(ALTERNET) As US marijuana laws evolve and society distances itself from previous prohibitionist attitudes, the baby boomer generation (born roughly 1946-1964), is smoking pot at an ever higher rate—or at least more of them are admitting it. As of 2011, 6.3% of adults between ages 50 and 59 reported using marijuana, up from 2.7% in 2002, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. “There’s a resurgence of interest in pot and psychedelics in baby boomers,” Rick Doblin, executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, tells The Fix. “Many of them had experience with these substances in college, then gave them up for their families and careers. Now that they’re retiring and no longer working, they’re more open.” Doblin, who is 59 and has been a regular toker since he was 17, says his marijuana use has become more “work-oriented” as he’s gotten older. “I better understand how to use [pot] for activity rather than just relaxation,” he explains. “It goes terrific with exercise and physical labor. Older people understand this better.”
(FEDERALJACK) A lecture by the brilliant Dr. Bruce Lipton. Even mainstream science now has to admit these truths. It contradicts everything we were taught by the social indoctrination (“skoolastic”) system. You are not limited by your genes. That is a dis-empowering belief system. It is the Cell that affects the environment and not the environment that affects the cell. This lecture is presented in easy to understand terms and examples. Sorry for the low quality.
(REASON TV) “I’m a rabid libertarian,” says Greg Glassman, 56-year old founder of the worldwide fitness phenomenon called CrossFit.
Glassman opened the first CrossFit gym (or “box” in CrossFit lingo) in the mid-1990s in Santa Cruz, California. Today, there are more than 7,000 CrossFit affiliates around the world. These affiliates are not franchises, they’re independently operated boxes owned by entrepreneurs who pay $1,000 to get certified as a CrossFit trainer and then pay $500-$3000 annually for the right to use the CrossFit brand. Each affiliate is free to innovate, which makes CrossFit a kind of open-source fitness community. Despite – or because of – its unconventional approach, CrossFit is projected to generate $100 million in revenue this year.
As independent in his exercising as he is in his politics, Glassman’s relentless focus on results has created an army of athletes who have left conventional gyms for the allure of the “WOD” (CrossFit’s “workout of the day”).
Every day a new WOD is posted on the CrossFit website, and all around the world people compete against each other to complete a series of constantly varied, high intensity, functional movements (squats, sprints, pull-ups, dead lifts, and more). WODs aren’t easy, and it’s not uncommon for “CrossFitters” to vomit after a particularly difficult workout (they call it “meeting Pukie,” Crossfit’s puking clown mascot).
CrossFitting is not just about difficult competitive workouts, though. It’s also about being a member of a supportive community. A Green Beret told Glassman that doing CrossFit helped him realize that the secret to developing the camaraderie necessary for special-forces units is to combine agony with laughter.
CrossFitters are also unconventional when it comes to diet. Instead of the grain-based dietary recommendations of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, CrossFitters tend to eat a paleo-style diet heavy on meat and unprocessed foods. “Our view,” says Glassman, “is that grains are best consumed by livestock, and what homo sapiens need is a diet of meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch and no sugar.”
CrossFit is not without its critics. Many conventionally minded trainers believe that the intensity of CrossFit workouts increases the chances of injury. Others, noting the paleo diet, the functional movements and the extraordinary enthusiasm common among CrossFitters, liken CrossFit to a kind of caveman cult. Glassman’s response? “The caveman thing? Yeah, I’ll tell you what. I don’t think it’s an insult to any CrossFitter.”
The 2013 CrossFit Games start today and culminate on Sunday, July 28, when the winners will be crowned. This year, around 140,000 athletes from around the globe entered the open competition. CrossFit fans can watch live streams of the event Monday-Thursday on the CrossFit games site. The games will be covered by ESPN3 and ESPN2 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
(MERCOLA) Dr. Karen Becker, a proactive and integrative wellness veterinarian interviews Dr. Ronald Schultz and together they discuss important information about rabies, pet vaccines and vaccine protocol.
(ECO WATCH) Millions of gallons of water laced with toxic chemicals from oil and gas drilling rigs are pumped for consumption by wildlife and livestock with the formal approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), according to public comments filed yesterday by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Contrary to its own regulations, EPA is issuing permits for surface application of drilling wastewater without even identifying the chemicals in fluids used for hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, let alone setting effluent limits for the contaminants contained within them.
The EPA has just posted proposed new water discharge permits for the nearly dozen oil fields on or abutting the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming as the EPA has Clean Water Act jurisdiction on tribal lands. Besides not even listing the array of toxic chemicals being discharged, the proposed permits have monitoring requirements so weak that water can be tested long after fracking events or maintenance flushing. In addition, the permits lack any provisions to protect the health of wildlife or livestock.
“Under the less than watchful eye of the EPA, fracking flowback is dumped into rivers, lakes and reservoirs,” stated PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch, pointing out that in both the current and the new proposed permits the EPA ignores its own rules requiring that it list “the type and quantity of wastes, fluids or pollutants which are proposed to be or are being treated, stored, disposed of, injected, emitted or discharged.”
“Gushers of putrid, grayish water encrusted with chemical crystals flood through Wind River into nearby streams,” he added.
Surface disposal of water produced by oil and gas drilling is forbidden in the Eastern U.S. but allowed in the arid West for purposes of “agricultural or wildlife propagation,” in the words of the governing federal regulation. Thus, the “produced water,” as it is called, must be “of good enough quality to be used for wildlife or livestock watering or other agricultural uses.”
In the last decade, fracking fluids often consisting of powerfully toxic chemicals have been included in this surface discharge. The exact mixture used by individual operators is treated as a trade secret. But one recent analysis identified 632 chemicals now used in shale-gas production. More than 75 percent of them affect the respiratory and gastrointestinal systems; 40-50 percent impact the kidneys and the nervous, immune and cardiovascular systems; 37 percent act on the hormone system; and 25 percent are linked with cancer or mutations.
“Amid all the controversy on this topic, there is one point of agreement: Drinking fracking fluids is not a good idea,” added Ruch, pointing to cases where cattle drinking creek water contaminated with fracking fluids died or failed to produce calves the following year. “The more than 30-year old ‘produced water’ exception was intended for naturally occurring fluids and muds from within the geologic formations, not this new generation of powerful chemicals introduced downhole.”
PEER is asking the EPA to rewrite the permits to regulate all the chemicals being discharged and to determine whether the “produced water” is potable for wildlife and livestock. The public comments period on the proposed Wind Reservation permits closes on July 26.
(Claire Gordon) So your place of employment is a nasty stew of filth. You complain to management, and nothing. You contact the county health department, and nothing. So what do you do? Go on a social media rampage of vengeance, of course!
Early Monday morning, Reddit erupted with a video of an alleged cook at Golden Corral in Port Orange, Fl. exposing the restaurant hiding its food behind the dumpsters during a health inspection. The employee, Brandon Huber, takes the video camera behind the trash cans to show piles of raw baby-back ribs, and trays upon trays of hamburger meat, pot roasts, and green bean casserole. In a follow-up video, he explains that after the inspection, management will roll the food back to the coolers, and serve it up to unsuspecting customers.
“I will show this to whoever I can to prevent any foodborne illnesses from spreading, or anybody catching diseases or getting really sick and possibly being able to die because this is how we store our food,” he tells the camera. “Are you kidding me? By the dumpster? Oh my god.”
A server who answered the phone at the Golden Corral quickly transferred AOL Jobs’s call Monday morning, but the following rings went unanswered. The restaurant chain did respond on Reddit and its Facebook page, however, stating that it was “an isolated incident of improper food handling,” and that the food was thrown away immediately and the manager fired. The restaurant also stated that the employee offered to sell the video, suggesting that the employee’s intentions weren’t entirely noble.
The video’s poster (whose identity is unclear) claimed on YouTube that he brought the issues to the attention of the all-you-can-eat buffet-ery several times before uploading the footage, and also reached out to county health department, to no avail. The poster also put the raw uncooked steak, ribs, and patties for sale on eBay, offering to sell the name of the “FAMOUS FOOD CHAIN” for $5,000, and claimed the Port Orange Police Department responded with accusations of black mail.
The North Carolina-based chain has skirted the edge of health codes before. In 2008, a customer’s photo inside a California Golden Corral kitchen, showing towers of food-caked plates, an overflowing trash can, and chicken bones scattered on the floor, prompted a visit from the public health department. The chain explained that the dishwasher was broken that day. And earlier this year, over 200 customers, who claimed to suffer food poisoning after eating at a Golden Corral in Wyoming, filed a class action suit.
A rogue investigator on Reddit also uncovered that this Wyoming Golden Corral appeared to be filtering out all its negative reviews on Yelp. “I have written this review before and now it appears to be gone?” wrote one customer. “Poor food and trying to manipulate customers, I recommend taking your business elsewhere.”
EPA Raises Glyphosate (Active Ingredient in Monsantos Roundup) Allowable Concentrations on Food Crops
(KATHY WILL) Last week the EPA let Monsanto raise the allowable concentrations of glyphosate on food crops, animal feed, and edible oils. The new regulation lets farmers use more of the chemical, which is the active ingredient in the herbicide Roundup.
Under the new regulation, forage and hay teff can contain up to 100 ppm (100,000 ppb) glyphosate; oilseed crops can contain up to 40 ppm (40,000 ppb) glyphosate, and root crops such as potatoes and beets can contain 6000 ppb glyphosate. Fruits can have concentrations from 200 ppb to 500 ppb glyphosate. These numbers are magnitudes higher than the levels some scientists believe are carcinogenic.
The EPA has classified glyphosate as a Class D carcinogen, which means it either does not cause cancer in human beings or that its cancer-causing potential is unknown. But in 2009, a study conducted at the Indian Institute of Toxicology Research found that glyphosate “has tumor promoting potential in skin carcinogenesis.” An EPA Fact Sheet that is part of the Safe Drinking Water Act states that glyphosate can cause lung congestion after acute exposure above the minimum containment level (MCL) of 0.7 mg/L. That is the equivalent of 0.7 ppm (or 700 ppb). In addition, the EPA says that long term exposure to glyphosate above the MCL causes kidney damage and reproductive effects.
In April, Food Poisoning Bulletin reported on a new study from MIT that showed glyphosate residue has been found on food. That study also found that glyphosate can induce disease in human beings because our gut bacteria, which play an important part in immunity, contain the shikimate pathway, which glyphosate disrupts. Chemical manufacturers have previously claimed that glyphosate is not toxic to human beings because, as mammals, we do not have the shikimate pathway.
(REAL FARMACY) Dr. Diane Harper was the lead researcher in the development of the human papilloma virus vaccines, Gardasil and Cervarix. She is the latest to come forward and question the safety and effectiveness of these vaccines. She made the surprising announcement at the 4th International Public Conference on Vaccination, which took place in Reston, Virginia on Oct. 2nd through 4th, 2009. Her speech was supposed to promote the Gardasil and Cervarix vaccines, but she instead turned on her corporate bosses in a very public way. When questioned about the presentation, audience members remarked that they came away feeling that the vaccines should not be used.
“I came away from the talk with the perception that the risk of adverse side effects is so much greater than the risk of cervical cancer, I couldn’t help but question why we need the vaccine at all.” – Joan Robinson
Dr. Harper explained in her presentation that the cervical cancer risk in the U.S. is already extremely low, and that vaccinations are unlikely to have any effect upon the rate of cervical cancer in the United States. In fact, 70% of all H.P.V. infections resolve themselves without treatment in a year, and the number rises to well over 90% in two years. Harper also mentioned the safety angle. All trials of the vaccines were done on children aged 15 and above, despite them currently being marketed for 9-year-olds. So far, 15,037 girls have reported adverse side effects from Gardasil alone to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (V.A.E.R.S.), and this number only reflects parents who underwent the hurdles required for reporting adverse reactions. At the time of writing, 44 girls are officially known to have died from these vaccines. The reported side effects include Guillian Barré Syndrome (paralysis lasting for years, or permanently — sometimes eventually causing suffocation), lupus, seizures, blood clots, and brain inflammation. Parents are usually not made aware of these risks. Dr. Harper, the vaccine developer, claimed that she was speaking out, so that she might finally be able to sleep at night.
“About eight in every ten women who have been sexually active will have H.P.V. at some stage of their life. Normally there are no symptoms, and in 98 per cent of cases it clears itself. But in those cases where it doesn’t, and isn’t treated, it can lead to pre-cancerous cells which may develop into cervical cancer.” - Dr. Diane Harper
Palm Oil Now More Widely Produced Than Soybean Oil, Here’s Why You Need To Get This Oil Out Of Your Diet
(NATASHA LONGO) Palm oil has been sold to the world as yet another increasingly sustainable and healthy alternative to other vegetable oils. It is now the most widely produced edible vegetable oil globally, passing soybean oil eight years ago. Following the repetitive formula which comes out of the food industry decade after decade–any time the next big economical, versatile and immensely popular of edible oils come along to be integrated into thousands of food products, inevitably we find out that they’re not so great for our health or the environment. Palm oil is no exception from this formula and here’s why you need to get this oil out of your diet for good.