America’s small farmers are once again under attack, this time by a new draft guidance issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that threatens to eliminate truly free-range and pastured poultry and eggs. Entitled “Questions and Answers Regarding the Final Rule, Prevention of Salmonella Enteritidis in Shell Eggs During Production, Storage, and Transportation, Continue reading
A major victory for the world’s bee populations has been achieved in Europe, where a majority of European Union (EU) member states voted recently to ban the use of bee-harming neonicotinoid pesticides across the entire continent for at least two years. In an overwhelming vote of 15 to 8, these member states decided that, Continue reading
President Barack Obama campaigned on promises to end secret prisons, decriminalize marijuana, balance the budget, honor the Second Amendment and make health care affordable. But what really unfolded was an explosion in the national debt (now $16 trillion and climbing), the signing of the NDAA, a claimed new power to kill any American at any time, even on U.S. soil, Continue reading
Let me get the bad news out of the way first. America is the single-most overmedicated country on the face of the planet — and it’s not even a close contest.
Right now, Continue reading
All around the world, the push to globalize the food supply by consolidating food production into large-scale, corporatized agricultural systems controlled by a select few is causing massive environmental destruction and immense poverty. And the only way to truly turn things around is to return to small-scale, independent, organic farming models in which people, not corporations, Continue reading
- A new UCLA study shows that fructose impairs your memory and learning; this is the first study to demonstrate that excess fructose consumption can directly damage your brain
- The research also indicates that omega-3 fats, specifically DHA, can mitigate fructose’s damaging effects on brain function Continue reading
With Consumers for Dental Choice
Dental amalgams have been in use since the American Civil War. They are an anachronism that has been perpetuated by dental industry patents, and there’s a conspiracy of silence that seeks to keep the 75 percent of Americans who are ignorant about that fact that amalgam fillings are actually 50 percent mercury.
As stated by Charlie Brown, who founded the Consumers for Dental Choice in 1996: Continue reading
The U.S. medical implant market was valued at $32.3 billion in 2010, according to global consultancy Frost & Sullivan. To find out which devices were leading the pack in terms of actual use, the team at 24/7 Wall St. dug through National Health Survey data, professional physician services, peer-reviewed journals, and SEC filings to compile a list of the eleven most implanted medical devices in America. And the results and rankings on the list may just surprise you.
The below list and information comes from 24/7 Wall St. For more details on the medical implants and the factors that established their ranking, check out the full story on the company’s Web site.
11. Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs)
10. Artificial Hips
9. Heart Pacemakers Continue reading
Andrea Wulf, author of Founding Gardeners: the Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation, (as reported in the Washington Post and other venues) believes the first presidents of the United States, George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison, were revolutionary farmers as much as they were politicians. They loved farming and gardening so much that they gave it preeminence even when engaged in war and politics. Gardening or farming was central to their lives, and they were truly the first environmentalists. They believed independent small scale farms were the “building blocks” of the nation.
Wulf, in an interview for Nation Public Radio, described the founding fathers as obsessed with manure. In what Wulf believes was the first attempt by an American to make compost, Washington had a building constructed at Mount Vernon for the purpose of storing dung for use on his garden. Wulf noted the “pioneering” nature of this venture.
As a diplomat to London, as described by Wulf, John Adams, chaffing under the rounds of social demands, Continue reading