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Connect the Dots: Action Links April 16, 2011

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

Connect the Dots: Actions Links
After covering toxic chemicals, the Gulf Oil spill, GMOs, and gas drilling and its impact on the water, food, environment, economic, and political structures of the regions it invades, I really could never have imagined that something even worse would come along. Now it has.

A year ago, I wrote in my ezine, “It seems incredible to us that politicians would allow billion dollar industries to pollute our region. But with certain exceptions, overall community activism for public health is notable by its absence.

Where industries focus on cutting corners rather than assuring safety and limiting health risk, there’s a shadow side to technology and product development– Read More→

“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→

Sages and Scientists: Deepak Chopra Master Synthesizer

Friday, March 4th, 2011

“If anyone wants to understand what my Dad’s true passion is, this is it,” Gotham Chopra, the film maker and author son of Deepak Chopra, told the crowd of several hundred people gathered at the Sages and Scientists Symposium in Carlsbad, California, last weekend. The Chopra Foundation hosted the annual event, now in its second year.

For those familiar with TED, with its four-day gatherings of talks, entertainment, and conversation, Sages and Scientist is a beyond-TED, in-depth excursion into emerging discovery at the nexus of science and spirituality.

At the Symposium, distinguished scientists and researchers searched for scientific answers to the perennial questions posed by the spiritual wisdom traditions.

Physicists, neuroscientists, neurologists, social scientists, ecologists, and living systems biologists detailed new findings, advanced promising theories, and defined some of the open questions in their specialties. Their multi-disciplinary dialogue and open-minded inquiry bodes well for science’s future. Read More→

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Here is Josh Fox’s letter to the President and Congress in its entirety:

Dear Members of Congress, President Obama, Members of the Press, and Citizens of the United States,

In writing this statement, I wish to address the severe Environmental, Public Health and Human and Civil Rights abuses that the deregulated Natural Gas Industry has wrought on the citizens of the United States as a result of the massive gas drilling campaign that has been ravaging the country over the past decade. As documented in the film GASLAND, in hundreds of news stories, personal accounts, independent and State and Federal Government reports, I have seen a dire crisis taking shape across America as a result of gas drilling. I hope that legislation introduced in Congress this year will address these issues, and we hope for a bi-partisan acknowledgement of the dangers of Fracking similar to the Moratorium recently placed in New York State. 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→

Keeping Track: Status Report on the Food Safety Bill

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

There have been so many twists and turns with the passage of the Food Safety bil, that I am posting this blog which I will amend with updates for those of you wishing to follow its progress. The Food Safety Bill, originally designated as Senate bill, S510 will affect food quality, safety and price– and the rights to health supplements– for years to come. In late November, author Michael Pollan added his voice to the group of citizens and organizations urging people to contact their Senators to assure that the bill that passes will not undermine the movement of organic, local sustainable growers and food producers. Read More→

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