Archive for June, 2013


Tower Garden Update

It has been three weeks since our little sprouts were put into the Tower Garden and there has been some growth. On the left side of the Tower Garden, we wanted to experiment with purchased plants while on the right side, we only have our original sprouts.

Over the past three weeks, we have had to deal with the store-bought plants being attacked by aphids, as well as these plants not being particularly healthy to begin with. They do however appear to be surviving and coming back to life…which I am very happy with, especially considering I definitely don’t have a green thumb. The sprouts on the right side are coming along and growing well.

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The one thing that has helped the store-bought plants to recover is that instead of using the rock wool that is used to sprout seeds (which was what was suggested), we wrapped the plant bases with felt to provide extra support, leaving a small portion of the roots exposed inside the Tower Garden. Originally, we had implanted them using the rock wool, but found that as heavy as the plants were, that they needed more support.

I will update the Tower Garden progress again in a few weeks.

Gigaom

For a new generation of patients, could the laptop — or even cellphone — replace the stereotypical shrink’s couch? A crop of new startups wants to take psychotherapy into the 21st century.

About one in five Americans will experience a mental health challenge during their lifetime, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Association. But experts say that 60 percent of them will never seek help. The lack of available care, inconvenience and cost are all barriers to access, but so is the fear of prejudice and discrimination from friends, family and even employers.

“Stigma and shame is a huge factor – maybe the most important one,” said Oren Frank, founder of mental health startup Talktala. “People who have been to regular therapy are less ashamed of it, but people who are newcomers are paralyzed by fear.”

Online options enable people to receive therapy on their own…

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TED Blog

We all think we understand the formula for keeping healthy — eat right, exercise, don’t smoke, skip dessert. But that picture is vastly incomplete, perhaps fatally so. In the eye-opening new TED book, The Upstream Doctors: Medical Innovators Track Sickness to Its Source, physician Rishi Manchanda says that while our individual health is highly dependent on our daily behaviors, it may be even more strongly influenced by the social and environmental conditions in which we live. Manchanda argues that the future of our health, and our healthcare system, depends on growing and supporting a new generation of healthcare practitioners who look upriver at the source of our health problems, rather than simply opting for quick-hit symptomatic relief.

These “Upstreamists,” as he calls them, are practitioners on the frontlines of health who see that health (like sickness) is more than a chemical equation that can be balanced with pills and procedures…

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I sometimes wish we humans had the instincts to sense the things that are dangerous to us and those which should be avoided.  Animals utilize their senses constantly to survive and protect themselves.  They use their hearing to listen for predators approaching.  They use their sight to look for food, predators, and places to take shelter in bad weather. They also use their sense of smell to determine if the food they are about to eat is ripe and safe to eat.

One difference that GMO fruits, vegetables, and grains have from pure, natural, non-GMO fruits, vegetables, and grains, is that they have a much different smell.  Animals can tell the difference, and if given a choice between GMO and non-GMO feed, they consistently avoid the GMO feed.  If animals are only provided with GMO feed, they do what we would do to survive…eat what’s available to avoid starvation.  Unfortunately for the animals that are forced to eat GMO feed, severe damage happens pretty quickly, sometimes in as little as a few weeks.  Some of the damaging effects seen in GMO fed animals include sterility, cancer, liver damage, smaller litters with reduced-sized offspring that often die within days of birth, premature births, and more.

Take a look at what Monsanto doesn’t want consumers to know:

 

On May 25th, 2013, millions of people worldwide marched and protested Monsanto and their force-feeding of GMO foods to people around the globe. Yet, the mainstream media refused to cover the protests. Numerous countries are now banning GMO products, but here in the USA, there is still a fight that must continue until every last food product on the market to the American people, and people everywhere, is GMO-free.

Currently, only one state has a GMO labeling law (CT), but California failed to pass legislation, and the issue is still being debated in many more states. Our biggest step right now is to force Monsanto and all food manufacturers to label their GMO Frankenfoods. Consumers have to be given a choice.

Monsanto has been quoted as saying they will not sell GMO products to those who don’t want it. We have to make it abundantly clear to Monsanto and food manufacturers that we Americans don’t want GMOs in our food.

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