This information is copied from my newsletter, and I see that many words have lost the space between. I apologize for this, but have not time to edit this whole letter.
A Winter Health Tip
Open your windows every few days to let fresh air into your house. Sometimes indoor air has been found to be more polluted than outside air! Go for walks while the sun is up whenever possible. Natural light and outdoor air are very beneficial to health. In the ‘olden days’ they were key aspects of natural healing… for a good reason. Don’t under-estimate them!
A beautiful, inspiring video, worth your one minute!
Compact Fluorescent (Spiral-shaped) Light Bulbs and MERCURY
Did you know that Fluorescent light bulbs will soon totally replace the old-fashioned incandescent light bulb?
And did you know that these new light bulbs, while they save energy, contain the highly toxic mercury?
Mercury is an extremely toxic metal that harms the nervous system. Its presence in vaccines is suspected of contributing significantly to the current epidemic of autism disorders. Even small amounts of mercury are very harmful to the nervous system, and our bodies cannot get rid of this metal, so it remains in the body unless a detox program is done. (People who have or have ever had ‘silver’ mercury fillings will have absorbed significant amounts of mercury.)
Fluorescent bulbs MUST be disposed of properly in order to protect yourself and our environment from the mercury inside. Check the product label, call your public works department or go to earth911.com for safe disposal info.
If a compact fluorescent bulb breaks:
Open the windows and leave the room for 10-15 minutes.
Turn off central heating and cooling if your system circulates air to different rooms.
Thoroughly collect the broken glass and powder. Try not to touch it or breathe it in. Wear a mask and protective gloves.
Place in a sealed plastic bag and dispose as mentioned above.
Many thanks to Paulette Zuena of Re-Max Partners, Andover, for this information.
Boulder Residents, County Officials Say “No” to GMOs
In November 2011, about 250 Boulder County residents attended a public meeting to discuss the planting of GMO (genetically modified organisms) crops on county-owned land.
Their turnout, together with an anti-GMO recommendation from the county’s Food and Agriculture Policy Council, led county officials to vote for a phase out of genetically engineered crops on open space.
This is a powerful testimony to the influence people can have on their local regulations when they stand together for a cause.
One of the best things we can do is use the 800 numbers/websites on products to contact companies and tell them that we want no GMOs in their products and will not buy them unless this happens. Consumer pressure got this to happen in Europe. We can make it happen here!
To read the whole Boulder story:
Can You Really Afford NOT to Eat Organic?
(This is part of an article from Mercola.com) We’re now at the point where we really cannot afford NOT to buy organic food… The U.S. is forecasted to soon be spending close to 20 percent of our gross national product on healthcare, and the failing health of the American people is a direct result of poor nutrition and toxic [conventionally grown] foods.
We simply MUST take organic agriculture seriously if we want to good health. Quoting the co-founder of the Cornucopia Institute, [an organic industry watch dog agency]:
“It’s a matter of prioritizing where we put our money. You know that classic adage, ‘Pay now or pay later.’ I’d rather pay now and have a better quality of life, especially when it comes to the developing fetuses, lactating mothers, young developing children. Not only are we exposing them to the soup of neurotoxic [conventional farming] chemicals during development, but, we’re depriving them of a lot of essential nutrition.
The USDA did a study in 1999 comparing essential nutrient content in our food… They found that about half of the essential nutrients on our [conventionally grown] food had been reduced by as much as 38 percent [compared to the 1950's]. [Actually, other sources give a greater percentage of loss for many nutrients in this time period, and an even greater loss since 1900 ~pms]
If [nutrients are] not in the soil, [they're] not in the plants, not in our milk, in our meat, [vegetables and fruits] and not in us. [This may sound familiar to some of you?? pms] These missing nutrients are] many of the immune enhancing compounds that make life wonderful, make our food taste wonderful, and also protect us from cancers and a lot of chronic disease.
Read the rest of this article here:
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Organic dairy products independently rated
Check out organic dairy products rated by the Cornucopia Institute, an organic industry watch dog whose core constituencies are family farmers across the U.S. and consumers concerned about the availability and quality of organic foods. Their goal is to empower you to make informed purchasing decisions. Most get high marks, but be sure to check out those who don’t… some surprises there: http://www.cornucopia.org/dairysurvey/index.html
Four Cups of Coffee a Day to Fight Cancer? Really?
It was reported this week that a 25% reduction in endometrial cancer rates was found in a study of nurses who drank 4 cups of coffee a day. Hmmm….
Before you rush out and order your Joe extra large, consider these 5 coffee facts:
1. Coffee is extremely acidifying to the body, and acidity is a major factor in all chronic diseases.
2. Coffee is high in alkaloids, which can be toxic in large amounts.
3. Coffee is very dehydrating. You need to drink another cup of water for every cup of coffee. It is unlikely that most people will do this.
4.Coffee depletes potassium, and important mineral. This depletion is known to cause heart attacks in people who have no heart problems, because the heart needs potassium for proper rhythm.
5. Coffee’s caffeine jangles the nervous system and drains the adrenals, leaving us feeling fatigued.
Perhaps there are better ways to reduce cancer risk?
What’s Happening with “Organic” Baby Food?
Illegally approved, non-organic, genetically engineered substances are lurking in some certified USDA Organic foods, including infant formulas, baby foods, children’s vitamins, and dairy products.
These Frankenfood invaders are Martek corporation’s “Life’sDHA” and “Life’sARA,” artificial nutraceuticals that mimic essential fatty acids found in eggs and fish. To learn more:
The “Tipping Point” – You Can Help
“Stopping GMOs is simply a numbers game. When enough shoppers stop buying GMO brands, the food industry will kick out all genetically modified (GM) ingredients. This happened in Europe, and it’s happening in the US with GM bovine growth hormone (rbGH [aka "artifical hormones", "growth hormones"]). “We need about 5% of US shoppers-15 million people or 5.6 million households-to choose healthier non-GMO brands in order to generate a non-GMO tipping point.”
Jeffrey Smith – founder, Institute for Responsible Technology
to read more and see ways to get involved… http://action.responsibletechnology.org/p/salsa/web/common/public/signup?signup_page_KEY=2925
Do you know anyone taking Avandia? They might want to read this:
Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline has preliminarily agreed to a $3 billion settlement over the sales and marketing practices of several of its drugs, including the diabetes drug Avandia
Flu shot lowers immunity in children
So says a recent independent study out of the Netherlands. They only studied children, but you can bet the same it true for the rest of us. To read more on this study:
Physicians See Serious Health Problems from Roundup
Roundup is sprayed widely on GM (genetically modified) crops. I just read a very scientific paper written by a group of practicing physicians in Argentina. They wrote this paper because of the concern they have over health problems caused by the Roundup herbicide used to spray GM soy. Here is an excerpt of their clinical observations:
“More newborns suffer from birth defects and there are more miscarriages than those usually occurring in their population of patients. There is an increased detection of cancers in children and adults, toxic liver disease, and neurological disorders. The physicians stressed that they have been serving the same populations, in general, for over 25 years, but what they found in recent years was quite unusual and strictly linked to systemic sprayingsof pesticides… There were many cases of patients suffering from renal failure (or kidney failure, as well as birth defects in children of young mothers, cancer even in very young people, miscarriages, and difficulty in becoming pregnant, respiratory problems, and acute allergies. All these were linked by the health teams to a higher level of chemical contamination in the environment, generated by the agroindustrial practice [of herbicide spraying].”
Birth defects in high spray areas rose 425% from 1997-2008. Cancer rates in children under 15 rose 50% from 2001-2008.
Similar reports are surfacing in Paraguay, Chile, Colombia, Spain, Canada, the U.S., Philippines and European countries.
The amount of Roundup needed per acre to control weeds has increased 5 fold, up to 10 fold in some areas, in 15 years.
Why does this matter to us? First, when we buy GM products (primarily soy, corn, canola, cotton, etc.), we are participating in creating these birth defects, miscarriages and diseases. Is this something that we want to be doing?
Secondly, when we consume these foods, we consume small amounts of this herbicide. When we use Roundup or other glyphosate-based herbicides on our lawns, we have another significant exposure. When do these exposures add up to health problems for us and our families? Because they are small and occur over long periods of time, do we even make the connection?
I am attaching a set of informative documents on GMO concerns and a shopping resource list, for those of you who have not seen these before. Please read them and feel free to send them to your families and friends.
I have come to see that it is we the consumers who have the power to get these crops and the many ingredients made from them off the market. In the EU, where anti-GM sentiment is strong and GM foods are labeled, US food corporations have removed GM ingredients from the same foods they sell here with GM ingredients. This started with ONE company, and the others soon followed suit. Consumer demand made the difference in Europe. We can do it here. The link below is a great place to start learning, and there is an action link on that page where you can send your protest to your Congress people. If enough of us speak out and keep speaking out, we will succeed!
We can also call companies (most products have a consumer call number listed) and speak to store managers. The more we make them aware of our unwillingness to eat GM foods and ingredients, the sooner they will be removed from our store shelves.
Excellent info on Gardasil
For Vets with Traumatic Brain Injury
A helpful treatment, not available through the VA currently, but perhaps found elsewhere…
Roundup Ready alfalfahas damaged the US seed industry
The introduction of GMRoundup Ready alfalfa has been a disaster for the US seed industry, writesfarmer Phillip Geertson, as it has lost overseas markets. The US alfalfa seedindustry was the world’s major producer of alfalfa seed and historically has exportedmore than half of the alfalfa seed produced.
Geertson points out,”Export data would be very useful in determining the amount of damage thatwas done to the US alfalfa seed industry by the release of RR alfalfa into USagriculture.” But such data is not available. 2007 was the last time theUSDA reported the size of the US alfalfa seed exports. Perhaps notcoincidentally, this was also the year that seed producers found that seed lotsproduced in Montana and Washington had been contaminated with the Roundup Readygene.
The only winners in this farming catastrophe are Forage Genetics and Monsanto, who own the patenton the gene that is now contaminating non-GM alfalfa. Read the article:
Farmer suicides rising in India as GM cotton crops fail
The record suicide rate among farmers in India continues to rise, with one farmer now committingsuicide every 30 minutes. Many media reports blame failed GM Bt cotton cropsfor the crisis.
More than a quarter of a million farmers have killed themselves in the last 16 years in what is thelargest recorded wave of suicides in history. An article for Sky News reports that one farmer who committed suicide “had been persuaded to use genetically modified seeds by the possibility of a better harvest. What he wasn’ttold was that they needed more rain than the region provided.”
Farmers who grow GMcrops also have to borrow money for expensive pesticides and fertilizers. Whenthe crop fails, they cannot repay their debts. The article comments,”Across rural India there is now widespread despair. The fields are alsofilling up with widows.”
Bt cotton was firstreleased for commercial growing in India in 2002, and the data on farm suicidesshow clearly that the last eight years were much worse than the preceding eight- which is alarming since the total number of farmers is declining
India’s Bt cotton”revolution” has lost its sheen over the past five years, withgovernment data showing a consistent decline in cotton yield. Even as the areaunder Bt has grown to 93 per cent of the total area under the cash crop, theoverall yield is estimated to decline to a five-year low this year.
Farmers and activistswho oppose GM crops argue that none of the promises made during theintroduction of GM seeds have come true. In certain cases, the opposite hashappened. Some farmers report that crops failed to flower, producing no yieldat all. Others report low yields and high cost of GM seed and chemicalinsecticides, which farmers still have to spray in spite of marketing claimsthat Bt cotton reduces or eliminates the need for them.
As for GM proponents’claims that if GM seeds were so bad, farmers wouldn’t buy them, it’s clear thatthe consolidation in the seed market means that GM seeds are all that’savailable.
Vast RESOURCE page on GMO issues