God in the Form of Kevin Costner Saves the Gulf Posted on June 15th, 2010
If you thought heartthrob actor Kevin Costner was just a pretty face, read on. For weeks, we’ve had BP oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico with no help in sight. Save for dismal attempts at keeping oil off the shore with a series of ineffectual boom emplacements, little is being done to rectify the situation. Enter Kevin Costner, the yummy hunk and star of such great movies as Bull Durham and Field of Dreams to prove that not only can he act but he can invent. And invent he has – a slick machine that uses centrifuge to separate oil from water in a big way! In such a big way that PB has ordered 32 of his oil and water separators to help clean up the gulf mess. How quickly, you say – well according to Costner, these puppies can process 200 gallons of oil soaked water per minute. If you build it he will come. Kevin has come to clean up this mess – Bravo for him! Bravo for inspiration and practical invention.
BPA is not an Oil Company Posted on June 10th, 2010
If you thought that BP was the latest environmental disaster, take a look at BPA – Bisphenol A. Used in manufacturing poly carbonate plastics and epoxy resins, BPA is found in plastic goggles, baby bottles, composites and sealers used in dentistry and in the plastic tubing attached to IV bags. BPA is showing up 300 times the normal amounts in premature babies and in the umbilical cords of newborns. These compounds are used to make plastic stronger and more pliable. Bisphenol A has a similar structure to estrogen. Recent animal studies have shown that BPA even at low levels can cause cancer in the prostate gland and breast. It is also linked to disruption in brain chemistry, accelerated puberty, low sperm counts and male genital malformations. What to do? If you know your newborn has been exposed to BPA consult with a professional homeopath for the appropriate use of Lycopodium for the liver or homeopathic detox drops which can be added to breast milk or water. Limit exposures to any plastic items such as food wraps, plastic baby bottles or plastic toys known to contain BPA. Heated plastics increase the risks for BPA exposure. For adults, increase consumption of organic vegetables and fiber which is believed to detoxify estrogen. Indol 3 Carbinol (DIM), turmeric and green tea extract are all well-known estrogen detoxifiers. Re-test blood for BPA levels within 6 months. Plastics are a way of life. We enjoy their convenience and low cost. But they come with a price.
Pollen Misery Posted on June 4th, 2010
If you’re like millions of allergy-sufferers, this is not a good time of year for you. Bad enough that the temperature is rising and the mold count is high, the trees are in full bloom and you can’t see the leaves for the tears in your eyes. You are not alone. According to Richard Lockey, the director of Allergy and Immunology at the University of South Florida, 20 percent of the nation’s population is affected by pollen and 5 percent of them need some sort of medical intervention. Symptoms can include runny nose, sneezing, hives and wheezing. People stay home from work because their eyes are so swollen. It’s like having a bad cold for several weeks. What’s a person to do? Take the burden off the immune system. Take everything out of the equation that could be considered “offending” – even the cat! Try to avoid mucous forming foods like dairy products and wheat products during allergy season. Give cheese and yogurt a wide berth. Consider taking the feathers off the bed and replacing bedding with hypoallergenic, polyester fiberfill pillows and comforters. Homeopathic remedies such as mold, yeast and dust drops can be useful. I have my own formulation called “No Wheeze” which has proved to be a life-saver for many. Use an air purifier during allergy season. Consider an interesting form of treatment called N.A.E.T., an allergy desensitizing technique devised by Dr Devi Nambudripad. If used selectively, I have seen it work for certain allergies.