No Nanotechnology Silver Lining

Profitability seems to win out over safety. Even when preliminary research showed nanoparticles caused brain damage to fish, or had a potential to cause environmental damage, nanoparticles were integrated in a wide variety of products, outdistancing the governments ability to respond with EPA regulations or product labeling requirements.

Two years ago, silver nanoparticles were placed in and on a wide range of products, with many people have unknowingly used – lotions and sunscreens, for example. Two years ago, it was frustrating to watch what looked to be mad scientists repeating the insanity of Big Pharma and the food industry which has found it is better to forge ahead and be sued later.


Pyrex In Name Only

Life would be substantially more difficult without standards. -Rafael Aguayo

I have no clue who the fellow is, credited with the quote. I just know that right now, in light of what I just discovered about Pyrex, it’s a great quote.

I grew up with Pyrex. The same Pyrex measuring set that my mother used as a newlywed, several years before I was born, was the very same Pyrex that I used to make my first cake when I was 11 years old. Decades later, the very same measuring cups are still being used, as good as the day they were purchased other than a little wear and tear on the bottoms – typical for glassware.

I still have my original Pyrex 1-cup measuring glass, purchased when I got my first apartment. It has been used in the microwave, used to melt liquids by sitting on an open flame, has fallen in the sink, on the floor, off the counter and it doesn’t have a scratch.


Superbugs: Antibiotic Resistance

In the past 50 years, antibiotics have been critical in the fight against many diseases and infections. Their discovery was one of the leading causes for the dramatic rise of average life expectancy in the 20th century and their significance to public health would be impossible to overstate. Antibiotics are defined as any compound which either kills or severely impedes the growth of bacteria. Upon the introduction of penicillin into general clinical practice in 1944, formerly deadly illnesses such as Strep throat and tuberculosis became instantly curable. Today, our dependence on antibiotics is absolute. In 1998, in the United States, it was estimated that there were 80 million prescriptions of antibiotics for human use, the equivalent of about 12,500 tons in one year. When animal and agricultural uses of antibiotics are added to human use, it is estimated that in the past 50 years, more than 1 million tons have been produced and disseminated.


Iodine Should Replace Antibiotics

Eventually antibiotics are going to be seen as one of the worst things to ever come out of pharmaceutical science because in the end, they have made us only weaker in the face of ever increasingly strong super bugs that are resistant to all the antibiotics doctors have at their disposal.

When we look at how deep the rabbit hole goes with antibiotics, we will get sick in our souls. Antibiotics have fulfilled their anti–biotic anti-life role leaving a long trail of death and suffering in the wake of their use.

Diseases include measles, scarlet fever, tuberculosis, typhoid fever, pneumonia, influenza, whooping cough, diphtheria and polio. All were in decline for several decades before the introduction of antibiotics or vaccines – Dr. Lawrence Wilson.


Personal Care Product Hazards

Would you knowingly lather known toxins through you curly locks? No? Me either.

How about slathering on rich, thick, creamy emollient toxins, supposedly shipped all the way to your store from Sweden? After all, who knows more about dry winter skin than Scandinavians? And if they do use it, it must be good for us!

Lip balms, deodorants, aftershave, cologne, , mousse, hair gel, and make-up – the list goes on and on and on.

I have to wonder how many people keep tabs on the quantity of toxins they pour into onto their skin every single day all under the guise of Personal Care Products. So, let’s take a look.

Following is a partial list of the most common ingredients which I had saved to a file I frequently reference, which shows just a few of the more than 5,000 chemicals found on the government “hazardous” listings are also found in our hand lotions, shampoos and conditioners, just to name a few.

And a warning – just because the sign above a door says “Health Food Store” doesn’t mean we shouldn’t practice discernment. Read labels!


Selling Sweet Dreams

You know the dealer, the dealer is a man
With the love grass in his hand
Oh but the pusher is a monster
Good God, he’s not a natural man
The dealer for a nickel
Lord, will sell you lots of sweet dreams
Ah, but the pusher ruin your body
Lord, he’ll leave your, he’ll leave your mind to scream
-Steppenwolf, 1968

Yesterday, while running errands, I had a rare opportunity to listen to something other than kids’ books-on-tape. Scanning radio stations, I landed on NPR running an investigative piece on what the addict of 2008 looks like. According to their findings, they’re not poor, underprivileged, uneducated, black or trailer-trash white. They’re quite the opposite, often our next-door neighbors, relatives or friends, sharing the same pew on Sundays.


Cehated by Sears

My post I Hate Sears
continues to be ranked #1 on Google – not an easy feat. I’d love for my high-ranking to have been attributed to my photography, or witty writings about my family, but hey, doing a bit of public service isn’t a bad thing.

Over the last couple of years, I’ve heard from a number of Sears customers, who have also been burned by the Sears appliance rebate program. The majority are private, “off-record” letters, but some skew up the courage to post a public response to my blog.

Occasionally, I hear from employees, saddened by the knowledge that their employer, an icon of the American retail industry, is involved in such low dealings. Then, of course, there are a handful of other employees who have written – privately and publicly – who have anger management issues, not with Sears, but with me.


The Sky Is Falling - Part 1

One day Chicken Little was walking in the woods when — KERPLUNK – an acorn fell on her head.

“Oh my goodness!” said Chicken Little. “The sky is falling! I must go and tell the king.”

Everyone knows this classic tale, but a quick retelling, to refresh memories, wouldn’t hurt. A terrified, over-reactive Chicken Little (she trembled so terribly half her feathers fell out) runs across the countryside in search of the king’s assistance, collecting Henny Penny, Ducky Lucky, Goosey Loosey and Turkey Lurkey. It turns out, they’re all easily ignited by a sense of imminent danger with Henny Penny exclaiming, “We’re running for our lives!”

Lesson Number One: Fear is contagious, with panic not far behind. (Lest that sounded like last night’s Chinese fortune cookie, take a look at Numbers 13, a great Bible lesson on catastrophizing)


I Hate Sears x3

Rev 22:15 Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

Today’s laugh: “Sears is dedicated to providing our customers with a superior level of service.

An even bigger laugh, is My SHC Community a new venture by Sears Holding Company which has the appearance of a being a “community” to which comments are welcome and will be taken seriously by Sears executives in order for them to gain a better understanding of what their customers want and need. HOW ABOUT HONORING APPLIANCE REBATES, BOYS AND GIRLS?


Methane Emissions Exceed CO2

Time to feel the tension reducing in your shoulders and neck. All that burden we’ve been carrying around thinking that we humans and our modern conveniences are to blame for global warming – oh, the guilt and shame.

Thanks to Scandinavian researchers, we’ve been given a reprieve. Moose are to blame.