18 Jun

How to evaluate Information

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Information is all around us; we can seek out specific information or have it passively fed to us through a variety of media outlets.  Information should be measured by its value, usefulness and ultimately, who it is coming from (is it a trusted source without any ties to Multinational Corporations (i.e. Monsanto), or industries, like the pharmaceutical industry, or the Dairy Industry), whether it is useful (will it benefit the reader or the person it is coming from?) and whether it is the truth (simple, honest, truth with no ulterior motives tied to profit from its use). Keeping these three questions in mind will help you determine if the information you are receiving has any potential “Value” to your happiness or well-being.  According to The Oxford Dictionary, the definition of Value is, “The regard that something is held to deserve; the importance, worth, or usefulness of something; The material or monetary worth of something; The worth of something compared to the price paid or asked for it.” Depending on how you perceive a particular type of information, you will unconsciously place a personal value upon it; and hopefully, it will be one that will benefit you and your family’s well-being. 

Remember to ask yourself these questions.

  • Is  the information coming from a legitimate source that is verifiable and backed up by quality or peer-reviewed research?
  • Ask yourself who was the research funded by?  Who will benefit from this research?
  • And lastly, is there any ulterior motives for providing this information to the public?

If you get use to asking these questions, you will begin to empower yourself, your family, and your friends.

08 Apr

The Importance of Internships!

internship-1All young adults, either in their senior year in high school or college need to apply for and get accepted into an internship program. Internships need to be researched before applying to them. Make it fun by finding companies you like and want to work for. Companies use internships to find potential full-time employees and to find out if these prospects have a good work ethic and fit in with their company’s culture/environment. The summer time is the perfect time to get this real world experience, before you get obligated to a company you careless about. This is also the time to find out if the company is the right fit for you and if you would like to commit a large part of your life working for a particular company.

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21 Mar

Start buying from your local Farmers.

 

local harDid you know that www.localharvest.com is the answer to finding your local organic farms. This website is the easiest way to find local farmers in your area and what they are selling throughout the year. So what are you waiting for, start supporting your local farmers and treating yourself and your family to healthy, nutritious, and fresh foods all year-long.
What farms are in your area, just type in your zip code.
http://www.localharvest.org/organic-farms/

04 Feb

The Conveniently Lost History of Monsanto’s FDA approval of Aspartame

There is a short and chemically sweetened story about Monsanto’s Aspartame FDA approval.  There are many comical coincidences that  are weaved into this monumental day.  aspartameFirst you have to remember that Monsanto Company has been around for about a century and knows its way around the business and political landscapes.  They are one of the original companies to coin the concept of “revolving door”, which is the:

The movement of high-level employees from public sector jobs to private sector jobs and vice versa. The idea is that there is a revolving door between the two sectors as many legislators and regulators become consultants for the industries they once regulated and some private industry heads receive government appointments that relate to their former private posts. (“Investopedia.com, 2013).  

In 1981, Donald Rumsfeld, Chairman of G.D. Searle Company, the company that held the patent on “Aspartame”, was fighting to get FDA approval.  After Ronald Reagan was sworn in as president, Rumsfeld, part of Reagan’s transition team hand-picked Dr. Hayes as the FDA commissioner.  Dr. Hayes was the approving authority for Aspartame in liquid drinks. He only served at the FDA until 1983 and a few years later became the chief medical officer at a large public relations firm for both Monsanto and GD Searle.  Click here to See Huffington Post Article about Aspartame’s Corrupted Approval Process.