Is your house too small? Probably not enough

Americans love big houses.  It’s the symbol of success.  The showpiece of our wealth.  The epitome of making it.

We dream of them.  Envy people who have them.  Even sign our names to them for thirty years just to get bigger one’s

But are they really better than small houses?

After all, once you buy a big house, you have to fill it up.  You can’t have empty rooms, right?  Thousands and thousands of dollars are spent on furniture, window shades, tvs, kitchen appliances, landscaping, painting, etc..   All that for a few people to live there.

But also consider the energy use of such a big house.  With energy prices constantly rising, we can’t always turn a blind eye to wasting energy that we seem to take for granted.  The larger the house, the more energy it will use. Not to mention all of the cheap, toxic materials now being used to build houses are definitely not healthy living environments.

While the Tiny Green Cabin featured in the video is a bit too small, it’s at least taking a fresh look at a big problem.  I think houses should focus on high quality earth-based materials with no off-gassing or contaminates and a well thought out design maximizing light, air flow and daily functions.  This also might prevent the owners from purchasing and storing otherwise unneeded crap that seems to accumulate over the years.  We all have some of those impulse purchases that were used only once and now just take up space.  If I had a smaller home I probably wouldn’t have bought any of them.  That means I wouldn’t have wasted my money and not further increased the Trade Deficit with China.

Well, maybe it’s a good time to clean out my closet.

…maybe, tomorrow.

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Dioxins in our Food!

Dow Chemicals is looking to expand it’s use of a herbicide full of Dioxin, which is linked to cancer, hormone disruption, genetic mutations, neurological damage, Parkinson’s and birth defects in humans.  The herbicide, called 2,4-D,  uses the same chemical that was used in Agent Orange during the Vietnam War.

Dow is lobbying the EPA for additional approval for use on it’s patented GMO corn, soybean, and cotton crops.   Wow, as if genetically engineering a plant to produce it’s own internal herbicide wasn’t enough, now they want to douse it with a herbicide so powerful it will basically kill any plant on earth.

Then it’s shipped to the supermarket and we eat it .  Yum!  Can I have some extra dioxins, please?

sign the petition linked below;

We Have the Right to Know About Dioxins in our Food!.

RoundUp Monsanto Danger

http://gmfreescotland.blogspot.com/2012/03/bt-herbicide-is-toxic-to-human-cells.html

Hemp seed oil: The new healthy oil full of EFAs

Have you had your hemp seed oil today?

Hemp was one of the first cultivated crops in recorded history.  The oil that is pressed from the hemp seed is extremely healthy for the human body.  The decline in hemp seed oil consumption perhaps comes from the rise of the Western diet and the belief that it contains THC, which it does not.  What it does contain is the optimal balance between Omega 6 and Omega 3 EFA’s, essential fatty acids.   The Western diet is industrialized for maximum efficiency and most raw, natural foods were pushed-out by highly processed long shelf-life reduced nutrition chemical laden disease causing “food”.   The good news is real foods are slowing making a comeback in our diets after a long sad departure.

Of course, we’ve all been hearing how Omega 3 fish oil is great for our body and that we should be eating more fish that contain high amounts of it, like salmon. Unfortunately, lots of fish, especially farm-raised fish, contain high amounts of mercury and other toxins that are added to their food or now found in our polluted oceans.  That’s what makes hemp seed oil a great alternative to fish oil.

Hemp seed oil contains up to 80% EFAs which is highest among all plant sources.  It also contains vitamin D (the only plant source that contains it), and is also a powerful anti-inflammatory.  You can also apply it to your skin as a conditioner and as a natural sunscreen.

The same rules apply to hemp seed oil as they do when buying extra virgin olive oil, the higher the quality, the better.  Look for unrefined oil only; if its clear and light in color or in a plastic bottle, don’t buy it.  Look for a slightly cloudy, dark-colored oil in a glass bottle.  You can use it in a similar matter as extra-virgin olive oil, heck  just mix it together and add it your salads or toasted bread.  I’m gonna try myself a piece now.

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Hemp seed oil: The new healthy oil.

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