BP Oil Spill EPA Releases First Round of Toxicity Testing Data for Eight Oil Dispersants

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 30, 2010

EPA Releases First Round of Toxicity Testing Data for Eight Oil Dispersants

WASHINGTON —The US Environmental Protection Agency today released peer reviewed results from the first round of its own independent toxicity testing on eight oil dispersants. EPA conducted testing to ensure that decisions about ongoing dispersant use in the Gulf of Mexico continue to be grounded in the best available science.

EPA’s results indicated that none of the eight dispersants tested, including the product in use in the Gulf, displayed biologically significant endocrine disrupting activity. While the dispersant products alone – not mixed with oil – have roughly the same impact on aquatic life, JD-2000 and Corexit 9500 were generally less toxic to small fish and JD-2000 and SAF-RON GOLD were least toxic to mysid shrimp.  While this is important information to have, additional testing is needed to further inform the use of dispersants.

“EPA is performing independent tests to determine the potential impacts of various dispersants. We will continue to conduct additional research before providing a final recommendation, ” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson.  “We want to ensure that every tool is available to mitigate the impact of the BP spill and protect our fragile wetlands.  But we continue to direct BP to use dispersants responsibly and in as limited an amount as possible.”

EPA continues to carefully monitor BP’s use of dispersant in the Gulf. Dispersants are generally less toxic than oil and can prevent some oil from impacting sensitive areas along the Gulf Coast. EPA believes BP should use as little dispersant as necessary and, on May 23, Administrator Jackson and then-Federal On-Scene Coordinator Rear Admiral Mary Landry directed BP to reduce dispersant usage by 75 percent from peak usage. EPA and the Coast Guard formalized that order in a directive to BP on May 26. Over the next month BP reduced dispersant use 68 percent from that peak.

Before directing BP to ramp down dispersant use, EPA directed BP to analyze potential alternative dispersants for toxicity and effectiveness. BP reported to EPA that they were unable to find a dispersant that is less toxic than Corexit 9500, the product currently in use. Following that, EPA began its own scientific testing of eight dispersant products on the National Contingency Plan Product Schedule (NCP-PS). Those dispersant products are: Dispersit SPC 1000, Nokomis 3-F4, Nokomis 3-AA, ZI-400, SAF-RON Gold, Sea Brat #4, Corexit 9500 A and JD 2000. Today’s results represent the first stage of that effort.

EPA tested these eight products for endocrine disrupting activity and potential impacts on small fish and mysid shrimp. The testing found:

  • None of the eight dispersants tested displayed biologically significant endocrine disrupting activity.
  • While all eight dispersants alone – not mixed with oil – showed roughly the same effects, JD-2000 and Corexit 9500 proved to be the least toxic to small fish, and JD-2000 and SAF-RON GOLD were the least toxic to the mysid shrimp.

The next phase of EPA’s testing will assess the acute toxicity of multiple concentrations of Louisiana Sweet Crude Oil alone and combinations of Louisiana Sweet Crude Oil with each of the eight dispersants for two test species.

To view the first round of test results please visit: http://www.epa.gov/bpspill/dispersants

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Harry Potter, I have something worth living for

With the introduction and great success of Universal’s Harry Potter addition, the excitement grows with the news of a November, 2010 release.  See preview here:

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Why will you celebrate Independence Day?

Why celebrate our Nations Birthday?  Why not?  Here are a few reasons I do:

Freedom, Gratitude, Beauty, Life, Sovereignty, Future, Liberty, Democracy, American dream, Land of the Free, Home of the Brave, 234th Birthday, Patriot, Resilient, Rights …

What are your reasons?

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The Gulf Call to Sacred Action

Thank you to Rebecca Finch for submitting this very worthy Cause and Result

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Be extraordinary

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Doing the Remarkable by Jim Rohn

When it comes to meeting and conquering the negativity in your life, here is a key question: what can you do, starting today, that will make a difference? What can you do during economic chaos? What can you do when everything has gone wrong? What can you do when you’ve run out of money, when you don’t feel well and it’s all gone sour? What can you do?

Let me give you the broad answer first. You can do the most remarkable things, no matter what happens. People can do incredible things, unbelievable things, despite the most impossible or disastrous circumstances.

Here is why humans can do remarkable things: because they are remarkable. Humans are different than any other creation. When a dog starts with weeds, he winds up with weeds. And the reason is…

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10 ways to save money on gasoline, air conditioning

Based on the unusually high temperatures in the north and eastern seaboard, central and southwest US, I feel bringing up the topic of air conditioning in fuel savings to be very important. Remember to avoid the benzene toxins when starting it up.

Not only within our home environment, but when in an office building or our own transportation.  It is a serious add on to your expenses.  Weigh the benefits and all your options.  Grateful to Russell for his following detailed solutions to reduce your carbon footprint… CSea

By Russell McLendon, Mother Nature Network

Posted Tue Jun 22, 2010 9:43am PDT

Related topics: Tips, Cars, Commuting, Saving Money, Saving gas


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The United States has a reputation for guzzling gasoline, especially in summer, when increased demand and processing costs drive up the price by an average of 10 to 20 cents per gallon. And while the recession has helped reduce U.S. gas demand in recent years, summer heat — combined with unforeseen variables like hurricanes and oil spills — can still wreak havoc with prices at the pump.

But whether you’re planning a cross-country road trip or just trying to avoid spending your paycheck on commuting, there’s plenty you can do to save money on gasoline. The best strategy is to simply drive less often, maybe carpooling or biking instead, but don’t feel discouraged if that’s not an option.

Check out these 10 ideas for ways to cut back the amount of time and money you spend at gas stations this summer:


(Chart: fueleconomy.gov)

1) Slow and steady wins the race

Gasoline mileage drops off in most cars once you’re going faster than about 60 mph (see chart at left). For every 5 mph you drive over 60 mph, you’re essentially paying an extra 24 cents per gallon of gas.

Try using cruise control on interstates and other highways to maintain a constant speed. It can also help to use your car’s overdrive gears, which save fuel and engine wear by reducing your speed.

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POLLUTION IN PEOPLE

For years, I thought I could keep my body free of dangerous chemicals by taking just a couple of simple precautions — using natural cleansers and buying organic food. Wrong.

Body burden Biomonitoring tests to check for chemicals in people always find them. It doesn’t matter whether the people are old, young, newborn or even fetal, nor what their history is. Contamination is always found. It is therefore a virtual certainty that if I were to be tested, I would learn I was contaminated, too. Not to cause panic, but so would you.

This pollution of our bodies is thought by many scientists to be universal today. It goes by the name of body burden.

Where do the chemicals come from? They are used in a seemingly endless array of industrial applications and consumer products, including baby toys, air freshener, laundry detergent, shampoo, nail polish, food containers, rugs and furniture, to name a few.

And how do they get into our bodies? Through our food, tap and bottled water, indoor and outdoor air and many of the things we touch or put on our skin. Babies get them in the womb from their mothers. Hence, the phenomenon of infants starting life with chemicals already in their systems.

Given how ubiquitous chemicals are, the question is not really how they get into us, but whether there is any way to keep them out. I will get back to that.

Let’s first talk about whether and how the chemicals might harm us. The chemical industry predictably claims they are safe. In reality, next to nothing is known about the vast majority of them. That’s because our laws allow chemicals to go on the market without prior safety testing.

But we do know quite a bit about a few chemicals, and what we know is not reassuring. For instance:

  • Phthalates have been linked to problems with reproductive system development in baby boys and to insulin resistance and obesity in adult men. They are used in a wide variety of cosmetic products, such as moisturizers, nail polish and baby powder; cleaning products; plastic food wraps; and toys, especially those made with PVC plastic. Other uses include medical equipment and building supplies.
  • Bisphenol A (also known as BPA) has been linked to breast and prostate cancer, reproductive problems, diabetes and alteration of brain chemistry and behavioral changes. It is used in many household products, including plastic baby bottles, hard plastic sports bottles and metal food cans, which are often lined with plastic to prevent a metallic taste in food.
  • PCBs, which were formerly used as electrical insulators, among other things, have been found to affect the immune, reproductive, nervous and endocrine systems. They are also considered a probable carcinogen. Though their production in the U.S. was banned in 1979, these long-lasting chemicals continue to circulate in the environment and in the food chain. New releases also occur when old equipment made with PCBs is damaged or improperly disposed of.
  • Dioxins, a byproduct of the manufacture and burning of chlorine products, can affect the cardiovascular, respiratory, immune, reproductive, nervous and endocrine systems and cause cancer.

Other classes of chemicals shown to be toxic include PBDEs (used as flame retardants) and PFCs (used to repel water, stains and grease).

All the chemicals listed above are endocrine disruptors, meaning that they interfere with the workings of the endocrine — or hormone — system. Hormones are our bodies’ chemical messengers. They tell cells to start or stop carrying out key functions at the proper time. While key to basic body functioning throughout our lives, they are particularly important to fetal development. During the nine months in which a baby takes shape, an exquisitely timed orchestra of these chemical signals ensures that the baby’s body develops as it should. Any tampering with the type or timing of the signals can have tragic consequences, from cancers that emerge later in life to missing body parts. They can also affect the brain and behavior.

The years directly leading up to puberty, when hormones again play a major role in body development, may be another time when people are particularly sensitive to endocrine-disrupting chemicals.

So, how can you protect yourself, your children and your children-to-be?

Unfortunately, moving somewhere remote is not, in itself, an answer. Many chemicals are highly mobile and resistant to breakdown. Over the last few decades, they have spread on wind and water currents to every corner of the globe, including the most pristine places.

However, your personal practices can make a difference in your LEVEL of exposure, not just to endocrine disruptors but to other toxins that humans are spewing out into the environment. These steps, in particular, can help:

At the same time as you take these steps in your own life, keep in mind that the real solutions to body burden, like other forms of pollution, are societal not individual. Without government regulation, safety from chemicals is a losing battle.

—Sheryl Eisenberg

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Sheryl Eisenberg, a long-time advisor to NRDC, posts a new This Green Life every month. Sheryl makes her home in Tribeca (NYC), where—along with her children, Sophie and Gabby, and husband, Peter—she tries to put her environmental principles into practice. No fooling. Read more about Sheryl.

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Broad Trends in Scientific Findings about Endocrine Disruption

Lotion Look for personal care products without the word “fragrance” in the ingredient list to cut down on your exposure to chemicals. This catchall term can mask the presence of a slew of toxins. Don’t trust product claims of being unscented, warns the Environmental Working Group, as fragrances may be used to create the unscented effect. You actually have to scan the ingredients to confirm that the word “fragrance” does not appear.

Fetus in the womb by da Vinci
The old view was that the “placental barrier” protected the fetus from contaminants in the mother’s body. Recent research has shown this to be false. For instance, ten of ten newborns whose umbilical cord blood was tested on their day of birth as part of the Human Toxome Project were found to be contaminated with scores of chemicals, including many “linked to brain and nervous system toxicity, cancer, and birth defects and developmental delays.”

(The drawing, by the way, is an “old view” by Leonardo da Vinci.)

Unsafe at any level. Toxicologists are fond of saying, “the dose makes the poison,” meaning that toxic substances are only toxic above a certain level. This explains their method of safety testing, which is to begin at the high end of the dose spectrum and work their way down until they find a dose that seems safe. But such thresholds may not exist with endocrine disruptors, which can have effects at unimaginably small doses, while sometimes having different or no effects at higher levels. Environmental health scientists are therefore looking for new testing methodologies that take these different patterns into account.


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Sheryl Eisenberg is a web developer and writer. With her firm, Mixit Productions (http://www.mixitproductions.com), she brought NRDC online in 1996, designed NRDC’s first websites, and continues to develop special web features for NRDC. She created and, for several years, wrote the Union of Concerned Scientists’ green living column, Greentips, and has designed and contributed content to many nonprofit sites.

Pensicola Beach baby dolphin dies covered in oil

Each day we face more and more sea life succumbing to the leaking oil from the Gulf of Mexico.  Today I saw a man carrying a baby dolphin from the surf, barely alive.  She didn’t make it to the rehab facility; she died.

It is heartbreaking to see these animals and mammals stop breathing due to the oil.

Collectively, those that are not helping clean the spill, need to find something they can do to help recover from the worst environmental disaster in our lifetime… CSea

After Undersea Mishap, Oil Fight Continues

Oil Begins Washing Ashore In Pensacola, Florida

MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press Writer
POSTED: Wednesday, June 23, 2010
UPDATED: 5:44 am EDT June 24, 2010

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NEW ORLEANS — One nudge by a deep-sea robot, and BP had to back off its most effective method so far of containing the Gulf of Mexico oil leak. After being removed for much of the day Wednesday, engineers using remote-controlled submarines repositioned a cap that had captured 700,000 gallons of oil in 24 hours before one of the robots bumped into it late in the morning. Bob Dudley, BP’s new point man for the oil response, said crews had done the right thing to remove the cap because fluid seemed to be leaking and could have been a safety hazard.
The logistics coordinator onboard the ship that has been siphoning the oil told The Associated Press that the system was working again but it would take a little time before for the system to “get ramped back up.” He asked not to be identified by name because he was not authorized to provide the information. “It’s a setback, and now we will go back into operation and show how this technology can work,” Dudley said before the system was working again. While the cap was off, clouds of black oil gushed unchecked again at up to 104,000 gallons per hour, though a specialized ship at the surface managed to suck up and incinerate 438,000 gallons.
The oil-burning ship is part of an armada floating at the site of the rogue well some 50 miles off the Louisiana coast, and the scene below the surface is no less crowded. At least a dozen robotic submarines dangle from ships at the surface on mile-long cables called “umbilicals,” with most of the undersea work taking place within a few hundred yards of the busted well.
Crews of three operate each machine from control stations using joysticks and banks of video screens, inching them through the small portions of the pitch-black water that the submarines’ headlamps can illuminate. Sometimes the water gets so murky that the controllers operate by sound — the robots can map their surroundings using sonar. Using the machines’ mechanical arms, highly trained pilots routinely perform delicate jobs such as switching valves on, turning wrenches and grasping wires no thicker than a phone cord.
Accomplishing even the smallest of tasks at such depths with robots the size of Humvees can be so tricky that experts compare it to remote-control surgery. Only one other time during the attempts to contain the nine-week-old leak — when a submarine jarred loose a tube that been sucking oil from the broken riser — has one of the robot crews interrupted those efforts, said Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the Obama administration’s lead spill responder. “I think the fact that we’ve had two bumps that have had some kind of a consequence associated with them in the 60-plus days response is a pretty good record,” he said. “It’s never going to be risk-free out there, and we need to watch it very closely.
The latest problem in the effort to stop the gusher came as thick pools of oil washed up on Pensacola Beach in Florida, and the Obama administration sought to resurrect a six-month moratorium on deep water drilling. Wednesday’s disruption “is obviously a very disappointing development in a long line of setbacks, and Louisianians are frankly tired of excuses from the government and BP,” said Republican Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana. The current worst-case estimate of what’s spewing into the Gulf is about 2.5 million gallons a day.
Anywhere from 67 million to 127 million gallons have spilled since the April 20 explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig that killed 11 workers and blew out the well 5,000 feet underwater. BP PLC was leasing the rig from owner Transocean Ltd. When the robot bumped into the equipment just before 10 a.m., gas rose through a vent that carries warm water down to prevent ice-like crystals from forming in the machinery, Allen said. Crews were checking to see if the crystals, called hydrates, had formed before attempting to put the cap back on. Last month, a similar problem with a cap doomed an effort to put a bigger containment device over the blown-out well.
BP had to abandon the four-story box after the crystals clogged it, threatening to make it float away. The smaller cap, which had worked fine until now, had been in place since June 4. In Florida, thick pools of oil washed up along miles of national park and Pensacola Beach shoreline as health advisories against swimming and fishing in the once-pristine waters were extended for 33 miles east from the Alabama line. “It’s pretty ugly, there’s no question about it,” said Florida Gov. Charlie Crist. The oil reeked as it baked in the afternoon heat on a beach that looked as if it had been paved with a 6-foot-wide ribbon of asphalt.
“This used to be a place where you could come and forget about all your cares in the world,” said Nancy Berry, who fought back tears as she watched her two grandsons play in the sand far from the shore. Park ranger Bobbie Visnovske said a family found an oily young dolphin beached in the sand in the Gulf Islands National Seashore Wednesday. Wildlife officers carried it into shallow water to revive it.
They later transported it to a rehabilitation center in Panama City, about 100 miles to the east. Meanwhile, the Obama administration was plotting its next steps after U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman in New Orleans overturned a moratorium on new drilling. In court papers, the Justice Department said it has asked a judge to delay the ruling. The Interior Department imposed the moratorium last month, halting approval of any new permits for deep water projects and suspending drilling on 33 exploratory wells.
Feldman, appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1983, has reported extensive investments in the oil and gas industry, including owning less than $15,000 of Transocean stock, according to financial disclosure reports for 2008, the most recent available. He did not return calls seeking more information about his investments. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said he would issue a new order within the next few days imposing a moratorium that eliminates any doubt it is needed and appropriate. “It’s important that we don’t move forward with new drilling until we know it can be done in a safe way,” he told a Senate subcommittee Wednesday. Several companies, including Shell and Marathon Oil, said they would await the outcome of any appeals before they resume drilling.
___ Associated Press writers Lisa Leff in New Orleans, Curt Anderson in Miami, Melissa Nelson in Pensacola, Fla., and Harry R. Weber in Atlanta contributed to this report.

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Happy Summer Solstice 2010

A view on the first day of Summer 2010 to compare to the Spring albums.  See slide show below quiz.

This is a caudex which during the day, the leaves displayed fully.  Evening causes them to close up.  Can you ID this specimen?

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Food for thought and action

Setting Our Intentions by Deepak Chopra.

Posted: 18 Jun 2010 06:58 PM PDT

Intentions are the seeds of consciousness, or spirit. They have infinite organizing power and orchestrate everything that manifests in the universe. Like real seeds, intentions can’t grow if you hold on to them. Letting go is planting them in the depths of your consciousness. It is there that they get the nourishment and support to grow and develop. The Law of Intention and Desire lays out the five steps for cultivating and fulfilling your intentions with effortless ease:

  1. Center yourself in restful awareness. This means entering the gap or the silent space between thoughts – that boundless, eternal field that is your essential Being. The most powerful way to enter the silence is through a regular meditation practice.
  2. When you are established in restful awareness, release your intentions and desires. Make a list of your goals and look at it before you start your meditation. You are releasing your intentions into the fertile ground of pure potentiality, and they will bloom when the season is right. You don’t want to dig up the seeds to see if they are growing, or get attached to the way that they come forth. Simply release your intentions into the gap.
  3. Remain centered in your awareness of your true Self and your connection to the field of pure potentiality. Refuse to be influenced by other people’s doubts or criticisms. Your true Self knows that everything is all right and will be all right, even without knowing the timing or the details of what will happen.
  4. Let go of your attachment to the outcome. Relinquish your rigid attachment to a specific result and live in the wisdom of uncertainty. Attachment is based on fear and insecurity, while detachment is based on the unquestioning belief in the power of your true Self. Enjoy every moment of your life, even if you don’t know the outcome.
  5. Let the universe handle the details. Your focused intentions set the infinite organizing power of the universe in motion. Trust that infinite organizing power to orchestrate the complete fulfillment of your desires. 

Finally, I offer you these beautiful words from the Vedic seer:

“I am the immeasurable potential of all that was, is, and will be, and my desires are like seeds left in the ground: they wait for the right season and then spontaneously manifest into beautiful flowers and mighty trees, into enchanted gardens and majestic forests.”


7 ECO Lessons Learned from Toy Story 3

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Photo via Neuro Software

If you thought the Toy Story movies were about overcoming differences to become friends, then you missed some of the more subtle lessons: That stocking your kid’s toy room can be an exercise in sustainable, eco-friendly choices that the junior set won’t even notice. Follow these tips, inspired by the trailer for Toy Story 3 (which comes out in theaters this Friday) to choose toys that will keep your kids happy and healthy to infinity and beyond.

1. Choose Toys that are Built to Last

It’s been 15 years since we met Woody, Buzz, and the rest of the Toy Story crowd, and while their owner, Andy, may have outgrown them, the toys appear to be as sturdy as ever (even Buzz’s lights and sounds still work). They’re in such good condition that Andy’s mom doesn’t even throw them away: She donates them to Sunnyside, a day care/preschool where a new generation of kids put the old toys through their paces. By looking for high-quality toys that don’t have a lot of breakable pieces — and that are made from durable materials — you too can send your kids off to college with the same best friends that helped them through childhood.

2. Donate Used Toys

donated toys photo Photo via Good Housekeeping

The kids at Sunnyside are thrilled with the new additions to their toy room, although they aren’t exactly gentle on Mr. and Mrs. Potatohead. As for the toys themselves, their feelings are mixed: Some of them miss Andy and plan to break out of their new home to get back to him, but others are happy to be played with again. Keeping old toys in storage at your house isn’t doing the toys any favors, and by donating them to nearby schools, nurseries, shelters, or thrift stores, you’ll give other kids the chance to enjoy them as much as your own kids did.

3. Pick Toys with Personality

favorite toy photo
Photo via Lara604 @ Flickr

The toys that last the longest are the ones you feel the most connected to, whether that’s a handmade doll, the teddy bear your aunt gave you when you were born, or your favorite blue blanket. Giving your kids one-of-a-kind playthings that they can infuse with each toy’s own individual personality makes those toys a lot more likely to last over the latest cartoon character or movie princess toy. (Of course, this means that we’d recommend a cowboy doll from your local craft fair over a specific Woody-from-Toy-Story version, but that’s up to you.) And you can’t go wrong with the classics: Barbie and Ken (who joins the cast for this film with voicework by Michael Keaton), the Potatoheads, astronauts, and dinosaurs never go out of style.

Discover More Lessons Learned From Toy Story 3 on  Page 2

Green Tips for Mold Removal

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For 25 years now we have seen proof positive of the vast natural benefits of Tea Tree Oil.  I chose the best solution to save money and increase results … Melaleuca.  Ask why so you know the long term and multiple benefits… CSea

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Posted by Green Life Staff

Removing mold from our homes can be a frustrating and ongoing task.  Most of us just run down to the supermarket and grab a bottle of a chlorine-based mold cleaner, which is sure to be quick and easy- and unfortunately terrible for the environment.  If you have a mold problem around your home, use some of the green tips for mold removal in this article.

Tea Tree Oil

Tree tree oil can be on the expensive side, but as they say, “a little goes a long way.”  It can be found readily online or in your nearest health food store.  Tee Tree oil is a natural antiseptic and fungicide.
It does have a strong camphor-like odor, but is much more pleasant than chlorine fumes.  To make a tea tree oil mixture to treat mold, combine the following in a clean spray bottle, shake, and spray on affected area:

1-2 teaspoons tea tree oil
2 cups water

For best results, don’t rinse.  In a few days, clean up the dead mold with soap and water.

Vinegar

Distilled white vinegar can clean just about anything (a definite must for your green-home cleaning needs), including mold.  The Heinz Company, one producer of distilled white vinegar, claims that straight vinegar can kill 99 percent of bacteria, 82 percent of mold, and 80 percent of germs.  Simply fill up a spray bottle with vinegar, spray infected area and let sit (don’t rinse).  In a few days, clean up the dead mold with soap and water.

A little prevention goes a long way

Mold grows when there is a lot of moisture in the air.  Often, the bathroom is a trouble spot due to the fact that we all like to take hot, steamy showers.  That steam and moisture creates mold.  To prevent mold from developing, put a simple dehumidifier in your bathroom (or any room where you have a mold problem) to help dry out the air.

If you are dealing with mold, consider these toxic-free alternatives to dealing with the issue.  They are safer for you, and for the environment.  Remove your mold, and stay green by doing it!

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Spring yields to Summer Smiles

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Tis Sunscreen season; keep it non-toxic

It is very important for people to have a minimum of 10 minutes in the sun per day to obtain adequate Vitamin D.  It is equally important to avoid burning.

Sun Shades™ Sun Protection Research Report

Sunscreen and Sunblock UV Protection

Researched and written by RM Barry Publications staff

Summer activities lead us outdoors, where we are exposed to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun, sometimes resulting in damage to our skin. However, summer fun does not have to lead to sunburn — or even cancer — if you know how to protect your skin. This report is about UV rays and the ingredients in Melaleuca’s *Sun Shades™ products: *Mineral Sunblock 30+, *Sport 45+ Sunscreen, and * After Sun Hydrogel E.

Ultraviolet Rays and Skin
There are two types of ultraviolet rays that result in two different effects on the skin. UVA rays penetrate the skin deeply to damage the collagen and can result in leathery skin, sagging skin, premature wrinkles and other effects of photoaging (premature aging caused by the sun). Think of UVA as the “aging ray.” UVB rays have a shorter wavelength and cause sunburns. Think of UVB as the “burning ray.”1 But sunburns and photoaging are not the only effects you need to take precautions against. UV radiation from the sun is the number one cause of skin cancer, and don’t forget that tanning beds produce UV rays that are just as harmful.2

Blistering sunburns in childhood increase the liklihood of developing skin cancer much later in life. Risk factors for skin cancer include having fair skin and blue or green eyes, and red or blonde hair.3 Another risk factor is having more than 100 moles on the skin. Moles are different from freckles, in that they are typically raised from the surface of the skin. Moles that are asymmetrical, with more than one color, or with cauliflower-like edges, or that have changed over time, are extreme warning signs that warrant an immediate trip to the dermatologist.4 Darker skinned people may still get skin cancer, but their risk factor is much lower.

According to the American Cancer Society, children under the age of six months should have NO direct sun exposure, nor should sunscreen/sunblock be applied to their skin. So keep babies in the shade of a covered stroller if you must take them in the sun.

If you wonder why the American Cancer Society instructs the public to wear sunscreen even on a cloudy day, it’s not an attempt to boost the sunscreen industry’s sales, it’s to help protect your skin from the photoaging and carcinogenic effects of UVA rays, which you can’t feel like you can feel a sunburn from UVB. Radiation from UVA reaches the skin all year long, and more evenly throughout the day than UVB, which peaks in intensity between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. Your skin could even be damaged by UVA radiation on a cloudy day because 80% of the sun’s UV rays reach the earth when it’s cloudy. 5, 6

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, accounting for more than half of all the cancers diagnosed, with more than 1 million non-melanoma skin cancers diagnosed annually. It’s likely that there will be over 62,000 new cases of melanoma skin cancer (the most serious form) and about 10,000 skin cancer deaths this year.7 Since 90 percent of skin cancers are caused by sun exposure, protective sun care is crucial.8

The amount of UV light reaching the earth’s surface in any given place depends on a number of factors, including the time of day, time of year, elevation, and cloud cover. To help people better understand the intensity of UV light in their area on a given day, the National Weather Service and the US Environmental Protection Agency have developed the UV Index. It gives people an idea of how strong the UV light is in their area, on a scale from 1 to 11+. A higher number means a higher chance of sunburn, skin damage and ultimately skin cancers of all kinds.9 Look for your country’s UV index map below, at reference 9.

1. <!–0708 this site is now a flash based nav and i can’t link directly to the page –>Sunscreens Explained. Skin Cancer Foundation

2. Cosmetic Procedures: Sun Exposure and Skin Cancer. WebMD: Skin & Beauty.

3. Warning Signs: The ABCDEs of Melanoma. Skin Cancer Foundation. (this page will have photographs of cancerous vs. normal skin moles.)

4. Detailed Guide: Skin Cancer – Melanoma -What Are The Risk Factors for Melanoma? American Cancer Society.

5. Detailed Guide: Skin Cancer – Melanoma-Can Melanoma Be Prevented? American Cancer Society.

6. Protection Against Photoaging, Aging Skin Net, Am. Academy of Dermatology 2005

7. Skin Cancer Facts, American Cancer Society.

8. 2007 Skin Cancer Facts, Skin Cancer Foundation

9. UV Index Maps by country:

Sunscreen Abbreviations and Phrases

  • The main difference between sunscreen and sunblock is that sunscreen chemically absorbs UV rays, while sunblock deflects UV rays.10
  • Broad-spectrum is a phrase that suggests the product can protect from both UVA and UVB rays.
  • SPF (Sun Protection Factor) is an abbreviation that explains how long you can stay in the sun without burning.
  • A higher SPF does not indicate a stronger sunblock!10 If it takes 20 minutes for your unprotected skin to start turning red, using an SPF 15 sunscreen theoretically prevents reddening 15 times longer — about five hours.The problem with how we perceive SPF is that no sunscreen, regardless of its SPF, should be expected to stay effective longer than two hours without reapplication.
  • Whether you’re using sunblock or sunscreen, you must reapply it every two hours, and you must apply it liberally. For a day at the beach, when you’re wearing a bathing suit, most adults should use one ounce (about one shotglass-full) to cover exposed skin. Remember, skin doesn’t necessarily turn red when there is UVA damage, and that’s why directions state to reapply frequently.

10. SPF, UVB and UVA Protection Explained, Charles H. Booras, MD, FAAFP, Listed in “The Best Doctors in America”, 2001 and 2002

Ingredients in Sunscreens and Sunblocks
Microfine Zinc Oxide

Melaleuca’s sunblock uses microfine zinc oxide, a natural mineral, to block out both UVA and UVB rays. There are only three broad-spectrum sunblock ingredients available: zinc oxide (mineral), titanium dioxide (mineral), and avobenzone (chemical). Dermatologists at Duke University Medical Center have found that microfine zinc oxide is a more effective sunscreen than microfine titanium dioxide.11 It has been found to be stable, and it doesn’t change in composition when exposed to the sun, or combined with other sunscreen agents.12

There has been some speculation over whether micronized minerals are actually absorbed into the skin. One team of scientists concluded that “our investigations using optical and electron microscopy proved that neither surface characteristics, particle size nor shape of the micronized pigments (like zinc oxide) result in any dermal absorption of this substance.”13

Avobenzone

Since the two types of ultraviolet rays have different wavelengths, several different ingredients are necessary in sunscreens to protect the skin from both, while the broad-spectrum zinc oxide in the sunblock can protect from both.14 Melaleuca’s sunscreen Sun Shades Sport 45+ contains avobenzone, mentioned above, and three other sunscreen ingredients, to best cover the spectrum of the sun’s radiation. The salicylates homosalate and octisalate provide protection from UVB radiation, and the benzophenone oxybenzone protects against UVA, while avobenzone provides protection from UVA and UVB (that’s why it’s called a broad-spectrum sunscreen).10

11. Pinnell SR, Fairhurst D, Gillies R, Mitchnick MA, Kollias N, “Microfine zinc oxide is a superior sunscreen ingredient to microfine titanium dioxide.Division of Dermatology, Duke University Medical Center

12. Mitchnick MA, Fairhurst D, Pinnell SR. Microfine zinc oxide (Z-cote) as a photostable UVA/UVB sunblock agent. J Am Acad Dermatol. 1999 Jan;40(1):85-90.

13. Schulz J, Hohenberg H, et. al.Distribution of sunscreens on skin. Adv Drug Deliv Rev. 2002 Nov 1;54 Suppl 1:S157-63

14. Cayrol C, Sarraute J, et. al., A mineral sunscreen affords genomic protection against ultraviolet (UV) B and UVA radiation: in vitro and in situ assays.

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Attract Ideal People By Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

As people choose to cleave and leave people from their lives that are holding them back; they find it easier to achieve when replacing those people.  This article addresses how to… CSea

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Posted: 11 Jun 2010 05:06 AM PDT

How to find those you want and need.

Simply be the qualities you seek in others.

If you saw the 1989 movie Field of Dreams, you probably came away remembering the concept that if you pursue a dream, you will succeed (or, “If you build it, they will come”). I mention this because I’m suggesting that if you commit yourself to matching up with the field of intention, everyone you desire or need to fulfill your personal intention will appear. How can that be? The moment you definitely commit yourself to being a part of the power of intention, “then Providence moves too,” and unforeseen assistance comes your way.

The right people will arrive to assist you in every aspect of your life: The people who will support you in your career are there; the people who will help you create your perfect home show up; the people who will arrange the finances for whatever you desire are available; the driver you need to get you to the airport is waiting for you; the designer you’ve admired wants to work with you; the dentist you need in an emergency when you’re on vacation just happens to be there; and your spiritual soul mate finds you.

The list is endless because we’re all in relationship to each other, we all emanate from the same Source, and we all share the same divine energy of intention. There’s no place that this universal mind is not; therefore, you share it with everyone you attract into your life.

You’ll have to let go of any resistance to your ability to attract the right people, or you won’t recognize them when they show up in your everyday life. Resistance may be difficult to recognize at first, because it’s such a familiar form of your thoughts, your emotions, and your energy levels. If you believe that you’re powerless to attract the right people, then you’ve attracted powerlessness into your experience. If you’re attached to the idea of being stuck with the wrong people or no people at all, then your energy isn’t aligned with the power of intention, and resistance reigns. The field of intention has no choice but to send you more of what you’re desiring. So, make a somersault into the inconceivable, where you have faith and trust in the universal mind of intention, and allow the right people to arrive in your life right on schedule.

Once you’ve formed a picture in your mind of the person or people that you intend to show up in your life, and you know how you want them to treat you and what they’ll be like, you must be what it is that you’re seeking. This is a universe of attraction and energy. You can’t have a desire to attract a mate who is confident, generous, non-judgmental, and gentle, and expect that desire to be manifested if you’re thinking and acting in non-confident, selfish, judgmental, or arrogant ways—which is why most people don’t attract the right people at the right time.

More than 30 years ago, I wanted to attract a publisher into my life for my book, Your Erroneous Zones. This publisher would have to be understanding since I was an unknown writer at the time, and would have to be a risk taker, willing to let go of any doubts about me.

My literary agent arranged a meeting with an executive editor, whom I’ll refer to as George, at a large New York publishing house. As I sat down to talk with him, it was obvious to me that he was personally distraught. I asked him what was troubling him, and we proceeded to spend the next three to four hours talking about a devastating personal matter that had just transpired the night before. George’s wife had told him that she was going to seek a divorce, and he felt as though he’d been blindsided by this news. I let go of my own desires to talk about getting my book published and became what it was that I was seeking: an understanding, confident, risk-taking person. By being that very thing and detaching from my ego-dominated desires, I was able to help George out that afternoon, which I’ve never forgotten.

I left George’s office that day without even discussing my book proposal. When I told my literary agent this story, he was convinced that I’d blown my one opportunity with a major publishing house by not making a strong pitch for my book. The following day, George called my agent, telling him, “I really don’t even know what Dyer’s book proposal entails, but I want that man as one of our authors.”

At the time, I didn’t realize what was happening. Now, with a quarter century of living in this world of spiritual inquiry, I see it quite clearly. The right people show up precisely when you need them and when you’re able to match up. You must be that which you desire. When you are what you desire, you attract it by radiating it outward. You have this ability to match up with the power of intention and fulfill your intention to attract ideal people and divine relationships.

Attract Ideal People By Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

Awareness, Acceptance and Achievement

allow nature to influence your decisions

Everyone has achieved success but unfortunately some of those people do not accept or even recognize their greatness.  That prevents them from being grateful which indeed creates more positive growth. We are all responsible to do the best we can with what we have.

Further, it is our responsibility to be grateful for all we do have. I am not referring to the material things accumulated and often cherished; I am, however, referring to wellness, being alive and having control to change our future.

When we allow this opportunity to manifest, we finally begin to believe in ourselves and we have the confidence to continue creating greatness around us.

Transform your positive energy into a catalyst for others to feel it.  Allow those around you to be surrounded with your keen sense of goodness and empowering actions.  Naturally, they, in turn, must accept, internalize and pass it on.  Most do; however, many declare they cannot.  That often results in exactly that; nothing positive and adds more negative preventing forward momentum.

We all make choices and I pray those choices are to improve your overall wellness and greatness.  If you are having any difficulty with this; please write details, remain anonymous and be open to change.  Change for the better!!!

CSea Perkins

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