”
One the biggest offenders is the ice water you get out at the restaurant. Just before eating a big meal you put out your “digestive fire” (read that as DAMAGE your digestion) with that freezing cold water. Big mistake!
Iced drinks really aren’t good for anybody. Nature didn’t intend for us to frequently drink cold or frozen liquids. Refrigerators and freezers are extremely recent in terms of the history of human diet.
Not to mention there’s just not a lot of refrigerators out there in nature!
*** Think about the implications of cold foods here too. Obviously they’re equally damaging. ***
It may take some getting used to but drinking room temperature or warmer water is a good first step toward being healthier.
If you’d like to discover more ancient wisdom from Oriental medicine visit http://www.natural-health-remedies.net/ where I discuss the little-known but effective treatments that work in my own natural health clinic.
Keep it warm!

Coral Reefs in Jeopardy – Vanishing Faster than Rain Forests

By Carol and Rob Trow

UV blocking chemicals, found in many popular sunscreens ( parabens, cinnamare, benzophenone, camphor derivatives), can rapidly cause viral infections that promote coral bleaching which kills off coral even if present in small amounts. Twenty five percent of sunscreen applied to the skin is released in the water during the course of only twenty minutes. The presence of these chemicals produces high levels of viral infections that kill off algae necessary for coral reefs to survive.

Those swimming, snorkeling and diving near coral reefs should not wear sunscreens with the above named ingredients as they are causing the coral to die.

Reefs that are exposed to humans wearing sunscreens are in jeopardy. Some chemical components contained in most commercial sunscreens cause the rapid and complete bleaching of hard corals, even at very low concentrations. Accordingly, they observed that the corals’ bleaching was more rapid and evident at higher temperatures, suggesting that the predicted warming of oceans’ temperature could potentially augment the sunscreens’ harmful effects on the corals’ bleaching. Since they estimated that roughly 4000–6000 metric tons of sunscreen annually wash off swimmers into reef waters, sunscreens are promoting viral infections of algae that play an important role in coral bleaching (killing of coral) in those areas more prone to high levels of recreational use by humans. This does not mean the complete banning of sunscreens – which are essential for protecting our skin from cancer – rather they have suggest the use of more eco-compatible filters such as kaolin, zinc oxide, titanium dioxide and the like. Use of sunscreens that have physical, reflective filters and eco-friendly chemical ingredients will help our

critically important coral environment survive.


There is a better way. Do not use sunscreen! We will tell you how next time.


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