Our Deadliest Addiction: Convenience

You know you’re addicted to something when you forsake logic and quality of life in order to acquire what you think you can’t live without. A crack, sex or heroin addict will give up almost anything to score. Americans didn’t invent addiction to convenience but we sure have perfected it.

I used to listen to music everyday. That makes it sound like I don’t any more and it’s kind of true. Of course, like everyone else in the modern world, I hear music everyday but I don’t really listen to it. I don’t, with intention, play music everyday. When I used to listen to music, it involved putting a vinyl disc on a turntable, a cassette in a deck or…

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News You Can Use: June 2014

Time for another installment of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. In case you missed it, here’s the important stuff. See extended links at HeartlandHealing.com/news

The Good
GMO Labeling: On May 8, Vermont governor Pete Shumlin signed into law the bill that requires GMO labeling on food. As he put it, “Today, we are the first state in America that says simply, ‘Vermonters have spoken loud and clear. We want to know what’s in our food.’” This puts Vermont in step with most countries around the world. Other states will likely follow. Two counties in Oregon voted to ban GMO crops entirely. Mendocino county in California already has done that. GMOs are a failed experiment that endanger human…

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Don’t Be Dumb

It’s a convincing argument that humans are the dumbest species on the planet. Much of that can be based on observing our apparent willingness to self-destruct. No other species alive so diligently flaunts the laws of Nature. No other species works so hard at killing itself and its life support system (Planet Earth). From time to time it’s good practice to examine habits and see which ones are in keeping with the “dumbest species” designation and once identifying those behaviors, dump them.

Dump the Lump (Sugar and other poisons) Sugar is one of the most toxic substances we eat, this according to Dr. Robert Lustig and many others. Lustig’s University of California lecture on Youtube has been viewed over 4.7…

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Eat Your Weedies

I spent time yesterday digging dandelions from the front parkway at our house. Recent rains resulted in a bumper crop. It was tedious but we don’t use weedkillers. Doesn’t make sense to spread poisons around our living quarters so toxic Roundup, the deadly choice of millions of American, is never an option. I admit bending to social pressure in my choice to pull the weeds. I was inclined just to leave them but if we left dandelions in the front, I worried neighbors wouldn’t appreciate the fluffy seeds carrying to their yards.

As I dispatched the leafy greens with the bright yellow blooms, I reflected that it is odd: We humans lust for lawns of grass, a plant totally devoid…

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Knocking Alternative Medicine

Just because American medicine, with the exception of heroic interventions and emergency procedures, is terminally broken, doesn’t mean that just any alternative is automatically a better option.

In the past 40-odd years, Americans have gone so far down the path of embracing alternative therapies that the road is paved with radical, nonsensical variants undeserving of attention. Heartland Healing is supposed to be in favor of alternative healing arts. And in general, we are. But there is a cogent argument demanding closer inspection of therapies that appear to be making their mark just because they can be called “alternative”.

IFTTT Life isn’t as simple as computer programs. It’s simpler. I have a gadget that starts our 1960s-era coffee…

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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 ecosystem. Even deniers claiming that climate change isn’t anthropogenic still endorse the scatological maxim: “Don’t shit where you eat.” Polluting is just that and we’ve been overachieving in the past hundred years or so. Here’s a list worth changing in 2014. Some may surprise you.

The obvious: Air, Water, Land, Chemical

Biggest air pollution offenders are coal-fired power plants, farting cows (seriously, the livestock sector is the largest contributor to greenhouse gases), transportation, agriculture. Tilling topsoil to grow corn for inefficient ethanol production causes more pollution than it saves and spraying toxins…

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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 might not see 41. The nuclear pile went to operational criticality at 5:47 p.m. on August 5, 1973, making it one of the oldest plants in the world and incorporates the same antiquated design as the melted down reactor at Fukushima, Japan. Ft. Calhoun shut down in 2011. But against all odds and at a ridiculous cost of $200 million, OPPD squeezed a square peg into a round hole, patched up the reactor and plans to fire it up. The price of the patches exceeded what it cost to build in it 1973. The ancient…

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Bud Rising

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—MOJOPOPlanetPower.com

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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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