LOVE your environment and LOVE this planet and remembering that what you GIVE is what you GET. This also works on this subject even if not really felt so directly. But more important is, that this is also about LOVING YOURSELF!
Considering our current state and our environment, thinking about this in large terms may seem like an impossible challenge and on a personal level more complicated, expensive and troublesome than really worth it. However, when you come to think of the individual points and changes, it becomes a lot moreREAL and POSSIBLE, step by step so to say.
Unfortunately, over time we have kind of come to adopt this false attitude and thinking or conviction, that, if we as individuals do something good in our life, it’s like a drop of water on hot stone and it doesn’t really change anything? well, that is NOT TRUE and proper BRAIN WASH in friendly terms!
So… WAKE UP and get back to REALITY! Think about it? if YOU change, your family, friends, colleagues, neighbours or others, may see this and respect you for it (even if at first they don?t fully understand). You may have just encouraged someone else to do the same and this chain reaction continues. The more do this, the more the markets and economy will also adapt to provide exactly ?that? more and more commonly. Remember that sadly money is still a driver for a lot and when they see that the consumption goes down in one area, they will produce and provide more of where the consumption is now increasing.
If you look around you, we can already see that happening in more and more countries. Now, even if it doesn’t? you know what?
YOU are making a CHANGE and that counts, no matter how small or pointless it may seem.
There we go? but what can you do and where should we start? Here are some suggestions from hundreds of further possibilities for “Going GREEN” and “LOVING YOURSELF MORE” 😉
… and NO, you don?t have to do it ALL at ONCE… even if you do just ONE, it?s ONE more!
- Water… Use water filters or purifiers (Distillers, Reverse Osmosis) to use your own tap water instead of buying it. If you buy it, get it in recycled glass or carton bricks and recycle them again after use. You can also add-on or install “low-flow” taps, shower heads and flushes. If you can, collect your rainwater and make use of that whenever you can instead of tap water. Some more tips on saving water are;
- Bath less and Shower instead
- Shower with your partner, this is not only eco but fun 😉
- Take shorter showers
- Don’t let the water taps run when you don’t need them, an example would be when brushing your teeth
- Don’t rinse your cutlery if you use a dishwasher
- Believe it or not 🙂 use Car washes over washing your own car (unless you use the rain water) it is very often a lot more efficient and uses less water.
- Energy and Heating… Switch to or start installing and using Solar, Wind, Water or Geothermal Energy in your home. There are many, many, many more “little” ways to save energy in your daily life too, such as;
- Adjust your “temperature”, lower the overall temperature of your thermostats, adjust rooms temperatures according to their use, make use of your doors, keeping the warm rooms warm and the cooler cool. Each °C may save you up to 10% on your energy usage.
- Use Energy saving lights? IMPORTANT, don’t get the “common” ones with the “twisty” tubes! They contain Mercury (Quicksilver) and are everything BUT eco- friendly, not to mention the health risk. You can get LEDs, even Halogen or then the normal ones (it?s more a question ?How? you use them)
- Turn the lights off when you leave the room, don’t turn on the lights for as long as you can and use the natural light instead (open the curtains, decorate using light colours install more windows etc?
- Turn of Computers, TVs, Stereos and other electronics at night or when you don’t use them.
- Wash your laundry using Cold or Warm water instead of Hot
- Hang dry your cloths, don’t use the tumble dryer
- Use as little Hot water as possible, even when washing or showering yourself or any other general “sink jobs”
- Don’t pre-heat the oven.
- Use rechargeable batteries
- Get yourself “solar chargers” for you cell phones, tables and even laptops
- Transport… This is a difficult topic for many and really depends on your options. The overall statement is, to reduce driving your car. If you live in a city, stop driving, use public transport, bike and walk. If you live outside of a cities, try car-sharing or public transport if and where available. You can also change your car for a new more Eco friendly one (Hybrid or a Flintstones version, etc?), sure there is someone to make you a good deal 😉 Other little tips for when you have a car and use it are;
- Maintain your car well
- Use your cruise control when you have it
- Sounds silly? but drive the actual speed limit indicated not slower and not faster
- Try to reduce the amount of “trips” you make? combine your tasks
- Depending on your job, check with your employer if you can work form home some days
- Plastics and Teflon (PFOA / PTFE)… Try to eliminate these materials from your life and home completely. They are not only bad for your environment but also your health! We strongly suggest you inform and research this subject deeply. Replace your cooking ware with stainless-steal, iron, glass, wood etc? Toys and other house or usage accessories too with with wooden, metal, ceramic and generally recycled materials. In addition to this there are as usual many ways to reduce the use of plastic;
- Stop using plastic bags altogether or reuse the ones you have
- Use matches instead of lighters (can you imagine all the plastic lighters in circulation these days)
- Don’t use throw away cups, plates and cutlery, get your own real stuff
- Eating… Make the switch to Organic food (it will save you (money and health) on the long run). If you eat meat, try to reduce your intake and add more meatless meals a week, the environmental impact of large scale produced meet goes far beyond what you may expect (research it, it’s really shocking). Get locally raised and produced products whenever you can and get what’s “in season” where you are. Other points on this topic could include;
- Don’t buy more than you really need (make your list at home and when in the shop, stick to the list and nothing else).
- Eliminate Fast food? it?s not only bad for your health but the environmental impact they have goes beyond all reason? as it promotes extra driving/traffic, plastic, carton/paper, general waste, energy and the list just goes on and on?
- Make your own garden (herbs, vegetables & fruits) if you can (oh and if you do, try to get “organic” seeds or learn how to harvest your own seeds, in short, do everything you can to NOT support Monsanto)
- General Consumption & Recycling… Well? the title already says it? think about what and how you consume. Think before you buy, start recycling in all ways possible. There are many ways to support this and change your ways on a daily bases, even for those that already do a lot in this direction, there is always more one can do. Here some general suggestions;
- Use Recycled materials everywhere and anywhere you can, in our days you can get nearly everything from recycled materials (glass, toilette paper, napkins, packing, paper etc?)
- Make your own cleaning products or buy ECO friendly ones only and get the “refill” packs instead
- Recycle anything and everything you can, especially electronics, glass, metal and plastics
- Change the “purpose” of a used object, you would be surprised with the amount of ideas you can come up with to use something you don’t need anymore or that is slightly damaged for something else or give it to someone who doesn’t mind or then give it to a charity
- Get more second hand? it doesn’t always mean second best?
- Use both sides of your paper and reuse it if you can to pack, heat etc?
- Put a “NO ADVERTISEMENT” sticker on your mail box and cut down on general junk mail
- Read your Newspaper, magazines, books etc online
- Make use of the Web, computers, tablets and phones, do your research online instead of using phonebooks and catalogues, pay your bills online, keep your notes, numbers and info on your device instead of paper or tell your Bank to send you online statements instead of mail
- Borrow more and buy less
- Shop, Buy and Go-out locally as much as you can
These are just a few examples of many other possibilities, new ways and discoveries are made all the time. This really is an interesting subject and for some even a hobby and challenge. We are sure you can think of so many more simple gestures that YOU could be doing immediately…
DO IT 🙂
LOVE YOURSELF & LOVE EVERYTHING YOU ARE PART OFF!
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The Cannabis Oil Recipe to Heal Cancer. The Safest Way to Make It
This is a tribute to Rick Simpson, without whom cannabis oil for healing would probably not be used successfully by so many today. He tells everyone he didn’t invent cannabis oil, he “rediscovered” it.
But his attempts to legalize it in Canada and promote his rediscovery to the world has brought attention to many now using cannabis oil for safe, effective, and rapid healing of cancer and other diseases that are impossible from mainstream medicine.
Rick used high grade naphtha as the solvent to extract the oils, but most current oil providers use ethyl alcohol, commonly called grain alcohol, which is also used for most herbal tinctures. Naptha is highly flammable and may leave toxic residues, ditto for isopropyl alcohol. Both are still used by a few cannabis oil makers, but there are toxicity issues.
Some years ago, Rick Simpson had discovered this cure for himself and then had shared it at no cost with others in the small rural town of Maccan, Nova Scotia. He maintains that someone who tries cannabis oil should not be involved with mainstream medical treatments that interfere with cannabis’s efficacy.
Canada provides a tax based single-payer medical system. So paying for mainstream treatments was not the issue. Since the medical monopoly’s treatments rarely work with nasty side effects, efficacy without side effects was the only issue.
Rick’s oil offered results without side effects, and the Maccan residents took advantage. The results were amazing with even cancer patients. There are always problems promoting alternative cures. But here was an additional obstacle. The cure was cannabis oil with the illegal hemp substance THC.
Rick’s Reasons for Creating Cannabis Oil
Rick Simpson experienced a head injury at work in 1997. Afterward he was afflicted with a severe post concussion syndrome that he described as having the sound of a loud motorized lawnmower in his head. He was put on pharmaceuticals, which created dysfunctional side effects. Then he heard about the medical benefits of marijuana. So Rick purchased a bag and began smoking daily.
Eventually, both the post concussion syndrome and the pharmaceutical drug fog vanished completely. Rick’s doctor discouraged him from smoking. So Rick decided on growing his own cannabis and extracting the oil from whole plants. He reduced a pound of whole THC marijuana plants by slow boiling in his naphtha solution to get a small tube of thick cannabis oil.
Soon after he began, Rick was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma. After one of the three cancers was removed surgically, it came back. So he decided to try the cannabis oil topically. Within days, all three skin cancers were completely healed. Rick deduced that marijuana would not.
Rick Started Helping Others with His Cannabis or Rick Simpson Oil (RSO)
So Rick began sharing the oil within his community without charging. Almost everyone experienced remarkable improvement by using a drop twice a day. Rick Dwyer, the manager of the local Royal American Legion branch was very impressed.
His father’s terminal lung cancer was cured in weeks after the medicos had sent him home to die.
Quickly the word was out locally about Simpson’s cannabis oil. Several others were cured or greatly benefited without side effects from a variety of serious ailments, including cancer, heart disease, and MS.
Then both Ricks decided there should be town meetings in the Legion hall about the cannabis oil, and that they would see what to do about spreading the word. Naively, they wanted the world to know about this natural cure.
The Consequence of Healing on the Medical Mafia’s Turf without Big Pharma’s Drugs
The publicity from a curious, unbiased Canadian media raised enough of a stir for the Legion to fire Rick Dwyer as the local manager. Then the locals became concerned about the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RMPC) clamping down on Rick Simpson’s life saving operation.
So Rick Simpson went to Halifax, Nova Scotia, to acquire legal exemption for using his oil as medical marijuana. He took 14 dozen sworn affidavits from those he had helped in Maccan. But those affidavits were disregarded and his request was turned down. Nine months later he appealed to the Nova Scotia Supreme Court.
This time, Rick had ten cured citizens and six doctors present to testify. Their testimonies were not even allowed. His appeal was rejected, and his little local operation of supplying free cannabis cures was threatened. Then it dawned on him that it wasn’t just the legal system that prevented natural cannabis cures.
Rick realized that the cancer industry is focused on endless treating until death do them part for the highest possible profits, not curing.
After the failed legal hassles to exempt cannabis oil for medical purposes, Rick was a marked man for the RCMP, which had been lenient earlier, when some of them even asked for the oil for sick relatives. So he exiled himself to the Dutch city of Amsterdam for some time before touring the world and preaching the gospel of cannabis oil.
Monopoly medicine and Big Pharma’s concern for maintaining a massive cash flow have been the prime motive for keeping all natural cures down. They have the cooperation of the DEA, which so far refuses to upgrade their most negative classification of cannabis (marijuana).
But cannabis oil is available in states with legal medical marijuana use and there are also underground providers. It’s up to you to find them or make our own. The following video demonstration uses grain alcohol, basis for most tinctures and liquor. It’s safe.
How to Safely Make Rick Simpson Cannabis Oil
To make Rick Simpson Oil (RSO), start with one ounce of dried herb. One ounce will typically produce 3-4 grams of oil, although the amount of oil produced per ounce will vary strain to strain. A pound of dried material will yield about two ounces of high quality oil.
Step 1: Place the completely dry material in a plastic bucket.
Step 2: Dampen the material with the solvent you are using. Many solvents can be used. You can use pure naphtha, ether, butane, 99% isopropyl alcohol, or even water. Two gallons of solvent is required to extract the THC from one pound, and 500 ml is enough for an ounce.
Step 3: Crush the plant material using a stick of clean, untreated wood or any other similar device. Although the material will be damp, it will still be relatively easy to crush up because it is so dry.
Step 4: Continue to crush the material with the stick, while adding solvent until the plant material is completely covered and soaked. Remain stirring the mixture for about three minutes. As you do this, the THC is dissolved off the material into the solvent.
Step 5: Pour the solvent oil mixture off the plant material into another bucket. At this point you have stripped the material of about 80% of its THC.
Step 6: Second wash: again add solvent to the mixture and work for another three minutes to extract the remaining THC.
Step 7: Pour this solvent oil mix into the bucket containing the first mix that was previously poured out.
Step 8: Discard the twice washed plant material.
Step 9: Pour the solvent oil mixture through a coffee filter into a clean container.
Step 10: Boil the solvent off: a rice cooker will boil the solvent off nicely, and will hold over a half gallon of solvent mixture. CAUTION: avoid stove-tops, red hot elements, sparks, cigarettes, and open flames as the fumes are extremely flammable.
Step 11: Add solvent to rice cooker until it is about ¾ full and turn on HIGH heat. Make sure you are in a well-ventilated area and set up a fan to carry the solvent fumes away. Continue to add mixture to cooker as solvent evaporates until you have added it all to the cooker.
Step 12: As the level in the rice cooker decreases for the last time, add a few drops of water (about 10 drops of water for a pound of dry material). This will help to release the solvent residue, and protect the oil from too much heat.
Step 13: When there is about one inch of solvent-water mixture in the rice cooker, put on your oven mitts and pick the unit up and swirl the contents until the solvent has finished boiling off.
Step 14: When the solvent has been boiled off, turn the cooker to LOW heat. At no point should the oil ever reach over 290˚ F or 140˚ C.
Step 15: Keep your oven mitts on and remove the pot containing the oil from the rice cooker. Gently pour the oil into a stainless steel container
Step 16: Place the stainless steel container in a dehydrator, or put it on a gentle heating device such as a coffee warmer. It may take a few hours but the water and volatile terpenes will be evaporated from the oil. When there is no longer any surface activity on the oil, it is ready for use.
Step 17: Suck the oil up in a plastic syringe, or in any other container you see fit. A syringe will make the oil easy to dispense. When the oil cools completely it will have the consistency of thick grease.
IMPORTANT: Cannabis extractions should always be performed by a licensed professional. If you are venturing to try this extraction process yourself, you will need to be extremely careful when boiling solvents off as the entire process is extremely flammable.
AVOID smoking, sparks, stove-tops, heat guns, and red hot heating elements.
Set up a fan to blow fumes away from the pot, and set up in a well-ventilated area for whole process.
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These Are The Top 15 Deadliest Animals on Earth
The world’s deadliest animal isn’t a shark or even a human. Drawing from a graphic from Bill Gates’ blog, we decided to rank the world’s deadliest animals.
Most of the deaths caused by animals, it turns out, have less to do with the animals themselves than the diseases they unwittingly transmit.
Note that some numbers are harder to get an accurate read on than others, so these are for the most part rough estimates – sometimes very rough. And the list is representative of different kinds of deadly animals, but it’s by no means comprehensive.
Here are some of the animals responsible for the most human deaths. The scariest predators aren’t as dangerous as you might expect – but don’t underestimate the little guys.
15. Sharks: 6 deaths a year
Shark attacks are pretty rare. In 2014, there were just three deaths globally related to shark attacks, and in 2015, there were six, which is about the average.
14. Wolves: 10 deaths a year
Wolf attacks are not common in many parts of the world where wolves live.
A review of wolf attacks found that very few happened in the 50 years leading up to 2002 in Europe and North America, though there were a few hundred reported over the course of two decades in some regions of India, averaging out to close to 10 per year.
13. Lions: 22+ deaths a year
Estimates for lion-related deaths also vary year-to-year. A 2005 study found that since 1990, lions have killed 563 people in Tanzania alone, an average of about 22 a year.
Additional deaths likely occur outside of Tanzania, but it’s difficult to find a concrete global number.
12. Elephants: 500 deaths a year
Elephants are also responsible for a number of deaths per year – a 2005 National Geographic article said that 500 people a year are killed in elephant attacks.
Far more elephants have been killed by people.
11. Hippopotamuses: 500 deaths a year
9. Tapeworms: 700 deaths a year
Moving to parasites, the tapeworm is responsible for an infection called cysticerosis that kills an estimated 700 people a year.
10. Crocodiles: 1,000 deaths a year
Crocodiles are now considered the large animal responsible for the most human deaths in Africa, according to the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations, though concrete numbers are tricky to gather.
8. Ascaris roundworms: 4,500 deaths a year
The Ascaris roundworm leads to an infection called aschariasis that kills an estimated 4,500 people a year, according to a 2013 study.
The WHO notes that the infection takes place in people’s small intestine, and it’s a disease that affects more children than adults.
5. Tsetse flies: 10,000 deaths a year
The tsetse fly transmits a disease called sleeping sickness, a parasitic infection that at first can lead to headaches, fever, joint pain, and itchiness, but later can lead to some serious neurological problems. The number of deaths has been decreasing.
With about 10,000 new cases now reported each year, the estimated number of annual deaths is likely on the decline as well.
6. Assassin bugs: 12,000 deaths a year
The assassin bug, also called the kissing bug, is responsible for carrying Chagas disease, which kills about 12,000 people a year on average.
Chagas disease is a parasitic infection passed by the bug, which got its nickname by biting people on the face.
7. Freshwater snails: 20,000+ deaths a year
The freshwater snail carries parasitic worms that infect people with a disease called schistosomiasis that can cause intense abdominal pain and blood in the stool or urine, depending on the area that’s affected.
Millions of people contract the infection, and the WHO estimates that anywhere between 20,000 and 200,000 deaths can be attributed to schistosomiasis.
4. Dogs: 35,000 deaths a year
Dogs – specifically dogs infected by the rabies virus – are one of the deadliest animals out there, though the virus can be prevented using vaccines.
About 35,000 deaths can be attributed to rabies, and of those cases, 99 percent are caused by dogs, according to WHO.
3. Snakes: 100,000 deaths a year
2. Humans: 437,000 deaths a year
According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, there were about 437,000 homicides in 2012, making humans the second most deadly animal (and the deadliest mammal) to humans.
We are not quite our own worst enemy – but we’re pretty close.
1. Mosquitoes: 750,000 deaths a year
Mosquitoes – the pesky bugs that suck blood and transmit viruses from person to person – are responsible for the most animal-related deaths.
Malaria by itself is responsible for more than half of mosquito-related deaths, predominantly in sub-Saharan Africa, though it’s on the decline: The incidence of malaria fell by 37 percent between 2000 and 2015, according to the World Health Organisation.
Dengue fever, another mosquito-borne disease, has become a leading cause of hospitalisation and death among children in some Asian and Latin-American countries.
This article was originally published by Business Insider.
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This Is What Actually Happens To Our “Recycling” (Video)
Everyday we produce waste, in our current society, it’s almost impossible not to. Many of us make an effort to recycle our recyclables, but unfortunately much of that still ends up in the trash. There are also a lot of countries that don’t recycle at all so all of the waste – all of that plastic, effectively ends up in the ground or sadly in our oceans. For those of us who do recycle, we feel good about ourselves, and feel like we are doing our part to reduce our impact on the environment, but do we ever question what actually happens to our recycling and where it ends?
Like many other aspects of our society, our recycling is, for the most part, out of sight out of mind. We don’t actually know what is happening to it, we just drop it off into the appropriate containers and hope for the best. Unfortunately this is not helping and in many cases is making the issue of the global waste epidemic, much worse that we could ever imagine. Whether or not the waste is actually recycled doesn’t really matter, because as soon as it leaves the country it came from and is labeled as recycling it is counted as such, regardless of where that plastic and other waste actually ends up. Often, there is so much un-recyclable garbage and material mixed in with the stuff that actually can be recycled that it all just ends up going to landfills.
This could be avoided if communities and countries became more strict with their recyclable material standards, it could also be avoided if everything we manufactured was made of biodegradable substances, like hemp.
The following video from Sky Ocean Rescue shares some more eye-opening information about the truth about our supposed “recycling”…
Something Needs To Change
It is clear that our current “solution” to all of our plastic waste is not working, as the video says, we need to find a better solution to this epidemic. Recycling standards certainly need to become a lot more strict, and each country should be held responsible for their own recycling and potentially laws should be put in place by the UN that makes it illegal to export plastic waste and recycling, this would then force us to come up with a better option. It is not fair that there is no transparency towards what is really going on with the public. If people really knew, it is likely that they would take a stand against this.
What Can We Do, Ourselves?
Sometimes, we truly have to take matters into our own hands, we cannot rely on our governments to do the right thing, I’m sure many of us are aware of this by now. If we truly want to make a difference we have to do as Gandhi says and,
“We must be the change we wish to see in the world.”
What does this involve? Taking responsibility for our own actions and dealing with these matters on a personal level. Do you know where your recycling is going? Have you ever actually looked into it? This is a great start, but an even more effective way to deal with this problem is to stop it before it starts. How can you lower your consumption and amount of waste you are producing? Can you choose products that are not packed in plastic? Can you use reusable, glass or stainless steel containers? Could you go back to the old-fashioned bar of soap? The fact of the matter is, we got along just fine without plastic for many years, we have other options and can all make a conscious decision to choose those other options.
We have to remember that as the consumer, we do have a direct say in what the big corporations are manufacturing. By opting out of plastic products, the companies will have no choice but to update their products and materials, or go out of business. We have already seen massive companies like Starbucks & McDonald’s making huge changes in this regard. If you need some ideas on how to reduce your impact, check out 10 Smart Hacks TO Cut Plastic Packaging Out Of Your Life.
Change starts with you!
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