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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Jays’ Band of Brothers Take a Final Bow

They came together from as close as Iowa and as far away as Ontario. They've gone face to face with Blue Devils and Blue Demons, and even battled Pirates. They've bonded on the beaches of the Bahamas and San Diego, and were sideswiped by a snowstorm in Peoria. They've won championships and set new records. They've played Madison Square Garden, and they even met Bono.
"It's been incredible. I don't think a lot of other teams have something that's this close as far as having a group that's been together for so long," said senior guard Jahenns Manigat. "We rarely dispute over things. We've just really been a tight-knit group from the start, and our personalities really match…

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News You Can Use: February 2014

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The Good

Pipe Fitting In mid-February, a Nebraska judge struck down a 2012 law that incorrectly gave our governor, Dave Heineman, supreme power over where the Keystone Pipeline would be allowed to go. The law allowed Herr Heineman the option to cede condemnation power and Right of Eminent Domain to the Canadian corporation, TransCanada. Essentially, TC would have had the right to confiscate land from Nebraska farmers and build the pipeline wherever governor wanted. The law was ruled unconstitutional. This reversal again reminds TransCanada and others that Nebraska ain’t Canada’s bitch. Why it’s important: Foreign countries shouldn’t control Nebraska; the pipeline is a dangerous undertaking; we…

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Thank You for 20 Years

This last Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, The Reader crossed the 20-year mark for covering what’s become an incredibly vibrant, world-famous artistic community and for uncovering the news that the mainstream media misses. Cultural coverage and watchdog, alternative journalism have been our hallmark and it’s because you, our readers, pick up this paper every week and support our advertisers that we’ve been able to reach this monumental milestone. We can’t thank you enough!

We’re looking forward to another 20 years of doing the same, but obviously the times they are a-changing and we’ve been aiming to change with them.

First off, The Reader has branched out to cover our fastest-growing demographic and most dynamic immigrant community through its…

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Fight Hay Fever Now

Do you get those annoying springtime symptoms of runny nose, itchy eyes, sneezing and wheezing that we lump into the big bag known as “hay fever”? And as spring turns into summer, those symptoms simply get worse? Well, don't feel too bad. The World Health Organization estimates that over 2.1 billion people on the planet suffer from the collective group of symptoms known officially as allergic rhinitis. And though we're just beginning to see the organized signs of spring with warmer temperatures and snow finally melting, now is the perfect time to tune up your body in order to avoid the natural reactions that come with the blooming of the buds in just a few weeks. There are many…

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The Matter of the Meat

Or is it the meat of the matter? Either way you slice it, America is hooked on meat. Regardless that a constant flow of research shows that our current habit of eating meat is linked to death by heart disease, cancer and fouls the planet, consumption is on an upward tear.

Just recently, a study involving over half a million people showed increased levels of meat intake increases mortality. The US is #1 in the world for meat consumption; Japan #73. And Japan is #1 in life expectancy while the US is #35. Coincidence? Hardly. Since World War Two, meat consumption has increased, not only in the United States, but around the world. We export over $10 billion…

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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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The Scoop on Poop

There is an eye-catching scene in Bernardo Bertolucci’s magnum opus and Oscar-winning film, The Last Emperor. The movie details the life arc of the...

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Skin Deep

Our skin is the largest organ of our body. Skin contains, protects and functions on the outside and inside. That’s right. Technically, skin doesn’t...

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Chakras: Wheels on Fire

The name Albert Einstein remains one of the most recognizable in all of history. Charles Webster “C.W.” Leadbeater, not so much. Both men made names...

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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,...

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