Have you seen the reports that have been released just this month? The Environmental Working Group just published data from their third round of testing on breakfast cereals and found high levels of the carcinogen glyphosate in all but two samples. The FDA quietly released study results showing that a group of “forever chemicals” called PFAS compounds in many different types of food including chocolate cake and icing. PFAS chemicals are poisonous to the immune system and not regulated.
The ongoing recall of blood pressure medication possibly containing cancer causing ingredients was expanded yet again this week. At the same time, we are seeing more brands of vitamins and supplements testing positive for contaminants to the point where major retailers like CVS are trying to assure the public that their requirement of third party purity testing should make us feel good about buying there. What’s a consumer to do? Who can we trust? We haven’t even talked about the issue of vaccines!
Well don’t look up for answers because new analysis of rainwater is now finding microplastics falling from the sky. That’s in addition to the aluminum and other toxic health particles that have been measured in rainwater for the last decade. Government agencies continue to deny geo-engineering, all while new secret documents and patents for space based weather manipulation are uncovered every day.
If we continue on this path, there won’t be anyone still alive to sound the alarm over the poisoning of our planet. We all need to realize our personal power and let our voices be heard. It only takes the coherence of one percent to start a ripple effect of change to the whole. What will you do?
Ketamine, once used frequently as a battlefield anesthetic during wartime and more recently as a club drug, has found new acclaim in its use to treat depression. Scientists and medical professionals have documented Ketamine’s ability to alleviate depressive symptoms in just hours, but didn’t really understand how it worked. Now new research hints at revealing the secret mechanism of action. In the most recent study, mice were injected with a stress hormone and then recorded exhibiting depressive symptoms such as refusing to eat in addition to recording the loss of synaptic connections in their brain. The mice were then given a dose of ketamine as investigators recorded surprising brain changes. The synaptic connections previously recorded, started to repair themselves after only twelve hours. In addition to repaired neuronal connections, the depressive symptoms that the mice had shown disappeared almost instantly. Ketamine therapy holds great promise in being able to quickly treat suicidal thoughts and depression, and this research helps uncover its secrets.
There has been so much buzz around the Green New Deal initiative presented by Democratic Representative Ocazio-Cortez recently. This initiative was proposed to simultaneously tackle climate change and economic inequality.. It’s goals are lofty, and ones that most Americans would love to see happen, but more of a pipe dream than a realistic endeavor right now.
The plan calls for greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles to be at zero within ten years. It calls for the end of using fossil fuels across the board, including manufacturing and transportation, and a transition to alternative energy and fuel. Also included is a massive goal of repairing and improving our infrastructure and net zero energy building, which includes upgrading all existing structures. On the economic side, not only does it call for guaranteed living wage employment for everyone, but also reparations and protections for those who have been disadvantaged by industry in the past. Basic utility prices are mandated to be affordable and available to all. Sounds wonderful! But is it realistic or just utopian musings?
With the caveat that the best indicator for future behavior is recent past behavior, critics of this plan are right to be skeptical. Historically, our country has an abysmal track record of bringing bright shiny ideas like this into concrete reality. Just look at the Obama stimulus package. Or the new rail project in California that just got permanently cancelled. Great ideas that offer both economic equality and protection against climate change have broad support in their proposal but almost utter failure in their implementation. The biggest reason, in my opinion, is that the powerful corporations and elite of this world have a big stake in maintaining their wealth and influence and as a whole do not act in ways that would foster equality and access for all. Until this changes, all these ideas are just a dream. One only needs to realize that with all the amazing technological advances we have seen this century alone, we still drive vehicles that are operating with 100 year old technology while patents that would revolutionize this remain suppressed for national security reasons.
I’m not saying we should stop dreaming and wishing for a healthier, cleaner, more just and equal society. I’m saying that in order for this type of change to happen, we all need to clear away the distracting chatter and get serious about how we can address the fundamental blocks to achieving this goal. Until we get real about that…. this is all a beautiful fantasy.