“Danger Signs: Monsanto Weed Killer Causes Animal Mutations”

“Danger Signs: Monsanto Weed Killer Causes Animal Mutations

The world’s most popular weed killer, Monsanto’s Roundup, a systemic, broad-spectrum herbicide, can induce morphological changes in vertebrate skeletal animals, say U.S. biologists studying its effect on amphibians. A study by Univesrity of Pittsburgh researchers says the poison, tested in environmentally relevant concentrations, caused the shapes of two species of amphibians to change. The study is the first to show these dangerous consequences.
The presence of predators can cause tadpoles to change shape by altering their stress hormones, but similar shape changes seen after exposure to Roundup suggest the weed killer may interfere with teh hormones of tadpoles, and potentially, many other animals. The development is important because amphibians not only serve as a barometer of an ecosystem’s health, but also as an indicator of potential dangers to other species in the food change, including humans.”

-Natural Awakenings Magazine, August 2012

Monsanto is the largest seed producer in the world…during the Vietnam War, in combined effort with Dow Chemical, produced Agent Orange for the chemical warfare program (Operation Ranch Hand). Read more on Monsanto at your own discretion 🙂

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If You’re Not Changing…You Don’t Want It Enough

Change Is Possible, Not Easy

Commercials on TV tell you all the time that you can change yourself. In thirty seconds, the commercial actors can get smarter, thinner, prettier, richer. But this fantasy world only sets us up for a fall.

We hear about the possibilities for wonderful changes people can make in their lives, and we want to duplicate those results. When we try and are not quickly regarded, we actually wind up feeling worse than we did before we started.

The problem is, of course, that change is possible, but it does not come immediately. Nobody want to sell us a program for change that will take years because of course no one would buy it. But it does take years to accomplish the most important changes.

When you entered the first grade, you didn’t expect to learn a second language, algebra, and the history of the War of 1812 all in the first week. You began an education that took more than a decade and provided you with incredible positive change.

Positive change in your life will not be finished today, but it can start today.

The decision to make a change offers wonderful feelings of control and optimism, but those are short-lived if the change is not accomplished. Repeated efforts at self-change, characterized by an expectation of an unrealistically high payoff in an unrealistically short time, actually reduce satisfaction with our lives by 40%. Polivy and Herman 2000.”

[From 100 Simple Secrets Series]

My Take:

Arright, forreally tho, here’s my take. If you’re not making changes, you don’t want it enough. And that’s what it comes down to. Whether it’s a relationship, and you’re not putting in enough effort and saying “I don’t have time” or “I live to far” or making other excuses, it comes down to, you don’t feel it’s worth it enough (& if this is the case, you need to either rethink it or let it go so you’re not being selfish!) Anyone can say “I don’t have time”. Who has time? No one has time. You have to MAKE time for things you care about. If you want to attend college, what’s holding you back? If you can go out and party until 3 am and drink all night, and go to work the next day, there’s no reason you cannot study at night to work towards your degree. 10 years time passes fast. Everyone does things differently, but from what I’ve gotten from a number of different people, is “Time flies.” You have all these plans to do something, and you don’t realize the time is gone and you find yourself with more serious commitments and “not the time”.

School is just an example. So if you got all these excuses, it’s because you don’t want it enough. I’ve seen people from both sides of the spectrum. Those who worked their booty off to pay for school/avoid loans, finish their degree, and work a little harder and pull through to find a career. Then, they saved up a little money, and pursued their dreams. Others I know who have just a high school education. My good friends, and good people, but I’ve watched and seen the same excuses play over and over…”I’m going back to school…” “Next semester…” “I have to work…it’s work or school…” and then the time passes and they realize “It’s too late” (although it never is…it might just be harder at a later point in life). These are some of the people who have told me get done with all of your schooling young so you can move to bigger and better things in later life 🙂 Great advice!

If you have goals that you want to achieve, whether it be eating healthy, attending school, starting a business, etc., start making changes now. Make the COMMITMENT now and start making changes ASAP! Time management is key…remember, anything is possible…if you want it enough.

Sunscreen Tips / Comparison

Ingredients:

Neutrogena UltraSheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 55

Active Ingredients:
Avobenzone 3.0%, Homosalat 10.0%, Octisalate 5.0%, Ostocrylene 2.8%, Oxybenzone 6.0%

Inactive Ingredients:
Water, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Styrene Acrylates Copolymer, Silica, Diethylhexyl 2 6 Naphthalate, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Dimethicone, Ethylhexl Glycerin, Caprylyl Methicone, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexyl Stearate, BHT, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG 100 Stearate, Trideceth 6, Behenyl Alcohol, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Sodium Polyacrylate, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Propylparaben, Ethylparaben, Fragrance

Nature’s Gate Sport Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Dry Finish

Active ingredients:
Octinoxate 7.5%,Octisalate 5%,Octocrylene 7%,Zinc oxide 6.9%

Inactive ingredients:
aloe barbadensis leaf juice, caprylhydroxamic acid, caprylic/capric triglyceride, caprylyl glycol, cetyl dimethicone, cucumis sativus (cucumber) fruit extract, dicaprylyl ether, glycerin, hippophae rhamnoides (sea buckthorn) extract, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) flower extract, magnesium sulfate, neopentyl glycol diethylhexanoate, neopentyl glycol diisostearate, polyglyceryl-2 dipolyhydroxystearate, polyglyceryl-4 isostearate, sodium chloride, tocopheryl acetate, triethoxycaprylylsilane, water.

Badger Broad Spectrum SPF 34

Active Ingredient:
Non-Nano, Uncoated Zinc Oxide 18.75%

Ingredients:
*Olea Europaea (Organic Extra Virgin Olive) Oil, *Cera Alba (Organic Beeswax), *Butyrospermum Parkii (Organic Shea) Butter, *Theobroma Cacao (Organic Cocoa) Butter, *Simmondsia Chinensis (Organic Jojoba) Oil, Tocopherol (Sunflower Vitamin E), and CO2 Extract of *Hippophae Rhamnoides (Organic Seabuckthorn).

* = Certified Organic
Total Organic Content: 81.05%

Why Did I Make the Switch?

After doing extensive research, and also reading the ingredient list, although I loved my dry touch Neutrogena, it didn’t seem like the best options. It’s loaded with synthetic ingredients, including parabens. Ironically, it’s endorsed as #1 Dermatologist Recommended Suncare and has won awards from Allure Magazine.

Nature’s Gate — Probably better than the Neutrogena as it is free of parabens, phthalates, and xoybenzone, but still not the best.

Badger has no oxybenzone, octisalate, octinoxate, avobenzone, or added Vitamin A. It’s going to take some time to get used to, but in the long run, I think it will pay off 🙂 OH YEAH, if you decide to go with Badger, it is much more expensive and you REALLY have to rub it in or you might walk around looking like a ghost!

Note: Sunscreen loses potency after 1 year, supposedly…

Simple Steps to Develop a Spiritual Life

More from Ian K. Smith, M.D.:

Set aside at least a few quiet minutes every day to say a prayer.

Think of five ways that you can improve the conditions of those around you.

Practice finding the good in others and in difficult situations.

Love others not just in words or thoughts but through the generosity of actions.

Humbly accept and honor the concept of your relatively smaller place within a greater and bigger universe.

Spend at least an hour during the day focusing on good thoughts and positive energy.

Release anger and grudges you still have in your heart from past misdeeds.

Make a practice of doing good things for others on a regular basis.

Ask others about their struggles and triumphs. Make a real investment in the lives and well-being of those around you.

Recognize that there is a higher force in your life. While you may not be able to see, define, or touch it, recognize its presence and vast capabilities.

My Take:

You don’t have to be religious…I feel being spiritual is just a form of finding peace within yourself. Don’t knock it until you try it!

Healthy Snack Ideas for Work!

 

Take Away Points:

*Make time the night before to prepare your snacks!!

*It’s much better to have many small meals/snacks throughout the day rather than having fewer,heavier meals; smaller, frequent meals also keep your metabolism up.

*Fruit snack examples: *cuties*, oranges, pears, cucumbers, apricots, peaches, plums, pineapple, pomegranate, kiwi, grapes, tomatoes, strawberries, avocados, berries

*Vegetable snack examples: carrots, spinach and/or green leaf salad, broccoli, celery

*Nut snack examples: *raw/unprocessed*: almonds, cashews, walnuts, pistachios, peanuts

*Other healthy snack examples: edamame, Greek yogurt, Cliff bars, simple sandwich slices (I like to cut a sandwich into 4 little triangles and mix it up with some natural chips if I have to have lunch at my desk)

Confidence

From one of the books I’m currently reading by Dr. David Niven; on confidence:

“If You Doubt, You’re Out

Confidence is like a helpful virus spreading throughout your body. If you have it, it will infect everything you do in a positive way. If you don’t, it will undermine everything you do.

People who lack confidence not only fear doing things they are not good at, they actually start to fear performing tasks in which they excel because they question whether they’re all that good at anything.

Confidence spreads with successes, and lack of confidence multiples with failures. If your confidence falters, turn to what you do best, and then take on more challenging tasks.”

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Great little excerpt I thought I’d share. It’s better to have tried something, failed (or even succeeded!), gained experience rather than not trying at all! Every time you say no is another opportunity missed…if you have the ability, say ”Yes”! You never know where something can lead to until you give it a try. 🙂