Archive for the 'Health' Category

“Fields of Fuel” Movie Wins At Sundance

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

Josh Tickell’s movie, Fields of Fuel, which promotes biodiesel over petroleum based fuel, won the audience prize at Sundance 2008 for the Best Documentary. The cast list includes Barbara Boxer, Richard Branson, Sheryl Crow, Laurie David, Larry David, James Gennaro, Larry Hagman, Woody Harrelson, Jay Inslee, Jack Johnson, Bud McFarlane, Willie Nelson, Director Josh Tickell, […]

“Nutricide”: Codex Threat to Health Freedom

Monday, October 6th, 2008

If you like the bank bailout, you’ll love government food control.
“Codex will go into global effect on December 31, 2009, unless we, the People, take action and avert it.”
This page at Health Freedom USA describes the Codex Alimentarius.
“Because Codex is so heavily influenced by corporate interests, its decisions are, in our opinion, often helpful to […]

Grow Your Own Herbal Viagra?

Friday, September 26th, 2008

This just in! (That’s what she said.) This Boing Boing post points out a New Scientist report titled “Horny goat weed could be better than Viagra.”
“Viagra’s active compound, sildenafil, works by inhibiting an enzyme called phosphodiesterase-5 (PDE5). Because PDE5 helps control blood flow to the penis, inhibiting PDE5 promotes male erection.”
“Dell’Agli and his colleagues tested […]

Shame of the Cities

Saturday, September 13th, 2008

Some of my friends are tired of me bitching about city life, telling me how they’re there for “social” reasons. Yeah. Too bad they can’t tell me their neighbors’ names on either side of their house or across the street.
My neighbor in Pahrump, a small town 70 miles from Vegas, is “Dan.” I chat with […]

Paul Ehrlich Debates George Carlin, Kinda

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

Here’s a debate between Paul Ehrlich and George Carlin (even if they never met). But first, some background on why I embedded their respective YouTube videos.
My motivation for this blog about permaculture is “carbon neutral.” Do ignorant government politicians use pseudoscience to whip up bogus threats? All the time. But do corporations cover their ass […]

Seedball Popularizer Masanoba Fukuoka Dead at 95

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

Ausearth reports “Remembering a Great Man: Masanobu Fukuoka”.
Fukuoka’s work was described here recently in this post, which included links to free versions of his books (perhaps only legal in Australia).
“What impressed me about Fukuoka’s approach, even beyond “minimal labor,” is what he called “do nothing” agriculture. Now that’s what I’m talking about! I can do […]

Biodiesel Byproduct Converted to Omega-3

Monday, September 1st, 2008

A recent BioDiesel Magazine article announced that researcher Zhiyou Wen, “assistant professor of biological engineering systems at Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences,” has converted biodiesel byproduct “crude glycerin” into Omega-3 fatty acids using microalgae.
“After the fatty acids are produced, the algae can be used as animal feed. The animals are then consumed […]

Eggs OK Twice Per DAY!

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

For those who aren’t ready for full-scale veganism, you might consider Chickens In Your Backyard: A Beginner’s Guide.
During the 1970s, my dad did raise chickens in his backyard in suburban Walnut Creek along with some corn and for real craziness, a couple of sheep.
I used to go out to the chicken coop and […]

CNN: Toxic Waste into Off-Grid Lighting

Monday, July 14th, 2008

Cassava is “Africa’s Food Security Crop” according to the World Bank.
A CNN report about Nigerian civil engineer, Dr Joseph Adelegan, and his projects to convert waste into useful commodities, describes his latest idea to recover energy from cassava processing waste, which in the past would be dumped untreated to pollute local water supplies.
Through innovative biogas […]

18-Course G8 Summit’s Food Crisis Menu

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

Ilex over at Homesteading In A Condo thinks the non-locavore 18 course meal served to the ruling class at the G8 Summit meeting July 7, while discussing the global food crisis, was a bit, uh. I think it’s a lot uh!
A handful of uncooked rice might have been more appropriate.
You’ve got to see the […]

Off-Grid, Non-Electric Refrigeration

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

A recent post at the T’a’grarial blog shows a TED talk video of Adam Grosser describing a new, improved version of a product from 1928 providing 24 hours of safe non-electric refrigeration from a device the size of a thermos using just one hour of cooking heat available anywhere in the world.

Ron Paul Forums: “Project Off The Grid”

Monday, July 7th, 2008

A new project that seems at first blush to be Hobbiton Meets Starship Troopers (because its founding leaders are veterans) is the formation of an off-grid community designed to provide mutual aid and support with a “family values” emphasis.
The founders already have 100s of acres to start, from the 419 area code on the site […]

Urban Expatriate’s “Ideal Country Home”

Sunday, July 6th, 2008

Gene GeRue’s website promotes the homesteading author’s book, How to Find Your Ideal Country Home: A Comprehensive Guide.
Until urban centers in the U.S. become something other than crime-riddled, polluted cesspools of disease and poverty, I’m taking the rural side of the debate. Although I’m on five acres in Pahrump at the moment, I have […]

Cradle To Cradle: 12 New Cities in China

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

This remains my favorite of the TED talks (except maybe Ray Kurzweil).
William McDonough, co-author of Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things, discusses sustainable design in architecture and ends with his astounding plans for twelve new cities in China. Quite a contrast from the toxic hell that is Beijing. From Wikipedia:
Air pollution […]

PETA’s Pathetic Fallacy

Monday, June 30th, 2008

The following is a guest editorial by J. Neil Schulman “Instead Of A Comment” to amplify on the annoyance I expressed against PETA:
Don’t get me wrong. I have no objection to anyone choosing to be a vegetarian, a Vegan, or pro-Ana for that matter. Short of cannibalism by murder, everyone should eat — and not […]

Fighting Bacteria in the Garden

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

The bacteria caused disease Salmonellosis is in the news with detectives tracking tainted tomatoes. It’s a serious issue:
In severe cases, the Salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the blood stream, and then to other body sites and can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics. . .Some people afflicted with […]

Natural Pest Repellents on Daryl Hannah’s Farm

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

Media star Daryl Hannah is known to geeks mostly as the replicant from Blade Runner and to green activists for her protesting the bulldozing of the South Central Farm by living in a tree on the site until she was removed by the authorities so another warehouse could be built.
I find the natural pest repellent […]

20 Common Cooking Ingredients That Act As Medicines

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

Digg links to an article at about “20 Common Cooking Ingredients That Act As Medicines”.
Find out what turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, garlic, rosemary, honey, chili peppers, olive oil, rice, parsley, onions (and related plants such as chives, shallots, and leeks), lemon, mustard, cloves, apples, kale, licorice, peppermint, horseradish, and avocado can do for you besides […]

Review: Grow Your Own Pharmacy

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

Grow Your Own Pharmacy by Linda Gray, published last year by Findhorn Press, describes in detail the nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and other herbal compounds in various plants. The first chapters cover “Ingredients For A Healthy Body” and “Introduction to Gardening.”
The book gives some history, the conditions and methods of sowing each plant and […]

BBC: “UN calls for farming revolution”

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

BBC article in a series of reports about the global food price crisis. Seems the U.N. is promoting permaculture, if not using that word exactly.
The Unesco study recommends better safeguards to protect resources and more sustainable farming practices, such as producing food locally.

Review of John Berlau’s Eco-Freaks

Monday, April 14th, 2008

If true, I could support Eco-Freaks author John Berlau’s claims against anti-dam construction protesters, as he wrote about them in National Review online back in 2005. A few environmentalist groups seemingly contributed to the catastrophic loss of New Orleans and other cities during hurricanes Katrina and Rita by opposing the necessary building of levees and […]

Green Living Expo at LA Convention Center

Saturday, April 12th, 2008

Green Living Expo is in Los Angeles this weekend. Free Admission!
“Over 200 exhibits.” Organic food, alternative energy, sustainable fashions, clean household goods, music, art, and health products.
I’ll be wandering around there since I’m in town.

Go Green, Live Rich to be released tomorrow

Monday, April 7th, 2008

David Bach usually writes bestselling financial improvement books for the Oprah crowd. His latest book, Go Green, Live Rich, available April 8, is another in that series, but this time the method of living rich is by going green. By accident he moved into a new green building complex to be near his children in […]

Water Pump & Merri-Go-Round

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

Digg links to a Tree Hugger story about a water pump system that doubles as a Merri-Go-Round for kids. The YouTube video is from the PlayPumps manufacturer’s site.
(Not an April Fool’s Day joke.)

Non-Electric Zeer Refrigerator Transforms Life

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

Rolex Award description of an effective earthenware method of keeping food and medicine cool in the Nigerian (and any other) desert. It is called a zeer in Arabic.
The impact of the pot-in-pot on individuals’ lives is overwhelming. “Farmers are now able to sell on demand rather than ‘rush sell’ because of spoilage,” says Abba, “and […]

Poisonous Plants or Parts

Sunday, March 30th, 2008

Digg links to an Environmental Graffiti humor piece about toxic plants titled “Five Household Plants That Can Kill You.” Some commenters said the title was inaccurate, but since it says “CAN kill you” (if eaten or leaves/petals/seeds brewed as a tea) the title stands. It’s not saying the plants ARE killing you.

Funky Butte Ranch

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008

One of these days, after I get the transportation challenge figured out, it will be me explaining my first year off the grid. Until then, you’ll just have to get Doug Fine’s book, Farewell, My Subaru. Thanks, Boing Boing TV!

Awareness Test

Friday, March 21st, 2008

Adelaide over at the Wild Charlock blog covers green-related weirdness in Portland, Oregon. Her latest post is a link to an Awareness Test from the U.K. that has some relevance for transportation alternatives.

Toxic Trailers

Saturday, March 15th, 2008

Toxic Trailers is a great resource about the health effects of formaldehyde and other chemicals found in RVs used as emergency housing for hurricane Katrina victims. The trailer toxicity issue continues to get national TV coverage.
To the site’s credit, they also link to skeptical articles from the RV industry, quoting:
Air samples were taken daily on […]

Drugs In The Water

Monday, March 10th, 2008

AP Probe Finds Drugs in Drinking Water from
(AP) A vast array of pharmaceuticals — including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones - have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans, an Associated Press investigation shows.