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Could Your Cellphone Could Causing Health Issues?

What is amazing about the possibilities of any damage coming from using cellphone’s, as well as all the electronic devices we feel are necessary for day to day life, is that it is not positively known if they do damage. There seems to be many indications that this is the case, there are scientists who believe this is the case, but as yet there is no concrete proof. So they are still mass marketed and we all have to have one. Is that wise though?

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Consider that by the time science can give us proof, and that if that proof is yes it does cause health issues, then what do we do? We have all been using these things for years and will continue for years more. DDT was used for years before there were any provable bad health effects. We now know from statistics it was the cause of cancer in people that did not show until years after the exposure. We could be doing that again.

The problem that is being considered is the EMF that is generated by cellphones, (electromagnetic field) these fields emit electromagnetic radiation. All electric devices that run on alternate current (AC), have this affect. Some products have more than others, but they all have it. This also includes wireless transmitters like cell phones. So essentially we are holding a radiation emitting device against our skulls. Keep in mind if you think this is alarmist; our bodies are moved by electrical current. It seems doubtful that there would be no affect whatsoever, all things considered.

There are those who believe we should wait for definitive proof of harm before taking any action. Most of these groups are predictably industry leaders who sell, or profit from the sales and mass use of cellphone’s. This makes sense when you consider there are several different industries that market one form of electronic device, or software made for cellphone’s, or cellphone accessories or any one of many more that make up billions of dollars a year in sales and manufacturing. That is collectively millions of employees and employers whose livelihood could potentially be affected. Even with that being true, it still does seem like a good idea to at least find a way to lesson potential damages in the future. There may be billions of dollars at stake, but there are hundreds of millions of people whose health could be at risk.
cell-phone-towerYet that side of the argument saying that until proof comes out it should be business as usual is not just the cell phone companies. Consider the whole power grid in the United States is an EMF generating network that reaches most people in America and 75% of the world’s population. Not only is that not something that can just be switched off, it is something with powerful backing. In the United States there are leaders who say that there is no danger because the FCC says so, despite any indications to the contrary. Big corporations pay their scientist to find answers they want, not answers that are actually real answers to the question, and it is becoming more and more clear that that is who the FCC listens to in many cases.

I recently learned that most college or even high school health classes all the way into nursing or earlier doctor training do not mention EMF radiation. It seems the only time it comes up is that it is a part of the equipment used in diagnostics. The fact that it is not even mentioned seems like a mistake. Health practitioner training should at least mention that there is a debate about that subject. I do not know if this is a concerted effort by the industries and their scientist to make the knowledge less accessible, or just our culture. Modern society is run completely on things powered by electrical energy, generators, and batteries. It is so much a part of everyday life for most of us it is not something we think about. Perhaps we do not think about it because of the implications.

The power went out for a week outside the Seattle Washington area 5 to 7 years ago and it was fairly widespread. Computer, phones, heat, and lights were all off. I remember reading how that people would drive just outside of the affected area to get gas for their cars and not only was their lines around the block, there were fist fights over getting gas for cars. This is how tied into EMF radiation emitting devices we are. The pumps don’t work so people go somewhere else and fight over it. This alone is proof on a small scale that there is no way we could just shut things down. It is too much a part of our society and consciousness.

The other side of the argument is scientists and analysts who believe in taking a precautionary approach to any public risks like this. The problem they are fighting is that there is nothing concrete on what the health risks might be, or would constitute safe usage. Like, how long a day should you use your phone before it becomes a health risk, that sort of thing. There is one thing that has been proven though and that is that all electromagnetic radiation impacts living beings.

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Studies are currently underway, and have been for years, on the effects of electromagnetic radiation. Possible cancer links are being investigated and the effects on nature are being studied as well. The honey bees dying off are by many, being attributed to the overall increase of this radiation. Many peer reviewed studies and experiments are pointing towards the possibility of this radiation causing health problems worldwide. Since there is no concrete proof however, there is nothing being done.

This is what really needs to be considered by the health community and those in positions of authority in our societies worldwide. Does it not make sense, to at least look at precautionary measures now, because of the possibilities of problems down the line? There is no way people are going to stop using their devices; I do not believe that will happen at this point. So how about research and development on phone shielding of some kind. I do not know if that is even possible, but I am sure scientists would love to investigate. That is what they do, shouldn’t we let them. You can detect EMF at home with a EMF Detector.

That is part of the problem today. We have plenty of scientists who are willing and able to investigate this matter whole hog. The problem is funding for it. These days funding for science exploration is more and more coming mostly from industries and they have a very narrow view on what they want discovered. This is not how America made it to the moon. When President Kennedy told NASA we are going to the moon in 10 years, make it happen, there were no restraints on the direction the scientists could look for answers. Due to this not only did we go to the moon, we stumbled onto enough new scientific information that our manufacturing base in the country was fueled for the next 30 years. Wouldn’t it make sense to just tell scientist to “make it happen” again. They would figure something out and modern society could continue in our need for our gadgets and electricity. We would not have to worry if our cell phones were killing us.

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How To Fix Things

I am not sure if Bob Ellise is playing a joke or totally crazy. http://www.ellistabletalk.com/2014/12/01/how-to-fix-things

 

My version below:

Gift all Mining Rights to Current Land Holders.

Allow More Gina Rinehart’s to Create Jobs.

Increase the GST to 15% including Food and Change the Income Tax to a Flat 20%.

Tear up Zoning Laws that Limit the Number of Shopping Centres per City.

Legislate to Reduce Council Rates by One Third.

Make it Compulsory that People are not Forced to Pay for Public Transport via Rates/Taxation.

Legislate that No Council can Limit the Number Parking Stations Built.

Introduce a Form of National Service so Instead of Paying Income Tax you can do National Service One Weekend a Month if you Wish.

Stop Paying People to Have Children.

Stop Paying People to Have Children Play Musical Instruments.

Sell a Quarter of Queensland’s State Owned Land.

Encourage the Chinese to Buy Australian Houses, Flats, or Farms.

Sell all State Assets that the Private Sector Cannot Perform.

Deregulated all Agriculture Marketing Boards.

Legalise all Uses of Marihuana.

Ask Holden to Pay back the Bribes we Sent Them.

Legislate that all Australian Submarines and Warships are to be Built by the Best and Most Efficient no Matter their Race.

By these means we would double, probably, the number of young people working, and supporting the older generations now in their eighties and nineties.

Think about it.

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How to Make a Garden on a Tight Budget

gardenHaving a beautiful garden can seem complicated and expensive but if you follow these steps, you will see that is something you can do with little money. Make the project design and creation of your garden. Divide the project into phases of your garden for you to go by gradually creating the garden of your dreams. Consider consulting a landscaper and get their opinion, although we can give you some tips on how to make a garden with little money.

 

To make beautiful and economic gateways for your garden, you can use cobbles, gravel, stone or concrete. If you use pieces of gravel, it is recommended to select small-less angular gravel 1/4 centimeter- and avoid rounded gravel or other stones.

 

To furnish decks and patios we suggest you choose chairs and economic tables as you can find in DIY centers or even thrift stores. The best prices for garden furniture are usually found in late summer. In another article, you will find tips on how to decorate a space.

 

To make a garden, if you have enough space you can also place a water closed loop, so you will not waste water and be more economical. In stores home improvements are available pumps and fountains that can be installed in the garden, terrace or patio.

 

Before planting grass, make sure this is appropriate to the climate of the area where you live, as it does not support well the hot, dry climates. If you live in a region with high temperatures and / or slightly moist, it will be convenient to opt for an alternative to grass. Thus, you can be useful our articles on how to choose or how to put artificial turf artificial turf.

 

You can create flowerbeds with a garden hose to achieve curved, and then install edges to define them better. You also interested to know how to care for plants in a grow bed.

 

Be advisable to enrich the soil with compost and other accessories in accordance with the advice of qualified personnel. To make it even cheaper, you can see in this article how to compost at home.

 

It is convenient to plant trees, shrubs and native or indigenous flowers in your area, as these are more likely to thrive and do not need a major commitment and investment to keep them in top condition. It is also recommended to plant evergreen trees

 

You can add torches, outdoor lamps, lights on poles or candles to create a cozy atmosphere at night. You will find here some more tips on how to illuminate terraces and gardens.

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Raw Milk Ban – The Result of Political Left Blowback

There is risk in just about everything. As adults we should be free to evaluate these risks verses the benefits. Many of the left of politics love to use government to ban things that could cause harm. It is ironic that the same system they advocate turns against them and bans freedoms they enjoy eg. raw milk.

If you want to ban knives, guns, fast food, GMOs, vaccines, fireworks, sweeteners, Monsanto and you advocate giving power to the government, don’t be surprised when they ban raw milk, unvaccinated children, medical cannabis and others.

Stop supporting the coercion of others by advocating banning. Using political power to get things you want banned does backfire. Punish those who do wrong not everyone and use persuasion instead of coercion. Is it really that hard to understand?

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Boost Crop Growth with Compost Teas

compost-teaThere are plenty of organic techniques out there and many of them are proven to make ecological and economic sense such as crop rotation, cover cropping and beneficial insects. One such technique worth mentioning is the use of compost tea which has rather remained the subject for scientific research for many decades now.  Compost tea’s contribution in bio-balancing many plant diseases has long been recognised by organic growers. The liquid derived from the compost tea is known to have bio-balancing characteristics besides stimulating plant growth. Compost tea bio-balances disease by inoculating plants with beneficial organisms. These organisms can be bacteria, fungi or yeast. They form a physical barrier against pathogens by effectively bio-balancing plant pathogens. Best of all, it doesn’t burn crops as store brought fertilisers can do so you can’t over use it. It works by restoring beneficial organisms to your soil. The bacteria, fungi or yeast present in the compost tea enhances nutrient cycle and helps plant get the most of the nutrients from soil.

Before we dig any deeper into the subject, lets discuss what tea compost is. Compost tea is a liquid derived from compost. There are many ways of preparing it, like many people prepare it by suspending compost in a barrel of water for a brief amount of time in a burlap sack. The resulting liquid is applied either as a soil or foliar fertiliser. For many people it’s not a compost tea until the extract is fermented or brewed with some type of microbial nutrient source like molasses, fish byproducts or humic acid. Compost tea is prepared ether aerated or non-aerated techniques. In aerated technique, oxygen is introduced into the compost tea by injecting air or by showering re-circulated tea over an open tank. However non-aerated teas are made by simply mixing the compost, water and other ingredients and allowing them to ferment a little without disturbance. At the end of both the methods, filtration is required before it is used as fertiliser.

There are many factors contributing to the effectiveness of compost tea for biobalancing disease. The compost used for the compost tea is either made from animal manure or from quality compost feedstock. The compost should not be more than 9 to 12 months old. At least 5 to 8 days of fermentation time should be given to the non aerated compost tea, while 24 to 48 hours of fermentation is just fine for aerated compost tea. Once compost tea is brewed (prepared), it should be applied promptly since it has got a very short shelf life. Recently a two year study at Rodale Institute and Pennsylvania State University was concluded that studied performance of aerated compost tea in stimulating crops of grapes, potatoes and pumpkin. The analysis of the compost tea showed adequate amount of beneficial organism population and safe level of human pathogens. Approximately 50% bio-balancing of powdery mildew was observed in the first year alone in grape plantation. There wasn’t any significant bio-balancing of powdery mildew observed in the Howden pumpkins in the very first year. However decrease count and size of pathogen colonies was observed from year two onwards so back into balance. It also came out in the study that compost tea offered more measurable benefits in terms of stimulating crop growth than bio-balancing disease.

Conclusion: Compost teas are a great addition if they can be aerated and a quality compost starter can be used. We don’t recommend applying to editable parts of plants due to human pathogens. We prefer to brew Microbe Brews instead as we prefer the reduced liability of producing less human pathogens. We recommend using a clean inoculum for consistency and reduced human pathogens on commercial farms.  

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Eggs – A True Superfood

farm-eggsEggs have a long track record of being demonized as an unhealthy food due to their fat and cholesterol levels. One large egg contains 212 milligrams of cholesterol, which is indeed a lot when compared to most other foods. However, studies have proven many times that the dietary cholesterol in eggs do not adversely affect blood cholesterol levels.

 

Although many nutrition professionals advise individuals against consuming eggs, they can actually help to raise HDL good levels of cholesterol. In a 2013 meta-analysis, researchers studied 17 reports regarding egg consumption and health. The researchers discovered that eggs generally did not have an association with either stroke or heart disease in otherwise healthy people. This may sound groundbreaking; however, this is not new data. Several older studies have already proven this point.

 

High in unique antioxidants

Eggs are high in two unique antioxidants- zeaxanthine and lutein. Both of these antioxidants are known to build in the retina of the eye and help protect against diseases such as cataracts and macular degeneration. Research has proven that by supplementing your diet with an average of 1.5 egg yolks per day for 5 weeks, you can increase blood levels of lutein by 50 percent and zeaxanthine by 142 percent.

 

One of the most nutritious foods on the planet

Eggs contain high quality proteins and good fats, minerals, vitamins, and various trace nutrients. One large egg contains 5 grams of fat, 6 grams of protein, all 9 essential amino acids and only 77 calories. It is also rich in vitamins A,B12, B2, B5, selenium, phosphorus and iron. One large egg also contains 113 milligrams of choline, which is an important nutrient for brain development. When consuming eggs, make sure you can eat the yoke, which contain all the above listed nutrients.

 

A key component in healthy weight loss

Eggs score highly on a scale called the Satiety Index, which means they are capable of reducing your appetite and helping you to consume fewer calories. They also help to stabilize blood glucose levels due to their low levels of carbohydrates. A brief study that consisted of 30 obese women showed that those who ate eggs for breakfast consumed fewer calories during lunch and for the following 36 hours, compared to the study participants who consumed a bagel for breakfast.

 

In a separate study, a group of overweight women and men on calorie restricted diets were given a breakfast of 1 bagel or 2 eggs. After an 8 week period, the group who consumed eggs for breakfast experienced the following benefits:

  • 16% greater reduction in body fat
  • 65% more overall weight loss
  • 34% reduction in waist circumference
  • 61% greater reduction in body mass index

 

These benefits were experienced even though the breakfast of both groups contained the exact same number of calories. Due to their satiety factor and low calories, eggs played a major role in boosting the participants’ weight loss.

 

If any food can be classified as a true superfood, it should be eggs. Start your day off with two organically raised, free- range eggs to give your body a healthy boost of nutrients and maintain a healthy weight.

 

If you know/have children and want to increase their egg intake in a fun and interesting way try our egg cuber.

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Importance of Soil pH and How to Correct It

soil-phSoil pH varies from area to area widely. Some areas have very acidic soil or low pH (usually represented as a value of under 7 on tests), and some areas have alkaline or high pH soils (above 7). Acid soils are known as “sour” soils, and alkaline soils are known as “sweet” soils. Plants generally do best in soils that’s a balance between the two, or neutral pH soil (around a value of 7). However, some plants prefer alkaline soil and some prefer acidic soil. Depending on the general quality of your soil or if you have certain types of plants you want to grow with specific needs, you may need to correct the pH of your soil. Here are some basic tips on how to correct soil pH.

Testing your soil to know where you soil generally lies on the pH scale is a good start. You can get inexpensive kits at any garden center to test. We have a simple to use soil pH meter if you want to give it a go. If you have soil that’s alkaline and you want to lower the pH, ferrous sulfate and aluminum sulfate are the two recommended soil amendments that will help make your soil more acidic. To raise the pH of your soil, lime, or ground limestone, is recommended.

Products for adjusting soil pH differ and it’s best to stick with the recommended application directions usually available on the bag of the product.

More natural methods of correcting soil pH to a more generally plant-friendly level involve simply adding plenty of well-rotted manures and compost to the soil that you plan to grow in- and top dress with plenty of mulches that break down into the soil easily in the spring and fall around landscape ornamentals and in production beds. If your soil remains very acidic and compost isn’t helping, try adding wood ash or oyster shell.

Raised bed gardening is also another way to ensure good soil pH without a lot of work. Simply fill containers and raised beds with plenty of rotted compost and potting soil and add more at the end of each season after growing is done.

PH adjustment and correction is very important for a lot of reasons. Most notably, the pH of soil determines what nutrients plants can use and how fast they can use them. Often, there are some nutrients that become bound in soils that aren’t well balanced and plants can’t take up the nutrients they need to grow well. For example, most vegetable crops need slightly more acid soil to grow well so that they have access to the nutrients they need to quickly produce large amounts of fruit.

Sometimes the reason for adjusting pH of soil may simply be a cosmetic preference, specifically when it comes to the bloom of hydrangeas. Some hydrangeas bloom pink in acid soil, and the same type of hydrangea will bloom blue in alkaline soil. Sometimes, crafty gardeners have gotten both colors, even purple, by playing with the pH of the soil that their hydrangeas grow in. There are specific products sold that you can apply to the soil of your hydrangea if you wish to try- commonly found in garden center stores.

Soil pH is important but not difficult to correct. We hope this article helps you understand the basics better so you can grow better plants!

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Should You Consider Keeping Backyard Ducks over Chickens?

duckChickens have been domesticated for thousands of years, are kept on almost every continent around the world, and are a commodity and a mainstay of human civilization. Ducks are in a way as well, especially in certain areas- but their popularity is small in comparison. Why is that? Why do people seem to prefer chickens over ducks? Why do chickens get so much attention and ducks happen to be sort of a sideline? As a keeper of both, I ask myself this a lot- and for good reason. Here’s why.

Ducks are Healthy

Given basic good care, ducks are healthy animals. They have excellent immune systems, and are hardier in cold and even hot weather than chickens. There are some breed specific exceptions to this rule but overall, a duck will give you a lot less to worry about in terms of sickness than a chicken will over its lifetime. There are so many terrible diseases that befall chickens compared to ducks- even some diseases that have vaccinations ready and waiting should you think you need them. There are no vaccinations for ducks, as they don’t need them.

Ducks are Hardy

Ducks take cold, wet, and snow in stride. They wait out hot weather without much fuss. They seem to ENJOY those cloudy, cold, wet, windy miserable days that make chickens (and humans!) sick with annoying upper respiratory infections and other such nonsense. They will play in the snow in temperatures well below zero. When chickens are hunkering against the house with the cold north winds tossing up their light and fluffy feathers each way, ducks are out in the thick of it rooting for worms and bugs in the middle of the field. When it’s hot, a small kiddy pool of hose water keeps them happy, and if you have a pond, even better. You won’t see a pant or a complaint from a duck.

Ducks Provide Really Well

Despite what many people think, there are breeds of duck that lay better than the best laying breeds of chicken, even in the cold and snow, such as the Khaki Campbell. A duck will also lay better and longer than a chicken will. Expect an egg a day with a well laying duck for 5 years or so. Chickens typically top out at a year, and then production suffers. Duck eggs are delicious, more nutritious, and more “gourmet” than chicken eggs. Duck eggs are excellent in cooking and baking, and they’re rich and beautiful eaten fried or scrambled. Square eggs are a great novelty for kids. Ducks also taste heavenly- their flesh is all dark meat and delicious, and easy to prepare. Processing duck is a lot like chicken, and with the right equipment is also just as easy.

Ducks Live Happily with People

Domestic breeds of duck are very friendly animals and often make loving, long lived pets. With a light in a coop, ducks reliably coop up at night in a secure space and enjoy nesting in clean straw and bedding. They make excellent and gentle garden pest eradicators- as they don’t scratch or eat new plant seedlings and destroy garden beds like chickens do. They’ll leave your tomatoes alone, eating the grubs and bugs that want to eat your tomatoes. They are quiet animals and don’t crow loudly, making them good choices for inner-city birds.

Ducks are wonderful birds to have on the homestead for food, and wonderful, healthy pets. They have many advantages over chickens. Consider adding some ducks to your flock!