| How Quantum Mechanics Is Changing Everything We Know About Our Lives
Jul 31st 2016, 04:00, by Thais Gibson
Quantum physics is the new physics that is pointing to something far greater than the materialistic world that we once believed to be the basis of our existence. Not only is it disproving our original perception of space and time, but it is opening the doors to theÂ possibility of time travel, telepathy, and consciousness creating our reality.
Below are some of the major properties of quantum mechanics and the implications they have on the world around us. You wonâ€™t be disappointed!
1.Â Quantum Entanglement:Â When two sub-atomic particles cross paths with one another, they become â€œentangled.â€
This means that their properties become linked with one another. When these entangled particles are separated (even millions of miles or light-years apart), what happens to one particleÂ instantaneouslyÂ happens to the other particle.
What this means: This means that information is travelling far faster than the speed of light to be communicated instantaneouslyÂ across vast distances.
This defies what we previously knew to be possible, and also hints at the notion of telepathy having the potential to be scientifically studied.
Einstein referred to this as â€œspooky action at a distance.â€ The new physics is currently being harnessed in an attempt to build â€œquantum computersâ€ that would revolutionize technology as we know it today.
2.Â Atoms and subatomic particles can be in two places at once. In 2012 Dr. S. Haroche and Dr. Wineland won the Nobel Prize for using quantum mechanics to prove that electrons can be in two places at once. This theory was tested to 1 part in 100 billion in terms of accuracy. This officially made it the most successful physical theory that ever existed.
What this means: In theory, this notion correlatesÂ with the Many-Worlds Interpretation of quantum mechanics. This theory implies that all potential realities and possibilities already exist, and that there are potentially an infinite number of parallel realities. This theory was brought to life by a scientist named Hugh Everett.
This would technically mean that any actions you judge in others, you have also committed in a parallel reality. It would also mean that what is happening to you right now has already happened and will happen again.
Most importantly, it would essentially mean that we collectively create our personal reality â€”Â as the â€œImplicateâ€ order of existence projects outward, the â€œExplicateâ€ order around us (See David Bohmâ€™s “Implicate and Explicate Order of Existence”) Â projects back inwards. This happens through the means of our collective energy being filtered through our human consciousness to project the outer reality we experience.
3.Â In the quantum world, everything behaves as both wavesÂ andÂ particles!Â So sub-atomic particles can behave like matter or move in wave patterns. The most mind-blowing part about this is that particles behave like waves when we arenâ€™t looking, and like matter when we are!
The act of looking is what changes the behaviour of the particles.
What this means:Â This means that consciousness literally influences reality. The act of observing something can actually be responsible for bringing a potential reality to life. You may have heard of theÂ Law of Attraction; quantum physics essentially supports this idea.
When you focus on a desired outcome, it is almost as if you â€œreel inâ€ that already existing quantum super-position of reality that brings it to life!
4.Â Quantum particles have the ability to move back and forth through time. Very recently, scientists at the University of Queensland were able to simulate photons travelling through time. In one case, the photon was sent through a wormhole to interact with itself in a previous state. In another, a photon traveled through regular space-time to interact with a different photon.
What this means:Â Quite simply, this means that our five senses are very limited in the way that they allow us to perceive the world. Classical physics and much of scienceÂ isÂ based on finding proof from conducting experiments and observing their results.
But we interpret our observations based on ourÂ limitedÂ five senses. Quantum physics is beginning to demonstrate that there is so much more outside of our current mainstream perception of reality.
This also means that time and space arenâ€™t what we have made them out to be. They are not linear functions.
This also opens the hypothetical doors to the possibility of time travel.
If these sub-atomic particles are able to do this, and we are made of sub-atomic particles, what implication does this have?
One thing I have always found funny about mainstream science is that it prefers toÂ ignore the miraculous and study the ordinary. When astonishing events take place that challenge our foundation of scientific beliefs, scientists that wish to explore them are often condemned by their peers and community.
We know that science is based on proving things through measurement and calculation.
But if what we are perceiving is limited because our five senses only provide a piece of the entire picture, maybe it is time we began to focus on studying what is out of the ordinary.
Quantum mechanics is currently challenging and uprooting some of our belief systems that have previously been based on the limitations of our senses. Rather than looking at the external world, science is now beginning to investigate the internal world in the form of microscopic particle behavior.
To contemplate that these particles are behaving this way and these particles are what form the world around us is truly mind-boggling.
| NFL: The Game Destroying The Brains & Lives Of Some Of Americaâ€™s Finest Athletes
Jul 31st 2016, 04:00, by Anna Rodgers
“In football, one has to expect that almost every play of every game and practice, they are going to be hitting their heads against each other. Each time that happens, it’s around 20 G’s or more. That is the equivalent of driving a car at 35 miles into a brick wall. A thousand to 1500 times per year.”
Â â€”Robert Stern, PhD Neuropsychologist (featured in the frontline documentary Why The NFL Should Be Scared Of Chris Borland)
Can you imagine being hit in the head constantly with anÂ impact similar to that of hitting a brick wall, and how you might feel the more it happened? Each one of those hits could be potentially damaging for you, let alone having them happen again and again, year after year.
If you’ve ever watched an NFL game, you’re likely unsurprised to hear how dangerous this sport can be. If those big shoulder guards and helmets are any indication, this is not a sport for the faint of heart. It’s rough, requires enormous strength, speed,Â and agility, and only a select few can make it to the big time.
For many young boys, often their dream is toÂ end up playing in the big leagues, becoming a super wealthy sports star. If they play in college, but don’t get picked up by the professional league, it can completely crush their dreams.
But this rejection may actually be a huge blessing in disguise. That is because, playing in the professional NFL may actually destroy yourÂ life.
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Tens Of Thousands Of High Impact Hits To The Brain Over The Life Of A Professional Player
By the time someone has finished college football, it is estimated that they will have received an alarming 8000 high impact hits aloneÂ (1).Â When you add a professional football career spanning many years, that number increases dramatically.
Take away the glamour and prestige of the game, and think about it just in terms of these high impacts, and it might not take a lot to see: it’s a very dangerous game for long-term health. Many of the NFL fans out there are still perhaps not aware that a large number of players have died due to these impacts, and some in the most brutal and gruesome ways.
“In my opinion, taking professional football players as a cohort, I think over 90% of American football players suffer from this disease. Over 90% of players who play to the professional level have some degree of this disease. I have not examined any brain of a retired football player that came back negative.”
â€” Dr. Omalu, speaking to Time Magazine
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CTE: Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy
Dr. Bennet Omalu, who holdsÂ four board certifications in Anatomic Pathology, Clinical Pathology, Forensic Pathology, and Neuropathology, began investigating what could be happening to these players and discovered that Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy [CTE]Â was a disease affecting many professional footballers.
CTE (2)Â is a degenerative disease found in people who have had severe blows to the head. It can occur from even one hit to the head. Professional football players are at the greatest risk of developing CTE.Â It is now thought that professional NFL players have a whopping 90% chance of developing brain disorders and/or early death. Â Those with CTE are found to have an increased buildup of the protein Tau. The changes to the brain can begin after one hit, months, years, or even decades after the last hitÂ (3).
Dr. Omalu first came across the case of Mike Webster, who played as a centre for the Pittsburgh Steelers for over 15 years. Some still call him one of the greatest NFL players ever to play the sport. Mike played an estimated 245 professional games.
To give you an idea of how many high impact hits in the head Mike may have received, just in these games, and with the estimation from college football games also included, Mike is likely to have receivedÂ 17,800 hits.Â To put this into a different perspective, Mike may as well have been in 25,000 automobile accidents.
Absolutely astounding to say the least.
Mike’s life ended in tragedy. He suffered from amnesia, depression, and dementia. Despite having offers of places to live, he ended up living all alone in his pick-up truck.
What happened to Mike is not an isolated case.Â To see how many former players have had CTE confirmed after death, please see this alarming compilationÂ here.
Terry Long, who played in 108 NFL games, is a truly tragic case. He drank a gallon of anti-freeze to kill himself. He had been experiencing extreme mental issues such as hearing voices. Terry was perfectly healthy before he played in the NFL.
There have also been several murders and suicides linked to CTE where a football player, Jovan Belcher, killed his girlfriend, and then himself.Â Â OJ Simpson, who allegedly killed two people, was a huge football star for many years, and it is speculated that he may too have suffered from CTE, which is proven to affect mood and behaviour.
NFL Worth Billions; CTE Threatens Big Money
Dr. Omalu then went on to write a landmark study on CTE, which he brought to the NFL. While the clinical findings were overwhelming, the NFL (with the 32 teams being worth an estimated combined $63 billion) denied CTE was happening. They simply did not want to know. Many of its leaders were interviewed on TV and said that the sport was ‘safe’ and had ‘zero’ risk of brain injury.
One who denied CTE was Dave Duerson, who played for several NFL teams during his career; he vehemently disagreedÂ that CTE was a problem within the NFL. In a sad and ironic twist of fate, Dave committed suicide in 2011. His brain was sent for further study and it was found that he too, had CTE.
In the movie ConcussionÂ (released December 2015), which is about CTE and the NFL (Will Smith plays Dr. Omalu), the viewer sees that the NFL have behaved just like other powerful entities that have a lot of money at stake â€”Â when they see a pressing problem they simply chose to deny and hide it. Â Dr. Omalu spent much of his own money carrying out the study and also ended up being ridiculed and threatened by those close to the NFL. Despite there being so much evidence now that he is right,Â Omalu today is still often discredited.
“My son is 6. I wouldn’t let my six-year-old son near any football field. And if any coach asks my son to play football, I’ll sue that coach, and I’ll sue the school.”
– Dr. Bennett Omalu, speaking to Time
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Chris Borland AKA The Most Dangerous Man In Football
How are some of the players dealing with the issue of CTE? Many choose to ignore it but some have not. Chris Borland was a rising star in the NFL world. He was signed to the San Francisco 49ers and had a very ‘bright’ future ahead of him. Yet after only a year of playing in the big leagues, he quit. His reasoning? He had researched CTE and saw that he was at great risk of developing this and chose to end his career, putting his health first.
To the powerful NFL, what he has done is very threatening to the league. Â The game makes many billions each year, with the owners of the teams often being worth a billion (or 2 or 3) alone.
Chris spoke about this in an episode of Frontline which you can see below:
“The NFL is smart, they are scared of Chris Borland and the people that will come after them.”
â€” Chris Nowinski, Executive Director, Concussion Legacy Foundation
NFL Concussion Settlement: 20,000 Players Suing
Since the NFL had prior knowledge of CTE, many players have now sued for not being informed about the risks they would be taking by having a professional football career. It is estimated that 20,000 men are involved in this lawsuit.
Where To From Here? Can The NFL Be Safer?
America’s most loved and lucrative gameÂ isn’t going to end anytime soon. The only hope we have is making it safer, but is that even possible? Improvements so far which have been helping to improve the chances of delaying CTE are: longer time spent off the field after a high impact tackle or hit (to allow the brain to rest), new designs of helmets such as the Procap, and new rules to the game. While these may help, it’s perhaps nowhere near enough to decrease the risks of CTE in a way that is going to make a profound improvement.
The game itself would have to be completely changedÂ to make CTE something that doesn’t happen in the extremes it is. So it seems the answer is no, the NFL can’t ever be risk free.
The only thing we canÂ do is hope that players have much more knowledge about what they might be getting themselves into. I wish they would realize that money and fame cannot do a thing to make CTE go away once it’s affected the brain. And experiencing the severe mental problems such as some of the now deceased players have experienced, is something that you wouldn’t wish upon your worst enemy.
Do People Love NFL For The Wrong Reasons?
I’m ending this on a personal note: I didn’t grow up in America so seeing NFL games is not something that I was at all used to. The first time I ever saw one on TV, I was stunned at how rough it was. It just looked like a game to me that had impossible odds to avoid these high impacts and at times what seemed like near-death accidents. It boggles my mind that just like boxing, it’s something that has become so popular today.
It begs the question: is there perhaps something very wrong with a society that seems to enjoy seeing grown men experience these horrific body slams, the occasional breaking of limbs, and intense head impacts that just make you cringe and feel a bit sick to the stomach because you know that what you just saw has hurt a heck of a lot?
You can also find many clips on Youtube like this oneÂ with titles like ‘20 of the Most Gruesome NFL Injuries Ever.’Â I couldn’t even bring myself to watch it.
Is all of this violence in sports perhaps a slight throwback to the Roman times where men would be released into a pit and have to fight off lions, and the more gory it was, the louder the cheers?
I know, I’m ‘just’ a woman â€” I hear some of you saying â€”Â who doesn’t ‘get’ what its like to be in a man’s world or understand the skill of this sport. But come on, there’s something seriously awry here. Men are dying, and the odds aren’t good. There will definitely be more, and we can bet on that.
| Why We Need A Food Revolution & How â€œHospital Farmsâ€ Could Fuel It
Jul 31st 2016, 04:00, by Kalee Brown
The food industry may poseÂ the single greatest threat to human health today. The amount of people suffering from obesity, heart disease, cancer, and other food-related illnesses has skyrocketed since we created what is known as the â€œglobal food system.â€
As globalization increased and technology advanced, we went from growing our own food and raising our own cattle to developing a multi-trillion dollar business. Food has gone from representing a method of sustaining ourselves to becoming a global industry fuelled by corruption and profitability. Most conventional food products, especially in North America, contain dairy, sugar, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), chemicals, toxins, and other ingredients harmful to human health.
The difficulty of trying to be healthy
If you read the label on any given food product, you may not even be able toÂ recognizeÂ some of the ingredients. Even something as basic as sugar can be difficult to identifyÂ because of the number of alternative names:Â sucrose, high-fructose corn syrup, barley malt, dextrose, maltose, rice syrup, and more. You may choose to purchase products that claim to be â€œsugar freeâ€ or â€œfat free,â€ but this is usually offset by anÂ increase in artificial sweeteners with the former and sugar with the latter. One of the best ways to maintain a healthy diet is to purchase organic foods, although this is not foolproof either (as explained here).
Why medical doctors and governments areÂ lying to you
Although the implications of eating an entire tub of ice cream may seem obvious, other foods that are detrimental to human health arenâ€™t as evident. For example, medical doctors often claim that the only viable source of protein is meat and the sole source of vitamin B12 is red meat. They fail to mention that by consuming meat, we increase our risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, strokes, and numerous other health issues.
Governments heavily promote the consumption of dairy products, as they play a considerable role in controlling the dairy industry and reap plenty of profit as a result. Even at a young age, society is encouraged to increase their dairy intake for â€œoptimal strength and bone health,â€ when in reality consuming dairy heightens our risk of osteoporosis, bone fractures, and some cancers. Despite what national food guides claim and â€œGot Milk?â€ advertisements dictate, there are a number of healthier, denser sources of calcium, including kale, broccoli, cabbage, watercress, and a wide variety of seeds.
Hospitalsâ€™ role in promotingÂ unhealthy diets
Many consumers are aware of the dangersÂ of their unhealthy diets, yet they continue to eat this way due to taste, convenience, and visual appeal. To these individuals, the risk is worth the reward, even if the end result is hospitalization. Ironically, the food served in hospitals isnâ€™t as healthy as youâ€™d expect from a business whoseÂ mission is to better the health of its patients. The average meal served to patients in a North American hospital includes:
- Little or no vegetarian options
- Meals centered around meat and dairy
- Bleached, white bread
- High sodium content
- Extremely high sugar levels (essentially every meal is served with Jell-O)
- Heavily processed foods
Approximately 67% of hospital staff claim they wouldnâ€™t consume the food they serve patients, 60% of those patients refuse to eat their meals, and some of the meals prepared donâ€™t even meet standards set by the average school cafeteria (source). The paradox is that people seek doctorsâ€™ aid to help them heal and trust hospitals to provide them with a safe place to do so, but instead theyâ€™re slowly being poisoned.
“Hospital farms”: the next generation of hospital food
The negative feedback on hospital food is not going unnoticed; some hospitals in the US have built organic farms so they can raise the organic fruits and vegetables used inÂ patientsâ€™ meals.
St. Lukeâ€™s Hospital in Pennsylvania, for example, partnered with the Rodale Institute, a non-profit dedicated to improving organic agriculture. The pair developed an easy-to-replicate â€œfarm to hospitalâ€ model, whereby produce is added to the cafeteria menu and available for sale at a weekly farmerâ€™s market within the hospital. Employees are able to participate in farming activities and new moms are sent home with a complimentary package of produce and healthy recipes.
St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor Hospital in Michigan created an onsite organic farm, which provides organic produce for patientsâ€™ meals. The hoophouse is wheelchair accessible so patients can visit the facility and thereâ€™s an exercise bike that pumps water to irrigate the plants so that even patients with neurological disorders can participate. There is also a weekly farmerâ€™s market within the hospital and any unsold produce is donated to Foodgatherers, a local food bank.
Why hospital farms could be the next step toward a food revolution
People are becoming more conscious about how their diet affects their health and the environment. Consumers want change and are starting to reflect this in their buying patterns. More people are buying locally sourced, non-GMO, plant-based and healthier foods; we are on the verge of a food revolution (check out G & Colettiâ€™s podcast with Ocean Robbins to learn more).
Not only do hospital farms promote a healthier lifestyle for patients, employees, and community members,Â they also represent a shift in consciousness within the healthcare industry. We have seen the corruption within this industry time and time again, but this type of innovation shows a clear desire for change. Hospital farms could result in huge strives forward for the food revolution and may be a stepping-stone to creating sustainable change within this industry. Perhaps hospital farms reflect the beginning of a new era for healthcare, shifting the focus away from profit and back to health and wellness.
As Hippocrates said, â€œLet food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.â€
| Social Media For Viral Social Change
Jul 31st 2016, 04:00, by Amanda Heart
Once upon a time, running a campaign meant knocking on doors, picking up the phone and taking out ad space â€” anything to alert the public to your cause. More often than not, the time, effort, and money invested in traditional campaigning methods far outweighs the results, and the capacity of a group or individual to instigate change depends largely on the resources at their disposal.
Enter the age of the internet â€”Â and social media in particular â€” and this is no longer an issue. Today, a message, movement, or debate can go viral in minutes, and itâ€™s not only politicians and corporate brands that are using the internet to further their cause. Social media is increasingly being used to establish and drive humanitarian initiatives, showing just how the digital world can effectively translate into real-life social change.
Campaigning in the Internet Age: What’s New?
Never before has the world been so connected. With free social media platforms, an open blogosphere, and ready-made templates such as these making it possible to create a website in minutes, the internet is an open forum that virtually anyone can be a part of. Essentially, it has established a global community, defying geographical borders and opening up a universal channel of communication. This has significantly changed the way we interact with our peers â€”Â not only our friends, but also far-flung communities â€” and ultimately, the way we approach important issues.
Prior to the internet, awareness of an issue or cause was very much restricted by physical location. Unless particularly newsworthy, something going on in a specific town in India, for example, may not ever have reached the ears of those in America. Equally, someone living with a rare health condition would have found it extremely difficult to raise awareness beyond their immediate friends and family.
The accessibility of the internet has completely changed this, meaning that news can be shared, spread, and brought to peopleâ€™s attention quicker than ever before, with very little effort and at no financial cost. Whilst this can have its downsides, it no doubt presents plenty of opportunity when it comes to driving social change. In short, the internet and social media have got the world talking.
Of course, Facebook and Twitter are not the magic solution to the worldâ€™s most pressing issues. In fact, you might argue that social media makes it all too easy to appearÂ to back a cause without actually requiring any genuine engagement. As Jennifer Aaker and Andy Smith (authors of The Dragonfly Effect) point out, there is the potential to â€œcreate a perception of action or participation where there is, in fact, inaction.â€ However, just like traditional campaigns, supporting a cause is not necessarily about taking physical action.
Sharing, liking, and hash tagging are the modern-day equivalents of signing a petition, and both have the same goal: to spread the word, raise awareness, and create a chorus of voices loud enough that those in power have no choice but to sit up and listen. Sharing a Facebook post may seem like the laziest way to get involved in a cause, but the sheer scale and speed of the online community makes it a far more powerful tool than any traditional method.
Social Media in Action
But still the question remains: are likes and follows just meaningless numbers, or do online campaigns actually translate into real-life social change? In a word, yes â€” and there is no shortage of case studies to prove it.
One prime example is the story of Sameer Bhatia, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur who used the power of the internet to beat cancer. Upon being diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML), Bhatia embarked on a mission to find a matching donor for a bone marrow transplant that could save his life. Usually, this is where the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) would come in, but only 1.4% of its registered donors were South Asian; given that tissue types are inherited, Bhatiaâ€™s chances were even slimmer than usual.
Whatâ€™s more, India â€” where his family was originally from â€” had no such registry. Through a simple yet compelling email campaign, Bhatia was able to extend his search beyond geographical proximity, reaching over 30,000 people within 48 hours â€” something that would not have been possible without the internet. Not only did he manage to find a suitable donor, he also raised awareness of the condition in the process, using social media platforms to set up bone marrow drives nationwide.
Bhatiaâ€™s story is just one example of how forwarding, liking, or sharing a post online can yield real, offline results. Far from being a one-off case, social media has also been known to play a critical role in politics â€” from the Arab Springs to the Israel loves IranÂ initiative, which saw an Israeli couple use Facebook to launch their very own peace campaign.
What Makes aÂ Successful Social Campaign?
The sheer scale and accessibility of social media â€” and the internet in general â€” gives online campaigns the capacity to reach not only a vast amount of people, but also an extremely wide range, not just those who are politically engaged or happen to be in a certain place at a certain time. Social media usage is not limited to any particular age group, gender, or country, and therefore acts in many ways as a rare meeting place for citizens all over the world, from all walks of life. In this respect, it is incredibly effective at raising awareness and generating strength in numbers.
However, popping up on someoneâ€™s news feed is one thing, getting them to actually engage with the cause is something else altogether. Weâ€™ve all been guilty of giving that charity worker in the street a wide berth, so what stops us scrolling past those calls for help on social media?
As previously discussed, the ease of participation no doubt plays a part â€”clicking â€œlikeâ€ or â€œshareâ€ is a lot less time-consuming than engaging in a discussion. Another possible reason could be that such posts reach us via those already in our network, perhaps creating an instant sense of connection to the cause at hand; sometimes, the knowledge that our peers are doing something is all it takes to get us on board.
This is especially true of dynamic campaigns that see social media users taking part and nominating their friends to do the same. The ice bucket challengeÂ brought an element of fun to charitable giving while raising $115 million for the ALS Association â€” topping the previous yearâ€™s $13 million in such a way that would most certainly not have been possible without the internet.
However, this certainly doesnâ€™t mean that every worthwhile cause launched on social media is guaranteed to meet with huge success. According to the Dragonfly Effect, a powerful social campaign needs not only to tap into social media, but to also draw upon marketing strategy and consumer psychology. In doing so, an online initiative should simultaneously focus, grab attention, engage, and take action, with all four elements working in harmony â€” like the wings of a dragonfly â€” to achieve one goal.
One of the most remarkable things about social media is that it enables everyday people to be just as powerful as corporations and governments; an online campaign for change can be established by just about anyone with the desire to make a difference, regardless of financial resources or social status. Of course, there is nothing to stop political bodies â€” or individuals â€” employing the same techniques and strategies for less altruistic means, but there is no denying that, when used as a tool rather than a weapon, social media is one of the most powerful methods at our disposal for driving positive change.
| 9 Things That Happen When You Stop Eating Meat
Jul 31st 2016, 04:00, by Arjun Walia
This article was inspired by Â Michelle McMackenÂ article “7 Things That Happen When You Stop Eating meat.” Â A bit more information has been added in along with a few slightly different points.Â She’s anÂ MD, a board-certified internal medicine physician and an assistant professor of medicine at NYU School of Medicine:
“[T]he protein found in whole plant foods protects us from many chronic diseases.
It’s well established in scientific literature that a meat-free diet, when done correctly, offers tremendous health benefits. The notionÂ that meat is necessary for human health is a myth thatÂ continues to pervade popular culture, but public perception is slowly shifting, and new research is showing that even our ancestors did not exclusively (or evenÂ predominantly) eat meat. While we don’t mean to say that eating any meat is unhealthy, we do wish to call attention to the growing body of research making clear that vegan and vegetarian diets are optimal for good health.
Katherine Milton, an anthropologist at the University of California, Berkeley, explains why the ‘paleo’ argument is flawed in the following statement:
“[I]t is difficult to comment on â€˜the best dietâ€™ for modern humans because there have been and are so many different yet successful diets in our species. . . . [B]ecause some hunter-gatherer societies obtained most of their dietary energy from wild animal fat and protein does not imply that this is the ideal diet for modern humans, nor does it imply that modern humans have genetic adaptations to such diets.”
To learn more about the paleo diet confusion and see examples and studies,Â you can refer to this article we published early last year.
According to Harvard Medical School, “studies are confirming the health benefits of meat-free eating. Nowadays, plant-based eating is recognized as not only nutritionally sufficient but also as a way to reduce the risk for many chronic illnesses.”
Even the American Dietetic Association has weighed in with a position paper, concluding that “appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases.”
These diseases include heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and more.
With that being said, let’s take a look at what can happen when you stop eating meat.
1. You’ll Help Protect The Environment
Eating meat is not like it used to be. Today, we raise and kill billions of animals every single year to feed our ever-increasing demand forÂ meat â€” a demand which far outstrips our need. What’s worse, these animals we raise to be slaughtered are confined, tortured, and subjected to all manners of horrific treatment along the way.Â The cruelty alone is enough to discourage someone from eating meat, or at least encourage them to reduce their consumption. Although this article is mainly about health, this ethical issue can’t be ignored.
While we slaughter these animals, we also wreak havoc on the environment, as the video below illustrates. Called “feed lots,” though officially referred to as “Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation” (CAFO) and more commonlyÂ known as factory farms, they house thousands of animals in horrid conditions that breed disease and massive environmental degradation. Despite this fact, theyÂ remainÂ a non-issue toÂ several major organizations whose job it is to raise awareness on the various issues contributing to our planet’s destruction.
According to FarmForward, a nonprofit advocacy group, 99 percent of farmed animals in the U.S. are raised on feedlots. We are talking about billions of animals raised for slaughter every year, and that is in the U.S. alone. Globally, more than 70 billion of these animals are raised for slaughter every single year.
Did you know that the leading cause of rainforest destruction is our own food supply? We tear them down to make room for food crops and livestock grazing, and are doing so at an approximate rate of an entire football field’s worth of forestÂ everyÂ single second. Every day, close to 100 plant/animal/insect species are lost because of this practice. You can read more about this here.
Water waste is another major issue here. About 2,000 gallons of water are needed to produce just one pound of beef in the U.S. The fish supply in our oceans is rapidly becoming depleted; by some estimates,Â oceans may be fishless by 2048. The current food system, based on meat and dairy production, also contributes toÂ world hungerÂ â€” many crops grown worldwide go toward feeding livestock, not feeding people.
2. You’ll Greatly Reduce Your Chances Of Getting Type 2 Diabetes
In America alone, approximately 40 percent of people are pre-diabetic.Â This translates toÂ millions of people. Multiple studies have shown that red and processed meat (also recently linked to cancer by the WHO), as well as animal protein in general,Â increase the risk of type 2 diabetes. In omnivore populations, the risk of diabetes is doubled compared with vegans. Another study found thatÂ eating meat once a week or more over a 17-year period increased the risk of diabetes by a startling 74 percent. A follow up study was conducted and found that increasing red meat intake by more than just half a serving per day was closely associated with an almost 50 percent increased risk in contracting diabetes over 4 years.
3. You Will Get The Right Type, And The Right Amount Of Protein
While underconsumption of protein is harmful to the body, overconsumption comes with risks as well.Â In the United States, the average omnivore gets more than 1.5 timesÂ the optimal amount of protein, and most of that protein is from animal sources. This is bad news, because excess protein is turned into waste or turned into fat. This stored animal protein contributes toÂ weight gain, heart disease, diabetes, inflammation and cancer.
On the other hand, the protein contained in whole plant foods is connected to disease prevention. According toÂ Michelle McMacken, MD, a board-certified internal medicine physician and an assistant professor of medicine at NYU School of Medicine:
“[T]he protein found in whole plant foods protects us from many chronic diseases. There is no need to track protein intake or use protein supplements with plant-based diets; if you are meeting your daily calorie needs, you will get plenty of protein. The longest-lived people on Earth, those living in the â€œBlue Zones,â€ get about 10% of their calories from protein, compared with the U.S. average of 15-20%.”
Multiple studies have shown the difference between animal protein and plant protein. Another great example comes fromÂ ColinÂ Campbell, professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University. His experiments on laboratory rats showed how it was entirely possible to switch the growth of cancer on and off by simply varying the amount of animal protein present in their diet. This was an enormousÂ discovery with implications for the diets of millions of people. The fact that the results could be replicated made the conclusions scientifically irrefutable. It’s what’s known as the “China Study.”
Below is a video of him discussing his experiments.
4. You’ll Be Living A More Compassionate Lifestyle
As mentioned above, billions of animals are raised for slaughter every year just in the U.S.. Animals are sentient beings who suffer and experience aÂ wide array of emotions. They even suffer in farms that we currently label as “humane.” Â By giving up, or even cutting down on meat, you are helping to stop animals from enduringÂ horrific experiences. If you do eat meat, perhaps you could make better choices or consume animals who have died from natural causes at the end of their life. One thing is for certain: eating meat ethically requires serious effortÂ and care. As consumers, we’ve become so complacent and lazy, and the food industry wants to keep us this way.
5. You’ll Reduce Inflammation In Your Body
Many people eat processed foods regularly, despite the fact that they are known to cause cancer. Eating meat specifically increases your chances of having elevated levels of inflammation in your body, which can lead to a number of short-term and long-term health consequences.
Chronic inflammation has beenÂ linkedÂ to atherosclerosis, heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, and autoimmune diseases, among other problems.
Plant-based diets, on the other hand, areÂ naturally anti-inflammatory. This is because they offer lower inflammatory triggers (saturated fat, endotoxins, and other toxins released from bacteria found in animal foods). Multiple studies have shown that those who switch to a plant-based diet canÂ dramatically lower their level of C-reactive proteinÂ (CRP), an indicator of inflammation in the body.
6. You Will Lower Your Blood Cholesterol
Another big risk factor for heart problemsÂ is highÂ blood cholesterol. Saturated fat, primarily found in meat, cheese, poultry, and various other animal products,Â dramatically influences ourÂ blood cholesterol levels.
Yet when people switch to plant-based diets, their blood cholesterol drops significantly, as several studies have shown. More surprising still,Â this decrease is equal to that which is seen with pharmaceutical drugs â€” but that’s a business unconcerned with healing. When a natural substance shows huge potential for healing, if it can’t be patented, it’s not of interest.
It’s a fact that those who require cardiovascular drugs can lower their risks by adopting a plant-based diet.
“Whole-food, plant-based diets reduce blood cholesterol because they tend to be very low in saturated fat and they contain zero cholesterol. Moreover, plant-based diets are high in fibre, whichÂ further reduces blood cholesterolÂ levels.Â SoyÂ has also been shown to play a role in lowering cholesterol, for those who choose to include it.”
â€”Â Michelle McMacken, MD
7. You’ll Give Your Gut A Makeover
Gut health is extremely important to your overall health. In fact, it could be the most important, as all health starts in your gut. If you have an unhealthy gut, you will have an unhealthy body with a variety of potential problems.
One aspect of the gut is what’s known as the ‘microbiome.’ It’s used to refer to the trillions of microorganisms that live inside of our bodies. Vital to our overall health, the microbiome produces critical nutrients, keeps our gut tissues healthy, protects us from cancer, turns genes on and off, and more. Studies have also shown that they play an important role in various other diseases, from liver and bowelÂ diseases to diabetes and several autoimmune diseases.
Where do plant foods come in? Well, studies have confirmed that plant foods help shape a healthy intestinal microbiome. This is just another reason (out of many) why scientists and health professionals are becoming big advocates of plant-based diets. The fibre found in plant foods actually helps promote the good bacteria that’s needed in our guts. When your fibre comes from dairy, eggs and meat, this can help foster the growth of disease-causing bacteria.
“Landmark studies have shown that when omnivores eat choline or carnitine (found in meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, and dairy), gut bacteria make a substance that is converted by our liver to a toxic product calledÂ TMAO. TMAO leads to worsening cholesterol plaques in our blood vessels and escalates the risk of heart attack and stroke.
Interestingly, people eating plant-based dietsÂ make little or no TMAOÂ after a meat-containing meal, because they have a totally different gut microbiome. ItÂ takes only a few daysÂ for our gut bacterial patterns to change â€“ the benefits of a plant-based diet start quickly!”
â€“Â Michelle McMacken, MD
8. You’ll Live Longer
Valter Longo, Professor of Gerontology and Biological Sciences at USC, has discovered that through fasting (if done correctly), the body produces less 1GF1 (growth hormone factor), and, as a result, cells start repairing themselves instead of dividing. His research has shown that fasting actually regenerates stem cells, kills cancer cells, and prolongs life. Decreases in insulin and glucose, along with an increase in ketone bodies and IGFBP1 are also observed, for all of you scientists out there.
Last year, aÂ press releaseÂ from USC emphasized how fasting, in combination with chemotherapy, has already been shown to kill cancer cells. They also presented two new studies in mice suggesting that a less-toxic class of drugs combined with fasting could kill breast, colorectal, and lung cancer cells.
Mark Mattson, the current Chief of the Laboratory of Neuroscience at the National Institute on Aging, and one of the foremost researchers in the area of cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying multiple neurodegenerative disorders, makes this quite plain in hisÂ TEDx talkÂ on the subject:
“Calorie restriction (CR) extends lifeÂ span and retards age-related chronic diseases in a variety of species, including rats, mice, fish, flies, worms, and yeast. The mechanism or mechanisms through which this occurs are unclear.”
The main relation to plant-based diets here is that in order to maintain the benefits of fasting, depending on body type, one has to do it regularly, possibly 1-2 times a month, or engage in what’s known as “intermittent fasting.” And in doing so, they are encouraged to stick to a predominately plant-based diet. According to Longo, “a plant-based diet is by far the best for longevity and disease prevention.”
Dr. Longo is a great place to start if you’re interested in fasting. Fasting can have a wide array of health benefits, but it can also be detrimental to someone who has no idea what they are doing, so please do your research if this is something you are considering.
Below is a video clip of Dr. Ellsworth Wareham,Â a 100-year-old recently retiredÂ heart surgeonÂ who has been a vegan for half of his life (5o years). He shares why he made this choice.
9. You’ll Change How Your Genes Work
It wasn’t long ago that scientists figured out that environmental factors can turn genes off and on. Studies have shown that a plant-based diet can decrease the expression of cancer genes in men with low-risk prostate cancer. Plant-based diets have also been known to lengthen our telomeres,Â which are caps at the end of DNA chromosomes that assist us in keeping our DNA healthy. This suggests that we actually age more slowly, thus reducing our chances or contracting an age-related disease.
| 3 Herbs & 6 Foods You Can Use To Properly Cleanse Your Kidneys
Jul 30th 2016, 14:30, by Alexa Erickson
Kidney cleanses have been used in traditional medicine to rid the kidneys of calcium deposits for hundreds of years. Such calcium accumulations can result in kidney stones, which are oftenÂ excruciating to pass.
The kidneys are intensely fragile organs which filter the blood 24 hours a day throughout the body’s lifetime. Consuming the best herbs, fruits,Â and vegetables for kidney health will work to keep your kidneys functioning at their best.
ToÂ learn exactly how to do a kidney cleanse properly, safely, and effectively, continue on to this easy-to-follow guide:
The Best Herbs For A Kidney Cleanse
The three best herbs for a kidney cleanse are:Â stingingÂ nettle, burdock, and rehmannia.
1. Stinging nettle
Stinging nettle was used in medieval Europe as a diuretic, as well as to treat joint pain. Today, it is used to treat urinary tract infectionsÂ andÂ hay fever (allergic rhinitis), or in compresses or creams for treating joint pain, sprains and strains, tendonitis, and insect bites.
Significantly high in vitamin C, this herb has the ability to start filtering out additional fluids through the kidneys. You should consume three glasses of nettle tea a day.
2. Burdock root
Burdock root isÂ rich in nutrients like synanthrin, fibrin, protein, calcium, phosphorus, fiber, amino acids, and carotene. This herb can be used to detoxify the blood and promote blood circulation as well asÂ suppress the production of immune complexes in order to lessenÂ their damage to the kidneys.
If you suffer from fluid retention, mixing in burdock root will serve you well, as it is a natural diuretic that can help you to naturally and easily remove waste from the blood and body.
3. Rehmannia rootÂ
This herb works toÂ expel blood impediments, replenish bone marrow, and promote growth of muscles and flesh.Â Traditional Chinese Medicine believes the unprocessed or raw rehmannia root is best forÂ reducing heat in the blood, promoting the production of body fluid, and nourishing yin, whereas processed rehmannia is used to treat blood deficiency. Rehmannia root is sold in capsules, tablets, dried extracts, and powder.
The Best Foods For A Kidney Cleanse
Because the kidneys work to detoxify the body, ridding it of certain toxins and balancing out fluids, it is important to consume foods that are nutrient-dense, like high-antioxidant foods packed with electrolytes.
Here is a breakdown of the foods that are well-suited for keeping the kidneys clean (all preferably organic):
Very low in sugar, cranberries are excellent sources of Vitamin C, antioxidants, and fiber. They also work toÂ prevent ulcers and bacteria from developing, and can also battle current ulcers bacteria in both the kidneys andÂ the digestive tract.
Cranberries are also proven to prevent and treat UTIs, with one study finding that, when women drank 1.7 ounces ofÂ cranberry-lingonberry juice concentrate every day for six months, they lowered their risk of getting a UTI by 20 percent compared to women who didnâ€™t use any intervention.
It is suggested that, if you do a kidney cleanse, you supplement your consumption of cranberry juice with celery juice. Celery is rich in vitamin A and C, which research has found toÂ prevent UTIs.
3. Blueberries & Cherries
These two berries contain resveratrol, a type of antioxidant that works to eliminate euric acid. It’s one of the best compounds for kidney health, as it’s been shown to hinder the progression of polycystic kidney disease and heal chronic kidney disease.
You’ll also want to ensure that, if you are doing a kidney cleanse, you add in foods that support the kidneys and adrenals, and promote circulation throughout the body. Beets are perfect for this, as they are rich in nitric oxide, which is vital for kidney function. In fact, research has found thatÂ decreased production of NO2 can contribute to kidney damage. Over-consuming beets may work against you however, as they contain oxalate, which can contribute to kidney stones, particularlyÂ if you are already prone to them.
One of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet, seaweedÂ is high in iodine, calcium, magnesium, iron, vitamins C and A, protein, Vitamin B, fiber and, alpha linoleic acid, EPA, and so much more. Adding a tablespoon of spirulina or chlorella to a smoothie in the morning will help you to cleanse your kidneys, as they have been shown to detox heavy metals from the body.
5. Lemon water
Squeezing fresh lemon juice into some water and drinking first thing in the morning is a great way to to contribute to a kidney cleanse as it aids in digestion and detoxification. AnÂ 11-patient study conducted at Duke University Comprehensive Kidney Stone Center concluded that study participants showed a decrease in kidney stone formation after drinking lemon water for a 44-month period.
A well-known superfood, spinach is rich in B vitamins and certain antioxidants that can help to cleanse the kidneys, along with the entire body. But just like beets, it is important not to overdo it on spinach consumption, as it can causeÂ kidney stone formation.
The Kidney Cleanse Procedure
Now that you know all of the herbs and foods to take advantage of for a kidney cleanse, it’s time to break down just how to put it all together.
Over a three-day period, you can commit to a kidney cleanse in which you only consume vegetable juice or smoothies made of celery, cranberries, and blueberries, along with collagen protein powder, which will aid in organ rebuildingÂ â€” inÂ this case, of the kidneys. You should drinkÂ such concoctions three times per day followed by nutritional foods considered to help aid in cleansing the kidneys.
A typical day would includeÂ a smoothie for breakfast consisting of half a cup each ofÂ cherries, blueberries, and cranberries, in addition to collagen protein powder and a green powder such as spirulina. Lunch would consist of another smoothie or juice, and dinner would entail a salad rich in dark leafy greens and a protein such as chicken breast.
If you incorporate the right herbs and foods, and in the matter suggested over the given amount of time, you will notice your energy levels spike. You’ll also be improving your overall health, which is always a good thing.
| Video: Pit Bull Rescued From Dog Fighting Ring Now Cuddles Kittens
Jul 30th 2016, 13:35, by Alanna Ketler
In an ongoing video series, dog-loving websiteÂ BarkPost has given a very special pooch the opportunity to participate inÂ â€œDog’s Best Dayâ€ and bask in 24 hours of pampering. Named Cherry Garcia, the chosen pooch was among the more than 50 pit bulls who were removed from an illegal dog fighting ring set up and maintained by NFL quarterback Michael Vick at his Virginia property back in 2007.
Since 2010, Cherry has been fully rehabilitated and is now living with aÂ loving and supportiveÂ family. Most people assume that any dog that was a part of a fighting ring should be put down, but it is important to remember that they are the victim in the situation and with enough love, care, and attention these dogs can fully recover. If you met Cherry today you would never believe that he was once trained for violence, as his current loves includeÂ swimming, playing, and snuggling kittens.
â€œCherry just loves his kittens, he has two cats now and he loves to play with them,â€ Paul Fiaccone, Cherryâ€™s owner, told BarkPost in the above video. â€œEvery time heâ€™s around kittens, itâ€™s like all the stress goes away. He would definitely love to be a kitty nanny for a day.â€
Check Out The Video!
Cherryâ€™s recovery, both mentally and physically, has been astounding, and offers further proof that pit bulls, or any dogs for that matter, are the product of their environment. Aggressive dogs have been raised to be aggressive, and this learned behaviour can be unlearned, too. These dogs deserve a second chance and luckily, the good people at Best Friends Animal Society agree.
This group, based out of Utah, took in a whopping 22 of the former fighting dogs raised by Vick, including Cherry of course, and called the pack â€œVicktory Dogsâ€ because they made a commitment to changing these dog’s lives around for the better.
It is so heartwarming to to see that Cherry made a full recovery!
â€œWatching him with our 2-year-old son and our newborn daughter is something more special than I could ever describe,â€ Fiaccone toldÂ The Huffington Post in 2014. â€œHe is always keeping an eye on them and he loves them so much. Itâ€™s hard to think of my son without having Cherry in the picture.â€
Fiaccone also added:
â€œWe have learned so much from Cherry. This is a dog that had chemicals poured on his back, forced to fight for his life, and flat-out tortured, yet he keeps moving forward, he doesnâ€™t have a rearview mirror. He doesnâ€™t look at himself as a victim, he looks at himself as a survivor.â€
To check out moreÂ Dog’s Best DayÂ videos, click here.
| How Rich People Are Using Philanthropy As A Disguise to Take Over the World
Jul 29th 2016, 18:23, by Maseeh Ghani
Society is made up of the collaborated efforts of people in the form of institutions. Institutions are investments people put in, and those with the most power to invest have the greatest influence on society.
Behind The Mask Of the Cabal
Despite the seeming equality we have achieved, the rich elite havenâ€™t gone anywhere. They have managed to maintain their existence thousands of years throughout history, including in the modern era. They were even there at the dawn of modern day advancement, in the beginnings of the industrial revolution, where society witnessed its biggest growth in history. The first aristocratic class planted the initial seeds, influencing the direction of our society in the most fundamental ways, just a century ago. In time, they grew by creating most of the major sectors in finance, education, media, and more, shaping society into what it is today. If there is anywhere to look at today for questions or answers for our very imperfect world, it is at those who created it.
The richest â€œphilanthropistsâ€ of our timeÂ have been constantly pushing forward agendas in their own right. To have such a small group of people have a chance to influence millions of lives on such a big scale sounds scary to me. Letâ€™s take a look at some of the most influential philanthropists in modern history.
1. Bill Gates
- Misunderstood as one of the worldâ€™s main contributors or as a computer genius that invented a lot of things.
- Bill was given free funding by his wealthy parent and support from IBM to start his Microsoft business that was eventually carried by the successful software code Windows.(1)
- Bill Gatesâ€™s philanthropy work consists of purchasing 500,000 shares of Monsanto stock with an estimated worth of $23.1 million,(2) $2.5 billion to vaccinating kids around the world,(3) and over $200 million on Common Core, a public education curriculum that seeks to further deindividualize the public education system.(4)
2. Warren Buffet
- One of the richest men who has ever lived, his investments include spending millions of dollars on the big banks that are sucking the economy dry.(5)
- He has donated a large sum of his money to an abortion business called Planned Parenthood, that has been caught selling dead baby fetuses.(6)(7)
- The other majority of his donation money is now sent to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.(8)
3. George Soros
- Extremely wealthy businessman, thanks toÂ many shady business deals (he was named an â€œeconomic war criminalâ€ at one point, as well as being a former Nazi collaborator)(9). He has funded many radical and dangerous social movements in Egypt, the European refugee crisis, the civil division, and protests in Ukraine, and the Arab Spring, and he is responsible for stirring up havoc in the United States by funding the violent protest group Black Lives Matter.(10)(11)(12)(13)
- Foundation founded in 1913, with its stated mission being â€œpromoting the well-being of humanity throughout the world.â€ They helped create the modern day federal education system, regulated and funded the medical care system, and developed vaccines.(14)
- Today, the medical industry is one of the leading causes of death in theÂ United States,Â student scores in the U.S. are some of the lowest in the world in math and mediocre at best in general, as a result of an unequal, stifling, anti-creative education system, and vaccines have caused more diseases than they haveÂ fixed.(15)(16)(17)
- In the early 1900â€™s, they purchased the majority of the U.S. media outlets (which is the reason why they are hardly talked about in the media) and helped create the Federal Reserve in 1913.(18)
- The Rothschilds have a deep history in their involvement with world affairs. We do know even from the limited reports that they funded many of the major wars. They funded the Napoleon War, both sides of World War I and II, and the Bolshevik Revolution that created the nightmare communist regime in Russia in 1917. Even further, the Rothschilds gained approval to proceed with a Zionist movement in Israel, and essentially turned the first stone on one of the worst conflicts in the world, the 50 year Palestine-Israel war.(19)(20)(21)(22)
What This Means
The total amount of money given out by these five â€œphilanthropistsâ€ equates to roughly $75 billion. From the looks of it, most of that money is not going to help us, but rather, help them to consolidate even more power and wealth. Billions of dollars are being spent to make our lives harder, just from these five people. Imagine how many more technocrats are out there, donating to the detriment of humanity in the name of philanthropy, and how much influence that has on us?
| 10 Effective Ways To Use Vinegar As A Household Cleaner (VIDEO)
Jul 29th 2016, 14:49, by Mark DeNicola
While I doubt that many of us enjoy doing household chores in general, what I personally dislike about them (beyondÂ the sheer drudgery) is the number of chemicals they tend to involve.
From window sprays and bleach to toilet bowl cleaners and everything in between, they all seem to beÂ filled with chemicals I’dÂ prefer to avoid handling and inhaling.
WhileÂ more natural and eco-friendly alternatives continue to pop up on store shelves worldwide, they often cost significantly more than their chemically-laden counterparts.
So whileÂ I do encourage peopleÂ to purchase these products â€” both as an investment in our health and in theÂ well-intentioned companies making them â€” I also love to discover life hacks that empower us all to step away from the conventional, regardless of our financial state.
Here is a quick list (in video and written form) outlining 10 simple vinegar-based life hacks for cleaning around the house:
1. Â Cleaning Out Your Iron
If your clothing iron doesn’t seem to steam and press as powerfully as it once did, clogged outlets are likely to blame.Â To remedy this, fill the iron to the 1/4 mark with vinegar and use it face down on a slotted baking sheet, while consistently pressing the steam function until the liquid runs out.
Rinse the water compartment out and your appliance should be functioning like new.
2. Shoe Cleaner
While I personally do not support the purchase of leather-based products, vinegar is a proven restoration tool for those of us who do. Simply mix 1 cup of water with 1/3 cup of vinegar and use a microfibre cloth to gently clean and restore your leather shoes.
Thankfully, I’ve also tried this cleaning method on my fake leather dress shoes and found it just as effective (but always do your research before taking a chance and damaging your cherished footwear).
3. Glass Cleaner
Most traditional glass cleaners are laced with unwanted ammonia, but thankfully there is a safe and easy alternative. Fill a spray bottle with 50% water and 50% vinegar and watch as thisÂ simple mixture gives you that same streak-free shine.
As the video outlines, you can also add in a few drops of lemon to boost it with a fresh scent, or some blue food colouring to help differentiate it from your other homemade cleaners.
4. Weed Remover
Find yourself regularly battling weeds amongst your pavement or stones? Avoid traditional weed killers by using vinegar instead. Simply pour vinegar into the cracks of the affected concrete areas. Let it sit for 24 hours and return to find the vegetation killedÂ and ready to be removed.
5. Computer Keyboard Cleaner
As I type this, I realize how badly my laptop keyboard could use this cleaning right now. Rather than investing in those expensive foams or play-doh-like keyboard dirt removers, simply use vinegar straight from the bottle.
First be sure to turn off your computer and then lightly dampen a cloth in vinegar. From there, use the cloth to not only clean the keys, but to also get into all of the crevices of the device. You can also dampen a q-tip to get into the finer places with adequate pressure.
6. Cleaning Out Your Dishwasher
Just like every other appliance, your dishwasher could also use a cleaning from time to time to maintain top performance and hopefully lengthen its working life. To do this, simply fill your washer’s soap dispenser with vinegar, pull out the inner basket, and run the unit on ‘Pots and Pans’ mode.
7. Sterilize Your Toothbrush
While simply replacing your toothbrush is always a good option, vinegar is also a good solution for those of us not quite ready to part with our current brush. Fill a mug with vinegar to the point that the entire head of your toothbrush will be submerged in liquid. Put the brush into the mug for 30 minutes to help clean and sterilize it.
To get rid of the vinegar odour, just massage some toothpaste into the brush under hot water.
8. Remove Bathroom Ceiling Mould
The dampness of bathrooms makes them highly susceptible to mould growth. If you ever find a mould stain on your ceiling, vinegar may just be the answer to cleaning it.Â Put 2 parts vinegar and 1 part borax into a cup followed by warm water to fill the remainder of the container. Mix the concoction until the borax has dissolved, then dip a paper towel into the mixture.
Dab the mould spot, then start rubbing to see it disappear (in most cases). Not a fan of borax? Simply research a healthier alternative.
9. Restore The Power Of Your Bathroom Faucet
If you find your bathroom faucet doesn’t have the same power it once did, or that it misfires some of its stream, chances are it is partially clogged. To fix this, soak a cotton ball into vinegar for a few seconds.
Apply the soaked cotton ball directly onto the faucet and hold it in place with a rubber band for 15 minutes. When removing it, wiggle the cotton ball around to remove any final deposits trapped in the head and run your water on hot to get it firing like new once again.
10. Couch & Furniture Cleaner
Help eliminateÂ smells in your furniture by pouring 1/4 cup of vinegar into a spray bottle followed by two tablespoons of fabric softener. Top off the bottle with water, shake it up well, and spray a light coat over the furniture. Once done, get a dry towel and rub into the fabric in a smooth, circular motion until dry.
All 10 of these vinegar-based life hacks were put together by HouseholdHacker. Be sure to share your experience with any of them via the comment section below.
| FCC Intimidates Press and Evades Questioning About Wireless and Cancer at 5G Rollout
Jul 29th 2016, 01:50, by Josh del Sol
In a public meeting at FCC headquarters on July 14, the agency which once served the American people instead acted like tyrannical thugs, in an escalating series of remarkable events.
First, they prevented wireless science advocates from displaying a simple sign, violating their First Amendment rights in a public venue. Then, a security guard forcefully prevented a t-shirt from being taken out of a bag, by a former Congressional candidate with opposing views.
Next, a Bloomberg reporter had his credentials confiscated â€” almost unbelievably â€” for talking with the former Congressional candidate.
Following these incidents, the reporter, Todd Shields, was visibly irate with FCC Commissioner Tom Wheeler â€” who also happens to be the former president of CTIA, the wireless industry’s lobbying organization.
“Moments ago I was attempting to talk to to some people who came to attend the meeting and have concerns about radiation and 5G. And your security force intervened â€” told the guy he couldn’t show me the t-shirt he wished to display at the meeting, forced him to put it away, and confiscated my FCC-issued ID. Is this consonant with the discussion that ought to be taking place here, and what’s your reaction to this action by your staff?”
-Todd Shields, Bloomberg reporter, to FCC Chair Wheeler [on video above]
Bloomberg reporter Todd Shields had his credentials confiscated â€” for talking with a former Congressional candidate about 5G and health concerns.
And in the Q&A that followed, the former Congressional candidate Kevin Mottus successfully added another dose of truth to the narrative.
“Hey Tom, with the NTP study showing wireless causes cancer sub-thermally, how can you proceed with more wireless expansion, with FCC standards only recognizing thermal effects â€” ignoring thousands of studies showing cancerous effects, neurological effects, reproductive harm, immune system disorders… people are being electrosensitive…”
-Kevin Mottus, former Congressional candidate, to Wheeler [on video above]
After about 20 seconds of yielding the floor to Mottus, Wheeler interrupted, dodged this very appropriate question, and diverted to an FCC-compliant journalist.
There have been thousands of published peer-reviewed studies that indicate the proliferation of microwave (wireless) technologies is not safe to biological life. (See meta-study links here, here, here and here.)
Why Is The FCC Resorting Too Gestapo-Like Tactics Of Censorship And Intimidation?
The issue here is that the Federal Communications Commission just rubber-stamped their rollout of “5G” cellular technology which, while increasing throughput, would blanket the planet with ultra-high microwave frequencies â€” 24Ghz and up. The fact that these frequencies have never been tested as safe is not stopping corporate-government plans for an unleashing of “massive infrastructure.”
But there have been thousands of published peer-reviewed studies that indicate the proliferation of microwave (wireless) technologies is not safe to biological life. (See meta-study links here, here, here and here.)
There’s a lot of money in a wireless economy and the data-harvesting that comes with it. So, Big Industry has bought the science, bought lawmakers, ruled the proliferation of microwaves as “safe,” and infiltrated the FCC along with most international health agencies.
And in the face of this willful, for-profit negligence, instead of employing conscience and responsibility, it appears they are now operating from within governing agencies to silence opposition.
Great book: Captured Agency, an exposee on the FCC by Norm Alster at Harvard Ethics Dept.
Here’s some snippets from FCC Chair Wheeler at his June 20 press conference:
“5G will use much higher frequency bands [24 to 100+ GHz]… antennas that can aim and amplify signals… massive deployment of small cells… tens of billions of dollars in economic activity… hundreds of billions of microchips… if something can be connected, it will be connected… unlike other countries… we won’t wait for the standards…”
– Tom Wheeler, FCC Chair [on video above]
Paraphrased: “We can’t let life get in the way of profit. We want to make billions from all of you, and control everything. And in doing so, we’re not only going to willfully ignore science, we’re going to remove the idea of standards and initiate a free-for-all.”
FCC Chair and former industry lobbyist Tom Wheeler announces proliferation of 5G microwave technology, privatizes rollout, and removes oversight and standards. “Nobody quits the CTIA. Once you’re CTIA, you’re family – for life.”
If Unchecked, What Could This Lead To?
The implications of all of this are very far-reaching. How far? Well, to find out, let’s start with what we know.
It’s pretty clear at this point that we have a government that has been taken over by corporate interests. In order to increase their power and control even more, they plan to exponentially ramp-up the deployment of technology everywhere, which a vast body of science clearly says is harmful.
If unchecked, this will almost certainly lead to an increase in cancer and other ailments associated with exposure to electromagnetic radiation. Haven’t we had enough of for-profit agendas putting profits before health?
From a surveillance standpoint, we already know there is a sinister spying agenda operating behind the scenes. The rollout of “5G” technology â€” especially in the standardless, profit-centered way Wheeler describes â€” would indeed open up a considerable new threat to basic rights.
If everything is connected, you can bet that as many details as possible about our actions will be tracked and stored somewhere â€” like the $2B NSA facility in Blufdale, Utah. And there is extraordinary market value in this. A director at NARUC stated that the value of data harvested just by “smart” utility meters alone will likely be worth a lot more than electricity itself, which is a $2.2 trillion market globally.
But besides being creepy and making the 1% even richer, there are clear warning signs that a control-oriented governing system could easily take an indexed catalog of all of your actions and use it against you in a multitude of ways.
For example, increasingly instrusive “pre-crime” operations are already planned in Miami. And insurance providers are checking their customers’ facebook data to influence premiums and even coverage availability. So it’s really not unreasonable to see how a governing body concerned primarily with staying in power could restrict rights or remove “privileges” for behavior that is deemed to be not aligned with national interests.
So, tracking is not okay unless we are absolutely convinced that the governing body of that system truly respects individual rights and has the best interests of the people in mind. And right now, we are not even close to having such leadership in our governments.
Wheeler’s vision of 5G would significantly enable those who are motivated by power and money to use technology to rule over everyone else. In order to protect our lives and future, we must not allow that to happen.
While we would all like to have fast internet, we must now look closely at the downside of this technology, and take constructive action. This can understandably be difficult, due to the considerable attachment that we have to both our devices and the sense of immediate gratificationÂ that using them offers.
While solutions to out planet’s problems are being actively prevented, steering human culture into a virtual/augmented reality seems to be the game of the technocrats.
How We Will Save Our World: Individual Responsibility, Accountability & Liability
Dafna Tachover is the CEO of We Are The Evidence, an advocacy organization which advocates for the rights of those who has been injured by wireless technology.
In addition to an interview with Kevin Mottus, last Sunday I skyped with Dafna Tachover, an Israel-based attorney who was present at “G-Day” last Thursday.
Tachover, who is among millions now who have directly experienced microwave radiation harm after becoming sensitized to it, says that the only way forward is individual accountability and liability. In my view, she is obviously right.
“Until there’s personal accountability and liability, this systematic problem that repeats itself will happen again, and again, and again, and it has been. So, we learned that the tobacco industry was lying to the public, bluntly â€” to the public, to the government, to health organizations â€” without any hesitation…. Was anyone sued? No. Was anyone found personally accountable? No. So that’s actually what enables this kind of behavior to happen again and again.”
“This is the action we should take: we should make it clear to those government people â€” or you know, if we talk about wi-fi in schools, the school principals, who do have personal responsibility and liability to protect children’s healthÂ â€” to make sure they know they will be found personally liable for the harms they cause. They have a position of trust, and they betrayed that trust. And they should be found liable. It should be civil liability and criminal liability.”
-Dafna Tachover, attorney & CEO of We Are The Evidence [on above video]
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Kevin Mottus is meeting with reps on the ground in Washington DC, Sept 6 – Oct 6. To meet up with him there, reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Former Congressional candidate Kevin Mottus spoke about the urgency of the situation.
“My background is as a medical social worker. And when I was in the hospitals I saw young salesman and lawyers coming in with brain tumors, and healthy otherwise, other than the tumorÂ â€” and doctors asking them about their cell phone use. So I was clued in very early with these heavy users and the tumors it was causing.”
“Schools are now our most dangerous places to be. You have 20-40 wireless transmitters in theirÂ iPads and wireless laptops, and then you have 2-3 commercial-grade wireless routers…. So you have, really, the setting of the most significant exposure in our country, and the most vulnerable population being exposed are small children â€” which we know are 3 to 4 times as sensitive to all environmental hazards.”
“We are microwaving our population and wondering why our cancer is going through the roof and chronic disease is going through the roof. It’s really very sad.”
“I spoke to Congressman Grayson from Florida, and while I was talking with him, one of his staffers, Joe, came up to me. And he said, ‘What are you talking about?’ I said, ‘I’m talking about wireless cell phones causing brain tumors.’ He said, ‘That’s interesting, because I had a brain aneurysm and I’m lucky to be alive. It’s also interesting because my buddy just died from a brain tumor.’”
“So, people are definitely getting sick. And you need to ask them, ‘Does your face tingle when you use your cell phone?…. Do you have difficulty sleeping? Have you ever gotten nauseous using the phone? Do you feel funny when you’re around wi-fi, or getting close to it?’ And you’ll be surprised â€” people are getting sick.”
“For instance, I spoke to Congressman Rush. Congressman Rush has a salivary gland tumor, which Israel has associated with cell phone use….”
“We need to stop this before they [FCC] auction the [ultra-high frequency] spectrum.”
-Kevin Mottus, former Congressional candidate, California [on above video]
What Can I Do To Stop This Crazy Plan?
FIRST: SEND A LETTER, EMAIL, OR CALL
Our friends at parentsforsafetechnology.org have put together an action page for writing, calling, and emailing Congress, the FCC, and others. Use this platform and templates to let them know firmly that you:
- Accept their oath of office to defend the Constitution, and all of your rights.
- Will hold them responsible, liable, and accountable if they do not stop harmful 5G technology in its tracks.
- Demand the 1996 Telecommunications Act be immediately repealed. (This industry-penned law took away local rights to refuse cell tower installations on health or environmental grounds.)
- Demand that the responsibility of electromagnetic frequency (EMF) safety standards be transferred to an independent, science-based panel that represents the people. (The FCC has NO ONE who is qualified to protect the health of the people, because it was never part of their mandate.)
This is the “warning shot.” While all know that more than letters to our reps will be needed to right the ship, this is where it starts. So do this first.
Then, to join the movement and be kept informed of organized actions going forward, be sure to subscribe your email to parentsforsafetechnology.org and to our site, takebackyourpower.net.
SECOND: GO TO YOUR REPS
Mottus is calling on everyone to goÂ speak with your government reps in DC â€” and to go in person if at all possible.
“You know where the Congressmen are. You know where all of the committees are. Go. Educate them. Go like the wireless industry goes, time after time, to the FCC.”
Mottus is inviting anyone who wants to join him in DC for the next session of Congress (between September 6 to October 6) to email him at email@example.com.
It is also very important to contact your local governments, to let them know that they, too, will be held individually accountable and liable. In Wheeler’s June 20 talk, he very clearly identified the role that local governments will play, if their plan of 5G is to be “successful” or not.
THIRD: ACCEPT YOUR OWN ACCOUNTABILITY, AND ENVISION THE POSITIVE OUTCOME
This is as much about standing up to the harm-doers and holding them accountable as it is about holding yourself accountable to do the right thing. Not to take the world on your shoulders, but to do the right thing and stay connected with others who are likewise committed.
In this process, we’re remembering who we are, as co-creators of reality. We’re accepting responsibility for the fact that we let the situation become what it is today, because of our passive trust in those who have become corrupted â€” but we’re forgiving ourselves, trusting in the greater flow, and coming together.
Though it can be painful to face the situation and accept the necessity of our action, we just have to do it. We’re now seeing clearly that in order for the human species to make it through this threshold, individual rights must be protected.
It is not okay to suppress free speech. It is not okay to suppress science; whenever this happens, the resulting harm is enormous. And it is not okay to prioritize power and greed above life itself.
So the only way left is to grow up, individually and as a species. When we do this â€” by taking responsibility and putting our Inspired Will into the world â€” we open the door to a future of awakening, freedom, and peace for all humanity.
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WATCH ‘TAKE BACK YOUR POWER’ — WINNER OF AWAREGUIDE TRANSFORMATIONAL FILM OF THE YEAR:
1) Book: “Captured Agency: How the Federal Communications Commission Is Dominated by the Industries It Presumably Regulates”, by Norm Alster of Harvard Ethics Dept:
2) $25M US Gov’t study finds cellular radiation causes increase in cancer (May 2016):
3) Thousands of studies that cumulatively prove negative effects caused by wireless radiation:
4) LeBron James remembers his spring surgery on jaw tumor: ‘It was a nerve-racking experience’
5) Telecom and Insurance Companies Warn of Liability and Risk
6) 34 Scientific Studies Showing Adverse Health Effects From Wi-Fi:
7) Radiofrequency science charts to visually compare studies, radiation intensities and biological effects:
8) Apple manual states to keep your iPhone away from your body at all times:
9) Study: Mobile phones are cooking men’s sperm:
10) Brain surgeon Dr Charlie Teo warns against mobiles, wireless home appliances:
11) American Academy of Pediatrics warns: Limit children’s exposure to cellphones:
12) More than 60 international warnings on Wi-Fi and microwave radiation:
13) A List of Teacher Unions and Parent Teacher Organizations Taking Action On Wi-Fi (USA, Canada, UK, etc):
14) TED Talk on ‘smart’ meter harm, from a former Environmental Engineer in Silicon Valley:
15) Insurance giant Swiss RE has given electromagnetic frequencies the highest possible long-term risk rating:
16) Another insurance giant, Lloyd’s of London, will not insure anything wireless:
17) Risk Management Magazine – The Invisible Threat: Radiofrequency Radiation Risk
18) US CDC retracts cellphone radiation warning following pressure from industry lobbyists:
19) WHO involved in suppression of additional science showing harm, since 2011:
20) Study Uncovers How Electromagnetic Fields Amplify Pain in Amputees
21) CEO of 1 Billion-dollar U.K. company speaks out on microwave sickness:
22) Dozens of specific scientific abstracts that all show harm:
23) Solutions: Reducing Wirelesss Radiation and EMF:
24) Solutions: Reducing Your EMF Exposure:
25) How to Install Wired Internet in Your Home: