Sunday
Oct092011

Why an edible forest garden?

Consider, if you will, the fact that natural world ecosystems sustain every life-supporting function on the planet, including climate regulation, water filtration, soil formation, food, fibers, medicines, and so on.  All that and yet these ecosystems are essentially just combinations of biotic and abiotic components.  They are life, as we know it, which sustains, builds upon, and propagates further life in a cycle of renewal, through an elaborate dance of successional state changes in geologic step with changing environments.

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Thursday
Apr212011

How's Your Mental Well-being?

At the chemical level, food is the brain's primary link to its evolution and its ongoing physiology (i.e. how well it functions).  It's scientifically established that diet is correlated with (among other physiological aspects) the brain chemicals that influence mood and behavior [e.g. 6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15].  That is, diet notably influences the thought processes and emotional reactions that ultimately guide us on our path through life.  Thus, if our diet is lacking, then at a minimum our brain is not functioning optimally. 

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Tuesday
Jan112011

Natural World Consciousness

You've very likely heard before how humanity can't go on the way it is, but just as likely either don't see the immediacy/seriousness of the issue, or dismiss the idea as fringe lunacy, or are resigned to humanity ending in some cataclysmic event regardless of our actions. On the other hand, you might have enough of a grasp of the ecological underpinnings to appreciate the issue, but as an individual are either confused about what you can do, or too intimidated to challenge culture's steamroller.

It is scientifically accepted that on a cosmological timescale the Earth’s period of habitability is at least half over. In about another billion years the Sun will start to be too luminous and warm for water to exist in liquid form on Earth. Even within the next billion years, there are numerous factors we can't control that threaten our existence on Earth (e.g. volcanism, earthquakes, asteroids, global epidemics, etc.). The future is undoubtedly a bumpy ride.

The issue here though is not about factors over which we have no control, that are likely to occur within the next billion years. It's about factors we're creating now, that we could better influence. Factors we're already seeing the detrimental consequences of, and which at the current scope and pace will cause substantially increasing harm to humanity well within the next couple hundred years. That is, the issue is about surviving our own controllable actions in the shorter term, to have time to possibly learn to survive uncontrollable factors in the longer term.

This isn't another prophecy, or mythology, but rather is based on our accumulating objective understanding of natural world ecology, in which our continuing existence is rooted. Our expanding knowledge and focus is more realistically encompassing the discontinuity in the gradient of human interaction with the natural world, yet the scope and pace of our detrimental actions are accelerating frantically.  The shorter term state of human existence on Earth depends on whether wisdom or irrationality prevail.  That is, whether objective understanding or subjective beliefs prevail. 

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Monday
Jun212010

Mankind's Self-inflicted Peril

There was a time when our individual survival was threatened by the likes of saber-toothed tigers and many other natural phenomena, but we've overcome much with our cleverness.  However, in our expanding attempts to suppress undesirable aspects of the natural world, and without sufficient understanding of and respect for such, as widely evidenced we're now seriously threatening our own longer term survival.

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Thursday
Jun182009

Ol' Shep's Well-being: A Natural Perspective

Second revised edition dated Friday, June 18, 2010.

Have you had occasion to reflect on the continuing escalation of debilitating chronic illnesses like cancer, heart diseases, various forms of arthritis, and the many other autoimmune diseases, despite our advanced development and medicine? Maybe you've also wondered why some people and animals are so naturally healthy despite this trend?

The author Euan Fingal has offered up a free ebook to try to help us understand how we might improve our well-being and that of our domestic animals in general, but especially that of our canine companions.

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Friday
Nov282008

Microbes To Mankind, And Back?

Chew on this if you dare:  Have you ever stopped to consider what the human life form, indeed any higher life form, really is biologically, and how it integrates with the overall ecological environment?

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Sunday
Nov092008

Nature's Magic Mirror

A departure from the normal presentation approach, this story is intended for the imagination of younger minds, and those that haven't lost such, to try to convey how important all animals are to us, and how companion animals reflect back the core of goodness in our humanity.  It's a short story about one day in a young boy's life, that has its roots in real life, but with artistic license taken to focus on the theme.

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Sunday
Sep142008

Dr. P. Kibble Interview

On a lighter note, I'm offering up a fabricated interview that I modeled after a piece that has been kicking around the internet for a number of years.  Hope you enjoy it :o)  

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Sunday
Sep072008

Is Soda Pop or Milk Healthier?

Interested in another thread of the “Chronic Illness Industries” real-life saga, replete with all the sorted chicanery a novelist might conjure up?   I'm trying to present this in bite-sized threads because there's so much material it's overwhelming.   Please come along for the journey to a more well-rounded perspective of our “advanced” industrial development and its effect on our quality of life – it's really not as boring as you might presuppose :-)  

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Tuesday
Jul292008

GMOs: Frankenstein in a business suit?

Animals, having senses more attuned to the  natural world, may have something to teach us.  There's a farmer in Illinois who had planted soybeans on his 50-acre field for years.  He also had a flock of soybean-eating geese that took up residence in a pond nearby.  Being creatures of habit, the geese returned to the pond each year to feast on his soybeans. But then one year, the geese limited their eating to only a portion of his field.

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