Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Decisions don't become REAL until you act on the decision

Are you pondering a life changing decision?  To move somewhere, change career, etc?  Maybe you have already made your decision but have changed nothing as yet.  For example maybe you're still in your soul crushing job "waiting for the right time" to make your move and change things around.  Let me ask, if you've made your decision but not acted on that decision, have you really decided?

Once you act on a decision all the effects of that decision come clear.  It is when you act that you commit your self and your life to the consequences of your action.  By acting on a decision you have committed yourself to that decision.  Until you do act on the decision it's always possible to take a different course than the one you supposedly decided upon.

An unfinished decision is like a weight hanging over you.  The decision ("do I or don't I") nags in your mind, causing your mind to weigh between different alternatives.  Indecision saps at your strength because of this.

A decision you haven't acted upon is also a weight hanging over you.  Supposedly your decision has become "when will I do  _____" but because you haven't acted upon the decision it's always possible, as we just said, to reverse your decision and take a different route.  Hence you now have two decisions hanging over you: "when will I", and "will I actually do it".

Perhaps it's better once you've made a decision to, well, "Just Do It".

Monday, April 4, 2011

Are you a "lighthouse of peace"? Are you engaging the power of your heart?

There's a lot of crazy things going on right now and it's easy to get lost in the turmoil and worries about which direction our world is going. Below I've pasted in a video expressing some spiritual teachings of the sort I've found useful in dealing with inner and outer turmoil. I'm sharing this hoping to remind a few people to seek ways to feel peace in these turbulent times, and to respond to the turbulent times with the power of centered decision making so that our society overall will make better decisions in these times.

The key meme they're presenting is "Wisdom Guiding Power" but I think they chose a weak way to demonstrate this concept. This concept of "wisdom guiding power" is what makes the difference between destruction and the construction of beauty.

Our society has created many powerful tools but tools don't have wisdom of themselves. You can use a hammer to bash things apart or you can use it to build a beautiful house.

In the video below they talk about a factoid that the Heart has the strongest electromagnetic field in the body. The Heart's electromagnetic field is way more powerful than the brain's. And therefore why do we focus on the brain and not the heart?

That's a great point.. put another way our society focuses on mental decisions, mentality, and the product of mental activity. A lot of wonderful things have been created that way, for sure. But something has been lost in our embrace of rational logic, and that's the emotional self. No matter how rational we become we have emotions and we have hopes, dreams, aspirations, as well as high spiritual potential. There is so much more to us than the mental field, but our society is only valuing output from the mental portion of our selves.

This is a deep split in our society. One way of interpreting the video below is a call to healing that split.

However the argument in the video is flawed. To understand why I want to show three analogies.

Electric motor driven equipment (drills and hand tools, electric vehicles, kitchen appliances, etc): Electric motors use electromagnetic fields to convert electricity to mechanical power. Trust me, there is zero wisdom in an electric motor, instead there's wires and a lot of heavy metal. In operation electric motors have power flowing through them, and the strongest electromagnetic field in, say, a power drill is in its motor. Does the electric field around the motor mean the motor has any wisdom? Nope.

Radio or TV stations: They have a tall tower, and a little building next to the tower. The primary electric field is emanating from the tall tower but the radio station could be transmitting static just as easily as it can beautiful music. Does the electric field emanating from the antenna mean the antenna has any wisdom? Nope.

Biomechanically the heart is an electrical pump: It takes electro-chemical power and converts it into a pumping motion to move blood around the body and keep us alive. Anatomically the heart looks like a pump with massive muscles etc. In the video they discount that interpretation of the heart and say that because it has a strong electromagnetic field the heart has wisdom etc.

I think this claim is flawed and misinterprets the model being looked at.

An electric motor does two things: a) primary purpose: convert electricity into mechanical energy; b) side effect is transmission of an electromagnetic field because that's what happens when you send electricity through a wire.

The motor, nor the radio tower nor the pump have wisdom to make decisions. They are tools used to control power. What sends the instructions for the control of that power? Just sending power into one of those gizmos doesn't mean they'll do anything useful, doesn't mean they won't cause destruction.

What's important is the quality of the instructions sent into the motor or the radio tower or the pump. It's the person pressing the trigger on a power drill that determines whether the drill is used to destroy, or used to construct beauty.

The wisdom to use power constructively will make all the difference to our world.

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Natural Remedies For Your Thyroid and Kidneys due to the Japan nuclear emergency

There's a radioactive plume coming from the failed nuclear reactors in Japan. Some alarm is rising over the effect of the radiation. In part the alarm is due to the decades of fearism about all things nuclear, and partly due to the real danger. It would seem in this case the real danger is much less than the panic some have been feeling. In any case there is some useful information available about surviving some of the effects of radiation releases.

For example there's been a run on "emergency potassium iodide" supplies, but here in the U.S. radioactive iodine is not a danger. As Dr. James Blumenthal, DC explains in the first video below, the danger zone is within a few miles of the reactor.

By the time the radioactive plume reaches the U.S. the radioactive iodine will have dissipated. One reason is the short half-life of radioactive iodine and the other is simple physics, that the plume will be spread out by the wind.

There are other radioactive isotopes in the plume, and those have much longer term effects.

Do not take emergency potassium iodide unless instructed to do so because it is only to be taken if there is a nuclear event within miles - not thousands of miles - from you! However, there are many natural remedies you can take and foods you can eat that will help your body deal with low-level radiation exposure, should it occur. In this video Dr. James Blumenthal, DC shares some of the most important information you need to know regarding low-level radiation and what to do about it, should it come to America from Japan.

3/15/11 Los Angeles Times Story regarding potential for low level radiation exposure to crops and farm animals:


Main Talking Points:

  • Do not take emergency potassium iodide - it will harm you
  • There is more to radiation than the radioactive iodine 131
  • Other radiation isotopes include uranium, plutonium and cesium
  • Radioactive iodine 131 has a half life of about 8 days
  • Radioactive iodine 131 is really only an issue for people next to a nuclear event
  • Uranium, plutonium and cesium have half-lives of about 30 years, so we need to be somewhat concerned about this form of radiation.
  • Radioactive iodine 131 could possibly affect people in America if they are iodine deficient, then supplementing with 100 to 150 micrograms (not milligrams) of iodine per day may be warranted
  • The supplement dose is 1/1000 of a dose of emergency iodine
  • We can get extra iodine by eating seaweed and seafood, or taking a health food store supplement, to increase our background levels of iodine, slowly, and naturally
  • If you have an autoimmune problem, or any thyroid issues at all, you must contact your doctor before taking any iodine supplement
  • For the other three radioactive elements, we can take glutathione supplementation and SOD.
  • The kidneys are at risk from radioactive isotopes, and one way to help them is to take baking soda between meals, a couple times a day.


Naturopathic Doctor Jennifer Fisher gives an overview of how best to protect and nourish the thyroid gland, which is susceptible to radioactive iodine. High does emergency potassium iodide tablets should never be taken unless a nuclear event occurs within miles of someone because such extremely high doses of potassium iodide will cause health problems. Dr. Fisher addresses this topic, and gives an overview of what the thyroid gland is, what it does, ways we can nourish it, and if we want to take supplemental iodine, how to do so.

Main Talking Points:

  • Do not take emergency potassium iodide - it will harm you
  • The thyroid gland produces thyroid hormones call T3 and T4
  • The thyroid gland regulates the body's metabolic rate
  • The thyroid gland affects every cell in the body
  • Chemicals and pollution can adversely affect the thyroid gland, as can radiation
  • The thyroid "soaks up" iodine and iodide like a sponge; unfortunately, it will do so with radioactive iodine as well.
  • Cancer can be a result of radioactive iodine exposure
  • Hypothyroidism: low function metabolism
  • Hyperthyroidism: fast metabolism
  • Thyroid requires many nutrients to function properly, not just iodine or iodide
  • Best thing for the thyroid is to stop eating processed foods and to start eating whole, organic foods so that it can get all the nutrients it requires
  • Seaweed is an excellent food source of iodine and iodide; often eaten in miso soup
  • Never take emergency potassium iodide unless instructed to do so.
  • Supplemental iodine and iodide can be found in health food stores; the suggested dose is around 150 to 250 micrograms
  • If you have any concerns about your thyroid health, or any other health issues, consider a visit to a Naturopathic Doctor.


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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Higher Purpose: Japans earthquake and nuclear crisis asks us what we really want

What do we as a people really want? What kind of technological infrastructure do we really want? Recent disasters, by taking away specific parts of the technological infrastructure running our society, demonstrate their real cost. Is this a cost we really want to pay?

To recap - last Friday a tremendous earthquake struck off the coast of Japan, triggering a Tsunami that wiped out dozens of coastal towns despite the high seawalls. The Tsunami knocked out the backup power supply at the Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, and with no electricity the cooling system at the power plant stopped running, leading to several explosions, fires, the containment buildings blown up, it's likely the inner containment structure has fractured, and the fuel rods are melting. Plumes of radiation are being unleashed out over the ocean and we could very well see radioactive clouds where I live in California. It's going bad to worse to impossibly worse. It's like a replay of last years oil spill disaster, just different details. The oil spill last year took several months to play out, and it demonstrated the icky consequences of our modern lifestyle. It appears this nuclear crisis will also take several months to play out, and it's demonstrating other icky consequences of our modern lifestyle.

Economists have this word: externality

Business leaders try to externalize costs - which is a fancy word for pushing the cost for something onto someone else so that you don't have to pay the cost yourself. An example is the health care costs of people being poisoned by exhaust from cars burning fossil oil based fuels. It's well known that the exhaust contains poisonous chemicals that cause a wide range of diseases, for example gasoline pumps have stickers warning that the pump dispenses material that is a known carcinogen. Do the oil companies pay for the health care costs? No.

That was an interesting detour - I want to discuss a question both disasters bring to mind: What do we as a people want?

When you turn on a light bulb, where does the power come from? Refrigerator? Washing machine? The computer you're reading this on? The car you drive around?

The power companies have given us an externality situation. We get to use electricity or gasoline without having to be aware of the real cost of supplying the power.

Our use of gasoline and diesel forced the oil companies to drill that oil well that blew up last year. Our use of electricity forced the electric power utilities to build the nuclear power plant that's blowing up right now.

What we see with both these disasters is the worst possible disaster scenario of both energy sources.

An offshore oil well blowing up and spewing crude oil for months into an area that supplies a huge percentage of the seafood we enjoy in the United States.

A nuclear plant blowing up and spewing radiation for what we expect will be months. Further Japan has shut down several reactor complexes because of the earthquake, causing rolling blackouts and a general shutdown of industry in Japan, disrupting sales of critical electronics components. There will be a ripple effect in the economy that could drive us into a world-wide recession or depression due to disruption of the supply chain.

One can point to the power suppliers - Maybe BP is stupid and liable because they did a horrid job of running their oil well safely - Maybe TEPCO is stupid and liable because they made bad mistakes for example putting the backup diesel generators in a place that got swamped by the Tsunami - or General Electric is stupid and liable for building a susceptibility nuclear plant design

All that's true, these companies could have made better choices and run their business with better safety in mind.

However that doesn't wash our hands of responsibility. Each of us who buy gasoline or use electricity are responsible for the existence of those companies. Those companies formed themselves in response to our demand for gasoline and electricity.

Another folly is the choice of building critical infrastructure in places we know are liable to have serious damage or other serious consequences. In this case the choice was to install nuclear power plants near a fault but really Japan is on the Ring of Fire and see's earthquakes all the time.

The planet and its processes (earthquakes, hurricanes, tornado's, weather systems, etc) are still much larger than human society has been able to "conquer". This earthquake demonstrates the power of Mother Nature - A fault needed to slip and shimmy a bit, but it destroyed the objects we built along the coast. The planet doesn't really know or care what we built upon it, the planet has geological forces that are playing out.

"We" build stuff, towns and highways and nuclear plants, then the planet yawns and stretches and destroys those things. By having those things taken away from us, it presents an opportunity to take a step back and look from a broader perspective. Are those things we really want anyway? Is the cost of having those things greater than the benefit we get from them? Is there a better place to put those things than a spot that's prone to earthquakes?

Do we really want a life where the consequences of the things we buy is a poisoned landscape with toxic air and water? Do we have to recreate the world the way it has been the last few years?

Maybe our history is asking us to rethink our society and the technological gizmos we use in our society?

See also:

Change starts "here"; Change starts with "you"; Change starts with "me"

Stand up for Real Change

This world doesn't have to become an uninhabitable nuclear radiation poisoned wasteland

Higher Purpose: Japans earthquake and nuclear crisis asks us what we really want

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