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Wake Up Call

“Have you ever felt that you’re living through a nightmare of consumption? That you wish you could un-hook yourself and reconnect with a life that is somehow more real and vivid? Then perhaps you’re ready to heed Earth’s Wake Up Call. Credits:”

Differential Effects of Glyphosate and Roundup on Human Placental Cells and Aromatase

Roundup is a glyphosate-based herbicide used worldwide, including on most genetically modified plants that have been designed to tolerate it. Its residues may thus enter the food chain, and glyphosate is found as a contaminant in rivers. Some agricultural workers using glyphosate have pregnancy problems, but its mechanism of action in mammals is questioned. Here we show that glyphosate is toxic to human placental JEG3 cells within 18 hr with concentrations lower than those found with agricultural use, and this effect increases with concentration and time or in the presence of Roundup adjuvants. Surprisingly, Roundup is always more toxic than its active ingredient. We tested the effects of glyphosate and Roundup at lower nontoxic concentrations on aromatase, the enzyme responsible for estrogen synthesis. The glyphosate-based herbicide disrupts aromatase activity and mRNA levels and interacts with the active site of the purified enzyme, but the effects of glyphosate are facilitated by the Roundup formulation in microsomes or in cell culture. We conclude that endocrine and toxic effects of Roundup, not just glyphosate, can be observed in mammals. We suggest that the presence of Roundup adjuvants enhances glyphosate bioavailability and/or bioaccumulation. ~ Sophie Richard, Safa Moslemi, Herbert Sipahutar, Nora Benachour, and Gilles-Eric Seralini, Article published in Environ Health Perspect. Jun 2005

The Age of Aluminum and its consequences

49:51 video
In addition to beverage cans, automobiles and other products, aluminium is used to purify water and as an ingredient in antiperspirants and toothpaste. It appears we need to challenge the use of aluminium.

Cancer and Alzheimer’s are found to be implicated by the use of aluminium. Studies have found higher levels of aluminum in the breast tissue of women with breast cancer and that aluminum can alter the normal breast cell into cancer. Consider using a REVERSE OSMOSIS water filter to reduce risk.

“Aluminum is a neural toxin…aluminum is associated with the main pathological features of Alzheimer’s disease. If you live in an area with higher levels of aluminium in the water supply, you will have a higher incidence of Alzheimer’s in those areas. ~ Christopher Exley, Environmental Toxicologist and chair of the Institute for Biological Inorganic Chemistry who has studied aluminium for 30 years

“Researchers find that 5 trillion pieces of plastic are contaminating the oceans and threatening marine life.”

(Photo: Paul Kennedy/Getty Images)
The Oceans’ Plastic Pollution Problem Is Far Worse Than We Thought, and Here’s Why.
by Hannah Hoag, TakePart

The average American throws away roughly 185 pounds of plastic per year. The plastics of everyday life wind up in the ocean. That includes the milk jug, those flimsy grocery bags, and the laundry detergent bottle you finally emptied and discarded. Perhaps the best way to keep plastic from winding up in the ocean is to use less of it. ~ Hannah Hoag. Hannah Hoag reports on the environment, global health, science, and science policy for Nature, Discover, Wired, and others.

Over 2200 tons of Pennsylvania frack waste dumped in Michigan

Time to get mad and take action. Start by donating today at Then make plans to help me and the other volunteers get the ballot initiative to ban fracking and fracking wastes from Michigan on the Nov 2016 ballot. There is NOTHING good about fracking unless you are getting paid to do it or you are a fracking investor. And if you have the misfortune to work on a fracking drill site you are seriously exposed to the 300-600 toxic chemicals used to frack.

This causes severe damage to us now and in the future.

<blockquote>Michigan is fast becoming a frack waste state. ~ Ban Michigan Fracking</blockquote>

Report on Ban Michigan Fracking website

Donate here to support the work of The Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan.

Stop Using Plastic: 21 Ways to Quit

Natural Mothers Green Living Series: Stop Using Plastic by Rebecca Watkins (excerpt)

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“We can adopt these 21 ways to stop using plastics

  1. Take cloth bags with you when you go shopping. Why not make your own?
  2. Use a stainless steel drinks container to hold your beverages.
  3. Buy only the fruit and vegetables not packaged in plastic and lobby stores that refuse to sell loose organics.
  4. Use biodegradable bin bags for your rubbish.
  5. Use a stainless steel lunch box and place it in your cloth bag.
  6. Make your own loaves of bread.
  7. Only buy bread from bakeries that wrap in paper; help change the minds of the ones that don’t.
  8. Food leftovers can be stored in ceramic or glass containers.
  9. Don’t use air fresheners – use essential oils, candles or incense instead.
  10. Purchase food in glass containers; avoid food packaged in plastics.
  11. Buy milk in paper cartons.
  12. Buy bars of soap, not the liquid stuff, unless in a glass jar.
  13. Line small household bins with paper bags.
  14. Use a wooden cutting board.
  15. Use stainless steel sippy cups for children.
  16. Use rechargeable batteries.
  17. When ordering a drink, don’t accept the straw.
  18. Make your own yogurt in Kilner jars. It’s easier than you think!
  19. Use junkmail to line fragile gifts to post, rather than plastic bubble wrap.
  20. Urge your local stores to stop their dependency on plastic packaging and that of their suppliers.
  21. Share this article with all your friends and urge them to follow your lead in saying ‘no’ to plastics!”