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.

 

02 Jan

Do you know what you are buying from the grocery store?

1Say-no-to-Processed-FoodsWhat products should you avoid?  Most cereals that are made for kids and adults.  Most frozen food items.  Anything that is artificially sweeten or just sweetened with corn syrup or fructose.  It is believed that 70-80 percent of all food items in the grocery store have Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in them. Please be careful and try to eat more of a Plant Based diet and if possible buy Organic foods preferably.  According to U.S. Newswire (2007), “Reality: High fructose corn syrup is made from corn, a natural grain product. The process to make high fructose corn syrup begins with steeping corn to soften and separate the kernel into its component parts–starch, corn hull, protein and oil. Many of the processes used to make high fructose corn syrup are used in the production of other foods and ingredients that are commonly considered natural” (2007).   And unfortunately, nearly all corn-based products are manufactured by Monsanto, the weed killer and pesticide company.  “The “big four” biotech seed companies—Monsanto, DuPont/Pioneer Hi-Bred, Syngenta, and Dow AgroSciences—own 80% of the US corn market and 70% of the soybean business” (“gmeducation.org,” The Monsanto Monopoly).

References

(2007, December 13). CRA Releases Top Published Myths About High Fructose Corn Syrup. U.S. Newswire. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com.ezproxy.apollolibrary.com/docview/450800183?accountid=35812

http://www.gmeducation.org/latest-news/p207220-the%20monsanto%20monopoly.html

02 Jan

Word of the Day

 

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Acidosis:  an abnormal condition characterized by reduced alkalinity of the blood and of the body tissues

Homeostasis:  a relatively stable state of equilibrium or a tendency toward such a state between the different but interdependent elements or groups of elements of an organism, population, or group

Range of Motion:  “RANGE OF MOTION EXERCISE. Range of motion exercise refers to activity aimed at improving movement of a specific joint. This motion is influenced by several structures: configuration of bone surfaces within the joint; joint capsule; ligaments; and muscles and tendons acting on the joint” (THE GALE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF NURSING AND ALLIED HEALTH, 3RD EDITION, 2013)

 

 

01 Jan

Useful Information

useful-informationWe all have lots of questions and concerns, yet only talk about them with close friends.  Most people don’t  know where to begin looking for credible sources or who to trust when looking for answers.  We have become a nation of suspicious individuals.  We need to arm ourselves with the tools that will help us know what is reliable and what should be ignored.  We need to have a strong purpose for waking up in the morning and share it with others, our family, friends, neighbors, and our community. Your purpose will give you and slowly build your confidence. The next step is to talk about these things that matter to you.  What motivates you; what angers you; what would you like to do to make things better? How would you change things in your life and in your community? This blog is designed to be an open forum to Ask, Find, Suggest, Give, Inform, Unite, Encourage, and Provide Useful Information to everyone willing to listen.  Here are some ideas and subjects to help guide your comments: Hope, Desire, Consciousness, Education, History, Health, Fitness, Inspiration, and Fun.  Please use multimedia, pictures, videos, and music to support your thoughts.


First step in understanding is getting informed and being aware of who you are, what YOU believe in, and what is happening around you. This might be a big first step for most of us; however, I know lots of people want change and this can only happen when other people believe in what you believe. The website that I am listing is provided by the United States Government and is a step by step way to start a Petition for Change any kind of Change.

Click here:  Create a Petition

See examples of current petitions :  Petitions

 

02 Mar

Word of the Day

Confidence

Early 15c., from Middle French confidence or directly from Latin confidentia, from confidentem (nominative confidens) “firmly trusting, bold,” present participle of confidere “to have full trust or reliance,” from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + fidere “to trust” (see faith). Traditional definition: having strong belief or full assurance; sure: confident of fulfillment.

Passion

From the Latin “passio” action to bear, endure, suffer
The passion in philosophy is a central concept, which refers to the conception of subjectivity. For philosophers of freedom, passion is a “disease of the soul” (Kant), for the rationalist philosophers (Plato, Descartes), they blur the trial and prevent access to truths. Whereas for the Romantics (Hegel, Schelling, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, …), the passion intensifies life, stands for liberation.

Acid-Base Homeostasis:

Acid–base homeostasis is the part of human homeostasis concerning the proper balance between acids and bases, also called body pH. The body is very sensitive to its pH level, so strong mechanisms exist to maintain it.

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Strategy:

“Strategy is a plan for using your resources-time, talent, and money-to achieve your goals” (Horwath, 2012).

Volition:

The act or power of making one’s own choices or decisions

Veritas:

Truth ; “The conformity of a proposition to the way things are. Precise analysis of the nature of truth is the subject of the correspondence, and semantic theories of truth”