Fair warning…I'm about to rant about what I am noticing. Have we gone back to the 50s when it comes to throwing our unwanted trash out the window of our cars? Back then this behavior was ‘normal’. I recall the big campaign even into the 70s to stop littering. Public service announcements, education in schools, and community events to promote the ‘Don’t Be a Litterbug’ effort were common. Keep America Beautiful was the theme and it seems like this has been forgotten. It seems so odd to see so much garbage on the sides of roads, in parking lots and even near the rail trail. It’s disheartening to think people respect their environment so little that they discard trash so freely.
As I noticed this increase in litter, I did what I always do…I researched it. Here are 6 things I learned about littering:
1 – Most of the litter seen on the side of the road is from food waste…coffee cups, fast food wrappers, pop cans and water bottles.
2 – Littering is illegal! People littering can be fined or even sent to jail in some circumstances. It is against the law to litter.
3 – Littering can cause a car accident – Maybe no one is looking when you throw that plastic bag or wrapper out the window but it can get stuck on someone’s windshield impairing their view.
4 – Litter kills animals. That same plastic bag or bottle can cause animals to suffocate or be injured.
5 – Litter is toxic to the environment. Plastic bottles, metal, cigarette butts, candy wrapper and packing materials may emit poisonous gases that can be harmful to our air.
6 – Litter is ugly. Tossing that cigarette butt out the window may seem harmless but many of us believe this tarnishes the beauty of the earth. Seeing a bunch of discarded trash up against a fence or in bushes is not pleasant to look at and it devalues our spaces.
Here’s a flashback for those of you around in the 70s…Give a Hoot – Don’t Pollute. Remember that? I do and I am wondering if we need to restart these anti-littering campaigns in schools and communities. Okay, my rant is over. I just felt it was important to comment on. We have just one Mother Earth. There are many ways to honor her. Throwing our garbage in the proper place is an easy one.
When Light is Therapy
Ever notice how soothing it is to sit around a campfire? Or do you find your eyes being drawn to the flicker of the lit candle in the room? Even the light from the sun can feel so warm and comforting. The answer may be in the wavelengths of red and near-infrared light emitted from these sources of light. Thousands of studies over the past couple decades demonstrate the promise of red and near-infrared therapies. It looks like just about everyone can benefit in one way or another. How amazing is that? Next time you consider whether to build a campfire or even a fire in your fireplace, think of it as self-care…it's therapy for your well-being and your soul!
Infrared therapy is generally non-invasive, chemical free, and demonstrably safe. It can be used alongside other treatments or as stand-alone. Benefits reported include management of acne, muscle or joint pain, arthritis, compromised blood circulation, hair loss, and even whole body pain. Athletes use red light therapy to enhance performance and to heal and regenerate muscle tissue. Other possible benefits may include reducing belly fat, increasing bone density, and increasing testosterone. It has been used in conjunction with other therapies for Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, as well as some types of cancers.
Red light therapy is so effective due to its pronounced anti-inflammatory effects with both local and systemic mechanisms. This can be especially valuable for disorders of joints, traumatic injuries and more! Research is promising regarding red light therapy in the treatment of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. Visual improvements have also been ‘seen’ (lol) in the elderly population studied. Reports of improvements as good as being able to see two rows lower on an acuity chart in 95% of people tested.
It's pretty interesting to learn about! I was triggered to know more when I saw Red Light Therapy at the place I am doing my Body Challenge (Seung Ni in Saginaw). I had not been exposed to it previously but thought to myself I definitely look into it. No adverse effects have been reported so it doesn't appear to have a downside…other than maybe the cost. In general, expect $25 to $200 per treatment; but at-home red light therapy treatments can be more cost-effective over time. It occurred to me that I actually have had red light therapy without realizing that’s what it was! I signed up for ‘laser’ therapy after my knee procedure as a way to enhance healing and reduce pain. My knee was localized under the red light and the therapy lasted about 8 minutes. Cost of 3 treatments…$199.
There are home devices available and they range widely in price. My research on this showed targeted devices starting in the $50 range all the way up to full body devices in the thousands of dollars. But, hey, no downside…only benefits? Might be worth the investment. This paired with the healthiest lifestyle..win, win.
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Recipe of the Week
Makes several servings depending on how saucy you like your salad :) Can be used as a sauce for other foods, as well.
¼ cup tahini
3 tbsp organic nutritional yeast
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
2 tbsp tamari or soy sauce
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar (I love Fustini’s 18 year balsamic!)
2 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp low sodium vegetable broth
Add all ingredients to a salad dressing bottle and shake well. You may want to add water or more veggie broth if dressing becomes to thick. I typically add a couple tablespoons of water at the beginning and again later if it becomes too thick in the fridge. I also prefer to put this in my blender to mix it really well. It becomes super smooth in the blender. Doubling the recipe makes using the blender easier.
The Low Carb Fraud
T. Colin Campbell, PhD partnered with Howard Jacobson, PhD to expose the fallacies of low carb diets like Atkins, South Beach and Keto.
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He who takes medicine and neglects to diet wastes the skill of his doctors.
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