There were some great reads again this week.
1. Here is an article in the Washington Post about farmers producing their own electricity. That is what I want someday. My own energy-producing farm. I tell people I would love to live off-grid and they think Amish style living. But I do still want electricity. Just not from large money-hungry corporations that use copious amounts of quickly dwinding fossil fuels, or cancer causing nuclear energy.
2. This article is a must read. Here are some rather long quotes (I wanted to quote the whole article-it's not too long, but so good!):
Kill the microbe or improve the immune system? What is the best way to prevent illness?
Germ Theory was put forward most famously by French chemist and microbiologist Louis Pasteur, and states that certain sicknesses are caused by the invasion of micro-organisms that cannot be seen without a microscope. As such, treatment or prevention involves figuring out which microbe (bacteria, virus, fungus, parasite) has invaded the body and then killing it to prevent or stop the disease. This is the theory upon which western medicine is based. You get sick, you go to the doctor and get an antibiotic/antiviral/antifungal to get better. Much of our food, like milk, juices, canned food and even nuts like almonds are pasteurized in order to eliminate the bacteria to avoid sickness. Many people use anti-bacterial soaps and hand sanitizers in order to prevent the spread of infection. These actions are all about killing the germ, and are in support of Germ Theory.
Claude Bernard, a contemporary of Pasteur, is known for his idea called "Mileu Interior" or "Internal Environment", and is credited with the concept of "homeostasis". In other words, to be healthy, the body wants to maintain a constant internal environment, and will do what it can to correct any deviations back to physiological norms. So for example, if blood sugar is too high, the body will lower it. If blood sugar is too low, the body will raise it.
Then Antoine Bechamp, another French scientist, furthered Bernard's homeostasis theory by suggesting that if the body is not able to maintain physiological norms or "homeostasis", the body will be more susceptible to illness. Continuing the blood-sugar example, if too much starch and sugar is consumed on a regular basis, some individuals develop insulin insensitivity, and eventually type 2 diabetes. The body can no longer cope with the constant influx of sugar, and the metabolic system is thrown off. Or, if the body is deficient in a particular nutrient, certain metabolic pathways may be compromised. The body is no longer in homeostasis, so the internal environment or "biological terrain" now makes that individual is more susceptible to getting sick from an invasion of a virus or bacteria.
3. I love this ides for gifts for teachers, etc. We don't make gifts a central part of Christmas here, but I do like to have some homemade gifts for those who are a blessing to us throughout the year. We have done caramel corn in the past. I also like the idea of nuts or salsa.
4. I had to add one more. This is a best, good, avoid list from a WAPF Chapter in Canada. It sums up a nourishing diet very well.