Pesticides are not good for you. Shocker, I know. They’re also not good for the environment. They shouldn’t be banned, but use should be more limited than it is, and eating pesticide-laden food should be avoided when possible. You know what’s a great way to do that? Garden! So here’s some scary factoids about pesticides in US foods, and some tips on growing your own for some of the worst pesticide culprits. Continue reading “Health Risks from Pesticides, More Reasons to Grow Your Own”
[Alice & The Hobbit] both belong to a very small class of books which have nothing in common save that each admits us to a world of its own—a world that seems to have been going on long before we stumbled into it but which, once found by the right reader, becomes indispensable to him.
We’re sicker for a number of reasons. Not one single factor is to be blamed for the problem,” Jacoby says. “One of the reasons is we are eating bad. We are being excessively exposed to junk food… We have more pollution because of biofuels that are really, really bad for you.”
It’s hard to think about, and hard to speak about. My friends are sicker than our elders, and sicker than our contemporaries across the pond. Staying home might be the most dangerous thing. There is a reasonable chance I will become seriously sick for a long time, just living life normally. I try to be healthy – at least sometimes – but I know I don’t fully succeed. It’s hard to maintain a healthy lifestyle; the components are many, not stressing severely, not eating processed foods, eating & drinking in moderate amounts, exercising regularly. That’s hard to acknowledge, but it’s not really everyone else’s concern.
My mother teaches kindergarten in Central California; the kids in her class are likely going to be in the same boat as me, and perhaps even worse off. We aren’t doing anything to produce healthier kids, or a healthier next generation. When does it become everyone’s concern?
For many years, Americans have been dying at younger ages that people in almost all other wealthy countries. In addition to the impact of gun violence, Americans consume the most calories among peer countries and get involved in more accidents that involve alcohol. People living in the U.S. lose more years of their life before they reach 50 due to alcohol and drugs compared to all the other nations in the study. In general, Americans had the lowest chance of surviving to 50
A teenager sent some of the most famous recent writers a survey on symbolism for a high school project. The answers are great, and some are exactly what you’d expect. Highly recommend if you are into books.
Dive shops in Cabo San Lucas often include Gordo Banks & Cabo Pulmo. Gordo Banks is a deeper location known for hammerhead sharks several kilometers offshore. Cabo Pulmo is a 2 hour drive from Cabo San Lucas, the last 30 minutes of which are on a dirt road. The diving takes place in the Marine Park , but there are a few restaurants, a few bungalow spots, and several dive shops on the beach. The reef offshore has abundant marine life… here is a video of some from our dives.
The beach kept turning into a Corona commercial, so we decided this is where we’d come next. La Palapa sits on the beach with delicious tacos, fragrant garlic-drenched fajitas and cold beer. The beach is sandy, the reef is good looking and the swimming is easy.
We stayed in a cute adobe cabana about a 2 minute stroll from the beach with Cabo EcoAdventures.
Fishing, snorkeling, and scuba diving tours run regularly. We didn’t take the snorkeling tour, instead just swimming out to the reef about 30 feet offshore. During low tide the reef tops peak out where the waves break in the above picture; it was easy to swim around and see abundant fish. I’d probably have taken a few of the guided snorkel trips if we were there longer.
Palau – Diving and kayaking the Rock Islands has been a dream for a year or so. The Cook Islands were highly recommended by all the Kiwis when we were out there last year. I’m sure all the others would be awesome as well, so reblogging away.
Have you ever noticed how better books sometimes take longer to read? Perhaps you’re exercising a higher level of reading. A book was written about it, and that book was described in on Farnam Street blog here: How to Read A Book.