Category: Health & Disease

Stephen Palumbi: The Hidden Toxins in the Fish We Eat (TED video)

There’s a tight link between the ocean’s health and ours, says marine biologist Stephen Palumbi. He shows how toxins at the bottom of the ocean food chain find their way into our bodies, with a shocking story of toxic contamination from a Japanese fish market. Further Reading: Pesticides, and You Synthetic Sea

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Jeff Iliff: One More Reason to Get a Good Night’s Sleep (TED video)

The brain uses a quarter of the body’s entire energy supply, yet only accounts for about two percent of the body’s mass. So how does this unique organ receive and, perhaps more importantly, rid itself of vital nutrients? New research suggests it has to do with sleep.

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Guerilla Gardening in Rural Panama

A gnome (the author) in the Communal Garden Make no mistake, the war is on. The commodity is food, the source needs to be sustainable, and the community needs to know about it. If you are already into permaculture, or just gaining an interest, then congratulations and welcome to the peace-loving yet active front lines. We call it guerilla gardening.

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Join the Global Frackdown this Weekend! (October 11, 2014)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NohMqRhYHhA?rel=0&showinfo=0″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen> This Saturday we’re joining concerned citizens all over the world who are coming together to take a stand against fracking. Will you join us? As you know, fracking is an ongoing disaster for communities around the U.S.A. and increasingly around the world. But that hasn’t stopped the fossil fuel industry — they’re on the march, working tirelessly to buy off politicians and dig up every last bit […]

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Deciphering the Labels – Egg Cartons

We have all heard the terms ‘farm fresh’, ‘farm raised’, ‘cage free’, ‘free range’, ‘organic’, ‘pastured’, and, well, I am sure the list goes on and on, but what do they really mean and what are we getting? Small farmers are not only farming nowadays but they have now also taken on the task of being educators and marketers (not by choice might I add). Here is a look into […]

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Widespread Glyphosate Contamination in USA

Most comprehensive study reveals glyphosate and AMPA in the environment over 9 years and across 38 states. by Dr Eva Sirinathsinghji The most comprehensive research to date on environmental glyphosate levels exposes the widespread contamination of soil and water in the US, as well as its water treatment system. Looking at a wide range of geographical locations, researchers from the US Geological Survey (USGS) analysed 3732 water and sediment samples […]

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Unconventional Gas Development from Shale: Myths and Realities Related to Human Health Impacts

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sD7koag4QqE?rel=0&showinfo=0″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen> Part I Broken into two parts (one above, one below, and a question & answer session after that), this is a long but interesting watch. It was filmed in 2011 at a presentation by Dr Anthony Ingraffea (Ph.D., P.E., Cornell University) in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, and covers many interesting and pertinent aspects of all fracking entails. Mr. Ingraffea’s good sense of humour makes the time pass […]

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The Importance of Eating Food

With global food prices rising (see for example 1), concerns over climate change causing major disruptions in the food supply system (see for example 2), and the dubious nature of many food additives or products (see for example 3), it is no surprise that there appears to be a growing trend towards foraging for wild food. But how can we be sure that what we pick is good to eat? […]

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Tokyo Contaminated & Not Fit for Habitation, Doctor Says

All 23 districts of Tokyo contaminated with radiation, worse than at Chernobyl after the accident, and blood cells of children under ten are showing worrying changes; the WHO, the IAEA & the Japanese government cannot be trusted. by Susie Greaves In July 2014 Dr Shigeru Mita wrote a letter to his fellow doctors to explain his decision to move his practice from Tokyo to Okayama city in the West of […]

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“Gardens and Micro Farms are Cost Inefficient and Fail to Feed Society”

Photo © Craig Mackintosh People keep telling me that gardens and micro farms are cost inefficient and fail to feed society. Sometimes this information is delivered loudly and firmly with great emphasis on profit, and great personal attachment to the idea of its being true. There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about how modern chemical agriculture feeds the world. This is to be expected because so few people […]

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Meet Mr. Glyphosate – a Case Study in Excess

Thanks to a reader for sending this along to us. I don’t normally like to publish posts that reflect negatively about a particular person (I can think of only one other instance when I have, and that was about the results of a man’s work, as is largely the case here), but I feel that the video above is such an example of sickening excess that it shouldn’t go unnoticed.

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How Roundup® Poisoned My Nature Reserve

A personal witness to the devastating demise of wild pollinators and other species as glyphosate herbicides increase in the environment. by Rosemary Mason MB ChB FRCA In March 2006, UK’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) announced the closure of its wildlife research centres [1], a decision opposed by 99% of 1 327 stakeholders. Monks Wood centre, which hosted BBC’s Spring Watch, pioneered work on DDT and pesticides in the 1960s, […]

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