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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Has the planet had enough of us?

The planet fired a warning shot that says: "Shape up or join the growing list of endangered species."


We seem to plow through life without much concern for anything except what's actually in front of us. We are at the disposal and mercy of the big corporations and a corrupt form of government.  They tell us what we need to hear, what to buy, what to eat, how to live, and where. 

We have a planet situation called climate change or global warming. It's serious. But only to the people who know the facts and the science. The people who should be in our corner, consider it a hoax, fake and deny it even exists. They get their marching orders from the fossil fuel industry and that means money in the bank.  

Money, of course, is the holy grail and we'll do almost anything to get it. It's at the root of all political power bases. We live in a "fake world" and lying is just a way of communicating and doing business -- and business is good. It's divided society, friends, families, and relationships. 

We are forever engaged in unending wars, drowning in plastic pollution, being watched by and led around by artificial intelligence, seduced by the auto industry, banks, and foreign countries are taking control of whatever is left. 

We live in one of the world's wealthiest nations, yet we rank dead last in healthcare and the highest rates of cancer, heart disease, obesity as well as alcohol and drug use. We are addicted to more prescription drugs than any other country. Nearly 49 million Americans live in poverty and struggle to put food on the table, but yet we throw away 165 billion dollars’ worth of food every year. Pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, and toxic chemicals are spreading through our food supply — undermining ecosystems, disrupting immune systems, and spreading chaos worldwide.

We've nearly exploited every possible resource from the planet just to make living a little easier, convenient but mostly PROFITABLE for a few.

Since climate change is nothing more than a nuisance to the fossil fuel powers, and the politicians on their payroll, most of us are in the dark as what to do. 

Combined with the pandemic and climate change, it is apparent the planet has finally become fed up with us and fired a warning shot that seems to have gotten our attention -- but it might take a couple rounds if we don't wake up. 2020 was the hottest year on record, and we'll remember it as one of the century's coldest.

It's the worst of the worst. It's telling us to shape up or join the growing list of endangered species. Climate change is affecting every corner of the world and shutting it down. 

Rome is burning.

A Global lifestyle change is imminent

Your comments welcomed

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Cycling keeps your immune system young, study finds

A middle-aged man cycles. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo

Cycling can hold back the effects of aging and rejuvenate the immune system, a study has found. Scientists carried out tests on 125 amateur cyclists aged 55 to 79 and compared them with healthy adults from a wide age group who did not exercise regularly.

The findings, outlined in two papers in the journal Aging Cell, showed that the cyclists preserved muscle mass and strength with age while maintaining stable levels of body fat and cholesterol. In men, testosterone levels remained high.

More surprisingly, the anti-aging effects of cycling appeared to extend to the immune system.

An organ called the thymus, which makes immune cells called T-cells, normally starts to shrink from the age of 20. But the thymuses of older cyclists were found to be generating as many T-cells as those of young people.

Prof Janet Lord, director of the Institute of Inflammation and Ag
ing at the University of Birmingham, said: “Hippocrates in 400BC said that exercise is man’s best medicine, but his message has been lost over time and we are an increasingly sedentary society.

“However, importantly, our findings debunk the assumption that ageing automatically makes us more frail. Our research means we now have strong evidence that encouraging people to commit to regular exercise throughout their lives is a viable solution to the problem that we are living longer but not healthier.”

Male cyclists taking part in the study had to be able to cycle 100km in under 6.5 hours, while women had to cover 60km in 5.5 hours. The non-exercising group consisted of 75 healthy people aged 57 to 80 and 55 young adults aged 20 to 36.

Many other studies have also shown the remarkable health benefits of cycling. A study published in the BMJ last April found that regular cycling cut the risk of death from all causes by more than 40%, and cut the risk of cancer and heart disease by 45%.

Experts also believe cycling boosts riders’ mental health, with multiple studies finding that those who commute by bicycle are happier and less prone to depression than those who use any other form of transport.

A recent report from cycling and walking charity Sustrans also found that cycling does not just benefit an individual’s health but that of society as a whole, estimating that if Britain were to reach government targets for walking and cycling, the country would save about £9.3bn and reduce deaths from air pollution by more than 13,000 over the next decade.

Prof Stephen Harridge, director of the Centre of Human & Aerospace Physiological Sciences at King’s College London, said: “The findings emphasize the fact that the cyclists do not exercise because they are healthy, but that they are healthy because they have been exercising for such a large proportion of their lives.

“Their bodies have been allowed to age optimally, free from the problems usually caused by inactivity. Remove the activity and their health would likely deteriorate.”

Monday, March 09, 2020

Simple Solution

Simple Solutions
The medicine you'll never see doctors prescribe or the pharmaceutical companies promote and they are probably already in your house.
Back in the Day

As more and more of our food is manufactured, chemically treated, nutrition free chunks of who knows what, there are some natural products that have been around forever.

They were never referred to as health food, or medicine, but were used extensively to treat nearly everything from bad breath to cancer. And you didn't need a prescription. And a month's supply might cost a buck or two. Many still do.

So while the pharmaceutical industry, the insurance companies, and our politicians find ways to drain our pocketbooks (anybody use a pocketbook any more?) and invent diseases just to develop a new drug, maybe it's time to revisit and reeducate ourselves on some of these products and bypass the middleman completely. Here are a few to get you started.

Baking soda is a familiar household product that also goes by the names sodium bicarbonate, bicarbonate of soda and sodium hydrogen carbonate.
Apple cider vinegar is a popular home remedy. People have used it for centuries in cooking and medicine. 6 Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar, Backed by Science
Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide is considered the worlds safest all natural effective sanitizer. 26 Amazing Benefits and Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide
The body needs iodine to make thyroid hormones. These hormones control the body's metabolism and many other important functions. MORE >>
Have you had the chance to see any episodes? You should, especially those with open minds about climate change. Harrison Ford narrates the first episode. SEE >>
One of the largest consulting firms in the world, has highlighted the important role that bicycles will play in the coming years in easing traffic congestion. MORE >>

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