Green, Green Grass of Home

The lure of verdure Most of the world snickers at the American ideal of recreating a pastoral lea in front of and behind every dream home. To most, having a lush, green lawn is a mark of affluence, prestige, pride and joy. We are so enamored with the lure of verdure that we spend over $5 billion yearly on just lawn fertilizers alone. Another $30 billion goes to lawn care companies to groom the green. To say we’re crazy about grass is an understatement.

When Green is Obscene I have tried endlessly to get a straight answer from companies like TruGreen and others about what chemicals they use with their services. I’ve talked to local franchises and national…

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CEUs & More at Health Expo 2014

Will you know what to do when the radiation from the melted nuclear reactor at Fukushima arrives in the US later this month? If you attend the 2014 Omaha Health Expo, you will.

Plus, Continuing Education Units are a requirement of every licensed healthcare profession. This year the Omaha Health Expo, April 12 and 13 at the CenturyLink Center, offers a program hosted by the Universal College of Healing Arts providing practitioners with CEUs just for attending the conference. Along with an extensive program of specialized classes (see for details), one part of the track will award practitioners with CEU credit for visiting a select number of exhibitor booths, an innovative way to advance education. The…

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Heartland Healing TV

Heartland Healing was officially launched in November, 1994. The mission remains the same: to inform and educate about holistic and natural alternatives to the conventional Western model of techno-pharmaceutical medicine. That has grown to include an emphasis on staying healthy by working with nature rather than subjugating nature to our fancies. In other words, adding natural foods and lifestyle to the mix. Still, the Spirit, Mind, Body connection is a focal point.

Over the years, projects to further our goal have been many and varied. With The Reader as a partner, Heartland Healing published the print edition of the Healing Arts Directory from 1997 through 2004 and Heartland Healing Magazine from 2004 through 2010. Additional endeavors include founding…

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‘Don’t Get Sick’

 After falling 6-votes short to end a filibuster against expanding health care to help 66,000 uninsured Nebraskans through a mix of private payments, private health insurance and an expansion of Medicaid similar to Iowa’s plan, Republican state senators said the math just didn’t add up for them.

“Why would we spend $62 million over the next 6 years – barely 1% of the state budget – to get $2 billion in federal money owed to us to help keep health insurance rates low and health care affordable for everyone?” said State Senator Alec Lemming. “That’s a 322% return on our investment on money coming back to Nebraska. I can’t even imagine keeping more money from the federal government!”

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Resist the Roundup

Green grass is the American Way. Is there a greater symbol of success than a lush, manicured, tailored lawn? Okay, maybe a Tesla Model S in the circular driveway competes. But lawn green means long green to the US lawn care industry. Americans spend $40 billion yearly to keep weeds and bugs off our grass. That’s a lot of poison and more cash than the national budget for foreign aid.

As the weather warms, legions of urban dwellers will patrol yards, sidewalks and driveways toting plastic spray bottles and slowly killing themselves, family and neighbors. And it will get worse with Roundup resistant grass.

Dandelions don’t kill. Roundup does. Roundup is a trade name for perhaps the…

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You Are Eating Bug Killer

Would anyone ordinarily go to the basement or garage, grab a bottle of pesticide and chug it down? Didn’t think so. Most of those folks are under heavy sedation. But every time you go to the kitchen for a snack or eat a meal, you’re probably ingesting bug killer. The pesticide I’m describing is found in thousands of products and likely in whatever you might prepare for breakfast, lunch or dinner. And for sure, whenever you eat conventional processed food or soda, you’re getting dosed.

The culprit is corn. And right now, corn or a derivative of it is in almost everything we eat. Bread, milk, pasta, pizza, salad dressing, yogurt, cookies, soup, ketchup, peanut butter, mayonnaise, hamburger…

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Just Hold Your Water

The Rule of Three reads that a human can live without air for three minutes; without water for three days and without food for three weeks. Of course, those are just general parameters. Who really wants to experiment to find out what his or her personal limit is? Amazingly, of those three crucial needs for survival, two of them — water and food — are relatively simple to secure. Though air and food are both certainly vital, it seems water has been in the headlines a lot recently.

The most alarming news came from West Virginia where nearly a half-million people found out what it’s like to be without water. A massive chemical spill polluted tap water for…

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Attention to detail

If not for Sam Burtch, the most dramatic play of this Nebraska football season might never have happened.

If not for Burtch, Ron Kellogg III...

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Sack leader

As David Santos remembers it, Connor Cook was rolling out and he was pursuing the Michigan State quarterback when Nebraska teammate Randy Gregory...

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Accepting the challenge

Michigan State is next up for the Nebraska football team.

And the task is daunting.

The Spartans are a “tough team,” said Tommy Armstrong Jr.

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Planet Power: Nov. 21 - 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving. Let’s be nice to each other and cultivate warm thoughts. You are what you think…


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Planet Power: Nov. 14 - 20, 2013

This issue marks my 17th year here at The “READER.” Thanks to John, Eric, my beloved Carrie, et al., for all your help, encouragement and...

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Planet Power: November 7 - 13, 2013

The new Aquarian-Age astrology is/will be ruled by the planet Uranus (yeah, I’ve heard that joke before). Traditional astrology, prior to the...

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Planet Power: Oct. 31 - Nov. 6, 2013

Happy Halloween! Let your subconscious desires flow as the twilight fades into the black of the night of the year. Don’t fear the night. You have...

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Turn Out the Lights, or the Party’s Over

Lists are popular this time of year. Let’s persist. One thing prompted consideration of the types of pollution we endure as we traipse through our...

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What’s in Store for Two-Oh-One-Four

Glow, little glowworm. Ft. Calhoun nuclear reactor turned 40 in August of 2013. Plagued by a plethora of dangerous malfunctions, it looked like it...

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Wha’ Happened!?


That was it? That was 2013? Whew! Well, let’s hope hindsight, being 20/20, converts to foresight with similar acuity in 2014. Find links to all...

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Thanks and No Thanks

“Gratitude is an attitude,” the aphorism goes and there is a lot to recommend a cheery outlook on life. Evidence predicts that a positive attitude...

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