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The FDA Should Protect Consumers, Not a Dying Dairy Industry

The FDA Should Protect Consumers, Not a Dying Dairy Industry | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
The dairy industry wants to restrict plant-based companies from using terms like “milk” and “cheese” on their labels. This is just more of the dairy lobby’s attempts to crush competition from plant-based products as consumers increasingly make healthier, animal-friendly choices. The FDA must not protect industry profits based on inhumane practices.
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Did you know that the the Fear Death and Agony Administration (FDA) is at it again this time trying to protect the ailing dairy industry? The dairy industry knows well how to spread misinformation with its cadre of lobbyists pressuring states and the federal government to do its bidding. Money talks and the huge multi-billion dollar industry which has sprung up around healthy plant based milks has the dairy industry running scared.

 

For those who don’t follow these trends basically the dairy industry was trying to restrict makers of plant based milks to not use the word “milk” on their labeling. Honestly does the dairy industry and the FDA really think that consumers are that stupid that they don’t know the difference between cows milk and plant based milks.

 

At least the courts are thinking clearly. A lower court dismissed a suit against Blue Diamond maker of almond milk saying “No reasonable consumer is misled or deceived by this label”. Even Danone yogurt maker had to agree that consumers know the difference. and especially with nutrition facts listed.

 

The FDA needs to wake up as its role is to protect consumers not protect corporations who care more about their bottom line than the public’s health. Case in point how healthy can farm animals be when they are horribly cooped up in factory farms. How healthy can they be when the baby calves are ripped from the mother cows? Not healthy at all and therefore the milk and other animal sourced products that come from them are also not healthy. 

 

You the public also need to pay attention and stop believing all the myths and misinformation perpetrated by the dairy industry for decades. Dairy is inflammatory and addictive. Dairy causes fractures and doesn’t strengthen bones. Dairy in any form, even raw is inflammatory.

 

Health Tips:

 

Choose kinder more compassionate food and beverages. Eating in this manner helps animals and our planet. What you consume, absorb, and assimilate has a direct bearing on how you act, how you feel, how you think. 

 

Plant based real whole foods, especially sprouts and sea veggies are rich in all the needed nutrients your body, mind, and spirit require. Sea veggies have the highest content of vitamins and minerals. 

 

Make sure to take vitamin D3 raw vegan or a whole food D3 supplement. Supplements made with synthetic ingredients can cause some nasty issues. Choose organic whole food or raw vegan/plant-based.

 

Vitamin D3, boron, a trace mineral, silica, ionic liquid magnesium, ionic liquid calcium, and Strontium are all good healthy supplements to take.

 

If you suffer with osteoporosis do weight lifting and you can take BioSil. Both make a world of difference for your bones.

 

Read more about “The FDA Should Protect Consumers, Not a Dying Dairy Industry” from www.ecowatch.com by Cheryl Leahy, Compassion Over Killing Organization and TruthOut

 

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7 Crops to Plant in Late Winter

7 Crops to Plant in Late Winter | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
Virtually all fruiting trees, shrubs and vines can be planted during their winter dormancy as long as the ground isn't frozen. But when it comes to smaller edibles — the sort that can fit in an average garden bed — the options are more limited. The following crops can not only survive being planted while dormant but also thrive.
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Did you know you can get a head start on your spring garden by planting now in late winter? Fruiting trees, shrubs, and vines can be planted now as long as the ground isn’t frozen. Dormant strawberries, rhubarb, dormant crown asparagus, horseradish, onions, and garlic can be planted now as well.

 

Read the full article for planting tips. Planting dormant strawberries now will be much less expensive than planting them in the spring when they cost more.

 

Health tips:

 

The more organic.plant based real whole food you consume the better will be your health and well-being. You can plant in a garden bed, in any mostly sunny area of your yard front or back, and you can plant in containers as well. Some plants work well with a trellis and some require more room to grow on the ground. 

 

Check with the nursery where you buy your plants for best advice or use the Farmer’s Almanac, or your own tried and true methods. There’s no right or wrong. Love your plants, give them sunshine, water, and friendly insects and flowers to help them thrive.

 

Read more about “7 Plants to Plant in Late Winter” from www.ecowatch.com by Brian Barth, Modern Farmer.

 

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Plastic Is Toxic At Every Stage Of Its Life Cycle

Plastic Is Toxic At Every Stage Of Its Life Cycle | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
At no point does plastic ever stop harming us.
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Did you know that a new study from The Center for International Law (CIEL) has found that plastic harms all of us at every stage of its life? We do know that oil refining, microplastics, plastic packaging, single-use plastics, and recycling are each a huge problem by themselves. When put together plastic pollution becomes a disaster which unfortunately is already happening.

 

It’s great to think you’re helping when you stop your use of single use plastic or you finally get to zero-waste living. These are important steps to take. However this doesn’t mean you’re completely out of the woods. Your health and the health of others you care about can still be in jeopardy.

 

Here’s two ways showing how plastic can still affect your health:

 

Extraction and transportation of fossil feedstocks for plastic releases toxic chemicals, including benzene, VOCs, and 170 plus fracking fluid chemicals into the atmosphere. These can be inhaled or ingested and lead to serious health problems: immune dysfunction, cancer, lung issues, reproductive, and developmental toxicity.

 

Consumer use of plastic products exposes you to many different harmful chemicals, which are not even listed on the package, to heavy metals (think cadmium, lead, mercury), carcinogens, and microplastics. You unwittingly ingest, inhale, and touch these toxins.

 

Read the full article to learn about the other hazardous ways plastic can affect your health.

 

Health Tips:

 

The authors of the study said that plastic exposure must be considered as a human right issue. Laws definitely need to be put in place for protection  Accurate information on the label would be an intelligent decision as well as transparency which is in short demand with the current state of affairs in both government and corporations.

 

It is up to the peoples of the world to demand changes. As the article says, “knowledge is power”. When you’ve done your due diligence, then it’s time to help and educate others. Together we can and we must confront those who seem to care more about greed and destruction of Mother’s Earth resources.

 

Read more about: Plastic is Toxic at Every Stage of its Lifecycle” from www.care2.com by Katherine Martinko, TreeHugger.

 

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EPA Adopts Fringe Science Claim That Small Doses of Pollution Are Healthy

EPA Adopts Fringe Science Claim That Small Doses of Pollution Are Healthy | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
The EPA in April 2018 proposed relaxing standards related to how it assesses the effects of exposure to low levels of toxic chemicals on public health. Now, correspondence obtained by the LA Times revealed just how deeply involved industry lobbyists and a controversial, industry-funded toxicologist were in drafting the federal agency's proposal.
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Did you know that industry funded lobbyists and a controversial toxicologist played a major role in drafting the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recent decision in April 2018 to relax standards related to how it accesses the effects of exposure to low levels of toxic chemicals on public health? Unfortunately these type of egregious maneuvers have been the norm within government agencies for many many years now.

 

For the EPA this move is a departure from their “linear no-threshhold” approach to regulating the study of toxins: once a substance is found to be harmful at one level, the danger applies at all levels. This means there can be no safe level of radiation. The toxicologist argues this approach is overly cautious and is a financial detriment to industry.

 

This industry funded toxicologist had previously stated that “low doses of carcinogens and radiation are healthy stressors akin to physical exercise that activates the body’s repair mechanisms”. He has been panned by mainstream researchers and is connected to and received funding from these industries: R.J. Reynolds, the tobacco company, Dow Chemical, Exxon Mobil, and others. The information was revealed by the LA Times.

 

Health Tips:

 

First understand that grassroots activism does work. Yes it takes time, but it is essential for people who live in a democracy to stand up for their rights as free citizens to have clean air, clean water, and clean food. Petitions do work, calling your state and federal legislators does work.

 

Second arm yourself with the truth by listening to knowledgeable, intelligent people, whether they be researchers, licensed nutritionists, medical doctors, or authors who are not trying to get you to purchase something. These people have no agenda except to tell you the truth that’s been hidden from you for decades. This year’s free conference is over, but you can watch the videos online from www.therealtruthabouthealth.com 

 

Third start or continue to purchase organic, whether it be food, water, clothes, or household. Avoid as much as possible chemicals. If you need to breathe better get some pure eucalyptus essential oil. This site recommends: www.hippocratesint.org LifeGive products and www.mountainroseherbs.com 

 

You can also purchase heavy duty nose and mouth masks if the air in your area is making you sick. Check online.

 

Hang around trees. They are the lungs of the earth. Spend more time in nature and less time on your mobile phone.

 

Read more about “EPA Adopts Fringe Science Claim That Small Doses of Pollution Are Healthy” from www.ecowatch.com by Sam Nickerson.

 

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Lab Grown Meat Could Be Worse for the Climate Than Farm-Raised Beef, Oxford Study

Lab Grown Meat Could Be Worse for the Climate Than Farm-Raised Beef, Oxford Study | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
2018 saw a number of studies pointing to the outsized climate impact of meat consumption. Beef has long been singled out as particularly unsustainable: Cows both release the greenhouse gas methane into the atmosphere because of their digestive processes and require a lot of land area to raise. But for those unwilling to give up the taste and texture of a steak or burger, could lab-grown meat be a climate-friendly alternative? In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers from the Oxford Martin School set out to answer that question.
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Did you know that any lab based food product that takes stem cells from animal tissue is not plant based/vegan period? It’s also lab created so it is not a whole food either. Anyone who is vegan or vegetarian and wants to eat this lab created burger can of course, just be aware of what you’re putting in your body.

 

The article was interesting relating to climate change. Cows are gentle creatures .Yet they do produce the greenhouse gas methane and because of their size they need more pasture land to chew their cud. What they don’t need is to be shackled up in a factory farm treated horribly and to be killed for their flesh so humans can satisfy their craving for meat.

 

There are better ways to satisfy that urging than consuming animal based of any kind including lab grown. Of course there are new vegan products on the market all the time. If you care what you put in your body make sure to check the list of ingredients. You can also make your own food that tastes delicious. Is it meat? No it’s not, but it’s not killing animals and it’s not using stem cells from animal tissue.

 

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Walnuts make a great Taco “meat”.  Here’s a recipe from www.hippocratesinst.org 

 

Walnut Tacos with Red Pepper Corn Salsa

 

Makes 2 cups

 

3 cups walnuts, soaked and dehydrated ( yes for those of you without a dehydrator you can either make your own or purchase raw sprouted walnuts (absolutely delicious) which have already been soaked and dehydrated) For those of you who want to try the recipe and don’t want the extra steps, you can also just use organic walnuts.

 

1-2 cloves garlic.

2 Tbsps chili powder.

1 tsp Bragg[s Aminos or use Coconut Aminos (optional)

1/4 tsp cayenne.

 

  1. Combine all ingredients in your food processor.
  2. Pulse until desired effect is created.
  3. Season to taste.

 

To make a Taco

  1. Use a romaine lettuce leaf for a soft taco shell or use a collard green for a hard shell taco.
  2. Add some of the Taco “meat”, “red pepper corn salsa” (recipe below) and fresh veggies. you can add cilantro or parsley as well as some other toppings you like.
  3. Fold or roll and serve.

 

“Red Pepper Corn Salsa”

 

Makes 3 cups

2 red peppers finely diced 1 cup fresh corn (can skip the corn if not in season).

1/4 red onion, finely diced.

1 Tbsp lemon juice.

1/2-1 cup cilantro or parsley, chopped.

Bragg[s or Coconut Aminos to taste.

Dulse or kelp for topping.

 

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Season to taste.
  3. Let stand 30 minutes before serving.

 

Read more about “Lab grown Meat Could Be Worse For the Climate Than Farm Raised Beef, Oxford Study” from www.ecowatch.com by Olivia Rosane.

 

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5 Ways Animal Lovers Can Help Change the World

5 Ways Animal Lovers Can Help Change the World | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
Every day we make dozens of choices that have a ripple effect on the world around us and the animals who we share it with. Our impact on the planet can be overwhelming. But it also means we have endless opportunities to create a more sustainable, humane, and compassionate world.
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Did you know the choices you make everyday can impact animals, nature, and other inhabitants, including other humans? Everything we do on this planet has a ripple effect.

 

You can make a difference by choosing more sustainable, compassionate, and humane opportunities. Resolve to shine your Light. Resolve to be kinder to everyone who crosses your path.

 

Health Tips:

 

Buy less. Buy only what you need. You need food, water, air, clothing, and shelter. Let’s get back to basics. In our convenience world today people often forget that there’s much more involved beyond the initial cost of the item. We need to be mindful that humans are not the only ones living on Planet Earth. Wildlife often gets the short end of the stick and suffers with habitat loss, polluted water and air, and horrible death.

 

  1. Be aware of the product’s carbon footprint. 
  2. How the product was manufactured. 
  3. How much water and other natural resources were used. 
  4. What happens to it when it’s no longer useful.

 

Use your voice and speak out when you see injustice anywhere. Animals can’t vote, call their legislators, or sign petitions, but you can do it for them. Laws to protect animals need to be in place to end animal injustice and cruelty.

 

  1. Always choose cruelty free and sustainable products.
  2. DIY using organic nature created ingredients.

 

Laws to protect clean water, clean air, and clean food need to be in place.You possibly may not know but animal agriculture is the most destructive industry on this planet.

 

Choose plant based real whole food in place of animal sourced. If you’re just starting add more plant based with each meal. You can still add a few of your fave ingredients. Within 3 weeks time your tastebuds will adjust. Your body will let you know in well defined ways.

 

If you already consume plant based share recipes and dishes with your friends, co-workers, and colleagues. Ask more restaurants in your area to add more plant based/vegan options.

 

Be open to listening to other’s ideas. Find common ground that works for all who reside on this beautiful blue planet .Come from a place of love.

 

Read more about “5 Ways Animal Lovers Can Help Change the World” from www.onegreenplanet.org by Stefanie Feldstein, Center For Biological Diversity.

 

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10 Ways to Adopt a Zero Waste Lifestyle

10 Ways to Adopt a Zero Waste Lifestyle | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
With a few adjustments, living a zero waste lifestyle is very possible.
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Did you know the U.S. generates about  30 percent of the world’s garbage yet our U.S. population only represents 5 percent of the total world population? Something isn’t quite right here.

 

On average we all create enough garbage to fill 63 garbage trucks a day. The majority goes to landfills. There are over 1,908 landfills in the U.S. We are a nation of landfills. This is a sad commentary which can be fixed.

 

In today’s world with convenience products everywhere you and other people waste without even thinking about it. Disposable everything and tons of packaging. 

 

Yet people are living a waste free or zero-waste life. It can be done. It just takes a conscious commitment to help our planet and in turn help ourselves. Less is always more. 

 

This article refers to a zero waste blogger, Bea Johnson and her ideas. In Portland, OR  Betty Shelley and her husband fill one garbage can a year. There are most likely many other people who fit this description. You can be one as well by adopting some new habits.

 

Health Tips:

 

Everything listed is what you have already read on this site in other posts of this type. If you’ve been implementing some of them, give yourself a pat on the back. Now it’s time to implement more ideas on the list. By following through you are teaching your children and/or grandchildren to be good stewards of Planet Earth.

 

The more you focus on doing your best to reduce waste you are encouraging others to do the same. Each of us has a responsibility to clean up our messes in intelligent compassionate ways. Remember there is no separation. All of us humans are interconnected with Mother Earth. What happens to one happens to all.

 

Read more about “10 ways to Adopt a Zero Waste Lifestyle” from www.onegreenplanet.org by Kate Good.

 

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Beware of “Compostable” and “Recyclable” Products: They Aren’t Always What They Seem

Beware of “Compostable” and “Recyclable” Products: They Aren’t Always What They Seem | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
Within industry, what exactly do compostable, biodegradable, degradable, recyclable and plant-based mean? Our consciously spent dollars are not always supporting the good causes we think they are.
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Did you know that corporations often mislead you, the purchaser in relation to eco friendly products as well as on labels for the food you buy? Many people today gravitate to words such as ‘compostable’ and ‘recyclable’ believing these items are good for the planet.

 

Corporations are using green labels indiscriminately on their products. High minded green concepts, including sustainable solutions, reduction on dependence on fossil fuels, decrease in amount of waste, and/or a clean choice become diluted when profit rather than the environment is involved.

 

Read the full article for all reasons why there are issues with each of these types of sustainability and recyclable products which are created.

 

Health Tips:

 

Go back to basics if you’re not sure. Rather than recycling and ending up with the item not being able to be recycled and instead ends up in the landfill choose to reduce your usage of certain items/products.

 

Reusing is less expensive. It uses less energy, it causes less or very little to no pollution, it encourages quality over quantity, it’s more responsible, it’s friendlier and it’s fun. You’re repurposing products/items.

 

This site has written about making your own, DIY products. This site has also promoted organic clothing which doesn’t harm animals or the environment. Many of you may not be aware that the cotton industry is petroleum based, is hard on Planet Earth, and the clothes harm your body.

 

Donate some of your glass bottles or other items if you have too many. Ask friends or farmers, vendors, or artisans if they can use.

 

When you’re being responsible, you begin to act more consciously. Rather than adding to the waste, you are helping to reduce it. Buy only what you need, not what you want.

 

Purchase used items and save your money. Reuse items you already have. Paper grocery bags can be reused many times. Your kids can use the paper bag for origami or for drawing paper. Wrap gifts in brown paper bags. You can reuse paper boxes in your garden to help keep the grass and weeds down in the soil.

 

Make your laundry soap and kitchen bathroom cleaners. Use white vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice with your soap. Your clothes, kitchen, and bathroom will be clean and sparkling.

 

Read more about ‘Beware of ‘Compostable and ‘Recyclable’ Products: They aren’t always What They Seem” from www.onegreenplanet.org by Jonathon Engels.

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Experts Issue Urgent Call to Act on Triple Threat of Obesity, Malnutrition and Climate Change

Experts Issue Urgent Call to Act on Triple Threat of Obesity, Malnutrition and Climate Change | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
Obesity, malnutrition and climate change must be fought together in order to save lives and the planet, a report released Sunday from the Lancet Commission concluded. The Lancet Commission brought together 43 experts from 14 countries and follows two Lancet reports on obesity in 2011 and 2015, CNN reported. This mos
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Did you know that obesity, malnutrition, and climate change are related and must be tackled together to save human lives and for our planet’s health? Many of us already know this and now the Lancet Commission has released its most recent reporting concerning these factors.

 

Obesity and malnutrition are together the leading cause of premature death.More than 2 billion adults and children are overweight and suffer from health related diseases. In addition 2 billion people also suffer from micronutrient deficiencies and 815 suffer from chronic low nutrition.

 

Climate change could lead to more deaths because of food shortages. Each of the problems: obesity, malnutrition, and climate change have linked causes. The factory farms are a main driver.  In addition conventional farming practices which insist on using pesticides, fungicides, GMO’s, and no rotation of crops have also contributed to nutrient poor food and also contribute to greenhouse gas emissions.

 

Misuse of land and poor forestry practices are also responsible for emissions. Animal’s homes and huge parts of the rainforests have been destroyed for palm oil.

 

Then there’s the ubiquitous corporate lobbying which brought tons of high fructose corn syrup and other artificial sweeteners on the market. Mainstream medicine and research scientists who were funded by lobbyists helped to convince the public that sugar-free was the answer to reduce weight gain. Just follow the money. The government also contributed to this fiasco.

 

Solutions are given as well in the report. It remains to be seen and felt how many of these solutions will be worked on.

 

Health Tips:

 

You have the power within you to change the way you eat. Your body thrives on plant based real whole food, mostly raw, steamed with no processed, artificial, or chemical ingredients. Food is fuel for your body. 

 

When you consume unrecognizable food your body’s immune system fights back and you suffer with health problems and diseases. Unrecognizable food is a major driver for malnutrition. You keep eating because you’re hungry. Yet your body isn’t receiving the nutrients it requires to function. This is a vicious cycle. 

 

Do your own due diligence when buying food  Look for real fresh produce. Do your very best to buy organic or local. Forgo the lattes and make your own. You can DiY for just about any store bought product. You’ll save money, have fun in the process, and best of all you’ll know what’s really in your food.

 

You can also help the environment by walking more, take public transportation, and if you have the money buy an EV and get rid of that old car which rums on gasoline. Consider allowing farm animals to live and not be treated cruelly and then killed. Animal based food harms your body in well defined ways.

 

Read more about “Expert’s Issue Urgent Call To Act on Triple Threat of obesity, Malnutrition, and Climate Change” from www.ecowatch.com by Olivia Rosane.

 

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What Is ‘Green’ Dry Cleaning? A Toxics Expert Explains

What Is ‘Green’ Dry Cleaning? A Toxics Expert Explains | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
The winter holidays are a busy time for many businesses, including retail stores, grocers, liquor stores—and dry cleaners. People pull out special-occasion clothes made of silk, satin or other fabrics that don't launder well in soap and water. Then there are all those specialty items, from stained tablecloths to ugly holiday sweaters.
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Did you know that dry cleaning isn’t dry and your clothes and other items are soaked in a harmful chemical, perchloroethylene which the International Agency for  Research on Cancer designates as a probable human carcinogen?  Perc, the shortened name has been used for over 50 years.  Improper disposal, storage, and use by workers who are at high risk for cancer has resulted in widespread contamination of soil and groundwater.

 

Studies show that long term exposure to perc is harmful to your liver, kidneys, central nervous system, and reproductive system as it may harm unborn babies. The Environmental Protection Agency, EPA has termed perc as a high priority chemical. 

 

 The Toxic Substances Control Act adopted in 2016 has a mandate to study the health and environmental aspects of perc and other high priority and to take action to reduce risk from exposure to the chemicals. However later in 2016 the EPA changed its mind and announced it was adopting a new approach to chemical risk screening that would exclude many sources of exposure, including exposure in drinking water to perc contamination. 

 

Other types of solvents used are combustible. Toxicological data has not been available to test other less harmful chemicals.  The bottom line is these are all chemicals and therefore are not safe for the human body, for the environment, and the planet. Period.

 

There are however newer wet methods which are water based and pose no risks according to the article.The Toxic Use Reduction Agency works with different sectors to help steer companies and agencies away from toxic chemicals and toward safer alternatives.

 

Health Tips:

 

Consider for a moment that the silk blouse/shirt or dress you need cleaned came from a living animal. Choose a plant sourced alternative instead. Wash it yourself or connect with the Toxic use Reduction Agency to find a safer alternative to solvent based dry cleaning establishments in your area of the country.

 

In an ideal world humans can take the time to rethink their needs and opt for safer, healthier, kinder choices for everyone and everything on this planet. What if you started today?

 

Read more about “What is ‘Green' Dry Cleaning? A Toxics Expert Explains” from www.ecowatch.com by Joy Onasch, The Conversation.

 

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25 Creative and Useful Things to Do With Old Socks

25 Creative and Useful Things to Do With Old Socks | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
Most likely, the majority of us fall somewhere in that seemingly healthier middle ground. Whatever the case is, the good news is old socks can be used to make great new things.
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Did you know you can be creative and repurpose old socks rather than throwing them in the trash? For that matter you can creatively repurpose any old clothing item as well as any other item in your house. The main point is to use your imagination to help the environment rather than filling your trash can to overflowing.

 

Many people on the app NextDoor seem to think it’s perfectly okay to make dump runs for old furniture and other items. One has to wonder if these people think that the Earth is just a huge landfill. 

 

Health Tips:

 

When one appreciates nature and grows up learning from her there is an understanding that humans are connected to something larger than themselves. Teach your children wisely by taking them into the woods, into the forests, into the parks.and let let them learn that there is no disconnect between anything on this planet and themselves.

 

It is up to us humans to change the way we do things related to Planet earth. You can always donate, share, upcycle, or repurpose old things. Think outside of the box, have some fun, involve your family, friends, neighbors, and community. Host gatherings where people can all pitch in and relearn. Combine your creativity with plant based real whole food potlucks.

 

Read more about these innovative ways to save old socks “25 Creative and Useful Things To Do With Old Socks” from www.onegreenplanet.org by Jonathon Engels.

 

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Battery Hen Reaching to See Light in Her Cramped Cage Shows the Realities of Factory Farming

Battery Hen Reaching to See Light in Her Cramped Cage Shows the Realities of Factory Farming | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
Confined in these wire prisons, which deny them the ability to spread their wings or walk more than a few small steps, the birds spend their short lives being exploited for their eggs.
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Did you know that a living farm animal has to endure horrifying conditions and terrible suffering in order for her eggs to be produced? Eggs don’t come from a carton they come a living breathing animal. 

 

There is such a disconnect about the food one buys to consume when people shop. It’s time to wake up and face the hard truth that your food choices are affecting farm animals, the environment, the planet, and your health and the health of your grandchildren. And stop listening to the misinformation from the Egg Council and other professionals.

 

What if you didn’t purchase eggs the next time you shop. You can you know. This is just what happened many years ago to yours truly after she learned that male chicks were being routinely killed as they cannot produce eggs. The world didn’t end. She found healthier delicious protein without any harmful health effects and never missed the eggs.

 

Today there are many different plant based substitutes on the market for those of you who have to have your egg. Go ahead try them or choose to eat without eggs. 

 

There are many studies which have shown that eggs cause health issues for the human body besides the well known cholesterol factor. Eggs increase the rate of diabetes. One egg can increase the likelihood by 73 percent. 

 

There is a link between eggs and breast cancer. E-Coli and salmonella come from the bacteria in eggs. Eggs have deadly bacteria in 90 percent of the eggs. This information is true even with organic eggs.

 

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If you want to bake and need a binder use one organic banana or applesauce. If you want to make a raw treat and need a binder use organic flaxseeds that have been ground or organic chia seeds. Never heat flax and chia as they become rancid when heated.

 

The liquid from garbanzo beans (chickpeas) aquafaba can be used in place of egg whites. It works just fine.

 

Read more about “Battery Hen Reaching to See Light in Her Cramped Cage Shows the Realities of Factory Farming” from www.onegreenplanet.org by Estelle Rayburn.

 

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It's Time to Stop Paying for Pesticides With Our Health: Organic for All Must Become the Norm

It's Time to Stop Paying for Pesticides With Our Health: Organic for All Must Become the Norm | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
There are more pesticides on our food now than a decade ago, and we are paying for the overuse of toxic pesticides with our well-being and our lives. It is high time we flip this system on its head and make organic food the standard for all people. An organic food future is not only possible—it is essential.
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Did you know that a recent groundbreaking study in the Journal of The American Medical Association shows that you can cut your cancer risk by consuming organic food? There are now more pesticides on food than there were ten years ago. These toxic pesticides cannot be washed off as they seep into the food itself.

 

By purchasing organic you are saving money that would go for a doctor or hospital visit. Organic  food also tastes better and has been shown to be better for your health overall.

 

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When you shop just buy from the organic produce and bulk aisle. This way you’re already saving money. When you stop buying and eating processed food and junk food you’re helping your body by not consuming toxic chemicals, GMO’s, harmful additives, and sugar.

 

Best to also stop buying animal based food which is contaminated with antibiotics, GMO’s, pesticides, and other non food ingredients which your body cannot utilize for any of its functions. Organic animal sourced is no better as studies show. 

 

When you consume organic plant based real whole food everyone wins. Farm animals, the planet, and your health and pocketbook are the big winners. With climate change advancing it’s time for everyone to get on the organic plant based real whole food lifestyle.

 

Read more about “It’s Time to Stop Paying For Pesticides With Our Health: Organic For All Must Become the Norm” from www.ecowatch.om by Kendra Klein, Friends of the Earth.

 

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There’s a Toxic Weedkiller on the Menu in K-12 Schools Across the U.S.

There’s a Toxic Weedkiller on the Menu in K-12 Schools Across the U.S. | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
Exposing children to a chemical that can cause cancer and hormone dysfunction is wrong. It's especially wrong for children simply eating breakfast at school, who often are from low-income families. This fact has spurred the nonprofit Center for Environmental Health to measure glyphosate contamination in breakfast cereals and bars served at schools.
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Did you know that glyphosate, Monsanto’s weed killer is found in the non organic cereals that young school children consume daily? Glyphosate as you’ve read on this site is a carcinogen which unfortunately was given the green light by the U.S. government, the FDA, and big money.

 

Read this important article and share with families who may be totally unaware that toxic pesticides, fungicides, and GMOs are routinely found in the food they and their family are consuming. According to the article,recent bio monitoring studies have detected glyphosate in the urine samples of 70-83 percent of the U.S. population.

 

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Buy organic or certified organic, look for the non-GMO label on packaged foods. Make your own cereals, granolas, or breakfast bars. Check online for recipes.

 

You can make overnight oats or overnight quinoa. Pour unsweetened or DIY almond or other nut/seed milk into a glass jar to cover organic oat groats or organic quinoa (can be sprouted) about 1/4-1/2 cup whole grain. Let sit overnight and in the morning you have your own healthy cereal. Simple and tasty. Sprinkle with cinnamon and raw carob.

 

Follow the 3 ideas in the article to make your voice heard. You have a right to know what’s in your food. You have a right to petition your legislators to start doing their job.

 

Read more about “There’s a Toxic Weedkiller on the Menu in K-12 Schools Across the U.S. from www.ecowatch.com by Caroline Cox, TruthOut

 

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Plant More Trees—Young Forests Use Carbon Most Effectively

Plant More Trees—Young Forests Use Carbon Most Effectively | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
For forests, it really does help to be young. British scientists who have identified the vital factor that shows what makes a forest a good carbon sink say young forests use carbon best and absorb it most efficiently.A new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences seems on the face of it to settle an old puzzle with an unsurprising answer.
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Did you know that young forests use carbon most effectively as carbon sinks? Humans must still find ways to drastically cut fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions. Remember greenhouse gas emissions are also created by too much methane in the atmosphere. Factory farms emit methane.

 

Read this interesting article relating to climate change and one such solution.

 

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Many cities offer trees for planting to homeowners and renters as well. Check with your city. If they don’t have a program in place speak with them about starting a program. Many years ago I donated money to grow trees in another country. Today that country which was once a desert is filled with trees and forests.

 

If you live in an area of the country where trees are sparse you can plant a tree in your yard or in a community garden. Encourage your neighbors to plant trees. Trees are the Earth’s lungs. Trees are homes for wildlife. Trees like humans are sentient beings.

 

Read more about “Plant More Trees - Young Forests Use Carbon Most Effectively” from www.ecowatch.com by Tim Radford, Climate News Network.

 

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Glyphosate Found in 19 of 20 Beers and Wines Tested

Glyphosate Found in 19 of 20 Beers and Wines Tested | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
Glyphosate—the active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller that some studies have linked to cancer—is also a secret ingredient in nearly 20 popular beers and wines. That's the finding of a new study from the education group U.S. PIRG, which found glyphosate in 19 of 20 wine and beer brands tested, including organic labels and brews.
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Did you know that a new study from the education group U.S. Pirg found glyphosate, Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller in 19 of 20 beers and wines tested? This weedkiller is also a hidden ingredient in 20 popular beers and wines. Roundup’s active ingredient glyphosate has been termed a possible carcinogen by the World Health Organization (WHO).

 

Jeffrey Smith, Director of Science for Responsible Technology has been an outspoken critic of genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) since 1986 when he spoke with a scientist who knew the truth about how GMO’s were created. The scientist said that GMOs could cause allergens and other health issues. Finally today people around the world are having an awareness of how dangerous GMOs are to humans and animals.

 

Jeffrey Smith and other researchers and scientists have documented that when people stop consuming food laced with GMO’s and food laced with glyphosate, they start to get better. The gastro intestinal tract is where a lot of improvement has occurred in people who stopped eating these poisons. People feel better, have more energy, less brain fog, better mood, and weight loss.

 

Andrew Kimbrell, a public interest lawyer, Center for Food Safety CEO who worked to get food labeling has this to say about GMOs: GMOs put new proteins in our food, new proteins never seen in food before which cause harmful effects. No testing is done. GMOs are designed to allow for massive pesticides.

 

Roundup acts like an antibiotic causing unhealthy bacteria. It has been implicated in autism by Dr Stefanie Senoff, a leading researcher from M.IT. Roundup has also been implicated in Parkinson’s disease, auto-immune diseases, and it is a suppressing endocrine disruptor. It causes problems with progesterone, sleep, blood sugar, and other health related issues. Roundup multiplies in cancer.

 

You might be asking why does the government not do something. Of course if you’ve been reading this site you probably already know that there’s a revolving door in government. Also the U.S. government insulates itself from science. Supreme Court Judge Clarence Thomas was a major Monsanto player yet never recused himself during hearings. The former FDA head, Michael Taylor was a Monsanto player. He read all the reports and said there was no problem. This information comes from Jeffrey Smith.

 

Roundup can remain intact in the soil for years and causes massive damage to the soil. Conventionally grown l (not organic) food in the U.S. and much of processed packaged food and now beers and wine are laden with Roundup. Roundup isn’t measured by regulating agencies. 

 

The 2 GMO food crops to never consume unless organically grown: soy and corn. Also alfalfa, sugar beets, canola and cottonseed oil are big no-no’s. 93 percent of corn and soy are GMO infested. There’s also very recently added GMO white potatoes and GMO apples. There’s no label so you don’t know. Buy organic or certified organic where GMOs are a prohibited substance. Ask questions. You have a Right to Know what’s in your food.

 

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If the food in your grocery has a label that says Non-GMO, the process does require testing, but there’s also the chance of cross contamination. Non-GMO could also be GMO if the farmer sprayed for other produce. Papaya, zucchini, and yellow squash buy only organic.

 

When you’re buying at a Farmer’s Market, ask the farmer where their seeds came from. You’re listening for something Organic, as in Heirloom Organic.

 

Today cases are going to court against Monsanto. Read the full article: “Glyphosate Found in 19 of 20 Beer and Wines Tested” from www.ecowatch.com by Olivia Rosane.

 

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The Issue With Tissue and Toilet Paper: How the U.S. Is Flushing Forests Away

The Issue With Tissue and Toilet Paper: How the U.S. Is Flushing Forests Away | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
The average four-person household in the U.S. uses over 100 pounds of toilet paper a year, far outpacing the rest of the world and driving a dangerous "tree-to-toilet pipeline" whereby trees are converted into pulp, turned into toilet paper, and flushed away. Now, more than ever, we need to protect our forests and embrace sustainable alternatives.
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Did you know that when you flush toilet paper you may be flushing away an old growth tree from the majestic Canadian Boreal Forest? The answer lies in whether you use recycled toilet paper which most companies now use to make their product or you are using Proctor and gamble’s brand ‘Charmin’ or Kimberly-Clark, or Georgia Pacific brands which also use virgin softwood pulp. NRDC is calling on these companies to change the way they produce toilet paper and tissues.

 

It’s very true that most people especially in the U.S. don’t pause at all to consider the extreme waste of toilet paper down the drain or the waste of non-recycled facial tissues. There are other types of commodes which do away with using toilet paper. However most households have the old traditional toilet which wastes both toilet paper and water 24/7 365 days of the year.

 

Th average 4 person household in the U.S. uses over 100 pounds of toilet paper a year, a staggering amount and far out-pacing the rest of the world. We are advancing a dangerous “tree-to-toilet” pipeline that is killing the largest intact forest in the world. This forest is home to Indigenous peoples and is also valuable for other species and the environment.

 

This forest like other forests in the world today is under severe threat from industrial logging operations. The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) states that between 1996 and 2015, more than 28 million acres of boreal forest were logged. This is an area close to the size of Ohio. The boreal logging also emits tons of carbon into our atmosphere, quickening the pace of climate change.

 

Much of the logging is to feed the insatiable global appetite for northern bleached softwood kraft (NBSP) pulp, the U.S. most favored grade of virgin softwood pulp for tissue products. it’s time to rethink your use of non-recycled toilet paper and tissues and switch to recycled brands which lead on sustainability. 

 

Health Tips:

 

Switch to these type of brands: Seventh Generation or Natural Value. They work just fine for your body. More importantly these brands are helping to save the forests of the world. If you have the desire and money you can change the type of commode you use as well, one which uses a stream of water to clean your bottom.

 

Field Day Products offer 100 percent Recycled Facial tissues, tough for your colds and gentle for your nose. Another sustainably sourced product.

 

Forest are the Earth’s lungs. Humans are One with nature. Whatever helps Mother Earth helps humans. Be a Mother Earth supporter.

 

Read more about “The Issue With Tissue and Toilet Paper: How the U.S. is Flushing Forests Away” from www.ecowatch.com by Jennifer Skene and Shelley Vinyard from National Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

 

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Green New Year’s Resolutions From the Team

Green New Year’s Resolutions From the  Team | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
2018 was a year in which the threats facing our planet—from plastic pollution to climate change―became impossible to ignore. Sometimes it can be hard to believe that one person can make a difference, but the EcoWatch staff is sharing successful green changes we made to our lives last year, as well as the improvements we're planning for 2019.
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Did you know that everyday and every moment matters for you as a human, for all animals and other creatures, and for Planet Earth?  This new year of 2019 if you haven’t yet got on board to serve others and the planet make it your top priority.

 

This article lists many of the eco tips this Healing Our Planet site has written about. Begin today and make changes in the way you live. You’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again. We are all connected. There is no separation. Every one of you, ever creature on this planet, all of nature is ONE.

 

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When you’re not being aware and carelessly drop plastic water bottles and other trash on the ground you’re not just making a mess for someone else to clean up. Your actions speak louder than your words can ever do. You’re setting poor examples for others. Please clean up your act.

 

Drop the plastic water bottle into a bin that is labelled Recycle Plastic Here. Better yet bring your own glass or stainless steel beverage container and forgo the plastic and forgo the poisonous chemical that never degrades. Plastic kills marine animals, birds, turtles, and it harms your body.

 

Decide to finally ditch animal based foods or at least eat much less of these inflammatory foods. Farm animals die when you eat their flesh. It’s difficult to imagine a cuddly farm animal when you buy meat, chicken, or pork in a grocery store which has glossy plastic covered over a portion of animal parts.

 

Make it a habit to carry green cloth bags to the grocery to help end plastic bag usage. You can also bring back packs with handles which roll on wheels making it super simple to carry all your purchases. Also consider what you wear, your clothes, your blankets, your bedding. Choose organic, not fossil fuel or products made by harming animals.

 

When you purchase keep in mind that glass is preferable to other kinds of packaged materials. Buy in bulk and choose the amount you want plus save money. Try to cut down on buying canned food as the liners in the cans carry harmful toxic BPA and other BPA substitutes that get into the food in the can and harm your body. BPA is an endocrine disruptor.

 

Do your best to buy and use Green Eco friendly products for your home and car. DIY works even better and is less expensive with less packaging. Lemon, baking soda (bulk aisle(, white vinegar, Castille soap all work just fine for kitchen and laundry..For heavy scum in the bathroom use eco friendly Bon Ami.

 

Do your best to live simply, less is more, recycle less, reuse more. Donate and Declutter. Compost, it’s easy and most green cities have Compost Collections. If your city doesn’t start your own. If you have a garden the compost turns into beautiful organic living soil for your produce.

 

Bike more if you do bike or get a bike and teach yourself to ride it. Walk more, it’s so healthy. Drive less. Consider buying an EV new or used depending on your budget. Take public transportation. If your city doesn’t have good public transport, encourage them to get on board. We all have to help each other.

 

This is our home Planet Earth. Let’s keep her healthy. She will survive without us, but we need her. Send her and every other inhabitant/creature on this planet LOVE everyday in everything you do, in all your actions. LOVE is our essence. BE it, LIVE it.

 

Read more about “Green New Year’s Resolutions From the EcoWatch Team” from www.ecowatch.com 

 

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Your Personal Footprint

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There are several different measurements today to look at the resources people are using on a daily basis that impact our Earth.   The Ecological Footprint is a comparison of land and water resources used vs. what is needed to replace those resources.  The Carbon Footprint measure the greenhouse gases released due to the use of …
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Did you know there are several measurements today which look at the resources people are using everyday? Have you signed up on the site Earth Overshoot Day? 

 

www.globalfootprintnetwork.org  Do so to figure out what is the day on the calendar that you have used up your renewable resources. Everything past that date will take more than a year to regenerate itself. Depending on your information the result can be an eye opener. 

 

In the year 2000, Earth Overshoot Day was in October. By 2015 it had moved up to August 15. Humans need to change the way we impact this planet. If there’s no change, by 2030, June 28 could be the next Overshoot Day.

 

Another site is The Ecological Footprint which is a comparison of land and water resources used versus what is needed to replace those resources. A third site is The Carbon Footprint which measures the greenhouse gases released due to fossil fuel usage. Both of these sites show the devastating impact humanity has had on Planet Earth.

 

No surprise that the U.S. ranks the highest and worst in the world with its carbon footprint which is 5-6 times the amount of the global footprint. The average person in North America generates  about 20 tons of CO2-eq each year. The global average is about 4 tons of Co2-eq per year, globally. Higher carbon footprints are usually found in more developed countries due to transportation and home energy usage being the largest contributors.

 

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There are many different layers to our universal footprint. As humans we have to be responsible regarding our personal energy use and fuel for transportation. There are viable solutions people can use to reduce their carbon footprint. 

 

  1. Car sharing options
  2. Public transportation
  3. EV’s - used and new
  4. Choosing to walk or bike instead of driving for shorter trips. 
  5. Forgo use of your oven - get a dehydrator to warm your raw food at a very low temperature to retain all the nutrients in the food.
  6. If you do use your oven, use it when your energy load is lowest.
  7. Shut your digital devices off when not in use.
  8. Unplug your TV, if you have one. Unplug other items that need electricity to run when not in use.
  9. Buy energy efficient lightbulbs. Use solar energy if it works for your home or business.
  10. Adjust your thermostat. Insulate your home with clean green materials. Layer your clothes.
  11. Buy organic clothing. The cotton industry is not energy efficient. Polyester and other clothing materials were produced by fossil fuels.

 

Another way to reduce our global footprint is in the way we produce food and the food we eat. The consumption of meat requires more energy than does consumption of plant sourced veggies and whole grains.

 

Still other ways are buy only what you need, not want. Buy products not encased in toxic high energy fueled plastic which also includes water bottles. Reuse, reduce, repurpose, and recycle.

 

Planet Earth is our home. Let’s treat her like one of the family, providing you like your family. Let’s respect her. Let’s open up to what nature can teach us. She has been in existence for so much longer than we have. Let’s trust her wisdom.

 

Read more about “Your Personal Footprint” from www.hippocratesinst.org by Tee Wilson, Store Manager.

 

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Chemicals in Cosmetics Linked to Lung Damage in Children, New Study Finds

Chemicals in Cosmetics Linked to Lung Damage in Children, New Study Finds | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
Children exposed to chemicals commonly found in personal care products may be at a higher risk of suffering from lung damage later in life, according to a new European study. The longitudinal study published in The Lancet Planetary Health journal, conducted by a team of European scientists, found that babies exposed i
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Did you know that a new longitudinal study published in The Lancet Planetary Health Journal  conducted by European scientists found that unborn babies in utero and babies shortly after birth were exposed to three different chemicals: phthalates, parabens and fluorinated compounds known as PFAS had compromised lung function at six and twelve years old? The data came from 1,000 pairs of mothers and children from different countries in the European Union.

 

This is believed to be the first such study to look at the effect of children’s lung function of exposure before and after birth. Most of these chemicals are used in the cosmetic and personal care industry. 

 

One has to wonder why the Environmental Protection Agency in past years didn’t conduct a study of this magnitude. It’s been way past time to regulate these chemicals and such other chemicals. The last time Congress acted on cosmetics law was 80 years ago. This unconscionable delay means that companies can just keep adding more toxic chemicals.

 

Of course the answer many times at least in the U.S. is that corporate lobbying carries more weight than the lives of young children. When will we ever learn? 

 

In the last Congress legislation was finally introduced to give the FDA power to review these harmful synthetic poisons. it also includes the necessary tools for the FDA to oversee the personal care industry.

 

Parabens are chemical preservatives used in cosmetics which have been linked to many other health issues. One of these is breast cancer. Check with Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) database on cosmetics, which analyzes ingredients in more than 70,000 cosmetic products.

 

PFAS chemicals have been linked with serious health effects, including cancer, thyroid, and liver problems. EWG scoured their database and found these PFAS chemicals in 66 different products from 15 brands.

 

Phthalates are industrial compounds used in fragrance mixtures and body care products. These are very dangerous hormone disruptors that alter reproductive development in both women and men.

 

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You can always make your own cosmetic and personal care products using organic herbs, flowers, and other plant based ingredients. Or you can purchase from trusted organic companies for all your cosmetics and body care products. This site recommends www.hippocratesinst.org and www.mountainroseherbs.com  Dr Bronner’s Fair Trade products are safe to use.

 

If the product isn’t organic or a trusted Fair Trade company check the label. Do your due diligence to find out what EWG database says. There are many new vegan/plant based products in the marketplace, but you still have to read the ingredients to be sure. Isn’t your body, your temple worth it?

 

Petition your State and Federal Legislatures to make sure the legislation was passed in Congress and that the FDA is compliant with reviewing dangerous chemicals. The life you save may be your child’s and your own.

 

Read more about “Chemicals in Cosmetics Linked to Lung Damage in Children, New Study Finds” from www.ecowatch.com by Environmental Working group.

 

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Pretty much all "additives" are junk chemicals left over from petroleum refining. 

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Interview with Conscious Muscle

Interview with Conscious Muscle | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
What’s on the mind of Instagram’s most famous vegan bodybuilder? | INTERVIEW BY THERESA CAMPBELL | Jordan Drane is the man behind Conscious Muscle. He has been a personal trainer in West Palm Beach for over 10 years, yet he says the day his life and health really turned around was four years ago, when …
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Did you know that some bodybuilders have had amazing results when they opted for a plant based real whole food lifestyle? This bodybuilder in the article changed his food regimen because he listened to a friend. He also researched about the cruelty that farm animals endure so people can eat meat. Plus he learned about the harmful ways consuming animal based affects humans and the planet.

 

Read his story in this interview and decide for yourself if a plant based real whole food lifestyle could work for you and your values.

 

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If you truly care about what you feed your family, your loved ones, and yourself, then you owe it to yourself to give this lifestyle a try. Only you can change yourself. 

 

If you’re an environmentalist and still eating animal sourced food, consider what your food habit is costing this planet. Again only you can change yourself.

 

Consider that everything on this planet and the universe is interrelated. There is no separation.

 

Read more about “Interview With Conscious Muscle” from www.hippocratesinst.org by Theresa Campbell

 

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5 Everyday Products Contaminated With Plastic

5 Everyday Products Contaminated With Plastic | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
However, the infiltration of plastics into our daily lives goes much deeper, making it hard to avoid this polluting material which will remain in our ecosystems for centuries to come. It's high time that corporates and governments step up to stem the tide of plastic, taking action to eliminate all but the most essential single-use plastic items.
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Did you know that everyday products are contaminated with plastic as is most likely your body as well? Beer cans, drink cans, paper cups, sunscreen, and teabags all have some form of plastic within their contents.

 

Plastic as you probably know by now is the scourge of the late 20th and 21st century. Plastic never degrades and basically is found everywhere on this planet. You might consider finding better alternatives than the ones listed above.

 

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Use glass in place of paper cups. Buy beer in glass bottles, not cans. Skip the drink cans altogether especially if the cans content is soda. Be careful with sunscreen as most brands use chemicals. Check in with Environmental Working Group for the safest and least harmful brand. www.ewg.com  Instead of teabags buy loose organic tea. www.mountainroserherbs.com and www.goldenmoon.com are two trusted companies.

 

Read more about “5 Everyday Products Contaminated With Plastic” from www.ecowatch.com by Environmental Investigative Agency.

 

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Johnson & Johnson Knew About Asbestos in Baby Powder for Decades, Reuters Investigation Finds

Johnson & Johnson Knew About Asbestos in Baby Powder for Decades, Reuters Investigation Finds | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
A Reuters investigation charges that Johnson & Johnson, a multi-billion dollar company known for its healthcare products, knew for decades that its iconic talcum baby powder "was sometimes tainted with carcinogenic asbestos," but concealed the information from regulators and the public.
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Did you know that many corporations whether it be food/beverage brands, health and beauty companies,, or companies that use the term healthcare, have one mission and only one mission which is not in your interest? These large behemoth corporations need to fatten their bottom line  which might mean they won’t always tell the truth.

 

Be aware that many research and medical studies are funded by the big corporations’ own scientists who work for them. Pharmaceutical corporations are well known for nefarious tactics.

 

Health Tips: 

 

So who can you trust? Do your own due diligence, ask questions, stand up for your rights. Choose more organic small companies’ products over well known corporations who have to answer to their board of directors.

 

Dr Bronner’s is a trusted company. www.hippocratesinst.org and www.mountainroseherbs.com are also trusted companies. Learn to DIY. Use organic lemon, baking soda and white vinegar for cleaning kitchen and bathrooms. Use Bon Ami for bathroom tough spots. Mountain rose Herbs shows you how to make your own health and beauty products. 

 

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Read more about “Johnson and Johnson Knew About Asbestos in Baby Powder For Decades, Reuters Investigation Finds” from www.ecowatch.com by Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams.

 

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Inspiring Interview Urges You to Cut Plastic Consumption

Inspiring Interview Urges You to Cut Plastic Consumption | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
"The bottom line with plastic pollution is that there's plastic everywhere," said Gaelin Rosenwaks, founder of Global Ocean Exploration, during an EcoWatch Live interview on Facebook Thursday. The interactive live interview with Rosenwaks—who just got back from an expedition diving deep into the Great Blue Hole in Belize—inspired EcoWatchers to
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Did you know that 2018 was the year for plastic pollution awareness? This site has been advocating for years and will continue to do so. 

 

Plastic is everywhere in the oceans, in once pristine areas around the globe, in marine animals’ bodies, in your food, and in humans as well. Your mission is to refuse to buy anymore plastic, reuse, share, or upcycle what you currently have, and keep plastic out of landfills.

 

Health Tips:

 

Consider what you bring in to your house. Is it recyclable, will it become garbage, can you use it up? Eliminate purchasing all disposable products. Look online to find companies that will take your plastic to reuse in a different product/item. 

 

Buy only what you need, not what you want. Reduce toxins. Don’t buy any hazardous products which are clearly labeled. Look for certain words: Highly toxic, Extremely Flammable, Moderate Hazard/ Toxic, and Caution.

 

Help your family, neighbors, and community to be aware. Host plastic awareness gatherings. Check with your child’s school and offer to do a classroom presentation, if you’re knowledgeable in this arena.

 

Check with your State’s environmental department to ask if they offer The Hazardless Home Handbook listing Effective Alternatives. Here’s a good reference site: www.zerowastewisdom.com

 

If you live in Western Oregon, this site recommends The Green Living Journal, A Practical Journal for Mindful Living, published by Columbia River Press, Cascade Locks, OR. If you’d like to receive a copy email susan@GreenLivingpdx.com  The journal is published quarterly. 

 

Read more about “Inspiring Interview Urges You to Cut Plastic Consumption” from www.ecowatch.com by Jordon Simmons

 

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7 Reasons Why #Mountains Matter

7 Reasons Why #Mountains Matter | Healing our planet | Scoop.it
December 11 is International Mountain Day, an annual occasion designated by the UN to celebrate Earth's precious mountains. Mountains aren't just a sight to behold—they cover 22 percent of the planet's land surface and provide habitat for plants, animals and about 1 billion human beings. They also supply fresh water, food and even renewable energy.
Sandi Cornez's insight:

Did you know that all of Earth’s resources matter from clean air, water, and food to its soil, forests, and mountains? Humans are the only inhabitants on this planet who have managed to destroy many of the planet’s resources for their own uses.

 

It’s more than time for people to wake up and work to help protect these resources and help the people who inhabit mountainous lands. Everyone must work for the common good. When you choose to work for something bigger than yourself, amazing results happen.

 

Health Tips:

 

Participate in clean up days for the beaches, mountains, streams. Volunteer at animal sanctuaries. Join environmental groups to participate in Cleanup work Trips. Volunteer to work in your community in some capacity to help youth, schools, and to plant gardens, create Farmer’s Markets in food deserts, and work with others to create change in awareness.

 

Read more about “7 Reasons Why Mountains Matter” from www.ecowatch.com by Lorraine Chow.

 

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