The Office is Killing You…

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Ferrite Beads,(utilized to block transmission of radiation from electronics)

Advancements in technology have drastically accelerated over the last fifty years. Further, the pace of automation is anticipated to continue to evolve steadily over the course of the next century. However, despite these developments, it is more crucial that we acknowledge the fundamental designs that have evolved over millennia, within this vast universe. The human body, for example is a fantastic operation that runs so smoothly, we hardly notice the complexity of the symphony until the harmony is interrupted. In that context, the typical office environment is one place that can cause and contribute to much disharmony of mind and body. Though it seems it is seldom a topic of public discussion.

Computer Screens; Visually Toxic

Ubiquitous as screened electronic devices are, they emit high frequency blue light waves that with repetitive exposure can harm the retina and ultimately lead to serious visual impairments, (including macular degeneration). In addition, these screens, when viewed with low background light, or in the absence of surrounding light are even more harmful. Common symptoms of frequent exposure include eye strain and fatigue, aversion to sunlight, and headaches. Devices that emit high frequency blue light waves include cell phones, computers, laptops, I-pads, tablets and many electronic devices that contain screens, including public touch screen kiosks.

Lower Your Risk

There are glasses on the market available that are specifically designed to block high frequency blue light waves. Even orange glasses can provide mild relief, though they are far from sufficient protection from this harmful light. Blue blocking screen filters are also available for application to screen devices. Weather glasses, or filters, different products block different percentages of the high frequency light, and it is always wise to seek out this information in advance. Ultimately, moderation is the best solution, until this visually fatal flaw is corrected across all devices. Moreover, children are extremely vulnerable to the potential harm, due to their developing state as well as their thirst for constant engagement and learning which can lead to excessive device use. 

Electronics and Radiation

Another harmful element of the office is the radiation emitted across electronics. Multiple devices connected in small spaces creates an electromagnetic force field, disrupting the nervous system, and interrupting the body’s circadian rhythm, which regulates the body’s rest cycle, metabolism, and resistance to stress. The FCC requires SAR, (Specific Absorption Rates) of radiation to be listed for phones, and radio wave emitting devices. The SAR is the ratio level of radiation the device emits when worn on the body or held to the head. The SAR information can be found in the user’s manual that typically comes with a purchased device.  For phones, ideally, a lower rating is safest.

 

Notably, wireless and wired devices transmit radiation, including Bluetooth worn on the ear. A wire connected from a computer, phone, or other device to a headset will transmit radiation through the wire, and emit through the headset. Common symptoms from head-gear include pressure on the ear, and the sensation of heat on the ear. The repetitive accumulation of radiation can lead to hearing impairment, tumor growth, and cancer. Ferrite beads can significantly reduce the transmission of radiation through wired devices. They must be used appropriately to be effective. Once placed correctly, the results are immediately noticeable. Another way to minimize the transmission of radiation is to purchase RF safe accessories which can be far more effective than ferrite beads due to their construction and design to specifically block radiation transmission. The second factor of concern for all audio devices is the volume, which should be set at a low level for constant use, as overexposure can accumulate, and cause hearing impairment.

The last element of note: Sunlight and oxygen are essential elements for survival. As the green construction industry grows, this will become less of an issue for those working in offices. To those deprived of these natural wonders, they can provide a critical therapy for the cells and the senses.                                                                                                               Kove Speakers

Preparing Vegetables; Simple ways to Turn Around the Pickiest Eaters

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vegetables - photo of child reaching up, vegetables raining downIt’s an issue of mass proportion! Kids are turning up their noses at dinner tables across the US. One thing is certain, if vegetables don’t excite you, more than likely, they won’t excite your kids either. Investing in a diet rich in fresh vegetables is scientifically proven to improve overall health, ensure the proper growth and development of children, and improve the body’s ability to heal and repair damaged cells. A nutritional diet is critical to brain function and development. Not only this, a consistent diet that includes fresh vegetables does not have to cost more, and can be more flavorful and satisfying than one that does not.

Vegetables at the grocery store typically don’t come with instructions, although they should. Many common vegetables can be prepared in certain simple ways that make them easy to digest and enjoy.

BROCCOLI 

Why its repulsive to kids> Easily dismissed, due to the thick, tough stalks, you may be inclined to throw away. Additionally, some claim consuming broccoli causes gas.

Notably, the cruciferous tops are highly digestible. Though the best part is often overlooked.

Quick Fix:

  • 1. Slice off the tops, and cut them into bite size portions. What you will have left is the true essence, the best part. The key to the stalk lies within.
  • 2. Trimming broccoli Stalks:  Slice a strip the length of the stalk, about an eighth inch from the surface. Continue this on 4 sides of each stalk. The tough layer of the broccoli is only about 1/8 inch on the surface.  Cutting that part away reveals the interior of the stalk which is tender. From there you can cut the remaining stalk into slices or chips.

  BEST USE OF BROCCOLI IN A DISH:  vegetables

If you are roasting a whole chicken, or poultry, place one sliced red onion, and approximately 2 lb. of trimmed broccoli crowns and stalks under, and around the poultry in the roasting pan. Roast about 1 hour and 10 minutes, or until chicken is golden. The juices from the chicken will thoroughly season these two already flavorful vegetables, and appeal to the most skeptical of vegetable non-eaters.

CABBAGE

Why its repulsive to kids and adults> The sight of a whole head of cabbage is easily intimidating if you don’t know how to approach it. Also associated with flatulence. 

  Quick Fix:

Key to cabbage is cutting it into bite-size portions:

1. Cut cabbage in half, then quarter, then cut into smaller wedges.

  BEST USE OF CABBAGE IN A DISH:

Stir fry cabbage with russet potato wedges, and chicken breast strips. Use a light, poly unsaturated oil such as olive, sunflower, or coconut oil.

LEEK

 Notably:  Excellent member of the onion family. Flavorful, and delicious. Trim the root, and slice the entire length of the leek.

  BEST USE OF LEEK IN DISH:

Excellent for stir fried dishes, combined with sweet potato wedges, or strips, zucchini, and russet potato.

 ZUCHINI

 Why its repulsive: Bitter flavor

Quick Fix:

To bring out the underlying flavors of zucchini, and neutralize the bitter flavor, add to sweet potato, or russet potato. Also excellent grilled.

BEST USE OF ZUCHINI IN DISH:

To cut zucchini into strips:  1. Slice one zucchini lengthwise in half. Then cut the length of each half. Slice again until you have strips. Then you can cut those mid-way, or leave them uncut like spaghetti. Add to other vegetables in roasting pan. Drizzle 3 tbsp. olive oil, ½ cup halved pecans. Roast until golden, about 30 minutes.

ADDITIONAL NOTES

If you desire a slightly more crisp texture, leave pan partially uncovered when stir-frying vegetables.

Medium heat cooking oils recommended for use: Olive oil, avocado oil, sunflower oil, coconut oil, or a combination of these. Recommended due to the fact that they optimally retain vegetable’s nutrients, and generally won’t fry vegetables to a crisp. They are poly unsaturated, (healthy fats), with anti-inflammatory properties.

Image credits: Sophia, Samantha. “Photo of Child”.[https://pixabay.com]. [Photo edited by Eve C.] [02/06/2018]].

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Healthy, Simple Smoothies; Recipes to Soothe your Soul

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For the well intentioned and time constrained, smoothies offer a fun and swift means of maintaining the health conscious path. With a small, compact blender, you can conveniently whip up a breakfast to go; or an easy and nutritious lunchtime beverage with no mess or fuss, (quicker than you can place an order at a fast food drive-through).

The following recipes offer a few basic options for nutritious smoothies. It took me more time to select the fruit and vegetables than to prepare and blend them. Making a conscious effort at keeping a minimalist ingredients list will ensure against acidic combinations. As will maintaining a separation between fruit smoothies, and vegetable smoothies.

1. Banana Peanut Butter

Potassium, Protein and Vitamin B Boost:
2 small to medium size organic bananas
1 Tbsp. organic natural peanut butter
about 2 -3 oz. spring water
For peanut allergies substitute 1 Tbsp. sunflower seeds

Add small amount of water so that the consistency is similar to the creamy, smooth texture of a milk shake.

A good start for the morning, providing essential electrolytes, regulating blood pressure and blood sugar.

2. Berry Powerhouse

Vitamin C and Antioxidants:

3-5 strawberries
5-7 blueberries
1/2 medium organic Fuji or Gala apple with skin
1/2 small lemon, (juice)
about 1 oz. spring water

Berries, and apples help to flush the body of stubborn bacteria. Lemons neutralize stomach acids. A nice mellow, refreshing beverage.

3. Apple Pie 2-Go:

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  • 1-1/2 Organic Golden Delicious apples, (unpeeled)
  • 1 or 2 Medjool dates, (pitted)

Golden delicious apples are the star in this simple, yet extravagant combination. If you think you can’t shake an apple pie fetish, try this one. Excellent for breakfast on-the-go. The difference in organic and the norm. is in the taste, and the way you feel

4. Pomegranate

smoothies

  • Delightful Magenta, Vitamin C 
  • 1 Pomegranate
  • 3 oz. water
  • Note: If you are using a blender, and don’t like the seed particles that remain after blending, wait for them to settle to the bottom. Then skim off, and remove the top frothy part and enjoy.

Pomegranate, an aggregate fruit, similarly classified as other berries. It is made up of many small berries which are also seeds. It is an excellent source of vitamin c, and can be used interchangeably with cranberries, though it’s full body flavor is more sweet than tart. Notably, unlike cranberries, pomegranates do not require an excessive amount of pesticides to grow.

 5. Gazpacho

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Vitamin C and Immune System Boost:
1 medium Roma tomato
1/2 medium cucumber, (peeled)
1 segment garlic
1 pinch stems, cilantro
1/2 jalapeño pepper, seeds removed
1 quarter size piece ginger root
1 slice red onion

All ingredients are equally represented in this balanced Gazpacho combination. Cool cucumber mellows tomato’s acids.

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Common Bible Mistranslation Deems us all Moral Failures

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I recently overheard a boy make a declaration to his mother as she was changing his shirt in a crowded waiting room. Eagerly pointing to a shiny gold painted crucifix hanging conspicuously high on an adjacent wall. “That makes me scared!” The anxious insistence of his words provoked immediate and restrained laughter. His mother vehemently scolded him, which seemed to make the scene all the more humorous. The crucifix is a symbol that evokes much that surrounds the most common bible mistranslation of one word, sin.

Out of an estimated 7000 languages worldwide, the complete bible, (Old, and New Testament), has seen 600 language translations. In addition, over 1400 languages have access to the New Testament, and at least some part of the bible has been translated into 3,223 languages. With well over 70 versions of the english bible in print, biblical translation remains a persistent hot topic of controversy and debate among theologians and scholars.

Tribulations of Biblical Translations

Biblical text translations have historically been costly, time-consuming projects that, at times, had to be postponed or abandoned due to issues such as budget constraints. Notably, there remains one common dilemma at issue. When words could not convey the full meaning of the original text, they were Anglicized in english translations, or adapted to other languages. This means the content and character of original texts were sometimes altered, replaced, or compromised.Gaiam Studio Select Products Banner

Sin

The Old Testament was written in Hebrew and Aramaic. Some debate the New Testament was  transcribed around 60 A.D. in Koine, (common), Greek. The word sin was translated from the Hebrew word Chait, or Chata. The definition means to miss the mark, miss, or err. There is no ancient Hebrew or Aramaic equivalent for the English word sin, although it is referenced in the King James version of the complete bible 441 times. Correspondingly, the language Jesus would have spoken would have also been Aramaic, commonly used at the time in the Assyrian empire.

What’s wrong with a Sinner?

The word sin not only implies something morally reprehensible, it dismisses the concept of free will. This is commonly demonstrated in the statement, “We are all sinners”. Expressly, the word provokes a complacency which validates and invites sin. Contrast this with the word’s origin, Chait. The word and concept of the original text implies that the pursuit of knowledge is our redemption, as life is a learning process. Ultimately, it seems more relevant to vow to learn from mistakes than to pledge our eternal moral failure.

Resources:

Benner, Jeff A. “Good and Bad”. Ancient Hebrew.Org.
[http://www.ancient-hebrew.org/m/articles-good.html]. [08/21/2017];
Lewis, Nicola Denzey. Bible Odyssey  “What was the Original Language of the Bible”.
[https://www.bibleodyssey.org/en/tools/bible-basics/what-was-the-original-language-of-the-bible]. [08/22/2017];

Christian Bible Reference. “How Many Times Does a Word Appear in the Bible”.[http://www.christianbiblereference.org/faq_wordcount.htm]. [08/22/2017];

King James Bible Online.
[https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/popular-bible-words.php]. [08/21/2017];
Silinsky, Rabbi Schmuel. Aish.com. [01/22/2000]. “Sin, not what it Seems”. [http://www.aish.com/jl/p/ph/48964596.html]

Image credits: Sophia, Samantha. “Photo of Child with Bible”.[https://pixabay.com/users/242387/].[09/04/2017].

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Anti-inflammatory Foods: Rapid Healing Recipe

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Greens are one of the fundamentals of southern cuisine. To that extent, most southern cooks are privy to traditional methods of cutting them for cooking. However, many will attest that within the ten commandments, there contains a footnote that states, “Thou Shalt Find No Superior Accompaniment to Greens than Fat-back.” I contend that not only is there a flavor-rich alternative, in addition it is one that will bring harmony to your body and mind with it’s abundance of health benefits and anti-inflammatory properties.SeaBear Smokehouse

Kale the (Anti-inflammatory) Super-Green

Kale greens are a rich source of vitamins A, C, and K. That is only the beginning. The anti-oxidant power of kale can be tested by sitting out a leaf at room temperature. Unlike other greens in it’s botanical family, kale resists the rapid oxidation that causes greens to wilt. Consequently, it is one of the most Lutein rich foods. Lutein is an anti-oxidant carotenoid that is scientifically proven to protect eyes from degradation. Kale also contains Alpha-Lipoic-Acid, which lowers glucose levels in the blood. Another key element, the chlorophyll contained in greens binds with toxic cancer causing agents, and prevents the body from absorbing them. Oxalic acid is an enzyme that prevents the body from absorbing calcium. Although kale contains one of the lowest concentrations of oxalates in comparison to other greens, cooking these super-greens lowers oxalic-acid even more. Further, kale is also a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids.

Cutting Greens

After washing greens well, trim the tougher portions of the stems. If preferred, you can cut around the stem of leaves and remove them, keeping the leaf in tact. First, fold lengthwise. Then fold down, and roll. Hold rolled leaf firmly, and cut along edge. You can layer two or three leaves, then repeat the process. I used the Dinosaur kale variety, (which has softer stems).

1. Fold lengthwise.

2. Roll.

                                                    

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3. Cut strips along edge

Ingredients:

Kale: 1 bunch

Red Onion: 1 whole

Garlic: 2 cloves

Black Pepper: 1 tbsp. (fine ground)

Water: 1 liter (spring water)

Extra Virgin Olive Oil: 3 tbsp.

Rosemary: 1 sprig

Whole Poultry Fryer: 4-6 lb. (organic)

Brown rice: 1 lb.

Instructions:

First, to braise chicken, either cook chicken whole or cut into 6 parts, (2 legs, 2 wings, 2 breast). Place in pot with 3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, 1 tbsp fine ground black pepper, 1 sprig of rosemary, and 1 liter of spring water. Bring to a boil, then allow to cook, (total cooking time: About 30-45 minutes, (or until blood no longer emerges from center when pierced). Set aside. Pour off liquid from boil, and combine kale, 1/2 red onion, and 2 cloves garlic in pot. Bring to a boil. Cooking time: About 30 minutes. When cooked, greens should be an olive green color. Remove from heat, separate liquid from kale, and add liquid to brown rice. Cook rice until done. Cooking time: about 35 minutes. Rice should not be mushy. When brown rice is cooked, you will see small white flecks throughout. This is the bran contained within the center of the rice grain. Note, it is removed in white rice. Dice the remaining 1/2 of red onion, and mix with rice.

Notes, Recommendations

  • Cooking rice: 1 cup rice to 2 cups water or liquid.
  • Organic poultry and meats must meet strict requirements that are in alignment with an anti-inflammatory diet.
  • Long grain brown rice is an excellent source of B vitamins: Thiamine, Niacin, B6. The B vitamins, (often called the brain messenger vitamins), are all essential to brain and nerve function, as well as metabolism.

Notice the fresh juice exposed upon cutting into a fresh onion.

Benefits of Red Onions

To retain the beneficial enzymes, it is best to consume red onions raw or lightly cooked; either crushed or chopped. Onions generally contain Quercetin, an anti-inflammatory enzyme that prevents tumor growth, and removes toxins from the body. In addition, it keeps blood glucose levels low. Anthocyanins are flavonoids which color the red skin of these onions and other purplish foods. They are also an anti-oxidant that suppresses cancer cells’ ability to further develop by inhibiting Angiogenesis, (the growth of new blood vessels that feed cancer cells). Lastly, Allicin, a compound found in garlic and onions, combats bacteria, fungus, and viruses. Chopping or crushing releases this enzyme.Yoga-Wheel Banner

 

Sources:

The Truth About Cancer. (07/18/2017). “Health Benefits of Red Onions: Four Ways Red Onions Reduce your Cancer Risk.”  [https://thetruthaboutcancer.com/health-benefits-red-onion/]

Nutritiondata.self. “Kale, Raw Nutrition Facts & Calories”. [http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2461/2]. [07/19/2017].

Nutritiondata.self. “Rice, Brown, Long-grain Cooked Nutrition Facts & Calories”. [http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/cereal-grains-and-pasta/5707/2]. [07/19/2017]

Wikipedia. “Kale”.  [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/kale]. [07/19/2017].

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Learned Relationship Patterns Predetermine our Partners

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In one way or another, we have all been tattooed by the experiences of our formative years. If you have evolved to the level of assessing relationship patterns in your life, self-congratulatory praise is due. These influential patterns that affect our personal journey are extremely covert. Quiet reflection is necessary to face and unravel their control over our lives. Additionally, it takes courage to look at your life and say, “How did I get here?” and “What have I done?” These important questions are just the beginning of the process that is the quest for truth and inner peace.

The Relationship Continuum

Anxieties we experience in the past don’t leave us. They manifest in other sub-conscious ways. The concept of continuum can be found in the  dialects of other cultures. For example, in Mandarin-Chinese grammar, verbs don’t change regardless of tense; past, present or future. Likewise, relationship patterns repeat throughout our lives. How we relate or don’t relate to a mother or father becomes how we relate to a husband, wife, child, or co-worker. In assessing these relationship patterns, the objective is not so much to look at the subjects in our lives as much as it is our relationship to the subjects. This is where patterns are found; in what one seeks out or requires from a relationship.

Repetition Compulsion

Repetition Compulsion was a term associated by Austrian Neurologist, Sigmund Freud to describe humans’ tendencies to repeat situations and patterns of behavior that were difficult and stressful in earlier life. Traumatic events are sub-consciously re-enacted, or a person behaves in ways that engender specific responses from others that are consistent with past experiences in interpersonal relationships. Freud based the concept of Repetition Compulsion on several behavioral observations. One of these observations was of a child, who after throwing his favorite toy from his crib, becomes upset at the loss, reels the toy back, and repeats the process. Correspondingly, Freud theorized that the child was attempting to master the sensation of loss in allowing his mother to leave without protesting.
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Furthermore, there is an underlying duality that complicates these experiences. The repeated behavior is both a source of joy and a source of pain. The pain lies in the repetition, the joy, from the sense of conquering the initial defeat of the experience. Essentially all unresolved conflict is repeated until a real solution is found. Moreover, the solution lies in ceasing to engage in situations and behaviors that lead to that repetition.

 

Sources:

Wikipedia. “Repetition Compulsion”. [https:en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Repetition_compulsion#/editor/2]. [07/15/2017].

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Remedies for Headaches that are Alarmingly Simple

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Headache Facts

The Migraine Research Foundation estimates that migraine headaches affect 38 million Americans, (about 13% of the US population). Of this, 2-3 million are chronic disorders. Women are three times more likely than men to suffer from headaches. However severe symptoms are, there are solutions available to minimize, diminish, and remedy this common condition.

All pain is a result of inflammation. However, headaches have the additional attribute associated with muscle spasms. Defining the sources of inflammation is essential to the resolution and prevention. Migraines are typically characterized by additional symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, and light and sound sensitivities. Headaches can often be alleviated by correcting what is often either an excess or a deficiency.

Sources of Excess, and Deficiency

Excess:

*Exhaustion
*Frequent consumption of blue lights or low quality screens from phones, computers, and electronics;
*Overconsumption of certain vitamins or minerals;
*Overconsumption of supplements or medications

Deficiencies:bareMinerals

*Vitamin and mineral deficiency;
*Inadequate hydration;
*Oxygen deficiency.

Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies

Eating whole foods is one of the most solid ways to get the natural and essential vitamins and minerals required for the body to function properly. Center for Disease Control, CDC statistics conclude that less than 13% of Americans meet the minimum daily recommendation for fruit and vegetable consumption. They suggest a daily minimum intake of 1,1/2 cups of fruit, and 2 cups of vegetables. Diets rich in processed foods will invariably contribute to nutrition deficiencies. This can be corrected by replacing processed foods with whole foods such as fresh produce, fish, naturally raised or organic poultry and meats, and whole grains such as brown rice.

Essential Nutrients for Headache Preventionheadaches - photo of coconut water product

The following vitamins and minerals are essential to preventing headaches due to their effects on blood vessels, regulation of blood pressure, and regulating muscle contractions.

USRDA, (US Recommended Daily Allowance)

Nutrient, USRDA, Food Sources

  • Vitamin C: Men: 90mg; Women: 75 mg; Smokers: additional 35 mg; Foods: Oranges, strawberries, citrus fruits, pomegranate, cranberries, kiwi, peppers, tomatoes, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli,
  • Vitamin E: Adults: 15mg; Foods: Corn, nuts, seeds, whole grains, broccoli, spinach, vegetable oils, green vegetables, wheat germ.
  • Calcium: Adults: 100mg; Over age 50: 1200mg; Foods: Oats, dairy, broccoli, collard greens, figs, kale, almonds
  • Magnesium: Men: 420mg, Women: 320mg: Foods: Avocados, beans, broccoli, green leafy vegetables, nuts, seeds, potatoes, raisins, bananas, kiwi, pumpkin, whole grains
  • Potassium: 2000mg; Foodsfigs, dates, oranges, pomegranate, carrots, potatoes, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, green leafy vegetables, prunes, yogurt, prunes
  • Sodium: 500mg; Foods: Most foods

Electrolytes ensure the body’s healthy blood Ph and adequate hydration. They are essential for proper function of muscles and nerves. Deficiency in the electrolytes, Potassium, Calcium, and Sodium can cause muscle weakness, or muscle spasms.

Hydration

The average person loses about 3-4 liters, (10-15 cups) of fluid daily through perspiration, respiration, kidney, and colon elimination. Thirst is an indicator of dehydration. The effects of dehydration include: Fatigue, blood pressure changes, headache, and stress. The body requires about half of the body weight in ounces. So, for a 200 lb. person, 100 oz., or 3.13 Qts., (10-12 cups), daily. A 100 lb. person should consume 50 oz., or 4 12 oz. cups of water per day. Increased physical activity, and hot climates result in increased fluid loss, requiring more water to replenish the system.headaches - photo of bottle water

 Soda, tea, and coffee flush water from the body, though they do not replenish lost fluids. In addition, they contain enzymes and additives that block the body’s absorption of certain vitamins and minerals; which can ultimately contribute to headaches and inflammation.

Oxygen

The brain weighs 2% of the total body weight. Although, it receives 20% of its oxygen consumption. Brain cells are extremely sensitive to inadequate oxygen supply. Air pollution, smoke, and chemicals in and around your environment can lower oxygen intake and consequently result in fatigue, depression, irritability, and inflammation.

Red blood cells carry oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body to carry out necessary functions. Oxygen oxidizes, or burns food to create energy and heat for the body. Deficiencies, such as Anemia are characterized by an inadequate supply of oxygen to the cells. Deficiency in iron can result in Anemia. It’s symptoms include chronic headaches.
Other important nutrients that carry and regulate the flow of oxygen to the cells include calcium and Vitamin C.

Excessive Nutrients and Behaviors that Contribute to Headaches

The body only requires a minimal quantity of certain nutrients. For instance, Iron is a mineral that is critical for blood-oxygen functions.Though, too much iron in the system can cause or contribute to flu symptoms including headache. The Recommended Daily Allowance, RDA for Iron is 18 mg. for women, and 8 mg for men. For men, and women over 50 the RDA drops to 8 mg. Shellfish, such as oysters contain up to 27% of the RDA per 4.9 mg. In addition, they have a high protein content. This is one food that can easily be eaten excessively.
Moreover, diets high in proteins, and low in carbohydrates can also bring on headaches as well as fatigue.

Blue lights are the lights present in electronics, including phones and laptops. Viewing these screens at night is not only harmful to the eyes, it also disrupts the body’s circadian rhythm, which is the body’s internal clock. This can disrupt sleep patterns.
Additionally, staring at screens excessively can also cause eye strain and headache. Avoid the harmful effects of staring by blinking often. Vision researcher, Orlin Sorensen recommends the 10-10 rule. For every 10 minutes of screen viewing, focus on a distant image for 10 seconds. A final note, sleep deprivation, stress, and visual impairments can all lead to  inflammation.

Rapid Healing Foods

There are certain foods that are immediately effective in alleviating headaches, if the condition does not stem from a more serious problem. Ground cinnamon from the bark of the cinnamon tree helps prevent inadequate blood flow by inhibiting the release of an anti-inflammatory fatty acid called Arachidonic Acid. To prepare, combine 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon with 1 pt., (or 16 oz.), spring water. Shake vigorously, and sip as necessary.

Though its action is instantaneous, it is necessary to use caution with this common spice. Cinnamon contains Coumarin. At high levels, this substance can cause liver damage in those that are susceptible. In 2008, the European Union passed strict limitations on the amount of Cinnamon allowed in foods. Although no such restrictions are imposed in the US, over consumption can be toxic.

Initially developed as a medicine, tonic water contains the anti-Malarial drug, Quinine. Though Quinine is associated with extreme reactions in some people, in tonic water, it is diluted. Avoid tonic water if pregnant, sensitive, or allergic to Quinine.

The juice from red fruits such as pomegranate and cranberry also provide relief from headache. Make sure the juice label states, 100% juice. Basically, the ingredients should list the fruit and water, or minimal added ingredients. The high vitamin C content that is naturally contained in the fruit provides a natural and effective remedy.headaches

Sources:

Http://migraineresearchfoundation.org/about-migraine/migraine-facts

http://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/listing_of_vitamins

www.watercure.com

http://www.oxygen-review.com/human-body.html

Https://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2013/12/30/cinnamon-offers-health-benefits-but-also-carries-serious-risks/

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Charities; No Meaningful Solutions to Communities Reeling from Economic Disinvestment

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economic disinvestment : photo of vandalized houseIn every major city across the US, there are pockets of urban poverty. Blighted areas, peppered with housing projects and dilapidated houses. The typical businesses that survive these locales are check cashing stores, fried chicken fast food restaurants, and dollar stores. Additional retailers that locate in these tracts include, often foreign-owned liquor stores, ambiguous corner stores, beauty supply retailers, and convenience stores. The lack of economic development and opportunity are the outgrowth of economic disinvestent. It is often too easy to conclude that the fault of these conditions is strictly that of local residents. Consequently, these urban tracts of despair are oppressive, sweltering urban desserts. They offer communities no solutions to poverty. What they offer is further exploitation.

Federal Monies Re-routed from Marginalized Communities

Federal dollars don’t reach disenfranchised communities. Subsequently, what you see as a result are littered trash along highways and roads, overgrown grass, and un-maintained public spaces and sidewalks. This neglect becomes a safety issue. Old boarded up houses in disrepair on neglected lots have long been a tolerated nuisance. They are safety hazards that welcome and nurture crime. Furthermore, streets are riddled with disrepair. In one metropolitan city in the Midwest, rows of charred houses, partially burned in the 1990’s remained standing a decade later.

Charities no Consolation for Economic Disinvestment

Although charities provide temporary relief to individuals and families struggling with the trials of poverty, they do not offer real community solutions. Neither are they a consolation to economic disinvestment. With economic development and opportunity comes a certain dignity and respect that charities can neither replace nor substitute. Moreover, in their role, they do not invest in communities. Charitable organizations benefit directly from the communities they serve. Yet, they contribute no tangible solutions to end the cycle of poverty.

Rising Above Conditions

Although progressive anti-discrimination housing legislation was enacted during the Lyndon Johnson administration, it lacked provisional oversight to counteract widespread discriminatory practices in the housing and financial industries. Furthermore, administrations that followed were far less attentive, or politically savvy in combatting long established racially segregationist policies. This has left prospective, optimistic home buyers exposed to predatory lenders, corrupt landlords, and unscrupulous politicians, desperate to maintain political office. Now, nearly 50 years later, those shortcomings are more apparent as children struggle to rise above the conditions of their surroundings.

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Slim Down with Healthy Fats; Easy, Healthy Recipes

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Vitamin F, otherwise known as EFA, (Essential Fatty Acids), is one of the nutrients required for a healthy mind, and healthy body. The USRDA, (Recommended Daily Allowance), for adults 18 and older is 20-35% of daily calories. For men, the total recommended daily calorie intake is about 2500, and for women, aproximately, 2000. The body converts fat into energy. Growing children require more of it. The USRDA for children for Vitamin F is up to 40% of their total daily calories

Key to Staying in Shape

Understanding our food cravings and finding healthy solutions are key to staying in shape. The following recipe is just one of many easy healthy recipes that you can prepare quickly, does not require cooking, and incorporates 5 whole “Super Foods” that contain all the benefits of healthy monounsaturated and poly unsaturated fats, as well as other essential vitamins, antioxidants, and cancer prevention flavonoids. The immediately noticeable benefit to these healthy, fat containing foods is that they satiate the appetite, cut cravings for unhealthy foods, and help to keep the body in shape, inside and out.
The flavors in this dish are light and savory. The garlic compliments the avocado. Lemon adds a citrus zest to the red onion and pepper.

INGREDIENTSeasy healthy recipes

1             Avocado
1/2          Red Onion (medium)
1 (clove) Garlic
1             Lemon
5             Almonds
1 tbsp.    Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tsp.      Black Fine Ground Pepper
3 oz.       Pita Chips, (whole wheat)

DIRECTIONS

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Start by cutting one medium avocado in half, remove seed and dice. Peel, and dice half of one medium red onion. Peel, and dice one clove garlic. Cut one lemon in half and squeeze juice over avocado, onion, and garlic. Add one tbsp. Extra Virgin olive oil. Sliver, slice, or chop 5 almonds. They can be raw or toasted. Make sure the almonds you choose do not contain additional oil, just simply whole almonds. Add 1 tsp. of black ground pepper. Serve with whole wheat pita chips. Ideally, select pita chips with no more than 10 ingredients.

 Additional Notes on Easy Healthy Recipes

When dicing onion, simply make several slices horizontally, vertically, then slide knife across, under first layer. You can SeaBear Smokehouseuse a similar concept with the avocado, and garlic. View more healthy recipes.

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Elections’ Outcomes Lead to Widespread Public Mistrust

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elections - photo of artists illustration: Martin Luther King Jr.Inconsistencies in elections are creating an air of mistrust and skepticism regarding the ideals of fellow American citizens, and the voting process. Although voting appears antiquated, one fact may give cause to reconsideration. In just one 6 year period, states made 262 requests to change local voting laws, then later altered or withdrew them after they were vetted for discrimination under section 5 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Furthermore this section is the same piece of legislation determined obsolete according to Supreme Court justice chief John Roberts in the 2013 Supreme Court case, Shelby County v. Holder. He argued that states with a historical legacy of racism no longer required federal oversight when attempting to change local voting laws. “The country has changed”, Roberts stated. Although the new law does contain a provision to place jurisdictions under “pre-clearance”, or federal oversight if they demonstrate intentional discrimination.

How New Voting Laws Affect Americans

The three key results of the ammended law are:
1. Sections of the Voting Rights Act no longer deter the passage of discriminatory voting changes.
2. Challenging discriminatory voting laws and practices is now more costly, difficult, and time-consuming, as cases must be litigated, in contrast to the administrative process Section 5 previously provided.
3. The American public is no longer required to receive information about new voting laws prior to their implementation, as was mandated under Section 5. Litigations persist as a direct result of discriminatory laws passed since the Shelby case. They now cite other protections provided within the Voting Rights Act.

Additional Components of the Political Process

Voting is only one aspect of the political process when considering how elections are decided. At the state level, nationwide, the popular vote is not a determining factor in electing legislative seats. The following are two political processes that influence citizen representation, and elections:

  • Reapportionment: The census recalculates the US. population every 10 years. States use this data to determine the number of districts of each state, which determines the number of electors in each state, (also called the congressional delegation). This is subsequently the number of representatives of that state in the house and senate combined. The US. constitution assigns two congressional houses per state. The first, the senate, is composed of two representatives from each state. The second, is the house of representatives, (which consists of 435 representatives). This number is distributed among the states, based on their recorded populations.
  •  Redistricting: After states receive the data on the number of districts per state, it is their task to draw the boundaries of the districts. This process is called redistricting.

Corruption Controls Elections: Gerrymandering

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Generally, the legislators holding stronger political influence redraw the geographical boundaries into districts. Gerrymandering taints this process when politicians cunningly create districts, (based on well researched voter data), with the sole aim of maintaining political power. Opposing constituents are split up and drawn into constituencies that favor a certain party. Favorable constituents are added to competitive areas where close races are won.
 

US Census Factors into Population Distortion

 
The prison industry, which has grown fastidiously over the last 30 years, infuses a large economic and political boost to mostly rural areas where their construction has dominated. These rural towns rely on the prison industry that provides economic opportunities and increases political representation. The US. census counts prison populations as residents of the counties of those prisons. This diminishes political representation in the home towns of majority black detainees, redistributes the allocation of federal funding, and increases political influence in prison counties. According to the Brookings Institution, a leading research organization, in fiscal year 1998, federal grant programs totaling $185 billion relied on census data. While those incarcerated lose their constitutional rights, including the right to vote, they are counted as constituents, and utilized in a massive economic power grab.
 
Prison gerrymandering is corruption that exists in both processes of reapportionment and redistricting. In redistricting, legislators draw prison populations into areas of political opposition to increase the party’s influence. This results in abridgement of American citizen’s rights and reallocation of funds. Consequently, In 2010, after years of litigation, Maryland was the first state in the US. to redraw districts by counting prisoners in their home towns instead of prison jurisdictions. Maryland Governor, Martin O’malley signed the “No Representation Without Population Act”. The Maryland law is a significant first step in addressing the American epidemic of mass incarceration. This action begins to de-incentivize an industry that has risen swiftly, in conjunction with disproportionate  crime laws designed to grow and maintain a population in confinement.

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Lopez, Tomas. 06/24/2014. “Shelby County: One Year Later”. Brennan Center for Justice New York University School of Law. [Https://www.brennancenter.org/analysis/shelby-county-one-year-later].;

Cooper, Ryan. 11/07/2016. “This is the First Election Without the Full Voting Rights Act – and it’s Already a Disaster”. The Week. [Http://theweek.com/articles/659599/first-election-without-full-voting-rights-act-already-disaster].; the Leadership Conference. [Http://www.Civilrights.org].; Skerry, Peter. 03/2000. “Counting on the Census?” Brookings Institution.  Policy Brief. PDF.; Morello, Carol. 4/15/2010. “Maryland Changes how Prisoners are Counted in Census”. Washington Post. [Http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/14/AR2010041404600.html].

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Eve C. 06/25/2017. photo and illustration. “Martin Luther King Jr.”

 

Water; Selecting Drinkable Solutions

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Water-Borne Illness

Despite federal standards, an estimated *1.1 million people are annually treated for illnesses
directly resulting from contaminants in drinking water. These chemicals cause a whole host of health issues. Chlorine, one of the most widely used chemicals can cause breast, bladder, and rectal cancer, and asthma. Fluorine, or Fluoride is so toxic, it is banned in most European countries and has been linked to various forms of cancer. Accumulation of lead in the body causes developmental disorders in children and impairs learning abilities. Sulphates and Nitrates can cause respiratory problems and contribute to asthma and heart disease. If there is a sanitation breakdown in your city, the tap water is all the more a health risk as ingestion of bacteria and protozoa can lead to gastrointestinal diseases.

Where Water Comes From

Less than 1% of Earth’s water is freshwater, usable for human consumption. The US has 4.5% of the world’s population, and 8% of it’s fresh water resources. Jardine Water Filtration Plant, located on the Michigan Lake front in Chicago, Ill is the world’s largest water filtration plant by volume. It pumps about 1 billion gallons of purified drinking water through thousands of miles of piping to 5 million Chicago, and surrounding area residents. Fundamentally, water from sewers, drains, and streams runs off into the lakes and rivers. The surface water runs through the city treatment plant where it is treated with chemical processes to eliminate harmful bacteria and bring the water to levels considered potable, (drinkable), by Federal Standards which are enforced by the EPA, (Environmental Protection Agency).Ecocamel

Common Chemicals Contents of Tap Water

The most common chemicals found in tap water include:
Chlorine; Fluorine; Tritalomethanes; Sodium; Potassium; Iron; Calcium; Sulphates; Phosphates; Salts of: Arsenic, Radium, Aluminum, Copper, Lead, Mercury, Cadmium, Barium; Hormones; Nitrates; Pesticides.

Copper, Zinc, and Lead can often be traced to plumbing systems. Iron and Lead are linked to corroded pipes in old houses. PAH, (Polynuclear Aromatic Hydrocarbons) are a direct result from corrosion of linings in old cast iron mains. Water flowing through limestone, absorbs Calcium deposits. Aluminum and Nitrates are an agricultural bi-product which runs into lakes and rivers from farm waste.

Healthy Drinking Water Solutions

Testing your tap water gives you a perspective on the standards that you want from your drinking water. A TDS meter can be purchased on-line. When you test the water, you test for Total Dissolved Solids, (TDS). The test will give you a read-out in parts per million, (PPM). Over 500 is not suitable for human use. Most tap water falls between 150-420 PPM TDS. The process of Reverse Osmosis usually results in a TDS of 90-95%.
Carbon Block Filters are highly recommended for filtering water. They can capture up to 100% of toxins. You can install carbon filters in your home. Additionally, there are portable filters available on the market.

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Note the SOURCE of bottled water

Buying Bottled Water

There is a large number bottled water companies, and even larger number of brands available on the market. Generally they fall in one of four categories:
1. Spring Water – This category has one key distinction from the others. It’s source is
underground, as opposed to surface water. The springs flow to the rivers on the surface. The
water is then processed by ionization and carbon filter.
2. Purified – Source: Either from a spring or surface water. Purified through Reverse Osmosis,
Distillation, or De ionization. Contains mineral additives.
3. Filtered – Source: Surface water. Filtered through Carbon Filter, Micron Filter.
4. Distilled – Source: Surface water distilled using high boiling points to kill bacteria.

Pay Attention to the Source

Whatever class of your bottled water selection, always pay close attention to the source. The source is usually printed on the back of the label. In some brands of water, the source will change from time to time. This affects the taste and content of the water, as not all sources are the same, regardless of whether they are underground or surface derived.

 

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