Key to coping with uncertainty: be flexible

Some of society’s biggest challenges — such as climate change, global health and terrorism — are also the hardest to overcome because of uncertainty about the future. Steven Popper is an economist at the RAND Corporation. He uses computer simulations to search for strategies that are “robust,” meaning they’re effective under many different possible future scenarios. He says the most robust strategies are often what …

The Benefits of Water – Drinking Pure Water

We’ve heard it all before, pure water is needed for good health. We all use water, we drink a few glasses a day maybe, and take a shower or bath daily. Drinking Pure Water The fact is that most people do not drink enough water. The World Health Organization recommends that adults drink eight large glasses of water daily, but few people actually do and …

HORSE CHESTNUT

Parts Used: Seeds, leaves, bark. Function: The active constituent in horse chestnut improves the tone of the smooth muscle in the veins and improves venous circulation. Uses: * Traditionally horse chestnut was used for treatment of skin cancer or ulcers, arthritis and rheumatism, for fevers, coughs, hemorrhoids, phlebitis (blood clots in a vein) and to improve venous circulation. * Today it is used for treatment …

Foot and Mouth Disease – epidemic, contagious and viral

Foot and mouth disease (FMD) is an epidemic, contagious and viral disease that affects all cloven-hoofed animals, including cows, sheep, goats, swine, buffalo, antelope and warthogs. FMD is one of the most contagious viral diseases of animals, occurring frequently and/or sporadically in many parts of South America, Africa, the Middle and Near East, and Asia. FMD has been known for four centuries and generally produces …

Body, Mind and Spirit

The Ultimate Connection. What is it that makes the difference between illness and wellness? That subject has been debated, studied and theorized for thousands of years. In previous articles, I have suggested that the Immune System is what keeps us healthy, as it segregates and destroys harmful and potentially disease-promoting substances. In other words, your own body will keep you well! The truth about health …

NO OIL VEGAN BAKED TOFU CHEESE RECIPE

You can prepare your own tofu, at home, not expensive and 100% natural. Tofu is a cream made out of soy milk in combination with a coagulant, pressed in different shapes. Tofu is found in shops in different shapes and textures. The soft variety┬ácan be used to prepare sauces, dressings, to substitute milk in ice-cream or cheese pie. The solid tofu cand be fried, grated, …

Childhood Obesity – Causes and Prevention

Simply put, childhood obesity is when one has an excess amount of body fat. This condition leads to various health problems including diabetes, arthritis, cancer, respiratory problems and cardio-vascular disease. Don’t think these conditions will affect your children in the far off future. Plump reddish cheeks and the fat fingers of babies and toddlers are sure to charm any one; certainly, nobody wants to have …

The Grass is Greener on the Roofs

Greenroofs are coming of age. Ironically, our ancestors have long used greenroofs. Most of popular of which are the hanging gardens of Babylon. Original inspiration came from Iceland as sod roofs and walls were used traditionally for years and used in all Scandinavian countries. People usually say, “The grass is greener on the other side.” But the advent of greenroofs, it’s more like “the grass …

Look Before You Leap

There is a very simple truth that everyone seems to be overlooking: “It is much easier to prevent a problem, than it is to solve one.” Unfortunately, in our society, the drive for economic development and material enjoyment blinds us from the potential dangers that technology may cause. “It’s a good thing that this world is so screwed up”, an optimistic friend of mine recently …

Genetic Engineering

Part 1 of 2 in the “Designing Disaster” series. Unless you’ve been comatose for the last decade, you have undoubtedly become aware that genetic engineering has seized control of the marketplace with unprecedented growth and investment, due in part to the shocking complacency of the general public. Multi-billion dollar advertising campaigns funded by large trans-national corporations (who incidentally are the ones that will reap the …

A Fishy Tale: Part 4

A Fairy Tale Once upon a time, twenty years ago, in a far away place called Newfoundland, a magician was practicing his spells. He was a rather forgetful magician and one night he left a fish in one of his tanks by mistake. The tank froze completely over, with the fish still in it!!! Fortunately (and to the magicians surprise) the fish survived as he …

Humane Slaughter?

In May of 2002, IBP- the world’s largest meatpacking “chain”- made headlines when employees of a Washington slaughterhouse complained that 10-30% of the cows were getting skinned and dismembered while still alive. By federal law, animals are supposed to be unconscious before they are brought to slaughter. But IBP employees said that the line moves so fast that they cannot ensure that all the cows …