The Skinny About Supermarket Meat and Your Health

The Skinny About Supermarket Meat and Your Health
For most of human history people ate food that was grown or raised in the way nature intended; off the surrounding land. Goats, sheep, bison and cattle spent their entire lives grazing on native plants and grasses. These animals grew to maturity slowly over time at their natural rate. These herds, known as ruminants, are designed to eat the native grasses, plants and shrubs that grow locally. The people who raised the herds also knew that they needed to nurture the soil, care for the water and plants in the pastures to ensure they maintained a living balance of the high-quality grasses and ...
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Totally Drug Resistant Tuberculosis (TB)

Totally Drug Resistant Tuberculosis (TB)
Totally Drug Resistant Tuberculosis was first encountered in two cases in Italy in 2003. Fifteen cases were observed in 2009 in Iran. Twelve cases have been discovered in India in 2011. Totally Drug Resistant, known as TDR, is when a disease is resistant to all prescribed medications. In this case it, TDR-TB, is resistant to all three front line medications and all nine second line drugs. Drug resistant disease is not a new phenomenon and was first indicated in the Luria–Delbrück experiment of 1943. Drug resistance has been building since drugs have been used to treat disease. In rece...
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Great News: Predator-Proof Fencing Helps Ground Nesting Birds in Hawaii

Formed entirely by volcanic action about 4,000 km (2,400 miles) from the nearest continental land mass, Hawai`i is the most isolated group of islands in the Pacific. Except for the Hawaiian bat, no terrestrial mammal naturally colonized the islands. Isolated from the enemies of their ancestors, Hawai`i's native plants and animals gradually lost their natural defenses against mammalian predators. With human settlement in Hawai`i many predator mammal species were introduced; mice and rats (carried on early sailing ships), cats (soon after Captain Cook), and the mongoose (intentionally introdu...
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The Indomitable Spirit of Migrating Salmon

Heavy rains in the pacific NW brought flooded roadways. The flooded road in this video confused migrating salmon and made the water passing over the road deep enough for the salmon to swim across. The video shot by reporter Keith Eldridge of Seattle’s KOMO 4 News shows salmon swimming across flooded Skokomish Valley Road near Union, a town located on an inlet of Puget Sound, at the base of the Olympic Peninsula.
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Study: Fresh Fish Diets Delay Dementia, Protect Memory, Ward-off Alzheimer’s

Study: Fresh Fish Diets Delay Dementia, Protect Memory, Ward-off Alzheimer’s
People who eat fish weekly may be reducing their risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or milder forms of memory loss. That's the implication of a novel study that compared people's fish intake with their MRI brain scans and tested mental performance (RSNA 2011). This is the first study to detect a link between fish consumption and the health of brain areas shrunken by the Alzheimer’s disease process. Funding for the study was provided by the National Institute on Aging. Lead author of the study Cyrus Raji, M.D., Ph.D., said, “… people who consumed baked or broiled fish at least one time per...
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Plastic Cutting Boards are NOT Safer than Wood Cutting Boards

Plastic Cutting Boards are NOT Safer than Wood Cutting Boards
I find that nothing is more beautiful than a well crafted wood cutting board in the kitchen. The smoothness and warm hues of natural grain wood are unbeatable. And with proper care a wood cutting board will last generations! So why are we ditching our wood cutting boards for plastic? A few years ago, Curt worked at Williams-Sonoma, a high end gourmet cooking store, when we lived in Seattle, WA. One of the terrific things that took place there was every so often Williams-Sonoma had vendors come in to do various training and demonstrations for the staff and customers... there's nothing...
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Electricity for Our Homes: Wind Power or Mountaintop Removal

Electricity for Our Homes: Wind Power or Mountaintop Removal
In a world of rising energy prices, rising global temperatures, and rising sea levels, Americans are looking for clean and affordable energy. Yet under the influence of big energy companies, policy-makers are stubbornly clinging to the old, dirty fossil fuel technologies of the past. Along with global warming, mountaintop removal is an egregious example of the destructive impact of our addiction to coal. For years I've been saying, "I would RATHER have our mountains than this extremely environmentally damaging coal industry, I will do everything within my power to get  off of the grid and m...
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Gross National Happiness

Gross National Happiness
Until a few years ago I didn't even know a country named Bhutan existed, only 110 miles from the north to south and 200 from east to west, Bhutan - called by its people Druk Yul, "the Land of the Thunder Dragon" - is home to a remarkable variety of climates and ecosystems. When I heard a long-time friend talk about a guy he had met from Bhutan and how cool and sane it was I Googled the name and began reading... WOW! It sounds like an absolutely amazing place!!! A place where we, in the US, can learn lessons and continue on the path of 'positive' change. Many Americans are probably unaware o...
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How Many Electoral Votes Does It Take To Become President? 2

As I was watching the 2008 election results I decided to do some research into which presidential candidate won which of the eleven "key states" (read my previous article) and went on to become, or remain, president. Due to all the traffic on the internet, especially some of the more politically oriented sites, it was slow going and I managed to get as far back as President Eisenhower. I have done a spreadsheet showing the presidents, which of the eleven states they won along with the % of the popular vote along with a simple calculation to see if I could see a relation between popular vote...
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How Many Electoral Votes Does It Take To Become President?

If I were to run for president, I could do it very smart and target and win the minimum number of states required to win. This morning I sat down and actually figured it out. A Presidential Candidate needs to only win 11 states. 11! Can you imagine that? Now, some states allow the electoral votes they can cast to be split between the candidates and every ten years or so when the census is taken this list may change slightly. This is from the 2008 Presidential election. The list and the breakdown in descending order of electoral votes: 55 California 34 Texas 31 New York 27 Flori...
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