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A newly discovered pathogen, visible only under an electron microscope, is destroying plants and undermining the health of livestock, thereby posing a deadly risk to the U.S. food supply, a senior plant pathologist warned USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack. In a January 2010 letter to Vilsack, (a former Iowa governor and agribusiness champion, appointed by President Obama), Dr. Don Huber advised caution in introducing additional GMO crops. But just weeks later, the USDA approved expansion of GMO crops to include alfalfa, the most widespread animal feed crop. Read More→

Helen Caldicott on Connect the Dots

Friday, April 1st, 2011

Tune into the Connect the Dots on Saturday, April 2nd at Noon ET to hear my conversation with Helen Caldicott, MD who will discuss the health risks and misunderstandings about radiation and nuclear power. Dr. Caldicott has devoted the last 35 years to an international campaign to educate the public about the medical hazards of the nuclear age and the necessary changes in human behavior to stop environmental destruction. Dr. Caldicott’s website is: http://www.nuclearfreeplanet.org

Last week’s show, a conversation on radiation and our disconnect from our environment with writer, Susan Griffin can be heard here.

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“Today is Independence Day for America. Monsanto’s threats and abuse of family farmers stops here.  Monsanto’s genetic contamination of organic seed and organic crops ends now.” Declared Jim Gerritsen, a Maine family farmer, who is President of the lead plaintiff Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association. “Americans have the right to choice in the marketplace — to decide what kind of food they will feed their families — and we are taking this action on their behalf to protect that right to choose.”

To support the organic growers who are fighting for our food supply, go to selected links for Food Democracy Now, the Cornucopia Institute,and Organic Seed Growers.

Our second action this week is curbing the nuclear threat here in the U.S. There are two featured actions. First, tell President Obama not to use taxpayer dollars to fund nuclear power. Second, let’s close down all GE Mark nuclear reactors here in the U.S. Third, while we’re at it, let’s ask GE to pay their taxes. That’s right, they’re not paying any. Hey, how could that be? I thought corporations are people?

Radiation Risk? Do Nothing ‘Til You Hear From Me

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

In this special blog, I’ll share with you what my 30-year survey of the most powerful, little known and guaranteed health interventions has revealed.

There is no pill you can swallow, food you can buy, nor gizmo that confers complete protection from pervasive toxicity, skewed societal consensus or invisible radiation. There’s no place you can go, nowhere you can hide and no authority — scientific, medical or spiritual — who can help you to escape what we’ve all created (or allowed to happen) here on planet Earth. Whether you are rich, poor, young, old, sick, healthy, right or left, no health manna, rural organic garden, island dwelling, nor spiritual belief can give you, me or us an out if we keep on screwing up. Read More→

In a letter to President Obama, Congress, and all citizens, Josh Fox details recommendations on how to proceed safely with the myriad concerns about hydro-fracking. Still, the Obama Administration has up until now ignored the public health threat posed by hydraulic fracturing. In a letter to a Catskills Citizen, the Energy Department dismisses the risk of drinking-water contamination and compares the thousands of gallons of toxic chemicals used to frack a gas well to “household consumer products”! Read More→

Following a time-honored tradition of democracy, two ordinary citizens head to Washington, D.C. today with a message for the President and Congress. Their message is simple: “Please keep our drinking water safe.”

The two citizens, the actor Mark Ruffalo, nominated for an Oscar for his performance in The Kids Are All Right, and the documentary film-maker, Josh Fox, nominated for an Oscar for his film, Gasland, are holding a press conference, meeting with Congressional representatives, and screening the film, in an effort to safeguard the people’s right to the life essential, safe drinking water. As detailed in Gasland, hundreds of news stories, state and federal government reports, and expert scientific analysis, this right can no longer be taken for granted, thanks to widespread water contamination by hundreds of proprietary chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, (or fracking), a novel form of an old gas drilling practice. Fox and Ruffalo are calling for an immediate federal moratorium on drilling, permitting, and fracking until appropriate safety measures are in place. Read More→

Happy Valentine’s Day this week everyone! A special shout out to Bobby McFerrin, whose beautiful piece, the Garden is the theme music for Connect the Dots radio. The album from which it comes Vocabularies, has three Grammy nominations, and you can watch Bobby co-hosting the pre-Grammy telecast via live streaming at: www.grammy.com on Sunday, February 13th at PM ET.

The Environment and Our Health
I’ve been a health empowerment advocate for over twenty-five years. While there is so much we can each do as individuals to protect our health, there is also a lot we can’t do on an individual basis to eliminate toxic exposures to ourselves and to our families. We have to address these things on a societal level. On today’s, Connect the Dots radio program, I’ll be joined by Richard Clapp, one of a handful of pioneers (and heroes) in conducting the scientific research into how toxins allowed into the environment, affect us to contribute to many diseases that we try to cure when it’s late in the game. Please tune in! Read More→

Why Gasland Should Win the Oscar

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

Filmmaker Josh Fox is a David for our time. Davids stand up and speak truth to Goliaths when few others dare to. After winning the John Lennon Peace Prize, the Environmental Media Award, and countless others, his film, Gasland, which shows the high price we pay for so-called “natural” gas, has now been nominated for an Oscar in the documentary category. Gasland shows that in terms of CO2 levels, water contamination, health risks, loss of agriculture, tourism, and jobs, this is one of the dirtiest fuels around. Not surprisingly, the gas and oil industry doesn’t like to truth to be told. And so they are attacking the film, and critiquing the Academy of Motion Picture Arts for showing it. Learn more.
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Step Up to Quantum Activism

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

For some reason, we’ve gotten programmed to believe that Proactive Health means— “taking care of my health,” not taking care of “our health.” That’s why in my radio show, blogs, and ezine, I want to make it easier for all of us to take health action. Each week, I’ll be focusing on one action you can take every week to make a critical difference for health– your’s, mine, and our’s. On this week’s Connect the Dots, radio program, physicist Amit Goswami explains how we can do this and why we must. To listen, go here at Noon ET on Saturday, January 29th. Read More→

Health Journalist Featured Action: 1/22/10

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

Are You Concerned about a Gas Pipeline in New York’s Greenwich Village?

You should be if you live in New York City– especially downtown, New Jersey, or Staten Island. See pipeline map.

For more information, please tune in to my live radio show today at NOON ET on PRN, featuring special guest, Russell Bishop, editor at large at the Huffington Post.

Gas pipelines recently caused explosions in Philadelphia, and California last September (killing 8 people and destroying 37 homes.) Pipelines in urban areas, and near chemical plants are risky due to both explosions and chemical contamination. They are also terrorist targets. Read more about its dangers here. Read More→