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Friday, June 15th, 2007
6:17 pm
[poetgrowth]
Real Solutions
As I learn more about the environmental, social, and economic realities of what we humans have created I have to wonder if we aren't going aobut things the same wrong way.  We are a tool using animal.  That has given us the ability to change the envronment to suit our needs for millenia.  It isn't a question of right or wrong, any more that its a question of right or wrong that a pack of wolves hunts and kills an elk.  It is a necessity of survival.  

The results of these changes to our environment are now making it increasingly difficult for our environment to support us.  We are able to reproduce and survive in record numbers.  Those same numbers call for ever more dramatic changes to the environment.  Some things have been long term, such as the changes to local ecologies caused by agriculture, and some newer, the threat's caused by industrial emissions.

The strongest focus is on global warming.  There is some question within the scientific community as to whether this is something we have caused or something we can stop.  I don't question that human behaviour has accelerated the process, but if you look at geological history there is a strong indication of cycles of global heating and cooling independant of  anything we humans can control.  If this is the case with global warming we really are focusing on a futile battle.  Even if we were to halt all CO2 emissions not directly related to existance of living organism (ie breathing), the warming would still continue.

So what's the use of doing anything if it can't be stopped?  Well reducing our  "carbon footprints" is still a good thing, it may slow down the pace to a point where plant and animal life can adjust as necessary.  That include accepting the fact that exctinctions may occur.  Those extinctions open up niches for new plant and animal life better suited to the changed climate.  

Reducing or eliminating chemical waste products can also help that process.  Animals impacted by the double whammy of climate change and pesticides may not be able to adjust and survive.  They however, might be able to adapt to a more natural climate shift. without the added stress of chemicals created to kill or feed other things.

We also need to let go of the "god complex"  what we create is not necessarily better than what was there before. Take genetically modified crops.  As they are being used in greater variety and number we are seeing serious environmental impact.  Insects that we are dependant on for our food supply are dieing and dissappearing.  There may be multiple reasons, but the fact remains that until we started mucking with the genetic make up of the crops we did not have the difficulties we are seeing on the global scale it is showing.  On a very personal and individual level there's been very little testing to show these crops to be truly safe and able to impart the same quality nutrition as unmodified crops.  We already know there is a definite flavor difference.  Yes the tomatoes you buy in the store may last 10 times longer in your fridge... but do they taste the same?  Do they have much flavor at all?

Most important is possibly shifting the way we think about our fellow human beings.  As lovely as it would be I don't harbor  any hopes of eliminating all conflict.  Even between people who love each other conflict arises.  But how do we choose to deal with that conflict?  How do we allow ourselves to think about other people?  Is the homeless person worth thinking about only when you are forced to give some money, a ciggarette or walk by pretending not to hear?  Are the mentally ill only worth a thought when someone who is ill does something horrible?  Do we consider the families who might not have enough to eat only during the holiday season when their realities are once again placed before our eyes?

With this I think the tried and true slogan "think globally, act locally" can come into play.  Start within your own home,choose your cleaning supplies with care.  Use that same concern when shopping... is there a neighborhood shop you can patronize for staples at reasonalbe prices.  Look into your local farmers markets.  When eating out look to locally owned an operated resaurants before heading to the same old chain place for some version of the same old meal.  These choices can reduce your negative impact on the planet as well as support people in your community.  While you are at it, say hi to your neighbors, to the folks you see in that corner store.  This strengthens a community, and your own ties in it.  Of course if you enjoy gardening try growing some of your own favorite veggies.  These plants  can be beautiful as well as bountiful.  Tomatoes, zuchini, and cucumbers always yield enough to share with neighbors,  especially those who may need a little help to make ends meet.

These are not difficult... or even big changes to make.  However I think if we all work on making them within our own lives we will see spectacular results.  Even be happier for it and very likely healthier as well.
6:11 pm
[poetgrowth]
Adventures In Learning The Hard Way
LOL if you don't already know what stinging nettle looks like FIND
OUT. I didn't. Yesterday I finally pulled up the trees growing out
of a bag of leaves on my porch... they've survived 6 years and gram
wanted to put in some new maples... why buy when we've got these.

Anyway there were some weeds growing as well. I have already
learned through trial and itching what poison ivy, oak and sumac
look like so I didn't worry. I picked up the trees brushing against
the weeds and OUCH!!!! the plant bit me. I got immediate welts
everywhere the plant touched... got the trees over to gram's weeds
and all. Bought some benedryl thinking I was just allergic, came
home popped my benedryl and started looking up this evil biting
plant. When I found it I also found the benedryl was of little or
no help... might have brought the hives down but the hairs on this
plant inject an acid into your skin which causes a constant stinging
pins and needles sensation. It can last anywhere form 1 to 24 hours
depending on how sensative your skin is... well guess which end of
the spectrum I lie on. 24 hours later and FINALLY no more pins and
needles

As it is acid a basic solution might help eg paste of baking soda
and water... but it needs to be done quickly after contact to help
(sigh) tried it anyway and it didn't help by the time I got it on
there.

Current Mood: embarrassed
Monday, June 11th, 2007
12:05 pm
[poetgrowth]
What do we do??

     There is so much going on in the world, its sometimes overwhelming.  Gobal warming and mass extinctions.  People affected by Katrina still without homes.  Genetically modified crops and who knows what kind of havoc they will wind up wreaking.  The dissappearance of the honey bees.  People in my own town unable to afford decent houseing or enough food for their kids.  My own health and financial concerns.  Where do you focus your attention?  Worrying about it all... well that's too much... I'll have a nervous breakdown.  That does no one any good.

     So what are my primary concerns... well actually those have already been mentioned.  I could add in serial killers, child preditors and various other things ad nauseum.  I've responded well to the talking heads on the news.  Why do I say that?  Well the only thing they really sell is fear and gossip.  I have no real interest in the gossip... and I'm just sick and tired of the fear.  That brings me back to the question of what can I do?

     I think the only thing to do is keep a short quote in mind.... "Chairity begins at home".  That about covers it all.  I can only do something about the things I have direct control over.  Every day decisions, from what kind of lightbulbs I use to where I shop and how I get to work have an affect.  Because we are all interconnected my decisions affect everyone.

     There are some small changes I've made that have yielded great results for me.  The first... lightbulbs, over time I've converted all of my bulbs to the compact flourescents.  Now that I no longer have to buy bulbs on a monthly basis, there's a little extra money for shopping.  The bigger difference is in my electric bill, during the darker months, there's a 20 dollar difference.  That translates to a lot less electricity used by me, which in the long run means a little less that needs to be produced by less than clean methods.  The other is a habit I learned at gramma's knee... the weather is nice, my laundry is hung on the line outside.  Once again big difference in billing.  Its also a little bit of extra exercise... lift and bend and streatch... all done outside, if you are only going to be out for no more than 10 min at a time... forego the sunscreen let your body produce some vitamine D the way it was meant to.  

     Another way to both conserve energy (and lower that bill) is turn the tv and computer off, and a majority of the lights an hour before you go to bed.  Leave a light on for whatever your relaxing activity of choice is, reading a bath, just talking with your partner... whatever.  This does a few things for you.  Sets up a bedtime ritual which prepares you to fall asleep more easily when you go to bed.  Dimmer lighting also gives a "sunset" effect which promotes the body's production of the "go to sleep" hormones (I don't remember what they are called specifically).  It also keeps you from watching or hearing distressing news which may keep you up long after you lie down.

     Getting enough sleep is necessary for the body's proper functioning.  Everything works better and more effectively when you are not sleep deprived.

 

Saturday, June 9th, 2007
1:23 pm
[poetgrowth]
Bees
Since I first heard about the "Colony Collapse Disorder" I've done quite a lot of research.  The most interesting thing I've found is that organic hives seem to be doing well.  An organic hive is one on which the keeper does not use pesticides, fungicides, or antibiotics to promote hive health,  The bees and hive are also a "natural size"  Appearantly "industrial" bees are started in a comb that is slightly larger promoting larger bees and greater honey production.

I thought this article was most interesting for its suggestions for what can be done.  Supporting local organic bee keepers.  Makes perfect sense on a lot of levels.  Its very much in keeping with eating local.  Also eating local honey helps reduce allergy symptoms in a much tastier and more pleasant way than allergy shots.

Jo


More Buzz on the Bees

The news has been full of stories on honeybee disappearances throughout the U.S. While no one cause for "Colony Collapse Disorder" has been identified, many ideas have been generated; and while no one has the answer yet, everyone can agree that this is an issue with far reaching implications for our species and others.

The honeybee pollinates approximately one-third of our food products, such as citrus trees, and their hives provide us with sweet honey. The contribution of honeybees cannot be underestimated, as fruit, nut and vegetable growers that require bee pollination have an economic value of $15 billion, according to a Cornell University study.

Whether the cause of this bee loss is mobile phone usage, GMO crops or pesticide use, certainly all can agree that our bees (and environment) have been ill-used by humans. According to current information, the leading culprit for the bee loss is infestations of Varroa mites, which burrow into the hives. A well-respected scientist from UC-SF found that a parasite called Nosema Ceranae was in some dead bees, and this parasite has been shown by researchers in Spain to be able to wipe out entire hives. However, the bee population is not so much dying as simply disappearing.

Cell Phones? A widely circulated report originating in the Independent, a newspaper in the UK, created a good deal of fear by reporting that cell phones can wreak havoc on bees' internal navigation systems, causing them to lose their homing instinct. Some towns in the UK are refusing to construct cell phone towers until proof can be provided that these towers do not cause harm to bees. The study cited by the Independent was conducted by a German college that had tested only 15 bees, so further inquiry is definitely required before the results of this study are accepted as fact.

Reports from the Organic Consumers Association state that bee losses are affecting commercial, and not organic, beekeepers. Commercial beekeepers breed bees to be larger than they would grow in their natural habitats and larger bees create larger holes in beehives. Some theorize that, with these larger holes, mites may more readily enter and infest the hive, which the bees will then abandon. In Minnesota, researchers at the U of M Extension Service Bee Lab think that the massive bee disappearance may be caused by many factors coming to a head for these sensitive creatures. Overuse of pesticides was called out as a death knell to pollinators in Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring" 40 years ago, and we now use twice as much pesticide on our agricultural land. Combine an abused immune system with more aggressive mites and lots of "electrosmog" messing with an internal sense of direction, and you have one sick honeybee! So, what can we do to help?

Don't Panic! This is not a problem that can be solved overnight, but a good first step is to support the organic beekeepers in your area: buy their products and support them economically in their efforts to protect the earth and bees' health. Another good step is to support organizations like Heifer International, which will ship a honeybee hive to needy people in developing nations for only $30, a pittance compared to the long-term value and health benefits of a hive. In the meantime, please check out the following informative links:

http://www.organicconsumers.org
http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles
http://www.bushfarms.org
http://www.heifer.org

Information courtesty of the University of Minnesota-Extension and Intelligent Nutrients, Minneapolis.
Friday, April 27th, 2007
8:51 am
[poetgrowth]
tipping point
Please Forward Widely


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April 20, 200


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Health Freedom's Tipping Point
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"In sociology, a tipping point is ... the event of a previously rare phenomenon becoming rapidly and dramatically more common ... by analogy with the fact in physics that when a small amount of weight is added to a balanced object, it can cause it to suddenly and completely topple....any process in which beyond a certain point, the rate at which the process proceeds increases dramatically."1

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Congratulations are nearly in order! As of this writing, you have sent 99,462 comments on the dangerous and potentially highly destructive proposed FDA Guidance on the regulation of CAM practices and products through www.HealthFreedomUSA.org!
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If you are one of the 245,416 people who tried to send your comments to the FDA through our action page but found it blocked, you will be happy to know that the link has been cleared (again) and it is working now. If you haven't done so yet, the time to send your comment really is now since the public comment period ends on April 30, 2007.
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The Natural Solutions Foundation was alerted to the fact that the FDA was setting itself up to use a skewed interpretation of US law to annihilate natural therapies and alternatives to drug use in the United States by Ralph Fucetola, also known as "the Vitamin Lawyer" and we decided to do something about it! At the time, no other group was focused on this major threat to both your health and your health freedom but we understood just how dangerous the FDA's "Guidance" can be to natural health and health freedom. Although the Natural Solutions Foundation is requesting an extension of the public comment period, we do not know if we will get it so now is the time to take action (http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/organizationsORG/healthfreedomusa/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=7185


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Why Is This Guidance A Major Threat to Your Health and Health Freedom?
 
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The FDA Guidance on the regulation of CAM practices and products is so dangerous to your health and health freedom that it has allowed the Natural Solutions Foundation to create a fire storm of protest and public outcry against its many dangers. Nearly every health freedom advocacy group has followed our example and taken up this issue and we are simply delighted!
 

 
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Americans are outraged, as well they should be, since this document has been carefully worded to lay the groundwork for what could well be the final assault on non-pharmaceutical medicine in the United States and beyond. Remember, the US, Canada and Mexico have entered into an agreement called the "Trilateral Cooperation Charter"* which, as part of the extra-Constitutional "North American Union", merges the US FDA with its Mexican and Canadian equivalents. That means that what happens here happens in those countries as well. (Wave "good by" to Mexican cancer and chelation clinics, by the way.)



Other countries around the world follow in the FDA's footsteps as well, so the implications for the triumph of the "pharmaceutical model" (as it is euphemistically called) in this document are, quite literally, earth shaking.

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If you ask the FDA, they will tell you that this Guidance is merely a "restatement of current law so there is no cause for alarm". This is patently untrue. Consider the source: this Guidance was created by the FDA Department of Policy and Planning, a fact which is, by in itself, significant. The FDA Department of Policy and Planning is right at the top of the FDA structure and, like the rest of the FDA, is focused on what benefits their clients, Big Pharma, Big Biotech and the other multinational industries that pay the FDA huge fees and line the pockets of so many FDA employees as well with stocks "research grants", consulting contracts and other financial goodies.
 
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But consider what Ralph Fucetola, (www.Vitaminlawyer.com ) a regulatory lawyer with decades of experience in dealing with the FDA, has to say:

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"As a regulatory lawyer, my experience is that FDA doesn't just issue guidances for no reason... the usual reason is to prepare to ratchet up enforcement. I note the the anti-CAM guidance was proposed by the Planning and Policy division of FDA -- people who are at the center of FDA management. This is not just 'merely' a restatement of the existing law. It is a careful bureaucratic maneuver to set up the next step in integrating alternatives into Big Pharma."


Just look at the FDA's record. Vicious attacks on natural options and irresponsible regulatory permissiveness for drugs with little benefit and huge dangers characterize the FDA's recent history. Hundreds of thousands of people a year die needlessly from wildly dangerous approved pharmaceuticals because of FDA failure to regulate psychiatric and other drugs for safety. Informed consent for experiments on



  • Prisoners

  • Civilian populations (the FDA and military need only give local police forces 30 notice of any tests to be secretly conducted on US civilians)

  • Children in foster care



are now relics of the past.


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FDA "enforcement" by both legal harassment and Federal agents with dogs, axes and guns is standard fare used against the wellness industry. Rather than a war against drugs -- illicit ones, the US government appears to be conducting a war for drugs -- prescription ones.

It is, we must recall, the same FDA which announced its policy on October 11, 1995 in the US Federal Register to "Harmonize" with international standards in preference to domestic ones (that means Codex). And it is the FDA which propels Codex standards and guidelines forward at Codex which contaminate and adulterate our food, weaken organic standards, allow and/or require the use of dangerous veterinary drugs and permit limitless radiation of food and food components. The very same FDA that revealed that the reason that it does not permit identification of genetically modified (GM) foods because that would allow consumers to exercise their well documented preference to NOT purchase GM foods and the FDA does not want to allow consumers to make that choice since it would represent an error on the consumer's part to reject GM food (!)


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The same FDA, you will recall, which jubilantly celebrated the ratification of the restrictive and deadly Vitamin and Mineral Guideline (VMG) at the 2005 Codex Alimentarius Commission meeting (Rome, Italy) despite the devastating impact the VMG ican be expected to have on world health by promoting under-nutrition and the diseases it brings. You probably remember that, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), the preventable "Non-Communicable Diseases of Under-nutrition" (NCD's) include cancers, cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity. Not only are these diseases the big killers in both the developed and developing world, they are, not coincidentally, the really big money makers for Big Pharma and Big Medica. After all, if people don't get sick they won't need drugs. Bad for the bottom line! Solution? Mandate under-nutrition and contaminated foods to make sure consumers are sick and have only expensive drugs available to them for long term use. Good for the bottom line.

By now the entire country is aware that the FDA is not in the health protection business. With the CAM Guidance, FDA's Planning and Policy department appears to be positioning the FDA for a stepped-up assault on providers, practitioners and purveyors of all alternative health care strategies in the US, Canada and Mexico. By distorting, extending and exceeding what the law which governs the FDA actually says, the Natural Solutions Foundation and our legal advisers believe the FDA is, in fact, carefully laying the groundwork for the eventual total annihilation of natural health.


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Making it Medical


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There are a number of ways this annihilation is being prepared for. First, the term "CAM" has been redefined and is used in the Guidance to mean "Complementary and Alternative MEDICINE" rather than the more generic "Complementary and Alternative MODALITIES". The difference is significant, as we have written before, because the redefinition of these practices and the products as MEDICINE may be interpreted by an agency hostile to all competitors to drug based medicine to mean that only licensed physicians may carry out these practices. Physicians are, with a few exceptions, ill equipped to perform non-medical practices and do not have the extended time to perform then which they take. Perhaps more important, physicians carrying out such practices (e.g., Reiki, massage, acupressure, biofeedback, nutritional therapy, detoxification, laying on of hands, sound healing, crystal therapy, color therapy, etc., etc.) may well be hauled before their State Medical Boards for practicing unapproved therapies, failing to follow the increasingly ubiquitous "Practice Guidelines" which detail which drug must be given for which disease, be paid less (or nothing at all for their services) by insurance companies AND, in Minnesota, have their names published on a State-run website as physicians practicing sub-standard medicine.


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But wait! There's more. The products which support these practices, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, herbs, juices, berries, holy water, organic foods, nuts, grapes, coconut oil, or whatever, which are used to support the procedures and intended to bring about healthy states become, under this guidance, "CAM products". As CAM products, if they are being used with the intent to bring about health impacts or benefits, they are classified as untested drugs. In the US and elsewhere, untested drugs are illegal and people or organizations selling, recommending or making claims for them are committing a crime.


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Remembering Cherries


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"Not even the FDA would act so irrationally and irresponsibly", you might think. You would be wrong.

The FDA says that their Guidance is merely a restatement of what is already law. To believe the FDA on this matter one would have to trust the FDA and see it as a fair minded, even-handed regulatory agency working for the good of health and consumers. That belief system would require an Olympic capacity for denial or a large pay check from the pharmaceutical industry, or better yet, both.


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One simple reminder out of many, many should suffice:

On October 17, 2006, when the Michigan cherry growers' trade group put up independent scientific studies on their website which showed that cherries possessed health benefits, the FDA announced that the association of a food (cherries) or food components with a health benefit (reduced joint pain) meant to the FDA that cherries were an untested drug and the cherry growers were therefore promoting an illegal drug: cherries. The growers' association was forced under threat of legal action by the Federal Government, to remove that information from their site.***


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Score? Big Pharma 1, Health Freedom 0. Referee: FDA


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"Willful Distortion of the Law"


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The FDA is once again distorting and extending US law to do the bidding of its pharmaceutical masters. While it has been doing so for a long time, according to our legal advisers, this Guidance appears very much like a willful distortion of the truth. The statements and assertions in the guidance have gone well beyond the law itself. For example, the FDA "Guidance" makes heavy use of the phrase "CAM products" (e.g., supplements of all types, foods used with the intent of inducing health or correcting illness like juice, nuts, holy water, berries, organic food, raw milk, etc.)

It sounds logical and seems to make sense until you realize that there is no such category. "CAM products" do not exist under the law but the FDA "Guidance", by its wording, has created a new "legal-like" category and devised an irrational and dangerous regulatory strategy for them. The "Guidance" makes it clear that "CAM products" will be classified as untested drugs if the intent behind their use is to heal, cure, treat or mitigate illness or to create health. The standard for regulation has been changed from use to INTENT! The FDA now gives itself the right to determine WHY you used, bought, recommended, provided or produced this substance.


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That means that any communication of the health impact or benefit for a food (or food component) turns the food or supplement into a drug. Selling, recommending or advising the use of that untested drug is illegal.


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This just happens to dovetail perfectly with the US-backed definition of advertising which will be discussed at the Codex Committee on Food Labeling (CCFL, which the Natural Solutions Foundation will be attending next week in Ottawa, Canada).


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That definition says that ANYTHING which influences public beliefs, behaviors or diet, and therefore either indirectly or directly influences the sale of food, constitutes advertising! As advertising, of course, it will be regulated by the government. See "Cherries" above.

The Natural Solutions Foundation has submitted comments to the FDA pursuant to its misguided policy of support for this dangerous muzzling of speech and information about food and health. (Those comments will be available shortly on our website along with our comments on Organic Standards and Genetically Modified Foods.)


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When we share those comments with delegates to Codex from health friendly countries, they take in what we say and, as with our Fluoride comments last November, can act to block the US' dangerous position.

In Chiang Mai, Thailand, at the Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses (or CCNFSDU) our comments showing the dangers of fluoride for infants led to the US being defeated in its bid to include it as a permitted additive for formula for normal infants. This was a big win for global health and bottle fed babies everywhere. It was also a clear indication that our presence and trust-building activities with the developing nations at Codex and in their home countries is a potent and successful strategy. The more of that we can do, the more impact we can have on health and health freedom globally and the weaker the "Big's" domination becomes.


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Big Pharma, Big Chema, Big Biotechna, Big Agribiz and Big Medica run the FDA and, according to our analysis and direct personal observation, the FDA runs Codex. The developing nations know this and value our input to help them find options inside and outside of Codex to protect their people from Codex dangers and their economies from World Trade Organization (WTO) trade sanctions if they stray from Codex.

When we go to CCFL next week, we will have copies of our Codex Book (http://www.healthfreedomusa.org/index.php?page_id=220)and Nutricide: the DVD (http://www.healthfreedomusa.org/index.php?page_id=156)to give to folks there. The Codex Book (available for download on our site) is an example of the application of the 2 step strategy we share with countries to protect their peoples from the multinational mandated under-nutrition which will kill so many. The same strategy, of course, can be used to protect any country from any of the dangerous standards and guidelines of Codex while "WTO proofing" the country.

These tools (available to you on our website , www.HealthFreedomUSA.org, are powerful persuaders. So are our comments.


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Grateful to the FDA


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When a dictator or a corrupt organization finally over-reaches beyond public tolerance, people react and take corrective action. This time the FDA, which has allowed itself to become a handmaiden to exactly the wrong forces and abandoned its watchdog role for a lapdog one, has gone way too far.


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What was obviously intended to be merely a bureaucratic exercise to position the FDA for its (final?) push against competitors to pharmaceutical profits has created a wonderful opportunity for our side. In fact, their blatant over-reaching has created the opportunity for a widespread and powerful public dialogue and debate about who owns your body and who gets to make your health decisions. That is why the Natural Solutions Foundation's comments call for public hearings and why we will be pressing for Congressional oversight and reform. agree with them, submit. It is also why we urge you to not just submit your own comments but to inform your contact base and motivate as many people as you can to also submit their comments.


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Where Do Your Comments Go?


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When we checked the FDA website to see if our comments were being posted, we noted that the site was last updated on March 16, 2007 and that there were very few comments posted. At that time over 60,000 comments had been submitted through our site alone but there were only 17 comments posted.


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Our Foundation's attorney and I made a conference call (I am in Thailand right now) to the FDA's Receiver of Dockets to learn more about this surprising situation. A very helpful supervisor told us that their system was overloaded and that the 9 people assigned to the task of dealing with comments were overloaded, too. She admitted that the FDA site was not able to handle the comments and finally gave us a dedicated email address to which our comments now go. That means that every comment submitted through our site now actually reaches the FDA. According to her, written comments are not tabulated but are, instead, merely made available for reading in the FDA reading room. Only electronic comments count and the only way that we know of to get them into the system reliably right now is to use our website, www.HealthFreedomUSA.org, to submit your comments! Click the Take Action Now! link** on our home page to make sure that the FDA actually gets your comments.


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Worth Pondering


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One could certainly ponder why this agency with a massive responsibility for public interface does not have sufficient staff and internet capacity to process public comment.


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It would appear that the FDA might not eager to hear that the American public



  • Values their own decision making

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Those who are able to buy the FDA's bland description of this document as 'a mere restatement of the law' are, at best, naive or misguided and at worst interested in lulling you to sleep so that you will not take action.

Fortunately, we are awake and aware so the regulatory arm of the Pharmaceutical industry, also know as the FDA, can't slip this one over on us.


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The Natural Solutions Foundation, by the way, is proud to have been the first health freedom organization to catch on to this particularly dangerous document and ring the alarm bells. That's why so many people trust us and, why, during this period, our supporters have increased more than 6 fold!


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And, because of what we are doing together to alert them, the American public has something effective to do with their outrage: share this information widely, make sure everyone in your circle of contacts -- everyone!-- knows about this "Guideline" and takes action BEFORE the deadline. Right now, nearly 100,000 people have submitted their comments to the FDA saying that health and health freedom belong in their own hands and calling for public hearings on the mishandling of this issue by the FDA.


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Experienced Washington hands tell us that there is a "tipping point" at which the FDA backs off on this kind of approach. We passed that tipping point when we roared out to Congress that taking away our supplements was NOT fine with the American people. They backed off and instead passed the 1994 Dietary Supplements Health and Education Act (DSHEA) by unanimous Congressional Consent! In fact, the stronger we are in protecting our rights, the quicker the Pharma bullies and their "enforcer", the FDA, back off. Yes, they come around again, but then, as Jefferson said, "The price of liberty is eternal vigilance".


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If you motivate 15 people to send their comments through the site (so we know they get to the FDA), we'll have nearly 1.5 million. If your doctor, nutritionist, acupuncturist, health food store owner, supplement manufacturer, and so on tells the people who come to them about this, they can swell those numbers considerably. (If you are a person with a practice or customers involved, you can, too.) In other words, it's really up to each of us to make sure the tipping point is reached before the April 30 deadline.


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Unlike a regular "grocery store petition" or an email one, for that matter, these comments are targeted, focused, provided for by law and are supposed to be taken into account by the regulatory agency receiving them. Absent our comments, we have no leg to stand on should the FDA fail to listen to he "vox populi", the voice of the people. With those comments, the tipping point can be reached and we can make our collective voices count to make sure that the health freedom tipping point is reached!


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I want to change the topic slightly for a moment more of your time:

First, the Open Integrative University of Complementary Medicine (OIUCM) will be holding their World Congress of Integrative Medicines (http://www.oiucmglobal.com/v2/cms/) in Santa Fe from May 4-6, 2007. I will be flying there direct from the CCFL meeting in Ottawa to attend and speak there (as I was honored to do last year) and would like to invite all of you to come participate in what is truly a remarkable event on every level. While you are there, please let me know that you are a Natural Solutions Foundation supporter so I can thank you in person!


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Second, a reminder: the health freedom battle can only be fought if we have your continuing activism and support. Here are some support options and I hope you will take them all!



  • Please visit Organics4U (http://www.healthfreedomusa.org/store/cart.php ), our all-organic store and make your supplement and wellness product purchases count for health freedom. Every purchase supports the Natural Solutions Foundation on, on most items, your purchase is 40% tax deductible because it is supporting a tax exempt organization! Right now, this is virtually the only way to claim a tax deduction for your supplement purchases. It's our way of saying "Thanks for your support!"

  • Please consider making either a one time or a recurring tax deductible donation (http://www.healthfreedomusa.org/index.php?page_id=189) to support the Natural Solutions Foundation's work on your behalf. If you have already made a recent donation, thanks! If not, now would be a great time since the battle is raging hot and heavy and there is a huge amount of work to be done.

  • Please become a source of information. The mainstream media is not a source of information so we have to inform each other. Forward emails like this, take the action steps recommended in them and let your contacts know that you are concerned about health and health freedom.



  • Please get involved and get your community involved. Contact us to find the best ways to use your unique talents and resources to make health freedom not only a household word, but a household reality!


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Thanks for your devotion and your activism. Please feel free to email us with thoughts, comments, suggestions and ideas. This is YOUR battle, after all. It's YOUR health and health freedom that's at stake.


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Yours in health and freedom,

Rima E. Laibow, MD
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1 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tipping_Point
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*Trilateral Cooperation Charter http://www.fda.gov/oia/charter.html
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**Take Action Now!


*** Cherry Growers Association grow untested drug: cherries http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2006/mar2006_cover_cherries_01.htm


Thursday, April 26th, 2007
11:16 am
[poetgrowth]
It's been a while
Yay!!

My computer is fixed...ish.  The important part is i can get here to post again.
Tuesday, September 12th, 2006
10:43 am
[sushil_yadav]
Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment
The link between Mind and Social / Environmental-Issues.

The fast-paced, consumerist lifestyle of Industrial Society is causing exponential rise in psychological problems besides destroying the environment. All issues are interlinked. Our Minds cannot be peaceful when attention-spans are down to nanoseconds, microseconds and milliseconds. Our Minds cannot be peaceful if we destroy Nature.


Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment

Subject : In a fast society slow emotions become extinct.
Subject : A thinking mind cannot feel.
Subject : Scientific/ Industrial/ Financial thinking destroys the planet.
Subject : Environment can never be saved as long as cities exist.


Emotion is what we experience during gaps in our thinking.

If there are no gaps there is no emotion.

Today people are thinking all the time and are mistaking thought (words/ language) for emotion.


When society switches-over from physical work (agriculture) to mental work (scientific/ industrial/ financial/ fast visuals/ fast words ) the speed of thinking keeps on accelerating and the gaps between thinking go on decreasing.

There comes a time when there are almost no gaps.

People become incapable of experiencing/ tolerating gaps.

Emotion ends.

Man becomes machine.



A society that speeds up mentally experiences every mental slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

A ( travelling )society that speeds up physically experiences every physical slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

A society that entertains itself daily experiences every non-entertaining moment as Depression / Anxiety.



FAST VISUALS /WORDS MAKE SLOW EMOTIONS EXTINCT.

SCIENTIFIC /INDUSTRIAL /FINANCIAL THINKING DESTROYS EMOTIONAL CIRCUITS.

A FAST (LARGE) SOCIETY CANNOT FEEL PAIN / REMORSE / EMPATHY.

A FAST (LARGE) SOCIETY WILL ALWAYS BE CRUEL TO ANIMALS/ TREES/ AIR/ WATER/ LAND AND TO ITSELF.


To read the complete article please follow either of these links :

http://www.planetsave.com/ps_mambo/index.php?option=com_simpleboard&Itemid=75&func=view&id=68&catid=6

http://www.earthnewswire.com/index.php?option=com_forum&Itemid=89&page=viewtopic&t=11


sushil_yadav
Monday, May 8th, 2006
9:12 am
[poetgrowth]
Seed Swap
POET will be sponsering a "Seed Swap" on May 27 at Herbal Magick. We will be there from 10am-4pm

address: 402 West Ave Lockport NY

Bring any seeds, bulbs, tubers, cuttings, broken up plantings that you don't want. Take whatever new green treasures you like.

Plants and seeds are all free.

While you are there, check out all the lovely things the shop has to offer. My personal favorite is the Jamaican Rum Royal Tea.
Monday, May 1st, 2006
10:16 am
[poetgrowth]
My Thoughts
I'm working on setting up a "seed swap". Essentially folk bring the seeds, cuttings, and seedlings that would otherwise go to waste, and pick up stuff that other people have brought. I hope this goes well, I'd like to see a lot of people who are not POET members show up. Part of this after all is to generate awareness, of our existance, and of options with purchasing and growing veggies and herbs.

We will have an information sheet people can take as well. It will have a bit about POET, and what we are, a listing of local farmers markets, as comprehensive as I can make, and some organic gardening tips. Basically something I hope people will take and consider worth keeping. I've begun working on the bit about POET, and in asking the other members if I've covered everthing that's important, found that what I feel is obvious isn't.

I guess that's the way many things go huh? Can't have miscommunication with out the things I think are obvious being anything but to someone else. Anyway that's not so much the important part as what I feel about sustainable living. Many people see this as strictly an environmental issue. I do not. I believe there is a direct correlation between mental/emotional/physical well being and conectedness to the actual rhythms of nature.

I see "sustainable living" as a very personal move as well as environmental.
Looking at the disease, crime, and general unhappiness of so many people I'm confident in saying the way we live is not sustainable...on a personal scale. We burn ourselves out over nothing, take in pseudo food (see the ingredients for mac and cheese), spend no time in real sunlight, doing very little physically, and wonder why we can't sleep.

So how do we fix things??? Make it so we are thriving rather than burning out? LOL not by quitting work and running off to the mountains... while that has a certain appeal... I don't know about anyone else, but the first critter I had to kill for dinner would put a crimp in that whole romance. Where money is concerned its time to return to a simpler era. One where anticipation gives its own brand of pleasure. Rather than buying everything on credit when you want it, save for those big ticket items. Watch for sales...

Thus we come back to buying locally. With gas prices going ever skyward prices on everything else will follow. How do you save??? Sometimes its impossible, I know that, but for your peace of mind... at that point it might be better to do without that item than buy on credit. Ok...back to buying locally... the prices are going to be better on in season items than what you find in the grocery store. Why? It didn't have to be transported thousands of miles. That little bit you save on your locally purchased produce can go in the "penny jar". It does add up, and you'd be amazed how quickly. See it really is all connected.
Monday, April 24th, 2006
9:56 pm
[reportergirlkes]
POET Meeting for April

POET Meeting

April 22, 2006

Borders Bookstore, Cheektowaga

 

Present: Joanne, Dan, Alex, Dee, Karen

 

Treasury: $2.95

  • Joanne’s mom gave us her pop cans

 

Seed-Swap Day

  • May 20, 1 p.m. at Herbal Magick, Lockport (Angela’s shop)
  • Bring seeds and cuttings to swap
  • We want to write about this and post it on Buffalo Freecycle
  • Veggie/fruit tray & cookies
    • People are invited to bring a treat to share
  • Will have a Suggestion Notebook available for people to jot ideas down & a “penny jar” for donations

 

Highway Clean-Up

  • Joanne talked with Kim Mole, who is sending info on this next week

 

River Clean-Up

  • April 22 (as in during the meeting) and 3rd weekend of September
  • Maybe we can join in this in September?

 

Drumming Circle as Caszanovia Park

  • $50 for up to 100 people for park use
  • We would like to have another drum circle night
  • Would like to invite Buffalo and Brandy
  • Joanne would contact them
  • Maybe sometime this fall?
  • Buffalo and Brandy bring their own drums for people to use, teach and lead the circle

 

Summer Picnic

  • Social party; we find a park and have a party
  • Will plan this during the seed swap

 

Donations for Camp Get-Away gift basket

  • Our theme is “Mental Health Day”
  • Get items to Joanne

 

We didn’t pick out a next meeting time, but we are having the seed swap a month from now, which would be our regular meeting. We plan to do “meeting stuff” then. And I can’t spell Caszanovia; sorry.

Sunday, April 23rd, 2006
11:39 am
[poetgrowth]
Allergies
Ahhh Spring is such a *sneeze...sniffle* joy.

I caught something on the news the other day which got me thinking. The basics of the story was that there may be a connection between the rise in childhood asthma and allergies and use of antibacterial products. The theory being our immune systems don't have enough to do to learn to differentiate between what it has to respond to and what it doesn't.

I do agree that antibacterial everything is not good. I believe the indicators that its producing stronger bacteria. I also agree that it may weaken our immune systems. After all exposure is key to healthy function of the immune system. Our bodies can't develop ways to fight the critters without first being exposed.

The problem stems, I believe, from what we are feeding our kids. Each year more and more of our food comes from boxes. Along with food, there are things that just shouldn't go in the human body. I'm in my 30's... when I was a kid we got our share of canned food... and tv dinners were a treat. Now frozen and boxed meals are a staple in most kitchens. Even the simplest of meals can be found somewhere in a box. Stew made in a crockpot...chicken and rice...it amazes me that these things come in a box... and that people buy them.

Now taking a look at the perennial kids favorite... Mac&Cheese from a box. I'll admit it, mine's a no name... but I'm sure Kraft isn't all that different. These are the ingredients:
enriched macaroni (duram and enriched wheat flour
[Error: Irreparable invalid markup ('<niacin,>') in entry. Owner must fix manually. Raw contents below.]

Ahhh Spring is such a *sneeze...sniffle* joy.

I caught something on the news the other day which got me thinking. The basics of the story was that there may be a connection between the rise in childhood asthma and allergies and use of antibacterial products. The theory being our immune systems don't have enough to do to learn to differentiate between what it has to respond to and what it doesn't.

I do agree that antibacterial everything is not good. I believe the indicators that its producing stronger bacteria. I also agree that it may weaken our immune systems. After all exposure is key to healthy function of the immune system. Our bodies can't develop ways to fight the critters without first being exposed.

The problem stems, I believe, from what we are feeding our kids. Each year more and more of our food comes from boxes. Along with food, there are things that just shouldn't go in the human body. I'm in my 30's... when I was a kid we got our share of canned food... and tv dinners were a treat. Now frozen and boxed meals are a staple in most kitchens. Even the simplest of meals can be found somewhere in a box. Stew made in a crockpot...chicken and rice...it amazes me that these things come in a box... and that people buy them.

Now taking a look at the perennial kids favorite... Mac&Cheese from a box. I'll admit it, mine's a no name... but I'm sure Kraft isn't all that different. These are the ingredients:
enriched macaroni (duram and enriched wheat flour<niacin, ferrous sulfate, thaimine mononitrate,riboflavin, folic acid>)
whey
enriched wheat flour (wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid)
salt
partially hydrogenated soybean oil
cheddar cheese (pasturized milk, cheese cultures, salt, enzymes)
calcium carbonate
food starch-modified
corn starch
disodium phosphate
autolyzed yeast extract
citric acid
butter (creamm salt)
yellow 5
yellow 6

The body has to process all this stuff... somehow. I think a lot of it ends up clogging up the systems that normally deal easily with "normal" stuff like dust and pollen. The body is just over loaded with stuff it has to clean out, so it reacts in such a way that tries to keep stuff out. Asthma, you can't inhale as deeply, and mucous catches the stuff so you can blow it out. Makes perfectly logical sense to me.


Current Mood: high
Tuesday, April 18th, 2006
6:13 pm
[poetgrowth]
cool site
With all this talk about buying locally grown goods I decided to start a list for my area, farmers markets, farms that have stands, who's organic. In my searching I found its been done for me and not just Western NY. The site is

Localharvest.org

plug in your zip and you get the nearest farmers markets and other outlets. Its free for folks to list themselves on it, so if you don't find your favorite grower... let them know!!!!
Friday, April 14th, 2006
11:53 am
[poetgrowth]
how local is local?
Easy to answer right? Local is stuff that's here. But what about owners and operators? Even there, the farmer's market and roadside stands its obvious. The seller is the producer. But looking around Buffalo and Western NY you can see where it gets harder.

I have 2 grocery stores across the street from each other, so the same distance from my house. They are part of chains that were both at one time centered in Western NY. The problem... Tops has been purchased by a corporation outside of Western NY. Wegmann's is still centered in WNY. Now if "local" is simply proximity... than either store will do. For me "local" is also defined by where Corporate HQ is. So that Tops is out for most things.

Now a little further away (still within 10 miles of me) is a grocery store that is not part of a chain. They are wholly locally owned and operated. They even still employ a real butcher in their meat department. What I've noticed is their prices and quality for fresh products is better than both Tops and Wegmanns. I feel in this case, they are the best choice for a lot of things. The money I spend stays within the community...or at least more of it does and I don't need to spend as much. There are other locally owned stores that I patronize for the same reasons. Their product is better, they offer greater variety and the prices are better.

There is a meat market I can get everything from alligator meat to a 40lb box of skinless boneless chicken breasts for less than 40 bucks. Personally gator is not on my shoping list...but at some point maybe the ostrich or buffalo may be. You could have knocked me over with a feather when I was told their suppliers for both are ranches in Western NY, so don't forget to ask where the stuff you are buying comes from. Now there's no question, I'm not passing up the chicken at that price... but if the Buffalo were coming in from Wyoming rather than NY...why bother?

So buying local can take a little work and research... but I do think its worth the effort. It reduces transport effects, and keeps more funding in your area. So rather than just shopping, my trips to the store are a "quest"... much more fun if you wanted to grow up and be a princess... or a knight... or a dragon... never could decide which.
Tuesday, April 11th, 2006
9:38 am
[poetgrowth]
alternative fuels
This past few day's we've had a fascinating discussion of alternative fuels in a yahoo group I belong to. One person's primary point was if Brazil can convert to all vehicles running on ethanol within 20 years. (they are nearly completely dependant on ethanol now)why can't we (being the US)?

I think to find that answer...or maybe its the answer to the question of how we can promote alternative fuel use can be found in the past. Our infrastructure to support cars and the like was funded primarily by the automotive industry. Their objective was to create a demand for cars by making it easy to drive and fuel one. While US car/truck manufacturers are hurting due to high prices, the folk in charge are not. Our current president comes from an "oil family" its just not a financially good idea for these people to promote "alternative" when they are reporting record earnings.

What I think it comes down it is individuals changing our usage and choices. Some things are easy to do, that "energy star" promo on appliances and electronics... it really does make a difference. I'm basing this on my mom's purchase of a new front loading "energy star"(Kenmore if you are interested) washing machine. Since she purchased it she's noticed a definite difference in both the electric bill and the water bill. So some things may be worth a little more money up front.

There are more difficult choices we can make as well. For example there is a relatively inexpensive conversion kit for diesel engines which allow them to run on vegetable oil, with the filter working properly, used oil is fine. That would mean your local McDonald's could also be your filling station. Think about it, no toxic emissions, no expensive gas, and what would otherwise be a waste product put to use, and disposed of in one fell swoop. Not bad huh?
So if everyone who was going to buy a new car bought diesel and followed up with the conversion... it would force the industries involved to meet the new demands of the consumer.

The question then becomes not how do we change things, but how do we convince enough people that individual effort can and will cause changes.
Saturday, April 8th, 2006
10:32 am
[poetgrowth]
local vs organic
I wind up doing all of my grocery shopping for the month at once. Or at least as much of it as I can. My budget is very tight, so I do seek out the best buys I can find. For me that includes a Saturday foray at the nearest farmer's market. I haven't found anything cheaper...except maybe roadside stands during the summer. I also find the produce to be generally of better quality than what is offered in local grocery stores.

Most of the farmers who sell at the market nearest me are not organic. That has me wondering... would it actually be better to buy the organic produce at my local supermarket... or stick with the local product at the farmers market. I suppose the other option is to find local organic produce... but I'm dealing with tonsilitus right now... that's more work than I want

So what are the benifits of organic produce? Well first all the chemicals, both fertilizer and insecticides are not used. This is better for water, soil, air, and me without a doubt. It may be nutritionally superior as organic farming tends to replace more nutrients, not just the big 3 you find in chemical fertilizers.

On the down side who know's where the organic produce is coming from. That can mean a great deal of transportation, which has a negative environmental impact. Also in all likelyhood the produce would be harvested before ripe. That means not as much time to build nutrients into the produce, as well as inferior flavor.

Locally grown produce doesn't have the transport distance nor is it harvested before its ripe. So the flavor is going to be better...and that may be enough to equalize the nutrition factor. However there's still the issue of chemicles.

Well right now for me the answer is easy. The best quality for least money wins every time.
Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006
9:56 am
[poetgrowth]
Baby steps
I'm trying to remember the movie... I think its the Sandra Bullock rehab flick...anyway one of the people in recovery asked when they could reasonably consider dating/relationships. The speaker said, wait a year, then buy a plant. When you can keep your plant alive for a whole year, get a pet. After the pet and plant survive you might be ready to think about it. Not a direct quote but you get the picture.

While I don't know if that's sound advice regardding addiction recovery and relationships, it makes sense in a lot of ways. When you are looking at major and permanent lifestyle changes, there are ways which gurantee failure, and ways in which you MIGHT succeed. Personally I think its unfair that failure is the only thing folk are willing to guarantee. Stacks the deck against change in a big way. However the concensus is that lasting change grows from small steps.

It is now officially spring. The perfect time to start something new. It doesn't have to be a grand plan. Maybe for you its going to bed without watching the news. A little less stress for your sleep time and a little more time for sleep. Not only is it good for you, but that's at least a half hour earlier you are turning off your lights and TV. Try it and you may even see a difference in your electric bill.

There are a couple "new" things I'm starting. One I'm actaully going to stay up when I wake up after 7 AM. I'm not working right now... its real easy to sleep all day, and stay up all night. Not a good thing for my health or happiness. LOL that ideally is going to go with a daily walk... but well so far I'm only managing the staying up part. . The other thing is to bring my bags to the grocery store. I shop primarily at Aldi so that's not difficult. I just keep forgetting them and having to buy more.

Those are my babysteps for the moment... what are yours??

Jo
Saturday, March 18th, 2006
8:59 pm
[reportergirlkes]
Minutes from 3-18-06 meeting

POET Board Meeting

March 18, 2006

Boarders Books/Café in Cheektowaga

 

Present: Joanne, Dan, Karen

Absent: Rhia (who responded she’d like to be there but was ill)

 

Treasury: still $.25

  • Joanne’s mom is collecting pop cans and says we can have them

 

Mission statement and things related

  • Joanne said she’s going to rephrase the POET introduction to be more “inclusive” for pagans, Christians and other paths
  • Currently too “pagan-centered”
  • Hoping it will attract additional members because we are an eclectic group

 

Earth Day at the beach

  • Joanne is still waiting for her contract to get back to her; we may be cleaning a stretch of beach

 

The ’Blog

  • Joanne plans to have an essay a week go up to encourage discussion
  • Karen suggests she cross-post it with this list
  • Other ’bloggers welcome to contribute

 

Our LiveJournal ’blog can be found at http://community.livejournal.com/earthstewards/

Go visit. You don’t need to have an LJ account to view or respond to it, although it helps.

 

Next meeting:

  • April 22, 1 p.m. at Boarders in Cheektowaga

or

  • if we have an event for Earth Day, there & then

 

After the meeting:

Dan and I (Karen) were talking and he phrased the goals of POET this way – we are teaching and exploring and living the practical applications of our many paths in an effort to change the world for the better



Current Mood: productive
Thursday, March 9th, 2006
11:31 am
[reportergirlkes]
Hey
So, I'm just testing this since, so far I'm the only other community.

:)

Karen

Current Mood: curious
Wednesday, March 8th, 2006
12:27 pm
[poetgrowth]
setting up
ok folks I'm just getting a feel for this group thing... if I did it right we will have everyone in the yahoo group able to post... as well as anyone else... could be interesting...

Jo
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