Which is Worse? Washing Laundry or Spraying Corexit 9500 Dispersant on Oil Spills?

The Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico, worsening by day and months more of massive spill, forces us to get a perspective on the toxins we have intentionally plagued our lives and waterways with.

There are non-toxic / non-caustic natural alternatives that work better than “standard store brands” and cost less.  Being eco.wise does not have to cost more. In fact, it is the most effective way for us to mitigate global chronic toxicity… CSea

By: Christine Lepisto Berlin

Image: Flickr, Deepwater Horizon Response

A lot of the questions surrounding the response to the gulf oil spill address the chemicals being sprayed onto the gulf and pumped out underwater to disperse the spilled oil. These dispersants are intended to break the oil up into smaller bits, which can sink into the water and get eaten up by microbes there. Along with questions about whether “out of sight, out of mind” is really better, there are serious concerns raised about depositing huge quantities of dispersant chemicals into the natural environment. So we got to wondering: how bad is this dispersant? And how does it compare to the chemicals we use every day in our laundry detergents, cosmetics, and other common products?

According to Nalco’s Material Safety Data Sheet for COREXIT® EC9500A, the Corexit 9500 A dispersant which is being sprayed by the millions of liters from Hercules Transport planes flying over the Deepwater Horizon spill consists of 10 – 30 % light, hydrotreated petroleum distillates; 10 – 30% of a trade secret organic sulfonic acid salt; and 1 – 5% of propylene glycol.

The underwater dispersant, COREXIT® EC9527A, contains 30 – 60% 2-Butoxyethanol instead of the petroleum distillates, along with the same two ingredients found in the Corexit 9500 A.

The full formulation, without any secrets held back, has been disclosed to government authorities, who are overseeing the use of dispersants in the spill response. But what do we know about the chemicals which are disclosed publicly?

Light, Hydrotreated Petroleum Distillates
Sounds a little crazy: spraying petroleum on leaking petroleum — that should help? But in fact, light, hydrotreated petroleum distillates is quite different from “petroleum.” The chemical category represents a “success” in taking by-products from other production processes and turning them into product…waste minimization in other words. This chemical is named by the process that creates it, rather than a chemical name, because it is a complex and variable mixture of hydrocarbons created by specific types of processes.

Tracking the volumes produced is tricky, because this stream is reported as part of the “fuel oils category,” which has 1.6 billion kg per year in the USA alone. The light, hydrotreated petroleum distillates are part of the “other” category, which consists mainly of four types of streams and constitutes 9% of the fuel oil category products. So call it 25% of “other” and you come up with 400 thousand tons of light, hydrotreated petroleum distillates per year in the US. Industrial uses include fuels and solvents. Typical household uses include air fresheners, lubricants and car care products.

The OECD is still in the information gathering and data review stage of assessing these chemicals under the high production volume (HPV) chemicals program. But results published by various regulatory authorities show that this ingredient can be harmful in the aquatic environment (harmful is officially defined as causing effects at a level that is below “toxic”). It does not biodegrade readily, but it does not bioaccumulate readily either.

2-Butoxyethanol (2-BE) is used mainly in paints and surface coatings (predominantly water based decorative and industrial products), followed by cleaning products (especially degreasing or multi-purpose products) and inks, and as a solvent in hair dyes. The 2-BE in these products is basically all relased to the environment, by evaporation in the case of surface coatings and to wastewater streams in most other cases. The OECD estimates that 200,000 to 500,000 tons of 2-BE is produced annually.

The chemical does not bioaccumulate and biodegrades rapidly in sewage treatment plants, and therefore can be commonly found in cleaners advertised as “green”. However, there is documented occurrences of groundwater contamination ocurring when 2-BE is disposed of in landfills, where it cannot biodegrade as effectively.

It causes reversible irritation to eyes and respiratory tract upon exposure. 2-BE is not considered toxic, but it is ranked officially as “harmful” by European Union authorities. 2-BE can be absorbed through the skin. It is a member of a chemical family known as “glycol ethers,” and some of the fears about 2-BE may arise because its smaller siblings 2-methoxyethanol and 2-ethoxyethanol have been shown to cause testicular degeneration. Substantial testing of 2-BE has not shown such effects; in fact, it shows effects on fertility and reproductive toxicity only when exposure levels are so high that other toxic effects are triggered. With sufficient studies completed that the OECD closed demands for additional testing, there is no evidence supporting carcinogenic nor mutagenic effects.

The first critical effect of 2-BE is haematotoxicity, the destruction of red blood cells. Humans are less susceptible to this effect than other species (for example rats are ten times more sensitive than humans). Because 2-BE is quickly eliminated (half-life in blood of 40 – 80 minutes, and half-life until excretion in urine of 3 – 6 hours), there is a low risk of enough of the chemical building up to reach haematotoxic levels.

Propylene Glycol
Propylene glycol is used mainly in resins (26%) and antifreeze or de-icing fluids (22%), but the US EPA estimates that 18% of the PG used in the US goes into food, drug, and cosmetic uses. Other uses include liquid detergents (11%), pet food (3%), and tobacco (5%). Production in the US and Europe alone exceeds 920,000 tons.

Propylene glycol is so non-toxic that you could eat at least 2 to 13 grams per kg of body weight per day with no observable effects. (Author’s note: a reader has asked us to point out that Ethylene Glycol is also often used in antifreeze products. Ethylene Glycol is poisonous, possibly deadly.)

Organic Sulfonic Acid Salt
The real problem with knowing how hazardous Corexit products might be lies in the confidentiality protection granted to the manufacturers of chemical products. The main active ingredient of the Corexit is given only by its generic chemical name.

Sulfonic acid salts are widely used by the detergents industry. Alkylbenzene sulfonic acids are the most common members of this chemical family, beloved for their low cost, detergent performance, and biodegradability. Here we are talking about truly huge quantities of chemicals produced, used and disposed of annually. For example, over 1 million tons of linear alkylbenzene sulfonic acids (LAS) are produced annually. 78 – 97% of that goes straight into the environment via the wash cycle.

These chemicals are regarded as being of low concern, because they biodegrade very rapidly, especially in wastewater treatment plants. This facade of eco-friendliness masks a more significant issue: many organic sulfonic acid salts are fairly toxic to the aquatic environment, and can be especially disturbing to cell membranes of single-cell and other simple creatures. A 2005 study of dispersant use (German, pdf) for promoting biodegradation in marine oil spills found that the toxic effects of the dispersants may deter the very organisms that are trying to eat up all that nasty spilled oil.

So How Does the Oil Spill Compare?
The fact is that we are running a huge ecological experiment in the Gulf. But the amount of chemicals going into the environment, even from the direct application of chemicals to combat the oil, is dwarfed by the amount of chemicals used by consumers and industry every day. As the questions first arose about the ecological safety of the dispersants BP is using, reports indicated that over 2.2 million liters of the sprayed dispersant and over 300 thousand liters of the underwater dispersant had been released. Even assuming the sulfonic acid salts in these dispersants, probably the ingredients of most concern, are present at the higher end of the range Nalco discloses, one could project that a couple thousand tons of active chemical will be used by the end of this operation.

Compare that to the millions of tons of these chemicals that go into our wastestreams every year from the normal everyday products we use. Even if you assume, optimistically, that 100% of this chemical waste goes to waste treatment at 99.9% efficiency, our ordinary use of these chemicals rivals the BP oil spill treatment every year. Is it time to take the anger at the oil spill and turn it into energy for change? It is not only accidents we need to prevent…

SOURCE: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2010/05/corexit-hazards-versus-washing-laundry.php?campaign=daily_nl

worsening by day and months more of massive spill forces us to get a perspective on the toxins we have intentionally plagued our lives and waterways with.  There are non-toxic / non-caustic natural alternatives that work better than “standard store brands” and cost less.  Being eco.wise does not have to cost more.  In fact, it is the most effective way for us to mitigate global chronic toxicity… CSea


A Thank-You a Day……can keep sickness away!

One Thank You a day is a great start.  Christiane has written a compelling article on this powerful solution to abundant health.  Sending the multitude of blessings back to you Dr. Northrup… CSea

How many thank you's have you expressed today?

Posted: 28 May 2010 05:54 PM PDT

By Dr. Christiane Northrup

Thinking with your heart takes practice.

The health benefits of gratitude, which is really the same thing as love, are an amazing example of just how sturdy the bridge is between the mind, body, and emotions. Research shows that heart-centered feelings associated with gratitude, appreciation, and caring are health enhancing. When you find one thing, however small, to be thankful for and you hold that feeling for as little as 15–20 seconds, many subtle and beneficial physiologic changes take place in your body:

  • § Stress hormone levels of cortisol and norepinephrine decrease, creating a cascade of beneficial metabolic changes such as an enhanced immune system.
  • § Coronary arteries relax, thus increasing the blood supply to your heart.
  • § Heart rhythm becomes more harmonious, which positively affects your mood and all other bodily organs.
  • § Breathing becomes deeper, thus increasing the oxygen level of your tissues.

Other scientific evidence that gratitude improves health comes from research accumulated by Robert A. Emmons, professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis. Emmons found that gratitude makes you healthier, smarter, and more energetic. He also showed that people practicing gratitude daily, such as writing in a gratitude journal, reported higher levels of alertness, enthusiasm, determination, attentiveness, and energy than those who didn’t.

If all of this happens when you focus for just 15–20 seconds on something that brings you pleasure, joy, or a feeling of gratitude, imagine what would happen to your health if you were able to cultivate thoughts of appreciation on a consistent and regular basis.

Practice Makes Perfect

Cultivating gratitude, like maintaining strong muscles and bones, takes discipline and will. That’s right. It takes practice to feel gratitude and reap its physical and emotional benefits. There are valid physiologic reasons why focusing on gratitude isn’t easy. Physically, we humans evolved along with a nervous system wired to ensure our survival by keeping us alerted to possible danger from the occasional wild animal or violent storm—events that were relatively infrequent within a life span. Now fast-forward that same nervous system to our current era of mass media, when all of the possible dangerous events from the entire planet are beamed into our living rooms day and night. You can see why holding thoughts of appreciation is hard.

Get a piece of paper and list your blessings. Pay special attention to the people who enhance your life on all levels, for example, the checkout person at your favorite grocery store, the FedEx driver, or a sunny, optimistic coworker. This exercise can literally change your life. The more you notice the people and things you are grateful for, the more of them you’ll attract. And thanking those who bestow these blessings enriches your life in ways you never thought possible. And also uplifts them.

In my book Women’s Bodies ,Women’s Wisdom I wrote, “Thinking with your heart takes practice, but if you faithfully learn to start thinking with your heart and pay attention to areas of your life that bring you joy and fulfillment, over time you will evoke biochemical changes in your body that will recharge your batteries.” In addition to enhancing your energy levels and reducing stress, recognizing and appreciating life’s many blessings is one of the most powerful ways I know of to enhance the immune system, balance your hormones, and promote heart health.

Memorial Day Tribute

Please make time to honor those whom have fallen, fought for our freedom and truly had faith.

Finding Freedom in Forgiveness

reflect what you want

To forgive takes fortitude, conviction and the ability to believe in the positive energy that will result. Without this action, you and likely only you, will suffer needlessly.

Until you forgive, you don’t realize the immense stress it removes from your being which improves your mental and physical health immediately.  Granted everyone is quite different, how they ‘respond’ to life or the foods they eat also different.

One constant is the unified relief when you eventually forgive everyone.  Read on as Denise Marek elaborates on several practical ideas associated with forgiveness.

It is not easy in many cases to forgive, the horrendous events will scar you for life, mess with your immune system and overall wellness until you fully forgive.  You may not forget the memories but you will respond to them in a much different manner.  A way that emanates positive energy from you and attracts the same to you… CSea Perkins


Finding Freedom in Forgiveness by Denise Marek.

Posted: 26 May 2010 07:30 PM PDT

Forgiveness is one of the very best gifts you can give to yourself.

What is forgiveness? It’s understanding that you cannot go back and change the past and it’s accepting that all your experiences—no matter how traumatic, painful, or unhappy they may have been—are simply lessons from which to learn.

Whether emotional, physical, or psychological, negative or positive, those lessons were meant to teach you how to be who you are in this moment—a wiser, more empowered you. You need to understand and accept that today you’re the person you are because of what you’ve learned. Once you accept those lessons—and truly learn from them—the negatives of yesterday will never affect you again. You won’t carry doubt, fear, and guilt. Instead you’ll be free. That freedom comes from forgiveness.

Who is it that you need to forgive? Everyone. You need to forgive yourself for everything it is that you believe you’ve done wrong, for example, not giving love when someone needed it, not being supportive, creating negative energy in another person’s life or in your own, or not being honorable or respectable. You also need to forgive others—all those of whom you’ve thought negatively because of something they said or did. Forgive the neighbor who lied to you, the parents who scolded you, the kid who bullied you in school, the boss who fired you, the spouse who hurt you, and the friend who betrayed you. But how? How do you forgive and stop carrying the negatives of the past around with you?

First, look at the individual you’re forgiving (whether it’s yourself or another) in a different way—step back and put the positive first. In my situation, I had to stop seeing that first friend as nasty and see that perhaps she did what she did out of fear. Maybe she was afraid that if I had a boyfriend, she would be alone, so she preemptively swooped in to protect herself. Or it could be that she was repeating a pattern taught to her by her mother—who, in an effort to control my friend would threaten to take away her special things and give them to me if she wasn’t good!  Maybe my friend was trying to control me in the same way—by taking away the things I liked.

Next, use that lesson to learn something positive about yourself as you move forward. Ask yourself: What lesson have I learned about myself and with what lesson am I moving forward? For me, this experience taught me the importance of being a trustworthy friend and today that’s what I strive to be. It also gave me the opportunity to see firsthand how holding on to anger, upset, and negative feelings keeps you stuck in the past and how forgiveness can free you. Through the experience I learned to forgive and I moved forward. These are some pretty positive lessons for which I’m very thankful.

In forgiving others, it’s important to realize that you’re not condoning poor behavior. You simply understand you can’t change what’s happened, and you accept there were lessons for you to learn in those experiences. You don’t have to necessarily like how you’ve learned those lessons, but you can come to a place where you’re grateful because you’re stronger. Those situations made you tougher, more aware, more conscious, and more capable. You can treasure the fact that you’ve learned so much.

Take all your experiences and become empowered by them. You can’t change them, but you can discover something of value in them. When you do, you’ll be able to extend forgiveness to yourself and others. You won’t carry the barriers and the weights of the past—you’ll be free. You’ll be free to grow into the best person you can be and to create the best life for yourself. Begin today by forgiving for good.

Embracing and Managing Change

A major KEY to controlling the energy around you.  I’ve supported the teachings of Gordon Hester since Brad Young turned me on to him.  Hoping this will empower you to take even more control of your life… CSea


As the old adage goes, the only constant in life is change. I know from experience how important managing change is when it comes to driving momentum.  Therefore, I wanted to share with you some strategies that might help you embrace and manage change in your life and in your business.  It is my opinion that as a society, we are in a time of great change.  Even things we take for granted will change in the future.  It is a critical time to pay attention to what is going on and to use “Awareness” as a means to making good decisions, planning, and problem solving.  If you are one of those people who tend to stick your head in the sand and take life as it comes, I can tell you that this strategy will likely produce a lot more consequences than benefits in the future.  With that being said, below are a couple simple strategies that can help you embrace and manage change in your business and in your life.

Strategy #1 – Be proactive in the management of change – To some extent, we all live our lives in either a proactive or reactive mode.  Proactive people tend to be thinkers.  They have awareness because they commit the time and energy necessary to analyze all aspects of their lives.  They create plans and implement strategies to fulfill those plans.  I have always believed that being “proactive” is a tenant of consistent momentum.  If you are one of those “reactive people”, it would be a good time to change that behavior.  While being impulsive and living in the moment can have value, those qualities cannot define your thinking.  The easiest way to make the change from reactive thinking to proactive thinking is to make “self communication time” part of your everyday life.  Self communication is the art of taking quiet time each day to think.  It is a critical part of a good DMO if you want to manage life vs. life managing you.  What do you do in this quiet time?  Think and ask questions.  Evaluate where your life is lacking momentum.  Examine where you are unhappy and failing to grow.  Drive the awareness process to a level where you can implement “activities and strategies” to change.  Remember, “Awareness” is the thinking component of momentum.  “Activity” is the component of momentum that turns thinking into positive results.

Strategy #2 – Examine how your beliefs are impacting your decisions – I find that most people do not understand the power of beliefs.  In essence they are the foundation of all actions.  Below is a graph that explains the belief process.  I think it will help you understand what beliefs are, how they are created, and how they impact life.

Let me explain the graph above.  We all live life.  In the context of living life, we make conclusions.  These conclusions become our beliefs.  We implement these beliefs by building rules and systems.  Our beliefs control our thoughts and actions.  Ultimately it is our belief that creates the good and bad results in our lives.

So let me explain how beliefs can impact change.  Suppose your belief is that your employer will always look out for you.  Because of that belief, you fail to understand the challenges facing your employer.  You believe the past will always be the same as the future so you will always have a great job.  You do nothing to increase your value to your employer or look to take control of your financial future by gaining skills or even starting a side business.  Because you lack the awareness of how a changing economic world will impact your employer (and ultimately your job), you fail to proactively make choices to secure control of your financial future.  What does this belief cause?  A reality that you won’t recognize the consequences of your belief until you suffer them.  While this is just one example, you have to understand that every belief creates benefits and consequences.  That is why it is so critical to examine them when analyzing change because they ultimately control your thinking.

Strategy #3 – Focus on what you can control – If you focus on what you can control, then you can create change.  Equally, if you focus on what is outside of your control, you will likely fuel fear.  Fear can even reach a point where it creates paralysis or your ability to do anything.  So what can you control?  You can control your choices.  You can control your attitude.  You can control your time.  You can control your financial decisions.  You can control the relationships in your life.  The simple truth is that if you want to use change to drive momentum, focus on the things that you control.  This is where you have to focus your energy.  As one of my mentors used to say, where energy flows, focus goes.  In the end, the “Awareness Component” of momentum has value when you focus on what you can control and what you can influence.

Strategy #4 – Remove yourself  from people and environments that are hurting your ability to create and advance momentum – I find a major reason why people cannot use change to create momentum is because they are held back due to being in the wrong environment, or they have the wrong relationships in their lives.  Your environment has a profound impact on your life.  You need to be part of an environment that fulfills your needs.  You need to be able to grow.  You need to be part of an environment that forces you to be more instead of allowing you to be less.  You need to be part of an environment that is focused on contributing to others.  You need an environment that is fun and rewarding to you.  Often to use change to drive momentum, all you have to do is change your environment.

As for relationships, I have found that they are a major component of all momentum.  Those who have momentum seem to have relationships that support their growth.  Equally, those who struggle to get momentum in life often have relationships that take from them vs. serve them.  Often just changing one relationship (or the nature of how that relationship operates) is a great way to create a positive change in your life.  I think one of the key questions you have to ask yourself if you really want to analyze any relationship is “does this person empower me to grow or hold me back in life?”  Remember, change is a part of relationships just like it is a part of other areas of your life.  You might find that changing a relationship is the easiest way to positively change your life.

There is much more I could share with you about embracing and managing change.  I challenge each of you to become a “proactive thinker”.  Learn how to make change your friend and use that process to make a better life for you and your family.  I have never seen a more important time in my life to pay attention to the world around us.  We are not only experiencing change at all levels of society, but major changes.  There are “paradigm shifts” going on that will impact your life.  For those that are aware of them and make the necessary changes, they will put the probabilities in their favor to survive and thrive in the future.  Don’t make the mistake of failing to use “change” to impact positive momentum in your business and in other areas of your life.

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What You Say Is What You Get: The Power Of Affirmations

Posted: 25 May 2010 04:37 AM PDT

Affirmations are statements of what you want in your life. Affirmations reflect the spiritual law of perfection everywhere now. They are based on Spiritual Truth not your current experience of life.

Some people have trouble with affirmations because they feel they are not speaking the truth when they use an affirmation. For instance, if you are sick and you say, “I am whole, healthy, and energized,” it might feel like a lie; however, affirmations are not the facts of your current situation. They represent the experiences you want to have in your life.

Affirmations are not a method of communication; they are a tool of creation. If you want to tell your neighbor about the facts in your life, do not use an affirmation. But, if you want to create a new reality, use affirmations.

Remember, even your idle words have power. Telling your neighbor the facts of your current problem adds energy to those problems. If your neighbor can not help you, use the power of your words to create what you want and not what you do not want.

I once heard a story about a farmer who dreamed of having a large herd of cattle. He only had enough money to purchase one cow. This man knew the power of words; so, he named his one cow Herd. The neighbors thought he was crazy to be talking about his herd when they could see only one cow in the field; nevertheless, this farmer talked about his herd every chance he got. As the story goes, his words soon returned to him fulfilled, and he obtained a large herd of cattle.

Your words have more power in your life than the opinions of your neighbors. Use your words wisely. Develop affirmations that represent the life you would like to live. Use those affirmations on a consistent basis. Watch your life transform to reflect the power of your words.

SOURCE:  Read More

With All the Toxins Found in Breast Milk, Is Breastfeeding Still the Healthiest Option?

8 Ways To Ensure Safer Breast Milk

1. Quit smoking or never start, and keep others from smoking in your house or car?

2. Avoid alcoholic beverages?

3. Avoid use of pesticides in the home and garden or on pets?

4. Avoid exposure to solvents, such as paints, non-water-based glues, furniture strippers, gasoline fumes, perfume and nail polish?

5. Avoid dry cleaners and recently dry-cleaned clothes?

6. Eat a balanced diet low in animal fats and high-fat dairy products?

7. Avoid fish that may have high mercury or PCB levels, such as swordfish, shark, tuna and locally caught fish (NRDC’s guide to Mercury Contamination in Fish)?

8. Eat organically grown food, if available?

What more can be done?

Will it take a campaign of collective outrage that exposes babies to the contamination of insecticides, PCBs, PBDEs, flame retardants, fungicides, wood preservatives, termite poisons, mothproofing agents, toilet deodorizers, dry-cleaning fluids, gasoline vapors, and dioxins etc. be what is called for? Fahey ascertains that moms need to be enraged and rise up and assert that their babies have a right to untainted breast milk. She believes that “Until green chemistry gets here, the best thing we can do is pretty much what we’re already doing: trying to push for laws to restrain the worst industrial and agricultural sources, push industrial design towards non-toxic components, and build compact cities with more greenery and many fewer cars (since the auto industry’s one of the prime culprits).”

Or else?

“Breast milk could become too poisonous to feed to our babies.”

Read FULL ARTICLE here: http://planetgreen.discovery.com/home-garden/toxins-breastmilk-healthy-option.html?campaign=th_weekly_nl

My Thoughts Create My Physical Experience.

If you are looking to synchronize the energy within you to that surrounding you, this article is step 1 and quite significant to achieving it (the absolute wellness balancing mind, body and spirit)… CSea



Posted: 21 May 2010 05:08 PM PDT

The idea of “success,” for most people, revolves around money or the acquisition of property or other possessions—but we consider a state of joy as the greatest achievement of success. And while the attainment of money and wonderful possessions certainly can enhance your state of joy, the achievement of a good-feeling physical body is by far the greatest factor for maintaining a continuing state of joy and Well-Being.

Every part of your life is experienced through the perspective of your physical body, and when you feel good, everything you see looks better. Certainly it is possible to maintain a good attitude even when your physical body is diminished in some way, but a good-feeling body is a powerful basis for an ongoing good attitude. And so, it is not surprising that since the way you feel affects your thoughts and attitudes about things, and since your thoughts and attitudes equal your point of attraction, and since your point of attraction equals the way your life continues to play out—there are few things of greater value than the achievement of a good-feeling body.

It is quite interesting to note that not only does a good-feeling body promote positive thoughts, but that, also, positive thoughts promote a good-feeling body. That means you do not have to be in a perfect state of health in order to find feelings of relief that eventually can lead to a wonderful mood or attitude, for if you are able to somehow find that relief even when your body is hurting or sick, you will find physical improvement, because your thoughts create your reality.

SOURCE: http://positive-thoughts.typepad.com/positive-thoughts/2010/05/my-thoughts-create-my-physical-experienceabrahamhicks.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+positivethoughtstobe+%28Positive+Thoughts%29

Survivors and Thrivers

Survivor or Thriver?

As always, we are grateful to share a post from Seeds of Success, this one in particular by Chris Widener.


One of the most-watched television shows of the past several years is Survivor. We admire those who survive! We tune in every week to see who makes it next. But even better than being a survivor is to be one who thrives!

What are the differences between someone who survives and someone who thrives? Here are a few:

A survivor gets by, a thriver gets ahead. Do you feel like you are just getting by? You don’t have to. You can actually get ahead! You can be out front! You can thrive!

A survivor is tired at the end, a thriver feels full of energy. When you are finished do you feel tired? You can thrive and be filled with energy! You can thrive!

A survivor has barely enough, a thriver has an abundance. Do you have more month left over at the end of your money? You can have more money left over at the end of your month! You can thrive financially!

A survivor is always on the edge, a thriver is on firm ground. Do you feel like you could fall over the edge at any time? You can get back on solid footing! You can feel firm about where you are. You can thrive!

So how do we shift from being a survivor to becoming a thriver? Here are a few steps to put you on your way!

First, start with some good input. Subscribe to as many good magazines and e-zines that will change your outlook and inspire you to thrive! And don’t just subscribe to them—read them. Devour them. Get great audios and videos and listen to them and watch them. The principle here is to renew your mind to become a person whose mindset is one of a person who thrives.

Second, get around people who are thriving. Join clubs and groups filled with people who are already thrivers. Develop friendships with them; take them to lunch or coffee. Pick their brains and learn from them. Mimic their habits of thriving.

As you commit to these first two, you will see the time you spend watching and listening to junk go out the door. You will see that you are spending less and less time with those kinds of people who just want to survive. This will be the launching pad for your success.

Third, make a personal evaluation of your skills. What areas do you need to grow in? Now, get to work on those skills. Skills are what take you to the top. An old quote says that the race isn’t always won by the fast or the strong, but that’s the way to bet! I’ll take the person with skills to be the one who thrives every time. It won’t work like that every time, but it will most of the time.

Fourth, make a commitment to a long-term, tenacious outlook. We have to do this in order to turn the ship around. If you are just a survivor, you can be a thriver, but it may take some time. Remember, this is for the rest of your life. There will be times of weakness. There will be times of hardship. If you are tenacious, you can, and will, thrive!

Fifth, understand that thrivers are almost always people of methodical discipline and order. They know that they have to have order in their lives and the order is what produces the ability to thrive. They thrive financially because they discipline themselves to save and invest rather than spend. They thrive physically because they are disciplined in what they eat and in how they exercise. Discipline will make you thrive!

Yes, you can THRIVE! Take the above and get to work. Make these principles a part of your life and they will create in you an ability to thrive in everything you do. You will no longer just survive. Instead, you will thrive! And that is going to feel great!

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In light of the ever growing concern over the cell phone / DECT useage and its relationship with increased brain tumors, we have reduced the price of the EMF Harmonizers for wireless devices.

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Testimony on Federal Response to the Recent Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico

EPA Press Office

May 18, 2010

Statement of Lisa P. Jackson Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Testimony on Federal Response to the Recent Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico

Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works

WASHINGTONChairman Boxer, Ranking Member Inhofe, and members of the Committee, thank you for inviting me to testify about EPA’s role in responding to the BP Deepwater Horizon rig explosion.  As we all know, efforts by BP to stop the oil release continue.  While there is no perfect solution to the environmental disaster that the Gulf of Mexico is facing right now, EPA is committed to protecting our communities, the natural environment and human health.   That commitment covers both the risks from the spill itself, as well as any concerns resulting from the response to the spill.

Let me begin by recognizing the extraordinary effort put in by our responders.  These are people that have maintained their resolve in the face of often overwhelming challenges.  They have gone above and beyond and we certainly owe them a debt of gratitude.  In the last three weeks, EPA has dispatched more than 120 staff scientists, engineers, and contractors to Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi to perform rigorous testing and monitoring of air and water quality.  We are tracking any possible adverse impacts stemming from controlled burning of surface oil, possible chemicals rising from the oil itself, and any issues caused by the use of dispersants.  We are working with State officials, with local University scientists, and other Federal agencies to get the best available data, share that data in a timely fashion, and to ensure proper response for the Gulf Coast people and their environment.

At the president’s direction I have personally traveled to the region – the region I grew up in and still consider home – twice over the past weeks, to personally oversee EPA’s efforts and to meet with the local community to ensure their questions and concerns are addressed.

For weeks, EPA responders have been monitoring air pollutants including, particulate matter, hydrogen sulfide, and total volatile organic compounds – or VOCs – from the oil in the Gulf, as well as the controlled burning of oil.  These pollutants could pose a health risk to local communities and this monitoring is essential to ensure that communities are protected as BP takes direct response actions.  EPA is also monitoring water quality by conducting surface water testing along the Gulf Coast, both in areas that have been impacted and those not yet affected.  All of this information is being made public as quickly as we can compile it. We have been posting regular updates to our webpage http://www.epa.gov/bpspill, which has been a critical resource since the beginning of this event.

A primary concern is to ensure the safe application of chemical dispersants.  Oil spill dispersants are chemicals applied to the spilled oil to break down the oil into small drops below on the surface. The dispersed oil mixes into the water column and is rapidly diluted.  Bacteria and other microscopic organisms then act to degrade the oil within the droplets.  However, in the use of dispersants we are faced with environmental trade-offs.  We know that surface use of dispersants decreases the environmental risks to shorelines and organisms at the surface.  And we know that dispersants breakdown over weeks rather than remaining for several years as untreated oil might.  But, we are also deeply concerned about the things we don’t know.  The long term effects on aquatic life are still unknown and we must make sure that the dispersants that are used are as non-toxic as possible.  We are working with manufacturers, with BP and with others, to get less toxic dispersants to the response site as quickly as possible.

EPA has previously authorized use of several dispersing chemicals under the National Contingency Plan.  In order to be placed on this list, each dispersing chemical must undergo a toxicity and effectiveness test.  On Friday, EPA and the On Scene Coordinator authorized the application of dispersant underwater, at the source of the leak.  The goal of this novel approach is to break up and degrade the oil before it reaches the water’s surface, and comes closer to our shorelines, our estuaries and our nurseries.  Based on our testing, this can be done by using less dispersant than is necessary on the surface.  But let me be clear that EPA reserves the right to halt the usage of sub-surface dispersant if we conclude that at any time; the impact to the environment outweighs the benefit of dispersing oil.  As with our other monitoring initiatives, EPA and the Coast Guard have instituted a publicly available monitoring plan for sub-surface dispersant application to understand the impacts to the environment. This data will come to EPA once a day and if the levels in the samples are elevated, EPA will re-consider the authorization of use of dispersants.

EPA is also preparing to support any necessary shoreline assessment and cleanup.  This could include identifying and prioritizing sensitive resources and recommending cleanup methods.  EPA, in coordination with the States, will continue to provide information to both workers and the public about test results, as well as assisting communities with potential debris disposal and hazardous waste issues.

Madam Chairman, as a New Orleans native, I know first hand the importance of the natural environment to the economy, to the health and to the culture of the Gulf Coast.  As I mentioned, since the accident, I have been to the region twice. I have listened to people in numerous town halls from Venice, LA, to Waveland, MS and other communities in between.  I’ve learned in those meetings that the people of the Gulf Coast are eager to be part of this response.  They want to be informed and – where possible – empowered to improve their situation on their own.  We have a great deal of rebuilding to do, both in material terms and in terms of restoring this community’s trust that government can and will protect them in a time of need.  This is one of those times.  I urge that we do everything within our power to ensure a strong recovery and future for the Gulf Coast.

EPA will continue to fully support to the U.S. Coast Guard and play a robust role in monitoring and responding to potential public health and environmental concerns.  As local communities assess the impact on their economies, EPA, in partnership with other federal, state, and local agencies, will provide all assets to assist in the recovery.  At this time I welcome any questions you may have.


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Buy Local Farmer’s Market

I feel very fortunate to be within 16 miles of 5 different Farmer’s Markets.  Although I don’t visit all every week; I’ve got it down to a system that works for me to reduce fuel and carbon emissions.

Does this Slideshow work for you? These were cultivated by Gordon at the Daytona Beach City Island Market. This is also where I get my organic produce, healthy baked goods, dried fruits and nuts, Ocie’s great jam and other goodies.

The quality far exceeds my 2 local grocers, I save money and enjoy visiting with other health conscious smiling people.

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Creating edible container gardens . Eco Contest

Here you will find images showing the phases from beginning until today.

When I first got the itch to create a Salad Garden it seemed very likely I could reuse materials found around the trop garden or in the garage.  To reduce and recycle along with reusing was a simple task.

When you watch the images closely, you will see the building of an easy meal maker, fresh grown with tender loving care.  A special prize goes out to the first person to name all the edible plants. Send your submissions to eco.edu@EcoMapped.com

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Can you ID the proper order?

Stronger Evidence Pollution Damages Heart: Report

Date: 12-May-10
Country: US

The evidence is stronger than ever that pollution from industry, traffic and power generation causes strokes and heart attacks, and people should avoid breathing in smog, the American Heart Association said on Monday.

Fine particulate matter from burning fossil fuels such as gasoline, coal and oil is the clearest offender, the group said.

“Particulate matter appears to directly increase risk by triggering events in susceptible individuals within hours to days of an increased level of exposure, even among those who otherwise may have been healthy for years,” said Dr. Robert Brook of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, who headed the group writing the report.

A review of six year’s worth of medical research also showed strong evidence that pollution can help clog arteries, and a “small yet consistent” association between short-term exposure to air pollution and premature death.

“The foremost message for these high-risk groups remains that they should work to control their modifiable traditional risk factors — blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, smoking,” Brook said.

The American Heart Association said fine particulates could work in several ways, including by causing inflammation.

“It’s possible that certain very small particles, or chemicals that travel with them, may reach the circulation and cause direct harm,” Brook said.

“These responses can increase blood clotting and thrombosis, impair vascular function and blood flow, elevate blood pressure, and disrupt proper cardiac electrical activity which may ultimately provoke heart attacks, strokes, or even death.”

The group recommends that the elderly or anyone with heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes should pay attention to air pollution and air quality index warnings.

“People can limit their exposure as much as possible by decreasing their time outside when particle levels are high and reducing time spent in traffic — a common source of exposure in today’s world,” Brook said.

(Editing by Eric Beech)

15 Green Apps For Your New Apple iPad

by Jaymi Heimbuch, San Francisco, California on 05.10.10

Photo via nDevilTV

If you know us here at TreeHugger, you know how we feel about smart phone apps. We love them. They’re often just so darn handy for living a greener life, from helping out with transportation to shopping to home energy management. And so, you’ll probably guess that we’re excited to watch iPad apps slowly roll out so that this new gadget has a green purpose. There are already a good handful we like, and they’re listed here, including the best apps for catching the news, movies, and even some green-themed games.

Home & Garden

Image via iGrowIt
iGrowIt – $0.99 Quickly find out what vegetables you can plant right now, and access all the essential information you’ll need on how and when to grow your own fruits and veggies. Set up for gardeners in the US and UK. The app also features recipes you can use for what you grow, and updates are set for gardeners in the Southern hemisphere.

Solar Panel Advisor – $1.99

You can turn your iPad into a solar cell with this app, in order to find out how much solar power you can generate with any size solar panel in that area. The app computes sun rise, sun set, sin elevation and sun azimuth, and is a great tool for educating kids (or adults!) about solar power. Plus, you can monitor your own solar array via the app.

Off Remote – Free
Easily turn off, lock, restart or log off from your computer from anywhere in your house, saving energy by making sure that nothing is running that doesn’t need to be running. After all, if you’re busy playing on your iPad, you probably don’t need the computer running, right?

Control4 – Free
If you’re running Control4’s software to monitor and manage your home’s electricity and appliances, then you can control those devices right from your iPad. Control your lights, thermostats, audio, video, web cameras, security system, and much more with easy taps and gestures. You can see exactly which lights in which rooms are on or off – and switch them on or off – control your thermostat, and a whole lot more. Besides reading and playing games, this ability to be a component in home automation is a perfect role for the iPad.


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