Swedish student leader wins EU pledge to spend billions on climate

Originally published on reuters.com on February 21, 2019 By Robin Emmott; Editing by Toby Chopra, William Maclean
Swedish student leader wins EU pledge to spend billions on climate

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union should spend hundreds of billions of euros combating climate change during the next decade, its chief executive said on Thursday, responding to a Swedish teen who has inspired a global movement of children against global warming.

In a speech alongside 16-year-old Greta Thunberg in Brussels, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker also criticized U.S. President Donald Trump for suggesting climate change was “invented” and “ideological”.

“In the next financial period from 2021 to 2027, every fourth euro spent within the EU budget will go towards action to mitigate climate change,” Juncker said of his proposal for the EU budget, which is typically 1 percent of the bloc’s economic output, or 1 trillion euros ($1.13 trillion) over seven years.

“Mr. Trump and his friends believe that climate change is something that has just been invented and its an ideological concept, but … something dangerous is already underway,” Juncker said.

Thunberg was in Brussels to join a seventh week of demonstrations by Belgian children skipping school to protest against global warming.

More than 10,000 students, some holding up banners saying “stop denying the earth is dying”, protested across Belgium on Thursday, including in Brussels and the western city of Ghent.

Thunberg said young people around the world wanted politicians to heed scientists’ warnings.

“Unite behind the science, that is our demand,” Thunberg told a plenary session of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). “Talk to the scientists, listen to them.”

Trump has cast doubt on the science of climate change. In 2017, he announced his intent to withdraw the United States from the Paris deal to combat climate change, although he cannot quit the deal until after the 2020 presidential election.

The Paris accord aims to limit the global temperature rise to less than 2 degrees Celsius and prevent damaging levels of global warming, which scientists say would limit water availability, alter coastlines and undermine human health.

Trump’s new pick to run the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said last month climate change was not a major crisis.

But Thunberg said she and hundreds of thousands like her were skipping school each week to focus politicians minds on a U.N. conference in 2020 when countries need to present new plans for more ambitious greenhouse gas emissions cuts.

Students in Germany, Switzerland, France and Australia have followed her lead and also skipped classes to protest, while Thunberg took her protest to last month’s World Economic Forum in Davos to galvanize leaders meeting there to action.

Politicians’ failure to act “would be the greatest failure of human history and they will be remembered as the greatest villains of all time,” she said.

7 Tips for Cleaning Fruits, Vegetables

How to Wash Produce

A note from a Health Coach, this came from the United States Food and Drug Administration website. So my issue with this is that if you are buying your food in a store, first of all, you don’t know how many hands have touched the produce. So I recommend washing it with baking soda and vinegar. Just sprinkle with baking soda and splash with vinegar or you can spray with a tea tree cleaner and then pour clean water over it to soak for a few minutes and then rinse and in a clean colander.

Why wash Produce?

Please remember that you don’t know if somebody accidentally sneezed on the food or didn’t wash their hands so that’s why it’s really important to wash your hands and produce. I published this article by the FDA so you can see their guidelines and then see how a health coach does it to compare and then you get the wonderful choice of choosing what you want to do. Also please buy organic produce because the pesticides are killing bees and we need bees to continue with our food supply.

Since I am self funded, I can speak the truth and don’t have to be approved by anyone. This is what I do and just want you all to be safe. Also washing with baking soda is also very eco friendly and vinegar is eco friendly too. Did you know you can make vinegar? Here’s how you make it.

Originally published on fda.gov on June 10, 2018

7 Tips for Cleaning Fruits Vegetables

Federal health officials estimate that nearly 48 million people are sickened by food contaminated with harmful germs each year, and some of the causes might surprise you.

Although most people know animal products must be handled carefully to prevent illness, produce, too, can be the culprit in outbreaks of foodborne illness. In recent years, the United States has had several large outbreaks of illness caused by contaminated fruits and vegetables—including spinach, cantaloupe, tomatoes, and lettuce.

Glenda Lewis, an expert on foodborne illness with the Food and Drug Administration, says fresh produce can become contaminated in many ways. During the growing phase, produce may be contaminated by animals, harmful substances in the soil or water, and poor hygiene among workers. After produce is harvested, it passes through many hands, increasing the contamination risk. Contamination can even occur after the produce has been purchased, during food preparation, or through inadequate storage.

If possible, FDA says to choose produce that isn’t bruised or damaged, and make sure that pre-cut items—such as bags of lettuce or watermelon slices—are either refrigerated or on ice both in the store and at home. In addition, follow these recommendations:

  1. Wash your hands for 20 seconds with warm water and soap before and after preparing fresh produce.
  2. If damage or bruising occurs before eating or handling, cut away the damaged or bruised areas before preparing or eating.
  3. Rinse produce BEFORE you peel it, so dirt and bacteria aren’t transferred from the knife onto the fruit or vegetable.
  4. Gently rub produce while holding under plain running water. There’s no need to use soap or a produce wash.
  5. Use a clean vegetable brush to scrub firm produce, such as melons and cucumbers.
  6. Dry produce with a clean cloth or paper towel to further reduce bacteria that may be present.
  7. Remove the outermost leaves of a head of lettuce or cabbage.

Lewis says consumers should store perishable produce in the refrigerator at or below 40 degrees.

Subscribe: FDA Consumer Health Information

What The Heck is a Neutral Pelvis?

Young woman lying on the bed at home

After years of working at a desk and experiencing pain in my back after working out, I decided that it was time to dial things way back and go back to the basics of Pilates. I was feeling like my muscles were not evenly balanced and I was experiencing pain in my upper neck and back AGAIN. My right side was dominant and in an effort to get things balanced again, I took a break from working out. I had to allow my muscles to relax and then gradually build them back up. No Pain No Gain is the biggest lie I’ve ever heard and at this point in my life pain free mobility is gold.

Not super exciting but Neutral Pelvic tilt will stop a lot of problems


What is Neutral Pelvis?

From the book Simply Pilates By Jennifer Polman, The pelvis is the junction between the torso and the legs to which various muscles attach for movement and stabilizing purposes. When the pelvis tilts forward or backward the curve of the lower back will change. Current spinal health research indicates that the natural curves of the spine should be maintained during exercise in order to strengthen the muscles essential to postural support. The correct positioning of the pelvis is crucial to maintaining this natural spinal shape. Neutral Pelvis is achieved when the pelvic bones tilt neither way, but simply rest where hip and back muscles can remain fairly relaxed. The easiest way of finding this position is to recognize that your public bone and hip bones ( silica crests) all form a parallel level with the floor when lying on your back. (These bones should be aligned in the same plant when the body is in any position.) Neutral pelvis is the ideal position in which to strengthen the dee abdominals.

CORRECT ABDOMINALS 

THIS IS WHAT NEUTRAL SPINE. SEE THE LIL MOUSEHOUSE UNDER THE WAIST? A LIL MOUSE CAN PASS UNDERNEATH YOUR WAIST IF YOU DON’T FREAK OUT FIRST.

Strong abdominals are more important to you than achieving a “six-pack.”  Good quality movement while preventing spinal injury begins by working the muscles from the inside out.  This means refining the action of the abdominal muscles so that you can work the deeper layers responsible for maintaining “core stability.  To target this area you need to focus on the drawing in and up of the lower abdomen-between the public bone and navel.  Imagine zipping up the abdominals starting from the pubic bone, as if you’re zipping up tight jeans!  Use pelvic floor muscles and flatten and tighten the abdominals toward the floor, without actually disturbing your Neutral Pelvis.  Try not to tense up the gluteal muscles (buttocks).  Imagine that your whole navel and waist area is shrinking as though held in a corset.  During a pilates session an instructor would typically describe this action as “scooping, drawing in or pressing the navel to the spine” in order to ensure the deeper layers of abdominals are strengthened.  

Valerie back again

If you still don’t get it next time you take a pilates class, ask the instructor if she can explain it to you. Also you have to maintain the neutral spine when you do all of the exercises and that means you probably have to slow down a lot and get back to the real basics because your muscles can get weak with the quickness if you’re not paying attention.

Also if you watch TV, lie on the floor and watch it on a yoga mat. Use pillows to support your neck and roll around like a kid. Next time your tired lay on the floor and remember your practicing neutral spine so you are exercising. XOXO Don’t feel guilty for lying down. You deserve a rest beautiful. Great thing to think about on your day off from the gym or if you’re just starting out this is MANDATORY BABY!!

This is a real simple breathing exercise to get you started. You might want to print this out and read it every time you get into this position. You will need to practice OVER AND OVER. Sorry about that. Also make sure your Dr. gives you the OK to exercise.

Simple Breathing Exercise

  1. Lie on back, knees bent, heels opposite sitting bones, hands resting on lower abs
  2. Inhale to prepare, exhale engage pelvic floor and draw in and up of your lower abs…zip them up like a tight pair of jeans. Also pretend you drank a big coffee and glass of water and you need to hold it in. Yikes!!! But relax your glutes (buttocks)
  3. Inhale into your ribs and feel your ribs going to the sides. Your abs are engaged so no air is going to your belly. It’s going sideways in your ribcage. (Ribcage and shoulders stay on the floor)
  4. Exhale for 4-5 counts allowing chest and ribs to fall while drawing in lower abs. (Remember keep your mouse house)
  5. Head, neck and gluteal muscles are relaxed.
  6. If you experience pain then you probably want to tell your Dr. where you have pain. Pain is the way the body tells you something ain’t cool.

You’ll get strong really fast if you just do this. For now I have to read a book and do what it says to do. Sometimes instructors leave out a key set up cue and it will throw you off and then it’s easy to get injured. I say take your time and do the moves very deliberately. Also don’t be afraid to allow your muscles to relax and recover and then rebuild them up the right way. I do recommend the book above but that’s up to you.

That’s all for today sweetie pies. I know it’s not easy to do this stuff but if you don’t do it for yourself, who will? PS: TAKE A BREAK FROM YOUR PHONE. Your neck says thank you. XOXO I know because I had to as well.

Valerie is a Health Coach living in Northern California. She’s recuperating after a LONG CAREER. She shares her discoveries and encourages everyone to take good care of themselves. She believes as you heal yourself, you heal the planet. Here’s her journey.

Milkweed Plant: Make Room for a Monarch Magnet

Originally published on Gardendesign.com By Anne Balogh
Milkweed Plant Make Room for a Monarch Magnet

Help monarch butterflies while beautifying your flower garden by planting this underutilized native perennial

Never judge a plant by its name. That’s certainly the case with milkweed, a lovely wildflower that isn’t really a weed at all. This tough denizen of North American fields, wetlands, and prairies is the sole host plant for the struggling monarch butterfly. But that unfortunate misnomer has blinded some gardeners to milkweed’s many aesthetic attributes.

“Summer in a milkweed patch is a colorful place,” says Aunrag Agrawal, author of Monarchs and Milkweed. “Not only are the flowers beautiful, but fragrances waft by and bees are buzzing around. And you might see a monarch butterfly perched on a flower or find one of its caterpillars grazing the leaves.”

MILKWEED BASICS

Milkweeds (Asclepias) get their name from the sticky white sap that oozes from the leaves when they are damaged. More than 100 species of this herbaceous perennial are native to the U.S. and Canada. Many have adapted to different regions of the country and a wide range of climates and terrains, from deserts and rocky areas to marshes and open prairies. Some species grow exclusively in specific regions while others will thrive in just about any habitat.

Types:

Three species of milkweed are good all-around choices for gardens in most regions of the country: common milkweed (A. syriaca), swamp milkweed (A. incarnata), and butterfly weed (A. tuberosa). The last two are highly ornamental and available in a variety of cultivars. To help sustain monarchs and other butterflies, you should plant at least a few milkweed species that are native to your area. Download this milkweed information sheet from Monarch Joint Venture for regional recommendations.

Flower characteristics:

The petite, star-shaped flowers of milkweed are exquisitely designed for pollination. They grow in clusters of five nectar cups, each with incurved horns above the petals. When an insect lands on a flower, its feet slip between the cups and the pollen sacs attach themselves to the legs. When the insect moves to the next flower, the horns collect the pollen. Equally well designed are the large, fluff-filled seed pods that develop from the fertilized flowers. In the fall, these proficient self-sowers split open to release hundreds of seeds borne on silken parachutes.

Height:

2 to 5 feet, depending on the species

Zones:

3-9

Why it’s a must for monarchs:

Milkweed is both a food source and a host plant on which the monarch lays its eggs, depositing them on the underside of the leaves. The larvae then feed on the leaves after hatching, but cause no permanent damage to the plant. In turn, the toxic chemicals contained in the sap of milkweed plants make both the caterpillars and adult butterflies unappetizing to predators. “[During monarch migration] flight is fueled by nectaring on the flowers and is punctuated by laying eggs on milkweeds. To grow and sustain each generation, milkweed is the only food needed,” says Agrawal.

Milkweed’s highly fragrant and nectar-rich flowers are an enticement for other pollinators as well. Frequent visitors include native bees, honey bees, many other types of butterflies, and hummingbirds. Read more about the best perennials for pollinators.

 

 

GROWING MILKWEED

Where to plant:

Most milkweeds require full sun (at least 6 to 8 hours a day). Because they self-seed readily, locate your plants in a part of the garden where you can better control their rampant spread, such as at the back of the border or in a corner. A spot that’s protected from the wind will also help prevent the spread of seeds while providing a more hospitable environment for butterflies.

When to plant:

If you’re planting milkweed from seed, sow the seeds outdoors in the fall, which will give them the period of stratification (exposure to cold, moist conditions) they need to encourage spring germination and ensure a good display of flowers the following summer. If you purchase starter plants, plant them in the spring after the danger of frost has passed.

Soil:

The best soil type for milkweed often depends on its native habitat. Most varieties are extremely forgiving and will grow well in average garden soil. Swamp milkweed is an exception and requires moist, humus-rich soil.

How to plant:

To ensure successful germination of milkweed seeds, plant them in a smooth, clump-free soil bed worked to a fine consistency using a rake or rototiller. After you’ve sown the seeds, compact them into the soil (but don’t cover them) to provide good soil-to-seed contact. Keep the planting bed moist until the seedlings become established. As your plants begin to take off, thin out any plants that are spaced too closely together so they don’t compete for sun and soil nutrients.

Spacing:

To attract multitudes of monarchs to your garden, plant milkweed in groups of six or more, spacing plants or thinning seedlings to about 6 to 24 inches apart, depending on the species. “Monarchs are very good at finding a milkweed plant, but the more you have in your yard, the more likely they will find it and lay their little eggs all over it. Plant as many plants as you have room for,” recommends Kelly Ballard of Joyful Butterfly, a supplier of butterfly plants and seeds.

Propagating:

Many milkweed species can readily be grown from root or rhizome cuttings as well as by seed. Take the cuttings during the late fall or early spring when the plant is dormant and has more energy reserves. New sprouts will form from the cuttings when the weather warms and will often produce flowers the first year.

 

MILKWEED CARE

Like most wildflowers, milkweed is easy to grow and requires very little pampering. Most species are not seriously bothered by heat, drought, deer or other pests. And because milkweed is a native plant that tolerates poor soils, fertilization isn’t necessary.

Mulching:

You can mulch milkweed if you want to control weeds or retain moisture, but not all varieties will benefit. Swamp milkweed will appreciate your water-retention efforts, but milkweeds that prefer dry soil, such as common milkweed and butterfly weed, are usually better off with no mulch.

Pruning:

As with many flowering perennials, pruning the flowers soon after they have withered will result in new buds and may extend the blooming period for several weeks. Clipping spent flowers to stimulate new growth will also prolong the availability of nectar for monarchs and other pollinators.

Pest control:

Some plant pests such as aphids, whiteflies and milkweed bugs are immune to the toxic effects of milkweed and may feed on the leaves and seed pods, but they rarely cause significant damage. Also remove leaf litter and spent stalks in the fall to eliminate overwintering sites.

How to control spreading:

If you don’t want milkweed to take charge of your garden, remove the seed pods in the fall before they split open and release their contents or tie them closed with string. For plants with rhizomes, thin them out by hand by pulling the entire plant, including the roots, removing as much of the rhizome as possible. This will be easier to do when the plants are young and before the roots are well established.

Handling precautions:

Be aware that the toxic alkaloids in the sap of milkweed that help protect the monarchs from predators can cause eye and skin irritation and are poisonous to pets and other animals when ingested. Take the appropriate precautions and wear gloves, long sleeves, and long pants when working with these plants.

 

 

MILKWEED PICTURES

 

IDEAS FOR USING MILKWEED IN THE GARDEN

  • Create a stylized prairie garden by planting milkweed along with other rugged sun-loving native plants such as goldenrod, Arkansas blue star, prairie dropseed, and black-eyed Susan.
  • Plant swamp milkweed along with other water-loving plants in a pond or rain garden.
  • For an eye-catching contrast, pair the vibrant orange flowers of butterfly weed with blue, lavender, or rose-colored flowering perennials such as asters, Joe Pye weed, balloon flower, and meadow sage (Salvia nemerosa ‘Caradonna’).
  • Combine milkweed with other butterfly-friendly perennials to create a colorful and diverse pollinator garden. (See Top Perennial Plants for a Butterfly Garden.)
  • Plant a native wildflower habitat from seed by combining milkweed with other plants that can provide a continuous source of pollen and nectar throughout the growing season. Download this step-by-step guide from The Xerces Society.

 

WHERE TO FIND MILKWEED

You can often buy milkweed seeds at garden centers year-round, but you’ll generally find starter plants for sale only during the spring and summer months. A local nursery that specializes in native plants is a good place to check for milkweeds that are native to your area. Seeds are usually easier to come by, especially if you have friends or neighbors who grow milkweed. Here are some tips from Monarch Butterfly Garden for harvesting your own milkweed seeds

Online resources for milkweed plants and seeds include:

10 Minute Skinny Lemonade

Originally published on amyshealthybaking.com By Amy

10 Minute Skinny Lemonade

An easy 3-ingredient recipe for sweet and refreshing lemonade. Made healthier with absolutely no sugar, it’s perfect for cooling off on hot summer days!

When I was 6 or 7 years old, my family flew to Colorado for our summer vacation. With lots of my mom’s relatives scattered throughout the state (one in Denver and the rest out towards the rural countryside), we spent a little time with each of them: my mom’s sister, cousin, aunt, and grandma.

Despite being in her 90s, Great-Grandma still lived alone in the same house from my mom’s childhood, located a short distance away from the neighborhood park. With her living room slightly too small for two very energetic children, she and Mom drove us over to the park, where we could soar high on the swing set and dig castles in the sand.

But the best attraction at the park was a gigantic 30-foot long slide built into the side of a hill. Made of metal with a few fun bumps in the middle, it was the perfect entertainment for lazy summer mornings. My brother and I would dash up the steep wooden steps hammered into the hillside and take turns flying down the slide, only to repeat the process as soon as our feet hit the sand at the bottom.

After our tiresome morning of swinging and sliding, we headed back to Great-Grandma’s for lunch. As a treat, she pulled out a few tall glasses and her container of powdered lemonade. My brother and I had never seen that before, so she explained how to spoon a little into each glass, fill it with water, and stir to create the sweet drink.

When we returned home from vacation, we begged Mom to buy the same powdered lemonade for our house—we loved it that much! Once Mom left the kitchen, we started making ours a little differently: we would only pretend to stir the powder in the bottom of the glass. After drinking most of the water, we were left with a few lemony, overly sugary tablespoons… And to kids, that was pure summer bliss.

With temperatures skyrocketing into the 110°s this week, we were desperate for something—anything—sweet and refreshing to cool off. When those Colorado memories resurfaced, lemonade immediately sounded like the most appealing option, but not the powdered kind… This super easy 10-Minute Lemonade!

That’s right, super easy. As in 3 ingredients. Summers are meant to be lazy and low-maintenance, so this recipe simply follows suit! But unlike regular lemonade recipes, this one contains absolutely no sugar, so it’s actually healthy and still lets you fit into that swimsuit!

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The recipe starts with freshly squeezed lemon juice. Skip the bottled stuff! That may be fine for sprinkling on apple slices to prevent browning, but not our healthy lemonade. Juice straight from the lemons tastes much brighter and purer, and it’s worth spending 9 minutes slicing juicing them.

I highly recommend a juicer like in the photo below! (I own this one.) It makes squeezing every last drop of juice out of the lemons so much easier than doing it by hand. Plus it catches the seeds so you don’t have to fish them out yourself! They’re really inexpensive, and they’re great for freshly squeezed orange juice too. And limes. And grapefruit. And… Well, you get the picture!

And now, simply mix that lemon juice with cold water and sweetener! I used powdered stevia, a no-calorie plant-based sweetener. You can find it in most health-oriented grocery stores, although the regular Safeways and Targets near my house have started stocking it too.

Because its sweetness is significantly more concentrated than granulated sugar, we only need 1 tablespoon of stevia for this entire recipe. That small amount makes the lemonade taste pleasingly sweet with a subtle tang—a way more realistic flavor compared to that powdered stuff!

I shared this lemonade with my brother, and he and his friends gulped down the entire batch. That’s quite a compliment coming from a lemon lover like him! And now… I think it’s time to make more!

10 Minute Skinny Lemonade

Sweet with a slight tang, this lemonade is perfect for cooling off on hot summer days!
 
    • 1 cup (240mL) freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 6-7 medium lemons)

 

    • 4 cups (960mL) cold water

 

 
 

Add all of the ingredients to a pitcher or large bowl, and stir until the stevia has completely dissolved. Serve immediately over ice, or cover and chill until ready to serve.

Notes: I recommend a juicer like this one. It makes squeezing the juice out of the lemons much easier than doing it by hand! 

Any sweetener may be substituted for the stevia. Feel free to adjust the amount to suit your tastes.

{gluten-free, vegan, clean eating, low fat, low calorie, sugar-free, low carb}

 

What Comes First? Massage or Mud Bath

Recently I had the great honor of going to Calistoga and staying at Calistoga Golden Haven Hot Springs. I drove up on a Monday evening and decided to let the navigation take me and I went a way that was unfamiliar. It was Silverado Trail and I usually go a different way. So when I arrived, I was a lot stressed out and not to mention, I was already stressed out in the first place to cause me to actually schedule a retreat for myself.

This is how good I felt after the healing water

As soon as I arrived I knew I needed to just get into that Mineral Bath as soon as I could. The warm healing water felt so amazing on my body. I went swimming and had the wonderful feeling of being back in the embryonic stage and just being fully supported by amniotic fluid. It was amazing. But I have to say I was still a nervous wreck. I was stressed from too much social media and not enough self care.

The next morning I decided to get my services I booked which was a massage and mud bath. I made the appointment and didn’t really pay attention to the order of services when I booked. So being the little control freak that I am I had it in my head that I was going to have the mud bath first and then the massage. So when I went for my services and I had the massage first and then the mud bath, I was like whoa whoa whoa. I wanted the mud bath first for some reason because that was the way I’ve always had it.

What Happened As a Result of Order of Services?

So I had the massage first and it was awesome as usual. The Certified Massage Therapist was really good. She was super sweet and very experienced. I didn’t want it to end. But as all things usually end, that’s what happened.

I went to the mud bath and it was AMAZING!! It was relaxed from the massage and got in the mud and just really chilled out. Then I was able to get in the hot mineral spring waters followed by a “mummy wrap.” and OMG I was in heaven. “Mama where’s my bottle?”, is what I almost said.

During the deep state of relaxation I came up with the idea about being created to create. I realized I wasn’t born for any other reason than to create and it was such a relief. It felt so good to realize this. I could relax and create and I actually wrote a little song about it entitled, You were Created to create.

What I learned?

So long story short is don’t be afraid or mad when things don’t go exactly according to plan. It might turn out even yummier. It sure worked out that way for me. Thus the saying Go with the flow, easy peasy nice and breezy.

Golden Haven in Calistoga is definitely the place to go. They have a fridge in the room so take some yummy snacks so you don’t have to run out for food.

We were created to create. NOW GO CREATE SOMETHING

Valerie is a Health and wellness Coach and Yoga Instructor.  She’s kept up with the tap dancing and she encourages everyone to follow their dreams.  She says don’t worry if you don’t feel like you can do something well, just relax and have fun. XOXO

Why you should never let your baby or toddler play with your mobile phone

Mobile phones have become ubiquitous with modern life. So much so, realizing either your battery is about to die, or there’s no signal, OR you’ve left it at home are all likely to induce panic. Our phones are designed to make our lives easier, so we take them with us wherever we go, whipping them out whenever the situation demands, and even when it doesn’t. This constant use, however, may be damaging our babies and young children.

Mobile phones using 3G, 4G and Wifi communicate through electromagnetic fields. There has been much public concern regarding the possible effects (cancer, neurological effects, developmental disability effects) of this exposure on babies whose skulls are thin and incomplete and whose brains are still rapidly developing.

So, given what’s known about EMFs, what’s the best course of action for parents? To understand more, MirrorOnline spoke to Dr. Philip Chadwick, Chair of the European safety committee on EMF.

You should limit your baby’s exposure…

“…To within existing safety limits,” Dr. Chadwick advises.

“These already contain an extra precautionary factor to account for particularity-sensitive individuals, and are tailored to take into account the different body sizes of children.”Having said that, I can’t see any point in allowing a small child to use a mobile phone except in an emergency so if someone’s worried then that’s something they could control.”

The reason safety limits have been tailored for usage around babies is that their tissues are different to ours. “In particular they have more water. That makes them a bit better at absorbing radio waves. Secret sexting codes you need to know to protect your child – do you know what LMIRL means?

On the other hand, they are smaller and that makes them less good at absorbing radio waves.”

Dr. Chadwick also points out the guidelines apply to children of up to three years of age.

“Once they’re old enough to walk and talk easily at the same time they’re not materially different to adults in this respect.

“It also only really applies to phones held close against the head or body, and not to base stations or Wifi.”

Dr. Chadwick also urges parents to not get unduly panicked about phone exposure.

“The safety test done for phones already include safety factors to cover children, even tiny ones, and we know that children are fully-protected in terms of meeting safety limits from these devices.”

What parents should also realize is significant exposure decreases with distance and only happens if the phone is close to the baby’s body. “So the single most effective thing to do if someone is worried is to not let the child make calls or play with the phone.” Potential side-effects and dangers of long and short-term exposure to EMFs.

An estimated 6.9 billion adults use phones, so the long and short-term side effects are understandably the subject of ongoing and costly (to the tune of $12 billion) research. What does your phone’s airplane mode actually do? This is why it’s important to use it during a flight

Dr. Chadwick explains: “We’ve got a good idea about the known effects of exposure (which are related to the radio signal being absorbed in the body in terms of heat) and we know this isn’t an issue for phones currently sold and used.”

“Indeed, it’s a condition of putting them on the market that they are shown to meet safety limits.” But there are some grey areas.

“On the long-term effects, it’s more messy. Of the substantial body of evidence we have, most of it shows nothing.

“Some does, and we have to take care not to ignore that.

“But there’s a problem: Because of the way we do science we expect about one in 10 studies, maybe more, to be ‘false positives.’”

A false positive is a test result which incorrectly indicates that a particular condition or attribute is present.

Dr Chadwick explains researchers would expect, “from the thousands of published papers to see several hundred indicating an effect even if there’s really no problem.”

There’s also something else to consider. It can incredibly difficult to accurately quantify how much a person has been exposed to EMFs.

“You have to guesstimate it from things like phone bills, so most of the work comes with a lot of question marks attached.

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It’s been reviewed by a number of independent expert groups over the years, and whilst none of them have said categorically there’s definitely no problem, none of them have actually said there is a problem.

“About the most robust statement was from the International Agency for Research on Cancer who said that this stuff was a possible carcinogen.

“Interestingly they say the same about orange oil and aloe vera.”
So should adults be worried for themselves about their long-term health?

Given how mobile phones have been used for about 30 years now, Dr. Chadwick’s personal opinion is, “if there were real public health problem here we’d have seen it by now.

Twenty years ago I was of the view we were embarking on a fairly brave experiment of giving almost everyone in the country a phone and seeing what would happen.

“Twenty years on, I’m quite relieved the answer to that experiment seems to be ‘nothing’.

“If you look at the population-level cancer rates then you really can’t see any rise in the sort of timescale you’d expect if phones were a problem.

“I find that quite reassuring; if it is a risk then it’s not a very big one and we probably have more things to worry about in everyday life.”

Energy for All Program

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Energy for All Program

GRID’s unique, people-first model, is putting money back into families’ pockets, increasing housing affordability and reducing the energy cost burden for affordable housing providers.

Single Family Solar

GRID reduces household electricity costs by up to 90% by providing no-cost solar systems to homeowners that qualify as low income. Each installation is also an opportunity for community members and job trainees to get hands-on experience with solar power. In California, GRID Alternatives is a statewide program administrator for the Single-Family Affordable Solar Homes (SASH) program and the solar portion of the Low-Income Weatherization Program (LIWP).

Multifamily Solar

Solar can reduce and stabilize energy costs for affordable housing providers, and reduce bills for their tenants. GRID is helping catalyze this sector by providing no-cost technical assistance and low-cost design and installation services f

or affordable housing owners and developers who provide housing and vital services to low-income renters. Our holistic model includes energy efficiency partnerships, community education and engagement, and job training opportunities for residents.

 

Community Solar

Community solar provides access to cost-saving solar power regardless of roof condition or home-ownership status. GRID Alternatives partners with cooperative, municipal and investor-owned utilities and other community groups to develop shared solar arrays that benefit their highest energy burdened customers, including individual subscribers and affordable housing off-takers.

Muéstreme los fundamentos científicos: ¿Por qué lavarse las manos?

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Muéstrame la ciencia Por qué lavarte las manos

Mantener las manos limpias es uno de los pasos más importantes que podemos tomar para evitar enfermarnos y contagiar gérmenes a otras personas. Muchas enfermedades y condiciones se propagan al no lavarse las manos con jabón y agua corriente limpia.

 

Cómo los gérmenes se ponen en las manos y enferman a las personas.

Las heces (excrementos) de personas o animales son una fuente importante de gérmenes como Salmonella, E. coli O157 y el norovirus que causan diarrea, y pueden propagar algunas infecciones respiratorias como el adenovirus y la enfermedad de manos, pies y boca. Estos tipos de gérmenes pueden llegar a las manos después de que las personas usen el inodoro o cambien un pañal, pero también de maneras menos obvias, como después de manejar carnes crudas que tienen cantidades invisibles de excremento de animales. Un solo gramo de excremento humano, que tiene aproximadamente el peso de un clip, puede contener un billón de gérmenes 1. Los gérmenes también se pueden poner en las manos si las personas tocan cualquier objeto que tenga gérmenes porque alguien tosió o estornudó o fue tocada por algún otro objeto contaminado. Cuando estos gérmenes se ponen en las manos y no se lavan, se pueden pasar de una persona a otra y enfermar a las personas.
Lavarse las manos previene enfermedades y contagio de infecciones a otros.

Lavarse las manos con jabón elimina los gérmenes de las manos. Esto ayuda a prevenir infecciones porque:

Las personas frecuentemente se tocan los ojos, la nariz y la boca sin siquiera darse cuenta. Los gérmenes pueden ingresar al cuerpo a través de los ojos, la nariz y la boca y enfermarnos.
Los gérmenes de las manos sin lavar pueden entrar en los alimentos y las bebidas mientras las personas los preparan o los consumen. Los gérmenes pueden multiplicarse en algunos tipos de alimentos o bebidas, bajo ciertas condiciones, y enfermar a las personas.
Los gérmenes de las manos sin lavar pueden transferirse a otros objetos, como pasamanos, mesas o juguetes, y luego transferirse a las manos de otra persona.
Eliminar los gérmenes a través del lavado de manos, por lo tanto, ayuda a prevenir la diarrea y las infecciones respiratorias e incluso puede ayudar a prevenir las infecciones de la piel y los ojos.

Enseñar a las personas sobre el lavado de manos les ayuda a ellos y a sus comunidades a mantenerse saludables. Educación para el lavado de manos en la comunidad:

  • Reduce la cantidad de personas que se enferman de diarrea en un 23-40% 2, 3, 6
  • Reduce las enfermedades diarreicas en personas con sistemas inmunitarios
  • debilitados en un 58% 4
  • Reduce las enfermedades respiratorias, como los resfriados, en la población
  • general en un 16-21% 3, 5
  • Reduce el ausentismo debido a enfermedades gastrointestinales en escolares de un 29-57% 7

No lavarse las manos perjudica a los niños de todo el mundo.

  • Alrededor de 1,8 millones de niños menores de 5 años mueren cada año por enfermedades diarreicas y neumonía, los dos principales asesinos de niños pequeños en todo el mundo.
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  • El lavado de manos con jabón puede proteger a aproximadamente 1 de cada 3 niños pequeños que se enferman con diarrea 2, 3 y casi 1 de cada 5 niños pequeños con infecciones respiratorias como neumonía 3, 5.
    Aunque las personas de todo el mundo se limpian las manos con agua, muy pocas usan jabón para lavarse las manos. Lavarse las manos con jabón elimina los gérmenes de manera mucho más efectiva 9.
  • La educación para el lavado de manos y el acceso al jabón en las escuelas pueden ayudar a mejorar la asistencia 10, 11, 12.
    Un buen lavado de manos en una etapa temprana de la vida puede ayudar a mejorar el desarrollo infantil en algunos entornos 13.
  • Las tasas globales estimadas de lavado de manos después de usar el inodoro son solo del 19% 6.

El lavado de manos ayuda a combatir el aumento de la resistencia a los antibióticos

La prevención de la enfermedad reduce la cantidad de antibióticos que usan las personas y la probabilidad de que se desarrolle resistencia a los antibióticos. El lavado de manos puede prevenir aproximadamente el 30% de las enfermedades relacionadas con la diarrea y aproximadamente el 20% de las infecciones respiratorias (p. Ej., Resfriados) 2, 5. Los antibióticos a menudo se prescriben innecesariamente para estos problemas de salud 14. Reducir el número de estas infecciones lavándose las manos frecuentemente ayuda a prevenir el uso excesivo de antibióticos, el factor más importante que conduce a la resistencia a los antibióticos en todo el mundo. El lavado de manos también puede prevenir que las personas se enfermen con gérmenes que ya son resistentes a los antibióticos y que pueden ser difíciles de tratar.

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