Are You Serious?!!


Go to fullsize image  If you ever look through the coupon section in your newspaper, you may have seen the ad for a Foot Pad that is supposed to remove toxins from your body.  You simply slap them on your feet and when you wake up from a restful night, you will see the evidence that toxins have been removed because the “after” picture looks dirty.  It states that they were discovered in Japan.  I think they just may have been discovered in a scam lab.

Now, my inquiring mind wants to know if these babies work.  I admit to believing that some questionable health methods (at least questionable to the U.S. conventional medical field) do really work.  I don’t understand though, how these pads can withdraw toxins from your body.  I have not seen them in a store to see the list of active ingredients.  However, it states that they are now available in Walgreens, CVS and Rite Aid.  Maybe, I will have to take a closer look at them if I am ever found in one of these stores with extra time and no children.  That’s not too likely to happen either, but we’ll see.

I did find one website that claims they work by using the mineral tourmaline, which is a mineral that claims to release negative ions that have a soothing therapeutic effect on the body.  I asked Tomas about Tourmaline since he is the rock expert in our home.  He said that some minerals do have a negative charge but was unsure as to whether it could be “captured” in a foot pad for use.

This website also states that the foot pad triggers accupressure points on the foot that relax you and help the body release toxins.  Okay, I can believe that relaxation part.  The foot has many, many pressure points to all areas and energy meridians of the body.  I have undergone accupuncture many times, and there are always areas in the foot that are stimulated by the needles.  I have found that to be an enormously effective treatment.

This particular website also states that the pads contain bamboo vinegar, a bunch of herbs and homeopathic ingredients.  Not too much specific information or medical talk to state why these pads are able to draw heavy metals out of your feet.  The fact that they show a dirty looking pad as an after does not convince me of their effectiveness either.  Who wouldn’t have some dirt, sweat and grime stuck to a white cotton pad after it’s been stuck on the bottom of your foot and then in a sock all night?

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I am considering undertaking my own small scale study to see if these babies work.  I am always up for a good non-harmful experiment.  An internet search shows anything from people believing it’s a total scam to people thinking it helped cure them of many symptoms of disease such as arthritis and chronic fatique syndrome.  It’s hard to sort out the good from the bad.  I definitely will have to try these out to see if they work.  Of course, I have to check out how much they cost, but I do have a $2.00 coupon so that should help 🙂  Any thoughts on if they will work or not?

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Go to fullsize imageI am so angry.  I mean really angry.  I was suckered.  I should have known. 

Take a look at this little article/post.  I knew that Herbal Essence hair care products were poison.  I haven’t used that crap since it first came out ages ago.  I had heard wind that it caused cancer and had some major toxic chemicals in it. 

The part that I am angry about is the Tide, Bounce, and Downy Pure Essentials.  Seriously, how could I have been fooled to think that this line was more enviro-friendly than the old.  It was the packaging, the lingo, the crafty marketeers with their sneaky ways.  Proctor and Gamble did well on this one.  Suckering us into thinking that Pure Essentials was a good attempt at becoming greener. 

I knew that it wasn’t pure “greenness” to buy the Tide and Downy Pure Essentials but the White Lilac smelled SO good and they did say something about “natural”.  I have a secret love for the smell of Tide and maybe that was subconsciously directing me on that particular shopping day.

I guess I didn’t investigate the label thoroughly because guess what…it’s basically all the same formulations as the usual, traditional stuff.

So, once again do your part, greenies, and read those labels!  Do a little research!  Don’t be fooled by that new fandangled wrapper that looks pretty.  Drat that Proctor & Gamble!  Big corporate may have fooled me yet again!  But they’ve got another thing coming…  I pledge to never buy this stuff again even if it smells like heaven, is on sale and I have a good coupon.  Now, that will be some big green will power my friend!  Money talks and the loss of my business will single handedly bring this foolery to a halt (actually, it won’t.   But it could if many people stopped buying)  You just wait P&G!  You haven’t heard the last from this little grasshopper!

Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves. ~Confucius

Go to fullsize imageWhere’s the beef??  Or should we say “Where’s the Cow Beano?”?

Well, if you can’t find as much beef around as before, the beef are probably taking part of a very intriguing study on global warming.

Since methane gas stays in the atmostphere for 9-15 years and is 21 times more powerful at warming the atmosphere, it is a highly studied greenhouse gas.  Methane gases are released by humans and other natural life forms through biological processes.  One of them being farts.

If you didn’t know, cow farts have methane.  Ours do as well. Everybody farts and burps.  Some are louder and smellier than others.  Here’s what happens:  When we eat or talk we (and I am saying we in the general/natural sense.  Including both humans and animals) tend to swallow air.  This air is useless to our bodies and our bodies choose to expell these pockets of air by burping or farting.  We also produce excess gases through the break down of food in our digestive system.  If you didn’t take a bunch of Beano before eating, you will probably burp or fart after eating.  It’s okay.  We all do it.  I’ll admit that I fart.  A lot.  All the time.  Every day.

Cows and sheep seem to fart quite prolifically.  So much so, that scientists have been debating how much cow burps and farts are affecting global warming.  The EPA describes ruminant animals (cows, sheep, camels, goats, and buffalo) as a significant contributor to increased atmostpheric methane.  It’s the 3rd largest source of methane gas in the U.S.  This flatulance is 23% more damaging to our atmosphere than car emissions. 

If you haven’t noticed (living in the Midwest, it’s hard not to) there’s a lot of cows in the U.S. and in some other countries.  The beef and dairy industry is huge.  There are millions of cows farting and burping the polar icecaps into non-existence.  To top it all off, cows have no idea that their methane laced leakers are destroying the earth. It’s up to us, the ever intelligent human to solve this problem we have created by our love of Hereford, Jersey and Angus.  Let’s help the cows save the Earth!

I am so relieved that some scientists have taken this on and are studying cow farts.  I can’t believe that I didn’t complete a PhD in biology so that I could partake in this study.  Yes, it involves cows and fart collection chambers.  This is serious.  It’s our children’s future and to their delight it involves talking about farts.

I am not going to describe this study any more.  I would like for you to see this very serious study for yourself.  The picture alone is moving.  It moved me to tears (of course from laughing).  Take a look and have faith that the World will one day be saved because we were able to control cow farts (tooters, winders, stinkers SBDs or however else you refer to this deadly gas.)

Still wondering if this is serious, here’s some more info:  Here, Here, Here, Here 

Go to fullsize image  First, I will tell you the good news.  I just heard through my email grapevine that Congress just passed a bill (HR 5781) which provides that 8 of 12 weeks of parental leave made available to federal employees shall be PAID leave.  Check here for a recap of what the bill says.  Of course, the White House is expected to veto it.  Heaven forbid we spend money on paid family leave so that talented men and women can support their families during a physically draining and stressful time.  You know, if you start paying people to stay home on maternity leave, they just might come back to work after the 12 weeks are up.  They might feel supported by employers, a sense of loyalty, and not to mention, they might actually be able to keep their financial future secure without sacrificing the American Dream of having 2.5 children.

The U.S. is the only industrialized country in the world (You got that right, the WORLD) that does not provide paid maternity leave.  We rank right up there with Swaziland and Liberia (Of course, both are third world countries) on that one.  Which makes absolutely no sense, seeing as how we have very similar economies to those countries. 

You may be thinking, “Big deal!  I’m not a federal employee!  I don’t get paid maternity leave.”  You would be right about that fact.  You don’t, at least not yet.  You see, change has to start somewhere.  First it will be paid leave for federal workers, and then you.  Slow change is still change.  It’s about time that something family friendly occurs since the original FMLA came into fruition in 1993.  Other highlights related to this:  Flight Attendents may now be eligible for FMLA and also part-time workers.

I feel particularly angry when I think about having to take unpaid leave.  I ended up deciding to leave a job I really enjoyed because it was too expensive and stressful to care for young children/infants.  You see, after using what little vacation pay I had to cover 2 weeks of my 8 week maternity leave, I had no sick days left and no employer support for having to care for family when illness did arrive.  I actually received calls at 5 weeks into my maternity leave from my boss asking if I would come back the next day.  The crazy reasoning: You’re not getting paid for staying home.  You should just come back to earn some money. 

 Tomas ended up using all his vacation for newborn doctors appointments or to care for sick children.  I was forced to go to work feverish and coughing.  By the time I was pregnant with Anson, I still had very little sick time and was crying from exhaustion by the end of the work week. Enough was enough, with having to constantly take unpaid sick days/leave and paying for daycare, the cost benefits to working fulltime was next to nothing. 

In actuality, employers don’t like the “hassle” that women of child bearing age because mothers will have to spend a portion of their days trying to raise a healthy family.  It might distract from giving a 100% to their jobs and that would be the end of the automatons, I guess.  Employers dread and will avoid having to deal with pregnant employees.  It’s the sad truth my friends.  But alas, there is hope that opinions and attitudes about raising healthy citizens will eventually change.  That this bill will slowly spread countrywide to give some mommies a well deserved boost.

 THEN, after gaining some hope for women’s issues in the U.S., I read this:  The AMA wants to pass legislation regulating home births.  What this means to you, the woman, the wife, the mother, is that a governing body could eventually deem it unlawful for a woman to have a homebirth accompanied by a midwife or alone.  Why?  Because they feel it would be better and safer for women to give birth in a medical institution such as traditional hospitals.  Perhaps if you were a high risk pregnancy that would be true, but healthy women giving birth at home have very successful and healthy deliveries.

I have but a few issues with this resolution.  One being:  Show me the proof.  I haven’t seen any statistical data showing me that if I will have a better delivery in a hospital with a doctor compared with a home birth accompanied by a certified midwife.  Second issue:  How the @#$# can you enforce this?  What’s the punishment for this crime going to be?  Are they going to follow pregnant women around to make sure they don’t give birth behind closed doors?  Third Issue:  Women are not blindly making birth choices.  A home birth is a personal choice that is made after thoughtful consideration.  I feel as if “the man” thinks the “wo-man” can’t decipher an elephant from a flea.  Fourth Issue:  You and I both know that conceiving a child in a hospital is not cheap.  There’s a lot of money that changes hands for this “medical procedure”.  If too many women decide to have home births, who’t getting paid?  Hmmm….it’s that almighty pocketbook thing again.

Anyway, I am hopping off my soap box now.  If you would like to sign a petition voicing your detest for this resolution, hop over here.  You can also click on the “Home Birth is a Choice” button to view Cruncy Domestic Goddess’ post on this issue.  It’s where I first heard about it. 

Here are a couple/three other sites to read about it on:  Here and Here and Here

Go to fullsize image  A new blog????!!!  No, it’s not going to replace anything here.  I just needed to expand my topic matter and well, the new topic didn’t really have enough room here on this blog.  So, I debated and debated and finally decided to start a blog on a topic that’s personal and life changing for me and my family.  I bet you can’t wait to hear what it’s about!  Are you on the edge of your seats?  Is your heart pitter pattering like you just drank 10 cups of expresso?

Wait no longer, my friends!!  My new blog is called “Love Thy Gut“.  It’s a blog dedicated to my experiences, findings, insights and comical adventures with irritable bowel syndrome.  After having lived with IBS and other gut disfunction for about 20 years now, I have quite a bit to say and yet so much to still learn.  If you are interested, please stop by and say hello!  I would love to hear any input or knowledge to share over there (or here for that matter).  I am always looking, always watching, always judging (note “Old School” movie reference here please) for the next cure/aid for my belly ache.

Here’s another “Too Green for Me” moment:

I was searching the web for more green ideas for my home.  I can across this little gem of an idea.  How about a Compost Toilet!

Now from what I understand, it’s definitely not an outhouse.  It is a dry or waterless toilet that allows natural processes to change your poopies and pee-pees into usable compost or “humanure”.  They will have chambers, usually one for collecting and one for composting or resting for one year before use in your yard.  They are supposed to have little to no smell (I find that hard to believe.  I don’t think they have met my family.) 

The positives of a compost toilet:  No water waste, usable waste, sends no sewage sludge to landfills***, if your children swallow anything valuable you can always dig through the storage unit to retrieve it, a great conversation starter (“Hey, my name is Chet, I compost my own crap.  What’s your name?” or “Those are nice shrubs, Chet.”  Reply: “Thanks, my poopies do make prolific peonies”.)  and can be installed almost anywhere.

The negatives of a compost toilet:  feel like you have a strange new hobby (poop collecting), eventually you would have to deal with the same crap, just on a different day and you would have poopies, poopies, and more poopies. 

I can recognize that it would benefit the environment.  But please, I will keep my low-flow toilet right where it is.  I have enough poop issues over here and don’t want to deal with it twice.  Plus, these suggestions scared me.  One site recommended creating a natural flycatcher to collect any flies which may be hanging around and one site noted that most pathogens will die off but roundworm eggs may hang out for a year.  So don’t spread the compost in your garden. Hmmm….tasty.

You can decide for yourself, but this is too green for me! 

****My environmentally friendly husband works to design some landfills and wanted to share that sewage sludge is instrumental in the operation of bioreactor landfills.  Because, the bacteria from the sewage sludge is needed to increase the rate of waste degradation, accelerate the generation of methane gas (which can sometimes be used or converted for power – green energy), and ultimately decrease the need for new landfills by creating more space through degradation in the present landfills.  (Does he sound hot or what, ladies?) 

some links on compost toilets:  http://compostingtoilet.org, www.compost-toilets.com, www.composttoilets.net

I am starting a section on this blog called “Are You Serious?!!”  This will be a little area where I can post items/things that shock and awe me.  Possibly even confuse me.

This item that a friend of mine found (see her great mommy blog), is WAY over the top.  Now I am trying to switch things in my house to being “green” and great for the environment and my family.  BUT I am not willing to go this far.  I will keep my Tampax and Always even if they are not reusable item, thank you.

Who uses these things??  Has anyone ever seen this before (at least in the last century?)

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