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Monthly Archives: October 2016

Why Our Brain’s Need Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids

omega20fd34326d559039edbAround 60% of our brain is made up of fat and every single brain cell is surrounded by fat. To function best our brains need healthy forms of saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. We can’t make our own Essential Fatty Acids so we need to make sure we eat foods containing them and/or take supplements. The two most important omega-3 fatty acids for cardiovascular and mental health are DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid). Read more of this post

Europe Has Essentially Rejected GMOs Without Any Loss of Crop Yields


The New York Times published  a report by investigative journalist Danny Hakim that slams GMOs as the food boon for the future concluding, “genetic modification in the United States and Canada has not accelerated increases in crop yields or led to an overall reduction in the use of chemical pesticides.” Read more of this post

How Hillary Clinton’s State Department Sold Fracking to the World


Mother Jones reports on a trove of secret documents details the US government’s global push for shale gas. One icy morning in February 2012, Hillary Clinton’s plane touched down in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia, which was just digging out from a fierce blizzard. Wrapped in a thick coat, the secretary of state descended the stairs to the snow-covered tarmac, where she and her aides piled into a motorcade bound for the presidential palace. That afternoon, they huddled with Bulgarian leaders, including Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, discussing everything from Syria’s bloody civil war to their joint search for loose nukes. But the focus of the talks was fracking. Read more of this post

Native Hawaiian Candidates Hope To Oust Pro-GMO Maui Council Incumbents In Historic Election


The islands of Hawaii are the world’s epicenter for GMO testing, and candidates for Maui’s County Council like Alika Atay the thunderous-voiced leader of Hawaii’s emerging Aina Protectors United movement,  an organic farmer and an outspoken Native Hawaiian, are fighting back. He is one of nine members of the reformist Maui Ohana slate running to create a people-powered Council that is committed to bringing environmental and economic justice to the land of his ancestors. “I am speaking for the land, for the water, for the children,” Atay explains. Read more of this post

French Scientist Wins GMO Libel Lawsuit


On 22 September a French judge in the Criminal Court of Paris found Marc Fellous guilty of forgery and the use of forgery in order to defame Prof Gilles-Eric Seralini and CRIIGEN, a research association which focuses on the risks of genetic engineering and pesticides and the development of alternatives. Fellous, former chairman of France’s Biomolecular Engineering Commission, was indicted by the High Court of Paris on November 25, 2015 for “forgery” and “the use of forgery,” in a libel case initiated by Prof. Gilles-Eric Séralini. He will be sentenced in early 2017. Read more of this post

Smart Phones, Lithium Batteries & Toxic Gases

sam184906_600Dozens of dangerous gases are produced by the batteries found in billions of consumer devices, like smartphones and tablets, according to a new study. The research, published in Nano Energy, identified more than 100 toxic gases released by lithium batteries, including carbon monoxide. Read more of this post

More Drug Company Greed


A drug used to treat lead poisoning is causing a toxic reaction among hospitals and poison control centers after Valeant Pharmaceuticals jacked up the price more than 2,700 percent in a single year. Read more of this post

Alarming Levels of Mercury in the North West & Possible Link to Autism


An article in EcoWatch by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Lyn Redwood, reveals a team of scientists led by the U.S Geological Survey (USGS) released a comprehensive report showing widespread mercury contamination across western North America. The report, based on decades of mercury data and research, found alarming levels of mercury and methylmercury in the forests, fishes, wildlife, plants and waterways of America’s western landscapes. Read more of this post

The Internet of Dumb Things


Techdirt has published an alarming article on the ongoing march to wirelessly connect everything and the resulting security problems and the Wall Street Journal just reported on a massive Chinese hack. Here’s Techdirt first – “Making fun of the Internet of Things has become a sort of national pastime, made possible by a laundry list of companies jumping into the space without the remotest idea what they’re actually doing. When said companies aren’t busy promoting some of the dumbest ideas imaginable, they’re making it abundantly clear that the security of their “smart,” connected products is absolutely nowhere to be found. Read more of this post

The Clinton Skeletons – Part 3


Part 3 of  a peak behind the curtain at Bill and Hillary Clinton’s extensive history of controversies and scandals begins with Commercegate. Read more of this post