Congratulations! You're now nearly halfway through 30 Days to a Greener You. You should also have several more items that you can add to the Greener Life Plan you created in lesson 7:
Recycling: You should have your system in place. Now, update your plan to show activities you'll need to take on a regular basis. You'll probably need to sort daily, and deliver the sorted recyclables weekly, either to a convenient drop-off point, or to your curbside.
Eating and Drinking: You've committed a portion of your grocery budget to greener food, and will probably want to make shopping for it a weekly event. If you can make it part of your regular grocery shopping, great - add that to your plan. If not, identify a point during the week you can do your green shopping, and try to combine it with other trips you would normally make.
Energy, Transportation and Consumption: While light bulbs only need to be changed occasionally (especially now that you're using longer-lasting, more efficient bulbs), you may want to make a habit of checking other energy uses in your home: thermostat and hot water heater settings (especially if someone in your home has a tendency to adjust these!). You'll want to start replacing your furnace/AC filter monthly, as that will help those systems run more efficiently.
Have you scheduled regular trips by mass transit, bicycle or "foot power?" Have you taken note of car trips you can combine? If not, get those into your plan!
You may also want to have a standing weekly appointment with your new favorite swapping site - you never know what might show up!
Your Action for Today: Update and Revise Your Greener Living Plan
Of course, once you've done this, you'll want to engage in another activity that should be on the plan: using your Green Journal! Put your updated plan in your journal today. Take a look at the plans others have revised. Finally, enjoy your success - you're already living a greener life!
The website Living and Raw Foods describes the menu of a “faw foodist,” explaining, “Raw and Living Foodists eat all fruits, vegetables, sprouts, nuts, seeds, grains, sea vegetables, and other organic/natural foods that have not been processed. In some instances, there are special ways to prepare the foods (example: most raw and living foodists soak/sprout nuts, seeds and grains before consuming them).”
Though few and far between, an occasional blog devoted to raw living can be found while poking around the net. Tommie is one of few bloggers who updates us on her raw living lifestyle on a regular basis.
Tommie describes her commitment to raw living in her profile. “I am the only one in my family and my extended family who has headed down the Raw Food Path. It can get lonely because of that, but I’ve gone too far to turn back now,” she says. “What I can tell you for sure is that if you want to experience the best health you ever have in all your life, eat only raw food, and eat only the right raw foods in the right proportions. It will make you a believer!”
On her six month anniversary of eating only raw food, Tommie wrote, “Isn’t that amazing! It doesn’t seem that long when I was feasting on cooked food and loving it but now it’s about as tempting as a pork chop would be. I can look at it and smell it but I don’t want it.” She continued, “I’ve been getting ready to go to my son’s place and it takes longer than if I had a couple of kids to pack for. That’s the only thing I don’t love about this lifestyle. I have to be sure to take enough food to do me while I’m gone.”
Vegan momma commented, “Congratulations! Your blog is truly an inspiration. I have always eaten a lot of raw food. The past year I increased it to about 70-80% daily. I don’t feel great when I make cooked meals, even though the majority are lightly steamed.”
Tommie congratulated herself again on her one year anniversary, writing, “It’s amazing what a change in lifestyle will do. I know it’s drastic and more extreme than what most of the population would be willing to do. For those few who have the desire, I say ‘Go for it! It will be the absolutely best thing you have ever done for yourself, physically, mentally, and emotionally!’ There can be a spiritual improvement, too, with the ‘dark’ days gone.”
Treating Breast Cancer with Raw Living Foods by Mary Lou Sackett January 26, 2005
I was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2003. I agreed to have the original incisional biopsy, which determined breast cancer, but without a clear margin. I then agreed to a second surgery to remove the lump and to have a sentinel node biopsy. I was told that I had stage 2 breast cancer. The doctors wanted me to have radiation and a mastectomy, or radiation and chemotherapy. I also was diagnosed with cancer cells on my cervix.
I am a chiropractor who has never agreed with the traditional medical approach, but wasn't sure what to do this time.
A friend of mine who I hadn't seen in about nine years showed up and told me that I needed wheatgrass and that I needed to go to the Creative Health Institute for help. I agreed to try it and went to CHI for two weeks in December 2003. I was still recovering from the second surgery when I arrived, and I also had a coffee addiction to conquer.
I graduated from the two-week program at CHI, went home for six weeks, then returned for three months to participate in the Energy Exchange program. I have followed the program taught at CHI nearly 100%.
I had no idea at first if this would help my breast cancer or how much it would change my life. Now, a year later, I would like to list the exciting "side effects" of my new lifestyle:
- shed excess fifty pounds easily! - complexion has improved - joint pains disappeared - hair growing faster and improved color - sleeping better - went through menopause this year with NO symptoms! - no longer have chest pains or shortness of breath when climbing stairs or walking - feel calmer, more peaceful - no more constipation (was severe) - no more cravings for coffee or sugar - increased stamina - no more phlegm problems - skin tans more easily without burning (I'm fair skinned and normally burn easily) - fibromyalgia-type symptoms gone (a year ago, I could barely walk because my feet hurt so badly) - bees didn't bother me this summer! (I hope that continues!) - latest pap smear showed only mild dysplasia. Each test has improved significantly. The doctor keeps saying to me that I need to keep doing whatever it is I'm doing. - I don't feel "old" anymore - and best of all, I had an AMAS cancer antibody test in August which was NORMAL.
Thank you CHI, Don, Jeanie and all the staff for supporting me and teaching me what I needed to restore the quality of my life! I am so grateful to my loving family and many friends who have also been very supportive of my efforts.
Mary Lou - You can talk to Mary Lou by calling Creative Health Institute - (866) 426-1213 - she now works in the office.
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Did you ever have government anti-terrorism agents investigating you in your own home? I did, and the experience is not pleasant, but I've survived to tell the tale. If ever that should happen to you, do as I did. Bake some fresh brownies (no, not those kind, Alice B. Tolkas!) Serve fresh juice and tea, and smile a lot.
I am on the government's terrorist list, and I've got the evidence to prove it.
They were courteous enough to call first. That way, I had all of the necessary time to burn the evidence. That which did not burn, flushed down the toilet. That which did not flush was taken to a safe house. Then came the knock at my door. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) investigated me for bio-terrorism.
Two special agents from the Inspector General's office to my New Jersey home. Two of my daughters were very upset and had trouble sleeping the night before. A third daughter thought the entire incident to be goofy, and surprised the agent by appearing with her camera.
I felt that witnesses were essential, so I invited Karen Mahaboir, a reporter with the Bergen Record, Northern New Jersey's largest newspaper, to sit in on the meeting. I also invited my dad.
During the interrogation, my daughter Lizzy snapped a photograph of special agent William Squires. Lizzy captured a tiny piece of my profile in the far left of the photo. The reporter is sitting on my couch.
Agent Squires was not happy that his likeness was captured on film. He was also not happy that a member of the press was present, and commented that this had never happened to him before. I replied that this was a new experience for me too--the first time that I was being investigated for terrorism. The reporter was allowed to remain, and she took very good notes.
I was informed that a complaint had been filed against me. I asked for a copy of that complaint, but my request was turned down. The Sixth Amendment of the Bill of Rights in America's Constitution guarantees that a citizen has the unalienable right to know his accuser, but that right seems not to be applicable during "payback time."
I told agents Squires and Tutco that my first book "MILK-The Deadly Poison" incriminated Monsanto, the company that now sells the genetically engineered bovine growth hormone. I gave them each a copy of a recent column that I wrote about George Bush's "Monsanto" cabinet. Their boss, USDA Secretary Ann Veneman, once worked closely with Monsanto. So, too, did Attorney General John Ashcroft and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas once served as Monsanto's attorney. Could I survive such a power play?
I asked Special Agent Squire if it was against the law for one to say that he or she would bring Mad Cow Disease or Foot and Mouth Disease from England to America.
I was informed that an individual could be charged with a crime if his or her action satisfied four criteria:
1) made the threat 2) intended to carry out the threat 3) be aware that such a threat was a violation of the law (I asked Agent Squire what law prevented someone from making such a threat, but he was unable to cite a statute) 4) acted upon that threat.
I then asked them to immediately arrest me, hoping that the publicity would help to sell my new book. At least they had a sense of humor and laughed. They declined to do so, but they are continuously monitoring my daily column. Do they record my telephone conversations? That's only something they and George Bush would know for sure.
What will it take for agents to investigate FDA? What will it take to review the key study leading to approval of Monsanto's genetically engineered bovine growth hormone? FDA refuses to release that study, despite the fact that Inspector General Richard Kusserow promised in 1992 that the study would be released in its entirety.
The study was authored by Richard, Odaglia, and Deslex. Most people who know the issues recognize that study as one lasting for 90 days on 360 laboratory rats.
In fact, the study lasted for 180 days. FDA approved the hormone for America's food supply because they found no biological effects on lab animals.
After day 90, every animal treated with Monsanto's hormone got cancer.
If you eat pizza or ice cream, you ingest that same hormone.
A rodent-eating snake and a hamster have developed an unusual bond at a zoo in Tokyo.
Zookeepers at Tokyo's Mutsugoro Okoku zoo intended Gohan the hamster to be lunch for Aochan, a four foot snake. However, instead of eating the poor hamster, Aochan decided to live in peace with him. They have shared a cage ever since.
"I've never seen anything like it. Gohan sometimes even climbs onto Aochan to take a nap on his back," Yamamoto said.
Aochan, a 2-year-old male Japanese rat snake, had developed an appetite for frozen rodents but has so far shown no signs of eating Gohan.
"We named her Gohan as a joke, his name means 'meal' in Japanese, " said Aochan's keeper. "But I don't think there's any danger. Aochan seems to enjoy Gohan's company very much."
The apparent friendship between the snake and hamster demonstrates that the relationship between predator and prey is not quite as simple as we might believe.
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