Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Do people who move multiple times in their lives avoid accumulating the critical dose of their local contaminant?
Before the radon gets you in NJ, move to TN to begin your exposure to coal runoff, but move before that really does you in to FL and soak up the UV.
Are the least healthy people in the US the ones that still live where they grew up?
The rural South, Appalachia, the Mid West....
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Testing chemicals on animals may be missing the effect on people. The most widely used herbicide, that is leeching into our drinking water, is safe for mice, but may cause diabetes and obesity in people!!
How did we miss this?
Mice and people have very similar, but not identical biology. The sweetness receptor is one of the differences. The herbicide has an anti-sweet effect in people, but not in mice.
The receptor is not just in our tongues, but also in our gut, helping to regulate the uptake of sugar.
Science's answer will be to humanize mice, by genetically changing the sweetness receptor to the human type, but this is just the tip of the iceberg. Animal testing is inadequate.
We must adopt the precautionary principle.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Get this: consumers who buy green feel entitled to cheat because of perceived accumulated good karma. Ultimately, the shift must occur within each of us. John Q. Public must choose to prevent his car from leaking oil of his own free will, because he understands the cost of not doing so to himself, humanity and the earth. Only then will we live harmoniously with nature.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Sunday, October 4, 2009
So why is support in the Senate so hard to come by?
Yes, some Congressional leaders are beholden to big pharma and yes, there are legitimate policy disputes. The bigger issue, however, is our leaders' willingness to cater to bastards. It's not a fair exchange because they give nothing in return. By over-playing the compromise card President Obama has failed to take his own advice.
Mr. President, we support you. No matter how loud the clamor, you did in fact receive a mandate from the American electorate. So how about some swagger? Remember early on, when stories emerged that you had gloated behind closed doors to opponents: "I won." Well, you did win. Please act like it. We're not asking for The Decider 2.0. But if you'd show us conviction - uncompromising leadership - we'll back you up.
You can't compromise with the vast right-wing conspiracy, just as you can't make a truce with the Swine Flu. Comprise requires both parties to engage in fair play to reach an agreement. These guys have no intention of reaching a compromise. Make no mistake: we are dealing with an infectious virus that spreads and draws power from fear.
Although the rapid pace of news cycles makes it appear as if support has eroded, in terms of real calendar time, you won by a landslide less than one year ago.
We want the public option. Go for it!
Right on advice for President Obama:
Communications Lesson #1 -- To control the story, you've got to have a story....
Communications Lesson #2 -- He who names the issue frames the issue ...
Communications Lesson #3 -- The bully pulpit can only take so much bull. ... Even the most flush credibility account eventually becomes overdrawn from repeated withdrawals with no deposits.
Communications Lesson #5 -- When you get knocked down, get up immediately...
India. China. Two ancient worlds, possibly the eldest among us. Experiencing re-birth. Civilizations at the precipice of transformation. World superpowers culturally grounded in self-mastery and inner awareness. Wow. The ancient cycle of life continues and the future awaits.
Consider the notion of 'experts' in any field. The very concept presents two paradoxes:
- an external/outside problem solver [aka expert] who comes to save the day undermines the ultimate goal of self-determination (enabling one to better solve problems on his own next time)
- perpetuates, and perhaps calcifies, the dependency cycle, continuing the externally-motivated culture that we've become.
Humans are sensitive to minute quantities of hormone disrupting chemicals. So many new chemicals have been synthesized and released into the environment since the dawn of the Chemical Age that something bad must be happening somewhere to someone as a result.
We all understand the local dynamics of chemical exposure: a la Erin Brokovich. We're used to establishing these links based on acute exposure, rather than widespread, diffuse exposure. But who would think to explain such a wide-reaching phenomenon as obesity by chemical exposure?
We're all exposed to pesticides. The effects of these chemicals may be so widespread that we can barely imagine the true scale of their harm. We all understand the Bhopal-type catastrophe. But what is happening if obesity, chronic illness, and autism are due to exposure to 'fracking' chemicals....