Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Toxic Cookware Chemicals Have Polluted Drinking Water for Millions

Teflon more dangerous than previously thought
It seems like anything we consume and chemically manufactured is at a high health risk. And it makes sense. Chemicals are not of a natural substance, and should not be part in our food chain. That includes most medicines, vaccines and all processed foods. Less than 1 percent of the world's freshwater is readily accessible and much of it has been polluted by industrial runoff, most of which contains heavy metals and other chemicals.

According to a recent Harvard study, 16.5 million Americans have detectable levels of at least one kind of polyfluoroalkyl or perfluoroalkyl chemical (PFASs) in their drinking water. About 6 million Americans are drinking water that contains PFAS at or above the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) safety level.

These industrial chemicals have been linked to a number of health problems, from obesity and hormonal problems to impaired immune function5 and cancer, and the study's authors warn that PFASs may contribute to illness even below the EPA's safety level. READ >>

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Tiny sci-fi-esque pod cabins make the California desert look like an alien planet

A series of tiny pods have descended on the high desert outside Joshua Tree National Park, making the bizarrely beautiful landscape look almost like an alien world. 

The micro-cabins are the brainchild of artist Andrea Zittel, who installed ten of these A-Z Wagon Stations as part of the Wagon Station Encampment, an experimental temporary residence for artists and creatives. 

Scattered among giant dusty boulders, the metallic pods were designed with a “sci-fi pioneer aesthetic” inspired by the NASA Mars base tests in the Mojave desert and the covered horse-drawn wagons of the old Wild West.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Strengthen Your Core with this 28-Day Planking Challenge

“Core strength” is more than just a fitness buzz term to remind you that you probably don’t do enough sit-ups. Core strength actually refers to the strength of deep muscle groups in your abdomen, back, and glutes — the three muscle groups that are essential to supporting your spine and helping you maintain your balance. 

If what you do involves sitting for a large part of your day, strengthening these core muscles could be more important to your health than you think. 

Odds are, you aren’t sitting at your desk with perfect posture for hours on end, but strengthening your core could help support your spine and prevent the pain and poor posture that comes from sitting slumped over your desk all day long. Take the 28 day challenge here.  READ >>

What Is The Tiny House Movement?

50% container home, 50% outdoor space!
From the Tiny Life Newsletter

Simply put, it is a social movement where people are choosing to downsize the space they live in. 

People are joining this movement for many reasons, but the most popular reasons include environmental concerns, financial concerns, and the desire for more time and freedom. For most Americans 1/3 to 1/2 of their income is dedicated to the roof over their heads; this translates to 15 years of working over your lifetime just to pay for it, and because of it 76% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck.

So what is the alternative? One solution might be to live smaller. While we don’t think tiny houses are for everyone, there are lessons to be learned and applied in order to escape the cycle of debt in which almost 70% of Americans are trapped.  READ >>

Living Small will be a big part of the content for Alternatives Magazine. It's about people taking control of their lives and loosening the grip large corporations have on it whether be our health, what we eat and how we live day to day. 

Constant barage of TV and internet commercials telling us we need to buy everything in site for a better life. Most of which we don't need, and ultimately ends up in a garage sale or landfill. 

The Tiny House movement is just one area we will be focusing on and we invite you to join our movement to a smarter, freer lifestyle.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

How Nature Can Help Heal

This is a great article from the Dr. Mercola newsletter, August 20, 2016. It explains the difference between those living in large cities and those living in rural environments and the mood and anxiety disorders.  People who grew up in an urban environment may have a greater sensitivity to stress. There's a a wealth of research points to the calming and healing effects of nature on the human body and mind. 

By Dr. Mercola

Living Near Nature May Extend Your Lifespan

In a study that followed more than 100,000 women, those who lived near higher levels of green vegetation had a 12 percent lower rate of non-accidental premature death compared to those living near areas with the least vegetation. Specifically, those living in greener areas had a:

  • 41 percent lower death rate for kidney disease
  • 34 percent lower death rate for respiratory disease
  • 13 percent lower death rate for cancer
The researchers suggested 30 percent of the longevity benefit may be due to nature's beneficial effect on mental health. Increased greenery may also affect lifespan by encouraging increased physical activity and social engagement as well as lowering exposure to air pollution.

Cognitive function may also improve. In a study of 2,600 children between the ages of 7 and 10, those with greater exposure to green spaces, particularly while at school, had improved working memory and decreased inattentiveness. READ ENTIRE ARTICLE >>  Post your comments.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

10 Foods Made in China That Are Filled With Plastic, Pesticides and Cancer Causing Chemicals

You have to think, not only is the food being shipped from the other side of the world but beyond that look at what certain Chinese companies are doing to food. Making it fake, and as cheap as humanly possible. 

China is using their innovative methods to make cheap technology products, toys and other consumer products and applying that mindset to food, which is absolutely dangerous. READ >>

10 Reasons to Live Off the Grid

Republished with permission:  Off Grid Living Magazine -
1.  Self sufficiency  Living off grid is all about living a self sufficient lifestyle, one not dependent on outside resources because you create your own resources thereby reducing or totally eliminating your dependence on a system that could collapse at any moment.

2.  Sustainable living It’s about living more sustainably. Without constantly consuming resources, you will actually be producing more than you consume. This has the added benefit of not only providing for your family, but contributing to your local community.

3. Renewable energy The use of renewable energy only makes sense. Using an energy source that is not renewable is absurd. Fossil fuels are not renewable, at least at the rate we are consuming them. So it makes sense to use sources of energy that are completely renewable, and that can be shared. Renewable energy is also more sustainable long term, and that’s just smart living.

4. Environmentally responsible When one realizes their own responsibility is just as valuable as the next person’s and that no one person’s responsibility is less than another’s to make this world a better place, then we come to a crossroads where we must, as responsible human beings, and for the future of our children and their children, be more environmentally responsible, or there may not be an environment left for them.

5. Practical living Living off the grid is more practical because we reuse, recycle, and stretch the use of our resources to their maximum purpose.

6. Smaller footprint Living off grid means you don’t use as many resources as most people, and it cuts down on waste.

7. Less impact on the planet When you’re off grid, you live your life more in tune with nature, and as such, have less of a negative impact on the planet.

8. Healthier lifestyle It’s just plain healthier because you’re more active. The benefits of physical activity and exercise on your life, overall, are innumerable.

9. Rewarding Living off the grid is more rewarding for all the reasons listed on this page. When you factor in all the benefits of the off grid lifestyle, you realize there’s really no other way to live that’s more rewarding.

10. Happiness It makes you happy. Less stress and more activity creates a feeling of contentment, and this creates happiness.

Teach Your Body to Heal Itself

By Dr. Mercola

Statistically speaking, you're more likely to be sick than healthy these days. Nearly 70 percent of adults in the U.S. take at least one prescription drug for a chronic or other medical condition, with antibiotics, antidepressants and narcotic painkillers topping the list.

One in 5 deaths in the U.S. is linked to obesity, and diabetes has increased over 300 percent in just 15 years.1 All told, nearly one-third of Americans have either prediabetes or some form of diabetes,2 which predisposes them to a whole host of other serious health conditions and chronic diseases.

More than half a million Americans also die from Alzheimer's disease each year, making it the third leading cause of death in the U.S., right behind heart disease and cancer.

Importantly, ALL of these conditions have been scientifically linked to poor lifestyle choices and alterations in the modern diet. So is there a way out of this proverbial mouse trap? I believe there is. READ MORE >>

Dandelion Root’s Effectiveness Against Cancer Might Be Better Than Chemo

When faced with a cancer diagnosis, you’re normally faced with the horrifying decision of treating it with extremely dangerous treatments like chemotherapy, radiation treatment, and invasive surgeries. Sometimes, ask any survivor, the treatment feels far worst than the cure offered.

Unfortunately, the medical community is still reluctant to divert from these dangerous treatments, leaving you with that hopeless feeling of having to expose your already sick body to something toxic.

The Mind Blowing Study

In 2012, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry of the University of Windsor, Canada completed a study on the effects of dandelion root extract on pancreatic cancer.

The results were simply amazing to say the least.

Their results were that dandelion root extract was able induce selective apoptosis in cancerous cells and caused the collapse of the mitochondrial membranes in these cells which led to cancerous cell prodeath autophagy. Read More >>

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The Patent That Could Destroy Monsanto And Change The World…

If there’s anything you read – or share – let this be it. The content of this article has potential to radically shift the world in a variety of positive ways. And as Monsanto would love for this article to not go viral, all we can ask is that you share, share, share the information being presented so that it can reach as many people as possible.

In 2006, a patent was granted to a man named Paul Stamets. Though Paul is the world’s leading mycologist, his patent has received very little attention and exposure. Why is that?

Stated by executives in the pesticide industry, this patent represents “the most disruptive technology we have ever witnessed.” And when the executives say disruptive, they are referring to it being disruptive to the chemical pesticides industry.

What has Paul discovered? The mycologist has figured out how to use mother nature’s own creations to keep insects from destroying crops. It’s what is being called SMART pesticides. These pesticides provide safe & nearly permanent solution for controlling over 200,000 species of insects – and all thanks to the ‘magic’ of mushrooms. MORE >>

The Basics of Life

  By Willard “Woody” Michels Guest Blogger A couple years ago a man named Gabriel Sherman wrote a book, “The Loudest Voice in the Room.” Th...