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Monthly Archives: November 2015

Maui Sends Mile-Long Peace Lei to Paris


A group of Maui residents have delivered sections of a mile-long lei to Paris, as a symbol of aloha, kindness and love.  The lei, launched by the Cynthia Rose Foundation, is made up of eight sections that combined, stretch a total of one mile. The lei was divided into eight sections – representing each of the Hawaiian Islands – and will be given to several memorial sites. Read more of this post

Going Gluten Free – New Study


A study by researchers at Aberdeen University’s Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health suggests adopting a gluten-free diet can reduce fatigue and increase energy levels. The “Going Gluten Free” study is the largest of its kind in the UK. Read more of this post

WiFi Sensitivity – Suicide?


The Daily Mail reports a schoolgirl in the UK was found dead after suffering an allergic reaction to her school’s WiFi that made her life a misery, an inquest heard. The parents of 15-year-old Jenny Fry claim that she suffered from electro-hypersensitivity (EHS), which caused her to suffer tiredness, headaches and bladder problems. Read more of this post

Dow AgroSciences Busted – EPA Halts Approval of Toxic Enlist Duo Pesticide


Responding to a lawsuit brought by Center for Food Safety and Earthjustice, the EPA announced it is revoking the registration of Enlist Duo, a toxic combination of glyphosate (Roundup) and 2,4-D – an ingredient in Agent Orange. Approved by the agency a year ago, Dow’s Enlist Duo was created for use on the next generation of genetically engineered crops, as an answer to the growing problem of weeds that are resistant to glyphosate. It was being employed on a new generation of corn and soybean seeds that are genetically engineered to tolerate sprays of both herbicides. Read more of this post

Syria – Climate Change & Civil War


Here’s a link to a Mother Jones magazine article that features a comic strip explaining how Syria’s civil war was fomented by climate change. In March, a Scientific American article also addressed this subject.

“Climate change can make storms stronger, cold spells longer and water supplies drier. But can it cause war? A new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences says drought in Syria, exacerbated to record levels by global warming, pushed social unrest in that nation across a line into an open uprising in 2011. Read more of this post

Consuming Soft Drinks Associated with Aggression


A study published in the  Journal of Pediatrics found that boys and girls who had four sodas a day were more than twice as likely to get into fights, destroy others’ possessions and physically attack people, compared with those who drank other beverages. Read more of this post

Autism Research Recommendations


Professor James Adams is director of Arizona State University’s Autism/Asperger’s Research Program. Based on over 150 published research studies he offers a number of recommendations for parents with autistic children,  including improving diets by stressing organic food, and avoiding sugar, “junk food,” fried food, and artificial colors/flavors/preservatives. Stressing a gluten free, casein free diet (and often corn free and soy free), using vitamin/mineral supplements (particularly vitamin B6 and magnesium), and taking probiotics. Read more of this post

A Scientist’s $10 million Monsanto Challenge

gmoduDr. Shiva Ayyadurai, a systems biologist from MIT, has presented a $10 million challenge to Monsanto. Ayyadurai recently conducted a peer reviewed analysis of over 6,000 lab experiments which showed that GMO soy accumulates high levels of the Class 1 carcinogen formaldehyde. Read more of this post

The GMO Salmon Debate – Approved in the U.S.


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s has given approval for genetically engineered salmon to be farmed for human consumption, marking the first-ever such approval in the world for an animal whose DNA has been scientifically modified. The FDA also declared that as the salmon is supposedly as nutritious as normally grown Atlantic salmon, it will not require special labeling. Read more of this post

A Homage to Paris’ Bataclan Theatre

eiffel6803334The Bataclan theatre in Paris, the site of the horrific slaughter of concert goers, has been a favorite of musicians for years.  In remembrance of the attack Bryan Ferry wrote: “In November 1972 Roxy Music performed at the Bataclan in Paris. All our thoughts are with Paris and our French friends.” Peter Gabriel, who fronted Genesis there in 1975, simply wrote, “shocked, sad and angry. We are all Parisian today.” Read more of this post